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Celebrate with us!

Posted: August 31, 2013 by burningriverrollergirls in BRRG News, The Burning River All-Stars, travel teams, WFTDA rankings

as1Roller derby fans, do we have an event for you!

Come and join the Burning River Roller Girls at 2 Bucks in North Olmsted Friday, Sept. 6 from 7 to 9 PM to celebrate the end of our outstanding season.

as3 We will be showing footage from our recent tournament in which the Burning River All-Stars fought hard, played smart and went up in ranking in our division.


For $20 you can join us in this very special celebration. Your ticket gets you three drinks, food and a lot of fun with some of your favorite skaters. Plus you’ll be supporting the hard-working athletes of Burning River as they prepare to wow Cleveland with a new season of roller derby action.

We’ll also have some great merchandise and raffle tickets on hand.

Please RSVP if you are considering attending on our Facebook event page by Tuesday


Sept. 3 so we can give 2 Bucks a rough 

headcount – even if you’re just a maybe.  See you there!


Who: The Burning River Roller Girls and all their friends and fans.

What: Fundraiser + Tournament Celebration Party.

When: Friday, Sept. 6, 7-9 p.m.

Where: 2 Bucks, 24108 Lorain Rd, North Olmsted

Cost: $20 gets you admission, food and three drinks.


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!


We caught up with Burning River Roller Girl alumnus Mosh Spice to ask her some questions about her big win in last year’s Bracket Contest and her recent trip to North Central Playoffs. Here’s what she had to say:
So, what exactly is the WFTDA bracket? Last year the WFTDA started a Bracket Contest to try to get fans more involved with the Regional Playoff Tournaments. Each Region’s Playoffs consist of the top ten from that Region, playing against each other to determine rankings. The top 3 from each Region will go to Championships. You can pick who you think will win each match up and earn points for each day’s bouts – 1pt for the first day, 2pts for the second, 3pts for the third – as the competition heats up the points go up.

Can any fan fill out a bracket with a chance to win? Yes! You do not need to be a skater or actively involved in a League to play the Brackets and be eligible for valuable prizes! You can win t-shirts and other merchandise for individual tournaments or the overall prize, which last year was a trip for two to this year’s Championships in Atlanta. Just go to and sign up. You can also look up other player’s brackets so you can trash talk and taunt your friends. 

I hear you didn’t win any regional brackets, were you surprised when you won the Championship bracket? I actually didn’t win ANY individual Tournament brackets – not even Championships. However, I had the highest score overall, and that’s how I won. So, you don’t want to give up after doing poorly in any tournaments. The point structure can save you. Keep playing because there is always a chance.

Did you structure your picks around who you wanted to win, who had been playing well last year, or did you have a super-secret strategy for picking the winning teams? I’m just a little obsessed with derby at that level so I watch a lot, read a lot, and follow the stats and players carefully. So, I can sort of guess who is going to win based on that. It’s hard though when it’s a team you love. Last year I really wanted Ohio Roller Girls and Rat City to go further in their tournaments so I was a little generous in picking them for wins.

Mosh Spice being interviewed on!

How did you do on your bracket at this years North Central Regionals (held in Niagara Falls, September 14-16, 2012)? Absolutely awful. Then again, so did everyone else. By the game between Madison’s Mad Rollin’ Dolls and Detroit (only Game 12) there was only one perfect bracket left and that guy had picked Madison to win. They lost. He did go on to win the Bracket overall though. That was the only game he missed. (Grrrr!) I was EXTREMELY thrilled to see Ohio Roller Girls do so well. Having the whole stadium chanting “O-HI-O” after they lost a hard-fought battle against Windy City was pretty thrilling. OHRG worked Windy City over pretty good. I was hoping they’d ruin my bracket in that game.

Were there any upsets at NC Regionals that really screwed up your picks?  Major upsets by Brewcity (from Milwaukee) and surprise losses by The Chicago Outfit caused everyone trouble. The Brewcity game against St. Louis’ Arch Rival was won by 3 points – basically in the last jam. That game sent a lot of bracket players down the tubes.

Do you plan on filling out a bracket for each region and Championships this year? Or are you going to let someone else win? I’m going to play but I don’t think I’ll do as well this year. The teams have really stepped up, there have been some big changes on some of the rosters and some long-standing powerhouses are looking a little weak. It’s a difficult year to try to pick winners. I don’t feel as confident in my picks as I did last year. But then, the pressure is on, isn’t it?!

When you found out you won the national bracket did you suddenly have everyone vying for that second ticket? Who are you taking? My two main BRRG competitors, Ivanna Destroya and Hidden Ajennda were vying for that 2nd ticket because we’d all worked on our brackets together but in the end I had to take my husband, David Feck’em. He doesn’t get many chances to watch derby for fun because of his Reffing Addiction.

We all know you have a big soft spot in your derby heart for Gotham and Suzy Hotrod. Do you think they’ll take the Hydra this year? I am wondering. Last year they were sleeping in oxygen tents and prepping for playing at Denver’s high altitude. This year they seem like they’re all traveling around a lot playing separately. I would LOVE to be there to see them win. I really need an autograph on my Limited Edition Suzy Hotrod print that I got for my birthday from The Killustrator and Hidden Ajennda. An autograph from a 3-time Hydra winner would be pretty cool. I could gaze at the autographed print while drinking out of my Suzy Hotrod coffee mug with my cat, also named Suzy Hotrod, curled up in my lap. Yeah, that’s one big soft spot for Hotrod and Gotham alright.

For anyone interested in trying their hand at the Bracket Contest, here’s that link again –

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.


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.


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*

*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


Posted: June 1, 2012 by burningriverrollergirls in travel teams, WFTDA rankings

The Brewcity Bruisers are hosting the Midwest Brewhaha this weekend — a two-day event in Milwaukee with 25 teams, two flat tracks and derby all day long. And your very own Burning River All-Stars are going to be there!

Saturday at 5 p.m. the All-Stars will match up against Toronto Roller Derby League’s CN Power. Sunday at 5 p.m. they will playthe Chicago Outfit Syndicate.

Both bouts will be WFTDA sanctioned, meaning the outcomes will count toward our national rankings!

Can’t make it to Milwaukee? Check Derby News Network for live coverage. A schedule of their coverage has not been posted yet, but click here for updates.

Wish our ladies in blue and orange good luck as they hit the road!!!

Behind the scenes: non-skating officials

Posted: May 29, 2012 by burningriverrollergirls in General, Interviews, WFTDA rankings
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Who are those guys standing in the center of the track anyway? BRRG’s Travis Sickle (second from left) gives us some insight on the inner workings of being an NSO. Photo courtesy of Erl Sod.

Travis Sickle, head non-skating official (NSO) gives us some insight on what he needs to do to prepare for a roller derby bout, changes in national standards and why all of it it is so important to the game of roller derby.

What do you do as Head NSO and how much time does it take?

It’s a routine that starts the day before a bout. All game-day rosters must be mailed to me in advance by Derby Operations so we have no scratches or mistakes. I take these rosters and type their names and numbers into a blank WFTDA StatsBook, which automatically fills in the paperwork I need to print out for game day. Sometimes I have to print out inside whiteboard numbers for visiting teams (Sandusky, Firestarters, travel opponents, etc.) and I have a special spreadsheet for that.

On game day, it’s a cornucopia of activity beginning with assemblage of all whiteboards inside and out, arranging paperwork either on clipboards or at their proper stations, making sure the people who volunteered at their positions are arriving to or already at the venue and getting this all done prior to 5–5:15 P.M. I’m also part of referee meetings and sometimes have to do last-minute accommodations if there are NSO call-offs or absences. This all has to be ready before 5:45 P.M.

I would say it’s not very time-consuming in terms of what I have to do vs. what skaters and referees have to do, but when the time is consumed, you have to make the most of that time if you want a successfully-run bout that doesn’t fall apart on itself.

Travis keeps an eye on the NEO vs. BRRG bout.

Why is your job so important to the league?

The general answer is that statistics serve as a guide to help skaters improve their game.  It also helps skaters and bench coaches understand which of their line-ups worked best as a unit, how each element of the line-up operated in the jams they were in, and how effective they were on both offense and defense. 

How many games have you done stats for?

Not counting scrimmage-like events (e.g. Corndogs n Carnage) or Firestarters (did a few and what a great bunch of skaters they all are), about 136 bouts, 29 of them WFTDA-sanctioned. I have to keep a RefSume for travel purposes.

Does WFTDA officially recognize NSOs?

WFTDA has now instituted a certification track similar to what they do with referees.  Before, the highest certification an NSO could get on a referee track was a One, which is why certification is optional for NSOs. With this track, a non-skating official can pursue a track similar to refereeing and become certified in their position of choice, as well.  There are officiating clinics for non-skating officials as there are for referees.

How and when did you get involved with BRRG?

Thrash-Her (Travis’s wife, of the Hard Knockers) joined in late-2006 and they needed volunteers. I told former-coach Stir-Fry I wanted to volunteer for statistics. I had to come up with a derby name and thought of Travis Sickle in like, 10 seconds. 

I first did scoring (not really scorekeeping as we know it today) and gravitated toward line-ups, where I remained for the first two seasons. In 2008, upon Teddy Roxspin’s exit from the league, I took over as Head NSO and have done penalty of tracking, spotter/wrangler and inside whiteboard; there have been bouts where I’ve performed all of these positions at the same time. Right now, I’m just focusing on Spotter/Wrangler, which allows me to be an all-seeing ubiquitous eye on everything else.

Back in the early years, stats were pretty much a free-for-all with haphazard tracking and spotty volunteer attendance; many leagues weren’t really following a set standard for how they tracked statistics. We didn’t even start using a StatsBook until around 2009.  I’m very glad that the governing body nationwide has issued standards for their NSOs so that the process of tracking interleague bouts is less of a hassle, and these standards also make interchange between leagues far easier.

Travis (forefront) works with NSO team at the championships in Denver last year.

You NSOed for the WFTDA National Championships last year. What did you do and how was it different than NSOing for a home game?

Each individual that was chosen for the Championships was selected based on the mastery of their position. I was honored to have been chosen as a Spotter/Wrangler for an extremely talented crew of experienced officials, many of whom I worked with previously at East Coast Derby Extravaganza and a few new faces as well. That’s huge for someone’s first Big Five tournament experience. I’d say the most emotionally satisfying experience in my derby career to this point was being part of the team of officials that worked the 2011 Championship Bout between Gotham and Oly.

What separates the Championship experience from an interleague game (and in some sense, travel bouts) is that because you’re part of a team that’s considered the best of the best, it allows you to focus on just your piece of the puzzle, which in turn makes the unit itself far more effective. The refs and the crew HNSO kind of let me know this during other bouts and I refined my game that way. I didn’t have to do as many things or worry about how effectively the other positions were performing in the quarters, semis and finals of the WFTDA championships as I did in a home bout. In a way, our home bouts and scrimmages offer the best training for this sort of environment. Spartan-like training to make the real thing easier. That’s not to say wrangling the penalty-heavy matches that we did were easy in any sense of the word, but strict concentration on what you do very much tames a hard task. I brought home a lot from that event.

Since you and Thrash-Her are both involved with derby, how do you keep derby separate from your personal/home lives?
It’s kind of difficult not to, since derby events involve us in so many ways. Between her being involved in the street team and other promotional events and me lending my services to other leagues and tournaments, we’re just all about this thing called derby.  Our 16-year-old keeps us grounded and is a good sport about our involvement.