Roller Derby

Men’s teams pick up roller derby speed

Men’s teams picking up speed…

Practices for the men’s team started in August. However, organizers said they are still trying to recruit more men to join. A Fresh Meat Recruiting Night for men and women interested in trying out the sport will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the track behind Meerscheidt Recreation Center, 1600 E. Hadley Ave. Limited skates and gear will be provided.

“There’s a men’s team in El Paso that is more of a recreational team,” Ryan said. “They do bouts and play, but we were looking to form something that would be a little more serious.”

Ryan, 40, is an emcee for Crossroads City Derby, a nonprofit organization and the premier women’s flat track roller derby league in Las Cruces. He also is one of the few men in Las Cruces working to establish New Mexico Men’s Roller Derby, the first men’s competitive roller derby team in the state.

“The thing with men’s (roller) derby is we’re kind of outsiders in an outsider sport,” said Johnny Ryan, aka OG Juan Kanobi (his roller derby name). “What’s great is this sport is brutal, and we just make it that much more brutal.”

LAS CRUCES — Unlike most sports, roller derby is predominantly a women’s world, with the number of women’s roller derby leagues far outnumbering men’s.


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