Arch Rival Roller Derby

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Arch Rival Roller Derby
League logo
Metro area St. Louis, Missouri
Country United States
Founded 2005
Teams Travel Team All-Stars
Saint Lunachix
The M-80s
The Smashinistas
The Stunt Devils
Rebel Skate Alliance
Track type(s) Flat
Venue Midwest Sport Hockey Complex in Ballwin, MO
Affiliations WFTDA (Division 1)
Org. type skater-owned
Website Official website

Arch Rival Roller Derby, or ARCH, is a women's flat-track roller derby league in St. Louis, Missouri. It is one of more than 100 all-female roller derby leagues currently in existence, and is a member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA).[1]

History[edit]

Arch Rival original logo

Arch Rival Roller Derby was founded as "Arch Rival Roller Girls" (ARRG) in 2005 by Sarah Kate Buckles, who skates as Mary Manglin'. The league was trained from January 2006 through May 2007 by coach Ken Watts, AKA "Papa Wheelie."[citation needed] In 2006 ARRG competed locally as 2 teams, each represented by one of the league colors, pink and black. In 2007, ARRG expanded to three teams with permanent names and personalities of their own; The Stunt Devils, The M-80s and The Smashinistas.[citation needed] A travel team, composed of select skaters, has also taken part in inter-league competitions against the Northwest Arkansas Rollergirls, the Chi-Town Sirens, and the Windy City Rollers.[citation needed] In May 2007, Papa Wheelie resigned, and ARCH now coach themselves using a committee/rotation system drawing from the experience and strength of the veteran skaters and captains.[2]

Arch Rival Roller Derby is an organization consisting of more than 60 active skaters and volunteers who manage and operate the league for and by themselves in accordance with the goals and mission of the WFTDA. ARRG leadership in 2008 consisted of 9 elected members of the Board of Directors and 6 skaters who serve as elected captains and co-captains of the three teams.[citation needed]

The Arch Rival Roller Derby team has been featured extensively in St. Louis's media.[3][4] They have been featured in local print, T.V. and radio news.[5] Additionally, various league members have been featured individually in the media.[citation needed] Arch Rival Roller Girl Riddle Lynn was featured on the debut of the TLC show My First Home in April, 2007.[6] Dali Madison has been featured on local craft shows.[citation needed]

On September 20, 2008, the ARRG travel team won Fall Brawl, a regional tournament hosted by the Fort Wayne Derby Girls.[7] ARRG, ranked 44 by WFTDA, came into the double-elimination tournament as an underdog.[citation needed] ARRG defeated the Ohio Roller Girls (32) and the Cincinnati Rollergirls (20) in early rounds, and came from behind to beat Grand Raggidy Roller Girls in an 86-71 victory.[citation needed]

In February 2009 the Arch Rival Rollergirls took part in a music video shoot for the Breeders single "Fate To Fatal".[8]

In April 2016, Arch Rival announced its name change from Arch Rival Rollergirls to Arch Rival Roller Derby, to better offer opportunities for trans women, intersex women, and genderqueer members.[9]

Rankings[edit]

Season Q4 ranking[10] Playoffs Championship
2009 8 (NC) 6[11] DNQ
2010 11 (NC) 10[12] DNQ
2011 6 (NC) 6[13] DNQ
2012 8 (NC) 8[14] DNQ
2013 6[15] DNQ

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