Texas Rollergirls

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Texas Rollergirls
League logo
Metro area Austin, Texas
Country United States
Founded 2003
Teams Hell Marys
Hotrod Honeys
Honky Tonk Heartbreakers
Hustlers
Texecutioners (travel)
Track type(s) Flat
Venue Austin Convention Center
Affiliations WFTDA
Org. type LLC
Website txrollergirls.com

The Texas Rollergirls are a flat track roller derby league based in Austin, Texas, (USA). The full trademarked name of the league is Texas Rollergirls Rock-n-Rollerderby. Founded in early 2003, the Texas Rollergirls were the first flat track league in the nation to play a version of roller derby using new standardized rules and a track design that was based on the dimensions of the old banked tracks.[1] As flat track derby caught on in other U.S. cities, the Texas Rollergirls rulebook and track design eventually evolved into the specifications that were adopted and ratified upon formation of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association in 2005.[2]

The league consists of four home teams that play within the league and sometimes compete with member teams from other WFTDA leagues. The Texas Rollergirls also have an all-star travel team called the Texecutioners, who represent the league in WFTDA competitions and tournaments with other leagues. The Texas Rollergirls were the 2006 National Champions[3] of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association, and took third place at WFTDA Nationals in 2007,[4] a tournament in Austin, Texas that was known as the Texas Shootout.

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Early history[edit]

The founding skaters of the Texas Rollergirls were originally affiliated with an Austin, Texas roller derby organization known as Bad Girl Good Woman Productions. In 2003, approximately 80% of the skaters left that organization to form Texas Rollergirls Rock-n-Rollerderby, while the remaining skaters recruited new members to found the TXRD Lonestar Rollergirls.[5] The Texas Rollergirls continued to develop and play a flat track game that spread to other cities and became the basis of the game now fostered by WFTDA, while the Lonestar Rollergirls chose to develop their own version of a roller derby game played on a banked track. The reasons and events leading up to the departure of the founding members of Texas Rollergirls are documented in the 2007 film Hell on Wheels.[6]

The Texas Rollergirls were featured in the 2012 Australian documentary film This is Roller Derby (2012 film).[7]

Texas Rollergirls Home Teams[edit]

The home teams of the Texas Rollergirls are the Hell Marys, the Honky Tonk Heartbreakers, the Hotrod Honeys, and the Hustlers.

Rec 'n' Rollerderby[edit]

In 2007, Texas Rollergirls began supporting and training additional skaters who were interested in playing flat track derby more informally and recreationally.[8] Now, in addition to the main WFTDA league, the Texas Rollergirls Rec 'n' Rollerderby league consists of over 50 recreational skaters who compete with one another in informal flat track games in Austin, TX.

Rankings[edit]

Season Final ranking[9] Regionals Championship
2006 1[10] 1[11]
2007 3[12] 3[13] 3[14]
2008 1 1[15] 4[16]
2009 1 1[17] 2[18]
2010 2 2[19] R2[20]
2011 1 1[21] 3[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rollergirl: Totally True Tales from the Track, by Melissa Joulwan
  2. ^ Flat Track Derby rules from the WFTDA official website
  3. ^ Dust Devil 2006 Official Results
  4. ^ 2007 WFTDA Nationals Official Results
  5. ^ (Same as (1) above)
  6. ^ Website for Hell on Wheels (2007 film)
  7. ^ http://thisisrollerderby.com/
  8. ^ Texas Rollergirls Press Release announcing Rec-n-Rollerderby
  9. ^ "Current Rankings", WFTDA
  10. ^ "12/8/2006 WFTDA National Rankings", WFTDA [version of 23 February 2007]
  11. ^ "February 2006 Dust Devil Invitational Rankings", WFTDA [version of 23 February 2007]
  12. ^ "Current WFTDA Rankings", Derby News Network, October 2007
  13. ^ "Dust Devil 2007", Flat Track Stats
  14. ^ "Texas Shootout 2007", Flat Track Stats
  15. ^ "Battle Royale", Flat Track Stats
  16. ^ "Tournament Results", Northwest Knockdown
  17. ^ "Southern Fried Smackdown", WFTDA
  18. ^ "Declaration of Derby", WFTDA
  19. ^ "Amber Waves of Pain", WFTDA
  20. ^ "Uproar on the Lakeshore", WFTDA
  21. ^ "Results", Show Me Der-B-Q
  22. ^ Justice Feelgood Marshall, "Championships Third Place: 1SC Texas Staves Off 2SC Kansas City, 136-112", Derby News Network, 13 November 2011

External links[edit]

Preceded by
New tournament
WFTDA Championship winners
2006
Succeeded by
Kansas City Roller Warriors
Preceded by
Rat City Rollergirls
WFTDA Western Regional Tournament winners
2008
Succeeded by
Oly Rollers
Preceded by
New tournament
WFTDA South Central Regional Tournament winners
2009
Succeeded by
Kansas City Roller Warriors
Preceded by
Kansas City Roller Warriors
WFTDA South Central Regional Tournament winners
2011 and 2012
Succeeded by
Tournaments restructured