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A Dash of Derby

Chickadee Wallop, Hard Dash, Chemical Restraint, Shrink Wrap, Otter Mayhem, CupQuake, Parks N. Reckless — these are some of the names of Maine’s newest criminals. They play roller derby, and according to a 1991 Maine law, “A skater attempting to overtake other skaters shall do so in a manner that avoids collision with objects and other skaters in that skater’s field of vision.” The law was discovered by Hard Dash (Heather Steeves). “The police aren’t knocking down the doors, but we are outlaws presently,” she admits: collisions are a major component in the contact sport. State Representative Diane Russell has agreed to sponsor legislation to exempt roller derby from the prohibition. Until the legislature resumes in January, though, Maine Roller Derby is technically operating outside the law — a challenge for a registered nonprofit trying to raise $400,000 to build a permanent facility and launch a youth program. Despite the law, the association went ahead and finished their season. (MS/Portland Press Herald) ...With all the derby names, at least the wanted posters will be entertaining.
Original Publication Date: 27 December 2015
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 22.

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