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That’s the ticket! Which roller derby ticket is right for you?

Posted: March 4, 2014 by burningriverrollergirls in General, home teams

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We’re so excited for our home opener this Saturday, March 8, at the Ohio Nets Sports Complex, we could scream (and probably will scream …we tend to yell a lot on the track).

We hope you’re just as excited and that you have your tickets! Don’t have your tickets yet? Let us show you all the different ticket options to maximize your enjoyment of Saturday’s bout!

Season Passes

Season Passes are hands down the best deal. They dramatically reduce the price you pay per bout and come with extra benefits. Check out our season schedule here.

VIP Season Pass – $100
What you get:

  • Admission to 5 home team games (A more than $65 value)
  • 2 Beer Tickets per home team game (A $40 value, must be 21 or older)
  • Free premium parking each home team bout (A $25 value)
  • Special seating (priceless)
  • And admission into all Travel Team home games (A roughly $15 value).

That’s more than $45 in savings over regular price.

General Admission Season Pass – $55
What you get:

  • Admission to 5 home team games (A more than $65 value)
  • Admission into all Travel Team home games (A roughly $15 value)

That’s a $25 savings over regular price.

Single-Day Tickets

If you don’t want to plan that far in advance, single day tickets are available at the door and online:

General Admission – $13 online ($15 at the door)

VIP – $22
Your ticket, plus $8 in beer and $5 in parking. Still a bargain!

Children (6-12) – $8

Children (5 and younger) – FREE

Groups (of 10 or more) – $11 each

Now you know which ticket is right for you! Secure your ticket now at Brown Paper Tickets.

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Welcome to Season 8

Posted: January 27, 2014 by burningriverrollergirls in BRRG News, General, home teams, travel teams
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CupQuake of the Cleveland Steamers escapes the pack in the home opener against the Hellbombers last season. The teams will have a rematch March 8 at the Ohio Nets Sports Complex.

CupQuake of the Cleveland Steamers escapes the pack in the home opener against the Hellbombers last season. The teams will have a rematch March 8 at the Ohio Nets Sports Complex. Photo by Dave Brown.

Welcome to Season 8 of the Burning River Roller Girls. One league, seven teams and eight incredible years of roller derby action right here in Cleveland.

The fun begins March 8 with the home team season opener at the Ohio Nets Sports Complex. The double-header begins with the Hellbombers taking on the Cleveland Steamers, followed by a match-up of the Hard Knockers and the Rolling Pin-Ups.

Season Passes

Season passes are available now at an amazing discounted price! For $55 you can get a general admission season pass, a savings of $20 over the at-door prices for our five home team games. That’s like getting more than one bout for free!

In addition, season pass holders get into all of our home travel team bouts for free. This is an incredible deal that roller derby fans can’t afford to pass up.

Tickets for the home opener and season passes are available at Brown Paper Tickets.

Season @Home Schedule

Saturday, March 8
Home Teams (Hellbomers vs. Cleveland Steamers, Rolling Pin-Ups vs. Hard Knockers)
Ohio Nets Sports Complex – Doors 6 pm, Bout 7pm

Saturday, April 12
Home Teams (Hellbombers vs. Hard Knockers, Cleveland Steamers vs. Rolling Pin-Ups)
Ohio Nets Sports Complex – Doors 5pm, Bout 6pm

Saturday, May 10
Home Teams (Hellbombers vs. Rolling Pin-Ups, Cleveland Steamers vs. Hard Knockers)
Ohio Nets Sports Complex – Doors 5pm, Bout 6pm

Saturday, May 17
HazMat Crew and Pyromaniacs vs. Border City Brawlers
Elyria Roll Arena

Sunday, May 18
Burning River All-Stars vs. DC Roller Girls
Pla-Mor Roller Rink

Saturday, June 14
Home Teams (Semifinals)
Ohio Nets Sports Complex – Doors 5pm, Bout 6pm

Saturday, July 12
Home Teams (Championships)
Ohio Nets Sports Complex – Doors 5pm, Bout 6pm

Saturday, July 26
Burning River All-Stars and HazMat Crew vs. Chicago Outfit
Elyria Roll Arena

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Huge hits, lead changes galore and a tied game that went into overtime — if you weren’t at the Burning River Roller Girls’ third home team bout, you missed out on one heck of an exciting night of roller derby.

The third double-header of the home season kicked off with a rousing rendition of the National Anthem by our very own West Nel Virus of the Cleveland Steamers and William Maullace, ref extraordinaire.

Then the skaters took the track for a fast-paced game pitting the Rolling Pin-Ups against last year’s Hazard Cup champs the Hellbombers. The Pin-Ups took the lead early and kept it for most of the game until the Bombers caught up toward the tail end of the second half.  At the end of the last jam, the score was tied meaning the game went into the rare unicorn that is the overtime jam! (A quick refresher for those who haven’t seen it in a while — in overtime, the jam goes the full two minutes and there is no lead jammer.) Despite a hard fight and a star pass from Pin-Up jammer …ooohSHINEE!, the Bombers pulled it off and won 154 to 149. MVPs were Mary Kaos (MVP Jammer) and Sparkles (MVP Blocker) for the Bombers, and Lulu (MVP Jammer) and x-TRON-x(MVP Blocker) for the Pin-Ups.

After the half time entertainment (the otherworldly sounds of a musical saw player) and a brief delay while helmet covers were procured, the Hard Knockers faced off against the Cleveland Steamers in the second bout of the evening. Despite a quick lead by the Steamers, the girls in pink snatched it away by the half.  It was a revolving door in the penalty box as both team’s jammers took turns sitting for a minute for much of the second half, but the Knockers never let that lead close and took the win 158 to 114. MVPs were Premo Donna (MVP Jammer) and Vendetta Farfalle (MVP Blocker) for the Knockers, and CupQuake (MVP Jammer) and Buddhalicious (MVP Blocker) for the Steamers.

After all that, you’re dying to know the Semi-finals match-ups now, right? Since this bout’s outcomes resulted in a three-way tie between the Knockers, Bombers and Pin-Ups, score differentials were used as the tiebreaker. The Semi-finals, on June 22 at the Ohio Nets Sports Complex, will be game one: the Hard Knockers (3rd place) vs. the Hellbombers (2nd place), and game two: the Rolling Pin-Ups (1st place) vs. the Cleveland Steamers (4th place.)   Get your tickets here!!! Winners from each game go skate to skate for the Hazard Cup in our Championship bout. Will the Knockers beat the Bombers for a second time this season and go on to the Championship for the first time since our first season? Can the Steamers sink the competition and pull an upset on the Pin-Ups? You’ll just have to be there this Saturday,  June 22 to find out.

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 recruiting@burningriverrollergirls.com.

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

Pink Star Rookies!!!

Posted: April 20, 2013 by burningriverrollergirls in General, home teams, Interviews, Rookies, The Hard Knockers

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Well, one rookie so far.  More to come in the next few weeks.

Skater Name  Black Ice

Skater Number 906

When did you become interested in derby? I started playing derby up in Anchorage, Alaska, after my boss (who was the head NSO for Rage City Rollergirls) invited me to an open skate with the league around October of 2011.

What is the most exciting thing that you’ve done so far as a new home team skater? I was surprised by Mooney, Coach Mike and Pinky Teaseadaro with a whole bunch of team pink goodies while I was out to dinner one night!blackice

What was your first bout like? My first bout with BRRG was Pyros (plus) vs. the Border City Brawlers; it was a good bout for our newbies/pyromaniacs to understand how bouting works and what it’s like to be in front of a whole bunch of people. Not to mention BCB has some crazy good offense.

Any advice for people thinking about trying out for derby? Don’t be shy and just get yourself in skates! Once you’ve made it there, you’ve fought more than half the battle.

What’s your personal theme song and why? None of Dem by Robyn (feat. Royksopp) – it’s just the right amount of F*ck you that I like in a song.

What’s your spirit animal? Probably a river otter, they’re so sassy.

Do you have a favorite skater?  Someone who mentored you? My former coach and team captain, Salmon Ella! She’s been skating for many years with Rage City and really pushed me to be a better skater and a smarter player. She listened to my whines and gave me ice packs when I busted myself up. It’s a really lovely feeling when a veteran just listens to a newbie, even if she’s heard it a million times before, it makes you feel like you are important to the league.

 

New Polka Dots Pinning ’em Up!!

Posted: April 19, 2013 by burningriverrollergirls in General, home teams, Interviews, Rolling Pin-Ups, Rookies

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Even the tiniest of Pin dots will eventually grow into fearsome Polka dots!  Meet our Rolling Rookies!

Skater Name “Rage”ing Blockoholic

Skater Number 40oz

When did you become interested in derby? I went on a roller-skating date with my husband over a year ago. There were Roller Derby flyers there,I’ve been hooked ever since!

What is the most exciting thing that you’ve done so far as a new home team skater? Playing as a TEAM, for the first time, was the most exciting.

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What was your first bout like? Our first bout as a team was truly amazing. The camaraderie was intoxicating!

Any advice for people thinking about trying out for derby? I personally regret not doing it sooner. If you have thought about it, GO!

What’s your personal theme song and why? I don’t have a theme song. I like anything high energy to get in my special “derby place”.

What’s your spirit animal?  Hawk

Do you have a favorite skater?  Someone who mentored you? There’s too many! Let’s just say my team has a few of them.

Skater Name Ma Loik

Skater Number 988

When did you become interested in derby? Growing up my parents allowed us to watch roller derby on TV.  I was always into the more competitive sports.  I never was given the chance to play full contact  sports growing up, and I felt that I needed to take this chance as soon as I saw a recruitment event pop up on BRRG’s Facebook in the fall of 2012.

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What is the most exciting thing that you’ve done so far as a new home team skater? This whole trip has been extremely exciting.  My favorite things so far have been skating in the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, and facing a team from Canada in my first real bout.

What was your first bout like? It was so much fun.  Of course I was super nervous until I got up on that jam line.  Once you reach that jam line, the nerves go away and the adrenaline kicks in.  You play the best that you can and leave it all out there!  We lost, but it was such a great experience and I will never forget it.

Any advice for people thinking about trying out for derby? Do it.  Take this chance.  Derby has turned my life around and continues to do so every day.  Don’t get frustrated because it is challenging.  Be open to constructive criticism always, and enjoy every second of it.

What’s your personal theme song and why?  Perfectly Flawed by Otep.  It speaks for itself.

What’s your spirit animal? The tiger.  Tigers represent personal strength, willpower, and courage.

Do you have a favorite skater?  Someone who mentored you? Soul Eater has been there for me every step of the way, since the first day I started until today.  She’s a wonderful mentor and extremely approachable.  I am thankful that she was so kind and supportive from the get go.  From there on out, EVERYONE on the league has been welcoming and helpful.

Skater Name  Cautionary Tail

Skater Number A2Z

When did you become interested in derby? About a year ago, I randomly met a BRRG member who told me all about Roller Derby.  My immediate response was to go out and buy gear and start learning how to roller skate the next

ctday.  It was obvious I had to play derby.

What is the most exciting thing that you’ve done so far as a new home team skater? Playing in my first ever game was probably the most exciting thing I’ve done in derby so far, even though it wasn’t with my home team.  I played in a B/C travel game and was given the chance to jam a lot.  I was terrified but thrilled, and the shared excitement among all the other new(ish) players was really a special and memorable feeling.

What was your first bout like? My first home team bout went like this: Within the first 20 seconds of the first jam I was in, I made a totally blatant penalty and went to the box.  That’s when I thought to myself, “”Oh okay, that’s as bad as it gets, I don’t have to worry about embarrassing myself!””

From then on I wasn’t afraid to mess up, I just tried my best to stay focused and work with my team.  And I think I held my own!  There was one really memorable jam for me, where I helped contain the other team’s jammer for nearly the whole jam – it was solid derby, and I felt like I knew what I was doing working with my teammates.  Everyone on the team was so excited, and Eva hugged me when I got back to the bench.  (Actually, THAT might be my “”most exciting moment in derby”” so far…)  That’s the moment I felt that, with a lot of hard work, I can really be an asset to my team.

Any advice for people thinking about trying out for derby? Every time you think you can’t do something, whether it’s trying out or skating, just scream inside your own head, “HAVE NO FEAR!”  Then just do it.  It’s how you learn and progress.

What’s your personal theme song and why? Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (Pt. 1, obviously), by The Flaming Lips.  Because I’m small but mighty.  And looking out for the good of all mankind, of course…

What’s your spirit animal? Probably a small jungle cat, like an Ocelot.

Do you have a favorite skater?  Someone who mentored you? Soul Eater’s been there for me and everyone else in my Fresh Meat class since day one, and I don’t think I would have made it this far without her.  Having the perk of playing on her team is surreal.  I love my Pin-Ups!



Hellbabies!!!

Posted: April 19, 2013 by burningriverrollergirls in General, home teams, Interviews, Rookies, The Hellbombers

hellbomberOh yes.  Even the demons of hell will often give birth and bring forth new minions!!

That was a little scary, but then again, so are the Hellbombers.  Meet their ferocious rookies!!!

Skater Name Enemylou Harris

Skater Number 74

When did you become interested in derby? This is so lame, but after I watched the movie Whip It.  I hadn’t even heard of it until I saw that.  When I found out it was real I knew I had to do it.

What is the most exciting thing that you’ve
enemyloudone so far as a new home team skater? 
It’s been exciting to be a jammer.  Breaking through the pack and getting lead jammer at a bout is a totally awesome feeling.

What was your first bout like? SO NERVOUS. I was so nervous until I started skating.  Once I was out on the track, I starting thinking about the game and not about being nervous.

Any advice for people thinking about trying out for derby? If you’re interested in it, go for it. If you don’t like it, no harm done. If you love it, which you will, then awesome!

Prepare for tryouts, I was really glad that I had practiced some of the things required before I went to the boot camps. It made me feel more confident and less nervous. There are a ton of videos on youtube that helped me out.

What’s your personal theme song and why? Heads Will Roll- Yeah Yeah Yeahs. It pumps me up.

What’s your spirit animal? Owls. Their prey never sees them coming.

Do you have a favorite skater?  Someone who mentored you?  People in the league are so welcoming and helpful, it’s hard to choose just one.  Everyone has their own style of teaching and skating, so it’s easy to find something that works for you.

Skater Name Colonel Kurtz

Skater Number N7

When did you become interested in derby? Too long ago to remember. It took a while, but the stars had finally aligned in the right way for me to try out in January!

kurtzWhat is the most exciting thing that you’ve done so far as a new home team skater? Participate on Kickin’ it with Kenny!

What was your first bout like? My first bout is a happy blur! It was definitely really exciting to get to skate in front of my family and friends for the first time.

Any advice for people thinking about trying out for derby? Do it! You’ll meet some really great people, increase your level of fitness, and have so much fun!

What’s your personal theme song and why? MMMBop! by Hanson *jokes* I like music way too much to narrow it down to one theme song; I’m a walking symphony. 😉

What’s your spirit animal? Unicorn, because… Hello! Super majestic!

 

Skater Name Bustin Stuff

Skater Number  41

When did you become interested in derby?  The second Amstel Standin started talking about it and posting pictures.  It was never the right time until last year.  Coming up with FM12 was the best experience EVER!!!  It was way bustinstuffmore than I ever expected.

What is the most exciting thing that you’ve done so far as a new home team skater?  Being able to learn skills and focus on what I need to be for my team from the absolute best.

What do you think your first bout will be like? It will be amazing!!  If it is anything like our practices it will end up being one hell of a game!!

Any advice for people thinking about trying out for derby? Get some skates and get on them!!  Only speaking from personal experience but I am mad I didn’t do this sooner.  Words cannot express how awesome this really is.

What’s your personal theme song and why? Move Bitch (Get out the way) – Ludacris Have you seen my size??? That’s how I come through lol and I mean “”Bitch”” in the nicest way possible 🙂

What’s your spirit animal? A Whale – big, beautiful but lethal if I need to be!!!

Do you have a favorite skater?  Someone who mentored you? Amstel Standin 🙂 if it wasn’t for her I probably would have never found this.