Blue Ridge Rollergirls

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Blue Ridge Roller Girls
League logo
Metro area Asheville, North Carolina
Country United States
Founded 2006
Teams All-Stars
French Broads (B team)
Mad Divas Junior Derby
Track type(s) Flat
Venue Asheville Coliseum
Affiliations WFTDA
Org. type 501c(3) nonprofit corporation
Website blueridgerollergirls.com

The Blue Ridge Rollergirls (BRRG) is a roller derby league based in Asheville, North Carolina, a member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA). The league was established in 2006,[1] held its first competitive season in 2007,[2] became a WFTDA apprentice team in 2010,[3] and a full WFTDA member in March 2012.[4][5] It is composed of two teams, the All-Stars travel team, and the French Broads, the BRRG B team[6] (named for the French Broad River that flows through Asheville). Members of the BRRG recently formed the Mad Divas Junior Derby for girls 12-17.[7]

Blue Ridge Rollergirls warming up for a bout doing yoga on skates.

Community support of the league is strong with bout attendance typically ranging from 2000 to more than 3000 fans.[8] The league fosters community outreach[9] and gives a portion of the proceeds of each bout to a western North Carolina charity.[10] Charities supported include The Animal Compassion Network, Care Partners Children's Fund, Skye, RAINN, and Interlace.[11][12][13]

The league notably prepares for bouts with acupuncture sessions,[14] and features synchronized yoga on skates during its warmup laps.[15]

On 2 November 2012, the WFTDA announced that the BRRG would host one of its four national Division 1 playoff tournaments, in Asheville on 20–22 September 2013.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About the Blue Ridge Rollergirls". Blue Ridge Rollergirls. 
  2. ^ O’Connor, Aislinn. "BLUE RIDGE ROLLERGIRLS: ASHEVILLE’S DERBY DIVAS". Marquee Magazine. 
  3. ^ "WFTDA APPRENTICE PROGRAM WELCOMES 10 NEW LEAGUES". WFTDA. 
  4. ^ "WFTDA WELCOMES 14 NEW MEMBERS". WFTDA. 
  5. ^ Rhodes, Bill. "Blue Ridge Rollergirls accepted to international association". Mountain Xpress Newspaper. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Roller Derby Action In Boone". Image Asheville. Retrieved 7 October 2011. 
  7. ^ Hyworth, Tracy. "Smac and Smithereen". Mountain Xpress. Retrieved 7 October 2011. 
  8. ^ "All the Blue Ridge Roller Girls want for Christmas is dedicated space for a training facility". Ashevegas. Retrieved 7 October 2011. 
  9. ^ "Fly People: Blue Ridge Rollergirls". Fly JBA. 
  10. ^ "Blue Ridge Rollergirls". YouTube. Retrieved 7 October 2011. 
  11. ^ "Fly People: Blue Ridge Rollergirls". Fly JBA. 
  12. ^ "Blue Ridge Rollergirls". Animal Compassion Network. Retrieved 7 October 2011. 
  13. ^ "Special Events: Roller Derby supports our fund for children". Care Partners Foundation. Retrieved 7 October 2011. 
  14. ^ "Blue Ridge Roller Girls use acupuncture". Asheville Acupuncture. Retrieved 7 October 2011. 
  15. ^ "Blue Ridge Roller Girls Report: Roller Girls dominate; beer taps dry up; ejection for fighting; promise of free popcorn from the Asheville Civic Center; and much more". Ashevegas. Retrieved 7 October 2011. 
  16. ^ "WFTDA Announces 2013 Tournament Locations". WFTDA. Retrieved 3 November 2012.