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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Why You’ll Never See Roller Derby In Middle School

Why You’ll Never See Roller Derby In Middle School

In this day of extreme political correctness, where it seems that even the mention of the word “bullying” will get you a visit from the sheriff, it is amazing that the derby culture of taunting, pushing and bullying can thrive. While everyone knows that what happens on the track stays on the track, it is […]

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Halloween’s Coming-Let The Bad Punning Begin

Halloween’s Coming-Let The Bad Punning Begin

Roller derby probably spawns more bad puns than any sport out there and we love them all. From team names to matches to promotions, word play is almost as interesting as wht happens on the track. Upcoming Halloween related events include: “Putting a spook in their wheels” “Spooktacular” “Blocking Dead” “Creeps On Wheels” Have you […]

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Derby A New Sport?  Not In Minnesota!

Derby A New Sport? Not In Minnesota!

The recent high profile of flat track roller derby has led some to describe it as a new sport. The Minnesota RollerGirls might not agree. This weekend the St. Paul based team celebrated a decade of roller derby with a home match on Saturday at Roy Wilkins Auditorium.  

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Is This The Real National Championship?

Is This The Real National Championship?

The USA Roller Sports organization (USARS) will hold its National Championship of Roller Derby in Tulsa, OK later this month. Regional winners will convene in Tulsa the weekend of Oct. 25-27 to choose their version of the national champion. While not the only sanctioning body for women’s roller sports, the USARS is recognized internationally and […]

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Roller Derby Takes To Google Plus In A Big Way

Roller Derby Takes To Google Plus In A Big Way

Roller Derby teams have had a presence on Facebook for years. It’s a great way to keep in touch with all their fans. Recently, Google Plus has stepped up to give skaters another way to keep their names, schedules and events in front of those who follow the sport. A quick Google+ search for “roller […]

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With Roller Derby So Popular, Can Roller Disco Be Far Behind?

With Roller Derby So Popular, Can Roller Disco Be Far Behind?

The popularity of flat track roller derby has been a boon to skating rinks, many of which had fallen on hard times. Savvy rink owners are now turning to another 1970’s activity revival to boost their fortunes even further. Yes it looks like roller disco is back. While not a contact sport, this version of […]

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Derby In North Carolina-Time To Take It Seriously

Derby In North Carolina-Time To Take It Seriously

A recent in depth article in ┬áSBNation.com about the rise of womens’ flat track derby featured Greensboro North Carolina’s Gate City Rollergirls. ┬áThe article, a great example of long form journalism, followed the Rollergirls in order to show how this sport is helping to define the role of womens’ sports today. You can read the […]

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