I don’t know if it’s their new rules about plants, or just the crisp Rocky Mountain air, but Colorado sure has some great derby. Reffed up in Eagle over the weekend. My ref buddy and I were hosted in a skater’s home, taken to a rum bottling party (and sent home with some boutique, very tasty, horchata rum), fed repeatedly, treated with respect on and off the track and just all around had a great weekend. Every single team was appreciative, made a point of saying so, and gave me the sense that I was not just a prop in their show.
Additionally, the Tournament Head was encouraging, gave great feedback, I worked with some amazeballs men and women and learned way more than expected. I was exhausted, sweaty, hungry, cold and totally would have done five more games.
Well done, Colorado Derbs, well done.