Local roller derby league celebrates in Eagle Thursday
EAGLE, Colorado – The 10th Mountain Roller Dolls are hosting a May 17 roller derby bout in Eagle, to mark the one-year anniversary of the league. The bout starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Eagle Pool & Ice Rink. Admission is $5 and a food pantry donation. The 10th Mountain Rollers skate by the rules of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association. For those who remember televised roller derby of the 1960s and ’70s, the rules are quite different. Modern roller derby is still a contact sport, but the flat track keeps the speed down, and the hits aren’t nearly as hard – or as staged. Rollers go through a rigorous training program that includes endurance, strength and safety. The May 17 bout is a mix-up – there will be skaters from East Vail to New Castle and everywhere in between skating on two teams, Thunder and Lightning. Skaters will include some league veterans, who have been skating since the beginning, and some newer skaters who started skating over the winter.The league has literally put Eagle on the Colorado roller derby map. Colorado is tied with California for the most derby teams in a single state. The 10th Mountain Rollers have played in a tournament and been invited to play with and against other leagues around the state, and had a visiting skaters from other leagues join them in practices and for bouts.The league skates in Eagle during the warmer months, and in the winter skates at the fieldhouse at Edwards. Roller Derby is one of the programs the Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District offers for adults, and this summer the league will also offer a youth program starting in July – the youth program will focus on the rules and positional blocking. Food donations from the bout will go to the Vail Valley Salvation Army food pantry.For more information about the roller derby league, go to http://www.WECMRD.org or call 970-328-5277To learn more about the Vail Valley Salvation Army, go to http://www.salvationarmyvail.org.