Kansas City Roller Warriors

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Kansas City Roller Warriors
League logo
Metro area Kansas City, Missouri
Country United States
Founded 2004
Teams Black-Eye Susans
Dreadnought Dorothys
Victory Vixens
KCRW All-Stars (travel)
Plan B (travel)
Track type(s) Flat
Venue Kansas City Municipal Auditorium
Affiliations WFTDA
Org. type LLC
Website http://kcrollerwarriors.com

The Kansas City Roller Warriors (KCRW) is a roller derby league based in Kansas City, Missouri that was founded in 2004.[1] The members of the league are split into four home teams that play within the league and two travel teams that represent KCRW in competition with other leagues. The Kansas City Roller Warriors All Star travel team was the 2007 winner of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association Championship tournament, Texas Shootout, which took place in Austin, TX.[2] The 2013 KCRW home team champion was the Black Eye Susans.


KCRW was founded in 2004 by Brooke Leavitt and Mandy Durham, who worked together as librarians. Inspired by the Texas Rollergirls, the KCRW LLC was solidified by June 2004.[3] That summer, the two and a group of other women began practicing in a parking lot, forming the first practice of the Kansas City Roller Warriors.[1] John Hernandez, a friend of the founders from college, became the team's first coach and the small contingent of team members distributed hand fliers to promote women to try out for the team. By the fall of 2004 the team was practicing at a local community center, on a basketball court.[3]

Since its formation, the group consists of more than 80[3] players and four at-home teams: The Black Eye Susans, the Dreadnought Dorothys, the Knockouts and the Victory Vixens. KCRW originally held their bouts at the Winnwood Skate Center and Hale Arena in Kansas City.[1] KCRW now plays home games at the Kansas City Municipal Auditorium,[4] while continuing to practice three days a week at the Winnwood. Approximately 30 people provide volunteer assistance for each at-home event, including referees, announcers, score keepes and other support staff.[3]


A portion of the proceeds from the league's home bouts are donated to local charities including the Kansas City Police Activities/Athletic League, American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, Human Rights Campaign, the Rose Brooks Center, and many more.[5][6] KCRW has partnered with the Mid America Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.


KCRW All Stars[edit]

A Kansas City Roller Warriors bout in 2009.

The All Star team, founded in 2005,[7] is composed of members of the four home teams of the Kansas City Roller Warriors. They compete at a national and international level. In 2007, the KCRW All Stars won the Women's Flat Track Derby Association championships against the Rat City Rollergirls.[8] The All Stars won the 2010 South Central Regional Championships[9] and the league hosted the WFTDA 2011 South Central Regional Tournament.[10] The 2013 All Star team was coached by Wes Clarkson and consisted of:[11]

Name Number
Trauma (Captain) 5
Ruth Canal (Co-captain) 22
Annie Maul 111
Barbrarian 11
Bella Fire 26
Black Ice 85
Bruz-Her 24
Case Closed 34
Enigma 10
Erin No Bragh W00
Ida Know Squat 411
Ivanna Bereave 0
Mary Lou Wretched 79
Princess Slay-ya 7
Reptar 501
Road Hash 219
Shady O'Dread 47
Track Rat 69
Tuff Noogies 84

Plan B[edit]

Plan B is KCRW's second travel team, with members from all home teams who travel regionally. The team made its debut in 2011.[12]

Home teams[edit]

The league has four home teams: the Black Eye Susans, the Dreadnought Dorothys, the Knockouts and the Victory Vixens. The Black Eye Susans hold the KCRW home championship title for 2013, having won in an overtime jam against the Knockouts with a final score of 176-162.

Junior derby[edit]

In 2010, Ami Geddon, a Kansas City Roller Warrior, worked to grow a junior derby league in Kansas City. She recruited other skaters with experience in coaching and teaching children. Along with Ami Geddon, Connie Magic, Jade Lightning, Bomb Pop, PDQ, Maiden Hell, Damsel of D'tension and Murphy's Law were the team's first coaches.[13] The league is open to girls ages 10–18 and is broken into four teams. The advanced teams are Sonic Boom and Wicked Twisters while the intermediate teams are Rolling Thunder and Starry Fright.


Home team seasons[edit]

The Roller Warriors held their first official season from January through June 2005 at Winnwood Skate Center.[7] The founding season for KCRW drew 800 attendees.[14] Through 2013, average bout attendance was 2,000.[3]

In 2013, the Black Eye Susans won the KCRW home championship title for 2013, having won in an overtime jam against the Knockouts with a final score of 176-162.

All Star seasons[edit]

In February 2006, KCRW sent their All Star travel team to play in the first National WFTDA Championship in Tucson, Arizona. KCRW placed 6th in the nation out of twenty participating leagues.[7] In 2007, the KCRW All Stars returned to the Texas Shootout WFTDA National Championships, fighting for the title against the Rat City Rollergirls. KCRW beat Rat City with a score of 89 to 85[7] and Xcelerator was voted one of two MVPs for the tournament.[8]

The KCRW All Stars completed the 2009 season with a 2nd place finish in the South Central Region region. They ended the second quarter of the 2010 season in the South Central region in 3rd place.[15] In 2011, they placed fourth in the nation at the WFTDA Championships[16] and Kelley Young was named MVP for the tournament.[17]

Season Q4 ranking[18] Regionals Championship
2006 8[19] 6[20]
2007 1[21] 4[22] 1[23]
2008 2 5[24] DNQ
2009 2 2[25] R1[26]
2010 1 1[27] R2[28]
2011 2 2[29] 4[30]
2012 3[31] 3[32] R3[33]

In 2013, the Women's Flat Track Derby Association replaced the geography-based regions with three competitive divisions. In order to qualify for playoffs, in addition to rankings the WFTDA introduced a new set of regular season game play requirements. Regional playoffs were replaced by four Division 1 playoff tournaments and two Division 2 playoffs.[34] With their ranking at 21 on June 30, the KCRW All Star team qualified for the Division 1 playoffs, and competed in the tournament held in Richmond, VA, where they placed 5th.[35]

Season June 30 ranking Div Playoff Championship
2013 21[36] 5[37] DNQ

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Kansas City Roller Warriors Roller Derby". Kansas City, MO. About.com. Retrieved 7 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Fracture interview with KCRW team captain Bruz-Her". Fracture. Retrieved 7 September 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Fact Sheet". Events. Kansas City Roller Warriors. Retrieved 7 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Upcoming events". Events. Kansas City Roller Warriors. Retrieved 7 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "Kansas City Roller Warriors to play in Championship Title". Kansas City Star. Retrieved 7 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "Warriors Give Back". Charity. Kansas City Star. Retrieved 7 September 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c d http://kcrollerwarriors.com/kcrw-history/
  8. ^ a b WFTDA Championships
  9. ^ http://www.derbynewsnetwork.com/2010/11/2010_wftda_championships_preview?page=0,6
  10. ^ http://wftda.com/tournaments/2011/south-central
  11. ^ http://kcrollerwarriors.com/kcrw-all-stars/
  12. ^ "2011 Plan B". Teams. Kansas City Roller Warriors. Retrieved 7 September 2011. 
  13. ^ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kansas-City-Roller-Warriors-Junior-Derby/516826535002769
  14. ^ "Roller Derby Makes a KC Comeback". Newser. Retrieved 7 September 2011. 
  15. ^ "South Central Rankings". Member leagues. Women's Flat Track Derby Association. Retrieved 7 September 2011. 
  16. ^ http://wftda.com/tournaments/2011/championships
  17. ^ WFTDA Championships#cite note-15
  18. ^ "Current Rankings", WFTDA
  19. ^ "12/8/2006 WFTDA National Rankings", WFTDA [version of 23 February 2007]
  20. ^ "February 2006 Dust Devil Invitational Rankings", WFTDA [version of 23 February 2007]
  21. ^ "Current WFTDA Rankings", Derby News Network, October 2007
  22. ^ "Dust Devil 2007", Flat Track Stats
  23. ^ "Texas Shootout 2007", Flat Track Stats
  24. ^ "Battle Royale", Flat Track Stats
  25. ^ "Southern Fried Smackdown", WFTDA
  26. ^ "Declaration of Derby", WFTDA
  27. ^ "Amber Waves of Pain", WFTDA
  28. ^ "Uproar on the Lakeshore", WFTDA
  29. ^ "Results", Show Me Der-B-Q
  30. ^ Justice Feelgood Marshall, "Championships Third Place: 1SC Texas Staves Off 2SC Kansas City, 136-112", Derby News Network, 13 November 2011
  31. ^ "", WFTDA
  32. ^ Beck Wise, "[1]", Derby News Network, 7 October 2012
  33. ^ "Justice Feelgood Marshall, "[2]", Derby News Network, 2 November 2012
  34. ^ http://wftda.com/tournaments/2013
  35. ^ http://wftda.com/tournaments/2013/richmond
  36. ^ http://wftda.com/rankings
  37. ^ http://www.derbynewsnetwork.com/2013/09/d1r_5th_kcrw_outruns_jacksonville_199_171
Preceded by
Texas Rollergirls
WFTDA Championship winners
Succeeded by
Gotham Girls Roller Derby
Preceded by
Texas Rollergirls
WFTDA South Central Regional Tournament winners
Succeeded by
Texas Rollergirls