How did you choose your derby name?
It’s a tribute to the great Jackie Gleason and the character he played in Smoky and the Bandit. He played foul mouthed Sheriff Beauford T. Justice. I’d like to think I am not as bad as that but my kids might say otherwise.
Tell us about what you do for the league. What are your goals this year for you with officiating?
I am Head of Officiating for OHRG, during game days I am in change of track setup and I am also a WFTDA Theory Clerk. As H.O.O. I have a very hands off approach this year and am really just making sure the crew is working well together and everyone is happy with what they are doing. I very much want people to be successful and get a lot of enjoyment and satisfaction out of derby. We have a great Head Ref, Kermit and a great Head NSO in Kill C Grammar and they are doing fine jobs in running those divisions so I am more the “big picture” guy. As a Theory Clerk I work with the committees in charge of the rules of the game so its quite exciting to see where people see the game of roller derby going in the future.
How did you get involved with derby in the first place?
I saw a reality show on A&E about it and thought it was really cool. So I looked up that leagues website and they had a link to The Ohio Roller Girls website and at that time they were looking for volunteers. Track setup and teardown was one of the options and I always enjoyed working with my hands and they only had 5 home games in a season so I thought “why not?” Now here we are 9 seasons, hundreds of games and a thousand scrimmages later….
What is your favorite derby moment from so far this year?
That’s a hard one! My favorite moments are when I see people succeed under pressure- the NSO that has struggled with a detail that suddenly nails it during a game. The skating official that can’t quite dial in a particular call has that eureka moment and suddenly stands tall and confident in issuing it. Seeing the teams finally executing difficult strategies they have worked on and struggled with all season. Seeing those moments of joy and success is what keeps me in the sport.
What do you enjoy doing on your spare time?
Spare time, what is that? My two daughters are in High School, one is a Senior so we are doing the whole “college prep” thing and my youngest made the Grove City Freshman Volleyball team. So throwing derby into the mix and I have something going on every night.
What is your favorite color?
I hate to say but its NOT WFTDA Salmon Pink! Blue all the way.
Lastly, what is some advice for those that are interested in reffing or volunteering?
The best advice I can give is that you must consider your derby life as your HOBBY, not your job. Its supposed to be challenging and will consume more time than you think, but its supposed to be FUN! You should also think about what you want to do or get out of derby before you start. That way we can help make sure that you achieve those goals and find the enjoyment you are seeking. That and wear pants….always remember pants.
Interview by: BerMurder Triangle
Pictures by Joe Mac