OUR MISSION: Roc City Roller Derby is a
not-for-profit amateur athletic league that strives to play and promote
the sport of flat-track roller derby; empower league members to develop as athletes, leaders, and good sportswomen; and contribute to the greater Rochester area through thoughtful community engagement.
Formed in 2008, we are Rochester, N.Y.'s first all-women, flat-track
roller derby league. Member owned and operated, we strive to meet the
standards of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), of which
we are proud members. We are lifelong athletes and women who’ve never touched a
sport in their lives; spirited 21-year-olds to seasoned rollergirls in
their 40s... we're your girlfriends, sisters, and mothers taking things
into our own hands.
When Resident Eva watched the Austin roller girls
zip around the track and send their competitors flying, she knew she was
in the wrong place. She belonged on the roller derby track.
“I feel I was born to play this game,” says Eva.
When no one else created a local league, Eva did
it herself. It took her
nearly three years but she and friends Emmeline
Emasculate 'Em finally got Roc City Roller Derby
practice space came in 2008. In less than a year
the league grew to
40 dues-paying skaters and today, we boast three
home teams, two travel teams, and are members of WFTDA.
“I remember feeling satisfied that we had 25 or so players
by summer of 2008,” says Eva. “I didn’t think it was a big deal, but
other leagues thought it was amazing! We’ve doubled our numbers since
then, so we must be doing something right.”
RCRD League members come from all over Monroe
and Ontario counties to play on three home teams and two travel teams. We are graphic designers, graduate and college
students, journalists, daycare providers, retailers, security
consultants and therapists who help adults and children with speech,
socio- and chemical dependency challenges. Some of us are moms. Many of
us grew up watching derby on TV and wanted to make up a cool name, lace
up and play hard.So, go ahead, meet the league