Kansas City Roller Warriors
Is this team a collection from home teams, or a separate entity?
Collection from our four home teams: Dreadnought Dorothys, Victory Vixens, Black Eye Susans, and the Knockouts.
How do you keep the team as a working whole?
We practice together three times a week, which means extra practice time outside of normal practice.
What is your general regimen with the team?
In terms of training, we stepped it up in the months leading up to nationals by adding practices and playing tough bouts heading into the tournament. We peaked at nationals by design.
What do you think your team does differently?
Our team prioritized fitness and skating skills and played basic derby strategy with the goal of simply outskating our opponents, which we feel we did. We drew on a broad base of strong talent and specialized our players in positions. Our two coaches focused separately on jammers or blockers.
Tell us about the win at Nationals, how did it feel, is it comparable to anything?
Winning Nationals is just like winning the lottery. Actually, I've never won the lottery, but I expect that's what it would feel like. Winning was very satisfying. Going into the Championship bout against Rat City, I honestly don't think anyone but our team felt we had any shot at winning. Rat City was supposed to be unbeatable. But we just played our game, believed in ourselves, and refused to lose. When the final whistle blew, everyone rushed the floors to celebrate our win. It was mayhem. I don't think I've ever seen so many people crying at one time in the same room. It was awesome! I remember at one point looking at Annie Maul and asking her, "is this real?" To this day I still get goosebumps and a big smile thinking about it. We were unstoppable.
What advice would you give other captains looking to push their teams up in the national rankings?
Make your players drink the blood of the enemies first thing every morning. Ha, just kidding. Trust your coaches, trust your teammates, trust yourself. Never believe that any team is better than your team and never underestimate any opponent.
Now that you're number one, what are you going to do next?
We're going to Disneyland! We have some tough, upcoming bouts against Texas and Windy City along with Western Regionals in the fall and hopefully Nationals in November where we hope to defend our 2007 title.
Where do you see roller derby in five years?
The #1 sport in the world! Total derby domination!
How would you feel about roller derby becoming a professional sport?
It would be nice to not have to worry about going broke just to play the sport I love. If we went pro we'd have to carefully do it in such a way as to not undermine the hard work of the dedicated amateurs who have created this sport and achieved everything we have so far.
Anything you want the derby world to know?
With hard work and dedication, anything is possible. All you have to do is believe. Watch out for the Warriors we're coming to getcha!