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Get schooled on the Fresh Meat class of 2014

Posted: November 21, 2014 by burningriverrollergirls in Black & Blue, Fresh Meat, General
The Freshie class of 2014. Photo Courtesy of Victoria Standbridge

The Freshie class of 2014. Photo Courtesy of Victoria Standbridge

Ridin’ Nerdy here, one of the newest members of the Burning River Roller Girls Fresh Meat class of 2014, to introduce the rest of the recruits you will see this weekend at Black & Blue 9!

The Burning River Roller Girls added 10 new skaters to the league this season.

We are: PF Scarrie, a founding member of the Burning River Roller Girls who skated with the league from seasons one through five. After taking a few years off she has returned this season as “refreshed” meat. Her knowledge and experience are valuable assets to our gang of “freshies,” and we are very lucky to have her.

Chinese Takeout, a transfer skater who skated with the State College Area Rollers for about a year before relocating to Cleveland joining Burning River.

The rest of us are true rookies: Mexicali Mayhem, GhostGrace Killah, Vigilannie, Valerian Steel, Jessica Rabbid, Acid Raine, Roth of Khan, and myself, Ridin’ Nerdy.

We are all beyond excited and grateful to be the newest members of this amazing league of skaters. Being members of this league has already given us so many things: the feeling of empowerment, determination, and the opportunity to showcase our abilities as athletes.

With the help, support, and motivation from each other and our veteran sisters we ARE going to see what we can do in this sport this season.

Come witness our debut in the derby world by attending Black & Blue 9, the league’s annual charity bout, on Saturday Nov. 22. The doors will open at 5:30 pm, and the bout will start at 6:30. This year a portion of every ticket will go to LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland.

The fresh meat skaters will be participating in the full-contact musical chairs half time show. This is our initiation, a tradition of BRRG, and a highly anticipated event you do not want to miss!

The same basic rules of regular musical chairs apply, except we will be taking it to the extreme. It will be fast-paced, aggressive (possibly violent), exciting, and on skates!

Oh, and any form of defense or attack is permitted! That’s right, there are no rules here! While we rookies are friends and comrades during practice and outside the rink, in this event we will be battling each other in a no holds barred fight to victory! Scope out the video from last year’s event to see what we mean.

Who will be the skater to secure the final chair? You will have to attend to find out!

Buy your tickets here and be sure to get there early to make sure you get close to the action!



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!

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:

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It’s almost here.  Black & Blue 7 is a mere 3 days away!  And that means we are 3 days closer to Full Contact Musical Chairs halftime show!  I caught up with …oohSHINEE! recently to ask her a few questions about her victory.
Katniss Evermean: Did you get any pointers from other skaters before going into musical chairs?
…oooh SHINEE!: I Remember watching prior years on YouTube and I’m sure I asked advice but I don’t remember what I was told. Once I went out there, everything escapes your head and you just go for it.

KE: Are there any strategies you would recommend to the freshies skating this weekend?

oS: I would suggest getting a pair of receiver gloves to help with grip on chairs. And if you make it through the rounds and down to 3 or 4 skaters, go for the skaters first then the chair.

KE: How did you calm your pre-musical chairs jitters?
oS: I am the most nervous person, i never calmed them. I was so nervous up until we started but once the music started I forgot my nerves and just tried to win.
KE: How did you feel in those last moments before you were declared the winner?
oS: Tired!  Didn’t realize how much it would take out of me. I was so excited once I won, but so tired that the next thing I knew, I was on the ground because of the dog pile from my fellow new recruits!
KE: Any injuries from musical chairs?

oS: Bruising, bruising, and more bruising.  The next day my inner thighs looked like they were beat with a bat. I think a lot of the girls had the same marks from trying to clench the chairs.

KE: The Class of 2011 Fresh Meat  were a pretty close group. Did you have any qualms about destroying them to win the sash, tiara and scepter?

oS: Last year it was said multiple times that musical chairs was the most entertaining and most aggressive since they started doing the halftime show. The 2011 Fresh Meat were and still are a close group of girls that respect each other, but on that night there were agreements that we were going to go all out and not hold back. There was one moment when Hallie Tosis had her legs wrapped around me and  she was kicking my arm saying let go as I continuously said “I Loves You.” Even though we beat up on each other we still all had fun and didn’t hold any grudges. We all went out to the after party and had drinks together.

…oooh SHINEE! was drafted to the Rolling Pin-Ups and also plays for the Burning River All-Stars.  She was voted Rookie of the Year for the Pin-Ups, All-Stars, and the league.  Come and see her crown a new Musical Chairs Champion this Saturday, December 1 at the  Ohio Nets Sports Complex 12665 Corporate Drive, Parma, OH 44130.  Doors open at 6 p.m. / Bout begins at 7 p.m.  There’s still time to purchase your tickets in advance for $12 at Brown Paper Tickets or at the door for $15.  Hope to see you there!

The skaters of the Burning River Roller Girls, Cleveland’s premier
flat track roller derby league, love two things: roller derby and the
city of Cleveland. That’s why this group of exceptional athletes is
proud to present Black & Blue 7, the league’s seventh annual charity
bout, which combines hard-hitting roller derby action with an
opportunity to give back to our city.

The event will take place Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Ohio Nets Sports
Complex in Parma.  The actions starts at 7:00 p.m.

This year, the league will be donating a portion of every ticket sale
to Beech Brook, a Northeast Ohio agency designed to provide
prevention, intervention and treatment programs for some of the area’s
most vulnerable children, teens and families. For more than 160 years,
Beech Brook has been providing services ranging from mentoring and
counseling to fostering and adoption.

All of the teams of the Burning River Roller Girls will regroup into
Team Black and Team Blue for one of the most exciting roller derby
events of the year. Fans can win the right to captain the teams via a
special eBay auction, in which proceeds will be donated to Beech
Brook. Captains will be able to draft their favorite skaters, attend
practices and share in the excitement and glory of game day, all while
helping a great cause.  Links to our auction will be updated at 8:00 p.m. Be sure to check our Facebook page!

But the highlight of night will be the halftime show, in which the new
recruits of the Burning River Roller Girls will engage in a battle of
full-contact musical chairs—on skates! This aggressive event keeps
fans talking all year long and acts as a rite of passage to the newest
members of the league.

Adult advance: $12
Adult day-of: $15
Kids: Ages 6-12 are $8; 5 and younger, FREE
Groups (20+): $10
VIP (Includes free parking and two beers): $18
Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at
Brown Paper Tickets

Venue information
Doors open at 6 p.m. / Bout begins at 7 p.m.
Ohio Nets Sports Complex
12665 Corporate Drive, Parma, OH 44130

For more information:
BRRG Blog:

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Burning River Roller Girls Season 6 officially came to an end over the weekend as we celebrated our league members with an amazing awards banquet.  Below you will find a list of winners – we’re so proud!  We couldn’t fit all of the photos into the post, so here’s just a taste.  Thank you to our very own Buddha (Victoria Stanbridge)  for taking the photos.  You can see more of her professional work here.  

Can’t wait to start Season 7!  We will have more details in the next few weeks, so please stay tuned!

League Awards

League MVP – The Killustrator

Best Jammer – Premo Donna
Best Blocker – Finnish-HER
Rookie of the Year – …oooh Shinee!
Most Improved – Mary Kaos
Derby Queen – Amstel Standin’
Most Intimidating – Morbid Cherub
Joan Weston Leadership Award: TIE!!!!  Eva Lucien & Mosh Spice
Most Dedicated Ref – David Feck’em
Most Dedicated NSO – Travis Sickle
CoCo Sparx Best Butt Award – West Nel Virus
Rockin Rack – Beatrix Wicked
Gorgeous Gams – Rainbow Fright
MVP – The Killustrator
Best Jammer – The Killustrator
Best Blocker – Finnish-HER
Most Improved – Premo Donna
Rookie of the Year – oooh Shinee!
MVP – Professor Booty
Best Jammer – Marion Razorwound
Best Blocker – Decibelle
Rookie of the Year- Mandy Maggots
Most Improved – Beatrix Wicked
Jammer – Tuety Turmoil
MVP – 3 way tie: Dirty Rotten Oar, Social Batterfly, Hellz Kellz
Best Blocker – Pathojane
Most Improved – Hellz Kellz
MVP – Professor Booty
Best Jammer – Marion Razorwound
Best Blocker – TIE – Morbid Cherub & Ivanna Destroya
Rookie of the Year – Action Jackson
Most Improved – Mary Kaos
Rolling PinUps
MVP – Punkd Pixie
Best Jammer – Punkd Pixie
Best Blocker – Rae Gunn
Rookie of the Year – oooh Shinee
Most Improved – Mandy Maggots
MVP – The Killustrator
Best Jammer – Maulibu Barbie
Best Blocker – Rainbow Fright
Rookie of the Year – Knock Off Hanbag
Most Improved – Knock Off Hanbag
Hard Knockers
MVP – Bad Mooney Rising
Best Jammer – Premo Donna
Best Blocker – Finnish-HER
Rookie of the Year – Scarlet Go Dancin
Most Improved – Thrash-her

Bootcamp 2: Train to be a roller girl!

Posted: May 15, 2012 by burningriverrollergirls in Fresh Meat

It’s a little less than a week until our second bootcamp to help prepare our next class of the Burning River Roller Girls.

Even if you did not make the first bootcamp, you are more than welcome to attend this Sunday for the second installment. And if you were at the first bootcamp, this one will cover some new material, so make sure you join us again. You will be taught skills that you will need to know for our July 1 league tryouts.

As always, if you have any interest in joining the Burning River Roller Girls, whether now or in the future, 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!


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


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.

Our third and final bootcamp is also right around the corner, so mark your calendars and get your gear ready!


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