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July 13, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Rat City Rollergirl crashes through pregnancy as motherhood meets roller derby

Dollface tends to her baby, Charlie, when she's not skating.  Photo by Axle Adams

Dollface tends to her baby, Charlie, when she’s not skating.
Photo by Jules Doyle

By Scarlet Leather

Scarlet Leather is the marketing director of the Rat City Rollergirls. She wrote this Take 2 blog post  about Dollface of the Sockit Wenches with the help of teammate Belle Tolls.

The Socket Wenches of the Rat City Rollergirls have revamped their training program, attitude and work ethic, and it has all been inspired by Erin Hulderson, aka Death by Dollface who is a recent transfer from San Jose’s Silicon Valley Roller Girls. After she played rugby in college, she soon found roller derby to be a unique physical challenge. She has become an asset to our league, on and off the track.

Soon after being drafted to Rat City in 2012, she found out that she was pregnant. She did crossfit training throughout her pregnancy, lifting to stay in shape, and even beating some of her own personal records. She was cleared for full contact by her doctor six weeks after her baby, Charlie, was born two weeks late. She’ll tell you that the return has been one of the hardest things she has ever done mentally, emotionally and physically, but you wouldn’t know that from what her teammates have to say about her. Despite her self-depreciating humility, she balances motherhood and being an exceptional athlete while inspiring her teammates along the way to the championship game.

But don’t take it from me, listen to what team captain Belle Tolls has to say about her:

Dollface is a fantastic teammate. She would probably be the first to argue otherwise, but that’s because she’s far too modest. She is a beast of a player, and skilled at timing and fast offensive picks. She will clear an entire wall for her jammer in one move, if the situation calls for it. She is also great at quick hip-pops (say “quick hip-pop” five times fast!) on the other jammer, to keep our defense strong. She runs the pack like a fierce mama bear, empowering newer players to be successful and more veteran skaters to be their best.

Dollface skates for Sockiit Wenches of the Rat City Rollergirls.  Photo by Danny Ngan

Dollface skates for Sockit Wenches of the Rat City Rollergirls.
Photo by Danny Ngan

But it’s her dedication to our team that really makes her shine. People look up to her and learn from her. Her dedication to hard work and self-sacrifice are a constant source of inspiration for me and for the entire team. That attitude and commitment has allowed our team to fight so hard this year and to be successful against really talented and skilled teams. Taking last place in the league last year set a huge opportunity for the Sockit Wenches this season, and Dollface is someone who has really risen to the challenge. 

And it’s no surprise that she’s so good at mentorship. On top of everything else, Dollface is a recent mother. It still amazes me to think that she was active in cross training through her eighth or ninth month of pregnancy and came back to active skating within a few weeks of giving birth. Now she tends to her little man, Charlie, after leaving the rink only to pop right back when it’s time to go – focused and ready. Breastfeeding is not an uncommon sight in the locker room. (I told you this woman is a beast.)

We are a better team for having Dollface around. She is Sockit Wench family.

Come out and see the Rat City Rollergirls play a double-header bout at Key Arena this Saturday, July 13 at 5:30 p.m.. Rat City All Stars vs. Charm City Roller Girls

Rat City Rain of Terror vs. Sac City Rollers. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com or in-person at Fast Girl Skates.

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