Archive for May, 2013

This could be you … but you’ll never know unless you try.

You’ve thought about joining roller derby. You’ve thought of going to a bootcamp or a tryout for the Burning River Roller Girls.

But you talked yourself out of it.

You’re not athletic enough, you say. Not strong enough. Fast enough. Young enough. Old enough. You don’t have the right look. You have kids. You’re a single mom. You’re in school. You’re not alt or edgy enough. You don’t like tattoos. You’re too skinny. You’re too big. You’re too short. Too tall. You live too far away. You have health problems. You work two jobs. You’re never going to be as good as so-and-so.

You’re scared.

We get it. But don’t let that stop you.

The Burning River Roller Girls is hosting it’s 4th boot camp Sunday, June 2, leading up to tryouts this summer. Click here for all the details.

Here’s what we require for you to participate:

1. Are you a woman 18 years of age or older?
2. Do you have the required gear or can you borrow it?
3. Do you have basic skating skills?
4. Do you have a passion to learn roller derby and work hard at it?

Yes? That’s all we need from you. Forget everything else. We have women in our league or know women who play derby elsewhere who are JUST LIKE YOU. If you have the drive to make this work, we can help you. We can put you in touch with women who understand your situation, and who can share how she has overcome those obstacles, too.

Of course derby isn’t for everyone. But our bootcamps are an excellent way to find out if this is a good fit for you and your lifestyle and an opportunity to start connecting with women who understand the challenges of balancing a life and doing something you love.

Can’t make it June 2? Still scared? Please get on our recruiting email list. Our Recruiting Director Soul Eater is a wealth of information about what to expect and how to prepare to be a derby player. Email her at

Still not convinced? Come to our bout on Saturday night!  Get your tickets here!  See what it’s all about!


Burning River Travel Team Update!

Posted: May 21, 2013 by burningriverrollergirls in General


In case you haven’t noticed, the BRRG travel teams have been kicking butts  
left and right this season. Mother’s Day weekend was no exception. On Saturday, the Burning River All Stars pulled


off a win against the Tallahassee RollerGirls, 237 to 142, at BRRG’s home the Ohio Nets Sports Complex. The HazMat Crew followed suit, beating the Eerie Roller Girls 189 to 116. On Mother’s Day,


BRRG made our mommas proud by taking down the Fort Wayne Derby Girls at the Roll Arena in Elyria. The All Stars won 240 to 159 while the HazMat Crew came out ahead, 257 to 130. While the All Stars didn’t win during their closed-to-the-public bout versus the Demolition City Dynamite Dolls on

May 19 (final score 189 to 78), you can bet they’re already hard at work preparing to take down their next opponents when they play Queen City Roller Girls in Buffalo, NY on June 15. If you’re looking for a road trip, they’d love to see some friendly faces there or at this season’s final travel team games against NEO Roller Derby’s A and B teams at the Summit County Fairgrounds in Tallmadge, on July 13.

Perhaps the best way to support local roller derby is by donating to our page on Go Fund Me.   BRRG skaters are not paid to skate and all this travel can take a toll on our wallets. Any little bit you can contribute will go to sending the Burning


River All Stars to away bouts, necessary for competitive rankings within the WFTDA. Thanks to all our fans for your



Bad A** Boot Camp #3! This time it’s NEON!

Posted: May 14, 2013 by burningriverrollergirls in BRRG News, Fresh Meat, General
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neonskates copyWho wants to be a Burning River Roller Girl? Well, EVERYONE!!! So we’ll be holding boot camps led by BRRG coaches to teach skaters everything they need to know to pass tryouts this August. Boot camp #3 is NEXT WEEK – Wednesday May 22 from 8:45 PM to 11 PM!

Super Special bonus!!  Come at 7 to watch the Burning River Roller Girls have their league Neon Vs. White scrimmage!!!

**If you plan to attend, please RSVP on this event page and/or by emailing recruiting at**

Requirements: – You must own or make your own arrangements to borrow gear from someone you know: quad skates, knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards, helmet, and mouth guard

– $10 cash or check for the boot camp fee

– You must be 18 years of age and older (bring state ID or driver’s license)

– You must have health insurance (bring proof of insurance)

– You must have very basic skating competency (be able to skate safely without holding onto a wall or another person)

To become a Burning River Roller Girl you must pass a minimum number of skills.  At these boot camps, coaches will instruct the participating skaters how to perform the skills necessary. These skills are listed under the bold headings “Basic Skating Skills,” “Balance/Agility,” and “Skating With Others” on this checklist:

Bootcamp #3 will be Wednesday May 22!

Please RSVP on this facebook event page if you plan to attend:


This weekend our travel teams will be playing 2 double headers!  One on Saturday and one on Sunday!  Get your tickets!

How exciting!  But wait, what exactly are the travel teams.  Alumna skater Star Crash put together this handy dandy guide:

Travel teams are populated based on tryouts rather than a draft system. Only skaters who have passed the initial skills test and are members of our league are eligible to participate in these tryouts. Most of these skaters are also members of one of the four home teams listed above.

Burning River All-Stars
This is BRRG’s “A” travel team. They are our WFTDA-sanctioned team and primarily play in bouts against other WFTDA-sanctioned teams to count toward their national ranking. Their colors are blue and orange.

HazMat Crewhazmat_templogo
BRRG’s “B” travel team. These skaters often play other B teams in double-headers with the All-Stars. They also play other teams within the North Central region, but generally not ones that are WFTDA-sanctioned. Their colors are also blue and orange.


Pyros +

BRRG’s “C” team.  This team is made up of rookies, Pyromaniacs and any additional skater that


may want to get some extra playing time.  This team can change from bout to bout.

So, there you have it.  Our travel teams have been doing quite well this year and may have the opportunity to travel to regional playoffs!  Travelling can get quite expensive – and you, wonderful fans, can help keep them rolling!  Our teams need food to fuel their brains and bodies, hotels to rest their tired legs, and well, let’s be honest, skates are not the best vehicle for travelling long distances.  Please help our travel team skaters!