2017 marks the 10th anniversary of Emerald City Roller Derby!
Did you know that Emerald City Roller Derby was started by members of a knitting group back in 2007? The group had a colorful name (we’ll call it knit & snit), in a similar spirit to roller derby names, so they already had the right attitude!
In the ten years since the founding, the league has seen many changes. It joined the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) and put together it’s first travel team in 2008, eventually rising to #14 when WFTDA rankings were awarded regionally. More recently, the All Stars competed in the Division 2 WFTDA playoffs in 2015.
The league has also had several fresh meat and home teams, as well as a juniors program and a recreation program for beginning skaters and others who prefer a more casual relationship with derby. Two of the old home teams still reunite for an annual legacy bout, complete with appearances from retired skaters. Andromedolls and Church of Sk8in fans, mark October 21, 2017 on your calendars!
The league had its humble beginnings at Skateworld, but eventually grew to host bouts at the Lane Events Center with sell-out crowds of more than 3,500 people! Its membership was similarly large, peaking at about 200 skaters. Now ECRD practices and bouts at the Bob Keefer Center in Springfield, OR, and is a much more intimate community.
We hope you will come help us celebrate our 10th anniversary, either by attending one of our many bouts this year, or by coming to skate with us in our rec program!