I have been skating since I was 3 or 4. Mama was a quad figure skater. I took a 13 year break & started back when I started teaching my son. One weekend at the rink someone came up to me and told me I skated pretty good & should check out the Socialites, who were having an open boot camp that included a men's team that was forming called the Rebels. I didn't know derby still existed and having come from a speed skating background thought the idea of hitting someone on skates was crazy. But, I wanted to check it out so I went to the Thight Scream Social. I felt like I skated okay, I learned a lot and decided this was a way an old fool could compete. I didn't know I'd end up loving it so much. BTW, I'm a freakin' old guy, past 40. That's the short of it all. I have a lot of great friends out of it all, I get to skate and I think one day they'll stop feeling sorry for an old guy & tell me to hit the road, lol, but I'm going to give em hell til they do.
Glad to see you here... come check it all out & enjoy.
P.S. I'm not fond of wrist guards either... I think they suck! But, it's well worth it to be fortunate enough to play