Recreational roller derby league coming to Eagle
May 17, 2011
EAGLE – Roller derby is making a comeback, and this summer the sport is coming to Eagle County. WECMRD is forming a recreational flat track roller derby league this summer. The league is looking for skaters and non-skaters alike. Find out more on Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Eagle Ice Rink.
Roller ferby has a long history as a women’s sport from its beginnings in Chicago in the 1920s to the 1970s when the sport was exploited for TV ratings, and more recently a grass roots come back with skater owned and recreational teams forming across the globe. Modern roller derby is often played on a flat track, although some leagues have both a flat and banked track. In Denver there are events regularly at the Fillmore Auditorium (Rocky Mountain Roller Girls) and the Broomfield Events Center (Denver Roller Dolls). Roller derby combines athleticism and femininity in way that is unique to the sport, while giving women a chance to take on an alter ego, i.e. a “derby name.” The International Rollergirls Master Roster has over 29,000 unique names, which includes flat and banked track names (twoevils.org/rollergirls).
Colorado is a hot spot for modern roller derby – Denver alone has three leagues, including the Rocky Mountain Roller Girls who are currently ranked No. 1 by both DNN (Derby News Network) and WFTDA (Women’s Flat Track Derby Association). Denver is also home to Derbyville – one of the few brick-and-mortar derby skate shops in the country.
WECMRD already has a space for roller derby – in fact it hosted the Rocky Mountain Roller Girls three years ago, and since then the time for a local league has come.
“We had some women inquire about the sport after hosting the RMRG,” said Sheryl Staten of WECMRD. “We have a lot of active women out there who I am sure are interested in getting involved.”
The WECMRD Ice Rink is located at 1700 Brush Creek Road in Eagle. Contact Staten for more information at 970-328-5277 or firstname.lastname@example.org.