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The Shenandoah Valley’s Premier Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby League

Mission Statement
Rocktown Rollers is a skater-owned & operated organization that is dedicated to supporting local businesses & charities, serving as positive role models in the community, respecting diversity, and providing quality sports entertainment. Each member accepts the responsibility to uphold these values and work for the growth of roller derby both locally and nationally.

ROCKTOWN MILESTONES

2014 and beyond
We’re playing bouts and training hard! Want to join in on the fun? Check out our schedule, or contact us for tryouts!

2013
We celebrate 5 years of athleticism and community service in the Shenandoah Valley!

2012
Rocktown Rollers becomes a 501(c)(3) organization!

2011
Rocktown Rollers is accepted as an official league of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) .

2010
Rocktown Rollers becomes an apprentice league of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) .

2009
Rocktown Rollers begins its first competitive season.

To learn more about the sport of Roller Derby, visit:
The international governing body of women’s flat track roller derby, WFTDA.
A comprehensive news and reviews site, Derby News Network.
A magazine for all things roller derby, Five on Five

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Narrative History
Janna-cide and Troch created the Rocktown Rollers in early 2008. Rocktown includes members throughout Staunton, Waynesboro, Rockingham and Augusta Counties. The team was established during a wave of new flat-track derby teams around the country since 2001.

The sport began during the Great Depression as small teams skated endurance races with minimal contact. It picked up momentum and developed into a full contact sport for women’s and men’s teams, and reached its height of popularity in the 1960s and 70s, when games played on banked tracks were televised and widely broadcast. During this time, many teams earned notoriety for on-track fighting, much of which was staged, and their counter-culture sex appeal. The game lost attention in the decades that followed.

Contemporary women’s roller derby teams began in Austin, TX in the early 2000s, and maintained some of the camp of the 70s — tough and sexy nicknames, costumes — but demanded atheticism from their players. Flat-track began to spring up around the country, aided by a DIY ethic: all they needed was a flat surface and some girls to skate on it. The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association developed as a result of the Austin revival and now sets the ground rules, guides, and ranks 150 member and apprentice leagues around the world.

Janna-cide told the Staunton News Leader that she’s pleased with the modern incarnation of the sport: “It’s not staged at all. It has very strict rules and regulations that we have to adhere to,” she said, explaining that seven referees per bout are on the lookout for kicking, tripping, elbowing or punching — all forbidden. “In the two years that I’ve been doing it, I’ve never seen a fight.”

Rocktown has grown with the popularity of the sport. The league now has more than 30 members, and is considering adding a B-team for more play time. Between monthly bouts, Rocktown Rollers hosts community events and supports local charities through volunteerism and fundraising.

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