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Floral Park's Roller Derby 'Dolly'

Dressed in protective gear and armed with a set of wheels, 26 year-old Floral Park resident, Caity Tweedy, also known as “Dropkick Dolly” played on Team Black of the all-female Long Island Roller Rebels at Old Bethpage Skate Safe America on Saturday, March 8.

Versing Team Pink, the Roller Rebels split their team for the game. Pink racked up 225 points and Black gathered 187. At the end, both teams shook hands and joined as one to celebrate yet another game together.

“I’d compare this sport to football and NASCAR on skates,” explained Tweedy who has participated for three seasons with the Roller Rebels.

Participating in such a sport takes stamina and strength, both mental and physical.

“It takes guts being in a roller derby. You have to be able to conquer your fears and step outside your comfort zone,” Tweedy said,” It is definitely a risky sport. We’ve had broken ankles, collar bones, jammed fingers, but everyone absolutely loves it.”

Derby members have specific and organized responsibilities. Each team has a jammer, the one with the star on her helmet, and a pivot, the one with the stripe on her helmet. The pack consists of four blockers and two jammers from each team.

In the beginning of the game, the pack moves out away from the starting line and begins their way around the track blocking the opposing jammer while making a path for the other jammer to get through the pack. They must skate one full time around the track before they can start scoring points.

Learning the rules and becoming derby ready is not an easy task, but Tweedy trained to become a professional player.

“It took me about nine months to

pass my skills test; it’s pretty rigorous to ensure your safety as well as everyone else’s.” She explained, “You need be able to skate on one foot, squat and hop over objects. You also have to skate 27 laps in five minutes and take a written test. It’s all very necessary.”

Tweedy became a Roller Rebel because she was attracted to the uniqueness of the sport.

“Unlike most sports, it’s an advantage to be different. Being short, very tall, small, or large, is a great advantage. Everyone can do it,” she laughed.

Playing in an all-women’s team is also a thrill for Tweedy.

“As a women, I’ve never played a contact sport before. The boys have hockey and football. It’s nice to put on my padding, hit people and be a tough woman,” she smiled.

Home bouts are played at Skate Safe, 182 Bethpage-Sweet Hollow Rd. in Old Bethpage. The Roller Rebels have an upcoming all-star bout on Saturday, April 5 in Bethpage. Visit www.longislandrollerrebels.com for a schedule of future games or to learn about joining the team.

News

The Floral Park Recreation Summer 2014 programs have now reached their half way point. While youngsters still have four more weeks of camps and activities, the night time volleyball and basketball programs are now gearing up for their final push to the playoff and championship rounds. Of the 55 adult teams competing, only Madness and Chaos (B league basketball) and Poppy’s (Women’s competitive volleyball) have managed to move through the season without a blemish on their records. Playoffs for volleyball are on Aug. 6 and Aug. 7, while basketball quarterfinals begin Thursday, July 31. Family, friends and spectators are always welcome. Good luck to all teams and players during their quest to become Floral Park’s Champions of the Summer of 2014.

As in past years, the Floral Park Recreation Department sprinkled in some expert instruction along with the recreational format of the various camps. Many thanks go out to Lisa O’Grady (OLV volleyball coach) for presenting an excellent volleyball clinic for our beginning junior players. Once again, Nassau Community College football Coach Ed Mack and his players have volunteered their time to give a few pointers for all youngsters grades 4 and above on Wednesday, June 30. The junior football clinic kicks off at 8:30 a.m., while senior campers (grades 7 and above) will receive instruction beginning at 10 a.m. Some features will include pass and catch techniques and NFL style agility drills. All Floral Park youth entering grades 4 and above are invited to attend. At that same time, Chris Schneider, outstanding and championship basketball coach at both St. Mary’s and Sacred Heart, will be on hand to present a comprehensive basketball clinic for both our junior and senior future female basketball stars.

The 36th annual Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Pow-Wow will be held at the Queens County Farm Museum from Friday, July 25 through Sunday, July 27. It is the longest-running American Indian Pow-Wow and will feature three days of inter-tribal Native American Dance Competitions.

More than 40 Indian nations will be represented. Chanting, drumming and brilliantly-colored, finely-detailed regalia will provide stimulating entertainment for people of all ages. All dance competitions and performances will be narrated for your appreciation of the rich tradition and culture that is being shared. American Indian art and craft vendors will offer a unique array of times for shoppers.


Calendar

Theatre Box

Friday, August 1

E-Cycling Collection

Saturday, August 2

Floral Park Board of Trustees

Tuesday, August 5



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