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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.

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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.

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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!

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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
AllStars
MVP – The Killustrator
Best Jammer – The Killustrator
Best Blocker – Finnish-HER
Most Improved – Premo Donna
Rookie of the Year – oooh Shinee!
HazMat
MVP – Professor Booty
Best Jammer – Marion Razorwound
Best Blocker – Decibelle
Rookie of the Year- Mandy Maggots
Most Improved – Beatrix Wicked
Pyromaniacs
Jammer – Tuety Turmoil
MVP – 3 way tie: Dirty Rotten Oar, Social Batterfly, Hellz Kellz
Best Blocker – Pathojane
Most Improved – Hellz Kellz
Hellbombers
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
Steamers
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

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

Tickets:
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!

Derby is on the rise around the globe, and Cleveland is no different. The Burning River Roller Girls, Cleveland’s premier flat track roller derby league, is ushering in a brand new era this season with not only its traditional five home team bouts, but also, for the first time ever, two travel team events at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland!

 

The Eduskater tries to edge past decibelle.

JUNE 9

The league will conclude its home team season Saturday, June 9 with a championship double-header full of hard hits, high skill, fast action and fun for the entire family!

Be there as Cleveland’s four home teams face off, starting with the Cleveland Steamers vs. the Hard Knockers vying for third and fourth place.

Then for the third year in a row, the Hellbombers and the Rolling Pin-Ups will duke it out for all the glory and the right to take home the Hazard Cup! Will the reigning champs, the Hellbombers, keep the coveted trophy? Or will the Pin-Ups reclaim the title they held in 2010? Either way, this promises to be an edge-of-your-seat event!

Arrive a little early to watch Cleveland’s junior roller derby league, The Firestarters, perform during a pre-show bout.

 JUNE 16

If you love our home teams, you won’t want to miss our travel teams! See your favorite skaters from the league join forces to take on regional rivals. The Burning River All-Stars and HazMat Crew make up the best of the best of the Burning River Roller Girls, and they aim to prove it!

Saturday, June 16, the HazMat Crew will take on Tri-City Plan B from Kitchener, Ontario. Then the All-Stars will battle the Tri-City Thunder in a WFTDA (Women’s Flat Track Derby Association) bout that will count toward the team’s national rankings.

The evening will kick off with a pre-show bout featuring Burning River’s farm team, the Pyromaniacs, vs. the Glass City Rollers of Toledo, Ohio.

 TICKETS                   

General admission
Adult advance: $12
Adult day-of: $17
Kids (12 and younger): $6
Special group (Student, Military, etc.): $10
 
VIP admission
Adult advance: $15
Adult day-of: $20
VIP special group (Student, Military, etc.): $12

Have a group of 10+ from your work or other organization? Call the Wolstein Center to inquire about special pricing. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Wolstein Center box office, by phone at 1-877-468-4946 or online at http://www.wolsteincenter.com.*

*Processing/convenience fees apply for online and phone orders.

 Venue information

Doors open at 5 p.m. / Bouts begin at 6 p.m. / Pre-show events start at 5:15 p.m.
Wolstein Center – Cleveland State University
2000 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio

Which team is Cleveland?

Posted: May 2, 2012 by burningriverrollergirls in General, home teams, The Pyromaniacs, travel teams

As roller derby continues to gain traction in Cleveland, we realized that some of you might not be familiar with how the structure of our league works. Some of you have even asked us “Which team is Cleveland?”

We understand how there might be some confusion, so here is a handy guide to Cleveland roller derby.

LEAGUE

Burning River Roller Girls
This is Cleveland’s flat-track roller derby league. We are a member of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA). We have more than 70 member skaters, who are divided among teams. We have both home teams who play each other in intraleague bouts and travel teams who play against other leagues. Some of these travel team games are sanctioned by WFTDA and count toward our national rankings.

Our league colors are red and white, though each team within the league has their own colors. We’ve incorporated a theme throughout the league relating to the “burning river” concept, including the travel team names, our logos and the home team championship trophy, the Hazard Cup.

Skaters must pass a skills test during a predetermined recruiting period or transfer from another league to become a member of the Burning River Roller Girls. At that point they become a member of our farm team (pool of skaters eligible to be drafted) and from there they can eventually end up on a home team, a travel team or both.

HOME TEAMS

Once part of the Burning River Roller Girls, skaters are eligible to be drafted to one of four home teams. These teams play each other at the Cleveland State Wolstein Center five times a year.

Cleveland Steamers
One of BRRG’s four home teams. They wear gold and blue and have a nautical theme. They are the only team with the word “Cleveland” in the name, but all of the teams listed here are from Cleveland.

Hard Knockers
One of BRRG’s four home teams. They wear pink and black, often accented with stars.

Hellbombers
One of BRRG’s four home teams. They wear black and red. They are four-time champions of the intraleague home team competitions.

Rolling Pin-Ups
One of BRRG’s four home teams. They wear green with black and white polka dots. They won the intraleague home team competition in 2010.

You can next see the home teams play May 5 at the Cleveland State Wolstein Center in our semifinals doubleheader.

TRAVEL TEAMS

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.

You can next see the All-Stars play May 6 at Pla-Mor Skating Rink against the Long Island Roller Rebels.

HazMat Crew
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.

You can next see the HazMat Crew play June 16 at the Wolstein Center against the Tri-City Roller Girls. (This will be a double-header with the All-Stars).

FARM TEAM

Pyromaniacs
Once part of the Burning River Roller Girls, skaters are placed on the Pyromaniacs, the team from which home teams within the league may draft skaters. They play interleague bouts against teams from other cities. They are eligible to try out for our travel teams, but they also remain on the Pyromaniacs until drafted to a home team. Their colors are purple and black.

The Pyromaniacs can next been seen May 5 at 5:15 at the Wolstein Center during a pre-show bout against the Sandusky Roller Girls.

Hopefully that clears things up. Still confused? Don’t worry, just remember that all of these teams are from Cleveland and feel good knowing that you are cheering for a group of hard-working home-town athletes. Go Cleveland!

So in the past week, the Burning River All-Stars have played two bouts, our Pyromaniacs had their first bout at the Wolstein Center against the first away team we’ve ever hosted in that venue, and our four home teams completed Bout 2 of the season.

Oh my!

Let’s start with a rundown of the scores. Then we have a recap of the Burning River All-Stars bout against Derby City March 24. We’ll have recaps of the March 31 bouts later in the week, so check back for details.

March 24
Burning River All Stars, 261
Derby City Rollergirls, 101

March 25
Dutchland Derby Rollers, 177
Burning River All-Stars, 105

March 31
Sandusky Roller Girls, 79
Pyromaniacs, 15

Rolling Pin-Ups, 188
Cleveland Steamers, 34

Hellbombers, 132
Hard Knockers, 78

On March 24, the Burning River All-Stars traveled to Kentucky to take on the Derby City Rollergirls.
The bout was largely characterized by stunning defense from the BRRG, really fast packs and loads of power jams.
The first two jams were power jams for BRRG with the Killustrator and Maul-ibu Barbie  starting off the game 31 to 0.  A few jams later DCRG had a 14-point power jam, which brought the score to 60-18.
The evening continued with plenty of power jams on both sides as jammers kept getting sent to the penalty box. BRRG was able to effectively kill some of the DCRG power jams by racing to the front of the pack and out-skating the other team’s jammer.
The Burning River defense dominated the game, partially because of the team’s repeated use of scrum starts with  BRRG holding the opposing jammer consistently at the back of the pack with a devastating three-wall.  The defense swarmed the jammer consistently right off the jammer line.
Halftime score was BRRG,  135 to DCRG, 48.
DCRG started the second half of the game strong scoring a quick 8 points and holding BRRG to 0 points in the first three jams.  But Burning River quickly adjusted, and a few jams later the Killustrator and Mary Kaos, in her All-Star debut bout, brought the score to 166 to 64.
Again the BRRG defense dominated with Hidden Ajennda and Ivanna Destroya effectively holding off the jammers.
Halfway through the second half the Derby City Girls pulled off a successful star pass from #6 Celia Graves lining up on the jammer line and passing the star helmet cover to #23 Little Rage of Sunshine.
Final Score Burning River, 261 to Derby City, 101.

(Thank you to Sweet Heart-Attack for providing updates from the Derby City bout).

Thank you to Derby City for hosting us in this very exciting match-up!