Tucson Roller Derby

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Tucson Roller Derby
League logo
Metro area Tucson, Arizona
Country United States
Founded 2003
Teams Furious Truckstop Waitresses
Iron Curtain
VICE Squad
Copper Queens
TRD Saddletramps (travel A)
TRD Bandoleras (travel B)
Track type(s) Flat
Venue TISC Tucson, AZ
Affiliations WFTDA
Org. type 501(c)(3) NPO
Website tucsonrollerderby.com

Tucson Roller Derby (TRD) is a women's roller derby league located in Tucson, Arizona. TRD is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity organization.[1] A member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), Tucson Roller Derby is a skater-run non-profit organization formed in late 2003. Currently in its eleventh season, TRD hosts monthly flat-track roller derby competitions which showcase bouts among the various teams in the league, among other leagues in Arizona, and occasionally teams from national derby leagues. As of 2012, five teams comprise Tucson Roller Derby. The Furious Truckstop Waitresses (FTW), VICE Squad, and the Copper Queens comprise the three home teams. In addition to the home teams, the Saddletramps, made up of members from each of the three home teams, travel for inter-league and interstate challenges. TRD formed a second travel team in 2012, the Bandoleras. The Iron Curtain home team was disbanded after the 2009 season.

History[edit]

Initially formed as the Tucson extension of the Phoenix-based Arizona Roller Derby, TRD was founded in 2003 by Kim Kysar (aka Kim Sin) when the Tucson skaters, citing geographical and logistical concerns, broke away from the parent league. At the time of the split, Tucson Roller Derby consisted of one team, The Furious Truckstop Waitresses (FTW). Since that time, Tucson Roller Derby has more than doubled in size, adding the Iron Curtain as a regular-season team in 2004, the Vice Squad in 2005, and the Copper Queens in 2007. TRD continues to have a "sisterly" relationship with AZRD, often facing off against each other with both their local-season and WFTDA inter-league teams.

As one of the longest-established flat-track leagues, TRD has kept a high-profile in the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) since the consortium's inception. Tucson had the honor of hosting the first-ever WFTDA National Championship Tournament over the weekend of February 24–26, 2006. Dubbed the "Dust Devil", the event hosted 20 WFTDA leagues from around the United States in a tournament to determine the nation's first-ever WFTDA national champion team.

Due to the success of the first Dust Devil, TRD was chosen to host the 2007 WFTDA Western Regional Tournament. This second Dust Devil, featuring teams west of the Mississippi River, determined the 4 leagues to head to the Texas Shootout National Tournament in Austin, TX, where they faced off against the top 4 teams from the East. TRD still hosts this annual tournament, which now takes place in April.

Tucson Roller Derby received their Public Charity status on August 7, 2006, and is the first team in the WFTDA to receive a tax deductible status on donations.[2]

Past champions[edit]

Tucson Roller Derby completed its fifth season in September 2008.
2004 The Furious Truckstop Waitresses
2005 The VICE Squad
2006 The Furious Truckstop Waitresses
2007 The Furious Truckstop Waitresses
2008 The VICE Squad

Rankings[edit]

Season Final ranking[3] Playoffs Championship
2006 2 W[4] 2[5]
2007 6 W[6] 2 W[7] R1[8]
2008 N/A W 10 W[9] DNQ
2009 9 W 9 W[10] DNQ
2010 9 W 8 W[11] DNQ
2011 10 W 10 W[12] DNQ

References[edit]

  1. ^ GuideStar - JustGive Search - TUCSON ROLLER DERBY ORG
  2. ^ Tucson Roller Derby legally recognized as a non-profit | Lead Jammer - Roller Derby News
  3. ^ "Current Rankings", WFTDA
  4. ^ "12/8/2006 WFTDA National Rankings", WFTDA [version of 23 February 2007]
  5. ^ "February 2006 Dust Devil Invitational Rankings", WFTDA [version of 23 February 2007]
  6. ^ "Current WFTDA Rankings", Derby News Network, October 2007
  7. ^ "Dust Devil 2007", Flat Track Stats
  8. ^ "Texas Shootout 2007", Flat Track Stats
  9. ^ "Battle Royale", Flat Track Stats
  10. ^ "Derby on the rocks 2009 Western Regionals", WFTDA
  11. ^ "Rollin’ on the River 2010 West Region Playoffs", WFTDA
  12. ^ "Bridgetown Brawl WFTDA 2011 West Region Playoffs", WFTDA

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