Tucson Roller Derby

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Tucson Roller Derby
League logo
Metro area Tucson, Arizona
Country United States
Founded 2003
Teams TRD Saddletramps (A team)
Furious Truckstop Waitresses
VICE Squad
Copper Queens
Bandoleras
Track type(s) Flat
Venue Tucson Indoor Sports Center 1065 W Grant Rd, Tucson, AZ 85705
Affiliations WFTDA
Org. type 501(c)(3) NPO
Website tucsonrollerderby.com

Tucson Roller Derby (TRD) is a women's flat track roller derby league located in Tucson, Arizona. Founded in late 2003, Tucson Roller Derby is a skater-run non-profit organization and hosts monthly roller derby competitions showcasing bouts involving the various teams in the league, often against other leagues in Arizona, and also teams from national derby leagues. A founding member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA),[1] Tucson was the host league for the first WFTDA Championships in 2006.[2]

History and league structure[edit]

Initially formed as the Tucson extension of the Phoenix-based Arizona Roller Derby,[3] TRD was founded in December 2003 by Kim Kysar (aka Kim Sin)[4][5] when the Tucson skaters, citing geographical and logistical concerns, broke away from the parent league.[3] By 2006 Tucson Roller Derby was averaging 700-800 fans for home events at Bladeworld,[6] since renamed the Tucson Indoor Sports Center,[7] and still Tucson's home bouting venue as of 2017.[8]

Tucson hosted the first-ever WFTDA Championships over the weekend of February 24–26, 2006.[2][9] Dubbed the "Dust Devil", the event hosted 20 WFTDA leagues from around the United States in a tournament to determine the nation's first-ever WFTDA national champion team. Subsequently, TRD was chosen to host the first WFTDA Western Regional Tournament in 2007, also called the Dust Devil.[10] This tournament, featuring members of the WFTDA's West Region, determined the four leagues to head to the Texas Shootout WFTDA Championship in Austin, Texas, where they faced off against the top four teams from the East. TRD still hosts this historical annual tournament, now an invitational tournament without Playoff implications, every spring.[11] TRD hosted a WFTDA Division 1 playoff tournament in September 2015 at the Tucson Convention Center, including WFTDA teams from the United States, Canada, and Australia.[12]

Tucson Roller Derby received their Public Charity status on August 7, 2006, as the first team in the WFTDA to receive a tax deductible status on donations.[13] TRD is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity organization.[14]

Teams[edit]

Tucson Roller Derby 2015 photographed by Alethea Photography

At the time of its creation, Tucson Roller Derby consisted of one team, The Furious Truckstop Waitresses (FTW). Tucson Roller Derby has more than doubled in size over the years, adding multiple home teams. The Iron Curtain was added in 2004, the Vice Squad in 2005, and the Copper Queens in 2007.[15] The Furious Truckstop Waitresses were league champions in 2004, 2006 and 2007, and the VICE Squad was the league champion in 2005, 2008 and 2009, the final season Tucson held league-only championships, after the Iron Curtain home team was disbanded after 2009. The Tucson Saddletramps travel team formed in 2004. TRD formed a second travel team in 2012, the Bandoleras. In 2015 the Bandoleras were changed from a travel team into a city-level, fresh meat (new skater), home team. TRD continues to have a "sisterly" relationship with Arizona Roller Derby, often facing off against each other with both their local-season and WFTDA inter-league teams.

As of 2017, five teams comprise Tucson Roller Derby. The Vice Squad and the Copper Queens are state-level home teams, the Furious Truckstop Waitresses (FTW) and the Bandoleras are city-level home teams, and the Tucson Saddletramps are the all-star travel team comprising members of the home teams, and travel for inter-league and interstate challenges at the WFTDA level.

Arizona State Roller Derby Conference[edit]

Starting in the 2010-2011 season, Tucson Roller Derby created the first ever statewide conference. All of the home (non-travel) teams in the state that play by WFTDA rules are allowed to enter and participate. Each team plays each other during the regular season, culminating in a two-day State Conference Tournament.[16] Teams can be expected to play up to 4 games during the tournament. The leagues involved in the 2011 and 2012 years were Tucson Roller Derby, Arizona Roller Derby, Dirty Verde Roller Derby, and Northern Arizona Roller Derby. The 2013 season leagues involved were Tucson Roller Derby, Arizona Roller Derby, Northern Arizona Roller Derby. The 2014 season added the High Altitude Roller Derby league into the conference. The Arizona State Roller Derby Conference of 2015 consisted of teams from Tucson Roller Derby, Arizona Roller Derby, Northern Arizona Roller Derby, and High Altitude Roller Derby.

Teams that have competed throughout the years are: The Copper Queens (TRD), The Furious Truckstop Waitresses (TRD), The VICE Squad (TRD), The Bad News Beaters (AZRD), The Surly Gurlies (AZRD), The Brawlarinas (AZRD), The Whiskey ROW-llers (NAZRD), Dirty Verde Roller Derby (DVRD), and Dark City Starlets (HARD).

Arizona State Champions[edit]

2011 The Bad News Beaters (Arizona Roller Derby)
2012 The Bad News Beaters (Arizona Roller Derby)
2013 The Surly Gurlies (Arizona Roller Derby)
2014 The Surly Gurlies (Arizona Roller Derby)
2015 The Copper Queens (Tucson Roller Derby)[17]

WFTDA competition[edit]

2006 map showing the first 30 WFTDA member leagues

Tucson hosted the first WFTDA Championships in 2006, an invitational tournament at that time, at which they placed second to the Texas Rollergirls.[9] In 2007, Tucson hosted the first WFTDA Western Regional Tournament, again called the "Dust Devil", and finished in second place with an 83-72 loss to Rat City Rollergirls (Seattle).[18] At that year's championships in Austin, Tucson lost their opening round game to Carolina Rollergirls, 80-73.[19] Tucson finished in tenth place at the 2008 Westerns,[20] ninth in 2009,[21] eighth in 2010,[22] tenth in 2011,[23] and did not qualify for the final Western Regional in 2012.

In 2013 the WFTDA restructured playoffs, and under the new divisional model Tucson would have qualified as a Division 2 Playoff team but declined their invitation to participate.[24] In 2014, Tucson was the sixth seed for the Division 2 Playoff in Duluth, but finished in tenth place with a 184-138 loss to Omaha Rollergirls.[25] After missing Playoffs in 2015, Tucson returned to Division 2 Playoffs in 2016 at Wichita with their highest Playoff finish since 2008 at seventh place, secured by a 223-119 victory over Kansas City Roller Warriors.[26]

Rankings[edit]

Season Final ranking[27] Playoffs Championship
2006 2 WFTDA[28] 2[9]
2007 6 WFTDA[29] 2 W[18] R1[19]
2008 NR[30] 10 W[20] DNQ
2009 9 W[31] 9 W[21] DNQ
2010 9 W[32] 8 W[22] DNQ
2011 10 W[33] 10 W[23] DNQ
2012 17 W[34] DNQ DNQ
2013 74 WFTDA[35] DNP DNQ
2014 65 WFTDA[36] 10 D2[25] DNQ
2015 63 WFTDA[37] DNQ DNQ
2016 43 WFTDA[38] 7 D2[26] DNQ

References[edit]

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