NEO Roller Derby

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NEO Roller Derby
League logo
Metro area Akron, OH
Country United States
Founded 2007
Teams Rock 'n' Roller Girls (A team)
Audio Assault (B team)
Track type(s) Flat
Venue Summit County Fairgrounds Arena Complex
Affiliations WFTDA
Website neorollerderby.com

NEO Roller Derby is a roller derby league based in Akron, Ohio. Founded in 2007, the league consists of two teams which compete against teams from other leagues.

The league was founded in early 2007 as the Northeast Ohio Rock 'n' Roller Girls by a group of eleven women.[1] The Rock 'n' Roller Girls name is now reserved for the league's A team.[2]

The league has attracted attention for raising money for charities including Stewart's Caring Place[3] and the American Red Cross.[4]

In November 2016, NEO Roller Derby and Rubber City Rollergirls, also of Akron, announced on the social media pages, in a statement confirmed by a new, mutual website, that the leagues had merged to become Akron Roller Derby.[5]

WFTDA[edit]

NEO was accepted into the Women's Flat Track Derby Association Apprentice Program in September 2009,[6] and became a full member of the WFTDA in September 2010.[7] By 2011, the league had almost forty skaters, and was attracting crowds averaging 600 people.[2]

In 2013, NEO qualified for the WFTDA Division 2 International Playoffs for the first time, competing at the tournament held in Kalamazoo, Michigan that August.[8] NEO finished the tournament in 4th place, losing the 3rd place game to host team, the Kalamazoo Derby Darlins, 250-219.[9]

WFTDA rankings[edit]

Season Final ranking[10] Playoffs Championship
2011 23 NC DNQ DNQ
2012 19 NC[11] DNQ DNQ
2013 51 WFTDA[12] 4 D2[9] DNQ
2014 87 WFTDA[13] DNQ DNQ
2015 126 WFTDA[14] DNQ DNQ

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mike D'Agruma, "New women’s roller derby team rocking out in Akron area", West Side Leader, July 5, 2007
  2. ^ a b Sean Patrick, "NEO Roller Derby League now part of Women’s Flat Track Derby Association", West Side Leader, June 23, 2011
  3. ^ Jeremy Nobile, "Roller Derby skates for awareness", Tallmadge Express, September 11, 2011
  4. ^ Amanda Harnocz, "Roller derby rolls out good works", Tallmadge Express, July 26, 2009
  5. ^ "Joining Forces". Akron Roller Derby. Retrieved 23 November 2016. 
  6. ^ "Apprentice Leagues", WFTDA [version of 16 November 2009]
  7. ^ "9 Leagues Join WFTDA for Full Membership", WFTDA, 1 September 2010
  8. ^ "Tough Girls, Skates and Bruises: Top Roller Derby Teams to Battle in Kalamazoo". Discover Kalamazoo. 7 August 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2016. 
  9. ^ a b Shankya, Shelly (25 August 2013). "Game 16: (5) NEO Roller Derby v (3) Killamazoo Derby Darlins". WFTDA. Retrieved 23 November 2016. 
  10. ^ "Current Rankings", WFTDA
  11. ^ "Rankings: February 28, 2013". WFTDA. Retrieved 23 November 2016. 
  12. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2013". WFTDA. Retrieved 23 November 2016. 
  13. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2014". WFTDA. Retrieved 23 November 2016. 
  14. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2015". WFTDA. Retrieved 23 November 2016.