Monday, December 19, 2011

HRD Creates New Home Team: You Decide The Team Name!

We need your help!

Houston Roller Derby's recent tryouts had such a great turnout that we are creating a new home team for our 2012 season.

We know our fans are as excited about this development as we are, so we'd like to ask for your help in coming up with the team's name!

For the next two weeks we'll be taking name submissions.
The fan who submits the winning entry will receive two tickets FREE to the fourth team's first bout on April 21!

So don't wait, submit your team name ideas today! We will be accepting suggestions below through January 5th, 2012.


♥ Houston Roller Derby ♥

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

HRD Nominated as Sports Amateur Team of the Year for AMA Houston's Marketer of the Year Award!

Houston Roller Derby has been nominated as one of the best amateur sports teams of the year by AMA Houston for their 2011 Marketer of the Year awards!

AMA Houston is a citywide Marketing Connection network for educational and career-building resources. The Marketer of the Year awards, which will be presented by Houston Business Journal, seeks to recognize the efforts of Houston area organizations, businesses, and institutions which have executed "exceptional marketing" in 2011.

"Houston Roller Derby was nominated this year in the Sports Amateur category in the American Marketing Association Houston Chapter's Marketer of the Year awards program. Nominations are submitted by members and others in the local business community with descriptions provided on each. Nominations are scored by local judges and members to determine 41 category winners who then compete for the overall Marketer of the Year award. The award program recognizes excellence in overall marketing in the Houston region," said AMA Houston Executive Director, Gary Carson.

The Marketer of the Year Reception and Awards Ceremony will take place on March 12.

We thank you all for your love and support as we continue to watch this amazing sport grow!

♥ Houston Roller Derby ♥

Monday, December 12, 2011

Look Out 2012!

Houston Roller Derby is proud to announce that we will be moving our 2012 season back to downtown Houston to the Verizon Wireless Theater at 520 Texas Avenue!
The season opener will kick off on St. Patrick's Day 2012 - March 17.
Our double-header will feature a game featuring the Houston All-Stars, and an exciting rematch between the Sirens and the Bosses.
Buy your tickets now!
Tickets To Our Next Bout Here!

After placing fifth in the WFTDA South Central Region tournament this past October, the Houston All-Stars are getting back to work, building their strongest team yet. Keep an eye out for the newest roster - you might recognize a few names you weren't expecting to see!
On the home front, the Sirens and the Bosses will be at it again, meeting for the first time since the Championship bout this past October. After an exciting game, the Sirens snagged the first place trophy from the Bosses, who had held onto the undefeated championship title for the past three years. The Sirens pulled out an incredibly strong season and were undefeated for the entirety of 2011.

2012 Home Team Leadership:
Bayou City Bosses - Captain: ShawShank / Co Captain: Blindside
The Brawlers - Captain: Flyonn Maiden / Co Captain: Radium DK
Psych Ward Sirens - Captain: Brand-Aid / Co Captain: SyRENge

HRD has also recruited almost 20 new skaters for the new season!
Keep an eye out for your new favorite Rookies!

HRD will be having tryouts at the beginning of our new season in March.
If you are interested in becoming a derby girl, start getting ready!
A great place to start is by attending our Beginner Boot Camp with our recreational league. Our next beginner session will start January 10.
For more information, go here:
Rec League and Beginner Boot Camp Info

We hope to see you all become a part of our amazing 2012 season! We've got so many exciting things in store! More exciting announcements coming soon, so stay tuned!

♥ Houston Roller Derby ♥

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Right Now: LUAU!

Houston Roller Derby is at this very moment holding its 6th annual Luau!  From noon til 8pm at West Alabama Icehouse (1919 West Alabama), you can hang out with rollergirls, hear great bands, ride on an inflatable water slide, limbo to your heart's content, bomb a skater, and generally have a grand ol' time.

These fundraiser events help support Houston Roller Derby as a league and help get our travel team from places like Boston to Kansas to Florida so that we can have a competitive team and get Houston on the map!  Thanks for all your support!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

So Proud of HaRD Knocks!

This has been a great season for our Houston HaRD Knocks!  Just back from a weekend in Boston playing Windy City and the Boston Massacre, the next game in sight is against Montreal here in Houston!  Tickets will be available online for a triple header featuring the Texecutioners from Austin, Montreal's New Skids on the Block, Houston HaRD Knocks, and a mix-up scrimmage featuring skaters from Houston Roller Derby's home teams.  Come support our HaRD Knocks in this exciting, international bout on June 30th at Houston Indoor Sports. The games will be at 4pm, 6pm, and 8pm.  More info can be found at our website.

Here are some recent scores:

Rocket City Rumble
Houston 166  Green Country 55
Atlanta 107    Houston 73

Houston 303  Harrisburg 59

Boston  102  Houston 96
Windy City  171  Houston 74

Keep it up, HaRD Knocks!!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Bout #2!

It's that time again!  Second bout of the season.  Tonight, the Bayou City Bosses take on South Side Roller Derby's All Stars from Texas City, and the Psych Ward Sirens go head to head against the Brawlers.

Tickets are sold out online, but there may be a very small, limited number at the door.  You may also check in between the two games and if the crowd has thinned to allow more seating, you may be able to get a ticket for the Brawler/Siren matchup!

The bout will be (hopefully) streamed live at U Stream.  Look for Houston Roller Derby and today's date.

Doors open at 6pm, bouts start at 7pm.  We are located at Houston Indoor Sports, 221 Barren Springs.

See you tonight!!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

2011 Crawfish Boil!

Don't miss out on the annual HRD Crawfish Boil TODAY at BigWoodrows, 3111  Chimney Rock.  Crawfish, dunking tank, derby girls!!!

Friday, April 15, 2011

2011 Team Profile: Bayou City Bosses

This team has weathered changes in leadership and scores of rookies each season, yet has walked away with three championships in a row.   That's right--your Bayou City Bosses.  Coming back last season from several early losses, the team pulled together to beat the Sirens by the championship game.  Here's a preview of what you might see this season from the team proving black is always in style.
Top row L to R: Bombadee, Lipstick Assasin, BatBrat Von Doom, Kiki Mojo,  Blindside,  Rachael Rayge, Shocker Zulu, Norma Leigh Sane, Bloody Hell, Rebel Ann
Middle row L to R: Cynder HellYeah, Little Hurtmaid, Grrrl Friday, Shawshank, Betty Watchett, Big Bad Voodoo Dolly
Front row L to R: Beverly Kills, Becky Booty, Mary Queen of Skates, Goldie Bloxx

Coming into the 2011 season, how are the Bosses training to take the championship again?
The Bosse$ are known for their defensive game, and that is not about to change. We also have some strong jammers and newer skaters with a lot of potential. We want to play a smart game, so are talking lots of strategy and how to use the rules.

What are your goals? What challenges are you working to overcome?
As always, our goal is to win the championship. But we don't just want to have a trophy; we want to win because we have a team that works together to be the best. The Bosses have a lot of rookies and newer skaters, and our captain Becky Booty is out due to an injury. Those challenges just make us work harder.

The Bosses came a long way from the start of last season to the end. What can we expect to see this season?
We are starting in much the same way as we have started a lot of seasons--with many new faces. Expect to see us grow leaps and bounds this season while keeping that same Boss-ome attitude.

What movie would be better if the whole cast were replaced by Bosses?
The Godfather.

If you could send a message to your fans, what would it be?
We're back in black, baby! We love our fans and want to thank you for all your love and support. come show your support this season for your favorite local mafia.

Houston on the Local News

In case you missed KPRC Local 2 News last night, you missed a great feature on Houston Roller Derby.  If you want to watch the video, click HERE.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

2011 Team Profile: Psych Ward Sirens

The Psych Ward Sirens have always been a team to beat.  With back-to-back championship titles in 2006-2007, they haven't missed a championship since.  They are known for their intense training, gorgeous skaters, and rabid fans.  And they might also be a little crazy.  Get a sneak peak of your 2011 Sirens before they take the track at Saturday's bout!
top from L to R:  Marianne Morgue, Hot Rod Bettie, Mistilla the Killa, Carmen Geddit, Candy Codeine, Wicked Sweet, Maulin' Angel, co-captain Brand-Aid, SyRenge
bottom from L to R: KittyCocktail, Kym KarSmashUin, Lisa Lava, Singapore Rogue, Copperhead, Sick Nick, captain Jekyll and Heidi, The Angie-Christ

Coming into the 2011 season, how are the Sirens training to take the championship?
We are training harder than ever this season. We utilize a combination of skating drills, land drills and communication drills. There's a lot of repetition. There's a lot of repetition.

What are your goals? What challenges are you working to overcome?
Our main goal is to win our first championship in over three years. We're looking forward to some fierce competition from the Bosses AND the Brawlers this year.

Your team has a lot of new players and also a lot of vets. Describe the dynamic of your team this year.
Yeah, the dynamic of the Psych Ward Sirens has really changed this year. We've had some changes in leadership, and it's our biggest influx of rookies we've ever experienced. Fortunately we also have some superb vets to create a great balance within the team. We're really enjoying the comradery this season!

What one reality show cast could you see the Sirens replacing?
The Secret Lives of Women. Or Wicked Attraction. You'd be surprised by some of our dark secrets!

If you could send a message to your fans, what would it be?
Look out--the Psych Ward Sirens are focused, prepared, and crazier than ever!!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Guess the Skater!

In honor of our bout this weekend, I'm posting three tattoo photos of three skaters from each of our three home teams.
Who dat?  This skater like Bayous and also Stephen King.
Talk about strength--this skater is a force to be reckoned with.
This may be a more recent tattoo, but you will know this skater for her long-time HRD fame.
Click to see the skaters revealed!

It's Bout Time!

We are finally here!  This Saturday, April 16, the season opener for Houston Roller Derby will take place at Houston Indoor Sports.  HIS is located just 16 miles north of Houston off I-45 at Richey.  (It's behind Lupe Tortillas--look for a sign for the Funeral Museum at the turn.)  The first bout--Red Stick Roller Derby from Baton Rouge v our own Brawlers--begins at 7pm, followed by an awesome home-team match up of the Psych Ward Sirens v the Bayou City Bosses.  Doors open at 6pm, and tickets are available on our WEBSITE until Friday at 5pm.  Tickets will be available at the door, but get there early!

And you will not want to miss the after party!  HRD teams up with Houston Art Car for a wild and fun night.  For just $5 with your ticket stub, you can enter the party and have free drinks.  Without your ticket stub, the price at the door is $20.  The location is
4601 Clinton Drive, and the time will be 9pm-1am.

See you Saturday!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Comicpalooza + Roller Derby = Seriously Super

Memorial Day weekend (May 27-29) Houston Roller Derby is partnering with Comicpalooza in Houston in a number of great events at the George R Brown Convention Center.  There will be a WFTDA-sanctioned bout on Saturday between the Houston HaRD Knocks and the Harrisburg Rollergirls from Pennsylvania as well as three scrimmages on Sunday afternoon.  If you'd like to find out more information or sign up for scrimmages (must have WFTDA or USARS insurance!), please click HERE for more information.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Fan Appreciation Party!

Since our Season Opener has been postponed, we are throwing a Fan Appreciation Party at 6:00 pm Saturday at Swig, 15135 North Freeway, in the strip mall in front of our new venue. You are welcome to come hang out with HRD skaters, and the first 100 fans get a free limited edition Houston Roller Derby stadium cup!

Season Opener Bout Postponed Until April 16th

Sincerest apologies to all our fans and supporters! Here is the official statement:

Due to circumstances beyond our control with our new venue, we will not be holding the March 19, 2011 bout as planned. The venue construction was not completed on time. We are rescheduling our season dates to include an additional bout on October 15, 2011.

Our revised season schedule is as follows:

April 16: Brawlers v. Red Stick; Sirens v. Bosse$
May 21: Bosse$ v. Southside; Brawlers v. Sirens
June 18: Sirens v. Hell Marys; Bosse$ v. Brawlers
July 16: Brawlers v. Cen-Tex Sirens; Sirens v. Bosse$
August 20: Bosse$ v. Spindletop; Brawlers v. Sirens
September 17: Sirens v. Spindletop; Bosse$ v. Brawlers
October 15: 3rd place bout; 1st place v. 2nd place

All ticket purchases to the March 19, 2011 Bout will be honored at the April 16th, 2011 bout. Hold on to your online order confirmation or physical ticket and present it at the will call desk at the bout in April.

If you are absolutely certain that you will not be able to attend the April 16th, 2011 we will issue you a refund. Please contact Heather Jackson (aka Veronika Venom) at for details.

We are extremely disappointed that this has happened, as we are sure you are. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused for you, and hope to see you at the April 16th, 2011 bout!

Sincerest Apologies,

Heather Jackson (aka Veronika Venom)
Chief Financial Officer
Houston Roller Derby

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

This Week in Houston Roller Derby

We are gearing up for our season-opener on March 19th.  So what is Houston Roller Derby up to this week?

Tuesday, March 2:  Rec League
It's the first Tuesday of the month, which means the start of a Beginner Boot Camp where newbies are welcome.
Show up at 7pm at the Dairy Ashford Roller Rink if you want to lace up your skates!

Saturday, March 5-Sunday, March 6: Hanky Panky
Houston's HaRD Knocks is headed down to Tampa to play in a tournament.  The bouts will stream live on Derby News Network, so tune in to watch!  The first HaRD Knocks game will be against Tampa Saturday at 1pm CST.

Saturday, March 5: Hot Rod Hoedown
You don't want to miss this!  Cars!  Pin-ups!  Derby bouts!  For more information, look for this event on Facebook or click HERE.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Guess the Skater!

Hint:  You might see this skater flyin around you wearing a unitard.

One More Reason to Love Houston

Something I love about derby is the way a serious sport can incorporate a sense of humor and a sense of fun.  Much of this comes from the heritage of derby.  In its rebirth, derby may have shed the fighting and fixed outcomes, but derby maintains an element of show from skater names to the uniforms and mascots.

Houston Roller Derby has a fabulous sense of that balance.  We fight to stay high in our region's rankings with an eye on Nationals every year.  And yet...Houston is not above a good old-fashioned dance-off.  Here are two video clips from this weekend taken from the stands (by HRD skater Shocker Zulu) as Houston shows off that great sense of fun and camaraderie.

Warming up for the Championship...

HRD and TXRG's intros for the Championship...

Governor's Cup 2011: Final Scores

It was a wild weekend of derby--and I'm still recovering.  I've been in sort of a derby coma/hangover all week and went to bed at 7pm on Sunday for the first time in like 25 years.  In case you missed the action, here are the final scores.

Game 1: Big Easy                    120
              Assassination City      117

Game 2:  Spindletop                  45
               Houston                   208

Game 3:  Alamo City                 51
               Dallas                        197

Game 4:  Big Easy                       7
                Texas                        384

Game 5:  Dallas                          87
                Houston                    124

Game 6:  Spindletop                    73
               Alamo City                154

Game 7:  Assassination City        39
               Dallas                         134

Game 8: Alamo City                    98
              Big Easy                      142

Game 9:  Houston                         71
                Texas                          197

Game 10: Big Easy                       77
                 Dallas                         145

Game 11:  Dallas                         104
                 Houston                     153

Championship:  Houston               40
                          Texas                 158

A big thanks to Spindletop for co-hosting, the leagues for coming out, and to all the volunteers for making this tournament possible.  Congratulations to Austin's Texecutioners!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Don't Miss a Moment of Governor's Cup!

Houston's HaRD Knocks will be headed out to Beaumont tonight for the Governor's Cup, which starts early tomorrow (Saturday) morning.  If you didn't get tickets and can't be there, please tune in from home on the Derby News Network.  It's a privilege to be on the network and we are really excited to have the tournament sent straight to your homes.  The webcast will start tomorrow morning when the games do (I believe), so do check in to catch some of the live, flat-track roller derby action!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Big News: New Venue!!

Here is the official press release from HRD about our new venue:

Houston Roller Derby will have its 2011 games at brand-new venue Houston Indoor Sports. Located at 221 Barren Springs Drive, Houston Indoor Sports is about 25 minutes away from the previous HRD game venue, and will house two regulation-size skating rinks with permanent sport court floors that are made for roller derby and roller hockey games. The venue will have bleacher, floor and VIP seating available. Beer and concessions will be available to purchase at HRD games.

"The league is very excited about the move to Houston Indoor Sports," said Tiffany Hamilton, spokeswoman. "The permanent sport court floor will provide a more professional experience for skaters and fans, since gameplay will no longer need to be halted in order to fix issues with the portable sport court floor we used in seasons past."

The parking conditions will also be a striking improvement over HRD's previous venues, with plentiful free lot and street parking available near Houston Indoor Sports.

Ticket prices will remain at the same rate as last season, with advance general admission at $12 and advance VIP at $25. The season opener will be at 7:30 p.m. March 19, and will feature visiting team Alamo City Roller Girls from San Antonio, as well as an intraleague bout between home teams The Brawlers and the Bayou City Bosses. Tickets are now available at our website.

In recent years, roller derby has become a phenomenon in the extreme sports world, rekindling its popularity and finding a slot within the Texas culture. The resurrection of flat track roller derby began in the heart of Texas in Austin, and the sport spread like wildfire throughout the state, country, and world.

Houston Roller Derby organized in 2005 and is a founding member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA). Houston's interleague team, HaRD Knocks, was one of the top 12 teams in the nation to compete at the WFTDA national championships in 2009 and is currently ranked seventh in the South Central region. HaRD Knocks will compete in several tournaments throughout the region this season.

Guess the Skater!

Who has a hippo in residence on her back?  

Hint: You could say this skater's role on her team is pivotal.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Guess the Skater

How well do you know your HRD skaters?  See if you can identify your favorite derby girls in this new weekly feature.  Answer after the jump.

 Hint: Her hits might knock you into the deep South.

Official Governor's Cup Bracket

2011 Governor's Cup: One Week Away!

On February 12th and 13th, 2011, The Spindletop Rollergirls and Houston Roller Derby will co-host the 5th Annual Governor’s Cup – a showcase of some of the best Women’s Flat Track Derby Association’s (WFTDA) teams in Texas and Louisiana – at the Ford Park Arena in Beaumont, TX.

Past Governor’s Cup Tournaments have been held in Austin, Dallas and Houston. The Spindletop Rollergirls are proud to be hosts of the location of this action-packed weekend in Beaumont, in which there will be 12 bouts slated to take place.

Participating teams, all of which hark from the South Central Region, include:

Alamo City Rollergirls - San Antonio, TX
Assassination City Roller Derby – Dallas, TX
Big Easy Rollergirls - New Orleans, LA
Dallas Derby Devils – Dallas, TX
Houston Roller Derby – Houston, TX
Spindletop Rollergirls – Beaumont, TX
Texas Rollergirls – Austin, TX

For more information, visit the official Facebook page for Governor's Cup.  Need your tickets?  Visit the Houston Roller Derby website.

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