Kansas City Roller Warriors

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Kansas City Roller Warriors
League logo
Metro area Kansas City, Missouri
Country United States
Founded 2004
Teams Black-Eye Susans
Dreadnought Dorothys
Knockouts
Victory Vixens
KCRW All-Stars (travel)
Plan B (travel)
Track type(s) Flat
Venue Memorial Hall
Affiliations WFTDA
Org. type LLC
Website http://kcrollerwarriors.com

The Kansas City Roller Warriors (KCRW) is a roller derby league based in Kansas City, Missouri that was founded in 2004.[1] The members of the league are split into four home teams that play within the league and two travel teams that represent KCRW in competition with other leagues. KCRW is a founding member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), and the Kansas City Roller Warriors All Star travel team was the 2007 winner of the WFTDA Championship tournament, Texas Shootout, which took place in Austin, TX.[2] The 2015 KCRW home team champion was the Victory Vixens.

History[edit]

KCRW was founded in 2004 by Brooke Leavitt and Mandy Durham, who worked together as librarians. Inspired by the Texas Rollergirls, the KCRW LLC was solidified by June 2004.[3] That summer, the two and a group of other women began practicing in a parking lot, forming the first practice of the Kansas City Roller Warriors.[1] John Hernandez, a friend of the founders from college, became the team's first coach and the small contingent of team members distributed hand fliers to promote women to try out for the team. By the fall of 2004 the team was practicing at a local community center, on a basketball court.[3]

Since its formation, the group consists of more than 80[3] players and four at-home teams: The Black Eye Susans, the Dreadnought Dorothys, the Knockouts and the Victory Vixens. KCRW originally held their bouts at the Winnwood Skate Center and Hale Arena in Kansas City before moving to the Kansas City Municipal Auditorium, where they skated through 2015. KCRW now plays home games and practices at Memorial Hall (Kansas City, Kansas) in Kansas City, Kansas. Approximately 30 people provide volunteer assistance for each at-home event, including referees, announcers, score keepers and other support staff.[3]

Charity[edit]

A portion of the proceeds from the league's home bouts are donated to local charities including the Kansas City Police Activities/Athletic League, American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, Human Rights Campaign, the Rose Brooks Center, and many more.[4][5] KCRW has partnered with the Mid America Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Teams[edit]

KCRW All Stars[edit]

A Kansas City Roller Warriors bout in 2009.

The All Star team, founded in 2005,[6] is composed of members of the four home teams of the Kansas City Roller Warriors. They compete at a national and international level. In 2007, the KCRW All Stars won the Women's Flat Track Derby Association Championships against the Rat City Rollergirls.[7] The All Stars won the 2010 WFTDA South Central Regional Tournament[8] and the league hosted the WFTDA 2011 South Central Regional Tournament.[9] The All Stars placed first in the 2015 WFTDA International Division 2 Tournament held in Cleveland, Ohio.

Plan B[edit]

Plan B is KCRW's second travel team, with members from all home teams who travel regionally. The team made its debut in 2011.[10]

Home teams[edit]

The league has four home teams: the Black Eye Susans, the Dreadnought Dorothys, the Knockouts and the Victory Vixens. The Victory Vixens hold the KCRW home championship title for 2015, having won against the Dreadnought Dorothys.

Junior derby[edit]

In 2010, Ami Geddon, a Kansas City Roller Warrior, worked to grow a junior derby league in Kansas City. She recruited other skaters with experience in coaching and teaching children. Along with Ami Geddon, Connie Magic, Jade Lightning, Bomb Pop, PDQ, Maiden Hell, Damsel of D'tension and Murphy's Law were the team's first coaches.[11] The league is open to girls ages 10–18 and is broken into four teams. The advanced teams are Sonic Boom and Wicked Twisters while the intermediate teams are Rolling Thunder and Starry Fright.

Seasons[edit]

Home team seasons[edit]

The Roller Warriors held their first official season from January through June 2005 at Winnwood Skate Center.[6] The founding season for KCRW drew 800 attendees.[12] Through 2016, average bout attendance has been 2,000.[3]

The Victory Vixens hold the KCRW home championship title for 2015, having won against the Dreadnought Dorothys.

All Star seasons[edit]

In February 2006, KCRW sent their All Star travel team to play in the first National WFTDA Championship in Tucson, Arizona. KCRW placed 6th in the nation out of twenty participating leagues.[6] In 2007, the KCRW All Stars returned to the Texas Shootout WFTDA National Championships, fighting for the title against the Rat City Rollergirls. KCRW beat Rat City with a score of 89 to 85[6] and Xcelerator was voted one of two MVPs for the tournament.[7]

The KCRW All Stars completed the 2009 season with a 2nd-place finish in the South Central Region. They ended the second quarter of the 2010 season in the South Central region in 3rd place.[13] In 2011, they placed fourth in the nation at the WFTDA Championships[14] and Kelley Young was named MVP for the tournament.

Season Q4 ranking[15] Regionals Championship
2006 8[16] 6[17]
2007 1[18] 4[19] 1[20]
2008 2 5[21] DNQ
2009 2 2[22] R1[23]
2010 1 1[24] R2[25]
2011 2 2[26] 4[27]
2012 3[28] 3[29] R3[30]

In 2013, the Women's Flat Track Derby Association replaced the geography-based regions with three competitive divisions. In order to qualify for playoffs, in addition to rankings the WFTDA introduced a new set of regular season game play requirements. Regional playoffs were replaced by four Division 1 playoff tournaments and two Division 2 playoffs.[31] With their ranking at 45 on June 30, the KCRW All Star team qualified for the Division 2 playoffs, and competed in the tournament held in Richmond, VA, where they placed 5th.[32]

The All Stars placed first in the 2015 WFTDA International D2 Playoff Tournament held in Cleveland, OH [33] and Bruz-Her was named MVP for the tournament.[34] They placed fourth in the 2015 WFTDA International D2 Championship Tournament held in St. Paul, MN.[35]

Season June 30 ranking Div Playoff Championship
2013 21[36] D1 - 5[37] DNQ
2014 33[38] D1 - 8[39] DNQ
2015 45[40] D2 - 1[41] D2 - 4[42]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Fracture interview with KCRW team captain Bruz-Her". Fracture. Retrieved 7 September 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Fact Sheet". Events. Kansas City Roller Warriors. Retrieved 7 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Kansas City Roller Warriors to play in Championship Title". Kansas City Star. Retrieved 7 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "Warriors Give Back". Charity. Kansas City Star. Retrieved 7 September 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c d "History". 
  7. ^ a b WFTDA Championships
  8. ^ "2010 WFTDA Championships Recaps". 
  9. ^ "Show Me Der-B-Q WFTDA 2011 South Central Region Playoffs - Women’s Flat Track Derby Association". Wftda.com. 2011-10-02. Retrieved 2016-05-03. 
  10. ^ "2011 Plan B". Teams. Kansas City Roller Warriors. Retrieved 7 September 2011. 
  11. ^ "Kansas City Junior Roller Warriors". Facebook.com. Retrieved 2016-05-03. 
  12. ^ "Roller Derby Makes a KC Comeback". Newser. Retrieved 7 September 2011. 
  13. ^ "South Central Rankings". Member leagues. Women's Flat Track Derby Association. Retrieved 7 September 2011. 
  14. ^ "Continental Divide and Conquer 2011 WFTDA Championships - Women’s Flat Track Derby Association". Wftda.com. 2011-11-13. Retrieved 2016-05-03. 
  15. ^ "Current Rankings", WFTDA
  16. ^ "12/8/2006 WFTDA National Rankings", WFTDA [version of 23 February 2007]
  17. ^ "February 2006 Dust Devil Invitational Rankings", WFTDA [version of 23 February 2007]
  18. ^ "Current WFTDA Rankings", Derby News Network, October 2007
  19. ^ "Dust Devil 2007", Flat Track Stats
  20. ^ "Texas Shootout 2007", Flat Track Stats
  21. ^ "Battle Royale", Flat Track Stats
  22. ^ "Southern Fried Smackdown", WFTDA
  23. ^ "Declaration of Derby", WFTDA
  24. ^ "Amber Waves of Pain", WFTDA
  25. ^ "Uproar on the Lakeshore", WFTDA
  26. ^ "Results", Show Me Der-B-Q
  27. ^ Justice Feelgood Marshall, "Championships Third Place: 1SC Texas Staves Off 2SC Kansas City, 136-112", Derby News Network, 13 November 2011
  28. ^ "", WFTDA
  29. ^ Beck Wise, "SC 3rd Place: 2SC Kansas City Marches Past 4SC Tampa, 209-168", Derby News Network, 7 October 2012
  30. ^ "Justice Feelgood Marshall, "Championships Opening Round: 2NC Minnesota Stops 3SC Kansas City, 244-168", Derby News Network, 2 November 2012
  31. ^ "Welcome to WFTDA Tournament Central 2013! - Women’s Flat Track Derby Association". Wftda.com. Retrieved 2016-05-03. 
  32. ^ "September 13-15, 2013: Richmond, Virginia - Women’s Flat Track Derby Association". Wftda.com. Retrieved 2016-05-03. 
  33. ^ "Game 17: Kansas City Roller Warriors (#2) vs Demolition City Roller Derby (#5) - Game Recaps - Women’s Flat Track Derby Association". Wftda.com. 2015-08-23. Retrieved 2016-05-03. 
  34. ^ "Tournament MVPs - Women’s Flat Track Derby Association". Wftda.com. Retrieved 2016-05-03. 
  35. ^ "D2 Game 3: Demolition City Roller Derby (Cleveland #2) vs. Kansas City Roller Warriors (Cleveland #1) - Game Recaps - Women’s Flat Track Derby Association". Wftda.com. 2015-11-08. Retrieved 2016-05-03. 
  36. ^ "2013 Rankings - Women’s Flat Track Derby Association". Wftda.com. Retrieved 2016-05-03. 
  37. ^ "D1R 5th: KCRW Outruns Jacksonville, 199-171", Derby News Network
  38. ^ "2014 WFTDA Rankings - Women’s Flat Track Derby Association". Wftda.com. Retrieved 2016-05-03. 
  39. ^ "Sept. 5-7: Sacramento, California, USA - Women’s Flat Track Derby Association". Wftda.com. Retrieved 2016-05-03. 
  40. ^ "2015 Rankings - Women’s Flat Track Derby Association". Wftda.com. Retrieved 2016-05-03. 
  41. ^ "August 21 - 23, 2015 - Women’s Flat Track Derby Association". Wftda.com. Retrieved 2016-05-03. 
  42. ^ "November 6-8, 2015 - Women’s Flat Track Derby Association". Wftda.com. Retrieved 2016-05-03. 
Preceded by
Texas Rollergirls
WFTDA Championship winners
2007
Succeeded by
Gotham Girls Roller Derby
Preceded by
Texas Rollergirls
WFTDA South Central Regional Tournament winners
2010
Succeeded by
Texas Rollergirls