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Page 8 V~uR MI JNITV - January 11,2012 From page 1 "It's just an adrenaline rush. There's so much go- ing on. It's like human chess." Roller derby is a contact sport that developed, in the 1930s, from endurance roller-skating races held in the early part of the 20th Century. In bouts, two teams of five skaters bach - a jammer, three blockers and a pivot, all skating the same direction around a circuit track, try to knock each other out of bounds and send them to the back of the pack. The pivot leads the pack of blockers and sets the pace, starting at the pivot line. The jammer starts 20 feet behind the pivot line. The jammer's goal is to get through the pack of blockers and then get around the track to pass them again. On the second time around, if the jammer is in the lead. he scores one point for each blocker passed, and if he laps the jammer, he scores a grand slam an additional five points. Each race around the track is called a jam. A jam is two minutes long. There will be about eight jams per half in a typical 30-minute half. Blockers and the pivot attempt to keep the oppos- ing jammer from passing while assisting their jammer through the pack. The sport lost popularity in the 1970s after match- es had become very scripted, but has experienced a resurgence in the last 10 years, particularly among women. Roller derby is played on every inhabited continent. It requires speed, strength and a lot of technique. Warner said. The Concussion is in its second year as a team. he said. Women brought back the roller derby sport about seven or eight years ago, and they're now training the men's teams. The Concussion is coached by the Emer- ald City Roller Girls. The team will have about seven games through- out the year, Warner said. The team can field up to 14 skaters at a bout. The Concussion is running 10 to 11 players ages 18 to 73. The game is intense and physical, Warner said. He sustained a concussion in a bout in August and was out for four weeks on doctor's orders. Photo courtesy of Cindy Hart Anthony Warner puts on his gear prior to a recent roll- er derby bout. The team is in a building mode right now. War- ner said, and it's helping start new programs, with two players going to a new team in the Puget Sound area in Washington this year. Participants are amateurs pay-to-play, Warner said. although some players get sponsors - and he's looking for them too. He's planning to "roller derby until I can't skate anymore." he said. The Concussion will face the Deep Valley Bellig- erents of Mendocino County, Calif., at 2 p.m. on Jan. 15 at 250 S. 32nd., Willamalane Sports Center. Further information may be found at lanecoun- tyconcussion.com, which says, "This isn't old school derby. The track is fast; the hits are real." I! 2012 OutDoorsRV 270DBHS 111 OutDoorsRV WindRiver 250RLS OutDoorsRV Back Country 18F Stk#R7979 MSRP $36,993 Show $32,709 Lassen $26,864 Stk#R7967 Show $14,700 Lassen ! Stk#R8009 Justin Clark catches some air at the From page 1 we'll be monitoring it again." Martin said. Just like the School District, which owns the skate park prop- erty, the city can enforce a rule against profanity, he said. "We could ask them to leave the prem- ises for violating the rules." The city has a flyer outlining rules and reminders about behav- ior, he said, and it will distribute those in the future. The city will encourage park patrons to use the facility ap- propriately, Martin said. "We'll continue to work with the patrons that are there. We'll continue to monitor it and continue to moni- tor the police log." Language is one of the main complaints about the park, Lewis said, but it's also a societal prob- lem. City personnel are not avail- able to be at the park in the eve- nings or weekends, which limits their ability to deal with prob- lems, she said. "Unless you're standing there every moment to say, 'cool it,' people are going to talk the way they talk," she said. "It's not a staffed facility, so it really does depend on the neighbors calling it in to somebody." Even then it's going to be hit and miss, Lewis said, and the city simply would like to educate us- ers. "You walk away, they're go- ing to be the same as they were the first time," she said. Martin also said the profanity issue is a difficult one. "We have it signed no pro- fanity, but that's going to be tough issue to enforce," he said. Although city officials have not been discussing closing the park, the city can close the park, Martin said. It did close the park briefly over behavior issues soon after it opened. City officials are seeing signs of improvement. "We're seeing a lot more use by youngsters with parents, and that's great," Lewis said. They're the ones that can say something to disrespectful users. On the other hand, they may be the ones the disrespectful users are telling to "bug off." "I'd like to teach respect to a lot of people," she said. 'T've never found a resolution for it. I don't know how you teach re- spect. They don't respect their neighbors, but lack of respect isn't illegal." Short of closing the park, Photo by Miriam Swanson skate park. which is what neighbors appear to want. there will be illegal and disrespectful activities just like anywhere people congregate. Lewi~ said. Dan Kilpatrick. who has lived across from the location of the skate park at 1980 Long St. for 20 years, said he just wants it locked when it closes. He suggested al- lowing a volunteer to lock it. "Let my neighbor lady do it," he said. He outlined several problems at the park. "I just see too many drug deals go down," Kilpatrick said. "A car pulls up, kids run out. It leaves, and they're back in the park with a baggie." The police came after one call and searched one of the pa- trons, Kilpatrick said, but he had passed the baggie to a buddy. When the police left, they left; and they haven't been back. The place is littered with cigarette butts and "rubbers" too, Kilpatrick said. "Who in their right mind wants to see their kids play over there? Some of the good kids will clean it up, but they get pushed out by the bad kids." Thecity locked the park at night during the first year, Martin said. The Sankey Park caretaker locked it nightly. He would rather see neigh- bors call the police rather than locking the park, Martin said. There have been three or four calls since November, and all but one have been within a minute or two of the park closing time. "Is locking it at night go- ing to address their concerns?" Martin said. "For the most part, we've had limited problems with the skate park considering the us- age." And the city does have simi- lar problems at its other parks, he said. Mostly, it's a matter of educating the_patrons and let- ting them know when the park is closed. Kilpatrick said locking the park would reduce costs, from picking up trash to police officers responding. On another train of thought, Kilpatrick suggests the city di- versify the park and bring more people in for other activities. On the back side, he believes there is enough room to allow a bas- ketball hoop and key. A guy like him could go over there and shoot hoops. That might help improve the park. The problems have been es- calating since it opened, he said. "There's nothing there but trouble in any city I've ever seen one (a skate park)."