Lilac City Roller Derby
|Metro area||Spokane, WA|
|Teams||Spokane Sass (A team - women)
Abominations (men's team)
Spokane Wendigo (junior team)
|Venue||Pattison's North Roller Rink|
|Affiliations||WFTDA MRDA JRDA|
Lilac City Roller Derby is a flat track roller derby league based in Spokane, Washington. Founded in 2006, the league consists of a women's team, an affiliated men's team, and a supported junior roller derby team. Lilac City is a member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA).
History and organization
Lilac City was founded by Stacie Ellis in 2006, the first flat-track roller derby league in the city, and began competing with leagues from across the northwest in its second season. The league was accepted into the Women's Flat Track Derby Association Apprentice Program in July 2010, and became a full member of the WFTDA in March 2012.
In 2013 Lilac City Roller Girls relocated their practice facility to a rented warehouse in Airway Heights, and began holding their bouts at the Spokane Fairgrounds, and the Spokane Convention Center for larger events. That year Lilac City added Spokane’s first all-male roller derby team, the River City Wreckers as well as a new coed team, the Quad Forsaken.
In 2017, following a reorganization, the Lilac City Roller Girls became Lilac City Roller Derby. Their all-women's team dropped the gap-toothed princess and re-branded as the Spokane Sass. The league includes an Men's Roller Derby Association (MRDA) apprentice Sass men's team, the Abominations, and a new Sass junior team, the Wendigo.
While Lilac City became a WFTDA member in 2012, they have yet to be ranked by the WFTDA.
In the community
- "Lilac City Roller Derby – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
- Rainey Coffin, "Wheel-life adventures", The Spokesman-Review, April 7, 2011
- "WFTDA Apprentice Program welcomes 16 new leagues Archived 2010-09-12 at the Wayback Machine.", 8 July 2010
- "WFTDA Welcomes 14 New Member Leagues Archived 2016-05-18 at the Wayback Machine.", 1 March 2012
- "Spokane Roller Derby: Time For Change - Lilac City Roller Derby". www.lilaccityrollerderby.com. 24 February 2017. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
- McKay Allen, "Roller girls take back 'filthy' practice rink", KXLY, September 13, 2011