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2014 Polar Plunge

It’s an annual tradition in Kansas City, and once again, the amazing ladies and gents from the various Kansas City roller derby leagues will be on hand this Saturday, January 25th, to raise money for Special Olympics Kansas at the 2014 Polar Plunge & Strut.

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Full details are on the web site, but registration begins on-site at 9 a.m. this Saturday, or you can pre-register on their web site. The 5K Strut ($25) begins at 10 a.m., and the Plunge itself ($75) will begin at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., or Noon, depending on which group you’re in.

Don’t forget to check out their Plunge Day Checklist if you’ve never done this before.

The official KC Roller Derby plunge page is here.

Join KC Derby Digest and the amazing members of the Kansas City roller derby community this Saturday morning at Shawnee Mission Park Swim Beach for the annual Polar Plunge and 5K Strut to benefit Special Olympics Kansas! We will see you out there!

KCRW Winter Season – Bout 1

KC Derby Digest was unfortunately unable to attend this weekend’s Kansas City Roller Warriors Winter Season kick-off bout, and we’re definitely kicking ourselves for that, but fear not — there is much more derby action to come from this incredible league in 2014 as their first-ever winter season continues.

The Knockouts continued their reign of terror as they took down the formidable Dreadnought Dorothys 186-68 in Game 1 of Sunday’s festivities. Game 2 saw the reigning Rink of Fire champion Black Eye Susans follow suit as they defeated the Victory Vixens by a score of 166-78.

KCRW‘s next home bout will be January 12 at Winnwood Skate Center in Kansas City. We’ll let you know when tickets are available; keep an eye on our Facebook page for any and all announcements (from any and all Kansas City roller derby leagues) regarding upcoming events, tickets, and fundraisers.

G.I. Jam – KCRW Expo Bout

Roller derby fans, this is a first for the Kansas City Roller Warriors, and the recent changes they’ve made mean we get our derby action months earlier than we would have normally. This Sunday afternoon, at Winnwood Skate Center in Kansas City, the Winter Season 2013-14 begins!

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Taken from the Kansas City Roller Warriors‘ G.I. Jam press release:

“The Kansas City Roller Warriors will be hosting the G.I. Jam, a roller derby event to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project on November 17.

To show our appreciation for the service of our nation’s military, on November 17, 2013 KCRW is teaming up with the Wounded Warrior Project to present a military-themed double header bout, a portion of the proceeds from which will go to help further the WWP goal of honoring and empowering wounded service members. The first bout will start at 3 p.m. at Winnwood Skate Center, 4426 N.E. Winn Rd., Kansas City, MO.

Adults: $13 in Advance, $16 at the Door
Children: $6 in Advance, $8 at the Door – Ages 3 and under are Free

BOUT 1: The Slaughterhouse Sailors vs. The G.I. Janes

Skating for the Slaughterhouse Sailors:
Angry Berta, Ash Ketch Em, Golden Meanie, Hella Hitzgerald, JenOOH!cide, Love Tap, Lunesta, Mayhem Meyers, Mexicutioner, Peanut Butter Panic, Remy Killjoy, Tara Tendon, Technalongi, and the legendary Xcelerator!

Skating for the G.I. Janes:
Erin No Bragh, Hacksaw Hattie, Hey You, Hydrogen Bombshell, Impale Ale, Madam McBomb, Nancy Pants, Raia Sunshine, Rayna Payne, Reptar, Rump Wrecker, Stratus Fear, Twisted Momma, and Vespa!

BOUT 2: The Fly Girls vs. The Devil Dames

Skating for The Fly Girls:
Annie Maul, Bruz Her, Bonita Bandita, Bubonic Peg, Buffy Slammers, Decker, FO, Hoss, Jamalamadingdong, L. Chupacabra, Road Hash, Ruth Canal, Shady O’Dread, Shirley Gonnahitya, and Skamakazee!

Skating for the Devil Dames:
Barbrarian, Betty Jean, Black Ice, Enigma, Fat Lips, Jade Lightning, Mary Lou Wretched, Pandamoanium, RamRam, reCycleHer, Sk8l Attraction, Sneaky Pete, Trauma, and Tuff Noogies!

We hope to see you all out at Winnwood Skate Center this Sunday afternoon for Season 10!


Well, Kansas City — and elsewhere — we did it.


Pippi: 2,240. Wendy: 0

Thanks to the selfless, generous support of 52 donors (some as far away as Pennsylvania), we managed to beat our fundraising goal of $2,000 in exactly one month. As recently as a week ago, I wouldn’t have given a plug nickel for our chances of reaching that threshold, but this community really came through and supported our girl Pippi yet again.

So what’s next? It will take about one business week (hopefully less) for the most recent donations to clear and the transfers to complete. Once that’s all done, I’ll have the pleasure of sitting down and writing a nice fat four-digit check and presenting that puppy to Pippi herself at the earliest opportunity. It really is as simple as that.

We really can’t thank you all enough for your support. KC Derby Digest always strives to support the Kansas City roller derby community in any way we possibly can, and sometimes that takes us in directions we might not have anticipated this time two years ago when we launched this little project. All things being equal, we really wish we didn’t need to raise money for things like this, but you play the hand you’re dealt. Special thanks in particular to Coach Wyatt and the ladies of Dead Girl Derby not only for their donations, but for their help in promoting the fundraiser online. KC Derby Digest has quite a reach, both in terms of audience and social media connections, but it’s never been more clear that all of us are stronger than one of us.

We did this together. This is our victory. And as much as we appreciate your help and support, I have a feeling Pippi will be grateful beyond the telling of it. The difference you’ve made is staggering. And we’ve never been prouder to be a part of this amazing Kansas City roller derby community.

Dead Girl Derby Championships – Speeder of the Pack

We are loath to admit it, but the 2013 Dead Girl Derby season is quickly coming to a close, and this Saturday night, the four teams will take the track once more at Kemper Arena to decide who takes home the coveted Dead Girl Derby championship.

Click to see the Facebook event page.

First on the agenda is the third-place game featuring the Deadly Sirens vs. the Lovely Lethals. Let’s begin by telling you what’s most interesting about the way this season has gone for these two teams:

The Deadly Sirens have only won one game this season, and that was against the Lovely Lethals.

The Lovely Lethals have only won one game this season, and that was against the Deadly Sirens.

Both are quality teams whose win-loss records simply don’t reflect the talent on the track; of that, there is no doubt. Here you’ve got two teams with stacked rosters who just haven’t quite been able to make things click in 2013. They caught some bad breaks at bad times, and penalties vs. points scored is almost certainly a thing. Combined, these two teams account for about 49% of the total penalties in the league this season, and that seems right on par. Unfortunately, they’re only responsible for about 33% of the total points scored, and you can bet that that divide has been a source of major irritation for two teams that, historically, have been very, very effective on the track overall.

Having said that, you can expect a very close, very defensive third-place game Saturday night from these well-matched teams, and we’re predicting a Lovely Lethals win by about a dozen points or so.

Then… I hope you’re ready. Because the championship game between the Shotgun Sheilas and the Royal Pains is going to be one you don’t want to miss and might never forget. But let’s begin by talking about the most interesting thing about the 2013 season where these two incredible teams are concerned:

The Shotgun Sheilas have only lost one game this season, and that was to the Royal Pains.

The Royal Pains have only lost one game this season, and that was to the Shotgun Sheilas.

Yeah, it’s like that.

The Sheilas are coming into this game as defending Dead Girl Derby champions. They went undefeated for about two calendar years, and in fact, before the Pains took them down at Heroes vs. Villains back in July, the Sheilas hadn’t lost a game since the team was named the Fearleaders. They head into Speeder of the Pack leading the league in scoring with an impressive 397-point total. They have the second-highest scoring jammer in the league (the always-astounding Hittie Kittie), a rock-solid defense, and some of the most intense and fiercely competitive coaching we’ve ever had the pleasure of witnessing trackside.

But only when they’re not out saving the world.

The Royal Pains are quite another story. This is a team that has roared back from some monumental obstacles to become one of the greatest success stories this young league has seen thus far. They landed squarely in last place in 2011, losing the third place game to a Fearleaders team that many feared (heh) wouldn’t win a game all season before they got their poop in a group. The Pains then went 0-6 in the regular season for 2012 before pulling third place out of their asses against a Deadly Sirens team nobody expected them to beat at the Zombie Apocalypse.

Did you catch that? They won no home games last year in the regular season. They managed a win against an upstart team on the road in St. Joseph, but that was all they got. They went into the third place game with only twelve skaters not out on medical leave and grabbed third place out of nowhere. One measly year later, they’ve got the highest and third-highest scoring jammers in the league (10acious V and Ami Geddon, respectively), they’ve lost exactly one game all season, and they’re poised to take the Dead Girl Derby championship this weekend for the first time ever.

In fact, that’s how we’re expecting it to go: we’re predicting a Royal Pains win by no more than 15 points, a frankly shocking turnaround for this loveable team of Bad News Bears that refused the lemons life handed them and instead resolved to make their own brand of delicious, ass-whoopin’ flat track lemonade infused with vodka and glitter crafted from the blood of their enemies. I honestly don’t even know what that means. But it’s bound to be good, and you can make mine a double.

Speeder of the Pack will be held this Saturday night at Kemper Arena, 1800 Genessee Street in Kansas City. Tickets are $15 for adults, $6 for kids ages 6-12, and $0 for kids 5 and under. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the games begin at 5:00. Don’t miss your chance to witness Dead Girl Derby history in the making and catch these talented ladies for the last time this year as they end their incredible 2013 season on what’s sure to be a very memorable note. We’ll see you out there.

Derby Weekend

Wherever you are in or near Kansas City this weekend, chances are you’ll be able to find some flat track action nearby. There’s certainly no shortage of amazing derby goodness going on, and as always, it’s our job to tell you all about it.

Click to see the event page on Facebook.
Graphic courtesy of the Cowtown Butchers.

First up, the Cowtown Butchers take the track Saturday night and face off against their MRDA rivals, the Sioux City Kornstalkers. These two ferocious teams are always chomping at the bit to get a piece of each other, and this is your chance to see the latest showdown, as well as your last opportunity to see the Butchers in action in 2013, as Saturday night marks the end of their home season. Join Crimson Cobra and company as they throw down against one of the toughest, most resilient teams in the league and end their successful 2013 season on a high note.

Doors open at 6 p.m., first whistle at 7:00. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under.

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Graphic courtesy of the Blacksnake Rollergirls.

Also Saturday night, the Blacksnake Rollergirls host their Taking a Beating for Breast Cancer fundraiser! Two Blacksnake mash-up teams will face off in the first contest of the evening, and Game 2 features the Blacksnake Rollergirls All Stars taking on Dead Girl Derby‘s Black Plague!

Doors open at the St. Joseph Civic Arena at 5 p.m. Saturday evening. Adults are $12 and kids are just $5. Exactly 100% of the ticket proceeds from this event will benefit Heartland Health for advanced technology in the early detection of breast cancer. Bring some extra cash-ola and participate in their 50/50 drawing, Chuck-a-Duck, and the silent auction. If you haven’t seen the Blacksnake Rollergirls in action this season, this is absolutely your last chance until 2014! Don’t miss it!

Click to see the event page on Facebook.
Graphic courtesy of the KCRW Junior Warriors.

Finally, the Kansas City Roller Warriors Junior Derby league returns to Winnwood Skate Center this Sunday for their September bout. Tickets are $10 at the door and the fun begins at 10:30 a.m. Don’t miss your last chance this season to see these amazing little ladies tear up the flat track!