Happy Holidays, y'all! We're happy to announce that in 2014, Philly Roller Girls is starting our first-ever Juniors Program! Thanks to a HUGE response from our young skating clinic attendees this past summer, we've developed a program we think will challenge and encourage fresh talent...but we need your help!
Please consider helping us fund our brand-new program through a generous holiday donation today, so that by January 1, we're able to hit the ground skating! You can even leave us a message in the comments section if you'd like to make a donation in someone's name as a gift!
Help us train these brilliant, enthusiastic young women by helping us with seed funding for Philly Roller Girls' 2014 Junior Derby Program! Thanks so much for reading and sharing!
As the Philly Roller Girls prepare for our 2013 Annual Fresh Meat Tryouts (Fresh Meat = our rookie skaters training to be official league members), the league is buzzing with anticipation for our new recruits! While we all think back on our own experiences with tryouts and learning roller derby, we thought this might be a good time to share some advice for aspiring roller girls. Enjoy! And for more information, don’t forget to check out the Tryouts info page. Can’t wait to see you at our upcoming workshops and tryouts!
What is something you wish you knew before trying out for PRG?
“The Rocky theme song.” Pop A Roach
“Just how greatly it would impact my life. I thought I was trying out to play a sport, but it's so much more than I could have ever imagined.” Devoida Mercy
“That I was becoming part of something so much bigger than me.” Antidote
“To not be discouraged when learning new skills. Everyone is working hard to get better and struggling to learn new skills is sometimes just a part of the process! It will make you stronger and more well-rounded in the long run.” Goldy
What advice would give to skaters trying out this November?
“Don’t be afraid to attend workshops! I was so intimidated by them. I assumed I’d be judged and written off before the actual tryouts, but it’s really just the opposite. The workshops are a unique opportunity to get to know PRG skaters and accelerate your learning.” Goldy
written by Mark Zimmaro (@mzimmaro), photo by Bryan Gallagher
Holden Grudges’s trip last year to Philly was a memorable one.
Or maybe it wasn’t.
Her team at the time, Charm City of Baltimore, had just wrapped up its weekend of competition at the East Coast Derby Extravaganza and Grudges was on her way home.
But her roller derby equipment wasn’t. It remained at the SportsPlex Arena as the host Philly Roller Girls cleaned up after the party.
“I didn’t even realize I left without it,” Grudges said. “Thankfully, one of the other Charm girls grabbed it but I don’t remember who did. I was a little drunk (from the abundance of derby action that weekend).”
Maybe it was a sign that the derby gear recognized before Grudges did. Regardless, the Liberty Belles have a new transfer.
And a pretty good one.
Holden Grudges made her first bout appearance with PRG’s Heavy Metal Hookers Training team as it took on the Junkyard Dolls of — you guessed it — Charm City in a non sanctioned competition.
UPDATE: This SUNDAY AUGUST 11- The 2012 Warrior Cup Champs, The Heavy Metal Hookers vs Charm City 2012 Season Champs, The Junkyard Dolls bout is now at a new location! The action at the Sportsplex has been moved to Millennium Skate Rink. There will be NO open scrimmage following the game.
We apologize for disrupting any plans, sometimes things change, and you gotta roll with it!
***if you have purchased tickets through Ticketleap, you will be automatically refunded***
written by Mark Zimmaro (@mzimmaro) photo by Joellen Leather-Urban
For 20 jams and 25 minutes, the Philly Roller Girls were on top of the roller derby world.
Facing the best team in the galaxy in New York’s Gotham Girls Roller Derby, Philly’s Liberty Belles were a step better than their rivals for most of the first half.
Not intimidated by Gotham’s big name jammers Bonnie Thunders and Suzy Hotrod, the Belles scrapped and clawed, and at some points, dominated the No. 1 team in the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association.
written by Mark Zimmaro (@mzimmaro) photo by Diana Prints
The Philly Roller Girls and Gotham Girls Roller Derby have a lot in common. Besides operating a mere 90 miles apart, both leagues are original Women's Flat Track Derby Association members and both have been extremely successful leagues since their inception. The two organizations have claimed the top two positions of WFTDA's Eastern Region rankings since rankings were first applied in 2008. And on Saturday, they will once again share the same track.
written by Mark Zimmaro (@mzimmaro), photos by Joellen Leather-Urban
It had been nearly a year since the University of Pennsylvania’s Class of 1923 Arena had hosted a Philly Roller Girls bout. The reunion didn’t skip a beat.
An enthusiastic crowd, a larger crop of boisterous “Phear Leaders”, and the usual fan-friendly setup had the arena rocking on Saturday, for the first double header of the home season.
written by Mark Zimmaro (@mzimmaro)
It’s been five long months since the Philly Roller Girls last competed in the City of Sisterly Shove .
The wait is over.
Back at the University of Pennsylvania’s Class of 1923 Arena, PRG will host its first double header of the season on Saturday.
A pair of Philly's squads will welcome teams from Maryland and New York in back-to-back bouts as the home season gets underway.