This is the Mankato Area Derby Girls - or the MAD Girls and they are looking for some volunteers to help with their upcoming season. They are just getting on their feet - or skates if you want to be realistic - and could use our help. There are a number of ways that you can get involved, and if you have any questions don't hesitate to contact the team through their facebook page here.
In addition to volunteers - they are still accepting skaters - so grab your wheels and get down to a practice! They practice every Monday and Thursday night from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. I am not sure where they are meeting - I think at the YMCA, but you can contact them for more details.
HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?
YOU CAN HELP THE TEAM OUT DURING THEIR BOUTS. The first hometown bout takes place March 30th in Mankato at the Verizon Wireless Center and is called "How The Rookies Rumble". The doors open at 6 p.m. and the bout starts at 7 p.m. The MAD Girls could use some help with projects like taking tickets, running the merchandise table, ushering in the fans, etc. Volunteers will still get to cheer on the Roller Derby Girls so don't worry about missing out on any of the fast wheeling action!
NOT SO GREAT ON SKATES? THEN BECOME A NON-SKATING OFFICIAL. This is right up my alley! I have not had rolling skates on since the 80's when Skating World was all the rage, but I still would love to get involved. You can become a member of the MAD Girls (which does include paying dues) and help out with running the penalty box, being a time keeper and helping out with the scoring. The best part is that you would also get to pick out a Roller Derby name!! You must also pass a test to become a NSO, and you are required to attend 25% of the practices a month, but you are also then an official team member and official bad ass!!
LAST BUT NOT LEAST - BE A FANATICAL FAN. We have a lot of great attributes to our city of Mankato, but it is groups like the Mankato Area Derby Girls that really make our community stand out above the rest. They are in their infancy as an organization, and so they need your support more than ever. Tell your friends and neighbors about the Derby, pack the seats at the bouts, and scream like a banshee for your hometown team. That last part will just come naturally - Roller Derby is a blast to watch!!
Tomorrow night you can support the team financially and hear some great local bands too. 5 bucks gets you in the door, and you can probably chat with team members about signing up as volunteer, skater, or NSO. They have a facebook event page with all of the details here. Bring a bunch of friends with you, and have Derby name while you are there!