Columbia Quadsquad

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Columbia QuadSquad
League logo
Metro area Columbia, SC
Country United States
Founded 2007
Track type(s) Flat
Venue Jamil Temple
Affiliations WFTDA

The Columbia QuadSquad (CQS) is a roller derby league based in Columbia, South Carolina. Founded in 2007, the league consists of the Allstars, who represent the league in WFTDA interleague competitions around the country, the Miss B-havers, the b-level travel team, and three home teams: the Belles on Wheels, Capitol City Vixens and Spawn of Skatin'. The league also has a junior derby team, the Columbia QuadSquad Minis.

League history[edit]

Founded in March 2007 by eight local women, Columbia played its first bout in August 2007. In April 2009, it hosted and won the first South Carolina state championships, defeating the Lowcountry Highrollers and the Richland County Regulators.[1] It has attracted attention for the diverse jobs held by its members, including a figure skater and an aquatic biologist,[2] while its coach is a law professor at the University of South Carolina.[3]

The QuadSquad was accepted into the Women's Flat Track Derby Association Apprentice Program in April 2011,[4] and became a full member of the WFTDA in March 2012.[5]

The league was described in the local Free Times as having "regional dominance".[6] Columbia defeated the Carolina Rollergirls in February 2012, following which, it was ranked at number 25 in the Derby News Network Power Rankings. Announced a few hours before becoming a full WFTDA member, Columbia QuadSquad was the second apprentice league ever to enter the Power Rankings, after the London Rollergirls.[7]

In 2016, Columbia hosted a WFTDA Division 1 Playoff tournament at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, which was forecasted to create over $300,000 in economic impact.[8]

WFTDA competition[edit]

Columbia QuadSquad, ranked at the time 41st in the WFTDA, was selected to play in the 2013 WFTDA Division 1 Playoffs. They competed in Asheville, N.C. September 20–22, 2013.[9] Columbia entered the weekend as the 10th seed, and ultimately finished in 10th place.[10] In 2014, Columbia again qualified for Division 1 Playoffs, entering the Charleston tournament as the 9th seed, and finished in 8th place.[11] In 2015, Columbia dropped into Division 2 Playoffs as the 3rd seed in Cleveland, and ended the weekend in 9th place.[12] In 2016, Columbia returned to Division 1 Playoffs and competed at the tournament they themselves hosted,[8] finishing the weekend with their opening seeding, in 8th place.[13]


Season Final ranking[14] Playoffs Championship
2012 14 E[15] DNQ DNQ
2013 46 WFTDA[16] 10 D1[10] DNQ
2014 35 WFTDA[17] 8 D1[11] DNQ
2015 43 WFTDA[18] 9 D2[12] DNQ
2016 29 WFTDA[19] 8 D1[13] DNQ

Southern Discomfort tournament[edit]

In late April 2014 the league hosted its first annual Southern Discomfort Tournament. This invitational tournament hosted 10 teams featuring Killamazoo Derby Darlins, Charlotte Roller Girls, DC Rollergirls, Nashville Roller Girls, Cape Fear Roller Girls, Garden State Roller Girls, Brandywine Roller Girls, Roc City Roller Derby, Charlottesville Derby Dames, and the Columbia QuadSquad themselves.[20]


  1. ^ "About", CQS, 10 May 2009
  2. ^ Smith, Gina (12 July 2011). "Roller derby players collide in Columbia". The State. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 1 December 2016. 
  3. ^ Cathy Cobbs, "The two lives of Loquacious D", Columbia Star, 27 August 2010
  4. ^ "12 Leagues Accepted into Apprentice Program", WFTDA, 13 April 2011
  5. ^ "WFTDA Welcomes 14 New Member Leagues - LatestNews - Women’s Flat Track Derby Association". WFTDA. 1 March 2012. Retrieved 1 December 2016. 
  6. ^ James Harley, "Columbia Quad Squad Rolls Again", Free Times, 20 March 2011
  7. ^ "DNN Releases March 2012 Power Rankings", Derby News Network, 1 March 2012
  8. ^ a b "International teams come to Columbia for roller derby playoffs". The State. 6 September 2016. Retrieved 1 December 2016. 
  9. ^ WFTDA Releases June 30 Rankings,Tournament Brackets, 13 July 2013
  10. ^ a b Talionis, Lex (22 September 2013). "D1A 9th: (6) Madison Outshines (10) Columbia, 265-125 | Derby News Network". Derby News Network. Retrieved 1 December 2016. 
  11. ^ a b "Oct. 3-5: Charleston, West Virginia, USA - Women’s Flat Track Derby Association". WFTDA. Retrieved 1 December 2016. 
  12. ^ a b Stroyder, Ida (23 August 2015). "D2C 9th Place: #3 Columbia over #4 Treasure Valley, 133-129". Derby Central. Retrieved 1 December 2016. 
  13. ^ a b "D1C: #6 Santa Cruz takes 7th over #8 Columbia QuadSquad,174-141". Derby Central. 11 September 2016. Retrieved 1 December 2016. 
  14. ^ "Current Rankings", WFTDA
  15. ^ "Current Rankings". WFTDA. Archived from the original on 20 March 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2016. 
  16. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2013 – WFTDA". WFTDA. Retrieved 1 December 2016. 
  17. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2014 – WFTDA". WFTDA. Retrieved 1 December 2016. 
  18. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2015 – WFTDA". WFTDA. Retrieved 1 December 2016. 
  19. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2016 – WFTDA". WFTDA. Retrieved 6 January 2017. 
  20. ^ "Southern Discomfort"