Gem City Rollergirls

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Gem City Rollergirls
Metro area Dayton, OH
Country United States
Founded 2006
Teams

'A' Team: The Purple Reign

'B' Team: The Violet Femmes
Track type(s) Flat
Venue Hara Arena (Ball Arena)
Affiliations WFTDA
Website www.gemcityrollergirls.com

The Gem City Rollergirls (GCRG) is a roller derby league based in Dayton, Ohio. Founded in 2006, the league currently consists of two teams: The Purple Reign[1] and The Violet Femmes.[2]

GCRG was founded in January 2006 by Ginger Clark and Andrea Moore, known as "Helen of DesTroy" and "Cyn Vicious". The league initially formed two teams, the Queens of Hearts and the Aces of Spades, who later became the Rude Girls and Damage Inc. After a downturn in league membership, the two teams became one for several years. Steady growth led to a return of the two-team structure for the 2014 season. The new team names are The Purple Reign and The Violet Femmes.

GCRG joined the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) in July 2007.[3] However, after struggling to maintain a sufficient number of eligible skaters, GCRG was unable to play any fully sanctioned bouts during the 2008 season. During 2009 several longstanding skaters left the league, which also suffered from increases in rink costs. It was a down moment for Gem City, but the league persisted.[4] In 2010, the league reverted to the status of apprentice members of the WFTDA.[3][5] The league enjoyed growth each year following and, during the 2013 boot camp, nearly doubled in size to boast a total of 50+ skaters. GCRG earned its full WFTDA status back for the 2014 season and will field The Purple Reign as its official WFTDA team.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Purple Reign". Gem Ciry Rollergirls. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Violet Femmes". Gem City Rollergirls. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Gem City Rollergirls", Flat Track Stats
  4. ^ Amelia Robinson, "Rollergirls keep rollin' on", Dayton Daily News, 26 March 2010
  5. ^ "Gem City Rollergirls", WFTDA