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⋆ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 18, 2016

Houston Roller Derby Moves Date of 2016 Championship Game to August 27, 2016

HOUSTON - The Houston Roller Derby 2016 Home Team Championship event, which was originally scheduled to be played on Saturday, August 20, has been changed to Saturday, August 27. The third place game at Revention Music Center is scheduled to start at 7:00 pm and will be followed by the 2016 championship match.

All fans who have tickets dated August 20 may use those same tickets for the game. The date change was necessitated due to the Houston Roller Derby All Stars advancing to the Division 2 Tournament of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) playoffs.

The Houston Roller Derby All Stars will take on other top-60 teams from all around the world on August 19-21 in Wichita, KS, pushing the Houston Roller Derby Home team Championship event to the next weekend. The Houston Roller Derby All Stars returned home in June after a successful two-game tournament that saw the team pick up victories against Nashville and Madison. The Houston Roller Derby All Stars are currently ranked 43 in the world out of 274 leagues that make up the WFTDA.

Tickets for the Houston Roller Derby Home Team Championship game start at $15 and officially go on sale on Sunday, July 17! Tickets can be purchased online at www.houstonrollerderby.org.

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About Houston Roller Derby:
Founded in 2005, Houston Roller Derby (www.houstonrollerderby.org) is Houston, Texas’ premiere all-female, flat-track, quad-skating, roller derby league. Within the league, four fierce teams battle for dominance: The Psych Ward Sirens, The Bayou City Bosses, The Brawlers and The Valkyries. While their uniforms may be stylish and their names playful, do not be fooled by appearances – the Houston Roller Derby girls are athletes who skate a sport that is unscripted and purely athletic. As a local non-profit organization and an original member league of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, the Houston Roller Derby girls embody the do-it-yourself, “for the skaters, by the skaters” ethos of modern women’s roller derby. The Houston Roller Derby All Stars feature Houston’s most talented skaters from each of the league’s four home teams. The Houston Roller Derby All Stars are ranked among the top 50 teams in the world playing flat-track roller derby, earning their spot to compete in the world’s top playoff tournaments every year.


⋆ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 10, 2015

Houston Roller Derby Rolls Out 2016 Season With Anticipated Rivaled Match Ups Between Sirens and Bosses; Valkyries and Brawlers on Saturday, Feb. 20

HOUSTON – Houston Roller Derby (www.houstonrollerderby.org), Houston, Texas’ premiere all-female, flat track roller derby league, will open the 2016 season with a crash on Saturday, Feb. 20  at Revention Music Center (520 Texas Ave., Houston, TX 77002).  This double-header season opener event between 2015 titleholders, the Valkyries, and the Brawlers, followed by the headlining match-up between long-time rivals, the Psych Ward Sirens and the Bayou City Bosses, will be a hard-hitting, wheel-spinning fight to the finish. 

In the 2015 Championship match, The Psych Ward Sirens took on the Valkyries for the first place title, while the Bayou City Bosses battled the Brawlers for third. The Sirens went into the game undefeated, but the Valkyries emerged victorious. The Sirens defended their way into a neck and neck game against the Valkyries, narrowing the score to 122 to 121 in the half. Hindered by numerous penalties and skater ejections, however, the Sirens fell apart in the final minutes of the game, losing 238 to 254. The Bayou City Bosses also emerged victorious in an exciting third place game against the Brawlers after a rough season for the Bosses, who went into the game with a 0 win - 6 losses record.   

After significant roster updates for all four teams since the 2015 season, the skaters are back at it and ready to prove which team calls the shots on the track at Revention Music Center. Fans received a thrilling sneak preview of each team’s skater lineup for the 2016 season on Oct. 24 at the league’s practice venue, Houston Indoor Sports, when 15 new rookies were announced as the newest faces of the four teams for the first time during a live draft event.  

Derby fans will have the opportunity to meet their favorite skaters at the autograph table and upgrade their seats to the Best Seats in the House. Houston Roller Derby’s events offer a full range of entertainment off the track, with the HRD Fan  Corner featuring merchskater autographs, a FanCam area, and featured vendors. 

Houston Roller Derby is ranked among the top 50 teams in the world playing flat-track roller derby out of 414 member and apprentice leagues that make up the Women's Flat Track Derby Association. Like most modern female roller derby leagues, the Houston Roller Derby girls are volunteer-run and give back to the community that has embraced them. As community advocates for girl power and female empowerment,  the skaters of Houston Roller Derby also operate a Junior Derby League for girls ages 7-17. 

Tickets are now available to purchase at http://www.houstonrollerderby.org. General admission tickets are $15 online and $18 at the door; Premium tickets are $25 online and $30 at the door, and Club level seating is $200 per booth (seats up to six). Houston Roller Derby’s downtown venue, Revention Music Center, is located at 520 Texas Avenue, Houston, TX 77002 (between Bagby and Smith). Doors open at 6:00 p.m. General parking is available for $10 in the Theater District Parking Garages across from the venue. This is a family-friendly event, but please note that Revention Music Center sells alcohol and concessions. Houston Roller Derby’s 2016 event dates are February 20, March 19, April 23, May 21, June 18, July 16 and August 20 at Revention Music Center. 

To receive your press pass, please contact media_relations@houstonrollerderby.com; photographer passes are limited at events and must be approved prior to arrival.  

About  Houston Roller Derby: 

Founded in 2005, Houston Roller Derby (www.houstonrollerderby.org) is Houston, Texas’ premiere all-female, flat-track, quad-skating, roller derby league. Within the league, four fierce teams battle for dominance: The Psych Ward Sirens, The Bayou City Bosses, The Brawlers and The Valkyries. While their uniforms may be stylish and their names playful, do not be fooled by appearances – the Houston Roller Derby girls are athletes who skate a sport that is unscripted and purely athletic. As a local non-profit organization and an original member league of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, the Houston Roller Derby girls embody the do-it-yourself, “for the skaters, by the skaters” ethos of modern women’s roller derby. 

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Event Listing: 

Houston Roller Derby, Houston’s premiere all-female, flat track roller derby league, will open the 2016 season with a crash on Saturday, Feb. 20  at Revention Music Center. This double-header season opener event between 2015 titleholders, the Valkyries and the Brawlers, followed by the headlining match-up between long-time rivals, the Psych Ward Sirens and the Bayou City Bosses will be a hard-hitting, wheel-spinning fight to the finish. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. General admission tickets are $15 online and $18 at the door; Premium tickets are $25 online and $30 at the door; Club level seating is $200 per booth (seats up to six). For more information, visit www.houstonrollerderby.org. 

When: February 20, 2016 

Where: Revention Music Center (520 Texas Ave., Houston, TX 77002) 

Time: 6:00 pm 

Cost: $15-$20 GA / $25-$30 Premium / $200 Club level (admits 6) 

 


⋆ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 6, 2015

Houston Roller Derby’s junior team (girls ages 7-17) brings the world of junior flat track roller derby to Houston for the Junior Derby Southern Showdown Tournament

Roller derby for kids? Yep – and it’s right here in Houston.   

Think of it as football in a circle, except with two running backs busting through the pack, trying to pass each other, while at the same time opposing blockers try to knock them down. Everybody is on roller skates. And almost all of them are girls.   

On Saturday, Jan. 16, six of the highest-ranking junior derby teams from across Texas will meet in Houston to battle it out in a double elimination tournament for the win. On Sunday, Jan. 17, they’ll play again, as individuals in new “mashup” teams, just for fun.    

Our girls are really excited about re-matches against teams they played last year and for the chance to face new opponents,” said Houston Junior Derby coach, “Scarlet O’Hurtya.” 2015 was a huge year for our team's growth, especially when it comes to inter-league play. Our juniors program is fairly new, so hosting so many talented teams on our own track is an amazing opportunity. 

O’Hurtya, more commonly known as Ciara Major of Houston, and her skaters pick their own derby names’ to go by on the track. Houston Junior Derby skaters includeADHDoom, Grim Cracker, Dread Riding Hood, Kick Kat, Blink Blink, Prima Basherina, Angry Bird, Panda Express, Scorpion, Maniac, Lil Miss Thing, Slay’er and Fluff-N-Tuff to name a few.  

But don’t let their playful names and appearances fool you – these skaters, ages 7-17, play as hard and competitively as football and hockey players. They get knocked down, and they get up again.  

Roller derby is a fast-paced, hard-hitting, explosive contact sport. A flat-track roller derby game is divided into two 30-minute periods, each made up of a dozen or more 2-minute shifts, called “jams”. The game clock doesn’t stop unless a timeout is called. The team with the most points at the end wins. 

Modern roller derby has captured the hearts of women and girls everywhere, and is now the world’s fastest-growing female sport. In 2015, roller derby was named Junior Olympics sport, and coaches are now scouting the country for the best youth skaters to participate.  

For young girls in particular, roller derby can be especially empowering. The sport welcomes girls of all shapes and backgrounds. Unlike other popular female sports that insist on specific, often-petite body types, derby is made up of skaters with a variety of strengths, from balance and power to speed, strategy and agility. This viral Upworthy video tells the story of a young girl who switched from figure skating to roller derby and became more confident in her body image: https://www.facebook.com/Upworthy/videos/1156349827739207/?fref=nf 

We invite you to bring your cameras and press team to this action-packed event. We’d love to give your reporters the chance to strap on some quad skates and get a lesson from our skaters. For more information, please contactkatie.thomson@houstonrollerderby.com 

About Houston Roller Derby: 

Founded in 2005, Houston Roller Derby (www.houstonrollerderby.org) is Houston, Texas’ premiere all-female, flat-track, quad-skating, roller derby league. Within the league, four fierce teams battle for dominance: The Psych Ward Sirens, The Bayou City Bosses, The Brawlers and The Valkyries. While their uniforms may be stylish and their names playful, do not be fooled by appearances – the Houston Roller Derby girls are athletes who skate a sport that is unscripted and purely athletic. As a local non-profit organization and an original member league of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, the Houston Roller Derby girls embody the do-it-yourself, “for the skaters, by the skaters” ethos of modern women’s roller derby. 

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Event Listing: 

Houston Roller Derby’s junior team (girls ages 7-17) brings the world of junior flat track roller derby to Houston for the Junior Derby Southern Showdown Tournament.  On Saturday, Jan. 16, six of the highest-ranking junior derby teams (made up of girls ages 7-17) from across Texas will meet in Houston to battle it out in a double elimination tournament for the win. On Sunday, Jan. 17, they’ll play again, as individuals in new “mashup” teams, just for fun.  

When:January 16-17, 2016  

Where: Houston Indoor Sports (221 Barren Springs Drive, Houston, TX 77090) 

Time9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m 

Cost: $10 Spectators 

Advance opportunities: Advance photos, video and interviews available upon request, by appointment, or during Houston Junior Derby practice 9:00 -11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9 at Houston Indoor Sports.   

 


⋆ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 1, 2015

Houston Roller Derby To Hold Live 2016 Season Draft Event for New Player Picks On Saturday, Oct. 24 

HOUSTON – Houston Roller Derby (www.houstonrollerderby.org), Houston, Texas’ premiere all-female, flat track roller derby league, will host its 2016 HRD Draft event for local derby fans on Saturday, Oct. 24 at Houston Indoor Sports (221 Barren Springs Dr., Houston, Texas 77090). Fans will get a thrilling sneak preview of the 2016 season as 15 rookies find themselves announced to any of the league’s four fierce teams: The Psych Ward Sirens, The Bayou City Bosses, The Brawlers and The Valkyries.   

After a seemingly major turnover in skater retirements for the league in 2015, the teams are looking to rebuild their charters for the new season. With new talents added to each roster, the four teams will be back at it for their 2016 season opener event on Saturday, Feb. 20, and ready to prove which team calls the shots on the track at Revention Music Center (520 Texas Avenue., Houston, TX 77002). 

This season’s draft picks will include current roller derby All-Star and Brawler skater, Radium DK (Emily Casey), Psych Ward Siren veteran, Maul McCartney (Alison Addessi-St. John), and Spindletop Rollergirls transfer, Ruby Ridicule (Sheri Ford).Other early predicted fan-favorites include newcomers EnJenn (Jennifer Gledhill), Agent Orange (Sarah Powell), and Le Tigre (Amanda Tompkins).  

Derby fans will also have the opportunity to watch a live drawing for the round robin-style match-ups for the teams’ 2016 season schedule. Roller derby matches at the event will feature the Houston Junior Derby girls, a Co-Ed scrimmage, and a challenge game starring the newly drafted skaters and other players from Houston’s four premier teams. Houston Roller Derby’s event will also offer merch, concessions and other entertainment off the track. 

Houston Roller Derby’s four teams are comprised of skaters who play round robin-style each year leading to the annual Houston Roller Derby championship. These teams each have a personality, garnering loyal fans and developing friendly, competitive rivalries. Like most modern female roller derby leagues, the Houston Roller Derby girls are volunteer-run and give back to the community that has embraced them. As community advocates for girl power and female empowerment,  the skaters of Houston Roller Derby also operate a Junior Derby League for girls ages 7-17. 

Admission for the 2016 HRD Draft event will be $10 at the door at the league’s practice venue, Houston Indoor Sports, located at 221 Barren Springs Dr., Houston, Texas 77090. Doors will open at 11:00 a.m., and the 2016 HRD Draft event will take place at 5:30 p.m. This is a family-friendly event. Spectators will be allowed to bring their own folding chairs and alcohol into Houston Indoor Sports. Houston Roller Derby kicks off its 2016 season on Saturday, Feb. 20, at their downtown venue, Revention Music Center, located at 520 Texas Avenue, Houston, TX 77002 (between Bagby and Smith). Tickets for 2016 games will go on sale at http://www.houstonrollerderby.org in late October. Houston Roller Derby’s 2016 event dates are February 20, March 19, April 23, May 21, June 18, July 16 and August 20 at Revention Music Center. 

About  Houston Roller Derby: 

Founded in 2005, Houston Roller Derby (www.houstonrollerderby.org) is Houston, Texas’ premiere all-female, flat-track, quad-skating roller derby league. Within the league, four fierce teams battle for dominance: The Psych Ward Sirens, The Bayou City Bosses, The Brawlers and The Valkyries. While their uniforms may be stylish and their names playful, do not be fooled by appearances – the Houston Roller Derby girls are athletes who skate a sport that is unscripted and purely athletic. As a local non-profit organization and an original member league of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, the Houston Roller Derby girls embody the do-it-yourself, “for the skaters, by the skaters” ethos of modern women’s roller derby. 

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Event Listing:  

Houston Roller Derby, Houston’s premiere all-female, flat track roller derby league, will host its 2016 HRD Draft event for local derby fans on Saturday, Oct. 24 at Houston Indoor Sports. Fans will get a thrilling sneak preview of the 2016 season as 15 rookies find themselves announced to any of the league’s four fierce teams: The Psych Ward Sirens, The Bayou City Bosses, The Brawlers and The Valkyries. Derby fans will also have the opportunity to watch a live drawing for the round robin-style match-ups for the teams’ 2016 season schedule. Roller derby matches at the event will feature the Houston Junior Derby girls, a Co-Ed scrimmage, and a challenge game starring the newly drafted skaters and other players from Houston’s four premier teams. For more information, visit www.houstonrollerderby.org. 

When: October 24, 2015 

Where: Houston Indoor Sports (221 Barren Springs Dr., Houston, Texas 77090) 

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

Cost: $10 

 


⋆ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 10, 2011

Houston Roller Derby announces new venue, 2012 season dates

HOUSTON – Houston Roller Derby is bringing its fast-paced flat track action to downtown in 2012, hosting games at Bayou Music Center (formerly Verizon Wireless Theater) March through September, with the season opener taking place on March 17.

Bayou Music Center, located at 520 Texas Avenue in downtown Houston's vibrant theater district, has a capacity of more than 2,000 and all the up-to-date features of a professional venue.

Bout ticket prices will remain at the same price level as the 2011 season, at $15 for general admission and $25 for VIP.

At the venue, fans will find beer options priced from $4 in addition to a full bar and a variety of non-alcoholic drinks. Food concessions at the venue are catered by Wolfgang Puck.

"The skaters in Houston Roller Derby are so excited to bring our sport's eclectic mix of athleticism and entertainment to a more central location this year," said Tiffany Hamilton aka Grrrl Friday, spokeswoman. "Our fans made us what we are; we know we'd be nothing with out them, so their happiness is paramount to us. We're delighted to invite them to a huge, professional venue that is easily accessible to all Houstonians and has lots of perks."

While fans will have the option to experience the many amenities of a professional venue, bouts will still provide the intimacy of floor "suicide" seating near the track with plentiful chair seating nearby.

"We still want to say hi to our fans and sign plenty of autographs," Hamilton said. "A bigger venue might give us a taste of what it's like to be a rock star but it definitely won't change our down-to-earth style."

The season dates for 2012 are: March 17, April 21, May 19, June 16, July 21, August 18 and September 15. The doors will open at 6 p.m. and games start at 7 p.m.

The season opener on March 17 will start off with a game between the Houston Roller Derby all-stars and an out-of-town team that is yet to be announced. The second game will pit 2011 season champion team the Psych Ward Sirens against second-ranked team the Bayou City Bosses. Fans won't want to miss this pivotal first game of the new season to see if the Sirens remain triumphant or if the three-time champion Bosses pull an upset. Third-ranked team The Brawlers will play the Sirens in April.

Patrons may park in the Theater District Parking Garage for $7 with entrances at Texas and Bagby streets as well as Texas and Smith streets. Valet parking is available for $10, with entrances on both Texas Avenue and Smith Street. Some metered street parking is also available in the area, with free parking after 6 p.m. on Saturdays. The venue is accessible by Houston city bus service and cab service.

HRD is also hosting a tournament May 11-12 at a different venue: Houston Indoor Sports, located at 221 Barren Springs Drive. The tournament will feature several out-of-town teams competing with Houston's all-star team.

As a relatively new sport following its resurgence in the late 1990s, roller derby has evolved from season to season, becoming more competitive and athletic as its skaters further hone their skills and develop new strategies.

Since organizing in 2005 Houston Roller Derby has grown into a league of more than 50 skaters. HRD is one of 105 member leagues that make up the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, and is ranked fifth in the WFTDA South Central Region. Houston's all-star team was one of the top 12 teams in the nation to compete at the WFTDA national championships in November 2009. HRD’s 2012 season starts in March. For more information, visit www.houstonrollerderby.com.

 

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Houston Roller Derby will host its season opener March 17 at new bouting venue Bayou Music Center (formerly Verizon Wireless Theater), 520 Texas Avenue in downtown Houston. HRD’s all-star team will play a team from out of town that is to-be-determined, followed by a game between the Psych Ward Sirens and the Bayou City Bosses. Doors open at 6 p.m. The first game starts at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $15 for general admission or $25 for VIP. For more information, visit www.houstonrollerderby.com.

 


 

⋆ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - August 4, 2011

Houston Roller Derby qualifies for Women’s Flat Track Derby Association Playoffs

HOUSTON, TEXAS – Houston Roller Derby's all-star travel team has earned a spot in the 2011 Women's Flat Track Derby Association South Central Region Playoffs. The top ten teams in the WFTDA South Central Region will head to Kansas City, Missouri, Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 to compete for one of three spots in the 2011 WFTDA Championships. The WFTDA South Central Region includes 27 teams hailing from a region that spans the southern states, from Florida and Georgia west to New Mexico, and extends as far north as Nebraska.

Houston's all-star travel team is currently ranked fifth in the WFTDA South Central region, up from its seventh-place ranking at the beginning of the year. While there is no official national rankings system at this time, Houston is unofficially nationally ranked at 18th according to Flat Track Stats, and 22nd according to the Derby News Network. Houston was one of the top 12 teams in the nation to compete at the 2009 WFTDA Championships.

The South Central Region Playoffs, nicknamed “Show Me Der-B-Q” this year, are expected to attract thousands of roller derby players and fans to watch some of the best action the sport has to offer. Fans wishing to cheer on Houston's all-stars can find ticketing and other information at http://showmederbq.com.

To make it to the Playoffs, Houston first had to earn a top 10 ranking within the South Central Region. WFTDA members vote on rankings quarterly, based on the results of a team’s bouts against other WFTDA teams. Second quarter rankings are used to determine tournament eligibility. As the fifth-seeded team in the tournament, Houston will first play the fourth-seed, Atlanta Rollergirls, on Friday, Sept. 30, and will play at least three games over the course of the three-day, multi-level tournament.

The top three finishers at each of the four WFTDA playoff tournaments will advance to compete for the championship title. Consolation brackets for teams that don’t advance in the Playoffs will help determine future rankings within the South Central Region. For more information on the WFTDA “Big 5” tournaments, see http://wftda.com/The-Big-5.

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www.houstonrollerderby.com

Kali Schumitz, WFTDA Public Relations – press@wftda.com
Juliana Gonzales, WFTDA Executive Director – 512-587-1859, juliana@wftda.com

ABOUT HOUSTON ROLLER DERBY: Since organizing in 2005, Houston Roller Derby has grown into a league of more than 50 skaters. HRD is one of 117 member leagues that make up the international Women's Flat Track Derby Association. HRD practices and bouts at Houston Indoor Sports, located at 221 Barren Springs Drive in Houston. HRD's travel team is currently ranked fifth in the WFTDA South Central Region, and was one of the top 12 teams in the association to compete at the 2009 WFTDA Championships. HRD's 2011 season runs through October. For more information, visit www.houstonrollerderby.com.

ABOUT WFTDA:  The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association is the international governing body for the sport of women’s flat track roller derby and a membership organization for leagues to collaborate and network. WFTDA sets standards for rules, seasons, and safety, and determines guidelines for the national and international athletic competitions of member leagues. There are currently 117 WFTDA member leagues and 72 leagues in the WFTDA Apprentice program. WFTDA is governed by a five-member, volunteer Board of Directors and managed by an Executive Director.

 



HOUSTON, Texas - The Houston Roller Derby 2016 Home Team Championship event, which was originally scheduled to be played on Saturday, August 20, has been changed to Saturday, August 27. 
The third place game at Revention Music Center is scheduled to start at 7:00 pm and will be followed by the 2016 championship match. All fans who have tickets dated August 20 may use those same tickets for the game. 
The date change was necessitated due to the Houston Roller Derby All Stars advancing to the Division 2 Tournament of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) playoffs. The Houston Roller Derby All Stars will take on other top-60 teams from all around the world on August 19-21 in Wichita, KS, pushing the Houston Roller Derby Home team Championship event to the next weekend. 
The Houston Roller Derby All Stars returned home in June after a successful two-game tournament that saw the team pick up victories against Nashville and Madison. The Houston Roller Derby All Stars are currently ranked 43 in the world out of 274 leagues that make up the WFTDA. 
Tickets for the Houston Roller Derby Home Team Championship game start at $15 and officially go on sale on Sunday, July 17! Tickets can be purchased online at www.houstonrollerderby.org.   
 
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About Houston Roller Derby:  
Founded in 2005, Houston Roller Derby (www.houstonrollerderby.org) is Houston, Texas’ premiere all-female, flat-track, quad-skating, roller derby league. Within the league, four fierce teams battle for dominance: The Psych Ward Sirens, The Bayou City Bosses, The Brawlers and The Valkyries. While their uniforms may be stylish and their names playful, do not be fooled by appearances – the Houston Roller Derby girls are athletes who skate a sport that is unscripted and purely athletic. As a local non-profit organization and an original member league of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, the Houston Roller Derby girls embody the do-it-yourself, “for the skaters, by the skaters” ethos of modern women’s roller derby. The Houston Roller Derby All Stars feature Houston’s most talented skaters from each of the league’s four home teams. The Houston Roller Derby All Stars are ranked amongst the top 50 teams in the world playing flat-track roller derby, earning their spot to compete in the world’s top playoff tournaments every year.

⋆ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Feb. 9, 2011

Houston Roller Derby to Bout at New Location for 2011 Season

HOUSTON, TX –- 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 p.m. April 16th, and will feature visiting team Red Stick from Baton Rouge, LA, as well as an intraleague bout between home teams the Sirens and the Bayou City Bosses. Tickets are now available at www.houstonrollerderby.com.

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. Visit www.houstonrollerderby.com.


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