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Are You Ready for Some Derby?

There was a time in Kansas City when the roller derby season didn’t start for another two or three months. The Kansas City Roller Warriors‘ season typically ran from March to August, and Fountain City usually started in February and lasted through roughly the end of summer.

Times have thankfully changed, and nowadays, the months-long wait for more roller derby action has been pared down significantly — especially when you consider KCRW’s mini-tournaments and invitationals that can extend into December, rendering the “off season” a bit of a misnomer.

Derby fans in Kansas City will be able to get their flat track fix starting January 5 when KCRW kicks off its 2019 season at Memorial Hall in KCK.


We’ll have the full details for you as bout day draws nearer. Mark your calendars now for January 5 and join us trackside as we spend another incredible season covering this amazing league.

Later, toward the end of January, Fountain City Roller Derby‘s all-gender/coed league kicks off ’19 with Game 1 on January 26.


Stay tuned to KC Derby Digest, both here and on social media, for all the latest in upcoming roller derby action right here in KC. 2019 is a season you won’t want to miss!

Have You Met the 7th Street Brigade?

If you’re anything like us, you couldn’t help but notice a few mysterious, unexplained details on this weekend’s Junior Roller Warriors Facebook event page or the recurring event page they’ve set up to cover all the dates — morsels here and there that gave us enough to whet our appetites, but were tantalizingly short on specifics.

Here’s the deal. Each of this season’s three KCRW Juniors bouts, which are scheduled for August 4, August 18, and September 8, will be followed by a coed bout featuring what’s only known as the 7th Street Brigade.

Logo design by Swezey on the Eyes of KCRW.

Thus far, no further information about this 7th Street Brigade has been provided on social media or KCRW’s web site, so of course, we at KC Derby Digest took it upon ourselves to do some fact finding.

We already knew that KCRW had been trying, for quite some time, to get a MRDA (men’s) team up and running, but were having some trouble drumming up sufficient interest. A little later, we’d heard they were looking into the possibility of forming a coed team, much like the one Fountain City established in 2014. From there, though, the rumor mill went silent.

Last week, we got in touch with a gentleman by the derby name of Brewin’ Trouble, who we’re told is the head of coed for KCRW, and threw a few questions his way to share with fans as they head into this weekend’s bouts.

KC Derby Digest: How did KCRW decide to launch a coed league?

Brewin’ Trouble: “We had a handful of guys that wanted to play MRDA, and the practices were open to KCRW members, so we had a lot of league skaters working with us. In the summer of 2017, we were invited to join KCRW’s black and white scrimmages. By the beginning of 2018, we decided to develop a coed team instead of a MRDA team, and we got league approval to become a KCRW team.”

KC Derby Digest: How did the 7th Street Brigade gets its name?

Brewin’ Trouble: “We chose the name 7th Street Brigade to tie us to Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall on 7th Street, where we skate, and to recognize and honor the history of KCRW and Memorial Hall.”

KC Derby Digest: Do the teams have names yet? (Do we have teams?) Will the teams be consistent, or will the line-ups be lottery-style?

Brewin’ Trouble: “Right now, KCRW only has the one coed team. We hope to have more in the future, and when we do, we will develop some Kansas City names for them. For our Dog Days of Summer Series, we will be playing other teams in the region:

August 4th – Fountain City Coed Roller Derby
August 18th – Salty Beach Roller Derby (out of Hutchinson, KS)
September 8th – Ozarks Shockers Coed Roller Derby

In the future, we plan on having enough players for a couple house teams from which we will pull skaters for a travel team, similar to the current setup KCRW uses.”

KC Derby Digest: Is there any chance the coed bouts will be integrated into the KCRW house schedule at some point in the future?

Brewin’ Trouble: “This year, our coed home season is tied to the Juniors games to coordinate bout productions. For now, the home seasons of coed and the house teams will be kept separate.”

The Dog Days of Summer Series

This Saturday, the Kansas City Junior Roller Warriors kick off their 2018 season at Memorial Hall in KCK. Doors open at 4:00 p.m., and the games begin at 5:00.

Click for the Facebook event page.

The Juniors will get the show going, and immediately following, the 7th Street Brigade makes its debut on the flat track and takes its place in Kansas City roller derby history by taking on the formidable Fountain City Roller Derby coed squad.

Tickets are $10 per person, and kiddos 12 and under are admitted free. LA’s Cuisine will be serving up the concessions, including some vegan and gluten-free options. There will also be face painting and a balloon artist on hand to join in the fun.

Join us this Saturday at 5:00 for the 2018 Juniors season and the flat track debut of the 7th Street Brigade!

The Kansas City Roller Warriors 2019 Home Schedule

So what if it’s still July? The Kansas City Roller Warriors have already announced their 2019 home schedule, and we couldn’t be happier with the news!

Next season, these queens of the flat track will join us for seven home bouts, and the dates are as follows:

January 5
February 2
March 2
March 30
May 4
June 22
July 20

All dates are Saturdays, and all bout nights happen at Memorial Hall in KCK.

As always, we’ll have full details as these events draw near, but in the meantime, mark your calendars and prepare for another phenomenal season on the flat track with the Kansas City Roller Warriors!

This weekend’s events

Are you ready for some derby action this weekend? As always, we know where to find it. Plus, you’ll have the chance to support one of your favorite leagues as they fund their travel team’s endeavors for the remainder of the 2014 season.

KCRW Junior Derby and Alumni Bout

Now get this. Sunday afternoon at 2:30, Starry Fright and Rolling Thunder of the Kansas City Roller Warriors Junior Derby league square off in their second bout of the season. These little ladies duked it out last weekend in St. Joseph with Rolling Thunder coming out on top in a pretty hard-fought battle, but Sunday is a new day.

Click for the Facebook event page.

Then, KCRW alumni take the track for their first bout in who-knows-how-long, some of them. Retired veterans like Strawberry Cutthroat and Rita Ploy are returning for this 2014 alumni bout that begins immediately following the Juniors. Doors open at Winnwood Skate Center at 2:30 Sunday afternoon, first whistle at 3:00. Tickets are $8 at the door. Don’t miss this truly unique event!

Dead Girl Derby Coed Nationals
Team Car Wash & Bake Sale

Also Sunday afternoon, from 2:00 until 5:00, Dead Girl Derby‘s Coed Nationals team is hosting a car wash and bake sale to fund the team’s travels for the 2014 season.

Click for the Facebook event page.

It’ll be held at the Fast Stop at 945 S. 55th Street in KCK. Do stop by and get your ride warshed and spiffed up while you snack on God only knows what whipped up in the kitchens of some of the league’s best baking experts. We had the pleasure of dropping by the Lovely Lethals car wash/bake sale last summer and put on at least a couple pounds while we were there, so it’s worth the trip to KCK for that alone. Plus, you’ll be helping the coed team make Nationals.

Thanks for supporting Kansas City roller derby. Roll on!

Sunday, Derby Sunday

Roller derby fans in Kansas City are sometimes treated to the kind of phenomenon we’re faced with this weekend: two of the most amazing leagues in this town had the audacity to schedule bouts on the same night without consulting us. I know, what were they thinking? Fortunately for you, KC Derby Digest is here to do absolutely nothing about it. We certainly can’t help you decide — because if we can’t, then you’re on your own.

Derby problems.

But one thing we are good for is letting you in on where you can find all the amazing derby action, and well, we’re frankly good at that. So let’s get to it.


Click for the event page.
Photo courtesy of the Kansas City Roller Warriors.

It’s been a few years since the Arch Rival Roller Girls of St. Louis paid a visit to Kansas City, and this Sunday afternoon, they’ll be stopping by Winnwood Skate Center for another taste of what these Kansas City Roller Warriors are all about. Doors open at 2:00, and the games begin at 3:00 with Plan B taking on the Arch Rival B Team in the first contest. Adult tickets are $16 and kids are $8. Rugrats 3 and under are always free. Click that photo up there for full event information.

Dead Girl Derby’s Zombie/Coed Leagues

One of the coolest things going in the world of Kansas City roller derby these days is the formation of Dead Girl Derby‘s Coed League. We’ve spent quite a bit of time recently talking up this innovative branch of one of Kansas City’s premiere leagues, and this Sunday night, at B&D Skate Center, you’ll get your chance to see them in action alongside the Zombie League in another double-header guaranteed to blow the roof off the place.

Click for the event page.
Photo courtesy of Dead Girl Derby.

We’re unclear at this point who plays first, but it really makes no difference, because you won’t want to miss either one. Doors open at 5:00 and the first bout begins at 5:30. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12, and no charge for kids ages 5 and under.

B&D Skate Center is located at 13903 S Noland Ct in Independence. Join us for some of the best up-and-coming talent Kansas City has to offer, as well as some of the biggest names to ever take the flat track in this town. We will see you this weekend for Derby Sunday!

(Tons of) Bout Photos

One thing any derby fan worth his/her salt has realized in the three-ish years we’ve been doing this is that we have a lot of roller derby in this town. And that’s a good thing. Whatever your preference, whether it’s hard-hitting men’s flat track action, the WFTDA rule set, the MADE rule set, or amazing coed bouts, Kansas City roller derby has nearly everything a fan of the flat track could possibly want.

Alongside all that amazing sports action is a plethora of bout photos that we at KC Derby Digest take great pride in… and that sometimes backs us up a week or two. When you follow as much roller derby insanity as we do, that tends to happen. Game dates conflict, photos get backlogged, and we get frazzled. But it’s what we do, and we love it.

Having said that, let’s get caught up on some of the amazing bouts this fantastic city has to offer during derby season.

The 2014 Rink of Fire

Teal Teal Teal! Kill Kill Kill! The Knockouts are the 2014 Rink of Fire champions for the first time ever. They took down the formidable Black Eye Susans 134-99 in a championship bout we won’t soon forget.

Earlier that evening, the Victory Vixens secured third place against the surging Dreadnought Dorothys, who as we said earlier this week, are not to be underestimated in the coming season(s). They’ve had a rough go of it the last couple of years, but given their performance on the track at the Rink of Fire, they’re on their way back up in a big way.

Bout photos are published, people!

Click for the full photo album.

Dead Girl Derby’s Coed League

One thing that’s never been seen before in Kansas City is coed flat track roller derby. We’ve had mash-ups in the past and pick-up leagues on the banked track that sporadically featured coed action, but never before has a league featured established coed teams in which the ladies and gents directly competed on a regularly scheduled basis. Well, thanks to Dead Girl Derby, that’s all changed, and history has been made in the process.

The Public Enemies and the Untouchables debuted last month at B&D Skate Center, and we couldn’t have been more excited. The coed league not only features some of the most promising up-and-coming talent Kansas City has to offer, it also boasts some of the biggest names to ever take the track in this town, names like Bomb Pop, Jamalamadingdong, and Red Ripper, just to name a few. Ladies are coming out of retirement to play for this league, so if that doesn’t tell you how huge this is, I have some beachfront property in the desert southwest I’d like to see if you’re interested in.

Last month’s coed bout featured some of the best derby photos we’ve ever had the privilege of publishing, and you can check them out here.

Click for the full photo album.

The next coed bout will be on Sunday, May 18th at B&D Skate Center, and we’ll be sure and bring you reminders about that on Facebook and here on the web site.

Zombie League

Last season, the good people at Dead Girl Derby had one of the greatest new ideas we’ve seen since we started following this fine sport back in 2010: take the skaters who aren’t rostered for that month’s bout, for whatever reason, and roster them for a B-team-style bout against each other. They brought back the OG team names — Black Plague and Gang Green — but kept the lineups consistent and offered it up to the crowd as the third game of the evening. Fans received thrice the derby action for their money, and the ladies involved got some valuable experience on the track — and in front of an audience — that they might not have otherwise gotten.

And as this league continues to grow by leaps and friggin’ bounds, so will the amazing action fans are treated to both at Hale Arena and at B&D Skate Center. The Zombie League debuted last month alongside the Coed League, and the results were incredible. As always, we have the photos.

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The Zombie League’s next game is again on the same night as the Coed League, May 18th. Keep an eye on our Facebook page, we’ll keep you updated.

28 Skates Later

The Blacksnake Rollergirls of St. Joseph are now in their third season and loving every minute of it. As their derby footprint continues to grow, so will their coverage here on KC Derby Digest regardless of the fact that St. Joe isn’t technically Kansas City. The league itself was founded by former Dead Girl and Royal Pain Notorious L.I.Z., who has been in the news herself recently due to some unfortunate circumstances they’re still recovering from. However, last month’s zombie-themed event, 28 Skates Later, was an incredible success at the St. Joseph Civic Arena, and as always, we were on hand to join in the festivities.

The four St. Joseph teams — the Jesse Janes, the Venomous Vixens, the Danger Dolls, and the Rushin’ Rollettes — are really starting to dazzle some people with their skill and tenacity on eight wheels, and we look forward to their bouts every month, never mind the 55-mile drive. These BRGs make it worth every mile, and if you’re so inclined, we would encourage you to check out their next game on June 7.

For now, we’ve got photos from 28 Skates Later, zombie makeup and all:

Click for the full photo album.

As always, keep an eye on KC Derby Digest‘s Facebook page for upcoming bouts, events, and fundraisers, and we will see you trackside, coming soon! Roll on, Kansas City!

KCRW Wreck League

Derby fans, if you’ve ever been interested in sorta, kinda, maybe seeing if This Roller Derby Thing is for you… or might be for you… well, we know just the ladies who can help with that. Obviously.

Click for the Wreck League page.
Photo courtesy of the Kansas City Roller Warriors.

Full details lie ahead in that link, but the important stuff is this: Wreck League practices begin Wednesday, May 28th. Dues are $45/month or $125 for the full three-month session. Practices are Sunday mornings 10 a.m. to 12 noon, and Wednesday evenings 7 to 9 p.m. You will also need to bring: helmet, elbow pads, knee pads, wrist guards, mouth guard, and quad skates.

There are two drop-in dates that will only run you $5 if you really just want to see what all the fuss is about; those are May 14th and May 21st.

Practices are located at Winnwood Skate Center, which is not your typical skating rink and may well have the best floor you’ll ever hope to skate on. The address is 4426 NE Winn Rd, KCMO 64117. You won’t be disappointed.

Main requirement: a willingness to have fun. On that front, you won’t be disappointed, either. Join us for Wreck League, coming soon!