Is Roller Derby Ready For Rocket Skates

Is Roller Derby Ready For Rocket Skates

Anybody who watches derby regularly knows that speed on skates is definitely one of the most important skills a competitor can possess. Obviously, speed alone doesn’t get the job done, but it sure does help. Rocketskates are motorized electric skates that will propel the wearer at a neck breaking speed of 12 mph! They’re designed […]

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California Derby Teams Spill Blood For A Cause

California Derby Teams Spill Blood For A Cause

Eight San Francisco area roller derby teams are banding together to sponsor the “Make ’em Bleed” blood drive. Beginning on August 9 and running through mid-October, the blood drive, one of the most successful in California, will promote donations thru personal appearances, autographs and giveaways. Last year over 600 San Franciscans stepped up and donated. […]

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Kansas City Bomber-When Derby Went Mainstream

Kansas City Bomber-When Derby Went Mainstream

Many of today’s skaters may never have heard of the movie, Kansas City Bomber. This classic film featured Raquel Welch as a banked track skater and introduced the country to what had been, up to that date, an obscure sport that was treated much the same as professional wrestling. The poster for the movie proclaimed […]

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Derby Girls Roll Into A Home Of Their Own

Derby Girls Roll Into A Home Of Their Own

The Hurricane Alley Derby Girls, representing Corpus Christi, TX played their first match in their new home last weekend. A sold out crowd watched them win their game at the American Bank Center, where they will play future matches.  

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New To Roller Derby?  Here’s A Guide On How  To Watch Your First Match

New To Roller Derby? Here’s A Guide On How To Watch Your First Match

The Gunnison Valley Roller Girls enjoy strong regional support and as part of the upcoming 10th Mountain Roller Girls event in Crested Butte, the local paper, The Crested Butte News, published a handy guide to help first time attendees know how to follow the action. Click here to read their article. The event is at […]

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How Do You Say “Jammer” In Chinese

How Do You Say “Jammer” In Chinese

The Taipei Times recently ran a feature article on women’s flat track roller derby, give still more credence to the fact that this American-based sport is turning into a big international hit. The article featured information about French, Canadian, British, Australian and Finnish teams, and was titled “Roller Derby Gains Traction Beyond the US“.  

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Will Rink Closing Put Silicon Valley Roller Girls “On The Street”?

Will Rink Closing Put Silicon Valley Roller Girls “On The Street”?

The imminent closing of the San Jose Skate, a bay area roller rink, will mean that this area of Northern California is losing its last roller rink. Known as Golden Sate Roller Palace during its peak in the 1980’s, the rink is set to close later this spring. With the closing of the rink, the […]

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Can I Major in Derby?

Can I Major in Derby?

The Morgantown, WV Roller Vixen claim to be the only roller derby team in the world with an “official” college affiliation. The Vixen call themselves an “athletic organization” and are proud of their connection to West Virginia University. Home matches are played at Mylan Park or the Boparc Ice Arena. This weekend they will participate […]

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Roller Derby’s Origins Were “Coast To Coast”

Roller Derby’s Origins Were “Coast To Coast”

Historians generally agree that the origins of modern flat track roller derby date back to the end of the depression. Promoter Leo Seltzer organized skating endurance races that involved teams. There were 25 two person teams involved and collectively they would skate what amounted to a trip from coast to coast-57,000 laps around the roller […]

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Smoky Mountain Rollergirls Set To Open 2014 Season

Smoky Mountain Rollergirls Set To Open 2014 Season

Western North Carolina’s premier roller derby team is set to open their 2014 season this Saturday, Feb. 15, when they travel to Greenville, SC to take on the Bad News Babes. Their home opener, back in Asheville features a showdown with G Force on March 1.  

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