Killamazoo Derby Darlins

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Killamazoo Derby Darlins
League logo
Metro area Kalamazoo, MI
Country United States
Founded 2006
Teams Kill Stars (A team)
Killa Crew (B team)
Track type(s) Flat
Venue Wings Stadium
Affiliations WFTDA

The Killamazoo Derby Darlins (KDD) is a women's flat track roller derby league based in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Founded in 2006, the league consists of two teams which compete against teams from other leagues, and is a member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA).

The league was founded in early 2006 as the Kalamazoo Kamikazes, and played its first bout the following year.[1] By 2008 they had rebranded as the Killmazoo Derby Darlins and moved from the RollerWorld roller rink to Wings Stadium where they sold out all 800 advance tickets for a June game.[2] It doubled its membership in 2009, following the release of the movie Whip It!.[3]

Killamazoo was accepted into the Women's Flat Track Derby Association Apprentice Program in October 2009,[4] and became a full member of the WFTDA in September 2010.[5]

The league plays its bouts at the Wings Stadium, and aims in particular to attract families to watch.[6]

WFTDA competition[edit]

In 2013, Killamazoo qualified for WFTDA Playoffs for the first time, participating at the Division 2 tournament they hosted at Wings Stadium.[7] Killamazoo was the third seed and finished the tournament in third place with a 250-219 victory over NEO Roller Derby (Akron, Ohio).[8] In 2014, KDD again qualified for Division 2 Playoffs, and were the fourth seed at Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, and won the third place game 180-162 over Gold Coast Derby Grrls of Fort Lauderdale.[9]

Season Final ranking[10] Playoffs Championship
2011 20 NC[11] DNQ DNQ
2012 13 NC[12] DNQ DNQ
2013 45 WFTDA[13] 3 D2[8] DNQ
2014 61 WFTDA[14] 3 D2[9] DNQ
2015 80 WFTDA[15] DNQ DNQ
2016 DNQ DNQ


  1. ^ Cleary, Shawano (12 July 2007). "Local roller derby team is ready to ride in debut". Michigan Live. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  2. ^ Wedel, Mark (29 June 2008). "Roller Derby at Kalamazoo's Wings Stadium: Hockey meets NASCAR". Michigan Live. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  3. ^ "Graham Couch column: Skilled and sometimes brutal, Killamazoo roller derby club is worthy of Kalamazoo's attention", Kalamazoo Gazette, July 15, 2011
  4. ^ "Apprentice Leagues", WFTDA [version of 16 November 2009]
  5. ^ "9 Leagues Join WFTDA for Full Membership Archived 2012-10-30 at the Wayback Machine.", WFTDA, 1 September 2010
  6. ^ Andy Fitzpatrick, "Get ready to roll", Battle Creek Gazette, April 8, 2010
  7. ^ "August 23-25, 2013: Kalamazoo, Michigan - Women's Flat Track Derby Association". WFTDA. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  8. ^ a b Wise, Beck (25 August 2013). "D2K 3rd: Killamazoo Rebuffs NEO, 250-219 | Derby News Network". Derby News Network. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  9. ^ a b "Killamazoo Overwhelms Gold Coast, 180-162 | Derby News Network". Derby News Network. 24 August 2014. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  10. ^ "Current Rankings", WFTDA
  11. ^ "Current Rankings". WFTDA. Archived from the original on 25 January 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  12. ^ "Current Rankings". WFTDA. Archived from the original on 20 March 2013. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  13. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2013". WFTDA. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  14. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2014". WFTDA. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  15. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2015". WFTDA. Retrieved 3 January 2017.