Austin Texas Roller Derby | Texas Rollergirls » Rec-n-Rollerderby News, training tips, events, and other information from the Texas Rollergirls Tue, 20 Feb 2018 04:01:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Rec League: Orientation Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:50:53 +0000
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Roller derby.  You’ve heard about it, now come learn to play the fastest growing sport in America with the league that started it all!  The Texas Rollergirls recreational league is looking for a few good women to join us on the track!  No experience necessary, the Texas Rollergirls will teach you everything you need to know to play flat track roller derby.  Practice once or twice a week, and when you’re ready, invite your friends and family to see you rule the track in one of our intraleague scrimmages!Join us for an orientation at our practice space, The BloodShed, (6110 Trade Center Drive, Suite 101b, Austin TX 78744) on Friday, December 12, at 7 PM.

Registration for our Spring session opens on December 12th.  We skate on Thursday nights and Sunday mornings.

2015’s Rec Session Schedule:
Session 1: 1/4 – 3/15
Session 2: 3/29 – 6/14
Session 3: 6/28 – 8/16
Session 4: 9/13 – 11/22

For more information: or email us at

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Primer to Texecutioner – All In A Flash Tue, 09 Oct 2012 03:45:24 +0000 Article by Jilly Hitzinger

Flash Gorgeous Skating In Rec

I first met Flash Gorgeous last year during a wheel maintenance seminar. We were seated in the back of Apparition Skates, sipping margaritas as Kat A Killzem lead us through cleaning our bearings.

I introduced myself to her, excited to see her skates were much like mine: vintage Riedell speed skates. Unlike mine, however, hers were clearly well-used and well-loved. She told me she’d been a speed skater in her youth, and these had been her mother’s skates.

These skates–half a size too small, by her own admission–have taken her on a spectacular trajectory within the Texas Rollergirls.

Joining the TXRG Rec League in June of 2011, she tried out and was then drafted onto the Honkytonk Heartbreakers that fall, and onto the Texecutioners not long after that. In less than a year, she had gone from a complete derby newbie, to a skater on one of the highest-ranked teams in the country.

I recently sat down with her for coffee, and to learn more about her and her derby journey.


JH: What brought you to derby originally?

FG: I had been out with a soccer injury, and my doctor had said I could “never run again, and never play soccer again.” But he didn’t say anything about skating…

JH: How had you hurt yourself?

FG:  It was during a soccer match. Another player and I went in for a kick on the ball at the same time, and the impact broke a bone in my foot. I stayed off it for a couple weeks, and then went back to training for a marathon. I was running in the marathon, and somewhere in the eighteenth mile, I realized, “My foot’s broke.”


That injury kept Flash out of sports for two and a half years.


JH: What brought you to Austin?

FG: Mr. Gorgeous and I flipped a coin. It was either going to be Portland or Austin, and Austin won.

JH: And what brought you to derby?

FG: Mr. Gorgeous was at a coffeeshop, and he saw Radioactive doing street team duty. He asked her for a card, I found the Rec League, and the rest is history.

JH: Do you think you would have gotten into derby if the coin had landed on the other side?

FG: I’d like to think so!

JH: What were your expectations trying out for TXRG?

FG: I had none. I really just did it to see if I could.

JH: And to be a Texie?

FG: I decided to tryout for the Texie’s to test myself.  I wanted to see how much more I could be pushed and to practice as well as compete with the best in this sport.  I wanted the experience to improve and to be challenged during this journey.

JH: And boy, did that work out!

FG: Seriously!

Premier League!

JH: Tell me about speed skating when you were young.

FG: I did a lot of sports. Hockey, volley ball, track, softball, soccer. But speed skating was something I did with my mom. Coming back to Texas, coming back to skating, it really fills me with a lot of nostalgia.


Flash talks about skating with her mom fondly. Apparently Mama Gorgeous used to skate nationally!


JH: What’s your current skate setup?

FG:  Atom wheels–the only wheels I’ll use! I’ve got GRods and Poisons on my skates. I use 187 knee and elbow pads, and Pro Designed wrist guards. Pro Designed knee pads are my next planned purchase! And my skates? My mom’s. They’re thirty years old, and they’re only just now being broken in.

I smile, thinking back to that day in the back of Apparition skates. Flash gives me a wolfish grin and says, “And I’m still in those same bearings.”

You can see Flash Gorgeous and the rest of the Texas Rollergirls again in their 2013 season at the Austin Convention Center.

If you want to throw your helmet in the ring, see for tryout information!

The 2012 Texecutioners Bringing Home The South Central Regionals Gold

Photos courtesy Jennifer Ramos and Facebook

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Un Conversación con un Toro Wed, 11 Jul 2012 21:38:22 +0000 Starting tomorrow, rollergirls from all over the country will be on roadtrips, getting on planes, and otherwise getting ready for the greatly looked forward to event, the NOLA Bulls Encierro.

I had the chance to speak with TXRG Rec League skater, Chile Con Concussion about the event. She kindly answered my questions, and this is what she had to say…


1. How did you first hear about NOLA Bulls?

I want to say that someone posted a video of the event on our yahoo group and from there I was instantly intrigued. What really caught my attention was that I recognized one of our own rec girls at the time. Vargas Grrl was in it. I talked to her about it and knew I must go. There was talk about bringing the event to Austin, but after going and being in the event it was pretty clear that this was something you could not replicate and could only be experienced in New Orleans.


2. What year was your first Encenierro?


4. How do you feel it has changed over the years?

It’s gotten bigger and better every year.

5. What is your favorite part of NOLA Bulls?

This is a really tough one for me. Everything from the preparation of costume and horns the months before, to the road trip with amazing women, to the actual run itself. If I had to pick just one thing, it would be the run. It starts at the time we leave the hotel in our costumes to the time we take off our skates after. I’ve never experienced a high like this in my life. First, you’re excited, you’re anxious, you’re nervous. The horn blows, and you’re off. Slow at first, trying to be nice. Baby taps on the bum. Then you pick up speed and really get the hang of it. Next thing you know, people are screaming with joy (mostly) after you wail on them. Men try to jump like gazelles into the air to avoid your swing, but seriously, there’s no escape. At the end you’re hot and sweaty, you’re still excited, you’re thirsty, you’re victorious. It’s like being a rock star, people are thanking you for beating their ass. They are asking you for more on the streets afterwards, they want a picture with you, “The Bull”. Then they buy you brunch. Best day EVER.

Photos generously shared by Chile!

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Get involved! Thu, 05 Jan 2012 17:32:18 +0000 This month there are so many ways to get involved with the Texas Rollergirls – where do you fit in??


Saturday, January 7th, at 3pm at Key Bar – Ref & NSO Recruitment

Are you a stickler for the rules? Do you find yourself screaming out wrong calls to the refs during bouts? Do you look great in black & white? Reffing might be for you! This is for anyone & everyone who is interested in joining our amazing officials corps – without officials (both on and off skates) we absolutely cannot have derby! This is a wonderful way to get involved. All adults 18 and over are welcome to come to this meeting to find out more.


Monday, January 16th, at 7pm at Scholz Garten – Announcer Tryouts

This is an open audition for all adults, 18 and up, who want to get behind the mic at a Texas Rollergirls home bout! We’re looking for energetic, outgoing individuals. You’ll be asked to speak on a topic of your choice for a few minutes, and then we’ll show some derby footage and you’ll be asked to announce the play-by-play. Derby knowledge and announcing experience isn’t required! We’ll be picking a handful of people for this – and then finding the perfect place for them in our announcing crew as we get closer to the season!


Adult Rec League Sign Ups 

Whether you’re wanting to learn the rules to try out for the premier league or haven’t been on skates since you were 12, this is the place for you! Our rec league has an A, B, C, and primer division so no matter where your skill level is, you’ll fit in perfectly with other women who want to play for the love of derby! Sign up NOW because the season starts January 22nd!


Derby Brats Season

Calling all junior skaters! Our derby Brats season is beginning February 7! All girls, at any skill level, age 8-17 are encouraged to sign up! This is a great sport for girls and young women, and registration is open NOW! Sign up your junior skater today!



2012 Season Tickets – ON SALE NOW!

Want to sit back, enjoy the game and only be involved on the sidelines? We’ve got our 2012 season tickets on sale now! Our VIP Smack Packs are also on sale and you’ll get VIP treatment from the skaters and early entry into the Convention Center to find your perfect spot in our awesome VIP seating section – right behind the crash bumpers on the track for an unobstructed view!

We’re going to be on the look out for our 2012 SUPER FAN – could that be you?? Dress up, make noise, write signs, and be loud! At the end of the 2012 season we’ll be awarding one fan with the coveted title of Texas Rollergirl Super Fan! Get your screaming voice ready now, and buy your season tickets so that you’re sure to be at every game!

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Roller derby round-up: Texas Rollergirls-style Mon, 10 Oct 2011 13:05:56 +0000 In case you missed some of the awesome roller derby coverage, check out these links we’ve compiled just for you:

Canadian derby fanatic, The Derby Nerd, blogged about the Texecutioners recently reclaiming top spot in the south at “Show Me Der-B-Q,” this year’s WFTDA South Central Region Tournament. Held in Kansas City, Missouri, the Texecutioners battled their way to the top over the first weekend in October that saw the defeat of the Kansas City Roller Warriors in the finals. READ the post here.

The Texas Rollergirls welcome visiting skaters to our practices pretty frequently. One of our recent visitors, Tex Pistol of The Road to Rollergirl, a rec-skater from Gotham, decided to blog about her experience at one of our off season practices!

Are you a skater who’s going to be in our area soon? Contact hospitality (at) for availability and details.

Coming up: our Texecutioners are headed to Denver, Colorado for the 2011 WFTDA Championship tournament from November 11-13. Fan their Facebook page to get updates on how they’re preparing to vie for the Hydra.

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