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Boston vs Charm City

Final Scores Boston vs Charm: 209-170 Charm City B Party vs Female Trouble: 174-121 B Party — Held at Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington, MA. Tickets: Available now! General admission tickets are $16 for adults, $12 for students (with valid ID), …

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Diary of a Redliner: Breathing hard isn’t just for the bedroom anymore.

Fun fact: trying to jam in a two minute drill is pretty effing exhausting. So is practicing knee falls on the whistle, blocking, and most everything else involved in derby. Your heart rate gets up there. If you don’t start …

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Roller Derby 101

So it’s your first time at a game and you want to follow what’s going on. Never fear: BDD is here for you. The Basics Boston’s flat-track roller derby is played on a flat surface inside of an oval track, …

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Diary of a Redliner: Why derby players should put a tennis ball in their butt

Last time on Diary of a Redliner, we talked about cross-training– specifically strength-training– with the help of a shirtless dude. Today marks the second segment in this once-in-a-while series, in which we talk about how to make sure your appendages move in the directions they’re supposed to.  Hooray for flexibility training!

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Bout Recap: Home Team Championships

BDD’s 2013 Home Team season ended on December 14th, 2013 with two hard-fought bouts that determined the winner of the Golden Fez and the ranking of the third and fourth place teams. Despite a snowstorm outside, skaters turned up the …

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Home Team Championships!

ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14, DON’T MISS THE FEZ CUP CHAMPIONSHIP! We love seeing the next generation of roller derby fans and players at our games—so much so that we’re officially branding our Dec 14 championships as Family Derby Day. We’ll …

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Bout Recap: Home Team Playoffs

On Saturday, November 16th, all four Boston Derby Dames home teams showed off tremendous skill and teamwork in an intense double header at the Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington. The first bout featured the Cosmonaughties (undefeated this season) against last season’s …

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Diary of a Redliner: There’s more to life than skating.

At some point, every young derby player has to take off her skates.  You may convince your roommates to let you practice turning toe stops in the kitchen, or your employer that you’ll be much more efficient travelling between cubicles on eight wheels, or to get your significant other to let you wear them to bed (he likes to keep his feet outside of the covers anyway!  What’s it matter to him?)  But no, really.  You do need to take them off.  You have to cross train.

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Home Team Playoffs!

ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16, THE DAMES ARE GOING TO THE HOME TEAM PLAYOFFS Catch the action right here at Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington, MA. Doors open at 4PM; find your seats before 5PM or you’ll risk missing the whistle for …

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Diary of a Redliner: Eat well. Play well.

For the first couple months of the red line program, after practice I would get dinner with a couple of my teammates, then go home and fall asleep promptly at 6pm. Occasionally I would try to keep myself up to a more reasonable hour (like 8pm), but I’d usually spend the time staring at food blogs in a zombie-like stupor, unable to move from the giant armchair in the corner of my bedroom. I’d sleep for roughly twelve hours, and the next day would progress as normal.

Then, inevitably, sometime mid-afternoon the day after practice, I would become overwhelmingly ravenous. As in, that-pound-tub-of-Trader-Joe’s-peanut-butter-cups-is-totally-a-single-serving-right? level of hungry.

The pattern was unmistakable.

See, a gal can get through a typical workout—a run around the reservoir or an hour of strength-training—without worrying about much besides hydration. Since I’ve never had major fitness goals beyond general improvement of strength and endurance, I’ve never had to get too complicated with my eating habits. I’d make sure I ate within a couple hours before my workout for the day, and then the next time I ate would be whenever I got hungry again.

While that method was enough to get me through an hour of working out, or even the occasional two-hour workout, it clearly wasn’t passing muster for the three-hour skate-stravaganza that was red line practice. I chatted with my coworker, a registered dietician, and then rooted around the internet to figure out what the latest information on exercise nutrition suggested, which I will now present to you, dear readers, so there isn’t a dearth of peanut butter cups because a bunch of new skaters have swarmed Trader Joe’s. (And don’t try to tell me Reese’s are the same.)

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