Derby from the Balcony

Ep: 20 Buy the ticket, take the ride. Featuring Freight Train of TXRG!

An episode of Derby from the Balcony

By Dee Railya
A podcast about more than left turns.
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Ep: 22 Game Day Luminescence
Often forgotten but the foundation of derby as a postcard, score keepers and head officials are the Northern Lights to the derby community because without them the season doesn't coalesce.  Listen in as I chat with Florence Fightingale & Rink Rolled about their best practices being the HNSO & Score Keeper of Northern Lower Michigan.  We've included some helpful links below to get you up and going! Link to the scoreboard wiki that has installation and best practices Link to the scoreboard Facebook page: You can pick your own keyboard layout, but this is the one Rinky uses. It is good for touch typers because you can use it without having to look at the keyboard. You can also remember start and stop as G for Go and H for Halt. The beautiful photo of the aurora borealis in the cover art for this episode was taken by none other than Rink Rolled, our scorekeeper and man of many talents!
September 3, 2019
Ep: 21 Humble Composition
 This week I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing Preflash Gordon - the 13 year roller derby photographer veteran. Not only is he a freaking delight to talk with, he's a wealth of knowledge with a heart of gold and his love for the game and its community is unparalleled.  If you are an aspiring derby photographer or want to learn more about roller derby in general, listen in as we discuss this sport we love so much. From landscapes, to fishnets, to gold medals: sit back, grab some popcorn, and enjoy! I added some timestamps if you'd like to jump around! 00:01:30  Get to know Preflash Gordon 00:31:55 "RAW" Photographer Chat 00:53:00 Why we love your photos 01:11:00 Humble Talent
August 7, 2019
Ep: 20 Buy the ticket, take the ride. Featuring Freight Train of TXRG!
Do you know what you'll be doing when you're 90?  Freight Train does!  Join in as I recap our weekend with Freight Train and share our post brunch conversation about rhythm skating, roller coasters, derby gear preferences, and our favorite candy! Here's a link to the coaster Freight Train mentions in the interview, The Valravn Dive Coaster Thank you again Freight Train for your time and dedication to teaching the masses how to be awesome on skates inside and outside of roller derby! Thank you to for taking care of the derby community and our gear needs! Use code BALCONY10 at checkout to save 10% on your order!
July 31, 2019
Ep. 19: Welcome Back Odder
📸: Northland Pulp Awkward Dee is bbaaaaccckkkkk!!!! Coaches need to grow their toolbox, just like skaters. I talk about 3 things I ask myself as a coach from our most recent game to grow from the experience, recap some Michigan rankings & scores, and give a much needed tribute to my pal Moush. Visit our sponsor Check out her weekly deals and use code BALCONY10 at checkout to save 10% on your order.
June 11, 2019
Ep. 18: I announced solo... and did die!
Hi, hi, HIII!!!!  I'm so excited to FINALLY have time to record some audio!  yaaaayyyyy!!!  This episode I announce our partnership with All aBOUT Derby and I talk about a recent bucket list moment calling derby FROM THE BALCONY! aaahhhhh!  Believe in yourself! And just in case you need to hear it,  I believe in you too! I started recording outside but once my neighbor got to close with her lawnmower I had to take it inside. 😂 Check out our sponsor, All aBOUT Derby!  Use code BALCONY10 at checkout to save 10% on your entire order! I am extremely excited to announce our partnership with Lulu at All aBOUT Derby!! All aBOUT Derby is Michigan's premier derby owned an operated business. Skip the prime shipping, use code BALCONY10 When checking out at to save 10% on your order. Have any special requests or questions? Shoot Lulu a message and she'll get back to you ASAP with the best advice and competitive prices. Thank you for all you do for the Derby community Lulu! We appreciate you!
May 8, 2019
Ep. 17 Mitten Derby Recap Junior Edition
April 6th I had the pleasure of announcing at the Sixth Annual Spring Breakherout Tournament in Mackinaw City, MI. It was my first in person junior derby experience and it's one I'll never forget. Listen in as I recap the past 2 weekends scores then move on to how junior derby has impacted myself, my family, and our league. Thank you Jam Carrey for the awesome picture and for joining me on this adventure. Definitely one for the record books. ♥️
April 17, 2019
Ep: 16 Trippin on Derby: Baller Shot Caller & Lady Trample Clinic Recap
Have you ever gone to a roller derby training clinic?  Regardless your answer, listen in as Jam Carrey, Sandra, and I ride that derby high and talk about the lessons we learned from Baller Shot Caller of Atlanta Roller Derby and Lady Trample Denver Roller Derby. Embrace your passions!  Do THE THING!  And... don't forget, "The more chins the better!"  Now will someone crack a window? :P Thank you one million times over to Baller and Trample for teaching us amazing things and for inspiring us to achieve more together. #derbylove
April 4, 2019
Ep. 15 Michigan Derby Recap 3.23-3.24 & Interview w/Juicy GoGo!!
Aaahhhhh! I'm sorry it's late! Sometimes sleep just takes precedence! *deep breath* This week after score recaps, I interview Juicy Gogo from Lakeshore Roller Derby! We talk about our love for the microphone, how we connect with the crowd and bicycle polo! Juicy is an absolute hoot! Thank you again Juicy for joining me for this cherished conversation. #derbylove
March 28, 2019
DeeTales: Self love & interactive practices
On my way home from one of our best practices of 2019, I discuss those inner voices that challenge us and why it's important to educate not dictate practice. Check out our FB and Instagram pages for the brief video mentioned in this episode.
March 23, 2019
Ep 14: Weekly Mitten Derby Recap w/ Jahrmageddon - Mar 16th Bouts
This week I launch a new series where I recap Michigan Roller Derby scores and highlights. Ali Jahr, also known as Jahrmageddon, from East Lansing Mitten Mavens, joins me in talking about the importance of derby culture and it's impact on skater growth and retention. Thank you so much for joining me Jahrmageddon! I am in awe of your love and passion for the derby community. photo: KTkaBOOM!
March 20, 2019
2019 Casebook Reading Part 2 by Derby from the Balcony
While I didn't get kitty cuddles this recording session, I did enjoy diving into the following Casebook sections. Part 2: 2.2.4 Passing the Star *01:28* C2.2.4A *02:25* C2.2.4B *03:19* C2.2.4C *06:48* C2.2.4D *08:44* C2.2.4E *10:58* C2.2.4F *12:12* 2.2.5 Blockers *14:50* 2.3- Engagement Zone & Pack *15:07* C2.3.A *15:43* C2.3.B *18:13* C2.3.C *20.23* 2.4 Blocks & Assists *22:10* 2.5- Passing *22:22* C2.5.A *22:52*
March 15, 2019
DeeTales: Roller Girl Reading w/Malcolm for March is Reading Month
Malcolm and I read an excerpt from Roller Girl, by Victoria Jamieson for March is reading month. Malcolm also talks about what lessons he's learned from being on roller skates. Thank you Victoria Jamieson for writing such an amazing book. We read it often and talk about the lessons Astrid learned from the wonderful community that is roller derby. ♥️
March 15, 2019
2019 Casebook Reading Part 1 by Derby from the Balcony
While cuddling with my pal Moush, I have fun giving clarification to the WFTDA casebook. This is part one which includes: 1. Game parameters & Safety - 2. Gameplay - 2.1 The Track - 2.2 Positions - 2.2.1 Jammers - 2.2.2 Lead Jammer - 2.2.3 Pivot Blocker Have feedback? Awesome! Reach out to me at
March 7, 2019
2019 WFTDA Rules Reading: 5. Officiating by Derby from the Balcony
2019 WFTDA Rules Reading Chapter 5 - Officiating 5.1 Staffing *00:30* 5.1.1 Distinction *01:09* 5.1.2 Requirements *01:47* 5.2 Duties *02:42* 5.3 Communication Between Skaters & Officials *05:50*
March 4, 2019
Ep 12: Mental Toughness - Changing from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset.
A teammate asked me how to mentally prepare for an opponent when you're predicted to loose. I share a few of my favorite ways to begin changing from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset.
February 18, 2019
Ep 11: Do it for the Fans, not just the W!
Is your fanbase fluctuating as derby grows more serious? Today we walk through meeting fan expectation in smaller regions. Listen in as I share 4 ways we're working to attract and retain fans. Resources: The Psychology of being a Sports Fan 6 tips to boost fan engagement How to Find and Keep Loyal Sports Fans
February 4, 2019
Ep 10: Is role definition right for your league?
Recently there's been a lot of talk regarding role definition. Listen in as I share 3 reasons why I feel role definition may not be the best answer for your league and I share how we're working to become stronger & more cohesive, together. Ep 10: Is role definition right for your league? 📸: Northland Pulp Article mentioned:
February 1, 2019
PREVIEW: Derby in Pop Culture
This is where we breakdown a small sample of what we're going to cover in a limited series about roller derby in pop culture and media in the near future!
January 31, 2019
2019 WFTDA Rules Reading: 4. Penalties by Derby from the Balcony
4.1 Contact Penalties 00:43 ** 4.1.1 Impact to an Illegal Target Zone 02:08 ** 4.1.2 Impact with an Illegal Blocking Zone 03:01 ** 4.1.3 Other Illegal Contact 04:13 ** 4.1.4 Multiplayer Blocks 05:16 ** 4.2 Game Structure Penalties 05:38 ** 4.2.1 Illegal Positioning 06:09 ** 4.2.2 Gaining Position 07:55 ** 4.2.3 Interfering with the Flow of the Game 10:08 ** 4.2.4 Other Illegal Procedures 11:35 ** 4.3 Penalties for Unsporting Conduct (Misconduct) 12:23 ** 4.4 Enforcing Penalties 13:45 ** 4.4.1 Penalty Enforcement for Blockers 15:19 ** 4.4.2 Penalty Enforcement for Jammers 16:10 ** 4.5 Fouling out & Expulsions 17:30 **
January 29, 2019
Ep: 09 Best Foot Forward: 7 Years of Recovery
Do you know what to do in the moment when you fear you've broken your ankle? Are you working on recovery? Inspired by the folks in the FB Group: Roller Derby Injuries: Blood, Sweat, & Tears, I decide to tell part of my recovery story.  7 years running and I'm still learning something new every day to help me continue my journey.  Things I enjoyed reading You Are a Badass®: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life ** What is Broken Leg Depression? ** Life impact of ankle fractures: Qualitative analysis of patient and clinician experiences
January 21, 2019
2019 WFTDA Rules Reading: 3. Scoring by Derby from the Balcony
Chapter 3 Scoring 3.1 Earning Points 00:00** 3.2 Scoring Points 01:00*” 3.3 Scoring Avoidance 02:14** 3.4 Penalized Jammers 03:46** 3.5 Errors in Scoring & Score Reporting 04:39** If you like it? Please do the whole like & share with your fellow derby folks! Click the link below to listen or choose from your favorite app! Happy Listening! 💕
January 16, 2019
2019 WFTDA Rules Reading: 2. Gameplay by Derby from the Balcony
**Might want to turn the volume down on this one! 😬 I didn't realize I was blowing out the mic until AFTER I finished because, well, I'm still learning! 😁**" Chapter 2. Gameplay 2.1 The Track 00:00** 2.2 Positions 01:04** 2.2.1 Jammers 02:46** 2.2.2 Lead Jammer 04:10** 2.2.3 Pivot Blocker 05:37** 2.2.4 Passing the Star 7:00** 2.2.5 Blockers 09:10** 2.3 Engagement Zone & Pack 09:30** 2.4 Blocks and Assists 12:40** 2.4.1 Target Zones 14:13** 2.4.2 Blocking Zones 15:00** 2.5 Passing 15:40** Did I miss something important? Let me know at or find DFTB on FB. -D
January 16, 2019
2019 WFTDA Rules Reading : 1. Game Parameters & Safety by Derby from the Balcony
Hey all! DEE'S BACK!  I've really enjoyed this recent obsession with the rules.  Mumbles had a great idea to put timestamps below so you can find what you want quickly with the audio.  Also, it's fun to listen to fast if your app allows you! :) 1.1 Timing-Beginning** 1.2 Teams-01:47** 1.3 Timeouts-03:40** 1.4 Game Information-07:10** 1.5 Winning-07:50** 1.5.1 Overtime-07:58
January 15, 2019
DeeTales:Post Practice Passion
DeeTales: Post Practice Passion. How do you connect with your skaters to communicate drills? On the way home from our learn for skate practice, I am so inspired and excited, I have to share my feelings with the masses. Sorry for the background noise and audio quality, I just didn't want to loose the moment. 😁 "The key is not the will to win. Everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important. " -Bobby Knight
January 15, 2019
Ep:08 Relax with Moush!
I've received a new Microphone and have been playing around with it for hours.  My husband and I decided this was the best recording.  We hope you enjoy!  We will resume our regularly scheduled programming soon! Sometimes we all need a moment to recenter and Moush helps us get there. Seriously, turn it up. :)
January 10, 2019
Ep:07 RAWK'in Out Rules Updates - w/ Eric RAWK of Angel City Derby
Through a series of fortunate events, RAWK and I sit down and talk about updates made to the WFTDA rule set that take effect in 2019. RAWK has been involved in derby since 2005 and has officiated for several high level teams including Gotham, Oly, and Rat City just to name a few. He is currently with Angel City Derby in Los Angeles, California! Thanks again to RAWK and Miracle Whips for giving me this opportunity and I look forward to chatting again! Have feedback for me? Cool! Reach out at Photo of RAWK: Preflash Gordon
December 27, 2018
2019 WFTDA Rules Reading: Glossary by Derby from the Balcony
I have a scheduled chat with Eric RAWK! In anticipation of this upcoming opportunity, I review the Glossary from the WFTDA Rules Documentation for 2019. I will be making audio files of the entire rulebook and case book in the coming days. I know I retain better being able to read along while I listen. I hope you enjoy! have feedback for me? Cool reach out at
December 21, 2018
Ep:06 Skip the prime shipping! Shop derby owned!
Have you started your holiday shopping yet? Is your family asking you what you want for the holidays? Join Lulu from All aBOUT Derby and I as we talk about the top 10 derby must haves under $35! All of which can be ordered using code "HOLIDAYS10" Tune in 8am (EST) Monday as we reveal more ways to save in store and by ordering online at -- More from Lulu -- All aBOUT Derby is a derby owned/operated store by Laura "Lu-Lu Bye Baby" Shevnock.  She is committed to providing you with excellent products and services Lulu is running 3 big promotions through the holidays! Each one even more awesome than the last. #1 SAVE 10% off with code HOLIDAYS10, today through Christmas Eve 12/24. We have some in store sales going on too! #2  Plus, don’t forget about our raffle! For every $25 you spend at All aBOUT Derby, you earn a raffle ticket to our drawing. Winners will be drawn on FB live on 12/24/18 😃🎄🎁 #3  Give the gift of All aBOUT Derby with a special eGift Card! **Save 10% on every gift card $25 or more plus earn DOUBLE raffle ticket entries for every gift card purchase!** You could win a full set of wheels, a helmet, and more! Click the link below to purchase now!
December 10, 2018
Ep:01 First time behind the mic.
Listen to me rambled on as I try out the Anchor Radio App for the first time while I recap my experience at the annual Mitten Kitten Mash-up Roller Derby Tournament. This is my first visit to MK as a volunteer and not a competitive skater. FInd out what happened when I crossed over to the other side! 🤪 -D
December 6, 2018
Ep:05 Documenting From The Tape
I landed him for a second time in my life folks! I'm joined by my hubby, Keith from @NorthlandPulp to discuss what it's like being a roller derby photographer and derby widow. What are your thoughts? Comment here or email
November 29, 2018
DeeTales: Malcolm's Sick Beats
Malcolm wanted to create some "podcast beats" for me. So if you want to get pumped up, play his beats on a loop. He has given me permission to share. 😉
November 28, 2018
Ep:04 But, you're like, really pretty!
Have you ever made yourself feel less than you are? A situation I tried to not give much thought, continues to resurface creating a negative impact on my life. Listen in as I talk it out with you. What are your thoughts? -Dee "To be honest, my goal is to really just leave a positive impact on everyone I meet. Whether it be a smile, laugh, or a changed heart." -unknown
November 17, 2018
Ep:03 Off Season Rigmarole
As our 2018 season comes to a close, our league works to rebuild our roster. But how does one do that you ask? Listen in as i talk about some behind the scenes processes, marketing, and togetherness! Have a question or know the answers to mine? Reach out to me!
November 12, 2018
Ep:02 NSO-your role!
Join me as I spend most my time rambling about penalty box timing, penalty wrangling, and learning the roles within! What are your thoughts? Send them my way at
October 25, 2018
DeeTales: No mic for you!
Find out what happens when I try to join the "press box." wanna reach me? email me!
October 19, 2018
DeeTales: Malcolm's Lego Imagination Challenge
Malcolm wanted record an episode with Mommy. Listen as Malcolm talks about his share day and his imagination challenge!
October 17, 2018
DeeTales: Retail therapy rant
After a rough day dealing with the parts about humanity I don't understand, I go on a Dee rant in an attempt to work through my feelings.
October 14, 2018
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