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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!



Rule Changes coming your way!

Posted: February 7, 2013 by burningriverrollergirls in General, Hazmat, Rules, The Burning River All-Stars

rulechangesThe first official travel team double header is coming up on February 16th (yikes, a week from Saturday!).  We thought it might be a good idea to get you, our wonderful fans, acquainted with just a few of the new rules that were instituted on January 1, 2013:

1.  Jam Starts – Jams traditionally started at two different times, with two different whistle blasts.  One whistle would start the jam for the blockers to move off the pivot line or stand from a scrum start.  Then the jammers would be released on two whistle blasts.  Now you will find that all skaters start on the same whistle – both blockers and jammers!  More exciting times ahead!!

2.  Penalties – Remember that big white board in the middle of the track?  It functioned as a tally for the number of penalties each skater would accrue.  After four minor penalties, the skater would get a major penalty and would be sent to the penalty box.  Not anymore – no more minor penalties.  What does this mean?  A skater will receive either a no impact/no penalty call or a major for penalties such as forearm, cutting the track, elbow, etc.  After 7 majors, the skater will foul out of the game.  For more, take a look at this post by Curtis E. Lay on the Derbylife blog.


A skater will not receive a penalty if it does not impact the game. A skater will only go to the penalty box for major penalties such as multi-player blocks,  using a forearm or elbow that causes another skater to lose relative position on the track , cutting the track,  etc.  After 7 majors, the skater will foul out of the game.

3.  Speaking of cutting the track – in the past, a skater would get a minor for cutting one skater and a major for advancing her position (cutting in front of the foremost player on the track or multiple players)  – now, skaters may cut one teammate without penalization but will receive a major penalty for cutting one opposing skater or multiple teammates.penaltyboard2

You can take a look at a summary of all of the rule changes here!  See you on the 16th! Don’t forget to purchase your tickets early or better yet – purchase a season ticket so you never have to miss a bout!!

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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

Come support our HazMat skaters in Youngstown!

Posted: June 28, 2012 by burningriverrollergirls in BRRG News, Hazmat

It’s road trip time again derby fans, and this event is pretty exciting!

It’s 12 hours of roller derby action at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown for the Ruckus in the Rustbelt Tournament, including the Burning River Roller Girls’ HazMat Crew!

The event is hosted by the Little Steel Derby Girls and co-hosted by NEO Roller Derby. Doors open at 8 a.m. and the evnt is scheduled to end at 8 p.m. Our HazMat skaters will be hitting the track around noon for those who want to sleep in a bit.

See you Saturday in your orange and blue!

Travel team bouts

Here’s everything you need to know for today’s bout!

Preshow Bout: Pyromaniacs vs. Glass City Rollers (Toledo)
Bout 1: Burning River All-Stars vs. Tri-City Thunder (Kitchener, Ontario)
Bout 2: Burning River HazMat Crew vs. Tri-City Plan B (Kitchener, Ontario)

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

Doors open at 5 p.m. / Home teams, 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.

I’m new to roller derby. What’s happening on the track? Great! Welcome! 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.

What’s with this preshow bout? The Glass City Rollers will be matched up with BRRG’s Pyromaniacs, our farm team from which our other teams draft. The teams will play one 30-minute period before the travel teams face off, so show up a little early to cheer on the rising stars of the BRRG!

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 BRRG Kids Club and our memorial table for Luna Lovewound in the concourse. Join us in the fan zone on the track after the last bout for skater autographs!

Also, the Wolstein Center does serve alcohol, including fancier drinks at the bar concession areas. Take our food and drink survey to let the Wolstein Center know what you would like to see more of at our bouts! Look for Katniss Evermean around the raffle table area. She’s also collecting survey information there.

AFTER PARTY: There will be an after party event at the Old Angle Tavern, 1848 West 25th St., Cleveland. Bring your ticket stub and come join the skaters as they celebrate!

Our home team season is over, and normally, that’s it for fans of the Burning River Roller Girls until our charity bout in the fall.

But this year, the excitement is just beginning.

This Saturday, June 16, our travel teams will compete against the Tri-City Roller Girls from Kitchener, Ontario in a double-header event!

These aren’t exhibition games. This is the real deal.  Saturday’s bouts will count toward our regional cred and will posture us in the WFTDA (Women’s Flat Track Derby Association) national rankings.

The HazMat Crew (B-team) and the Burning River All-Stars (A-team) are made up of the best skaters from our home teams. Imagine the Killustrator of the Cleveland Steamers skating on the same team as Hidden Ajennda of the Rolling Pin-Ups. Or Premo Donna of the Hard Knockers getting an assist from Morbid Cherub of the Hellbombers.

It’s a dream team for Cleveland roller derby fans, and it’s all going down this Saturday. Witness the best of the best of the Burning River Roller Girls as they compete in the first ever international roller derby bout at the Wolstein Center!

And if that wasn’t enough, show up early to watch our special guests, the Glass City Rollers of Toldeo face off against BRRG’s Pyromaniacs, the team from which our home teams draft skaters. You’ll want to keep an eye on these faces — they are the future of BRRG!

Tickets are $12 in advance, $17 at the door. Be there! Oh and don’t forget to wear your orange and blue!

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!