Greensboro Roller Derby

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Greensboro Roller Derby
League logo
Metro area Greensboro, NC
Country United States
Founded 2010
Teams Gate City All-Stars (A team)
Greensboro Counterstrike (B team)
Battleground Betties
Elm Street Nightmares
Mad Dollies
Track type(s) Flat
Venue Greensboro Coliseum Complex
Affiliations WFTDA
Website www.greensbororollerderby.com

Greensboro Roller Derby is a women's flat-track roller derby league established in 2010 and based in Greensboro, North Carolina. The league consists of three home teams: the Battleground Betties, the Elm Street Nightmares, and the Mad Dollies. Each home team is named after a prominent street in Greensboro. Additionally, the league maintains a travel team, the Gate City Rollergirls, which competes with travel teams from other leagues. Greensboro is a member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA).[1]

History and organization

Greensboro Roller Derby was established early in 2010 by Aubrey "MollyFlogger" Lockard,[2] The initial organizational meeting was held February 21, 2010 in Chumley's Bar in Greensboro, North Carolina, and was attended by over 70 women interested in participating in the league.[3] Greensboro Roller Derby's first public bout was held in October, 2010, an exhibition bout between two ad hoc teams, the Brains and the Fangs. Two months later, the league held its second bout, titled "Winter Thunderland", with two other ad hoc teams, the Sugar Plum Scaries and the Nutcrackers.

In January 2011, the league formed its travel team and three home teams. In March, the travel team participated in its first interleague bout, defeating U.R.G.E. from South Carolina, 135 to 134. In April 2011, the league held its first intraleague bout, with the Battleground Betties defeating the Elm Street Nightmares, 166 to 107. In May of that year, the Gate City Rollergirls competed in their first out-of-town bout, losing to the Greenville Derby Dames in Greenville, South Carolina, 237 to 86. In October 2011, one year after the debut bout between the Brains and the Fangs, the league held its first double header bout.[4]

In July 2012, Greensboro was accepted as a member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association Apprentice Program,[5] and it became a full member of the WFTDA in June 2013.[6]

Greensboro Roller Derby is not a for-profit organization. The proceeds from each event that go beyond league expenses are donated to a charity selected for that event. The league became a 501(c)(3) organization in 2017.[7]

WFTDA rankings

Season Final ranking[8] Playoffs Championship
2013 152 WFTDA[9] DNQ DNQ
2014 114 WFTDA[10] DNQ DNQ
2015 108 WFTDA[11] DNQ DNQ
2016 224 WFTDA[12] DNQ DNQ

International

League member Victoria “Butternut Squasher” Meeks was named to Team Philippines, and will compete at the 2018 Roller Derby World Cup in Manchester, England.[7]

References

  1. ^ "Greensboro Roller Derby – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 27 December 2017. 
  2. ^ Christine Maersch, ""Hell on Wheels," The Carolinian [Greensboro, NC], Feb. 17, 2010.
  3. ^ Eric Ginsburg, "Greensboro Catching On To Roller Derby Trend," The Guilfordian [Greensboro, NC], March 19, 2010.
  4. ^ "Area roller derby teams raise money for charity", News14 Triad
  5. ^ "WFTDA Accepts 35 Apprentice Leagues Archived 2014-09-29 at the Wayback Machine.", WFTDA, 16 July 2012
  6. ^ "WFTDA Welcomes First Full Member Leagues in Asia and South America Archived 2013-10-04 at the Wayback Machine.", 6 June 2013
  7. ^ a b Sharpton, Bethany (29 September 2017). "Roller derby picks up momentum in the Triad". WXII-TV. Retrieved 27 December 2017. 
  8. ^ "Current Rankings", WFTDA
  9. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2013". WFTDA. Retrieved 27 December 2017. 
  10. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2014". WFTDA. Retrieved 27 December 2017. 
  11. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2015". WFTDA. Retrieved 27 December 2017. 
  12. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2016 – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 27 December 2017. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Greensboro Roller Derby on Facebook
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