KC Derby Digest was founded in October 2011 by Kansas City native KC Carr. The day he realized roller derby was the greatest sport in the world but never, ever got any mainstream news coverage, he set out to change that.
We endeavor to cover all roller derby in Kansas City — period. Whether it’s men’s or women’s, junior leagues, coed, flat track, or banked track, if it’s roller derby in Kansas City, it’s on our radar.
When we first began in 2011, Kansas City was home to no fewer than seven leagues of various kinds. That number has unfortunately dwindled some — the Cowtown Butchers, the Blacksnake Rollergirls, and the Kansas City Banked Beauties have all officially dissolved since then, for instance. Presently, the roller derby scene in Kansas City consists of three women’s flat track leagues (two of which boast coed teams as well) and a junior league for skaters ages 10-17.
The Kansas City Roller Warriors. Founded in 2004, this WFTDA flat track league won the national championship in 2007 and has consistently been one of the most dreaded travel teams in all of women’s flat track. They practice and play at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas. Their four house teams are the Dreadnought Dorothys, the Victory Vixens, the Black Eye Susans, and the Knockouts.
Fountain City Roller Derby. Founded in 2010 as Dead Girl Derby, this MADE flat track league won the ladies’ national championship and the coed national championship in 2015. Currently, they make their home at B&D Skate Center in Independence. FCRD currently boasts over 200 members with their ladies’ division, coed, and Zombie league division combined, making them the largest flat track roller derby league in Kansas City.
Fountain City’s house teams are the Shotgun Sheilas, the Royal Pains, the Lovely Lethals, and the Deadly Sirens. Coed teams include the Usual Suspects, the Public Enemies, and the Untouchables. The Zombie league teams are Black Plague and Gang Green.
The Missouri River Rollers. Also a MADE flat track league, MRR rose from the ashes of the Blacksnake Rollergirls of St. Joseph, a league that unfortunately dissolved after the 2016 season. They make their home at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall in Atchison, Kansas. At present, their league consists of one travel team.
The Kansas City Junior Roller Warriors. These little ladies ages 10-17 play under the WFTDA rule set and are trained by some of the best talent the Kansas City Roller Warriors have to offer. They consist of two house teams, Starry Fright and Rolling Thunder.
KC Derby Digest endeavors to paint the sport of roller derby in Kansas City in the brightest colors possible. We don’t traffic in rumors, we stay out of intra-league drama, and our only speculation comes at the end of the season when house championships are up for grabs.
We confirm our published information in advance with the appropriate league liaison(s), and we will never attempt to “scoop” a league with breaking news or publish any announcements that have not been either expressly authorized for publication or already announced by the league in question.
League members often whisper advance, confidential, unofficial, or privileged information in our ear well before it’s been authorized for release to the public. We will not disseminate this information to anyone outside the league under any circumstances. Our mantra is: if we’re not explicitly on the record, then we’re not on the record at all.
KC Derby Digest is not officially affiliated with any particular league. We are an independent entity serving Kansas City roller derby fans all over the area. As such, we also cannot serve as a point of contact for any league.
A Few Rules
1. We do our best to promote and cover all roller derby in Kansas City, but even at that, we cannot be in two places at once. When two leagues play on the same night, we will have to make a choice of whose bout to shoot, and we will always take into consideration factors such as season openers, championship games, and whether or not we’ve already missed a particular league’s bout that season.
2. We won’t report extensively on player injuries or ejections. Even though these things often occur in view of the public, they’re usually considered private issues for the player(s) in question, and we will respect that.
3. Likewise, we do not shoot (photograph) when a player goes down during a bout. Most players don’t usually mind, but we are not comfortable taking pictures of players in vulnerable positions when injuries are imminent. If a player goes down during a bout, we will take a knee with the rest of the league. Other photographers may decide to shoot during an injury time-out, and we pass no judgment on them for the way they conduct their business.
4. We do not shoot during the National Anthem. Hats come off and cameras go over hearts. Other photographers may choose to shoot, and that is their prerogative.
5. Smugmug is the official home of our photo albums, but we also publish them on our Facebook page as well. As a rule, we do not tag players in our Facebook photos out of respect for their personal privacy. Players and league members are free to tag themselves and each other at any time.
6. We will remove a photo at the request of a player or league. Very seldom, we do get requests from players who consider a particular photograph to be too revealing or risque, and we never want anyone to feel uncomfortable with our work.
7. In general, we don’t charge for our photography. We reserve the right to change that policy at any time, but for now, everything we publish exists for the sole purpose of furthering the public’s interest and enjoyment of the sport of roller derby in Kansas City.
Please give appropriate photo credit if you share our images on social media (“photo by KC Derby Digest”), and please do not crop, edit, or filter our photos in any way. Under no circumstances should our photos or images be used in promotions or on merchandise without our authorization. Just get permission. We’re usually pretty benevolent about that.
That’s about it. We hope you enjoy KC Derby Digest as much as we do. Drop us a line at kcderbydigest [at] gmail [dot] com with any questions or issues, and we’ll do our best.
Roll on, Kansas City!