Springfield Roller Derby is the area’s nationally ranked flat-track Roller Derby team. We have been skater owned and operated since our inception in 2006, and became a member of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) in 2011.
The WFTDA maintains high standards of excellence and we constantly strive to adhere to them. SRD is always accepting new members to our organization whether they skate or not. Our league members help in all aspects of our game from skating to officiating, and we appreciate them in all they do! Our mission is to be active athletes who have fun while inspiring each other, and the greater community, with our hard work, determination, social consciousness, and good sportsmanship.
Springfield Roller Girls were started in 2006 by Ted Hall, Jason McDaniel, and Catina Ankrom (Bad Cattitude). Their goal was to start a women’s Roller Derby team, and by the spring of 2006, practices began. We practiced (with home teams) for a solid year and had our first bout against the CoMoDerby Dames in October of 2007, losing by a very narrow margin. This would be the only loss we would suffer for almost two years. Our first year we went completely undefeated, and our only defeat during our second season came from the Kansas City Roller Warriors, a team that previously won the WFTDA Championships in 2007.
We added our B-team, the Springfield Roller Girls Battle Broads, during our second season in 2009, to give skaters play time and experience before moving up to our A-team, the Springfield Roller Girls All-Stars. After apprenticing for a few years with the WFTDA, we became a full member is 2011, and were then able to test our skills against Roller Derby leagues from all over the world.
It was with a heavy heart that we bade farewell to our home venue in 2013. Skateport was being torn down and we were forced to look for a new place to skate. We eventually found Remington’s, who was gracious to house us for our 2014 and 2015 seasons. For 2016, were fortunate enough to call the Springfield Expo Center our practice home, and were honored to play our home bouts at the Shrine Mosque. This will continue into our 2017 season, and hopefully further.
And as the sport roller derby evolves, so do we! We are pleased to introduce to you our new name & look. Welcome Springfield Roller Derby! By changing and operating under our new name, it gives us an opportunity to grow in the world of roller derby as well as being more inclusive with our members and community. We are the same great team, just with a new look! Check us out on Twitter, Instagram, & Facebook.