Roller Derby had a great year in 2011. The derby community had its first international competition at the Derby World Cup last month and the sport continues to grow and expand. You see more men’s leagues and banked track derby than you did this time last year and derby leagues are popping up in every corner of the country and now, the world. No doubt, we’ll see more great things for derby in 2012 and Brown Paper Tickets hopes to be there every step of the way. Derby has helped us grow into the international company that we are today and we’re proud to be the preferred ticketing service for the derby community as it grows into an international sport.
Today, I’m highlighting derby events that are happening in the month of January so you all can get out there and support your local derby league and get 2012 rollin’ right. We got season openers, derby workshops, derby camps, derby for charity, inaugural bouts and more. Check it out:
Saturday, January 7
New Year’s Retribution – Port Orchard, Washington Skate Club gathers skaters from all over the PNW and splits into two teams for some exciting nail biting Coed derby action! Skaters from some great PNW leagues are playing, members of The Puget Sound Outcasts; Port Scandalous Roller Derby; Dockyard Derby Dames; Slaughter County Roller Vixens; The Oly Rollers and more are participating! You won’t wanna miss it!
Rainy City Roller Dolls Heroes vs Villians Bout – Centralia, Washington Heroes vs. Villians is a themed inner-league exhibition bout. Start the season off with a bang and raise some money for The Human Response Network. The Rainy City Roller Dolls invite you to come on down see what all the buzz is about, and help a great local non-profit at the same time! Roller derby is the fastest growing womens sport in the nation full of spills, thrills, and true athleticism. The Human Response Network advocates for victims of violence, domestic violence, and sexual assault in Lewis County.
Demolition City Roller Derby presents FIRST BLOOD – Evansville, Indiana Season 5 begins! Demolition City Roller Derby presents FIRST BLOOD! The action begins at 5:30 when the Destruction Dames take on Naptown’s Third Alarm. Don’t miss the hard hitting action of the MAIN EVENT when the Dynamite Dolls take on Naptown’s Warning Belles at 7:30!
DuPage Derby Dames Present The Infamous Jungle Room Brawl – Roselle, Illinois Come on out as the DuPage Derby Dames kick off their inagural home bouting season with an exhibition bout. Watch the Jailhouse Rockers take on the Memphis Mafia in “The Infamous Jungle Room Brawl” in honor of Elvis Presley’s 76th birthday.
Snow Brawl – Bismarck, North Dakota Come out and cheer on The BisMan Bombshellz as they take on the Black Hills Aces ‘n Sk8s in this early winter Snow Brawl. It might be chilly outside, but at this event the only thing cold will be the beer; the action will be nothing but hot! A percentage of proceeds will be donated to Missouri Valley Coalition for Homeless People.
Derby Vermont Roller Derby Debutantes – Derby, Vermont Come see Northeast Kingdom Roller Derby’s Borderline Disorders in their first competition, featuring the Burlington Bombers and Upper Valley Vixens.
Detroit Derby Girls present: The Devil’s Night Dames vs. The D-Funk Allstars – Detroit, Michigan The Detroit Derby Girls third bout of the 2012 Season pits the Devil’s Night Dames against The D-Funk Allstars.
Saturday, January 14
Jet City Rollergirls 2012 Season Opener – Everett, Washington The Jet City Rollergirls are back for their 5th season and they’re kicking it off at Everett Community College with a rip-roarin’ double header! These women warriors on roller skates are thrilled to bring you full contact roller derby~ the hits are real, the action unscripted, and you can get up close and personal to the action. Catch all four home teams as they match up to bring you the finest flat track roller derby that Snohomish County has to offer. Get your tickets today to catch this double-header. Remember that roller derby is a dangerous sport to play and to watch! Only our 18 and over fans are allowed to sit in our trackside “crash zone” seating. Good News! Everett Community College Gym will have food this season!
2012 Mad Rollin’ Dolls Bout 2 – Madison, Wisconsin Join us for an evening of blood curdling action in Bout 2 of the Mad Rollin’ Dolls 2012 Season! Bout theme: Queens of the Damned (Vampire Costume Contest). Bout 1: Reservoir Dolls vs. Quad Squad. Bout 2: Unholy Rollers vs. Visiting Team. Coffins fly open at 5:00, roller derby and bloodletting at 6:00. A portion of this bout’s charity benefits Capitol K9s. Join us for a bottle of True Blood (or PBR) after the carnage at The Vintage on Whitney Way.
Block to the Future – Eau Claire, Wisconsin Chippewa Valley Roller Girls vs Iron Range Maidens! Doors open at 5 pm whistle blows at 6:30.
MMRD Team Bionic vs. LADD Tough Cookies – Colorado Springs, Colorado In their inaugural bout, Missile Mountain Roller Derby’s Team Bionic meets the L.A. Derby Dolls Tough Cookies on the banked track! Get your tickets now, this is going to be one awesome Roller Derby bout! Bleacher seating will be available on a first come/first served basis.
Arch Rival Roller Girls Local Season Double Header #3 – Ballwin, Missouri The Arch Rival Roller Girls are excited to be back for another season at Midwest Sport Hockey in Queeny Park. This venue has ample free parking, just follow the Roller Derby Ahead signs to the entrance on the back side of the recreation complex near the tennis courts! Don’t miss out on all the derby action. Purchase tickets for the next bouts now before they sell out!
Bath City Roller Girls Bout #4 – Mt. Clemens, Michigan The Bath City Roller Girls take the track again for the first time in the New Year! Come watch your favorite Derby Girls Battle it out on the track.
Food Fight! – Roseville, Michigan Eastside Derby Girls take on Mountain Town Mayhem. All EMT, Firefighters, police and military get in free with ID.
Snowpocalypse 2012 – East Lansing, Michigan Come watch Lansing’s Mitten Mavens Roller Derby take on the Chemical City Derby Girls from Midland, MI in the Mavens’ first bout of 2012! Afterparty at the Whiskey Barrel.
Oklahoma Victory Dolls Roller Derby Double Header – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Oklahoma Victory Dolls Roller Derby host a Double Header! Watch 2 bouts for the price of one! In the first bout the OKVD Battle Squad will be up against Assassination City Roller Derby’s Dirty Little Secret Service from Dallas, Texas. After the first bout, stick around to watch the Oklahoma Victory Dolls All Stars Squad vs. River Valley Rollergirls from Fort Smith, Arkansas.
Sunday, January 15
Lane County Concussion Season 2, Bout 1 – Springfield, Oregon Join the men of Lane County Concussion Men’s Roller Derby for their home bout against the Deep Valley Belligerents Men’s Roller Derby at Willamalane Center. This bout is at the Willamalane Center in Springfield, Oregon. Bone crushing roller derby action! All fans ENTER AT THEIR OWN RISK!
Friday, January 20
Bonnie D. Stroir Training Camp – San Juan Capistrano, California This is a 4 hour camp covering numerous topics. The first hour is off-skates and will teach you how to develop “Leadership Among Alphas.” Learn how to be a beautiful leader in a group of leaders. Time management, burnout prevention and derby boundaries will also be discussed. The second part of camp is on-skates instruction. Advanced Jammer Strategy: Scoring Pass Technique. The tricks, tools and formula of a good, team-playing, jammer. Emphasis on mental and energetic output and how to hone some Jedi-like force. Advanced Partner Blocking Technique. The tricks and tools of making the most out of partnerships. Bringing out the best in each other and completing each other’s skill sets to assist in your unified goals of offense, defense, or both at the same time.
Saturday, January 21
Rat City All-Star Clinic 1: Hitting – Seattle, Washington Join the Rat City Rollergirls for a 2-hour Clinic on hitting led by Rat City All-Star coach and skater, Glitter. Known for her hard-hitting hips and gruesome sternum blocks, Glitter will cover the fundamentals of powerful hitting. This first of five clinics will focus on hitting at the beginner to intermediate level. We request that all participants are able to skate using cross-overs, can safely give/receive contact and fall small. Coaches who wish to observe drills and strategy may purchase an Observer ticket. Please bring all required derby gear and skates (including wheels appropriate for a hard sport court), a water bottle, and a notebook and pen if you’d like to take notes. If you would like to attend all five clinics offered, please sign up here.
Dockyard Derby Dames Season 6 Opener! – Lakewood, Washington The Dockyard Derby Dames want to invite you to join us in some hard hitting, fast skating Roller Derby action! Marauding Mollys take on season 5 champions the Trampires. The Hellbound Homewreckers rumble with the Femme Fianna.
LA Ri-ettes vs. San Diego Wildfires – Los Angeles, California Are you ready for some All Women’s Bank Track Roller Derby action? Then purchase your tickets now before we sell out to see the LA Ri-ettes take on the San Diego Wildfires at the LA Derby Dolls – Doll Factory located in LA’s Historic Filipino Town.
Preseason Bout – Hanford, California Watch the Tulare-Kings Derby Girls and the South Bay Derby Mizfits in a Roller Derby Scrimmage before their first away game. This is a fundraiser event, please support our ladies.
Streamers and Screamers – Indianapolis, Indiana Baby, it’s cold outside, but it’s hotter than ever on the track. This month, your Tornado Sirens will take on the “Midwest MEGA All Stars.” Speaking of hot, Midwest MEGA is steamy melting pot full of some of the top skaters in our region, a spicy combination of members from the Windy City Rollers, Arch Rival Roller Girls, Brew City, Burning River, Ohio Roller Girls and the Chicago Outfit. Muy caliente!
TRD Home Bout – Tuscon, Arizona The Copper Queens will be taking on the Furious Truckstop Waitresses in an epic throw down between two of the TRD home teams, while the TRD Vice Squad will be demonstrating the long arm of the law to the AZRD Beaters. Which teams will come out on top? That will be determined on January 21, and you don’t want to miss it! Your attendance will also support TRD’s featured charity of the month, the 4th annual Tucson Tour de Cookie! Come sign up for the bike ride around the Old Pueblo with several stops for some sweet treats along the way! Part of the Tour de Cookie procees will pay for the Tucson Kids’ Try-athlon, a free triathlon designed for children with special needs and/or disabilties.
WRD’s Midnight Terror vs Uinta Madness Roller Derby – Salt Lake City, Utah Wasatch Roller Derby’s all-stars, the Midnight Terror, take on Uinta Madness Roller Derby in an epic battle of men vs women roller derby! The action is going to be non-stop, and you won’t want to miss it! A special Half-Time show presented by Baby Ghosts, a local 5 piece fun rock n’ roll band with former WRD skater Barbed Wire Walters. check out their Facebook page here. As always, please keep in mind that roller derby is a dangerous sport to play ~ and to watch! All trackside seating is for our 18 and over fans only, due to the chance of getting a flying derby girl in your lap!
Talk Derby to Me!!! – Battle Creek, Michigan Grab your sweetheart, your crush, your friends and your family, because it’s time to talk a little derby! This roller derby double header features the Battle Creek Cereal Killers taking on the Floral City Roller Girls, and the Barry County Black Heart Maidens challenging the Kalamazoo Killa Crew. You won’t want to miss this bout!
The Detroit Derby Girls present: The Detroit Pistoffs vs. The Pistolwhippers – Detroit, Michigan The Detroit Derby Girls fourth bout of the 2012 Season features the Detroit Pistoffs vs. The Pistolwhippers.
Sunday, January 22
All Ages Event – Baby Doll Brawl – Los Angeles, California Are you ready for some All Women’s Bank Track Roller Derby action? Then purchase your tickets now before we sell out to see some of the L.A. Derby Dolls Newest Skaters show off their stuff on at the LA Derby Dolls – Doll Factory located in LA’s Historic Filipino Town. During half-time, the L.A. Junior Derby Dolls, who range in age from 8 to 17, will be performing a “30 minute” exhibition bout where they will debut their derby skills to show friends, family and fans why they are the roller derby stars of the future.
Snowflakes vs. Hot Chocolates – Fayetteville, Arkansas It’s winter time, it’s cold, you need something to do indoors. Lucky for you, Northwest Arkansas Roller Derby is gearing up for it’s 7th annual season. To start the new year off right, NWA Roller Derby will be facing each other in a Winter Wonderland full of excitement when the Snowflakes take on the Hot Chocolates in a wintery mix of speed, hard hits and family entertainment.
Roller Girl Boot Camp 2012 – Savannah, Georgia Roller Girl Boot Camp offers a refresher in roller skating and roller derby training for all levels of adult, female skaters ages 18 and older. RGBC is also for men and women interested in joining the referee team. The week includes nightly instruction and skating, starting with a two-hour orientation and followed by four nights of physical challenges. Make bold, outgoing new friends and discover a part of you you haven’t expressed in a long time.
Saturday, January 28
Season 2 Bout 1 – Port Angeles, Washington Port Scandalous Roller Derby introduces the Black Eyed B’s first bout of the season! This bout will feature the new B team; the Black Eyed B’s facing off against a new league based in Wenatchee, Apple City Roller Derby. The Black Eyed B’s are a team of the freshest skaters teamed up with some seasoned players. Doors open at 5:30pm, first whistle blows at 6pm. Merch, Raffles, Concession and amazing roller derby action.
Emerald City Roller Girls – Season 5, Bout 1 – Eugene, Oregon This season opening bout features two exciting games: Andromedolls vs. Rose City’s Heartless Heathers (Portland, OR) and Flat Track Furies vs. Church of Sk8in. This bout is at the LANE EVENTS CENTER – EXHIBITION HALL in Eugene. Live, bone crushing roller derby action, food, beer, music.
All Girl Flat Track Roller Derby Bout – Prescott, Arizona Come see hometown girls the Whiskey Row-llers as they hit the track again against Tucson’s Furious Truck Stop Waitresses!!! Get ready for some furious, hard hitting, fast paced action on skates!!! Commemorative buttons will be available for a limited time only so get your tickets now!
ARSD Roller Derby Victory Tour – Fort Mohave, Arizona Making a triumphant return to the Mojave Crossing Event Center, the banked track Roller Derby teams roll into Arizona/Nevada with style; featuring the top 3 teams in the American Roller Skating Derby league; The World Champion San Francisco Bay Bombers, Los Angeles FireBirds and the Calvello Cup Champion Brooklyn Red Devils. This is the finest, modern, banked track Roller Derby available with men and women competing on the huge banked track for the win. Thrills and Spills for the entire family. Note: Meet the players at a autograph secession at 1:00 PM at the AVI Hotel the day of the game!
Desert Dolls Roller Derby – Joon Cleavers vs Pretty H8 Machines – Phoenix, Arizona Join DDRD to watch the Joon Cleavers take on the Pretty H8 Machines. Also this night the local men’s roller derby team, The Phoenix RattleSkates will be playing a full bout against the After Shocks visiting from San Diego!
Governor’s Cup 2012 – Dallas, Texas For the first time ever, Governors Cup will be hosted by Assassination City Roller Derby, and held right in the heart of downtown Dallas! Two action packed days of roller derby with teams from Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. Get ready for a fun-filled weekend of derby action, vendors, and of course, some great after party locations on both days.
Rockford Rage Season Opener! – Loves Park, Illinois Rockford Rage takes on the Stateline Derby Divas in their Season Opener! But that’s not all! It’s a DOUBLE HEADER! That’s right, they are letting the boys in to play. We have The Roll Patrol from Minnesota Men’s Roller Derby playing the Dogtown Red Rockets from St Louis Gatekeepers.
Roller Derby of the Apocalypse – Reno, Nevada Reno Roller Girls are going back to their flat track-Roller Kingdom roots to raise money to for a new home for their banked track.
San Diego Derby Dolls: Swarm vs LA Varsity Brawlers – Del Mar, California The San Diego Derby Dolls Swarm take on the Los Angeles Derby Dolls Varsity Brawlers!
Sin City Rollergirls Season Opener – Las Vegas, Nevada Sin City Rollergirls Season Opener Double Header.
Preseason fun is over and now it’s time to get down to business. Watch SCRG’s original home teams and biggest rivalry go head to head as the Tommy Gun Terrors take on The Notorious VIP. Then the reigning champions will take on the newest addition to the league. The Hoover Damned are out to prove they still have what it takes and the Flying Aces are determined to show that they may be new but certainly not inexperienced.
Super Heros VS Super Villians Mix-Up Bout – Colorado Springs, Colorado The MMRD Rocketeers are mixing it up with other skaters from around the state (and even out of state) for a Banked Track Roller Derby Bout!
Clean Sweeps – Columbia, South Carolina It’s the Richland County Regulators vs. Greenville Derby Dames! These two hard-hitting teams will make a power-packed night for your derby enjoyment!
Floral City Freeze Out – Monroe, Michigan Floral City Roller Girls vs. Lansing Mitten Mavens.
Great Derby Social 2012 – Enfield, New Hampshire You wanted it. You got it ! This years Derby Social is shaping up to one you just cannot miss! This years event is growing bigger and bigger with each day. Here is what you can expect: reverse direction disco scrimmage, five team, five person derby horse relay race, open public skating sessions, auctions on great skates and wheels, raffles on autographed memorabilia, derby games, Black and Blue Ball to end Day one with live music, double feature movie and camp out at the rink and on Sunday, Central Vermont Roller Derby vs Elm City Derby Dames and Hellions Of Troy vs. Green Mountain Derby Dames. Plus, a whole lot more! This event, is raising proceeds for Norris Cotton Cancer Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire for Breast Cancer Research. We all know someone who has been touched by breast cancer, so now is the time that derby folks band together to help find a cure.
Grand Raggidy Roller Girls – Grandville, Michigan GRRG double header. GRRG Attack vs South Bend Roller Girls for the first bout of the night. The GRRG All-Stars will take on the girls from Buffalo, New York- Queen City Roller Girls. This will be the first time that each team matches up. The night is sure to be full of hard hits and great derby strategy.