Thursday, December 6, 2012

HRD 2013 Home Team Bout Schedule Announced!


Houston Roller Derby 2013 season home team game schedule just released!
Take a look to see when your favorite teams will be playing this season.
Houston Roller Derby returns to downtown at the Bayou Music Center (formerly Verizon Wireless Theater) at 520 Texas Avenue for its 2013 season. Our season opener will be Saturday, March 23! 2013 Season tickets are on sale now. Tickets to our season opener bout will go on sale after January 2013. 
HRD Home Bout Schedule
Bout 1: Saturday, March 23
The Valkyries vs. The Bayou City Bosses
The Psych Ward Sirens vs. The Brawlers 
Bout 2: Saturday, April 20
The Bayou City Bosses vs. The Psych Ward Sirens
The Valkyries vs. The Brawlers 
Bout 7: Saturday, September 21 - Championship Bout
Seed 3 vs. Seed 4 - Third Place
Seed 1 vs. Seed 2 - Championship

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

HRD Annual Friends & Family Holiday Bout

Join us this Sunday, December 9, for a sneak preview of what is to come this 2013 season at our holiday bout.

There will be plenty of great derby, a holiday merch sale and hard hitting action!
Don't forget, our 2013 season tickets will be available for purchase at the bout - just in time to make a great stocking stuffer! All merch will be sold at a discounted price - take advantage of the perfect time and place to do your holiday shopping with us!

Admission is free!
*If you would like to donate to our non-profit organization, you may drop off donations at the merchandise table!

Doors open at 5 pm, and the first whistle will blow at 5:30.
Come see our HRD holiday mix-up game with your favorite players from your favorite teams! Get a sneak peak of our newest recruits and scout your newest favorite players and teams for 2013!

Friends & Family Holiday Bout Schedule
When:
Sunday, December 9
Where: Houston Indoor Sports (221 Barren Springs Drive, Houston, TX 77090)
Doors: 5 pm.
First whistle will blow at 5:30 p.m.
Entry: It's free! Donations appreciated.

Game 1: HRD Mix up game
Game 2: Machete Betties Rec League: Naughty vs. Nice


♥ Houston Roller Derby ♥

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Houston Roller Derby Makes The Best Gift This Christmas!


Loved ones and significant others of future Houston Roller Derby girls -- are you searching for the perfect gift for your special lady this holiday season?
Get her a beginner boot camp package for Christmas! We'll teach her everything she needs to know: falls, stops, crossovers and more! Our next session will start Tuesday, January 8 - check out the schedule and sign up now!


Looking for a sweet stocking-stuffer for your special someone?
How about season tickets to our 2013 games or a shirt sporting their favorite HRD team? 2013 season tickets are on sale now - get them while you can!


Interested in something a bit cheaper to get the most with your money?
Take advantage of our seasonal merch sale! All women's baby doll tees are just $7 and our entire merchandise inventory will be discounted at our annual Friends & Family Holiday bout, Sunday December 9! Admission is free and doors will open up at Houston Indoor Sports at 5 pm.
(Houston Indoor Sports - 221 Barren Springs Dr. Suite 15, Houston, TX.)


Happy Holidays from Houston Roller Derby!

Monday, December 3, 2012

2013 Boot Camp Schedule Announced!

2013 Boot Camp Schedule Announced! 
Want to learn what it takes to be a Houston Roller Derby girl? Check out our 2013 boot camp schedule and sign up now! Our next session will start Tuesday, January 8 - sign up now!

Beginner Boot Camp (L1)
Cost - $100
Sessions length - 6 weeks
When - Tuesday Nights @ 7:30pm-9:30pm.  First Session will start at 7:00 to have time to fill out paperwork.
Where - Houston Indoor Sports- 221 Barren Springs Dr. Suite 15, Houston, TX 77090
*All NEW skaters must go through Day 1 of beginner boot camp - skilled skaters could be promoted to Intermediate at their first class
  • Session 1: January 8 - February 12, 2013
  • Session 2: February 19 - March 26, 2013
  • Session 3: April 2 - May 7, 2013
  • Session 4: May 14 - June 18, 2013
  • Session 5: June 25 - July 30, 2013
  • Session 6: August 6 - September 10, 2013
  • Session 7: September 17 - October 22, 2013
  • Session 8: October 29 - December 3, 2013

Intermediate Group (L2)
Cost - $150
Session Length - 12 weeks - twice a week
When - Tuesday Nights @ 7:30pm-9:30pm
Must purchase WFTDA insurance - cost $60 for the year
  • Session 1: January 8 - March 26, 2013
  • Session 2: April 2 - June 18, 2013
  • Session 3: June 25 - September 17, 2013
  • Session 4: September 17 - December 10, 2013

Advanced Group (L3)
Cost - $150
Session Length - 12 weeks - twice a week
When - Tuesday Nights @ 7:30pm-9:30pm
Must purchase WFTDA insurance- cost $60 for the year
  • Session 1: January 8 - March 26, 2013
  • Session 2: April 2 - June 18, 2013
  • Session 3: June 25 - September 17, 2013
  • Session 4: September 17 - December 10, 2013

Light Session- L2 and L3 only
Cost - $75
Session Length - 12 Weeks- once a week (Tuesdays only)
Must purchase WFTDA insurance- cost $60 for the year
  • Session 1: January 8 - March 26, 2013
  • Session 2: April 2 - June 18, 2013
  • Session 3: June 25 - September 17, 2013
  • Session 4: September 17 - December 10, 2013


If you are capable of meeting previously established Rec League minimum L2 or L3 level skills, you may request to test out of the remainder of the Beginner (L1) session via a physical demonstration of skills and assessment by a trainer. You would then pay the difference in price for sessions and join into an ongoing L2/L3 session. However, you must attend and complete day one of a Beginner (L1) session before requesting to test out. A test out cannot be conducted until week 2 of a Beginner (L1) session

Go to our website to purchase your boot camp package today!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

An Unofficial Officials Clinic!


Looking to get ready for no minors?

Houston Roller Derby is hosting an unofficial Officials Clinic on Saturday November 17 from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. It will be a full day of skating, the mechanics of officiating a bout —everything from staffing, to team work, to outside pack referee positioning, and an introduction to the No Minors rule set!

What could be better? 2 hours scrimmaging!
Cost for six hours of instruction and officiating at one or both scrimmages is $40 for Refs and NSOs.

Are you a Skater, hoping to get in on that scrimmage action? Newer to the game or interested in getting in some extra track time? Love mashing up and helping Refs and NSOs stay on top of their game?
We’re looking for you! We’ll have two scrimmages open to the first 28 skaters who sign up. You must bring a Black and a White jersey with your number (4 inches) on the back. You may schedule yourself for one or both scrimmages - $10 for one scrimmage, $15 for both. If you do not have WFTDA insurance, there will be a $10 USARS fee for the one-day pass.

But wait! There’s more!
And it’s the best part – The scrimmages will be run with the NEW no minors rule set. Derby is evolving and you better be ready to evolve with it. You must also attend the “Deep Dive Into No-Minors” session at HIS at 12:30 p.m.

The Short and Sweet:
9:00-11:00 a.m. Skating Officials on the Track at HIS
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Break out clinics for Officials and Lunch at Mamacita’s Mexican Place
o Refs
o NSOs
12:30-1:30 p.m. Deep Dive into No-Minors
o Refs
o NSOs
o Skaters MUST attend to be cleared for scrimmage
2:00-3:00 p.m. Scrimmage 1
3:00-4:00 p.m. Scrimmage 2


Costs:
-Refs and NSOs (cap of 20 each) $40
-Skaters $10 for one scrimmage, $15 for both.
$10 USARS pass for non-WFTDA insured skaters

To sign up please visit our webpage: An Unofficial Officials Clinic

You can submit payment via PayPal (customerservice@houstonrollerderby.com) or pay cash on November 17. Please be sure to put your details in any PayPal submission.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

New Drafts and Retirees

Houston Roller Derby would like to congratulate our most recently drafted skaters to their new teams! 
Last night, 11 fresh meat skaters were drafted to one of our four home teams. Please help us welcome them as the newest members of our league. We can't wait to show them off to all of our fans next season!

Newly Drafted Skaters
The Valkyries:
The Branimal
Dallas Scars
Onerhea
Selph Destruction

The Bayou City Bosses:
Jenetic Defect

The Brawlers:
Candy Codeine
Rabid Monkey
T-Wrecks

The Psych Ward Sirens:
Teetotalher
Muhammad Holly
Eenie Meanie

Congratulations ladies! Welcome.

Unfortunately, with new drafts, we also have to say good bye to those who will be retiring after 2012. We'll miss the following HRD members next season:

Retiring Skaters


   Captain Crunch      Dirty Diana         Kiki Mojo


  Raven Knockahoe        Wicked Sweet         Bazinga

      Blue J            Chicken (Coach)       Mikey Hates It

 
   Rachael Rayge      Dr. Shocktapus


The Valkyries:
Bazinga
Wicked Sweet
Captain Crunch
Dirty Diana

The Bayou City Bosses:
Rachel Rayge
Kiki Mojo
Chicken (Coach)

The Brawlers:
Blue J
Raven Knockahoe

The Psych Ward Sirens:
Dr. Shocktapus

Refs:
Mikey Hates It



Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Houston Roller Derby 2012 Championship Bout


Houston Roller Derby is hosting its 2012 season in downtown Houston at the Bayou Music Center (formerly Verizon Wireless Theater) at 520 Texas Avenue!

Join us for our 2012 season Championship bout Saturday, September 15!
This will be our last and final bout of the 2012 season, so you won't want to miss it!

Come watch our four home teams battle it out for 1st - 4th place and see who takes it all this year! 

Championship Bout:
Game 1: Bayou City Bosses vs. The Valkyries - 3rd & 4th Place
Game 2: Psych Ward Sirens vs. The Brawlers - Championship

Doors open at 6 pm, Bouts start at 7 pm.
Each bout has two (2) 30 minute periods, with breaks in between.
All home bouts are double headers. Get there early to ensure best seating!

Tickets:
$15 General Admission
$25 VIP
Kids 5 and under get in free!

Get your tickets to this bout now before we sell out!

Note: VIP Tickets for the bout are SOLD OUT! General Admission Tickets are still available. All tickets sales will be taken down from this site on Friday, September 14, 2012. After that you can get your tickets at LiveNation.com or at the Bayou Music Center box office.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Houston Roller Derby Fall 2012 Tryouts


Do YOU have what it takes to be a Houston Roller Derby girl? Come out and show us! HRD is hosting its post-season tryouts in two weeks! 
Note: HRD hosts tryouts a few times throughout the year for skaters who want to ultimately join one of our four home teams that bout on a monthly basis before fans.

Fall 2012 Tryout Dates: 
*Must attend all three days* 
Wednesday, September 19, 2012. 7:00pm-10:00pm @ Houston Indoor Sports
Thursday, September 20, 2012. 7:00pm-10:00pm @ Houston Indoor Sports
Sunday, September 23, 2012. 5:00pm-7:00pm @ Houston Indoor Sports

Houston Indoor Sports
221 Barren Springs Drive #15
Houston, TX 77090
(281) 528-4345

Please bring $30 for tryout fees on Wednesday, September 19, 2012. 
It is recommended that you get there early to fill out any necessary paperwork you may need and have time to gear up before tryouts.
All skaters must be 18 years or older.
No previous derby experience is needed to tryout, however you will be assessed on basic derby skills such as falls, stops, endurance, speed, and agility.

Equipment 
*We do have gear that can be borrowed until you are able to purchase your own.*
Skates can be rented for $3.

Please bring the following: 

  • Helmet 
  • Mouth Guard 
  • Elbow Pads 
  • Knee Pads 
  • Wrist Guards 
  • Skates 
For more information about our Fall Tryouts, or if you'd like to RSVP, please email recruitment@houstonrollerderby.com 
We hope to see you there!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Beginner Boot Camp Session September 18!


Want to learn what it takes to be a derby girl? Sign up for our beginner boot camp classes! We'll teach you everything you need to know - falls, stops, crossovers, and more!
Houston Roller Derby offers many options for women who would like to skate derby.
Our recreational league hosts beginner boot camp classes.

Our next boot camp class will start Tuesday, September 18, so sign up now!

Training: 
We have three levels of training. All skaters start off in the beginner group and will have to pass assessments before being allowed to move to the next group.

Beginner Boot Camp (L1) 
Cost $100
Sessions length- 6 weeks
When- Tuesday Nights @ 7:30pm-9:30pm.
*First Session will start at 7:00 to have time to fill out paperwork.
Where- Houston Indoor Sports- 221 Barren Springs Dr. Suite 15, Houston, TX 77090
*All NEW skaters must go through Day 1 of beginner boot camp - skilled skaters could be promoted to Intermediate at their first class
Available Beginner boot camp sessions:
Session 7: September 18-October 23, 2012
Session 8: October 30-December 11, 2012 (Note: No class November 20)


Tryouts *Note: Tryouts are different than beginner boot camp*
HRD also hosts tryouts a few times throughout the year for skaters who want to ultimately join one of our four home teams that bout on a monthly basis before fans.

2012 Tryout Dates are as follows: 
Fall Tryout: ($30) 
Wednesday, September 19, 2012. 7:00pm-10pm @ Houston Indoor Sports
Thursday, September 20, 2012. 7:00pm-10:00pm @ Houston Indoor Sports
Sunday, September 23, 2012. 5:00pm-7:00pm @ Houston Indoor Sports

To RSVP, buy your beginner boot camp package online now here!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Houston Roller Derby 2012 Luau Fundraiser


Come join us for the 7th Annual Houston Roller Derby Luau Fundraiser! 

When: 
Saturday, September 29
2 pm - 8 pm

Where:
The West Alabama Ice House
1919 W Alabama St.
Houston, TX 77098

There will be Food and HRD Merch for sale, along with events like Bomb-a-Skater, a Hula-Hoop contest, a Limbo Contest, a Silent Auction, a giant Water Slide, a Shake-ya-Bom-Bom contest and more!

Entry: $5 per person (water slide is free)
Pet and kid friendly

Can't make it out to our fundraiser this time?
You can still help us out! Click the "Donate" button on our website's event page.
Every little bit counts! 

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Houston All-Stars Brunch Fundraiser


The future looks bright for our all-stars team this tournament season, but they need your help to keep them in the game.

Come out to the all-stars brunch fundraiser 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 23 at
Christian's Tailgate Heights
2820 White Oak
Houston, TX 77007

Tickets cost $20 and include BOTTOMLESS mimosas and a breakfast buffet.
All proceeds will go to the Houston All-Stars to help fund their way to the regional and national tournament for 2012.

You can also pitch in by clicking the "Donate" button toward the bottom of our homepage or on our website's event page here!

Every little bit helps!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

HRD Offers Back-to-School Special to Students & Teachers


Houston Roller Derby is offering a special student & teacher discount at its August 18 bout!
Do you know a student or teacher who needs a little sunshine to cheer them up about the upcoming school year? Let them know about the $13 GA tickets for students & teachers with valid school ID. (tickets must be purchased at the door on bout day, limit one ticket per ID) All you have to do is show your valid school ID at the box office to get $2 off your ticket!

Houston's newest team, The Valkyries, will take on the Bayou City Bosses, followed by a game between The Brawlers and The Psych Ward Sirens. These games determine seedings for the league championship bout in September.

The doors open at 6 p.m. and the first game starts at 7 p.m. August 18 at Bayou Music Center (formerly the Verizon Wireless Theater), located at 520 Texas Ave. Tickets start at $15 and are available here or at the venue's box office.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Houston Roller Derby Bout Saturday, August 18

Houston Roller Derby is hosting its 2012 season in downtown Houston at the Bayou Music Center (formerly Verizon Wireless Theater) at 520 Texas Avenue!

Join us for our sixth bout of the season August 18! 
It's the battle of the final seedings! Bayou City Bosses will be taking on The Valkyries and the Psych Ward Sirens will be up against The Brawlers. Come see who's going to make it to the Championship game!

Game 1: Bayou City Bosses vs. The Valkyries
Game 2: Psych Ward Sirens vs. The Brawlers

Doors open at 6 pm, Bouts start at 7 pm.
Each bout has two (2) 30 minute periods, with breaks in between.
All home bouts are double headers. Get there early to ensure best seating!
Note: With our new venue, we cannot allow our fans to bring in their own chairs as we have in past seasons. There is plenty of open seating available! 

Tickets:
$15 General Admission
$25 VIP Kids
5 and under get in free!
Get your tickets to this bout online now at http://houstonrollerderby.com/index.php/shop/tickets/ !

Special Offer:
End of summer doesn't end the fun. Houston Roller Derby invites all students to come watch our next bout Saturday, August with $13 General Admission tickets purchased the day of the game at the box office with valid school ID (limit 1 ticket per ID)! 

After Party:
Lucky's Pub
801 St. Emanuel
Houston,TX 77003

*Lucky's Pub will be offering free shuttle services to and from Bayou Music Center between 5:30-7:30 pm and 8:30-10:30 pm. The pub is about 1.1 miles away from the venue (roughly 6 minutes) in downtown Houston near Hwy 59 and Rusk St.*

Meet HRD Mondays!



It's Monday! That means it's the time of the week for YOU to meet the many faces of HRD and learn a little about the skaters you want to cheer for in 2012!

This Monday, check out Misfits and Blown Apart!



Name Misfits
Number 3.14
Team The Brawlers
Position Hopeful jammer/blocker
Years Played Two years on rec league, this is my rookie season with The Brawlers.
Height My driver's license says 5'7"
Occupation Nursing tech
How did you get into derby? Some friends told me that they could totally see me doing something like derby, but I was too chicken to join by myself so I showed up to rec league with my sister-in-law and loved it ever since.
How did you pick your derby name? I didn't choose my name, Rushin Cleavage (rec league trainer) did. In rec, everyone was supposed to have their names on their shirts or helmets, but I didn't. I just wore a misfits shirt to like every practice because i wanted to look tough. and during training exercises and pack work drills, Rush just yelled out "MISFITS!" and I knew he was talking to me. So now my name is Misfits and I couldn't get rid of it even if I wanted to.
Likes I really like weirding people out.
Dislikes I really don't like when people chew gum all loud and talk while doing so. It’s like nails on a chalkboard.
Favorite thing about derby The people and the game. Constantly learning new things and improving on skills and working as a team. It’s an incredible community.
Fun Facts The only bone I’ve ever really broken in my entire body was my maxilla in my face. I broke my face bone in a mosh pit.



Name Blown Apart
Number 1769
Team Fresh Meat Skater (soon to be drafted)
Position Blocker/Pivot/Jammer (haven't established a specific position yet!)
Years Played I started in HRD's recreational league in September 2011 and I made fresh meat in April 2012.
Height 5'1"
Occupation Psychology student at the University of Houston
How did you get into derby? About six years ago, I was surfing the net for interesting things to do in Houston. I stumbled onto the HRD website and was fascinated. I had never heard of roller derby before and since I liked skating so much, I decided that I'd wait until I was old enough to take the dive.
How did you pick your derby name? When I was a sophomore in high school, I became really interested in the Napoleon Bonaparte and the Napoleonic Wars. We played a trivia game in my history class one day and I decided to name my team "Bonaparte." A girl on the other team taunted, "you're gonna get blown apart, Bonaparte!" It stuck. That, and Sideshow Bob makes a similar joke in an old Simpsons episode where he tries to blow up Krusty.
Likes Ancient history, Pepsi, fountain pens, recycling, Hawaiian pizza, hamsters, postcards, nature, miniatures, multiples of five.
Dislikes Litter bugs, jaywalkers, bad drivers, slow walkers, tomato paste.
Favorite thing about derby If I had to choose only one thing, it would be how tight-knit it is and how supportive the skaters are. No lie, I have made more amazing friends through derby in seven months than I have at college in two years. My personal derby motto is, "why join a sorority when you can join a roller derby league?"
Fun Facts I spent two months in a psychiatric ward when I was a senior in high school...as a student observer of course! I'm trilingual (English, Spanish, Greek). My family gave me a donkey for my 16th birthday and I named him Andrew Jackson.


Tune in next Monday to see our next set of featured skaters for the week!


Join us for our sixth bout of the season August 18!
It's the battle of the final seedings! Bayou City Bosses will be taking on The Valkyries and the Psych Ward Sirens will be up against The Brawlers. Come see who's going to make it to the Championship game! Tickets are available at our website, so go get them now!
Get Your August 18 Bout Tickets Right Now at Our Website!

Special Ticket Offer: End of summer doesn't end the fun. Houston Roller Derby invites all students to come watch our next bout Saturday, August with $13 General Admission tickets purchased day of game at the box office with valid school ID (limit 1 ticket per ID)!

After Party and Shuttle Info:
*Lucky's Pub will be offering free shuttle services to and from Bayou Music Center between 5:30-7:30 pm and 8:30-10:30 pm. The pub is about 1.1 miles away from the venue (roughly 6 minutes) in downtown Houston near Hwy 59 and Rusk St.*


Do YOU have what it takes to be a Houston Roller Derby girl? Come out and join us for our beginner boot camp tomorrow night, Tuesday, August 7! We'll teach you everything you need to know before tryouts in September - falls, stops, cross-overs, and more! Go sign up by buying your boot camp package at our website now!
Beginner Boot Camp (L1)
Cost- $100
Sessions length- 6 weeks
When- Tuesday Nights @ 7:30pm-9:30pm.
First Session will start at 7:00 to have time to fill out paperwork.
Where- Houston Indoor Sports- 221 Barren Springs Dr. Suite 15, Houston, TX 77090
All NEW skaters must go through Day 1 of beginner boot camp - skilled skaters could be promoted to Intermediate at their first class.
Get Your August 7 Beginner Boot Camp Package Right Now at Our Website!





♥ Houston Roller Derby ♥

Monday, July 30, 2012

Meet HRD Mondays!


It's Monday! That means it's the time of the week for YOU to meet the many faces of HRD and learn a little about the skaters you want to cheer for in 2012!

This Monday, check out Beverly Kills and Sweet D-manda !


Name Beverly Kills
Number #90210
Team The Houston Roller Derby All-Stars
Position Jammer, blocker, team choreographer
Years Played I have successfully made it through 5 HRD seasons
Height 5' 6"
Occupation Bartender, trainer, entertainer
How did you get into derby? Carmen Geddit and I had heard about derby and thought it was such a cool idea. Somehow, Carmen found out about a practice that was taking place to organize a Houston league, so me, Carmen, and Chewcifer went to out first practice and the rest, as they say, is history.
Likes Positivity, randomness, drums, candy, theatre, music, art, black-ink pens, dogs, parkour, handstands, dancing, cackling, metaphysics, pterodactyl screeching, skating instead of driving, and derby love!
Dislikes Mayo....gross. Cats with a grudge, hangnails, pretension, close-mindedness, and not being sponsored to skate by a millionaire that owns a company making adorable stuff animal puppies!
Favorite thing about derby I believe in being a part of a movement that motivates women to feel good about themselves and create a sisterhood that's based on healthy competition to foster a good example for future derby generations to come! So...on that note, I guess you could say that I really, really like being a part of the message that derby promotes and continues to support!
Fun Facts I was in the circus once.....swam with whales, have been unexpectedly caught in a demonstration in Paris, have a attended a mass lead by the Pope (when in Rome!), got to climb the Mayan ruins and swim in a cenote- before they banned access to the public, and I got the chance, one Halloween, to play the theremin!


Name Sweet D-manda aka dirt bebe -or- D-
Number 9/10
Team The Valkyries
Position Blocker (eventually transforming into a step-crazy jammer)
Years Played 2 years (HRD rookie)
Height 5'4"
Occupation Former Entomologist, professional dreamer, world traveler
How did you get into derby? My friend Donkey Punch introduced me to the sport. When I was relocating, I decided that wherever I decided to ultimately move - they had to have a roller derby league.
How did you pick your derby name? I've got several layers to me. Also, I love It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
Likes travel, food, sunshine, laughing, hiking, maple syrup, live music
Dislikes negativity, being on top of a mountain during a lightning storm, and rattlesnakes - though I'm trying to make peace with the little beasts!
Favorite thing about derby The socks (Just kidding). I like meeting all the unique people, skating, and I like hearing my name being called out from the crowd.
Fun Facts Causing trouble is fun.


Tune in next Monday to see our next set of featured skaters for the week!


Thank you to all of our fans who came out to our bout Saturday, July 21!
The turnout was a HUGE success and we hope you enjoyed watching two amazingly played games. Congratulations Spindletop Rollergirls for taking home a 128 to 122 win against the Brawlers and to the Psych Ward Sirens for beating the Valkyries 229 to 110!

Join us for our sixth bout of the season August 18! It's the battle of the final seedings! Bayou City Bosses will be taking on The Valkyries and the Psych Ward Sirens will be up against The Brawlers. Come see who's going to make it to the Championship game! Tickets are available at our website, so go get them now!
Get Your August 18 Bout Tickets Right Now at Our Website!


Do YOU have what it takes to be a Houston Roller Derby girl? Come out and join us for our beginner boot camp on Tuesday, August 7! We'll teach you everything you need to know before tryouts in September - falls, stops, cross-overs, and more! Go sign up by buying your boot camp package at our website now!
Beginner Boot Camp (L1)
Cost- $100 Sessions length- 6 weeks
When- Tuesday Nights @ 7:30pm-9:30pm.
First Session will start at 7:00 to have time to fill out paperwork.
Where- Houston Indoor Sports- 221 Barren Springs Dr. Suite 15, Houston, TX 77090
All NEW skaters must go through Day 1 of beginner boot camp - skilled skaters could be promoted to Intermediate at their first class.
Get Your August 7 Beginner Boot Camp Package Right Now at Our Website!





♥ Houston Roller Derby ♥

Monday, July 16, 2012

Meet HRD Mondays!


It's Monday! That means it's the time of the week for YOU to meet the many faces of HRD and learn a little about the skaters you want to cheer for in 2012!

This Monday, check out Hot dAmity and Betty Watchett!


Name Hot dAmity
Number 442
Team The Brawlers
Position Jammer, Blocker
Years Played Just over a year (rookie with HRD)
Height 4'11"
Occupation RN
How did you get into derby? I love playing sports. Love team sports. I didn't have any friends or family who were really into sports or getting dirty and sweaty. (By the way ...mud volleyball is really fun). I was looking for something to join when I saw an article in the paper on roller derby. I didn't even finish reading the article when I realized this was exactly what I had been looking for. I went to my first practice and loved it. Now I am surrounded by a group of women who I can relate to....yeah!
How did you choose your derby name? My mom and dad were hippies and had to give me one of those unusual names... Amity -it really is in a baby name book. So I wanted to use it some how in my derby name... a fellow derby girl came up with it... thanks to Teetotaler!
Likes I love the outdoors, hiking , camping ( in an RV ) , photography, cupcakes, trying new foods, laughing till it hurts, tornados and spontaneous road trips.
Dislikes Slackers, muffin tops, spiders, roaches, greasy food, and bad drivers ..... I'm from Boston and we don't drive bad, we just know how to drive.
Favorite thing about derby I love playing the game , whether it's jamming or blocking. Pushing myself as hard as I can and being yelled at to do it better.
Fun Facts I have 4 kids. I love being a mom. But my kids call me Nazi Mom, not sure why... I'm so sweet. I am a huge animal and nature lover.  I would pull off the road just to look at a bird in a tree.


Name Betty Watchett
Number 19
Team Bayou City Bosses, Houston All-Stars
Position Pivot, Blocker, Jammer
Years Played 2 years
Height 5'4"
Occupation Administrative Assistant for a Medical Insurance Broker / Full Time Student / Editor-In-Chief of University Newspaper.
How did you get into derby? I don’t really remember how I decided to do derby – I literally woke up one morning and told myself I was going to do it. I looked up derby online and saw that HRD had a rec league and started going. 8 weeks later, I tried out for HRD and a few months after that I was drafted. I lived down the street from a Roller Rink when I was younger and grew up as a rink rat. It wasn’t too long ago that I was skating on in-lines at birthday parties for fun and I’ve played sports all my life – naturally, derby has been the perfect fit for me.
How did you pick your derby name? I really wanted a name that sounded like a threat so after playing with a few words, I came up with my current name, Betty Watchett. Its connotation is supposed to derive from the phrase “better watch it.” A lot of people think it has something to do with Betty White –hehe.
Likes My cat, my family, my boyfriend, skating, food, photography, music, traveling, inspiring, writing, and having a good laugh.
Dislikes Bathing my cat, overly-self-centered people, unnecessary pessimism, bugs, being sick, bad days, and not having enough to do.
Favorite thing about derby Everything about it. Derby is one of the only sports I’ve been able to stick with and really fall in love with. It’s as much of a team sport as it is an individual one and it promotes self growth. It accepts people of all ages, sizes, cultures, and backgrounds. Roller Derby saved my soul and has given me all of the tools I've needed to become a strong, level-headed, confident woman.
Fun Facts I started skating with HRD when I was 18 and was drafted when I was 19 (my number). I just turned 21 this past April. People frequently tell me that I remind them of Ellen Page from Whip It (I still don’t see it). As a hobby I do a lot of photography for bands in the Houston Death Metal scene. I play World of Warcraft (*nerd). I rescued my cat before she was suppose to be put down this past January and she’s the most amazing, fluffy, friendly buddy ever.


Tune in next Monday to see our next set of featured skaters for the week!


Join us for our fifth bout, July 21 next weekend!
Come see the Brawlers play against the Spindletop Rollergirls from Beaumont, TX before watching the Psych Ward Sirens and The Valkyries go head to head! Tickets are already available at our website, so go get them now!
Get Your July 21 Bout Tickets Right Now at Our Website!


Special Offer:
*We love our troops! To show our appreciation, Houston Roller Derby GA tickets are $13 for all active military and veterans who present their U.S military ID to the box office on July 21, 2012 (limit 1 ticket per ID). Bouts are held at Bayou Music Center, 520 Texas Avenue in downtown Houston.*

Join your favorite rollergirls for the after party at The Refinery - Burgers & Whiskey (702 W Dallas). The Houston Wave Houston's Jitney Shuttle Service, will be providing free shuttle service to and from the after party. Plus, get to The Refinery before the bout to enjoy burgers, free parking and the Wave's shuttle going to Bayou Place at 6PM. Remember to tip your driver for their donated services!


Come out to Saint Arnold's Brewery this Thursday, July 19 for a special night event and get a chance to meet some of your favorite roller derby girls up close! This Thursday will be Houston Roller Derby night at Saint Arnold's Brewery from 6-8pm. Tour Admission is $7. Come out and meet the girls at the brewery and then later in the week, come see our bout for a special price and enjoy Saint Arnold during the match!


♥ Houston Roller Derby ♥

Friday, July 13, 2012

Houston Roller Derby Pairs Up With Saint Arnold

Come out to Saint Arnold's Brewery Thursday, July 19 for a special night event and get a chance to meet some of your favorite roller derby girls up close! 
Next Thursday will be Houston Roller Derby night at Saint Arnold's Brewery from 6:00-8:00 PM. Tour Admission is $7 per person. Come out and meet the girls at the brewery and then later in the week, come see our bout for a special price and enjoy Saint Arnold during the match!

Houston Roller Derby Night at Saint Arnold
Thursday, July 19
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saint Arnold Brewery
(2000 Lyons Ave., Houston, TX 77020)
Price: $7 per person

The same rules for Saint Arnold's normal tours apply to this event, and they can be found here: www.saintarnold.com/tours.

Saint Arnold Night at the Houston Roller Derby 
Saturday, July 21
6:00 PM
Bayou Music Center in downtown Houston

For tickets, you can head to www.houstonrollerderby.com, use the promo code: STARNOLDSJULY and you will get $2 off your regular admission.
Come out and enjoy a fun night with the HRD, and enjoy some Saint Arnold on draft when you are at Bayou Music Center!
St. Arnold's Brweing Company Website


♥ Houston Roller Derby ♥

Monday, July 9, 2012

Meet HRD Mondays!


It's Monday! That means it's the time of the week for YOU to meet the many faces of HRD and learn a little about the skaters you want to cheer for in 2012!

This Monday, check out Sweetie Todd and Mary Choppins!




Name Sweetie Todd
Team The Brawlers
Position  Blocker
Years Played I was drafted in May of 2010
Height 4'11"
Occupation Land Tech
How did you get into derby? I got into Derby by being introduced to it by my co-worker who was a photographer for HRD at the time, Kerry McClain.
How did you choose your derby name? I choose my name because I am a big Johnny Depp fan. I chose (the number) 7 because it looks like a straight razor.
Likes I love sushi and white wine.
Disikes I dislike unpleasant people.
Favorite thing about derby  At this time I have 15 wonder sisters and I love them.
Fun Facts For fun and excitement on my full time job I am a trained HAZ MAT technician, oil field fire fighter, high angle rescuer, and EMT. I have 3 kids all of which are into derby in one form or another. I and I have one grandson who is one of my biggest supporters. I also have a dog named Romo and he's so FLUFFY.



Name Mary Choppins
Number 2112
Team Psych Ward Sirens
Position Blocker
Years Played I've been playing off and on for a few years. I started in Jan 2005 with Houston and really haven't left. My home team was the Psych Ward Sirens. After regionals '08, I retired to go back to school. Since then I've played pick-up games and coach/train the Houston rec team. Now I'm back (as a Psych Ward Siren)!
Height 5'7"
Occupation I'm an admin assistant, student, and super mom!
How did you get into derby? Growing up in the 80's, I was blessed to see these crazy women toss each around on skates on a bank track. I was hooked and had always admired their intense strength in a women. Fast forward to 2004, my roommate moves to Chicago where she tells me that she has join Windy City derby - jealousy and hope sets in, a few months later (Dec '04) on Live Journal a post is sent out about a derby group starting up in Houston ... the rest is history.
How did you pick your derby name? My derby name came from one of my favorite childhood movies, Mary Poppins. She's a classy lady but never took any slack from anyone.
Likes DERBY, 3-legged animals, pinching babies, old people in love, foodies, haircuts, blankets, freshly mowed grass, music, God and my family.
Dislikes Roaches, bad drivers, bullies, and running out of toilet paper ... oh, and forgetting to wash my derby pads.
Favorite thing about derby Kicking ass, camaraderie with the girls, the accomplishments I have defeated, the goals I set for myself, and dealing with failure with my fist to its face!
Fun Facts I don't know how to slow down in life so I tend to forget about the little things ... like washing my derby pads. I have a 3-legged cat. I'm going to school to be a Sign Language Interpreter. One of my kids is named after a Beatles song. I dig comic books. I can quote Clash of the Titans movie ('81 version). When I have a cold and I blow my nose water squirts out of my eye. I have a heart-shaped vein on my upper arm. I just started eating veggies less than a year ago... now I'm nearly vegetarian.


Tune in next Monday to see our next set of featured skaters for the week!


Join us for our fifth bout, July 21!
Come see the Brawlers play against the Spindletop Rollergirls from Beaumont, TX before watching the Psych Ward Sirens and The Valkyries go head to head! Tickets are already available at our website, so go get them now!
Get Your July 21 Bout Tickets Right Now at Our Website!


Special Offer:
*We love our troops! To show our appreciation, Houston Roller Derby GA tickets are $13 for all active military and veterans who present their U.S military ID to the box office on July 21, 2012 (limit 1 ticket per ID). Bouts are held at Bayou Music Center, 520 Texas Avenue in downtown Houston.*

Join your favorite rollergirls for the after party at The Refinery - Burgers & Whiskey (702 W Dallas). The Houston Wave Houston's Jitney Shuttle Service, will be providing free shuttle service to and from the after party. Plus, get to The Refinery before the bout to enjoy burgers, free parking and the Wave's shuttle going to Bayou Place at 6PM. Remember to tip your driver for their donated services!


♥ Houston Roller Derby ♥

Join Us For Our Next Game July 21!



Join your favorite rollergirls for the after party at The Refinery (702 W. Dallas, Houston, TX) after the game Saturday, July 21!  The Wave, Houston's Jitney Shuttle Service, will be providing free shuttle service to and from the after party.  Plus, get to The Refinery before the bout to enjoy burgers, free parking and The Wave's shuttle going to Bayou Place at 6PM. Remember to tip your driver for their donated services!

Please go "like" our newest partner The Wave (facebook.com/houstonwave) and "follow" them on Twitter (twitter.com/thehoustonwave).  The Wave will be offering free shuttle service to and from our after party location The Refinery (702 W Dallas).  Shuttle times are 6PM from The Refinery, 10:30PM from Bayou Place and 1AM from The Refinery.

Houston Roller Derby is hosting its 2012 season to downtown at Bayou Music Center (formerly Verizon Wireless Theater) in downtown Houston at 520 Texas Avenue!
Join us for our fifth bout of the season July 21!
Come see the Brawlers play against the Spindletop Rollergirls from Beaumont, TX before watching the Psych Ward Sirens and The Valkyries go head to head!


Game 1
The Brawlers vs. Spindletop Rollergirls
Game 2
Psych Ward Sirens vs. The Valkyries

Doors open at 6 pm, Bouts start at 7 pm.
Each bout has two (2) 30 minute periods, with breaks in between.
All home bouts are double headers. Get there early to ensure best seating!

Tickets:
$15 General Admission
$25 VIP (*get in 15 minutes early to get your favorite seat)
Kids 5 and under get in free!
*We love our troops! To show our appreciation, Houston Roller Derby GA tickets are $13 for all active military and veterans who present their U.S military ID to the box office on July 21, 2012 (limit 1 ticket per ID). Bouts are held at Bayou Music Center, 520 Texas Avenue in downtown Houston.*

Tickets available now! 
Buy your tickets from your favorite HRD skater or online here: http://houstonrollerderby.com/index.php/shop/tickets/



Monday, July 2, 2012

Meet HRD Mondays!


It's Monday! That means it's the time of the week for YOU to meet the many faces of HRD and learn a little about the skaters you want to cheer for in 2012!

This Monday, check out Goldie BloXX and Rachael Rayge!



Name Goldie BloXX
Number 007
Team The Valkyries, The Houston All-Stars
Position Pivot/Blocker
Years Played This year is 7
Height 5'2"
Occupation Clerical and Administrative
How did you get into derby? I was at DARR (Dairy Ashford Roller Rink) skating ring in 2005 for my daughters 11th birthday. The derby girls started showing up for practice before session was over. Mama Mel spotted me skating and cornered me before I left. The rest is history!
Likes I love everything about derby-except stinky pads and being injured!
Favorite thing about derby The friends I have made and the things that I have learned about myself.
Fun Facts HRD is a founding member of the WFTDA (Women's Flat Track Derby Association) and I love Carmen Geddit!


Name Rachael Rayge
Number ev00
Team Bayou City Bosses
Position Blocker
Years Played 3
Height 5'9" ...if I stand up straight
Occupation 1st grade teacher
How did you get into derby? I was a crash zone groupie, and finally decided to come skate at rec league.
How did you pick your derby name? I picked my name in honor of my favorite chef, Rachael Ray. I was about 80lbs heavier than I am now, and she taught me how to cook real food and inspired me to lose the weight!
Likes Gummy bears, my neurotic little dog, summer vacation, frosty beverages, my Bos$es
Dislikes I LOATHE mayonnaise, avocados, and having my front teeth knocked out.
Favorite thing about derby Being able to get out a little aggression after a long day at work!
Fun Facts I'm a Native Texan, I have a twin brother, and I write with both hands. Growing up, my teachers pushed me to be a "righty," so I write mostly with my right hand, but am an undercover lefty.


Tune in next Monday to see our next set of featured skaters for the week!


Join us for our fifth bout, July 21!
Come see the Brawlers play against the Spindletop Rollergirls from Beaumont, TX before watching the Psych Ward Sirens and The Valkyries go head to head! Tickets are already available at our website, so go get them now!
Get Your July 21 Bout Tickets Right Now at Our Website!


Special Offer:
*We love our troops! To show our appreciation, Houston Roller Derby GA tickets are $13 for all active military and veterans who present their U.S military ID to the box office on July 21, 2012 (limit 1 ticket per ID). Bouts are held at Bayou Music Center, 520 Texas Avenue in downtown Houston.*



♥ Houston Roller Derby ♥

Monday, June 25, 2012

Meet HRD Mondays!


It's Monday! That means it's the time of the week for YOU to meet the many faces of HRD and learn a little about the skaters you want to cheer for in 2012!

This Monday, check out Mad Milkshake and Blindside!



Name Mad Milkshake
Number Order# 49
Team Psych Ward Sirens
Position Any
Years Played Rookie - This is my first year actually playing derby on a team.
Height 5'4"
Occupation Bartender, Vet Tech
How did you get into derby? I started derby because my dad kept telling me there was this cool thing these girls were doing called roller derby. At the time I was just like ok whatever that sounds cool but I couldn't do that. Then I actually saw a bout and I really wanted to do that. I went to HRD'S website and tried out the bout camp and haven't stopped since.
How did you pick your derby name? I got my derby name from my nickname Milkshake. And I've been Milkshake since I was 12. Way before Kelis made the song!
Likes I love ice cream! Milkshakes! Animals. And roller skating of course.
Dislikes I do not like rude people. Or liver.
Favorite thing about derbyJamming, hitting, the sweat, the girls are amazing!
Fun Facts Drew Barrymore is my idol!



Name Blindside
Number 20/20
Team Bayou City Bosses (Co-Captain)
Position Blocker
Years Played 5
Height 5'7"
Occupation Orientation and mobility specialist for the blind.
How did you get into derby? I saw girls at a club handing out fliers and decided to check it out.
How did you pick your derby name? After my occupation.
Likes I like traveling, animals, smart ass people.
Dislikes I dislike gossip and drama.
Favorite thing about derby Being with my team.


Tune in next Monday to see our next set of featured skaters for the week!

Join us for our fifth bout, July 21!
Come see the Brawlers play against the Spindletop Rollergirls from Beaumont, TX before watching the Psych Ward Sirens and The Valkyries go head to head! Tickets are already available at our website, so go get them now!
Get Your July 21 Bout Tickets Right Now at Our Website!
We hope to see you all soon!

Also, if YOU know that you were born to be a derby girl, come join our beginner boot camp this Tuesday, June 26 (tomorrow)! We'll teach you everything you need to know, including falls, stops, crossovers, and all of your derby and skating basics! Go sign up for our 6-week beginner session online now!
Get More Information About Our Next Beginner Boot Camp Session June 26 Here!


♥ Houston Roller Derby ♥

Monday, June 18, 2012

Meet HRD Mondays!


It's Monday! That means it's the time of the week for YOU to meet the many faces of HRD and learn a little about the skaters you want to cheer for in 2012!

This Monday, check out Hellicious and Patti Painz!



Name Hellicious
Number 36-36-36
Team The Valkyries
Position Blocker, Jammer, Pivot
Years Played Rookie
Height 5'4"
Occupation Graduate Student - Psychology
How did you get into derby? I have wanted to since childhood. I saw the movie Whip It and was excited to see it back. I found the nearest league and joined.
How did you pick your derby name? Since my name is Angel, I tried to find something along that line, but everything I wanted was taken. Since people, after getting to know me, say "You're not an angel...more like the devil!" I went with Hellicious, a little taste of Hell on wheels...ooohhh it's Hellicious!
Likes Jesus, Jon Rupert (husband), and sometimes my kids... I also like hitting people.
Dislikes  RULES, the sin bin, grumpy people, the F-word, and toast that falls butter side down.
Favorite thing about derby Hitting people HARD (theme going on here). Violence, blood, sweat and when I take someone off their feet.
Fun Facts I am the mother of 7 children, and YES I know where they come from. I am a pilot, and a lifeguard. I won a car once by being the last person standing with my hand on it. I'm stubborn.



Name Patti Painz
Number 9669
Team The Brawlers, The Knockouts
Position Blocker
Years Played This is my rookie season!
Height 5'5"
Occupation Post Closing Supervisor with a mortgage servicing company. Translate: your typical boring desk job.
How did you get into derby? My husband saw some of the HRD girls at Buzzfest one year. He didn't remember to tell me until I was watching Whip It and I made a comment about wanting to try it. Once he told me I immediately looked it up and found out the Rec league was going to be accepting the following week. So I showed up and was instantly hooked!
How did you pick your derby name? My family and I tried to come up with a name for a few months but nothing really made sense or rolled off the tongue. One day I just woke up and the first thing I thought of was Patti Painz. It was easy and I would most likely still respond since it's close to my real name so I went with it.
Likes True crime shows, amusement park rides, reading, watching most sports games.
Dislikes Slow people on the freeway.
Favorite thing about derby My favorite thing about derby is meeting & getting to know all these strong, capable women. They are all different but they all share a passion for derby just as much as I do!
Fun Facts I've never played any organized sports until derby. I can throw a spiral pass and kick a football better than most guys I know.


Tune in next Monday to see our next set of featured skaters for the week!

Join us for our fifth bout, July 21!
Come see the Brawlers play against the Spindletop Rollergirls from Beaumont, TX before watching the Psych Ward Sirens and The Valkyries go head to head! Tickets are already available at our website, so go get them now!
Get Your July 21 Bout Tickets Right Now at Our Website!
We hope to see you all soon!

Also, if YOU know that you were born to be a derby girl, come join our beginner boot camp next Tuesday, June 26! We'll teach you everything you need to know, including falls, stops, crossovers, and all of your derby and skating basics! Go sign up for our 6-week beginner session online now!
Get More Information About Our Next Beginner Boot Camp Session June 26 Here!


♥ Houston Roller Derby ♥

Monday, June 11, 2012

Meet HRD Mondays!


It's Monday! That means it's the time of the week for YOU to meet the many faces of HRD and learn a little about the skaters you want to cheer for in 2012!

This Monday, check out Goddess of War and Mary Queen of Skates!



Name Goddess of War
Number 77 Hits
Team The Valkyries
Position Jammer, blocker, overall beast.
Years Played Rookie, just strapped on skates in July.
Height Roughly the same height as your mom.
Occupation Computer technician, professional gamer, and YouTube vlogger.
How did you get into derby? I watched RollerJam religiously on TNT back in '99. I was obsessed with this blade/quad chaos and swore that I would one day move to Cali (that's where it was performed) and be part of this. Eventually this derby hybrid ceased to exist and I went about my life. I was reintroduced to derby at Comicpalooza and promised when I could get work to allow the practice time, I would join. So here I am.
How did you pick your derby name? My derby name is an obvious one to those who game, but for those who lead the unfortunate lives of no gaming the origins come from a killer series "God of War". Kratos is the God of War (not Ares, Kratos killed Ares for the spot) and is my hero, real or not. I am the one and only female Goddess of War and am well known for the costume and body paint.
Likes Horror movies, PlayStation games, comics, Magic the Gathering, costume making, nerdy conventions, high scores, platinum trophies.
Dislikes  Server lag while trying to play online games.
Favorite thing about derby I love the physical aspect of it. It's so challenging, yet so rewarding. I also adore the fact that after hitting someone so hard you hear their spine crack, they get up and high five you.
Fun Facts I was on the PlayStation Network's The Tester Season 2, and am currently running to be Maxim's Gamer Girl!


Name Mary Queen of Skates
Number 1542 AD
Team Bayou City Bosses, The Knockouts
Position Blocker, "wanna-be" pivot
Years Played 3rd season!
Height 5'6"
Occupation Subsea Oil and Gas Project Manager
How did you get into derby? My sister plays banked track derby in Austin. When I moved to Houston, I was looking for something that I could meet people through and that would also keep me from getting too fat.
Likes beer, wine, knitting, baking
Favorite thing about derby Meeting people of all different kinds. No matter what's happening in your life, good or bad, there is always someone on the league who has had a similar experience. I also love the shared goals and camaraderie that comes with training with, organizing, and hanging out with such a large and diverse group of ladies (and gents!).
Fun Facts I can put 10 dimes in my nostrils at the same time.


Tune in next Monday to see our next set of featured skaters for the week!


Thanks to all of our fantastic fans who came out to our bout this past Saturday!
The Knockouts and the All-Stars played two well-played, close games this weekend. Good job ladies!
(Knockouts 87 - Assassination City 128) / (All-Stars 138 - Arch Rival 158)

Join us for our fifth bout, July 21!
Come see the Brawlers play against the Spindletop Rollergirls from Beaumont, TX before watching the Psych Ward Sirens and The Valkyries go head to head! Tickets are already available at our website, so go get them now!
Get Your July 21 Bout Tickets Right Now at Our Website!



♥ Houston Roller Derby ♥

Monday, June 4, 2012

Meet HRD Mondays!


It's Monday! That means it's the time of the week for YOU to meet the many faces of HRD and learn a little about the skaters you want to cheer for in 2012!

This Monday, check out Bleeda Ford and SyRenge!



Name ("Make'em") Bleeda Ford
Number 1031
Team Bayou City Bosses
Position All! Like a BO$$!!
Years Played This is my first competitive year with a Houston Roller Derby home team. Season opener was my full year being in skates.
Height I am 5'1 at least that is what my drivers' license says.
Occupation I am a part time student, part time sales associate at Victoria's Secret and a seasonal store manager for Halloween Express.
How did you get into derby? I got talked into going to a boot camp with a friend and fell in love. I immediately enjoyed the idea of being part of a team again. And knowing I had the opportunity to move up to a competitive level was the cheese to my macaroni.
How did you pick your derby name? As far as my derby name goes the quotation before my name doesn't fit so I normally leave it off. But the name itself came from my boyfriend. So, although I love Lita Ford, we wanted to go for something with a play on Joan Jett. But after watching The Runaways like 7 times "Make'em" Bleeda Ford is what came out. :)
Likes I LOVE MUSIC!! I am a huge fan of Joan Jett. I love finding new music or old music off pandora. Oh and I love Sprinkles cupcakes. I like to take photos and I like digital photography. Dexter is awsome! And I like sailor moon and comics.
Dislikes  Funny - I'm sure there are a lot things I really dislike but I can't think of anything at the moment. Except maybe traffic. I really hate traffic and who doesn't but it really irritates me.
Favorite thing about derby My favorite thing about derby is playing the game. I don't think I have ever felt this way about a sport I've played. I truly enjoy being in the game and playing to win.
Fun Facts I have a jacket problem. I will go out and buy jackets in the summer in the spring in the winter. I have a million and one coats. Also my favorite color is purple. And I am currently taking dance lessons to learn swing, tango and waltz.



Name SyRenge
Number 911
Team Psych Ward Sirens (Co Captain), The Knockouts
Position Jammer/Blocker
Years Played This is my second year as a skater for HRD
Height 5'6"
Occupation ICU Nurse
How did you get into derby? One of my good friends has been playing derby for a couple years and after watching her play I couldn't resist and I signed up and began training with the HRD Rec League.
How did you pick your derby name? When it came time to pick my name I wanted to make reference to my nursing career so in combination with my real name (Ren) you get SyRenge
Likes I like to knit and craft. I also like puppies (especially cute puppies).
Dislikes I'm not a big fan of snakes. Snakes just creep me out.
Favorite thing about derby I love the friends that I have made. It's crazy how you can get all these different girls together and we create this marvelous bond that will last far into the future.
Fun Facts I won 2011 HRD rookie of the year.


Tune in next Monday to see our next set of featured skaters for the week!


We'd like to give a BIG thanks to everyone who came out to our 7th Annual Crawfish Boil this past Saturday! We hope you had as much of a blast as we did.

Our next game is this Saturday, June 9 at Bayou Music Center. Our Knockouts will be taking on Assassination City Roller Derby and our Houston All-Stars will be going head-to-head with Arch Rival Rollergirls' All-Stars from St. Louis, MO! Tickets to our June 9 game are now available on our website, so go get them now! Get Your June 9 Bout Tickets Right Now at Our Website!
The After Party will be at Lucky's Pub again! They will be offering a free shuttle-service to and from the venue. Check out our website for more details! We can't wait to see you all this Saturday!


♥ Houston Roller Derby ♥

Friday, June 1, 2012

Mayor Parker Helps Kick Off HRD's June 9 Bout


HRD is proud to announce that Mayor Annise Parker will be making a special appearance to blow the first whistle at the Houston Roller Derby bout next Saturday, June 9!

Thank you to Mayor Annise Parker and her staff for their support of Houston Roller Derby and the continued empowerment of female athletes in Houston.

Come join us for our fourth bout of the season June 9! This will be a double header for both of our travel teams. Come watch the HRD Knockouts take on the Assassination City Rollergirls from Dallas, TX before watching the first ever match-up between the Houston All-Stars and the Arch Rival Rollergirls' All-Stars from St. Louis, MO.

Schedule
6:00 pm - Doors Open
7:00 pm - Mayor Annise Parker blows the first whistle
Game 1: Houston Knockouts vs. Assassination City Rollergirls (Dallas, TX)
*Game has two 30-minute periods, with 15 minute half-time in between.* 
8:30 pm - Game 2: Houston All-Stars vs. Arch Rival Rollergirls' All-Stars (St. Louis, MO)
*Game has two 30-minute periods, with 15 minute half-time in between.* 
After Party - Lucky's Pub, 801 St. Emanuel,  Houston, TX  77003
*Lucky's Pub will be offering free shuttle services to and from Bayou Music Center between 5:30-7:30 pm and 8:30-10:30 pm. The pub is about 1.1 miles away from the venue (roughly 6 minutes) in downtown Houston near Hwy 59 and Rusk St.*

All home bouts are double headers. Get there early to ensure best seating!
Note: With our new venue, we cannot allow our fans to bring in their own chairs as we have in past seasons. There is plenty of open seating available!


Tickets:
$15 General Admission
$25 VIP
Kids 5 and under get in free!

Tickets at the door will be $15.
Tickets will be available at the Will Call Desk at 4:00 pm on the day of the bout. Please print out your email order confirmation and bring a picture ID to present at the Will Call Desk to pick up your tickets.
Tickets for the June 9, 2012 Bout will not be available for purchase on this site after 7:30 pm on Thursday, June 7, 2012. After that you can get your tickets at www.LiveNation.com or at the Bayou Music Center box office.

Get Your Tickets To The Houston Roller Derby June 9 Bout Now!

We hope to see  you there!

♥ Houston Roller Derby ♥

Thursday, May 31, 2012

HRD 7th Annual Crawfish Boil This Saturday!


Houston Roller Derby will be hosting our 7th Annual Crawfish Boil at Big Woodrow's on June 2, 2012!

Live music, Crawfish, Silent Auction, Dunk Tank, Bomb-a-Skater and more!

We'll also be selling merch and tickets to our upcoming games.

Our Annual Crawfish boil fundraiser is always a good time, and every dollar raised helps cover travel costs for the All-Stars!

Live Music:
      2:30 pm - Hacksaw Man
      3:45 pm - Glenn Bryant Band
      5:00 pm - Shugah
      5:30 pm - Romeo Dogs


Big Woodrows Bar & Grill
3111 Chimney Rock Rd
Houston, TX 77056.

Admission is free!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

HRD playing at Comicpalooza May 25-27!


Join us this Memorial Day weekend at the George R. Brown convention center for Houston Roller Derby at Comicpalooza!

Friday, 5/25: 
(All Day) Come find HRD's booth in the dealer's room and meet our skaters!

Saturday, 5/26:
(12:00 pm) The Valkyries vs. Spindletop Rollergirls 
(2:30 pm)   HRD Knockouts vs. HRD mash-up team

Sunday 5/27: 
(1:00 pm) Bout #1 of the Super Hero Tournament: Cat Women vs. Super Girls
(2:00 pm) Strongest Blocker Contest
(2:30 pm) Bout #2 of the Super Hero Tournament: Harley Quinns vs. Wonder Women
(3:30 pm) Fastest Jammer Race
(4:00 pm) Bout #3 Tournament Championship bout: Winner of Bout #1 vs. Winner of Bour #2

Comicpalooza will be at the George R. Brown Convention Center on the third floor. For more information about ticket sales, featured events and guests, parking, directions, and traveling, check out their website at www.comicpalooza.com

George R. Brown Convention Center
3rd Floor 1001
Avenida de las Americas Houston, TX 77010

Get your tickets to Comicpalooza now! Get your tickets to Comicpalooza now!
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We can't wait to see you there!


♥ Houston Roller Derby ♥

Monday, May 21, 2012

Meet HRD Mondays!


It's Monday! That means it's the time of the week for YOU to meet the many faces of HRD and learn a little about the skaters you want to cheer for in 2012!

This Monday, check out Captain Crunch and Bustin Beaver!



Name Captain Crunch
Number 40
Team The Valkyries
Position Where ever they put me, this year lots of jamming.
Years Played I'm a recycled rookie. 4+5 months with HRD and 2+5 with other leagues.
Height 5'4"
Occupation Stay at home mom, home school teacher, Bradley® childbirth educator.
How did you get into derby? I read an article in the Houston Press in 2005 and I thought it sounded cool but I thought it was too rough. I went to the Championship bout in 2006 and I just had to do it so I went to boot camps and speed classes every week to prepare and tried out the 2006 winter tryouts and made it. Unfortunately the stars weren't lined up for me then and I ended up stepping away from derby for a few years but the derby bug bit me in 2011 and it bit me much harder than before and I'm a different skater than I was before.
How did you pick your derby name? I'm a crunchy mama.
Likes I love music of all sorts, eating, dancing, sailing, camping, working out, low brow humor, Ren Fest, drum circles, randomly honking at pedestrians, my children, lactivism, and the fair trade movement.
Dislikes  Monsanto, beets, haterade, and child labor.
Favorite thing about derby I love being able to workout in such a fun environment and the people who have come into my life from derby.
Fun Facts I started skating when I was 18 months by putting my feet in Fischer Price Little People buses.



Name Bustin Beaver
Number 51
Team Psych Ward Sirens, The Knockouts
Position Jammer/Blocker
Years Played 1
Height 5'5"
Occupation Veterinary Surgical Technician
How did you get into derby? I used to live by Kicks and would see the advertisement, finally when I made it to a bout, I was hooked!
How did you pick your derby name? My derby name was chosen with the help of a friend who was obsessed with Justin Beiber... with a twist.
Likes Sushi and beer.
Dislikes Hateful people, the smell of derby pad funk.
Favorite thing about derby I love the sound of the track. If I'm ever one of the first ones on the track you can hear the sound of the wheels and wind through my helmet.
Fun Facts I'm allergic to cats, working with them and having two of my own, means I have to sneeze a lot.


Tune in next Monday to see our next set of featured skaters for the week!


Thanks to all of our fans for coming out and supporting us for the last two weeks. Our All-Stars had two tough games against the Texas Rollergirls from Austin, TX and the Rose City Rollers from Portland, OR, and our home teams played some great games this past Saturday!

Come out and see our Valkyries play the Spindletop Rollergirls from Beaumont, TX this Saturday at noon at Comicpalooza! Houston Roller Derby will also be hosting a Knockouts bout against an HRD mix-up team on Saturday at 2:30, as well as a Super-hero themed mix-up tournament / bout featuring your favorite skaters from HRD and out of town teams playing with and against one another on Sunday.
Come out and have a blast with us this weekend - Comicpalooza will be in downtown Houston at the George R. Brown Convention Center. For more information, check out the comicpalooza website here: COMICPALOOZA

Our next game will be Saturday, June 9 at Bayou Music Center. Our Knockouts will be taking on Assassination City Roller Derby and our Houston All-Stars will be going head-to-head with Arch Rival Rollergirls' All-Stars from St. Louis, MO! Tickets to our June 9 game are now available on our website, so go get them now! Get Your Upcoming Bout Tickets Right Now at Our Website!



♥ Houston Roller Derby ♥

Monday, May 7, 2012

Meet HRD Mondays!


It's Monday! That means it's the time of the week for YOU to meet the many faces of HRD and learn a little about the skaters you want to cheer for in 2012!

This Monday, check out Flyon Maiden and Loco Meaux Tion!



Name Flyon Maiden
Number 666
Team The Brawlers (Captain), HRD All-Stars
Position jammer, blocker, wiggler
Years Played 4 years
Height 5'6"
Occupation Contractor in the world of live event production.
How did you get into derby? My then and now derby wife, Bloody Bathory, found me at a poetry slam... then found me in an anthropology lecture of 300+ people... and pretty much stalked me until I agreed to pursue roller derby.
How did you pick your derby name? I was denied my first name, Paralizya Minelli, and zoned out for hours when FLYON MAIDEN popped in my head. It's like Iron Maiden... but faster, and can kick Bruce Dickenson's ass!
Likes I LOVE onezies... rock n roll, things that remind me of Pee-Wee's Playhouse, cartoons, skating, and going FAST!!!
Dislikes Burglars, sour milk, people that cannot accept derby into their heart.
Favorite thing about derby I have never felt so passionate about anything in my life. I have found my "thing," and that thing is an alternative sport full of spunk, braaaaaiinnss, and athleticism. It's like a wild, blobular ever-growing monster (a nice monster, with a cool hat) and I am one of its countless blobs that morphs and adapts to keep the beast alive, thus giving me purpose and a continuous quest for improvement... and friends..lots of friends.
Fun Facts I began my derby career with Northwest Arkansas Roller Derby in Fayetteville while attending college. I transferred to Houston Roller Derby a month after graduating in 2010. Also... Praise "BOB"!


Name Loco Meaux Tion
Number 555
Team The Valkyries
Position Blocker
Years Played Rookie Season!
Height 5'5"
Occupation Grant Writer
How did you get into derby? Derby is a family affair. We went to a game for my brother’s birthday and we were immediately hooked. He signed up to be a ref and I joined our recreation league, the Machete Betties.
How did you pick your derby name? The origin of my skater name is a combination of wanting to incorporate my real name, and a secret nod to the ghost train in Ghostbusters II. The Ghostbusters franchise is a favourite of the Comeaux siblings. Who ya gonna call? 555-2368!
Likes/Dislikes Long walks on the beach and mean people? You’re not going to ask me to take my clothes off for some sort of tasteful pictorial session, right?
Favorite thing about derby Derby is good people!
Fun Facts I think I revealed too much already in committing my Ghostbusters obsession to the world wide web, but thanks for asking.


Tune in next Monday to see our next set of featured skaters for the week!


Come out and see our All-Stars play their next game this Saturday, May 12 when they take on the Texecutioners from Austin, TX. This bout will be at Houston Indoor Sports and capacity will be limited - get your special $12 tickets while you can!
Our next home bout will be Saturday, May 19 at Bayou Music Center. Come see the Psych Ward Sirens take on the Dallas Derby Devils before watching the Brawlers and the Bosses face off!
Get Your Upcoming Bout Tickets Right Now at Our Website!



♥ Houston Roller Derby ♥
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