Archive for April, 2012

Meet BRRG: Sweet Heart-Attack

Posted: April 28, 2012 by burningriverrollergirls in General, Hazmat, Interviews, The Hellbombers

Sweet Heart is ready to Attack.

Skater name: Sweet Heart-Attack

Teams: Hellbombers and HazMat Crew

1. How did you discover derby?

I was looking for a physical outlet, but I’m really not sure why roller derby instead of something like soccer, or square dancing. I think the physical contact intrigued me. I didn’t have any friends who played and I had never seen a bout. But I discovered and joined the recreational league (wRECk) about two years ago and fell in love with the attitude and the physicality. Going to wRECk actually made me look forward to Mondays at work, because it meant there were two more days until wRECk. When I found out there was a mid-season tryout for BRRG in 2010, I jumped at the chance.

2. What do you do for cross training?

I like bicycling, doing the TRX boot camps at Soza and I love Dance Dance Revolution. Don’t judge me! It helps with agility.

3. Who is your derby crush (BRRG or elsewhere)?

“Smarty Pants of the Texas Rollergirls. I had the pleasure of taking a couple of classes from her at the Blood and Thunder boot camp in Cleveland a couple of years ago. She is the cool, thoughtful skater I wish I could be. She was at the Roller Derby World Cup this year in Toronto and I made a complete, happy, fool of myself.”

Sweet Heart-Attack

4. What’s different about derby than you anticipated?

It’s hard!  There are a lot more rules, the girls are a lot more athletic and hit a lot harder than I realized.

5. What are your goals for this season?

Well I’m recovering from an injury and it’s taking a lot longer than it should have been.  I’m finally seeing progress in my recovery. Once that happens my goals are to really amp up my aggression on the track. I also want to enjoy myself a lot more. Last year I got caught up in not being able to do everything perfectly and it started to stress me out.

6. How does it feel to be a member of the Hazard Cup champs, the Hellbombers?

Totally sweet.  Fans love to hate the Hellbombers! But every year the Hellbombers recruit and develop their talent and I think that is what helps us be successful.

7. What’s the biggest challenge for you in derby?

Giving and receiving criticism (mostly giving, I’m used to receiving it by now), and being aggressive on the track.

8. What’s your day job?

Ninja Assassin!

9. Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

I can identify almost every Star Trek: The Next Generation episode within 30 seconds of dialog. Also, I’m a huge nerd.

10. What skater leaves you shaking in your skate boots?

Veruca Salty. I don’t even want to look at her when I’m on the jam line. Scares the socks off of me. And if she didn’t know it before she knows it now!


April 21 is here! Your Last-minute guide to tonight’s bout

Posted: April 21, 2012 by burningriverrollergirls in BRRG News, General, home teams

Here’s everything you need to know for the April 21 bout!

Bout 1: Cleveland Steamers vs. Hard Knockers
Bout 2: Rolling Pin-Ups vs. Hellbombers

Tickets can still be purchased in person at the Wolstein Center box office when you arrive.

Doors open at 5 p.m. / Bouts, 6 p.m.
Wolstein Center – Cleveland State University
2000 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio

General admission
Adult day-of: $17
Kids (12 and younger): $6
Special group (Student, Military, etc.): $10

VIP admission
Adult day-of: $20
VIP special group (Student, Military, etc.): $12

What does VIP mean? VIP gets you access to the sectioned off area on the floor with tables and chairs (see the action up-close without sitting on the floor)! It also gives you access to a private cash bar, so you never have to leave the action for refreshments. You as always can also sit wherever you want in the Wolstein Center, but you always have special access to this section.

Parking is available in several parking areas and on streets near the Wolstein Center. The easiest access is a parking deck right next door. In the past, parking has cost about $6, but we have no control over this area, so there’s no guarantee that will be the price today. Just make sure you have cash on hand. In the past, the deck has closed at midnight. Make sure you check the times when you park.

Extras: Check out our new BRRG Kids Club and our memorial table for Luna Lovewound in the concourse. Also try your luck at today’s raffle, and look for our “Ask Me About Derby” representatives. Skaters will be walking around during the bouts with bright orange shirts. They are ready to answer any questions you might have about roller derby, from the basics to trickier strategic plays happening on the track.

AFTER PARTY: There will be an after party event at the Old Angle Tavern. Bring your ticket stub and come join the skaters as they celebrate!

See you tonight!

Just like you

Posted: April 20, 2012 by burningriverrollergirls in BRRG News, Fresh Meat

The Burning River Roller Girls is a diverse group of women who love roller derby. We are composed of a variety of ages (current ages range from early 20s to 50s and 60s!), incomes, and family backgrounds. Some of us are stay-at-home-moms, working full-time jobs, two jobs, or attending school full time.

Some of us have been roller skating all our lives, while others only knew the basics before they began training. Some have always been involved in team sports, while for others, this was their first foray into athletics.

Here are a few insights from some of  our first-year skaters who have been through our bootcamps, just like the one we are hosting this Sunday, April 22. We encourage anyone who fits our basic requirements to join us and begin the groundwork for preparing to tryout for the Burning River Roller Girls. Click here for all the details on this and future bootcamps, leading up to tryouts this summer.

And as always, if you are interested in ever becoming a Burning River Roller Girl now or down the line, you need to get on our recruiting email list for the latest updates and tips:



Age: 33

Personal life: Married, one child age 13
Works full time with some overtime, about 45 hours per week and considering adding more

Do you have an athletic background? I have always played some type of sport: basketball, fast-pitch softball.

Why did you join roller derby? Buddha [Buddhalicious formerly of the Cleveland Steamers] handed me a bout card. I went and volunteered during the 2010 season and was hooked after that. I did wRECk [a recreational roller derby organization] in June of 2010 for a full year. I was still in school at the time and couldn’t have handled the committment [of joining the league at the time].

Were you nervous about the bootcamps? Yes.  I’m still nervous every time I go to practice. 🙂

Any other advice? Just don’t be scared of the committment. It’s no different than going to the gym a few nights a week. Practices are often at night after the kids are in bed.
It gives you an outlet … a release.

Cat-A-Bolt also spoke about the support the league gives you to help you improve your skills: We want to see you succeed. Don’t sell yourself short … anyone can do this.
Derby has changed my life for the better.

Action Jackson (right) with her teammate, Your Royal Majesty.

Action Jackson

Age: 36

Personal life: Married, four kids all teenagers 19,18,16,14
Works full time during the week, sometimes 10- to 12-hour days.

What made you join derby? I love to roller skate and I needed a sport that would allow me to let some aggression out.

Were you scared about the bootcamps?Yes. I didn’t know what I was getting into as far as how advanced some skaters would be in skills and how I would compare.
Did the bootcamps make you feel prepared for tryouts? Definitely. The bootcamps cover all the skills you will need.
What did you do on your own to prepare? P90X three times a week, bumped up the cardio and even then I wasn’t prepared as to how strenuous this sport is on your body.
How do you balance a family/work life and derby life schedule? It’s a struggle sometimes. You have to be able to commit two to three evenings a week to this sport. If you have children you need to have a strong support system to help manage home responsibilities. One of my biggest struggles is my job, my job responsibilities don’t always end on time and I often have to rush to practice or miss and then have to make it up on another date.
 Anything else you want to share to encourage our Potential Fresh Meat [nickname for our new recruits]? Do it, try hard, don’t give up and make sure you are having fun with the sport!

...oooh SHINEE!

…oooh SHINEE!

Age: 28
Personal life: Works full time, about 40 hours a week

What made you join derby? I was taken to my first bout March of 2011 and thought to myself, “Hey, I can do that.” I wasn’t sure if I really wanted to, but still wanted to check it out.

I attended one of the recruiting events where you are able to watch and got my name on the email list. I continued to question if I could do it and stay committed.

More and more emails from the recruiting director, Soul Eater, came in to my inbox. To be honest preparing for derby seemed like a lot, especially since I hadn’t participated in a sport in 10 years.

One day it clicked; I decided I wanted to skate. I went out bought skates and told myself if I’m going to do this I’m going to do it right.

What did you do on your own to prepare? I had about five months until tryouts. Soul Eater provided many helpful tools to prepare for tryouts in the fall. Potential Fresh Meat were provided with links to articles about derby, links to the rules, notifications about derby bouts to watch, workout ideas, contact information for Potential Fresh Meat and vets willing to meet up, information on the wRECk league and details on the multiple bootcamps that were set up.

In my situation I currently work a 40-hour week, and at the time of my decision to tryout out for derby, I was smoking a pack a day and eating fast food multiple times a week.

If I was going to do this it was time to change.

I took the initiative to take everything provided to me and make it work for me. I used the contact information to set up meetings for myself and other PFMs to meet up with vets on the league. I attended as many open skates as I could and joined the wRECk league. I began studying the rules of derby and watching as much as I could. I then set up to meet with Soul Eater to ask questions about the rules, strategy and working out.

Were you scared about the bootcamps? I was slightly nervous about bootcamps, but I was also excited to learn from the individuals I was watching compete throughout the season. I was ready to take in everything that I could. It took a lot of hard work.

We were asked to do things that were outside of our skating comfort zones, but one of the best things is that everyone was very supportive. These are ladies that love the sport and want to be part of an ever-growing league.

Even though these ladies are supportive, they will not spoon feed you information nor make you a great skater. Only you can determine your fate as a skater on the league.

You need to make the initiative. You need to put in the hard work. You get what you put into it.

To our friends, family and loyal fans, you’ve given us so much, and we’re so thankful for all you do for the Burning River Roller Girls.

But there’s another way we could really use your help.

We are looking for volunteers for our upcoming bout April 21. As a skater-owned, skater-run organization, volunteers truly make things happen. 

As a bonus, you will get into the bout for FREE, which will give you a sneak peek at some of the behind-the-scenes work involved in a bout. Plus you get to share in some delicious free Qdoba!

Worried about missing your favorite team play? West Nel Virus will work with your requests to make sure you can maximize your enjoyment of the bout. ANY time you can give to us would be greatly appreciated! You are welcome to bring a friend along to keep you company, so long as your friend is working alongside you 🙂

Please find below a brief list of the opportunities we have available. If you’re interested, please contact West Nel Virus as soon as possible for more details at .

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Raffle Ticket Sellers at table
  • Program and Raffle Ticket Sellers in the stands
  • VIP Greeting Table – Greet VIPs and media at Gate C and keep the VIP area secure

Can’t make it April 21? We’d love to have you help out another date this season: May 5, June 9, June 16 or July 21.

THANK YOU to everyone who has already volunteered. We truly could not do this without you!

Bouts both far and near April 14

Posted: April 10, 2012 by burningriverrollergirls in General, Hazmat, The Burning River All-Stars, travel teams
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Saturday, April 14 offers two different opportunities to support our travel teams as they take on competitors throughout the region.

First, the Burning River All-Stars will be hitting the road to Rochester. N.Y. in a match-up against Roc City Roller Derby. Throw on some orange and blue and plan a road trip to support our league!

Who: Burning River All-Stars vs. Roc City Roller Derby
When: Saturday, April 14. Doors open at 5 p.m.
B-Sides vs. Oz Roller Girls, 6 p.m.
All-Stars scheduled to play at 8 p.m.
Where: The Dome Arena, 2695 E. Henrietta Road, Rochester, N.Y.
Tickets: Available online. Prices range from $5-$20.

Rochester too far away? Take a jaunt to our neighbors to the south and watch the Burning River HazMat Crew take on the Rubber City Roller Girls in Akron!

Who: Burning River HazMat Crew vs. Rubber City Rollergirls
When: Saturday April 14. Doors open at 5 p.m..
RCRG vs. Glass City Rollers, 6 p.m.
RCRG vs. Burning River HazMat Crew, 7:15 p.m.
Where: John S. Knight Center 77 E. Mill Street Akron, OH
Tickets: Available online. Prices range $5-$9.

See you Saturday. And don’t forget about our home team bouts April 21 at the Wolstein Center!

Season 6, Bout 2 recap

Posted: April 6, 2012 by burningriverrollergirls in Bout Recaps
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March 31 was a spectacular day for roller derby at the Wolstein Center. The evening opened with two firsts for the Burning River Roller Girls, as the BRRG Pyromaniacs took on the Sandusky Roller Girls in 30-minute pre-show bout.

Pyromaniacs vs. Sandusky
This was the first public bout for the Pyromaniacs, the Burning River team from which we draft players to the other teams. It also was the first time we’ve hosted an outside league to compete against us at the Wolstein Center.

Both teams fought hard, with two interesting players of note on the track who had to play against their former teams. Doctor Whooha of the Hellbombers, a transfer skater this past year from the Sandusky Roller Girls, stepped in the fill out the roster for the Pyromaniacs, while Halochic was wearing gold for Sandusky instead of her former team, the Cleveland Steamers.

It was a great debut for the Pyromaniacs. Social Batterfly made a strong showing jamming for the Pyromaniacs, while little miss philthy worked some solid strategic blocks to clear the way for her jammers.

But it wasn’t enough to hold the likes of Halochic and Truffle Shuffle of Sandusky at bay. Sandusky went home with the win, 79-15.

Ms. Creant of the Steamers keeps an eye on oooh Shinee of the Pin-Ups as she tries to make it through the pack.

Rolling Pin-Ups vs. Cleveland Steamers
It was anyone’s bout in the first half for the Cleveland Steamers and Rolling Pin-Ups. Mauli-ibu Barbie of the Cleveland Steamers won the honor of first lead jammer of the night and put up two points for her team.

But the Pin-Ups wouldn’t let them keep the lead and rounded out the half with a score of 56-23.

The Pin-Ups came out blazing in the second half, determined to protect that lead, with Punkd Pixie immediately posting a 19-point jam, followed closely by a 20-point jam from oooh Shinee and another 19-point jam from Pixie.

Despite some strong defensive efforts from Dita and Rainbow Fright of the Steamers, the Pin-Ups could not be held back and won the game 188-34.

Mary Kaos of the Hellbombers bursts out of the pack.

Hellbombers vs.  Hard Knockers
Once again, the Hard Knockers played some excellent derby, making for a close, exciting and very tense match-up, this time against the Hellbombers.

The Hard Knockers’ Premo Donna  put up the first three points of the game. The ladies in pink were able to keep the Hellbombers score to only one point for the first seven jams. 

While the Hellbombers were able to creep their way back up, tying the game at 25-25 with 9 minutes left, the Hard Knockers would successfully keep the Hellbombers scoreless for the rest of the half, rounding out the period at 43-25.

But the Hellbombers came out of the locker room in the second half a new team. In the first jam of the second half, Mary Kaos put up 20 points for the Hellbombers, changing the lead in her team’s favor.

A 25-point jam by Your Royal Majesty, followed by more double-digit jams by Marion Razorwound and Kaos, sealed the victory for the Hellbombers, despite a continued strong showing from the Knockers. Hellbombers win 132-78.

Join us for more derby April 21 as the Cleveland Steamers face off against the Hard Knockers, and the Pin-Ups take on the Hellbombers. Winners of this bout will determine line-ups for the semifinals, May 5.

Cleveland Steamers
Jammer: the Killustrator
Pivot: Maul-ibu Barbie
Blocker: Beatrix Wicked

Rolling Pin-ups
Jammer: Mae Burnya
Pivot: J.Poww!
Blocker: decibelle

Hark Knockers
Jammer: Premo Donna
Pivot: Vendetta Farfalle
Blocker: Finnish-Her

Jammer: Mary Kaos
Pivot: Destroya
Blocker: Your Royal Majesty

The Killustrator flies around the track.

Do you love to skate? Have you ever watched a bout and wondered if you have what it takes? Do you dream of playing roller derby?

Yes? Then this is for you!

Burning River Roller Girls is looking for women 18 years or older interested in learning the skills necessary to join the league. We will host three bootcamps over the next few months leading up to tryouts to become a Burning River Roller Girl!


Sunday, April 22, 9:45 a.m. to noon
(Be geared up and ready to go at 10 a.m.)
Pla-Mor Skating Rink in Euclid, 22466 Shore Center Drive, Cleveland, OH


Sunday, May 20, 7:45 p.m. to 10 p.m.
(Be geared up and ready to go at 8 p.m.)
Brunswick Skate Station, 1261 Industrial Pkwy N # 4  Brunswick, OH 44212


Wednesday, June 13, 7:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
(Be geared up and ready to go at 7:30 p.m.)
Pla-Mor Skating Rink in Euclid, 22466 Shore Center Drive, Cleveland, OH


Cost will be $10 for each session. You must bring a driver’s license or state ID with you.

Gear Required

Skaters must either purchase or make their own arrangements to borrow gear and skates. The usual brown rental rink skates will be available, but it’s highly recommended to have your own skates or borrow regular derby skates as they are quite a bit different. For more details on required gear, recommended brands, and locations to purchase gear, visit our website.

  • Quad skates
  • Hockey/Skateboard/Bicycle helmet
  • Knee pads
  • Elbow pads
  • Wrist guards
  • Mouth guard

At these bootcamps some of our coaches will demonstrate and have skaters practice the skills that will be tested during tryouts to become a Burning River Roller Girl.

Basic skating competency is required (if you still hold on to a wall while skating, this isn’t for you). This is NOT a skating lesson, and the skills demonstrated and practiced will be difficult to complete if attendees are unable to skate.

Still interested? Contact our recruiting director, Soul Eater, at so she can answer any of your questions and keep you updated on all the latest information about training to become a roller girl! Tryouts could be as early as July 1, so get on the list so you know when the date is set.