Even in the off season, work continues to improve at the Blue Ridge Rollergirls. (photo by Bill Rhodes)
This year the Blue Ridge Rollergirls return to the US Cellular Center for most of their bouts. This promises to be an interesting year for BRRG, as they start the season rated in seventh place in the SE Region of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association. As you can see from the screen grab, BRRG will be playing two of the teams above them (No Coast from Omaha, NE and Atlanta) and two teams hot behind them (Jacksonville and Tallahassee (number 12).
This is a very challenging, agressive schedule and should make for the most exciting season yet.
Now, the schedule:
March 9th – home at WNC Ag Center (Jacksonville)
March 16th – French Broads @ Mother State (Richmond, VA)
March 23rd – Allstars @ Atlanta
April 5th-6th (Friday & Saturday) – Allstars @ Omaha and No Coast (in Omaha)
April 20th – French Broads @ Atlanta B
April 27th – home (Broads vs Richland County)
May 11th – Allstars and French Broads @ Ohio (Columbus, OH)
May 18th – Allstars @ Got to Be NC tournament in Raleigh, NC
June 1st – home (Chattanooga and Palmetto State)
June 8th – Allstars @ Philly
July 14th (Sunday) – French Broads @ Soul City (Augusta, GA)
August 3rd – French Broads @ Appalachian at Boone, NC
August 17th – Allstars @ Tallahassee
August 24th – home at WNC Ag Center opponent TBD
September – tournaments month!
October 12th – home (Hard Knox and Greenville)
October 19th – French Broads @ Marietta
November 2nd-3rd – Allstars and French Broads @ River City
November 16th – home (French Broads vs Mother State)
Blue Ridge Rollergirls is a non-profit organization. We are dedicated to our sport, but also to our community.
And community support is what keeps us going.
We often get asked how much we get paid to play these rough games. The answer is that our only payment is the satisfaction of doing what we love. We all have regular jobs. We pay dues to play. We buy our own skates, gear and uniforms. Any money made at bouts goes back into funding the league and paying for our practice space. We also give a portion of bout proceeds to local charities.
We have fundraisers solely to offset the cost of travel to away games. Our league is skater-run, meaning we make decisions as a league and make policies as a board of directors. We each are involved in committees such as marketing, sponsorship, training, and bout production. We all have to post bout flyers and make public appearances. We train hard, work hard, and play hard because we love roller derby and love Blue Ridge. Our refs, coaches, non-skating officials and announcer are all volunteers. We also have several bout day volunteers, working hard so that we can play the game.
If you are interested in reffing, volunteering or sponsoring us, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about our league, visit www.blueridgerollergirls.com.