News and Bout Info

Regional WFTDA Charter Tryouts: February 28th!

WFTDATryouts

The Kingston Derby Girls are very excited to be opening up their WFTDA Charter to advanced skaters from all over Southeastern Ontario and across the border. This will be a brand new, competitive team – with a new name, logo, and jersey – that will be inclusive of leagues in the 401 corridor.

Bringing together skaters from different teams in the region is a natural step in the evolution of roller derby in a smaller city, reports Flaming Hips, President of the Kingston Derby Girls. “We’re entering our seventh year of playing this fantastic sport, and the more that we grow, the more that we realize how much we need places for all skaters, at different levels, to be engaged. Opening up our WFTDA Charter to advanced players from the area gives us the chance to build an elite team where these skaters will be challenged and featured as the best in Southeastern Ontario.”

Coop du Jour, a KDG veteran and Training facilitator, is chomping at the bit for this new challenge, “I’m excited about being physically pushed out of my derby comfort zone!” Or, as Mad Madge puts it so succinctly, “I selfishly want to be one of the most badass skaters in this region and have the opportunity to play other badass skaters at a high level of derby.”

At the helm of this Charter, pushing skaters out of their comfort zones and into badassedness, is newly recruited Coach VishousLee. Hailing from the land of stars and stripes, VishousLee brings six years of coaching, managing, skating and refereeing on two different leagues and in 17 WFTDA sanctioned games. “My passion is to teach, train and build up the people around me to be the best they can be,” says VishousLee. “My past experiences have taught me how important it is for those you train to discover their potential through guidance and shear willpower.” We have no doubt that her passion will translate into greatness for this Charter.

Tryouts are Feb 28!! Contact us for more details: info@kingstonderbygirls.ca.

 

We’re Back! Kingston Derby Girls Kickoff the 2016 Season

Watch out, 2016- the Kingston Derby Girls are back in a very big way. This past weekend, seasoned skaters and aspiring derby girls alike greased up their bearings for the first official league practice of the season, and start of this year’s Fresh Meat Training Camp.

The thrill of being back on skates and reunited with fellow team mates after the holiday break had everyone brimming with excitement. The league’s very first practice was jam-packed with footwork, partner drills, and a whole lotta’ heart-pumping cardio fun. The Kingston Derby Girls have no beef breaking a sweat, and thanks to our fantastic Training Committee, are busy preparing for what is undoubtedly bound to be the biggest and best season yet!

Meanwhile, down the hall, a courageous group of women laced up their skates (some for the first time ever!) to embark upon the journey that is KDG’s Fresh Meat Training Camp. Not for the faint of heart, this group was led through a series of skating skills, tough endurance drills, and pack work by veteran skaters. These fresh faces shocked and inspired our trainers with their prowess and their grit- some bruises and sore muscles may have resulted, but these Fresh Meat certainly earned their epson salt baths!

Stay tuned for more rad updates on the Kingston Derby Girls this season.

Recruiting Skaters, Coaches, and Officials

Interested in being part of one of the fastest growing sports in North America? There are so many ways you can join!

Experienced Skaters

Maybe you’ve relocated to Kingston, returning from a leave from derby, or just searching for a new league to call home. Whatever the reason, we’d love to have you on 8 wheels with KDG. Email us at info@kingstonderbygirls.ca

Fresh Meat

If you’re looking to try something new, improve your fitness, or
meet new people, you’re not going to find a better way to do all three than joining roller derby! Now is your chance to join the Kingston Derby Girls in 2016.

We will be holding an info session & pre-registration night on Thursday, December 10th, 2015 6:30 – 8:00 PM at the Mansion (506 Princess Street). An additional registration night will take place on Thursday, December 17th 2015 6:30 – 8:00 PM at the same location.

Don’t miss your opportunity to be a Kingston Derby Girl! Our Fresh Meat Committee members will be on hand to answer any questions and accept your registration forms and payment for our 2016 camp. The camp runs twice per week from January 8 to March 27 on Fridays and Sundays , and will teach you the skills and strategies necessary to play roller derby. No skating experience required! The cost is $140 and you must supply all your own gear and insurance (which we can help with).

Any questions, please email freshmeat@kingstonderbygirls.ca. We hope to see you there!

Coaches

KDG is looking for coaches to work with a wild and wonderful group of skaters. If you’ve never coached roller derby, don’t worry. We’re looking for people who have leadership skills, work well with large groups of women, and have a passion for learning the game – we can teach you everything else. A coaching background is a plus!

Interested? Let us know at coaches@kingstonderbygirls.com

Referees
We are looking for fast skaters willing to wear stripes, blow whistles, and learn all the rules of the game! Don’t know how to skate? We will teach you! Referees who join KDG get funding for officiating clinics and tournaments, highly subsidized dues, regular practice time, free skating and officiating training, and a free referee shirt.

Join our zebra crew! Contact Roxy Roll’her at refs@kingstonderbygirls.ca.

Non-Skating Officials

Non skating officials (NSOs) are those majestic looking people in pink shirts who work their magic at the side of the track. NSOs are all trained in jobs that run the entire game. There are jam timers, score keepers and penalty box managers, just to name a few! If you are interested in getting to know the ins and outs of a roller derby game, NSOing is for you!

Get yourself in the game by contacting Laced in Space at nso@kingstonderbygirls.ca

Recruiting

Come Join Us! Learn to Skate Camp Registration

Do you have aspirations to become that bone rattling blocker or that juking jammer? Come join the fastest growing sport on wheels! Our Learn to Skate Camp is starting up very soon- This year’s camp runs on Thursdays 7:30-9:30 & Sundays 4:30-6:30 from October 22nd until November 29th and costs $70 (excluding insurance). We will be holding  two registration nights for the upcoming Learn to Skate Camp at The Mansion:

Thursday, September 24th 2015,  6:30-8:00

Thursday, October 15th 2015,  6:30-8:00

If you are unable to make it to either registration session, or would like some more information about the camp, you can contact our Fresh Meat Committee.

 

Back2Cruel 2015

Can you feel it? The nights are cooling down and the children are getting restless—a sure sign that Back 2 Cruel—Kingston Derby Girls’ last double header of the year— is looming in the not-too-distant future. Don’t miss the bus on your last chance to see roller derby in 2015.

KDG skaters have sweated, juked, and hit their way through the summer months to ensure that these final match-ups will have you talking well until November.

First to pick a schoolyard fight is KDG Disloyalists and RCRG’s Bruteleggers. Next up are KDG’s Skateful Dead and RCRG’s Killer Queens.

Danger zone seating is available. Bring your own chairs so you can get a seat at the front of the class, right  next to your favourite skaters.

When: Saturday, September 5, 2015

Where: Kingston Memorial Centre

Doors open at 5:30, first whistle is at 6:30.

Tickets are available for $10 at the door, or online through Brown Paper Tickets . Kids 10 and under are free!

 

Splatterday Night Fever- Be There or Be Square!

Grab a friend and channel your disco vibe as the Kingston Derby Girls gear up for Splatterday Night Fever at the Kingston Memorial Centre.

First to bring their groovy, hip-bumping moves to the flat track are KDG’s Skateful Dead vs.TriCity’s Venus Fly Tramps, followed by KDG’s Disloyalists vs.TriCity’s Vicious Dishes. Be there, or be square!

Danger zone seating is available. Bring your own chairs so you can boogie trackside with your favourite skaters.

When: Saturday, August 15, 2015
Where: Kingston Memorial Centre

Doors open at 5:30, first whistle is at 6:30.

Tickets are available for $10 at the door, or online through http://www.brownpapertickets.com/. Kids 10 and under are free!

Hitmas in July

Gather your friends and family and grab a cup of cheer as the Kingston Derby Girls gear up for Hitmas in July at the Kingston Memorial Centre.

KDG has a sleigh full of goodies for you! First on Santa’s naughty list are KDG’s Disloyalists vs. Orangeville’s Pulp Affliction, followed by Toronto Men’s Roller Derby vs. Ottawa’s Men’s Roller Derby Slaughter Squad. There will be plenty of hip-cracking and Christmas ball-smashing action— enough to resurrect the Roller Derby Spirit of Hitmas Past.

Danger zone seating is available, so bring your own chairs to share the season’s best wishes with your favourite skaters. Be sure to borrow and wear Aunt Myrtle’s Christmas sweater for a chance to win a free ticket to the next home bout!

When: Saturday, July 18, 2015
Where: Kingston Memorial Centre

Doors open at 5:30, first whistle is at 6:30.

Tickets are available for $10 at the door, or online through Brown Paper Tickets. Kids 10 and under are free!

SCAR WARS: Co-ed roller derby is coming to Kingston!

Alert all commands, Kingston! You only have four more chances to see your favourite hard-shell, roller skating humans in action at the Memorial Centre this year.

KDG explodes onto the track with Scar Wars—a double-header of galactic proportions. Who will get locked in a carbon-freeze? Only Yoda knows. But by the Emperor’s black heart, there will be hip-cracking, wall-smashing forces at play. Come, you must!

First to fly are the Skateful Dead vs. the ORD Bytown Blackhearts, followed by a surprise you don’t want to miss!

The second half of the night sees the debut of co-ed roller derby in Kingston. In this bout, men and women together will lace up their skates together for a full 60 minutes of full-contact derby. Expect to see a fast and hard game with strength and skill from all of our mixed players –men are likely to have strong skating skills due to the prevalence of boys with hockey backgrounds, and men tend to hit with their shoulders due to a higher centre of gravity. Female players are likely to have the advantages of experience, technique and track awareness.

At half-time, a fantastic band presented in partnership with the Skeleton Park Arts Festival will rock the Memorial Centre and give a foretaste of the musical delights to come at Skeleton Park the following weekend. Two amazing games and one amazing band will make this an evening not to be missed!

Suicide seating is available, so bring your own chairs to lock lightsabers with your favourite skaters.

When: Saturday, June 13, 2015
Where: Kingston Memorial Centre

Doors open at 5:30, first whistle is at 6:30.

Tickets are available for $10 at the door, or online through Brown Paper Tickets. Kids 10 and under are free!

Beast of the East 2015- A Cinderella Story

This write-up brought to you by CM Tower

This past weekend at Beast of the East—Eastern Canada’s biggest home team roller derby tournament—The Skateful Dead did the unthinkable. They were, in the Derby Nerd’s words “bracket busters.” Not even the incomparable Derby Nerd could predict that The Skateful Dead would make it to the quarter finals, placing in the top eight of 16 teams invited to take part in the tournament of the year.

As far as The Skateful Dead were concerned, it was a victory just to be invited to play at Beast. It was a humbling beginning, though. In the first bout, The Dead were trounced by Quebec’s lightning fast Rouge & Gore, 130-25. Shaking off the loss, they went on to defeat TORD’s Death Track Dolls—a team expected to make it to the top eight—to the crowd’s astonishment and delight. Skateful Dead 80, Dolls 48.

Everyone loves an underdog. Fuelled by the crowd’s well-wishes, the Skateful Dead defeated La Racaille—a hometown team—in a heart-stopping, lead-flipping 77-59 match that landed them in the quarter finals.

“Montreal loves a Cinderella story,” proclaimed infamous announcer, Plastik Patrik, to The Skateful Dead’s coach Keith El Kapitan Hotte.” “How do you explain this?”
“These women play with heart….” said El Kapitan. “They love and respect each other.” But the love didn’t stop there. After the defeat of La Racaille, the Dead had stolen the hearts of the crowd.

In a quarter-final match, The Dead went on to play RVRG’s Slaughter Daughters in, said fans, “one of the most exciting games of the tournament,” narrowly losing by 10 points. But to the Dead, it still felt like a win, and they celebrated alongside the Slaughter Daughters as the final score of 88-78 was posted.

“Oh my goodness!” said Dr. Sneaks, the announcer of the final match of The Skateful Dead’s Beast debut. “It doesn’t get more exciting than that…. The Skateful Dead have got to be the darlings of this tournament.” And so they were.

Beast of the East- This Weekend in Montreal!

This year, KDG’s very own Skateful Dead was selected to participate in MTL Roller Derby’s eighth annual Beast of the East tournament! Our skaters and coaches are hitting the road today en-route for Montreal, where they will battle home teams from all over eastern Canada. Best of luck KDG, knock em DEAD!