Mother Diablo is looking for a few good women.
Diablo — her real name is Kevin Moody -- is the founder of the High Desert Derby Devils, a Victor Valley flat track roller derby team.
"Roller derby is the fastest-growing women's sport in the world," Moody said Friday.
The sloped banked tracks so familiar from film and television are vanishing into history — torn down in favor of more consumer-friendly uses — and the Derby Devils skate on flat tracks, like the one at Hesperia's Power Play Skating Arena, and play by the Women's Flat Track Derby Association rules.
"I consider myself kind of a derby farmer. Derby hasn't opened up here yet, but I'm convinced that, with our location, everybody has to come through here to go to Vegas," said Moody. "My hope is to bring roller derby into the desert strong and hopefully we can expand into Lancaster and Palmdale."
There are 10 Derby Devils at the moment, some from as far away as Barstow, and the team is still recruiting and training for their first outing against another team.
"The first three or four months, we spent learning how to fall, learning how to skate without getting hurt," said Moody. "A new football team wouldn't get thrown out on the field in four months. They'd get clobbered and hurt. It's the same thing for this."
Moody hopes the Derby Devils can have their first outing before the end of the year.
"It looks like it's just training and knocking everybody out, but it actually takes a lot of physical training to stay up."
She grew up watching the Los Angeles Thunderbirds roller derby team on television and finally decided to take the plunge and form her own team last year.
"I love to be physical, I love to skate," she said. "It's a little bit more raucous and it usually attracts the kind of girls that you might say, by appearance, are rough and tumble."
That's part of the appeal for Krystina "Norma Mean Jean" Rugg, 26, a Victorville mother and college student.
"Even though it's kind of a rough and tumble sport, it's really family oriented," Rugg said Friday. "Most of us girls have kids. It's really given me a lot of confidence. I feel like I can go out and talk to anybody ... It's really helped me get in shape."
But rough and tumble as it may be, don't look for the sort of combat on rollerskates commonly seen in movies and television.
"We're allowed to do hip bumps and what we call booty bumps," said Rugg. "Of course, there are girls out there who like to start catfights, but that's not what I'm interested in."
"We want to represent the sport with respect and not just clobber people," Moody said. "I think we're going to get a lot of support. There was a lot of cheering and rooting" when the High Desert Derby Devils skated in last year's Hesperia Days parade.
The High Desert Derby Devils will be holding a "fresh meat" meeting on Sat., March 18, from 6 to 10 p.m. to meet women ages 18 and older interested in joining their team.
"It's an open recruiting. We just want anybody to come on out," said Moody. "It's just a fun night to meet us and get information."
Power Play Skating Arena Roller/Inline Skating Rink is located at 10770 I Avenue in Hesperia. Call (760) 956-6711 for more information.
For more information about the High Desert Derby Devils, call Mother Diablo at 760-954-2210 or e-mail her at email@example.com.
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