Detroit Roller Derby

Detroit Roller Derby (DRD) is a women's flat-track roller derby league based in Detroit, Michigan. The league was formed as Detroit Derby Girls in January 2005 and held their first bouts in February 2006.[1][2][3] In November 2016, the league announced it had officially changed its name to Detroit Roller Derby.[4] Detroit Roller Derby is a founding member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA).[5]

Detroit Roller Derby
Metro areaDetroit, MI
CountryUnited States
Founded2005
TeamsTravel Teams
Detroit Roller Derby Allstars (A Team)
Motor City Disassembly Line (B Team)
Motown Wreckers (Pick up team)
Home Teams
D-Funk Allstars
Devil's Night Dames
The Detroit Pistoffs
Grand Prix Madonnas
Track type(s)Flat
VenueDetroit Masonic Temple Drill Hall, Detroit, MI
AffiliationsWFTDA
Websitehttps://www.detroitrollerderby.com/

Teams

The Detroit Roller Derby league comprises four home teams: the D-Funk Allstars, the Devil's Night Dames, the Detroit Pistoffs, and the Grand Prix Madonnas.[6] In 2010 the league added the Grand Prix Madonnas and moved venues from the Detroit Masonic Temple to Cobo Arena.[7] Due to renovations at Cobo, the league has returned to the Detroit Masonic Temple, and occasionally hosts games at the Taylor Sportsplex.

The league also has three inter-league travel teams; "A" and "B" all-star teams: The Detroit Roller Derby Allstars, a "C" team: Motor City Disassembly Line (MCDL), and a pick-up style team containing various skill levels: Motown Wreckers.[8]

WFTDA competition

The Detroit Derby Girls finished third in the 2009 WFTDA North Central Regional Tournament, qualifying them to compete in the 2009 National Tournament.[9]

At the 2009 WFTDA National Championships, the DDG faced defending WFTDA champions Gotham Girls Roller Derby in the first round. Gotham won by a score of 187-38, eliminating Detroit from the tournament.[10]

In 2014, Detroit was the first champion of the newly created WFTDA Division 2, defeating Rideau Valley Roller Girls of Ottawa, Canada in the final.[11] In 2015, Detroit hosted a Division 2 playoff tournament,[12] while returning themselves to Division 1 play at Jacksonville, where they placed sixth.[13] In 2016, Detroit finished eighth at the Division 1 tournament hosted in Montreal.[14] At the 2017 Division 1 Playoff in Malmö, Detroit finished outside of the medals after losing their quarterfinal to Gotham Girls Roller Derby.[15]

In 2018, Detroit was the twelfth seed at the WFTDA Playoff in A Coruña, Spain, and ended their weekend with a narrow 224-223 consolation round victory against Sailor City Rollers.[16]

Rankings

Season Final ranking[17] Playoffs Championship
2006 26[18] N/A
2007 8 E[19] 4 E[20] R1[21]
2008 N/A[22] 6 E[23] DNQ
2009 2 NC[24] 2 NC[25] R1[26]
2010 4 NC[27] 5 NC[28] DNQ
2011 4 NC[29] 4 NC[30] DNQ
2012 5 NC[31] 5 NC[32] DNQ
2013 28 WFTDA[33] 4 D1[34] DNQ
2014 30 WFTDA[35] 1 D2[36] 1 D2[11]
2015 20 WFTDA[37] 6 D1[13] DNQ
2016 24 WFTDA[38] 8 D1[14] DNQ
2017 26 WFTDA[39] CR D1[15] DNQ
2018 36 WFTDA[40] CR[16] DNQ
  • CR = consolation round

Film Appearance

A number of skaters of the Detroit Derby Girls appeared in Drew Barrymore's directorial debut film, Whip It!.[41][42]

References

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Preceded by
Jet City Rollergirls
WFTDA Division 2 Championship winners
2014
Succeeded by
Sacred City Derby Girls
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