Category: Member of the Month

Member of the Month: BATass

by Justice of the Peach

This Month RMRG would like to cherish one of our longest skating members who has been with the league since 2006. A very solid blocker with developing jammer skills, she isn’t a human so much as a swarm of bats and wry humor coalesced into human form. A proud PM skater with not a few seasons as captain under her belt, a member of the Rocky team that won the Hydra, and proud mother of a gentlemanly pooch named The Dude, BATass, it is long overdue that we raise your name in song.

Batty has lived in Denver her whole life, which is why we are lucky to have had her on Rocky for so long (also to ensure her good health every ten years we put her in a sarcophagus and regenerate her by sacrificing virgin cans of PBR over the top of the marble.) Her contributions to the league include being integral in rolling out the Alumni Program for retired skaters, being a founding member of Team Heckle, former BOD, Empress of the Heat Press, a staunch Sugar, and a general all-around good chum and league mate.

Batty is still skating under her own personal philosophy of the “longevity plan”, meaning she never wants to stop derby until she is dead or physically broken beyond repair. In her skating tenure Batty has recovered from several severe injuries; an ACL replacement and meniscus repair, an ankle break with 2 rods and 11 screws, and a wing tear in 2007 when a janitor knocked her off the ceiling with a broom. She lives, breaths and sleeps derby, and watches it constantly when not playing from the comfort of her cave, where she subsists off an assortment of fruit nectars and small insects. According to her vivacious and comely girlfriend LSP, also a Rocky Skater, Batty is “a big lesbo,” who also proudly represents her community on and off the track.

Batty is not only an exemplary Rocky Gal, but an accomplished fashionista with more clothing than a thrift store, 90% of that being ripped jean shorts (which yes she skates in). In accordance with this, she also dyes her armpits for every bout she skates in, which is such a majestic sight as it flows and ripples out behind her on the track, that onlookers have been moved to tears, and the author of this article is consider writing a chapbook of sonnets about it called, “BAT-ting for the Opposite Team,” a Sapphoistic ode to pit hair.

Batty is a human (or human adjacent entity) anyone would be (and is) proud and glad to call a friend. Not only does she have a wonderful sense of humor, a grounded sense of intelligence and kindness, and will imitate the Count from Sesame Street while counting your laps for you, she is also a staunch supporter of what she believes in and defends it with intelligence and grace.

To this end, friends and neighbors of RMRG, take a moment and raise your hands to the sky in thanks for the November Person of the Month for Rocky. While they’re up there, just give a ponder to how foxy you might look with magenta pits, or perhaps aqua green. Pick up that box of dye on the way home, you know you want to try it. Go ahead, dabble with something different, step out of your box and make those oxters of yours as vibrant and beautiful a place in your world as BATass makes in ours.

Member of the Month: Coacheena

The Tale of Coacheena

by Justice of the Peach

Coacheena Joy Rodrigo Consuela Constanza y Rodolfo Mildred Puto Electra Montcalm was born to a family of sheep herders in a small village in the Pyrenees Mountains. One day- sent from guarding her flocks in the sloping green vales of her family’s small hold fast- she headed into the local village to trade some ewe kidneys for the life sustaining twine her family needed to sheepshank their beasts, affix shingles onto the family hovel, and occasionally bind the unwary traveler for ransom money to pad their income. Through the dirty window of the taverna, on the screen of the town’s only television set, Coacheena saw the music video for Phil Collins, “Land of Confusion,” and decided then and there that she must go to America to become a backup dancer for the great man.

Coacheena’s world and dreams were rocked though when, upon returning home, her father announced she had been affianced to a local land baron, swarthy, rich and evil, who coveted her soft and demure ways and childbearing silhouette. This posed not a few problems. Not only had Coacheena JUST found her destiny like, 4 hours ago, she had also begun to experience some unsettling feelings whenever the local postmistress passed by on her bicycle, with the homespun linen of her uniform climbing up her thigh.

That night, as the moon scaled the ridge of Vignemale, Cheena decided it was time to pull a swift Irish goodbye and wriggled out the window of her room. Cropping her dark and lustrous locks close to her head in her now signature Johnny B spikes, Coacheena kissed her sleeping sheep goodbye, tucked her Saint Tupac medal under her tunic, and caught the fastest mule cart out of town, headed for the fishing port of Motril where she stowed away aboard a tramp steamer.

Unfortunately, “Tramp Steamer,” was not a designation of a type of boat, but rather a description of the cargo. Coacheena had unwittingly hidden herself amongst a crew of hurdy gurdy girls bound for the States. Nevertheless, surrounded as she was with silk and sequins, Coacheena soon won herself a spot as the dance troupes’ bouncer when she knocked a seaman unconscious with a loaf of stale bread as he made unwanted advances upon one of the women.

Upon reaching the States, Coacheena stayed for a time at the Golden Cheese Curd, in Madison, Wisconsin the club where her new friends were bound to be employed. She took names and busted heads with her bat dubbed “The Morale Improver,” a branch forged from a lightning struck peach tree and lovingly shaped by the robust bouncer. In time though, Coacheena, never forgetting her goal, headed West towards California and, she hoped, Phil Collins, a sack of prime rib slung on her back.

But it was not to be.

Surviving untold dangers, side tracks and an amusing instance where- trying to circumnavigate a particularly boring chunk of land- she agreed to ride in a biplane, whereupon she become so violently airsick over the side of the plane’s wings into a corn field she inspired the pilot, Lt. Harold R. Harris, to invent crop dusting- she finally made it as far as Colorado.

Exhausted, hair spikes drooping in defeat, Coacheena rolled into Denver. Falling asleep under a handicap ramp, the Morale Improver cradled in her arms like a suckling babe, she was awoken by a strange sound, as of a thousand bees or ball bearings roaring overhead. Groggily rubbing her head fuzz, she ambled up the ramp and peered through the window of a double door into a warehouse full of what looked like flying women. Coacheena stared in amazement, her nose pressed snub and porcine like against the glass.

Never in all her travels had she seen the like. Women in pads and helmets zooming past and whaling the snot out of each other. Coacheena pressed her face harder, breath fogging the glass, Phil Collins fading into a distant memory. Never had she felt such a hunger, except maybe that one time the butcher shop in Wisconsin had caught fire next to the Golden Cheese Curd and she’d eaten so much rib eye she had the meat sweats for 3 days.

When someone opened the door, Coacheena fell through it with a crash and landed at wheeled feet. All those confusing feelings she’d experienced with the postmistress suddenly made sense with a roaring intensity. She looked up into the eyes of a chesty, curly headed goddess named Chi Chi Chong, and knew she beheld her true destiny.

“Hi!” Said the skater helping her up, “Is that your club or are you just happy to see me?”

Coacheena made a sound that approximated a jelly fish being run over by a riding mower.

Undaunted by this, the skater continued to hold her hand, feeling the iron grip of someone who could single handedly wrassle’ an entire ram.

“Welcome to the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls!” Said the damsel.

“I’ve traveled a long way,” Said Coacheena taking the fair beauty’s hand.

“Well,” Replied Chi, “You’re home now.”

And it was so.

Coacheena and Chi Chi were married later that same day in the handicap stall of the men’s room, and Coacheena stayed on to coach every level of her newfound people, her skills at herding sheep becoming an instant asset.

She became beloved on Project Mayhem, grew her wings on Contenders, and stood strong and proud like the mountains of her homeland on Fight Club. Though a dedicated Coach to her spicy spouse’s home honchos the Dooms Daisies, she has stood in for all the Rocky Home Teams (except where she has illustrated a regrettable lack of taste, and unforgivable breach of etiquette by not appearing with fellow Mayhem coach Pool Boy, and The United States Pummeling Service.)

Coacheena’s willingness to grow alongside her skaters, her fathomless dedication, and her always up for it attitude has made her a much loved figure at RMRG. Whether picking a bar fight with a waitress at an away came in California, giving the side eye of Just-Wait-Until-I-Get-You-Alone-And-You’ll-See-How-Funny-You-Think-This-Is-Then to two members of her team (which has certainly never been her wife and the author) while brandishing the Morale Improver (which is real), or giving words of encouragement to a new player, Coacheena is steadfast, dauntless and good humored, like 84% of the time. RMRG is more than lucky to have her as part of leadership, part of the team, and part of the family.

Member of the Month: Jess Fasy

by Sylvia’s Wrath

Proud Punk Parent. Lover of Libations, Total Team Heckle. Promoter of partnerships. For someone who never puts on skates, Jess Fasy puts in WORK! 

Since her daughter, Killer, started with the junior skaters, Jess has worked tirelessly for this league. It doesn’t hurt that her partner is Contenders and USPS skater Melter Skelter (maybe you remember our previous Member of the Month recipient?), making her even more a part of the Rocky family. 

Jess does it all, and she does it with a welcoming smile on her face. She is ready to pitch in a helping hand wherever it’s needed. She started out working with our junior league, The Rocky Mountain Rollerpunks, helping to keep the program running smoothly for quite some time.

She has an impressive and extensive background in the Denver bar scene and has been kind enough to share her expertise at the Rollerdome; running, staffing, and stocking our bar so our patrons can enjoy tasty beverages while watching games. In addition, she is an active member of the partnership committee and has done much to foster relationships with our vendors, specifically on the food and beverage side of things. She even makes sure these partners are recognized by taking the time to hang their banners at our events. 

If she’s not behind the bar or otherwise putting in labor, you can find Jess on the sidelines at any of Skelter’s games, getting her Team Heckle on. And the best part is, she’s not stingy with her spirit! She supports all of her friends and all of our teams, both on and off the track. 

So next time you sidle up to the bar for a tasty Declaration beer, or a cocktail from one of our amazing spirits partners, make sure to throw Jess a nice tip, or at least a hearty CONGRATULATIONS on being Rocky Mountain Rollergirls’ Member of the Month!