ABOUT HOUSTON ROLLER DERBY
Since organizing in 2005, Houston Roller Derby has grown into a league of more than 120 skaters at all levels. The organization is structured with 4 programs - Juniors (children ages 7+), Recreational - Betties (entry level skaters and Home team retirees), Home Teams and Travel Team.
During the season (February - August), home teams play games against each other monthly at Revention Music Center (formerly called Bayou Music Center and Verizon Wireless Center) at 520 Texas Avenue in Houston. All other programs play games periodically throughout the season at various locations.
Houston currently has 3 active home teams - The Bayou City Bosses, The Sirens, The Valkyries. Houston Travel Teams consist of the league's most talented and dedicated skates cherry-picked from its 4 home teams and is split into 2 teams - Houston's Charter team, the All-stars (A), and the Supernovas (B).
Houston Roller Derby filed as a public charity (Houston Rollergirls Inc. dba Houston Roller Derby) and received its tax-deductible 501(c)(3) non-profit status effective March 11, 2011 (Our federal tax exempt ID is 45-0602593).
Houston Roller Derby's Mission is to (a) foster national and international competition of the amateur sport of women's flat track roller derby; (b) to conduct local and national competitions of women's flat track roller derby; and (c) to support and develop amateur athletes for the sport of women's flat track roller derby in Houston, Texas.
The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association was founded in 2004 and now consists of 430 member leagues and 36 apprentice leagues. The association sets standards for rules, seasons, safety and determines guidelines for the national and international athletic competitions of member leagues, according to its Web site.
ABOUT THE SPORT OF ROLLER DERBY
The sport of roller derby originally began in 1922 when the term referred to flat-track roller skating races. The sport evolved into a more popular contact, team sports format in the 1930s, which has continued on to the present day. After falling out of popularity in the 1970s, the sport experienced a revival in the early 2000s that focuses on athletic ability as much as the tough, indie aesthetic expressed by team uniforms and skater nicknames.
The sport has gained even more attention since being featured in Drew Barrymore’s 2009 directorial debut, “Whip It,” starring Ellen Page. Since the movie’s release, the Houston Roller Derby Recreational League has experienced an influx of new skaters eager to learn how to skate and play derby.