A Letter from One Skater to Another

Roller derby skater Prada G speeds up to block the opposing jammer

I constantly hear people saying “I can’t do it” …. I also have that problem but I try to remember and apply the words of the Mad Hatter..

Alice: “it’s impossible”
The Mad Hatter: “only if you believe it is”

Take the God damn negativity out of your mind! Your mind is more powerful than you think it is and when you put yourself down your performance will dwindle along with your self confidence.

Tonight at practice I was working with someone who said that she couldn’t do something.. I told her to take the word “can’t” out of her vocabulary and sure enough she mastered the concept on her next try. Not everything we do will come easy to us, which is why we PRACTICE!

If we all believe in ourselves then we all will improve and become amaZing!!!! Without self confidence we cannot have team confidence (if that makes sense)

So, next time you hear someone say that can’t do something mention the above Alice in Wonderland quote (one of my favs) and encourage them to try again.

Love you guys,
Xoxo Prada-G

Junior League Workouts in the Off Season


Hudson Valley Frightmares Junior League practicing plank in their off season

Staying Fit During the Off-Season

Our frightmares may get a break from regular weekly practice, but they are not giving themselves a break from fitness! Check out what they are doing this summer!

“I’ve been going to open gyms at Arlington HIgh School for soccer twice a week and going to Northstar once a week to get in shape for tryouts.”  -Gillian

“all summer i’ve been skating at the rink every friday night, playing basketball, and swimming!” -Ally

“I just got outdoor wheels” -Bethany

“ While on vacation in beautiful Montana I went kyaking, jumping on the trampoline, swimming out to the dock in Whitefish Lake, tons of stairs that led to water slides, I challanged my Aunt Tavia (Master Seargent in Army National Guard) to a 3 minute plank ( I won! )  But she can kick my butt in push ups!!!!!!! I also helped split and stack wood for my grandma’s wood burning stove for the winter.  And now that I am back I will be going to open skate as much as possible!” -Kassie

Frightmares Roller Derby Junior League open recruitment starts in September.  Come join in the fun!

Hudson Valley Frightmares Open Recruitment September 2012

The Hudson Valley Frightmares Junior League scrimmaging

The Hudson Valley Frightmares Junior Roller Derby league is gearing up for a historical remainder of the season, returning to the track on September 11, 2012. The Frightmares have been practicing hard, and building a league from the ground up since in 2010, and we are now recruiting new members to join our junior league team.

All potential skaters must be excited to skate, share the enthusiasm of the sport of roller derby, and be ready to have fun at any given time. No experience? no problem! We will teach you how to skate! This past May, several skaters passed the first administered WFTDA basic skills practical exam and will begin bouting in official games in 2013.

However, it’s not too late to be part of the action! HVFJRD is always accepting new members! Come out on September 11 at Hyde Park Roller Magic to show us why you are going to help mold the future of roller derby! Newcomers welcome!

Parents! Tired of your child playing on a computer all day? Do you want your child to be active while having fun? do you want to teach your child to empower herself? Do you want to teach your child the fundamentals of teamwork, camaraderie, friendship and competition? Roller derby is for all shapes and sizes, and we want YOU! RSVP in advance at frightmares@horrorsrollerderby.com

Frightmares Recruitment Details

What: Frightmare’ s Junior Roller Derby Practice Open Recruitment Night
When: Tuesday September 11, 2012, 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Hyde Park Roller Magic, 4178 Albany Post Rd. Hyde Park, NY 12538
Cost: $50/month or $15/to try it
What you’ll need: a molded mouthguard, sneakers, water
RSVP Contact: Tera Joules, Junior League Director (p) 845-705-5446, (email) terajoules7@gmail.com

All junior league coaching staff is CPR/AED certified, and Youth Sports Coaching Certified through SUNY Cortland. All coaching have experience with youth coaching, and roller derby coaching.

Mention this blog post with the codeword LEAD JAMMER and save $5 off of your first month!

Topricin: A Story from a Roller Girl Who Doesn’t Train Without It

It’s Friday night and I can barely lift my arms with out pain.  I spent two hours in a Just for Kicks conditioning class two nights ago.  You know how they say the 2nd day is the worst.  Well the first day wasn’t that great and I got a feeling tomorrow ain’t gonna be any better.


I’m not worried though because I have a giant pump of Topricin that graces my nightstand on a permanent basis.  I apply it morning and night after putting my body through the ringer.  Because it’s all natural I don’t have to worry about od’ing on it.  It can be used as often as I need.  And that need is often!

For Just About Any Injury

I am an avid Snowboarder, into Weight Training and I’ve been doing Roller Derby going into my fifth season now.  Roller Derby is how I became introduced to Topricin.  I am the Sponsorship Coordinator for the Hudson Valley Horrors Roller Derby League.  Topricin is now one of our biggest sponsors and boy are the Horrors and myself happy.  One could say I’ve suffered a few bumps and bruises in my last 4 years of derby.  Hell, the last 40 years of my life.  Bruised ribs, pulled hamstring, sprained thumb, sprained ankle, bruised shins, sprained pinky, whiplash and pulled groin just to name a few.  Not to mention countless incidents involving rink rash, skate bite, severe bruising and general muscle soreness.

Topricin has been by my side through all of this and more.  It’s like my Mother.  It genuinely cares about me and wants me to feel better.  Like how Mom would bring you Chicken Soup when you had a cold.  Topricin’s only desire is to take my pain, bruising and scrapes away and make me OK.  Sounds like a Mom right?

Topricin foot has found a special place in my heart too.  I use it before AND after skating.  It helps keep the foot issues from skating to a minimum.  I’ve used many other types of products but found they had a bad chemical smell, burned, could only be used a certain amount of times a day, left my skin greasy and/or smelly and sometimes didn’t even work.  With Topricin there is no smell, the amount of times I can use it in a day is unlimited and it goes on smooth and soaks right in.

Slam'n Sway breaks through the pack all because of Topricin

Topricin Really Works

And the best part of all is that it really works.  It helps make swelling go down, helps to heal up bruising faster, helps with joint and muscle pain.  No matter how much abuse (FUN) I put myself and my body through I always know Topricin will take care of me.  Just like Mom!

Frightmares Junior League Starts February 7th

Hudson Valley Horrors Frightmares Junior League

Join the Roller Derby Junior League

We welcome girls of all shapes and sizes to come out and join in the grass-roots derby revival that has become a global phenomenon! Roller Derby promotes a positive body image and encourages confidence!

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Off-Skates Training at Just for Kicks Martial Arts

Just for Kicks Training with the Hudson Valley Horrors Roller Derby League

The Horrors just got back from a mixed martial arts conditioning class with Master Robert Blum at Just For Kicks Martial Arts in Fishkill.  Master Blum holds workshops for us throughout the season and they always prove to be extremely challenging (especially in the off-season).  This one certainly kicked butt and I can tell you why I know that…

  • Several of us almost puked during the class and one of us actually did
  • The pain kicked in almost immediately after the class (usually it waits until the morning)
  • I am so wired from the class (that ended an hour ago) that I am up writing a blog post

The class lasted about two hours and consisted of LOTS of push-ups of varying kinds, ab work, squats, lunges, jumps, etc. (each section ending with the hardest type).  We then moved into cardio and interval training and punch and kick intervals.  The class ended with us pushing the 350 lb. punching bags back and forth across the room.  Can anyone say jello arms and legs!

While we were there we picked up a copy of, “Coaching Children to Succeed in Life: The 11 Surefire Secrets of the Martial Arts Masters for Building Unshakable Self-Confidence, Rock Solid Self-Esteem and Laser Sharp Focus in Children”.  Master Blum is a contributing author and talks about developing character and learning the educational value of Martial Arts.  The coaches are very much looking forward to diving into this book, and it couldn’t come at a better time with our Junior League starting back up again in February.

We are never disappointed by Master Blum’s classes and highly recommend them to anyone looking to get themselves or their kiddies in shape, learn discipline and have fun while doing it.  As for me, I am going to waddled off to my bed and very carefully bend my knees to get in it.

Hyde Park Roller Magic

Hyde Park Roller Magic

Headless Horseman Hayrides

Headless Horseman Hayrides