Tallahassee RollerGirls

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Tallahassee RollerGirls
League logo
Metro area Tallahassee, FL
Country United States
Founded 2006
Teams Capital Punishment (travel)
Jailbreak Betties
Track type(s) Flat
Venue Hansel Tookes Center at Florida A&M University
Affiliations WFTDA
Org. type LLC
Website tallyrg.com

The Tallahassee RollerGirls are a women's flat-track roller derby league based in Tallahassee, Florida.

The league was founded in 2006,[1] and joined the Women's Flat Track Derby Association(WFTDA) in 2009 as a South Central Region league.[2] Tallahassee Rollergirls is composed of two teams, Capital Punishment and the Jailbreak Betties. Capital Punishment competes in interleague games which count towards WFTDA national rankings and the Jailbreak Betties function as a training league.[3]

History[edit]

The formation of the Tallahassee RollerGirls started when Florida State University student Adrianne Chaplin posted a flyer about roller derby and Melissa Smith responded, who organized the first meeting of 12 women in January 2006.[4] The league practiced at a skating rink in Georgia prior to relocating to the Tallahassee Skate Inn. In 2012, the league moved to their current venue, the Hansel Tookes Center at Florida A&M University. Capital Punishment played their first game against Panama City March 24, 2007 and went on to win 6 out of 7 of their first season games, losing only to the Tampa Bay Derby Darlins. Their second season consisted of 7 wins and 1 loss to a home team of founding WFTDA member, Texas Rollergirls.[5] In their third season (2009) the Jailbreak Betties, Tallahassee's second team, lost in their inaugural bout against Burn City Rollers from Auburn, Alabama. The league increased the number of bouts to 17 in 2010, and 23 in 2011 between the two teams.[6] Capital Punishment began their 2012 season with a win against the Green Country Roller Girls who were ranked 7th in the South Central Region at the time.[7] 2012 also marked the first time the league qualified to play at the South Central Regional tournament finishing one place higher than they entered.[8]

Rankings[edit]

Season Q4 ranking[9] Regionals Championship
2009 14 DNQ DNQ
2010 13 DNQ DNQ
2011 15 DNQ DNQ
2012 10 8 DNQ

Community involvement[edit]

Tallahassee RollerGirls have donated proceeds to local and national charities in the past including Refuge House, National Public Radio, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, and are founding members of the Oasis Center for Women & Girls.[10][11] In addition to raising money for charities, some members founded Spread the Love Charity.[12]

Spread the Love Charity[edit]

Spread the Love Charity was organized in November 2009 by teammates and friends of Stephanie "Danger S" Little shortly after she was diagnosed with cervical cancer.[12] Danger S joined the Tallahassee RollerGirls earlier that year and was elected assistant coach before being diagnosed. She died in February 2010, but the Spread the Love Charity created to assist her now continues to fund exams for women in need and raise awareness of cervical cancer. The team uniform includes a patch in her memory that reads "Danger S. Ones".[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sam Lane, "Every Team: Tallahassee Rollergirls", WCTV, 24 May 2009
  2. ^ "2009 Rankings", WFTDA
  3. ^ "F.A.Q.", Tallahassee RollerGirls. Retrieved 2012-03-02.
  4. ^ Murraine, St Claire. "National revival reaches Tallahassee", Tallahassee Democrat,2006-05-31
  5. ^ "Tallahassee Capital Punishment" South Central Derby News. Retrieved 2012-03-02.
  6. ^ "About TRG" Tallahassee RollerGirls. Retrieved 2012-03-02.
  7. ^ "Tallahassee Upsets Green Country, 215-178" Derby News Network. Retrieved 2012-03-02.
  8. ^ "South Central Region Playoffs" WFTDA. Retrieved 2013-03-05.
  9. ^ "Current Rankings", WFTDA
  10. ^ "Who we are" Oasis Center for Women & Girls. Retrieved 2012-03-02.
  11. ^ Frisby, Merry Ann."Women add a little extra punch to charity" Tallahassee Democrat 2008-12-24. Retrieved 2012-03-02.
  12. ^ a b "Spread the love charity" Retrieved 2012-03-02.
  13. ^ kingjames."In memory of Danger" derbylife 2012-02-17. Retrieved 2012-03-03.

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