“It’s been fun,” she said. “I really enjoy it.”
Hoff competes with the nickname “Hoff the Chain.” Nicknames are fairly common in roller derby nationwide, but in the past players have often opted for vulgar, violent or obscene nicknames.
Hoff said that phenomenon is slowly disappearing as the sport tries to appeal more to families and children. That’s also why most leagues now follow a set of rules written by the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association.
“Now it’s more like a regular sport,” Hoff said. “There are rules and stuff and we try to keep everyone safe.”
Hoff added that doesn’t mean skaters avoid physical contact, but now the physicality doesn’t cross the line into brutality quite as often.
This will be Hoff’s first time coaching a roller derby team, she said, and the squad hopes to be ready to go by the spring. To help the team cover expenses such as travel and rink rentals for home matches, Hoff said the Sugar Skulls will hold fundraisers in the coming months.
Hoff said the team has yet to decide on the exact nature of the fundraisers they’ll hold. But assuming the Sugar Skulls stay on track and start competing in the spring, fans in and around McAlester will soon get to experience a sport unlike any other.
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