Diamond State Roller Derby

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Diamond State Roller Derby (DSRD) is a flat track roller derby league based in Wilmington, Delaware. Founded in 2006, the league has since grown to include four teams: one travel team and three home teams. Diamond State is a member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA).[1]

Diamond State Roller Derby
League logo
Metro areaWilmington, Delaware
CountryUnited States
Founded2006
TeamsAll-Stars
Back Alley Brawlers
Black Eyed Bombshells
Hardwood Heartbreakers
Track type(s)Flat
VenueChristiana Skating Center
AffiliationsWFTDA
Websitediamondstaterollerderby.com

HistoryEdit

The league was formed in March 2006 as the "Wilmington City Ruff Rollers", by four local women: Naughty Nikki Napalm, WitchBlade, Will O' the Whip, and Lolli Dagger,[2] two of whom had unsuccessfully tried out for a Philadelphia-based league.[3] They soon recruited more skaters, bringing the league up to twenty, and remained around this strength for several years, but the release of the movie Whip It rapidly drew additional interest.[4]

The organization was accepted into the WFTDA Apprentice Program in January 2010,[5] and adopted the name "Diamond State Roller Girls" soon after.[4] It became a full member of the WFTDA in December 2012,[6] becoming eligible to obtain regional ranking. DSRG is the first roller derby league in the state of Delaware to obtain WFTDA membership.

At the beginning of 2012, DSRG underwent an enormous restructuring to make the league more competitive, including a more regimented training program for new skaters, a new Board of Directors, and new coaching staff. Due to all the changes made, Diamond State Roller Girls had greater growth and skater retention during the 2012 season than all other previous seasons. The three home teams are the Back Alley Brawlers, The Black Eyed Bombshells, and the Hardwood Heartbreakers.

In January 2016, the league changed its name to Diamond State Roller Derby.[7]

In 2020, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the closure and restrictions around gatherings in the United States, the WFTDA canceled many of the events scheduled and DSRD has chosen to take time off to comply [8]

WFTDA rankingsEdit

Season Final ranking[9] Playoffs Championship
2014 198 WFTDA[10] DNQ DNQ
2015 269 WFTDA[11] DNQ DNQ
2016 311 WFTDA[12] DNQ DNQ
2017 332 WFTDA[13] DNQ DNQ
2018 338 WFTDA[14] DNQ DNQ
2019 342 WFTDA[15] DNQ DNQ

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Diamond State Roller Derby – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  2. ^ "About the League Archived 2012-01-21 at the Wayback Machine, DSRG
  3. ^ "RECREATION: Roller derby experiences rebirth". Niagara Gazette. 13 November 2006. Archived from the original on 15 July 2012. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  4. ^ a b Justin Williams, "Anything Once: Bruising day on the job courtesy of roller girls", The News Journal, April 10, 2010
  5. ^ "Apprentice Leagues", WFTDA [version of 23 March 2010]
  6. ^ "WFTDA Welcomes 14 New Members Archived December 6, 2012, at the Wayback Machine", 3 December 2012
  7. ^ Simmons, Karie (11 April 2016). "Roller derby league a 'second family' for skaters". Newark Post. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  8. ^ https://resources.wftda.org/covid-19/
  9. ^ "Current Rankings", WFTDA
  10. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2014 – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  11. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2015 – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  12. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2016 – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  13. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2017 – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  14. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2018 – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  15. ^ "Rankings: May 31, 2019 – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 7 January 2019.