Wasatch Roller Derby

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Wasatch Roller Derby
League logo
Metro area Salt Lake City, UT
Country United States
Founded 2008
Teams Midnight Terror (A team)
Bonneville Bone Crushers (B team)
Black Diamond Divas
Hot Wheelers
Wasatch Junior Rollers (junior)
Track type(s) Flat
Venue Derby Depot
Affiliations WFTDA
Website www.wasatchrollerderby.co

Wasatch Roller Derby (WRD) is a women's flat track roller derby league based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Founded in 2008, Wasatch is a member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA).[1]

History and organization[edit]

Originally emerging from the Salt City Derby Girls,[2] the league's formation was led by Lacey "Honey" Peterson and Brandi "Medusa" Olsen.[3] The first public Wasatch bout was held April 25, 2009 at Hollywood Connection in West Valley City.[4] Wasatch joined the Women's Flat Track Derby Association Apprentice Program in October 2009,[5] and were accepted as full WFTDA members in June 2010.[6] The league founded the Wasatch Junior Rollers, a junior roller derby team, and have close links with the men's league, Uinta Madness.[7] By January 2012, they were described as the biggest league in Salt Lake City.[8] In 2013 the WFTDA transitioned from a region based ranking system to an overall ranking system. WRD entered the new ranking at 20th in March 2013.[9] As of 2017, Wasatch Roller Derby features two home teams, two travel teams, and a junior team.[7] Wasatch Roller Derby regularly raises funds for charitable organizations including the March of Dimes and the American Diabetes Association.[10]

WFTDA competition[edit]

Wasatch first qualified for WFTDA Playoffs in 2012, as the ninth seed at the WFTDA Western Regional Tournament, where they finished in ninth place by defeating Arizona Roller Derby 245-134.[11] In 2013, the WFTDA restructured its playoff system, and Wasatch qualified for Division 1 Playoffs in Fort Wayne, Indiana as the seventh seed, and finished in seventh place by beating Cincinnati Rollergirls 275-95.[12] In 2014, Wasatch hosted a Division 1 Playoff at the Salt Palace.[13] Wasatch themselves competed at the tournament as the eighth seed and finished in eighth place after losing to No Coast Derby Girls (who were originally designated as the host league until the venue fell through)[14] 169-166.[15] In 2015, Wasatch dropped down to Division 2 Playoffs as the fifth seed at Detroit, and finished in fifth place by defeating Bear City 203-152.[16] In 2016, Wasatch was the third seed for the Lansing Division 2 Playoff, and just missed the bronze medal with a 197-194 loss to Charm City Rollergirls.[17]

Rankings[edit]

Season Final ranking[18] Playoffs Championship
2011 17 W[19] DNQ DNQ
2012 9 W[20] 9 W[11] DNQ
2013 23 WFTDA[21] 7 D1[12] DNQ
2014 33 WFTDA[22] 8 D1[15] DNQ
2015 52 WFTDA[23] 5 D2[16] DNQ
2016 51 WFTDA[24] 3 D2[17] DNQ

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wasatch Roller Derby – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 1 April 2017. 
  2. ^ Alex Noshirvan, "Roller derby: Girls roll into Taylorsville", Salt Lake City Tribune, 8 June 2010
  3. ^ Bezdijan, Sara (11 May 2015). "SLC Roller Derby Transforms: WRD Shakeups". SLUG Magazine. Retrieved 1 April 2017. 
  4. ^ Frost, Bill (27 April 2009). "Roller Derby: Wasatch vs. Diabetes". Salt Lake City Weekly. Retrieved 1 April 2017. 
  5. ^ "Apprentice Leagues", WFTDA [version of 16 November 2009]
  6. ^ "WFTDA welcomes 11 new members,adds new regions - Press Releases - Women’s Flat Track Derby Association". wftda.org. WFTDA. Retrieved 1 April 2017. 
  7. ^ a b "Wasatch Roller Derby – Wasatch Roller Derby". www.wasatchrollerderby.co. Wasatch Roller Derby. Retrieved 1 April 2017. 
  8. ^ "Roller Derby: Wasatch Roller Derby vs. Uinta Madness", Salt Lake City Weekly, 21 January 2012
  9. ^ "Current Rankings", WFTDA, 15 March 2013
  10. ^ "Utah roller derby heats up - QSaltLake Magazine". QSaltLake Magazine. 14 April 2011. Retrieved 1 April 2017. 
  11. ^ a b Marshall, Justice Feelgood (23 September 2012). "West 9th Place: 8W Wasatch Finishes 7W Arizona, 245-134 | Derby News Network". Derby News Network. Retrieved 1 April 2017. 
  12. ^ a b Marshall, Justice Feelgood (8 September 2013). "D1FW 7th: (7) Wasatch Shuts Down (8) Cincinnati, 275-95 | Derby News Network". Derby News Network. Retrieved 1 April 2017. 
  13. ^ Sheehan, Gavin (21 August 2014). "Wasatch Roller Derby: 2014 Championship Preview". Salt Lake City Weekly. Retrieved 1 April 2017. 
  14. ^ Talionis, Lex (10 March 2014). "WFTDA Re-locates Lincoln Playoff to Salt Lake City | Derby News Network". Derby News Network. Retrieved 1 April 2017. 
  15. ^ a b Jennings, Hannah (28 September 2014). "D1SLC: No Coast Gives No Quarter to Wasatch Roller Derby". Derby Central. Retrieved 1 April 2017. 
  16. ^ a b Abby, Hammer (30 August 2015). "D2D 5th Place: #5 Wasatch Mauls #10 Bear City, 203-152". Derby Central. Retrieved 1 April 2017. 
  17. ^ a b Fristoe, Chelsea (28 August 2016). "D2L 3rd Place: #1 Charm City Sneaks By #3 Wasatch, 197-194". Derby Central. Retrieved 1 April 2017. 
  18. ^ "Current Rankings", WFTDA
  19. ^ "Current Rankings". WFTDA. Archived from the original on 25 January 2012. Retrieved 1 April 2017. 
  20. ^ "Current Rankings". WFTDA. Archived from the original on 20 March 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2017. 
  21. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2013 – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 1 April 2017. 
  22. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2014 – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 1 April 2017. 
  23. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2015 – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 1 April 2017. 
  24. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2016 – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 1 April 2017.