Women brawl, find family on local roller derby teams (SLIDESHOW)

Published: Monday, March 11, 2013 at 05:44 PM.

“Be a little bit of a different you,” Grabas said.

The sport takes all kinds, said Dawn “MissChief Managed” Weaver of the Okaloosa Rollers. Everyone from stay-at-home moms to military to teachers find their way to derby.

Weaver first heard of roller derby as she dropped off a friend at a practice.

“I thought she had a death wish,” Weaver said with a laugh.

However, the more she learned about it the more fun it sounded to her. She played for a time, but decided she’d rather referee. She enjoys keeping the girls in line.

“There’s nothing more frustrating than a win from a dirty team and nothing more satisfying than a win from a clean team,” Weaver said.

The more you practice, the more you learn and the safer you become, she added.

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