Houston Roller Derby

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Houston Roller Derby
League logo
Metro area Houston, Texas
Country United States
Founded 2005
Teams All Stars (A and B team)
The Bayou City Bosses
The Brawlers
The Psych Ward Sirens
The Valkyries
Machete Betties (rec team)
Track type(s) Flat
Venue Bayou Music Center
Affiliations WFTDA
Org. type 501(c) (3)
Website houstonrollerderby.com

Houston Roller Derby (HRD) is a women's flat track roller derby league based in Houston, Texas.[1] HRD was founded in early 2005,[2] and is a founding member league of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA).[3]

History[edit]

Originally formed in early 2005 as the Space City Rollergirls, Houston Roller Derby split from their founding group in the pursuit of an all-skater owned league, after the founding members of Space City attempted to fire the league's coed training team.[2] The new league focused on democratic leadership, with decisions made by committees with elected leaders.[2] HRD's first bout took place in October 2005 at the Pasadena Convention Center,[2] and by this time the league had about 60 members and consisted of four teams: The Bayou City Bosses, The Burlesque Brawlers, The Machete Betties and The Psych Ward Sirens.[4] 2006 bouts took place at the Arabia Shrine Temple.[5] The 2007[6] and 2008 season bouts took place at the Verizon Wireless Theater, with additional games held at Jopa Sports in Shenandoah.[7] The 2009 and 2010 bouts took place at Kick's Indoor,[8] and the 2011 bouts took place at Houston Indoor Sports.[9] Houston Roller Derby filed as a public charity (Houston Rollergirls Inc. dba Houston Roller Derby) and received its tax-deductible 501(c)(3) non-profit status effective March 11, 2011.[10] HRD's season bouts from the 2012 season forward take place in downtown Houston at Bayou Music Center (formerly the Verizon Wireless Theater).[11]

Teams[edit]

Houston Roller Derby consists of four home teams[11] that play within the league as well as against visiting teams from other WFTDA leagues. Houston Roller Derby also has an all-star travel team, formerly called HaRD Knocks but now referred to as the all-stars, which was formed in 2006 to play against other WFTDA leagues across the U.S. and in WFTDA tournaments and competitions.[11] The HRD all-stars were one of twelve WFTDA teams who qualified to compete in the WFTDA Championships in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 2009.[12] League skater Windigo played for Team Canada at the 2011 Roller Derby World Cup.[13]

Houston Roller Derby formed the travel team in 2006 to play against other WFTDA leagues across the country and in tournaments and competitions.[11] The team's first interleague competition was the Dust Devil National Flat Track Derby Tournament held in February 2006. The Texas Rollergirls from Austin won the 20-team tournament held in Tucson, Arizona; HRD placed 13th.[14]

WFTDA competition[edit]

Houston Roller Derby competed at the first WFTDA Championships, the "Dust Devil" tournament, in 2006, where they finished in 13th place.[15] Houston next competed at WFTDA Playoffs in 2008 as the 11th seed at that year's WFTDA Western Regional Tournament and finished in ninth place.[16] Ahead of the 2009 season, the WFTDA adjusted its structure, and Houston was placed in the South Central Region. At that year's WFTDA South Central Regional Tournament, Houston was the third seed and finished in third place with a 113-101 victory over the Dallas Derby Devils to qualify for Championships.[17] At Championships, Houston was eliminated by a 239-46 loss to Rocky Mountain Rollergirls in the opening round.[18] In 2010, Houston was the seventh seed at the South Central Regional, and finished in seventh place by defeating Dallas 150-69.[19] As the fifth seed at the 2011 South Central Playoff, Houston again finished in the seeded position at fifth, with a 173-157 victory over No Coast Derby Girls.[20] At the final South Central Regional in 2012, Houston was the third seed but went 1-2 and finished in ninth place by beating Jacksonville RollerGirls 255-155.[21]

In 2013 the WFTDA restructured playoffs again, and under the new divisional model Houston qualified as a Division 1 team as the seventh seed for the tournament in Asheville, North Carolina,[22] and finished in sixth place after a 202-185 loss to Steel City Derby Demons.[23] Houston was the ninth seed at the 2014 Evansville Division 1 tournament, but lost their three games to finish in tenth.[24] In 2015, Houston competed as the third seed at the Division 2 Playoff in Cleveland, and finished in fourth place, losing their final game to Santa Cruz Derby Girls 154-141.[25] Houston returned to Division 2 in 2016 at Wichita as the second seed, but ultimately finished in sixth place, ending their weekend with a 184-181 loss to the Boulder County Bombers.[26]

Rankings[edit]

2006 map showing the first 30 WFTDA member leagues
Season Final ranking[27] Playoffs Championship
2006 20 WFTDA[28] 13[15]
2007 21 WFTDA[29] DNQ DNQ
2008 2 SC[30] 9 W[16] DNQ
2009 3 SC[31] 3 SC[17] R1[18]
2010 7 SC[32] 7 SC[19] DNQ
2011 5 SC[33] 5 SC[20] DNQ
2012 7 SC[34] 1 SC[21] DNQ
2013 26 WFTDA[35] 6 D1[23] DNQ
2014 45 WFTDA[36] 10 D1[24] DNQ
2015 49 WFTDA[37] 4 D2[25] DNQ
2016 52 WFTDA[38] 6 D2[26] DNQ

Partial WFTDA sanctioned results[edit]

In media[edit]

In 2009, members of Houston Roller Derby were featured in Hard Knocks: Rolling with the Derby Girls, a photo collection book by Houston photographer Shelley Canton.[39]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Houston Roller Derby – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d Plocek, Keith (12 January 2006). "Roller Grrrls". Houston Press. Houston Press. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  3. ^ "Member Leagues". WFTDA. April 2006. Archived from the original on 9 April 2006. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  4. ^ Branch, Jennifer (24 October 2005). "Roller derby brings in change of pace". Houston Chronicle. Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  5. ^ Louis B. Parks, "Houston Chronicle," May 28, 2006, "Good bad girls: The women of Roller Derby are a hit in Houston", accessed Feb. 25, 2010
  6. ^ "Houston Roller Derby kicks off its second season". Houston Chronicle. Houston Chronicle. 12 April 2007. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  7. ^ Cochran, Eliott (22 June 2008). "Ladies in the streets". Houston Chronicle. Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  8. ^ "Houston Roller Derby 2010 season promises thrills, competitive action". Houston Chronicle. Houston Chronicle. 14 March 2010. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  9. ^ Guerrero, Mauricio (3 May 2011). "Women's roller derby really packs a punch". Houston Chronicle. Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  10. ^ "Exemption Verification". aixtcp.cpa.state.tx.us. Comptroller.Texas.gov. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  11. ^ a b c d http://houstonrollerderby.com
  12. ^ Craig Malisow, "Houston Press," Nov. 11, 2009, "Houston's Roller Grrls Headed To National Championship", accessed Feb. 25, 2010
  13. ^ Mercy Less (5 August 2011). "Team Canada Roster Announced". Derby News Network. Archived from the original on 5 December 2011. Retrieved 9 December 2011. 
  14. ^ Lana Berkowitz, "Houston Chronicle", April 6, 2006, "Rollergirl has Killa instinct", accessed Feb. 25, 2010
  15. ^ a b "February 2006 Dust Devil Invitational Rankings". WFTDA. Archived from the original on 23 February 2007. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  16. ^ a b Marshall, Justice Feelgood (8 October 2008). "Western Regionals: Complete Capsule Recaps | Derby News Network". Derby News Network. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  17. ^ a b Marshall, Justice Feelgood (25 September 2009). "South Central Regionals Capsule Recaps | Derby News Network". Derby News Network. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  18. ^ a b Marshall, Justice Feelgood (14 November 2009). "2009 Nationals: Capsule Recaps | Derby News Network". Derby News Network. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  19. ^ a b Marshall, Justice Feelgood (8 October 2010). "2010 South Central Region Playoffs Recaps | Derby News Network". Derby News Network. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  20. ^ a b "South Central 5th Place: 5SC Houston Survives 7SC No Coast's Comeback, 173 – 157 | Derby News Network". Derby News Network. 2 October 2011. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  21. ^ a b Talionis, Lex (7 October 2012). "SC 9th Place: 3SC Houston Ices 10SC Jacksonville, 255-155 | Derby News Network". Derby News Network. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  22. ^ "September 20-22, 2013: Asheville, North Carolina - Women's Flat Track Derby Association". wftda.org. WFTDA. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  23. ^ a b Talionis, Lex (22 September 2013). "D1A 5th: (5) Steel City Comes Back On (7) Houston, 202-185 | Derby News Network". Derby News Network. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  24. ^ a b "D1E: Results | Derby Central". Derby Central. 22 September 2014. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  25. ^ a b Deadwards, Lisa (25 August 2015). "D2C 3rd Place: #1 Santa Cruz outsteps #3 Houston, 154-141". Derby Central. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  26. ^ a b "D2W: #8 Boulder County makes playoff history defeating #2 Houston, 184-181". Derby Central. 21 August 2016. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  27. ^ "Current Rankings", WFTDA
  28. ^ "12/8/2006 WFTDA National Rankings", WFTDA [version of 23 February 2007]
  29. ^ "Current WFTDA Rankings", Derby News Network, October 2007
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  31. ^ "Rankings – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Archived from the original on 30 April 2010. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  32. ^ "Rankings – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Archived from the original on 2 March 2011. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  33. ^ "Current Rankings". WFTDA. Archived from the original on 25 January 2012. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  34. ^ "Current Rankings". WFTDA. Archived from the original on 20 March 2013. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  35. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2013 – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  36. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2014 – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  37. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2015 – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  38. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2016 – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  39. ^ "Rolling with the Derby Girls". 29-95. Houston Chronicle. 15 October 2009. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 

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