Tampa Roller Derby

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Tampa Roller Derby
League logo
Metro area Tampa Bay Area
Country United States
Founded 2005
Teams Tampa Tantrums - Travel A Team
Bruise Crew - Travel B Team
Black Widows
Cigar City Mafia
Switchblade Sisters
Vicegrip Vixens
Aces on Eights
Tampa Junior Derby
Track type(s) Flat
Venue DownTown Skate
Affiliations Women's Flat Track Derby Association
Org. type LLC
Website TampaRollerDerby.com

Tampa Roller Derby (TRD) is a women's flat track roller derby league based in the Tampa Bay Area. Founded in 2005, Tampa Roller Derby is a member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA).

History and league organization[edit]

Tampa Roller Derby was founded in 2005 as the Tampa Bay Derby Darlins[1] by Angela "Dee Bauchery" Kroslak,[2][3][4] and by later in the year a relationship began with the United Skates of America.[4][5] The league was divided into 4 teams in 2006, the Black Widows, Cigar City Mafia, Switchblade Sisters, and Vicegrip Vixens.[3] In May 2006 and all four teams participated in the first two bouts in TRD history,[3] an event nicknamed "Project Mayhem". The first season culminated with the Black Widows winning the DD Championship Cup, by way of a completely undefeated season.

In 2007 Tampa Roller Derby became the first Florida league to be accepted into the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA).[6] In April 2008, Tampa played its first WFTDA-sanctioned bout, a 91-58 loss to the Atlanta Rollergirls. In 2009, the league was recognized by the Tampa Chamber of Commerce for the Florida State Championship 1st-place victory at the annual Sunshine Skate Championship.[7] In 2010, TRD partnered with The Tampa Bay Sports Commission (TBSC) to host the first annual Frank Panky tournament.[8][9] League member Little A was a member of Team USA at the 2011 Roller Derby World Cup.[10]

Tampa Bay Derby Darlins officially became Tampa Roller Derby in 2012.[11]

Tampa Roller Derby has a four team home league comprising the Black Widows, Cigar City Mafia, Switch Blade Sisters and the Vicegrip Vixens,[12] the latter of which was disbanded in the second season but revived for the 2015 season.[11] Tampa Roller Derby also has three travel teams,[13] including the all-star Tampa Tantrums.[11] The Bruise Crew is the league's B-level travel team and plays other teams throughout Florida, as do the Sea Sirens, the league's C team.[14] Tampa Roller Derby also has a junior roller derby counterpart, Tampa Junior Derby, for girls ages 8–17.

Home events draw hundreds of fans and are held at Downtown Skate in Temple Terrace.[11]

WFTDA competition[edit]

Tampa Roller Derby is a member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA),[15] joining in August 2007, and announced by the WFTDA in December 2007.[16]

The Tampa Tantrums first qualified for WFTDA Playoffs in 2009, entering the WFTDA South Central Regional Tournament as the seventh seed and finishing in seventh place with a 127-110 victory over the No Coast Derby Girls of Lincoln, Nebraska.[17] At the 2010 South Central Regional in Lincoln, Tampa was seeded sixth and finished in sixth, this time losing to No Coast 148-123.[18] Tampa was again seeded sixth for the 2011 tournament, but slid down to a ninth place finish, defeating Omaha Rollergirls 176-73 in their final game of the weekend.[19] 2012 delivered Tampa's best result at South Central Regionals as they finished in fourth place, losing the third place game 209-168 to Kansas City Roller Warriors.[20]

In 2013, the WFTDA moved to a top-40 Division system for Playoffs, and Tampa qualified at the Division 1 level for the tournament in Richmond, Virginia, where they entered as the seventh seed and finished in ninth place with a 283-133 victory over old rival No Coast.[21] At the 2014 D1 tournament in Sacramento, Tampa was the seventh seed and clawed their way up to a fifth place finish, beating Terminal City Roller Girls 181-156.[22] Tampa held pace in 2015, entering the Jacksonville D1 tournament as the fifth seed and leaving in fifth, with a 220-80 win over Detroit.[23] At Madison for Division 1 Playoffs in 2016, Tampa came their closest yet to a WFTDA Championships appearance, narrowly losing the third place game 149-131 to Arch Rival Roller Derby of St. Louis to finish in fourth place.[24]

Rankings[edit]

Season Final ranking[25] Playoffs Championship
2008 5 SC[26] DNQ DNQ
2009 7 SC[27] 7 SC[17] DNQ
2010 6 SC[28] 6 SC[18] DNQ
2011 8 SC[29] 9 SC[19] DNQ
2012 4 SC[30] 4 SC[20] DNQ
2013 30 WFTDA[31] 9 D1[21] DNQ
2014 19 WFTDA[32] 5 D1[22] DNQ
2015 18 WFTDA[33] 5 D1[23] DNQ
2016 16 WFTDA[34] 4 D1[24] DNQ

In the community[edit]

Tampa Roller Derby perform community involvement activities, and has worked closely with organizations including The Springs Domestic Violence Center, Lowry Park Zoo, Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House,[35] Arthritis Florida Foundation,[36] and others.[11] In October 2009, Tampa skaters provided the "bulls" for Runs With Bulls Tampa Bay, with proceeds going to Alpha House, which provides safe housing for pregnant women and their children.[37]

On July 19, 2008 Tampa entered a large, flying skate in the Tampa Bay Red Bull Flugtag competition, and won the People's Choice Award at the event, scoring a third of the Red Bull Flugtag record 30,000 SMS votes.[38]

TRD was contacted by producers of the movie Whip It, in order to gain permission for the use of the Black Widows team name for one of the Austin roller derby teams in the movie.[citation needed]

Then-TRD league president, Jessica Cameron (aka Anne Tagonize), was a finalist for Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2010 Business Woman of the Year Awards. [39] In September 2010, the Tampa Tantrums were featured in a music video for the Tampa punk band, Neglected Superhero. The song, "Derby Darlins," was written about and inspired by the Tampa Tantrums.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Delgado, Angela (27 March 2006). "Owwww, My Darlin". Tampa Bay Times. Archived from the original on 29 March 2006. Retrieved 28 December 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c May, Jake (24 July 2008). "Derby Darlins are hellions on wheels". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 28 December 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Zayas, Alexandra (12 December 2005). "Tampabay: League rolls with the punches". www.sptimes.com. St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 28 December 2016. 
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  6. ^ Seale, Chris "Hurt Reynolds" (22 August 2007). "Tampa Bay newest WFTDA member". Have Derby Will Travel. Archived from the original on 2 September 2007. Retrieved 28 December 2016. 
  7. ^ "Sunshine Skate 2009" Florida State Roller Derby Championship. Web. 09. Dec. 2008.[dead link]
  8. ^ "2009 FLORIDA ROLLER DERBY CHAMPIONS TAMPA BAY DERBY DARLINS, ANNOUNCE THE FIRST TOURNAMENT OF THE 2010 SEASON! - Tampa Bay Sports Commission". www.tampabaysports.org. Tampa Bay Sports Commission. 22 March 2010. Retrieved 28 December 2016. 
  9. ^ Talionis, Lex (15 October 2013). "2013-14 Team USA Roster Revealed | Derby News Network". Derby News Network. Retrieved 28 December 2016. 
  10. ^ a b c d e Stager, Brad (11 March 2015). "Tampa Roller Derby season getting underway". TBO.com. Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 28 December 2016. 
  11. ^ Leto, Emanuel (May 2009). "Roller Derby's Cigar City Darlings - Cigar City Magazine". Cigar City Magazine. Retrieved 28 December 2016. 
  12. ^ "Tampa Roller Derby". wtsp.com. 10NEWS. 16 September 2016. Retrieved 28 December 2016. 
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  14. ^ "Member Leagues". Women's Flat Track Derby Association. 02 September 2010. Web. 22 Sept. 2010
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  16. ^ a b Marshall, Justice Feelgood (25 September 2009). "South Central Regionals Capsule Recaps | Derby News Network". Derby News Network. Retrieved 28 December 2016. 
  17. ^ a b Marshall, Justice Feelgood (8 October 2010). "2010 South Central Region Playoffs Recaps | Derby News Network". Derby News Network. Retrieved 28 December 2016. 
  18. ^ a b "South Central 9th Place: 6SC Tampa Bay Bests 10SC Omaha, 176-73 | Derby News Network". Derby News Network. 2 October 2011. Retrieved 28 December 2016. 
  19. ^ a b Wise, Beck (7 October 2012). "SC 3rd Place: 2SC Kansas City Marches Past 4SC Tampa, 209-168 | Derby News Network". Retrieved 28 December 2016. 
  20. ^ a b Talionis, Lex (15 September 2013). "D1R 9th: (7) Tampa Blows Away (6) No Coast, 283-133 | Derby News Network". Derby News Network. Retrieved 28 December 2016. 
  21. ^ a b "D1S 5th: Tampa Somethingpunnys Terminal City, 181-156 | Derby News Network". Derby News Network. 7 September 2014. Retrieved 28 December 2016. 
  22. ^ a b "D1J 5th Place: #5 Tampa FlaminGOs Past #6 Detroit, 220-80". Derby Central. 20 September 2015. Retrieved 28 December 2016. 
  23. ^ a b "D1M: #2 Arch Rival overtakes #4 Tampa, 149-131". Derby Central. 25 September 2016. Retrieved 28 December 2016. 
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  34. ^ "Thank you to our generous in-kind donors for April-September 2009". Ronald McDonald House Charities Tampa Bay. 2009. Archived from the original on 8 March 2012. Retrieved 28 December 2016. 
  35. ^ "Florida Chapter e-newsletter". Arthritis Foundation Florida Chapter. 2010. Archived from the original on 4 February 2014. Retrieved 28 December 2016. 
  36. ^ Thurston, Susan (2 October 2009). "Saturday: Run with the bulls in Ybor City, roller derby style". www.tampabay.com. Tampa Bay Times. Archived from the original on 13 October 2012. Retrieved 28 December 2016. 
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  38. ^ "TBBJ Name 60 Business Woman of the Year Finalist" Tampa Bay Business Journal. Web. 02. July. 2010

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