Austin Texas Roller Derby | Texas Rollergirls » Featured http://www.texasrollergirls.org News, training tips, events, and other information from the Texas Rollergirls Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:37:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Texas Rollergirls, Doritos & Lady Gaga http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2014/01/texas-rollergirls-doritos-lady-gaga/ http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2014/01/texas-rollergirls-doritos-lady-gaga/#comments Mon, 13 Jan 2014 19:50:59 +0000 http://www.texasrollergirls.org/?p=9084  doritos2What an awesome day for some outdoor roller derby! Our all-star team, the Texecutioners, were asked by Doritos to help them with their SXSW BOLD MISSIONS campaign. Where contestants put on skates, pads, and helmets to skate through a pack of some of the best roller derby athletes in the world for a ticket to see Lady Gaga at the Doritos stage at SXSW 2014! We met some awesomely BOLD folks who would do just about anything for the tickets, including taking a hit or two from the likes of Olivia Shootin’ John.

A huge thank you to Region-C for hooking us up with such a cool opportunity. The Texas Rollergirls are so lucky to be supported by such an incredible marketing partner.

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Saturday, August 10 – LAST DERBY OF THE SEASON! http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2013/07/saturday-august-10-last-derby-of-the-season/ http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2013/07/saturday-august-10-last-derby-of-the-season/#comments Tue, 30 Jul 2013 15:14:40 +0000 http://www.texasrollergirls.org/?p=7847 DON’T MISS THE FINAL DOUBLE HEADER OF THE SEASON!

This is it! It’s last-chance roller derby action. This Saturday is the final roller derby double feature of the Texas Rollergirls home season, and you definitely don’t want to miss this hard-hitting, no-holds-barred derby spectacular. The Texas Rollergirls will bout against the most fierce flat-track roller derby players in the Lone Star State!

The family-friendly action gets rolling at 6 p.m., with the opener bout. The Firing Squad, Austin’s red-hot B-Team, welcomes the opportunity to trounce Dallas’ Assassination City All-Stars in an all-out battle for statewide roller derby bragging rights. Ready! Aim! Fire!

The main event of this roller derby double feature kicks off at 7:45 p.m. In this competition for roller derby domination, the Texas Rollergirls ALL-STARs Texecutioners, currently the sixth-ranked team in the world, face off against the 26th-ranked Houston Roller Derby All-Stars (www.wftda.com/rankings) in what promises to be a savage, cutthroat battle to the very last moment between skaters who know each other very well. This will be the best derby action of the season, and features the best flat track roller derby skaters in all of Texas. Don’t miss this last must-see double feature event of the season! It’s bout time!

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Deaf Awareness Derby! http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2013/04/deaf-awareness-derby/ http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2013/04/deaf-awareness-derby/#comments Fri, 12 Apr 2013 21:41:48 +0000 http://www.texasrollergirls.org/?p=7387 In honor of Deaf Awareness Derby at our bout tomorrow (the Deaf community of Texas is invited to experience a full-access night of full-contact roller derby, as six interpreters will be on hand to capture the action blow by blow and the former Miss Deaf America Ambassador will be in attendance to start the second bout!), we have our very own Ariane “Dark Pistol” Leverett teaching us how to sign our home team chants! Check it out below and study up for tomorrow! Thank you Pistol!!

HUSTLERS:

Meet the team!


HOTROD HONEYS:

Meet the team!


HONKY TONK HEARTBREAKERS:

Meet the team!


HELL MARYS:

Meet the team!


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From Girl Scout to Derby Girl http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2013/04/from-girl-scout-to-derby-girl/ http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2013/04/from-girl-scout-to-derby-girl/#comments Thu, 11 Apr 2013 16:26:42 +0000 http://www.texasrollergirls.org/?p=7376 At our upcoming bout this Saturday, April 13, Texas Rollergirls will shine the spotlight on one of our favorite girl-empowerment nonprofit organizations: Girl Scouts.  There will be more than 300 Girl Scouts and their families joining us for the double header!  Here’s what our heavy hitter – Headless Highness –  has to say about her experience as a Girl Scout.


I love Girl Scouts, and was a member all the way until I graduated from high school. While I certainly did a lot of the “stereotypical” scouting activities (like crafts and of course, selling cookies), I also learned a lot of valuable life skills – how to work with others in difficult situations, how to work as a team, and how to be a leader. What I learned from scouting benefits me to this day!

Derby Girl Scout, Headless Highness. Photo by Bill Delp Photography, Savannah, IL.

I started Girl Scouts with a lot of my friends as a Brownie in third grade. We’d meet in our school gym, sit in a circle, have snacks, and do badge projects in the cafeteria. One of the best parts was getting together with the other troops in town at the local community center. When I became a Junior, my troop morphed to include girls from other elementary schools in town, which was great because I got to know people outside of my 20-person class. We started to work with the Brownies, and helped plan and put on a haunted house every year for our Service Unit. Badge activities got more challenging and required us to meet people in the community and think more critically. One of the most fun things my troop did as a Junior was taking a trip to Chicago (from eastern Iowa) to visit Shedd Aquarium and the Museum of Science and Industry. I was in sixth grade, I think, and it was THE BEST. In my Junior and Cadette years, I started going to Girl Scout camp, which allowed me to go backpacking on Isle Royale in Lake Superior and through the Porcupine Mountains on the upper peninsula of Michigan. We practiced responsible camping, and saw moose and bears in the wild. It was incredible. The songs we sang were totally silly, but I still remember probably 90% of them.

The meat and potatoes of my Girl Scout experience was in high school, as a Cadette and Senior Girl Scout. By high school, most people think scouting is no longer cool. You get really busy. People start talking to you about driving and college, among other things. It’s too bad, because this was the time scouting taught me the most. My troop was a group of 5-6 girls, led by a mom and my high school French teacher. We learned critical skills, like budgeting and how to write a resume, things that would help us with life in general and help us with college applications. Our group was incredibly service-oriented, making meals for families at the Ronald McDonald House and planning and holding a three-day day camp for the younger girls in our Service Unit. Each of us earned our Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting. The achievement took A LOT of work. To celebrate, we took the cookie money we’d been saving up and flew to New York City, where we saw 42nd Street on Broadway.

I’m incredibly proud of my time as a Girl Scout, and proud of the organization as a whole. Girls today face a challenging world, but my experience as a Girl Scout has helped me navigate it. I’m thrilled that we’ll have so many local scouts with us on Saturday night!

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2012 Whammy Awards http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2013/01/2012-whammy-awards/ http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2013/01/2012-whammy-awards/#comments Sat, 05 Jan 2013 17:24:54 +0000 http://www.texasrollergirls.org/?p=6561 “The Rad Hatter Tea Party”
It was another great night of celebrating our accomplishments on and off the track at our annual Whammy Awards, where we honor our skaters, our officials, and our non-skating volunteers. It takes an army of dedicated and passionate folks to run our league, our non-profit business and our rec and junior programs, and to put on our bouts. In a night of costumes and speeches, food and drink, and of course dancing we let loose and celebrate this incredible organization and the people who make it all happen.

A HUGE THANK YOU TO: Electra Blu for organizing such a great event, Pink Avocado Catering for the fabulous food, Premier Party Central for the event supplies, Bexcalibur and Cheap Trixie for the decorations, our 2013 ROOKIES for the set-up and clean-up, Steve Dement for the set-up and Jennifer M. Ramos for shooting the photo booth, Thin Mint for the highlight reel, Sadie Mae Care and Me Shove You Long Time for the cupcakes, AngelO for the design of the programs and awards, Ed Zeppelin for the tunes, and the legendary Scarlot Harlot and Bettie Rage for being our wonderful MCs.

League Awards:
Jammer of the Year: Killbox
Blocker of the Year: Polly Gone
Pivot of the Year: Luce Bandit
League MVP: Killbox
Rookie of the Year: Flash Gorgeous
Most Improved: Sinnerfold
Ms. Texas Rollergirl: Sinnerfold


Texas Rollergirls Awards:
Best Assets: Ruby Wring
Most True to Name: Booty Queen
Camera Hog: Muffin Tumble
Best Team Intro: (TIE)
Hustlers’ “Price Is Right”
Heartbreakers “Flags and Dancers”
Best Volunteer: (TIE)
Big Tom
Electra Blu
Killer Crouton
Official You Love to Hate and Hate to Love: Quicksilver
Unsung Hero: Sinnerfold
Best Afterparty Costume: Acute Angel
Life of the Afterparty: Baby Face Assassin
Best Take Out: Me Shove You Long Time


Fan Favorite Awards:
Favorite Texas Rollergirl (on or off the track):
Smarty Pants
Fiercest on the track:
Polly Gone
Favorite DJ:
DJ Ed
Favorite Halftime Show:
Austin Derby Brats
Golden Mic – Favorite announcer:
Chip Queso
Shutterbug Award – Favorite photographer:
Jennifer Ramos


Hell Marys:
Best Jammer: Smarty Pants
Best Pivot: Luce Bandit
Best Blocker: Polly Gone
Most Valuable Player: Smarty Pants
Most Valuable Spirit: Muffin Tumble
Captain’s Choice: Babyface Assassin


Honky Tonk Heartbreakers:
Best Jammer: KillBox
Best Pivot: Ruby Wring
Best Blocker: Desi Cration
Most Valuable Player: KillBox
Most Valuable Spirit: Yellow Die
Captain’s Choice: Yellow Die


Hotrod Honeys:
Best Jammer: Hauss The Boss
Best Pivot: Lucille Brawl
Best Blocker: Olympia
Most Valuable Player: Vicious Van GoGo
Most Valuable Spirit: RadioActive
Captain’s Choice: RadioActive


Hustlers:
Best Jammer: The Killa Sal Monella
Best Pivot: Babe Ruthless
Best Blocker: Belle Starr
Most Valuable Player: The Killa Sal Monella
Most Valuable Spirit: Me Shove You Long Time
Captain’s Choice: Sprawkett


Texecutioners:
Best Jammer: Killbox
Best Pivot: Barbara Ambush
Best Blocker: Polly Gone
Most Valuable Player: Killbox
Most Valuable Spirit: Ruby Wring
Captain’s Choice: Bloody Mary


DerbyLove Awards
DerbyLove Skater of the Year:
Sinnerfold
DerbyLove Special Award:
Judge Knot

THANK YOU Jennifer M Ramos for the awesome photography and and Steve Dement for the photo booth set-up!

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2013 VIP Season Passes ON SALE! http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2012/12/2013-vip-season-passes-on-sale/ http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2012/12/2013-vip-season-passes-on-sale/#comments Fri, 21 Dec 2012 02:47:39 +0000 http://www.texasrollergirls.org/?p=6467 Texas Rollergirls 2013 dates:

Sunday, February 10Saturday, March 30Saturday, April 13Saturday, May 11
Saturday, June 8Saturday, July 13Saturday,  August 10

2013 is our 10th Anniversary. So, you can expect a season full of the best derby Austin has ever seen and exciting surprises all year long. We are so excited to share in the celebration of 10 YEARS with you all. Love ya ’til it hurts!

VIP SMACK PACK SEASON PASSES

A true VIP Experience for all 7 bouts of the 2013 season!
VIP SMACK PACK SEASON PASSES GET YOU:

»  Guaranteed VIP Entrance Our individual VIP tickets always sell out!
» Early admission to the bouting arena (15 minutes before other ticket holders), so that you can skip the lines and grab refreshments.
» VIP Seating – Chairs will be placed RIGHT BEHIND the crash bumpers on the track for an unobstructed view!
» VIP Smack Pack holder recognition – Laminate-Credentials that show you are a serious fan.
» Visits from the skaters each bout different skaters will drop by to schmooze with the VIPs!
» Undying love from the Texas Rollergirls and the envy of all your friends.

» Adults (13 and older) – $165*
» Kids (12 and under) – $80*

* plus ticket vendor fees.

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2013 Draft Party! http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2012/11/2013-draft-party/ http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2012/11/2013-draft-party/#comments Thu, 29 Nov 2012 15:26:46 +0000 http://www.texasrollergirls.org/?p=6300 What a night! The Texas Rollergirls welcomed 17 new skaters to our four home teams. Some are transfers from other leagues and some moved up from our Rec-League, but, they are all incredibly dedicated athletes and outstanding human beings. Here’s the official list and some great photos from the evening courtesy of the talented Jennifer M. Ramos.

The HELL MARYS welcome:
Angel O, Brown Buttah, Rosie, Sandy Ravage, XXXTina

The HONKY TONK HEARTBREAKERS welcome:
Adde, Barbie Got Back

The HOTROD HONEYS welcome:
Frankendoll, Glt-y, Kat Von Speed, La Dolce Beatah, Slamdra Dee

The HUSTLERS welcome:
Bonnie Blitzkrieg, Fifi Nomenon, Hot Box, Killer Crouton, Shebola Virus

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BOOT CAMP – DEC 14-16! http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2012/11/boot-camp-dec-14-16/ http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2012/11/boot-camp-dec-14-16/#comments Tue, 06 Nov 2012 22:06:53 +0000 http://www.texasrollergirls.org/?p=6226 OUR WINTER 2012 BOOT CAMP IS SOLD OUT! See you next year – check back for dates!

Texas Rollergirls’ boot camps provide training for the BEGINNER, INTERMEDIATE, and ADVANCED flat track womens’ roller derby skater. Whether you are a seasoned derby skater or new to derby, we have a bootcamp training level that is right for you.

Learn from some of the most experienced skaters in derby, including veteran Texecutioners, and we’ll send you home with the skills you need to eliminate your opposition.

WINTER BOOT CAMP – December 14-16, 2012

Friday, December 14 – 7pm: Registration and Meet ‘n’ Greet
Saturday, December 15 – 8am-5pm: Training (lunch break from noon to 1pm)
Sunday, December 16 – 8am-noon: Training

Our boot camps include:

  • A weekend filled with concentrated training and workshops focused on all aspects of the sport of roller derby, customized for your level. Derby isn’t a one-size-fits-all sport and neither is our training: we want to give you the best possible experience and focus on you as an individual and a skater.
  • Personalized, individual feedback — you’ll go home with documentation of the skills you’ve mastered and those you’re yet to master. This is a fantastic and unique training tool — the learning doesn’t stop at noon on Sunday!
  • Texas Rollergirls’ Graduation Certificate — stick it on the fridge! Frame it! Love it and admire it! Know that you skated with the best and held your own — you’re in rare company and can be proud.
  • Light breakfast on Saturday & Sunday (coffee, breakfast bars, bananas) — you’ll be working hard and you can’t do that on an empty stomach.
  • Optional printed bootcamp training manual — use this as a resource to remind you of your new skills or help Texas Rollergirls fulfill our mission of making roller derby bigger and better everywhere, by taking your new skills back to your league.
FOCUS ON THE NEW RULE SET! With a new WFTDA rule set coming into effect on January 1, 2013, Texas Rollergirls’ Winter Bootcamp offers an unparalleled opportunity to study and explore the next version of roller derby game play — before you have to skate under it! 

Costs:

$125 per skater – SOLD OUT!
$40 for non-skating attendees – SOLD OUT!
Ref clinicSOLD OUT!
OPTIONAL — Boot camp t-shirt (+ $10)
OPTIONAL — Printed boot camp training manual (+ $5) – SOLD OUT!

Can’t make it in December? Watch this space — we’ll announce the date of our first 2013 Boot Camp soon!

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TEXAS Takes 1st Place at WFTDA South Central Regionals! http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2012/10/texas-takes-1st-place-at-wftda-regionals/ http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2012/10/texas-takes-1st-place-at-wftda-regionals/#comments Tue, 09 Oct 2012 15:20:23 +0000 http://www.texasrollergirls.org/?p=6155 TEXAS ROLLERGIRLS TAKE FIRST PLACE AT WFTDA PLAYOFFS; PROCEED TO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS AS #1 REGIONAL SEED

The Texas Rollergirls’ All-Star Texecutioners took first place at this weekend’s WFTDA South Central Regional Playoff and advance to compete at the World Championship in Atlanta, November 2-4.

The Texecutioners entered the ‘Landlocked Lace-Up’, the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association’s South Central Regional Playoff, as the number 1 seed. They opened the tournament with a dominating win over 8th seed Omaha, picking up a 375-72 victory due to standout jamming from Sarah ‘Killbox’ Hipel and Vicious Van GoGo. In their next bout, on Saturday afternoon, they took on 4th seed Tampa Bay and again emerged with a margin of 249-98, guaranteeing Texas a slot in the tournament’s grand final.

In Sunday night’s final bout, the Texecutioners faced a surprisingly tough battle in 6th-seed Atlanta, who emerged over the weekend as a force to be reckoned with. The Atlanta team, who’ll host the November Championship, led the Texies through much of the first period but fell behind right before the halftime whistle. The Texies held the lead only briefly, trailing Atlanta through much of the second period before Smarty Pants and Vicious Van GoGo put up 32 unanswered points in the game’s closing minutes to secure the win for Texas.

photo courtesy Ruby Wring

photo courtesy Jennifer M Ramos

The Texas Rollergirls, Atlanta Rollergirls and Kansas City Roller Warriors advance to represent the South Central region at Championships, which will be held in Atlanta, GA, on November 2-4. As the regional 1-seed, the Texecutioners have earnt a first-round bye; Atlanta and Kansas City will compete against 2- and 3-seeds from other regions to secure a second-round game.

The Texas Rollergirls are revered around the world as the godmothers of the modern flat track roller derby movement and offer a fantastic evening of family-friendly, but edgy, sports entertainment. Formed in 2003 as the only sports league of its kind, Texas Rollergirls started today’s flat track derby movement. There are now more than 600 Flat Track Derby leagues worldwide, with more forming every week. In its current incarnation, Roller Derby is an athletic competition complete with well-defined rules, divisions, tournaments, and a governing body: the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA).

The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association is the international governing body for the sport of women’s flat track roller derby and a membership organization for leagues to collaborate and network. The WFTDA sets standards for rules, seasons, and safety, and determines guidelines for the international athletic competitions of member leagues. There are currently 156 WFTDA member leagues and 93 affiliated leagues in the WFTDA Apprentice program worldwide. The WFTDA is governed by a five-member, volunteer Board of Directors and managed by an Executive Director.

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR INTERVIEWS:
“Voodoo Doll” — media@texasrollergirls.org
Hi-res photos available on request.
www.texasrollergirls.org ]]> http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2012/10/texas-takes-1st-place-at-wftda-regionals/feed/ 1 THE NEXT BOUT is the LAST BOUT! http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2012/09/the-next-bout-is-the-last-bout/ http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2012/09/the-next-bout-is-the-last-bout/#comments Thu, 06 Sep 2012 14:53:59 +0000 http://www.texasrollergirls.org/?p=6039 THE NEXT BOUT is the LAST BOUT!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

The Hell Marys will face the Hotrod Honeys in the main event of the night to determine the 2012 champions, and the Honky Tonk Heartbreakers will go up against the Hustlers for 3rd place in the opener.

Doors: 5:15pm
Opening Ceremonies: 5:45pm
Opener Bout (Honky Tonk Heartbreakers vs Hustlers): 6pm
Main Event (Hell Marys vs Hotrod Honeys): 7:30pm

Bouts take place at the Austin Convention Center. Entrance at 4th & Red River. See you THIS SATURDAY!

Tickets are available now. You don’t want to miss the last bout of 2012!

With halftime entertainment from UNICYCLE FOOTBALL! Seriously – come for the roller derby stay for the football! These men and women take football to a whole other level – on unicycles. The game is fast and very physical – we were blown away when they played for us in June so we had to have them back!!! Check out photos of the awesome:

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2012 W/L SEASON RECORD

WINS LOSSES
1st PLACE Hell Marys 4 0
2nd PLACE Hotrod Honeys 2 2
3rd PLACE Honky Tonk Heartbreakers 2 2
4th PLACE Hustlers 0 4

THANK YOU Rom Anthonis for the awesome photography!

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