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Derby team wants to get rolling

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(Curtis Clegg - cclegg@shawmedia.com)
Kristin Spickerman with the Barbed Wire Betties roller derby team skates in the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival parade.

The Barbed Wire Betties are looking for a few good women.

When Kimberly Pincombe, the president of the fledgling roller derby club, moved to DeKalb from St. Charles, she knew she wanted to start a local roller derby team. The Barbed Wire Betties were formed in June of this year and are seeking players, coaches, sponsors, referees and a location in DeKalb County where the team can regularly practice and hold bouts.

Pincombe said that the sport is making a comeback, and has a lot to offer to participants.

“It empowers women and it gives them a chance to bond with friends, get in shape and boost their confidence,” Pincombe said. She said 12 to 14 women have committed to the team so far, but they still need more members. Team members are responsible for purchasing their own roller skates, uniforms and safety equipment.

“We don’t let anybody practice without full (safety) gear,” Pincombe said.

In a news release, team member Holly Both wrote that the team will teach prospective players how to skate, and derby experience is not needed.

The team practices from 7-9 p.m. Fridays and from 8-10 a.m. on Sundays at the Kishwaukee Family YMCA, but Pincombe said they need a facility where they can practice more often and host bouts once they get insured and accredited by the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association.

Pincombe estimates that it could be a year before the team is organized and practiced enough for eligibility in the organization, but she is optimistic about the prospect.

“I can’t believe the progress we have made in the last month,” she said.

Noel Green, 37, of Sycamore is a stay-at-home mom and the team’s treasurer.

“I think it’s a cool thing for women, and I think it is empowering,” Green said. “For people in my age range, it’s a good way to get out and meet people.”

“We are a team of people from all backgrounds and ages,” Green added. “People should not be swayed by what kinds of people they think should be in roller derby.”

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