Akron Roller Derby

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Akron Roller Derby
League logo
Metro area Akron, Ohio
Country United States
Founded 2016
Teams All Stars (A team)
AK Rowdy Rollers (B team)
Track type(s) Flat
Venue Summit County Fairgrounds Arena Complex
Affiliations WFTDA
Website www.akronrollerderby.net

Akron Roller Derby is a women's flat track roller derby league based in Akron, Ohio. Two separate Akron-based leagues, NEO Roller Derby and Rubber City Rollergirls, merged in November 2016 to become Akron Roller Derby. 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).[1]


Former NEO Roller Derby logo

Akron's original roller derby league was founded in June 2006 by Mary Elliott. The Rubber City Demolition Dolls were featured in the Akron Beacon Journal on May 27, 2007.[2] Shortly after, Elliott bowed out but the original league stayed intact. Elliott kept rights to the Rubber City name for derby use. NEO Roller Derby was founded as the Northeast Ohio Rock 'n' Roller Girls a group of eleven women from RCDD.[3] The Rock 'n' Roller Girls name was later reserved for the league's A team.[4] The league attracted attention for raising money for charities including Stewart's Caring Place[5] and the American Red Cross.[6]

Former Rubber City Rollergirls logo

Meanwhile, Rubber City Rollergirls was founded in Akron in 2008 after receiving permission from Elliott to use the reformed name, and played its first bout, at the John S. Knight Center, in April 2009.[7] The league was accepted into the Women's Flat Track Derby Association Apprentice Program in January 2010,[8] and instituted its B team later in the year.[9] By 2011, it had forty skaters, and was claiming crowds of 1,000 fans.[10] Its A team was known as the Tire Iron Maidens, and its B team was the Hot Rod Dollies. Rubber City at some point left the Apprentice program, and was not listed as such in February 2013.[11] In October 2014, Rubber City re-entered the Apprentice Program.[12]

In November 2016, NEO Roller Derby and Rubber City Rollergirls announced on their social media pages, in a statement confirmed by a new, mutual website, that the leagues had merged to become Akron Roller Derby.[13][14]


NEO was accepted into the Women's Flat Track Derby Association Apprentice Program in September 2009,[15] and became a full member of the WFTDA in September 2010.[16] By 2011, the league had almost forty skaters, and was attracting crowds averaging 600 people.[4]

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.[17] NEO finished the tournament in 4th place, losing the 3rd place game to host team, the Kalamazoo Derby Darlins, 250-219.[18]

WFTDA rankings[edit]

As Neo Roller Derby[edit]

Season Final ranking[19] Playoffs Championship
2011 23 NC DNQ DNQ
2012 19 NC[20] DNQ DNQ
2013 51 WFTDA[21] 4 D2[18] DNQ
2014 87 WFTDA[22] DNQ DNQ
2015 126 WFTDA[23] DNQ DNQ

As Akron Roller Derby[edit]

Season Final ranking[24] Playoffs Championship
2016 164 WFTDA[25] N/A N/A


  1. ^ "Akron Roller Derby – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 21 April 2017. 
  2. ^ Hone-McMahan, Kim (May 27, 2007). "Rubber City Demolition Dolls bring roller derby to Akron and Canton". Akron Beacon Journal. Retrieved July 14, 2017. 
  3. ^ Mike D'Agruma, "New women’s roller derby team rocking out in Akron area", West Side Leader, July 5, 2007
  4. ^ a b Sean Patrick, "NEO Roller Derby League now part of Women’s Flat Track Derby Association", West Side Leader, June 23, 2011
  5. ^ Jeremy Nobile, "Roller Derby skates for awareness", Tallmadge Express, September 11, 2011
  6. ^ Amanda Harnocz, "Roller derby rolls out good works", Tallmadge Express, July 26, 2009
  7. ^ Bill Lilley, "New era to begin at Knight Center", Akron Beacon-Journal, November 3, 2008
  8. ^ "Apprentice Leagues", WFTDA [version of 23 March 2010]
  9. ^ Sean Patrick, "Rubber City Rollergirls growing in numbers", West Side Leader, June 24, 2010
  10. ^ Kim Hone-McMahan, "Voices champion roller derby feats", Akron Beacon-Journal, April 7, 2011
  11. ^ "Apprentice Leagues Archived November 16, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.", WFTDA [retrieved 27 February 2013]
  12. ^ "WFTDA Welcomes New Member, Apprentice Leagues". WFTDA. 2 October 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  13. ^ "Joining Forces". Akron Roller Derby. Retrieved 23 November 2016. 
  14. ^ Bona, Marc (6 February 2017). "Akron Roller Derby kicks off 6-game home season in February". cleveland.com. Retrieved 21 April 2017. 
  15. ^ "Apprentice Leagues", WFTDA [version of 16 November 2009]
  16. ^ "9 Leagues Join WFTDA for Full Membership Archived 2012-10-30 at the Wayback Machine.", WFTDA, 1 September 2010
  17. ^ "Tough Girls, Skates and Bruises: Top Roller Derby Teams to Battle in Kalamazoo". Discover Kalamazoo. 7 August 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2016. 
  18. ^ a b Shankya, Shelly (25 August 2013). "Game 16: (5) NEO Roller Derby v (3) Killamazoo Derby Darlins". WFTDA. Retrieved 23 November 2016. 
  19. ^ "Current Rankings Archived 2009-02-02 at the Wayback Machine.", WFTDA
  20. ^ "Rankings: February 28, 2013". WFTDA. Retrieved 23 November 2016. 
  21. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2013". WFTDA. Retrieved 23 November 2016. 
  22. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2014". WFTDA. Retrieved 23 November 2016. 
  23. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2015". WFTDA. Retrieved 23 November 2016. 
  24. ^ "Current Rankings Archived 2009-02-02 at the Wayback Machine.", WFTDA
  25. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2016 – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 21 April 2017.