Derby Saturday

This Saturday night, there are two outstanding events taking place on the flat track from which to choose, and you will likely have to choose, since they’re both taking place at about the same time. But that’s the beauty of Kansas City roller derby — you can have it your way.

Fountain City Roller Derby’s Coed and Rec League Game 3

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In this weekend’s event, the reigning coed champs, The Untouchables, face off against the formidable Public Enemies in what’s sure to be a straight-up nailbiter. Immediately following, the Black Plague and Gang Green square off, and these bouts are always different, so there’s no telling how it will turn out. We just know it’s going to be a fantastic night on the track.

Adult tickets are $12 at the door. Fountain City’s events are always kid-friendly, and kiddos ages 12 and under are admitted free. Small coolers are welcome with a $10 fee at the door (no glass allowed).

Doors open at 6 p.m. at B&D Skate Center, so get there early and get a great seat for this next-to-last Fountain City event of the season!

The Kansas City Junior Roller Warriors Game 3

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The Kansas City Junior Roller Warriors finish off their stellar 2017 season with Game 3 this Saturday night at Memorial Hall!

The Red and Black teams have been slugging it out all season long, and this is your last chance to see them until 2018.

Doors open at 5:00 p.m., and the game begins at 6:00. Tickets are $5 at the door for adults, and kids 12 and under are admitted free.

We hope to see all you Kansas City roller derby fans at one of these events, and as always, we thank you for your loyal support of the incredible leagues we’ve enjoyed for so many years in this amazing town. The ladies and gents behind the various leagues put in some serious hours to make these events come off, and we at KC Derby Digest couldn’t be more grateful to everyone involved.

We will see you trackside this Saturday night! Roll on, Kansas City!


Featured Skater – August 2017

Our Featured Skater for the month of August is
Dynamite Drop-In of Fountain City Roller Derby!

Name: Dynamite Drop-In
Team: Fountain City’s Rec League
Number: 100mg
Position: Blocker, pivot
Seasons with FCRD: 2

How did you discover Fountain City Roller Derby?

“My good friend Brief Encounter encouraged me to join in 2013, but recently it was Irritating Irish that enticed me to return.”


Tell us the origin of your derby name.

“My name comes from my impromptu mouth. I speak before I think, even when it’s not my conversation I’m jumping into. Not trying to be rude, it’s just a part of having ADHD. It’s usually me just trying to be funny.”


Who inspires you on the track?

“I’m honestly inspired by everyone in our league because no matter their skills or experience on the track, they are all out there trying their best and striving for improvement.”


Roller derby changes every life it touches. How has it changed yours?

“Roller derby has helped me in so many ways. I’m in the best shape of my life thanks to derby. It is truly the best workout on the planet! It’s given me the strength to overcome my fears on and off the track, to push myself harder, and to never give up. It’s an amazing feeling to have such amazing people stand by my side and accept me just the way I am. I’m proud to be part of such a great community.”


What sets you apart in Fountain City?

“My resilience is what sets me apart. I’ve been knocked down time after time on and off the track, but I will keep getting up. When you get knocked down the only place to go is up! Even though I had to take some significant time off, I feel like that’s what makes me better and stronger now than when I left 3 years ago.”


To see more of Dynamite Drop-In and all of Fountain City Roller Derby in action, visit our photo albums on Smugmug, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Instagram.

Junior Derby

This Saturday night at Memorial Hall in KCK, the Kansas City Junior Roller Warriors kick off a three-game 2017 season at 6:00 sharp!

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Doors open at Memorial Hall at 5:00 p.m. Intros begin at 5:45, and the Red and Black teams face off at 6:00. Tickets are $5 at the door, cash or card accepted.

Join us in cheering on the next generation of Roller Warriors this Saturday night as the Juniors begin another phenomenal season of flat track roller derby!

Photos – KCRW All Stars vs. Nashville

The Kansas City Roller Warriors All Stars scored an impressive 211-101 victory Saturday night over the visiting Nashville Rollergirls, and if you weren’t there to witness it, you missed out on quite a show.

Of course, we’ve got bout photos, because that’s what we do.

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Thanks to the Girl Scouts for joining us for another hard-fought bout, and thanks for the ladies and gents of the Kansas City Roller Warriors for another amazing event the fans won’t soon forget. Plan B takes the track on July 15, and we’ll have more information for you as the time get closer. Roll on, Kansas City!

Bout Photos – Missouri River Rollers Game 3

Last weekend’s bout between the Missouri River Rollers of Atchison and Fountain City Roller Derby‘s Zombie/rec team was pretty intense, and if you missed it (or even if you didn’t), we’ve got some pret-ty awesome photos to share from the event.

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The MRRs closed out their season undefeated, taking down FCRD’s team 65-53 in a bout that didn’t look like much at first, but then ramped up considerably as the night went on. Many thanks again to all the ladies and gents of the Missouri River Rollers for a phenomenal event, and doubly so for including KC Derby Digest in the season’s festivities as well. We’ll be around as long as you want us!

The MRRs are hosting a Halloween-themed event the weekend of October 28, and we’ll keep you posted on that as the days draw nearer.

Missouri River Rollers – Bout 3

This Saturday night, the Missouri River Rollers of Atchison, Kansas take the track at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall for their final bout of the 2017 season, and we’d love to see every Kansas City roller derby fan out there supporting them!

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And they’re taking on our hometown Fountain City Roller Derby, so there’s the added bonus of having your loyalties tested while you’re watching some of the best flat track action the Kansas City area has to offer.

We at KC Derby Digest are big fans of these up-and-coming Missouri River Rollers, and we’re excited to see their inaugural season take off the way it has. We’re also massive fans of the ladies and gents from FCRD, so make the drive to Atchison this Saturday night and join us for a guaranteed good time. It’s Hawaiian-themed, and the afterparty will be at Willie’s Sports Club just down the street.

Hawaii K-O begins at 7:00 Saturday night. Follow the link above for all the details. We will see you this weekend!

Featured Skater – May 2017

Our Featured Skater for the month of May is
Jess Decker of the Kansas City Roller Warriors!

Name: Jess Decker
Team: Knockouts, All Stars
Number: 101
Position: Blocker
Seasons with KCRW: 7

How has the league changed in the years you’ve been playing for KCRW?

“The change of venue has been a major development. We struggled, like lots of leagues do, with finding a venue, and I love our new home at Memorial Hall in KCK.”

Longtime veterans like you often serve as inspiration for fresh meat and Junior-age skaters. Where do you get YOUR inspiration?

“From other skaters, of course. I can’t help but be inspired by skaters like Bruz Her, Enigma, and Rump Wrecker, and through the years there are countless others like Evolution, Eclipse, Bella Fire, and Annie Maul.”

Any memorable injuries over the years?

“In Feb 2016 I broke my left fibula. That was a pretty big deal. I had never broken a bone before, so I had no idea how big an effect it would have on my life over the next couple months. What I did not expect was the amazing support I received from my friends in the derby community. There were times it brought tears to my eyes. I guess you never realize the support available to you until you need it. My experience inspired me to reach out to skaters when they are going through difficulties and do what I can to support them.”

Roller derby changes every life it touches. How has it changed yours?

“Four years ago I decided to go to school to become a chiropractor. One thing that breaks my heart in derby is seeing people forced to retire because of injuries. My first couple years, it seemed I could not fall without injuring my knees. After some chiropractic care, that stopped happening and I’ve had no difficulty with my knees since. I believe a well-balanced body is less injury prone and can take the beating inherent to our sport while remaining healthy and strong. My dream is to be able to help athletes stay in the game until they decide to retire because they want to pursue other fun goals, not because their body can’t keep up with where their heart wants to take them in this sport.”

You announced your retirement right before the Rink of Fire. What’s next for Jess Decker?

“I’ve always been a skater, so more skating, of course! I’m competing in artistic skating, going to regionals, and hoping to qualify for nationals in Lincoln in August. Also, I love the derby community, so I’m planning to stick around KCRW and find a place reffing and announcing and keep cheering on my favorite skaters. Oh, and finishing my final year of chiropractic school.”

To see more of Jess Decker and all of the Kansas City Roller Warriors in action, visit our photo albums on Smugmug, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Instagram.