Minnesota RollerGirls

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Minnesota RollerGirls
League logo
Metro area Minneapolis-Saint Paul
Country United States
Founded August 2004
Teams Atomic Bombshells
Dagger Dolls
Garda Belts
Rockits
Silver Bullets (defunct)
MNRG All-Stars (travel)
Track type(s) Flat
Venue Roy Wilkins Auditorium
Affiliations WFTDA
Org. type LLC
Website mnrollergirls.com

The Minnesota RollerGirls (MNRG) is a women's flat track roller derby league based in Saint Paul, Minnesota, in the United States. Founded in August 2004 by the Donnelly sisters, MNRG was one of the first 30 members of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) by early 2006.[1] Today the league has over 80 skaters playing on four home teams as well as their All-Star team,[2] which competes in the WFTDA's North Central Region.[3]

League[edit]

Over 3,700 spectators attend the opening bout of the 2007 season

Since 2005, the league has played and practiced at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium[4] in St. Paul, where spectator attendance averages 4,000 per bout, with many sell-out attendances in 2010.[5] MNRG claims to be the first league in the country to have a professional space for practices and bouts.[2]

The Minnesota RollerGirls has been featured in numerous local media outlets, such as the Star Tribune,[6][7] the Pulse of the Twin Cities,[8] vita.mn,[9] Minnesota Public Radio,[10] and the City Pages,[11] and were briefly featured in a Coca Cola/NASCAR national ad campaign.[12]

As a member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), the Minnesota RollerGirls are ranked 2nd in the North Central Region, as of September 26, 2012.[3]

Business Structure[edit]

The Minnesota RollerGirls is a limited liability corporation composed of volunteer skaters aged 21 years and older and other volunteers. No skater or volunteer associated with the Minnesota RollerGirls is paid, nor do they profit based upon level of involvement or upon team wins. Proceeds raised by the league pay for practice space rental, legal and promotional fees, as well as traveling costs to play other WFTDA members in other states and in other countries. The remainder of the revenues are donated to a variety of local charities, with a general focus on organizations that benefit women.[13]

The Minnesota RollerGirls is sponsored by a variety of local and national companies, including: The Onion, Minnesota Public Radio 89.3: The Current, Ultra Creative, Archetype Design, Surly Brewing Company, and Pizza Lucé, among others.[14]

Home Teams[edit]

Minnesota RollerGirls Home Teams

Atomic Bombshells

Garda Belts

Dagger Dolls

Rockits

The Minnesota RollerGirls is composed of four home teams; the Atomic Bombshells, the Dagger Dolls, the Garda Belts, and the Rockits. Each team has a maximum of twenty players. The four teams play against each other at home, with these games comprising the home season. Every MNRG home season concludes with a championship game, with the winner receiving the championship trophy, known as The Golden Skate.[15]

Dagger Dolls win the Golden Skate

Winners of the Golden Skate:
2005: Dagger Dolls
2006: The Rockits
2007: Atomic Bombshells
2008: The Rockits
2009: The Rockits
2010: Atomic Bombshells
2011: The Rockits
2012: Dagger Dolls
2013: Atomic Bombshells
2014: Garda Belts

Travel Team[edit]

MNRG All-Stars

The Minnesota RollerGirls also has an All-Star interleague team. This team of elite skaters, drawn from the home teams, trains together year-round and travels across the country for sanctioned WFTDA bouts throughout the year.[16] Since 2009,[17] MNRG has qualified for the WFTDA North Central Regional Tournament for four consecutive years, advancing to compete in the WFTDA Championships in 2010,[18] 2011[19] and 2012.[20] MNRG hosted the 2009 North Central Regional Tournament, the "Brawl of America", at Roy Wilkins Auditorium.

Interleague Bouting Record[edit]

Although the Minnesota RollerGirls home teams occasionally play against other leagues, the majority of their bouts are played by their all-star interleague team.

Date Opponent Location   Score   WFTDA
November 12, 2011 Texas Rollergirls Denver, CO
108-141
Yes
November 11, 2011 Charm City Roller Girls Denver, CO
160-121
Yes
October 9, 2011 Windy City Rollers Indianapolis, IN
100-123
Yes
October 8, 2011 Detroit Derby Girls Indianapolis, IN
127-106
Yes
October 7, 2011 Mad Rollin' Dolls Indianapolis, IN
218-81
Yes
August 6, 2011 Philly Roller Girls Philadelphia, PA
84-101
Yes
July 17, 2011 Demolition City Roller Derby Nashville, TN
221-28
Yes
July 16, 2011 Nashville Roller Girls Nashville, TN
130-84
Yes
May 22, 2011 Windy City Rollers Milwaukee, WI
105-172
Yes
May 21, 2011 Brewcity Bruisers Milwaukee, WI
142-66
Yes
April 2, 2011 Naptown Roller Girls St. Paul, MN
111-95
Yes
March 5, 2011 DC Rollergirls St. Paul, MN
170-33
Yes
February 5, 2011 Tucson Roller Derby St. Paul, MN
161-52
Yes
January 29, 2011 Mad Rollin' Dolls St. Paul, MN
196-74
Yes
November 5, 2010 Charm City Roller Girls Chicago, IL
119-249
Yes
September 12, 2010 Windy City Rollers Green Bay, WI
83-132
Yes
September 11, 2010 Mad Rollin' Dolls Green Bay, WI
119-107
Yes
September 10, 2010 Omaha Rollergirls Green Bay, WI
144-41
Yes
September 10, 2010 Detroit Derby Girls Green Bay, WI
118-99
Yes
August 21, 2010 Sacred City Derby Girls Sacramento, CA
202-57
Yes
July 31, 2010 Dallas Derby Devils Dallas, TX
73-113
Yes
June 27, 2010 Providence Roller Derby Philadelphia, PA
131-127
Yes
June 26, 2010 Tampa Bay Derby Darlins Philadelphia, PA
98-96
Yes
May 22, 2010 Pikes Peak Derby Dames Colorado Springs, CO
144-113
Yes
December 19, 2009 Sioux Falls Roller Dollz Saint Paul, MN
180-44
Yes
November 21, 2009 Hammer City Roller Girls Saint Paul, MN
195-46
Yes
October 17, 2009 Carolina Rollergirls Saint Paul, MN
105-69
Yes
September 20, 2009 Grand Raggidy Roller Girls Saint Paul, MN
91-75
Yes
September 19, 2009 North Star Roller Girls Saint Paul, MN
61-76
Yes
September 18, 2009 Windy City Rollers Saint Paul, MN
25-155
Yes
August 29, 2009 Houston Roller Derby Houston, TX
76-103
Yes
June 28, 2009 CT RollerGirls Philadelphia, PA
123-56
Yes
June 27, 2009 Brewcity Bruisers Philadelphia, PA
87-74
Yes
April 25, 2009 Grand Raggidy Roller Girls Grand Rapids, MI
87-76
Yes
November 22, 2008 Mad Rollin' Dolls Saint Paul, MN
89-87
Yes
October 18, 2008 Northwest Arkansas Roller Derby Saint Paul, MN
156-46
Yes
October 11, 2008 Providence Roller Derby Madison, WI
143-16
Yes
October 10, 2008 Mad Rollin' Dolls Madison, WI
67-143
Yes
Cincinnati Rollergirls Madison, WI
58-89
Yes
September 12, 2008 Denver Roller Dolls Denver, CO
57-89
Yes
August 16, 2008 Windy City Rollers Chicago, IL
18-206
Yes
May 11, 2008 Bay Area Derby Girls
25-127
Yes
Houston Roller Derby
97-83
Yes
May 10, 2008 OC Roller Girls
43-114
Yes
Rose City Rollers
43-114
Yes
December 8, 2007 Charm City Roller Girls Saint Paul, MN
69-73
Yes
December 8, 2007 Arizona Roller Derby (Tent City Terrors) Saint Paul, MN
87-24
Yes
October 13, 2007 Sioux Falls Roller Dollz Sioux Falls, SD
180-47
No
September 15, 2007 Kansas City Roller Warriors Kansas City, MO
84-122
Yes
August 18, 2007 Detroit Derby Girls WFTDA Eastern Regional Tournament (Columbus, OH)
77-99
Yes
December 9, 2006 No Coast Derby Girls (Mad Maxines) Lincoln, NE
205-28
Yes
November 11, 2006 Ohio Roller Girls Saint Paul, MN
142-55
Yes
October 21, 2006 Mad Rollin' Dolls (Dairyland Dolls) Madison, WI
80-96
Yes
September 16, 2006 Tampa Bay Derby Darlins Tampa Bay, FL
139-66
Yes
September 2, 2006 Mad Rollin' Dolls (Dairyland Dolls) Bumbershoot Invitational (Seattle, WA)
50-96
Yes
  Rat City Rollergirls  
24-46
Yes
  Bay Area Derby Girls  
53-29
Yes
  Carolina Rollergirls  
55-35
Yes
February 25, 2006 Tucson Roller Derby (Tucson Saddletramps) Dust Devil Tournament 2006 (Tucson, AZ)
75-136
Yes
  Arizona Roller Derby (Tent City Terrors)  
88-115
Yes
  Kansas City Roller Warriors  
120-79
Yes
November 8, 2005 Carolina Rollergirls Raleigh, NC
126-136
Yes
November 8, 2005 Carolina Rollergirls Saint Paul, MN
237-173
Yes
Overall record: 23-19.   National ranking: 14th.

Rankings[edit]

Season Q4 ranking[21] Regionals Championship
2006 6[22] 4[23]
2007 11[24] R2[25] DNQ
2008 4 11[26] DNQ
2009 7 9[27] DNQ
2010 2 2[28] R1[29]
2011 2 2[30] N/A

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Member Leagues". WFTDA.com. Archived from the original on 9 April 2006. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "About the Minnesota RollerGirls". Minnesota RollerGirls. 
  3. ^ a b "Current Rankings". WFTDA. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Roy Wilkins Auditorium: The Gigs". Retrieved 2007-06-25. 
  5. ^ "Minnesota RollerGirls Fact Sheet". Xcel Energy Center web site. Retrieved 6 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "This is How We Roll". Star Tribune. 2007-12-25. 
  7. ^ Dochterman, Robyn (2005-02-27). "Let's Tangle: Roller derby is back". Star Tribune. 
  8. ^ Hobbes, Dwight (February 2006). "Heck on Wheels: Minnesota RollerGirls". Pulse of the Twin Cities. 
  9. ^ Adler, Erin (2007-06-05). "Rollergirls: The Profiles". vita.mn. 
  10. ^ Totten, Sanden (2006-02-24). "Roller derby revival charges into national spotlight". Minnesota Public Radio. 
  11. ^ Thomas, Lindsey (2004-11-17). "Would the WNBA Be More Popular If It Had Players Named Dixie Wrect?" 25 (1250). City Pages. 
  12. ^ "Derby Dish". Minnesota RollerGirls. 2006-03-15. 
  13. ^ "About the Minnesota RollerGirls :: Supported Charities". 
  14. ^ "Minnesota RollerGirls :: Sponsors". 
  15. ^ "League History". 
  16. ^ "Teams & Staff". Minnesota RollerGirls. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  17. ^ "Brawl of America". WFTDA. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  18. ^ "Uproar on the Lakeshore 2010 WFTDA Championships". WFTDA. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  19. ^ "Continental Divide and Conquer 2011 WFTDA Championships". WFTDA. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  20. ^ "North Central Region Playoffs". WFTDA. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  21. ^ "Current Rankings", WFTDA
  22. ^ "12/8/2006 WFTDA National Rankings", WFTDA [version of 23 February 2007]
  23. ^ "February 2006 Dust Devil Invitational Rankings", WFTDA [version of 23 February 2007]
  24. ^ "Current WFTDA Rankings", Derby News Network, October 2007
  25. ^ "Heartland Havoc", Ohio Rollergirls
  26. ^ "Derby in Dairyland", Flat Track Stats
  27. ^ "Brawl of America 2009 North Central Regionals", WFTDA
  28. ^ "Thunda on the Tundra 2010 North Central Region Playoffs", WFTDA
  29. ^ "Uproar on the Lakeshore", WFTDA
  30. ^ "Monumental Mayhem WFTDA 2011 North Central Region Playoffs", WFTDA

External links[edit]

  • Minnesota RollerGirls - Minnesota RollerGirls' official site
  • Tickets - Minnesota RollerGirls' ticket info
  • Merch - Minnesota RollerGirls' Merchandise
  • WFTDA - Women's Flat Track Derby Association