Gem City Roller Derby

Gem City Roller Derby (GCRD) is a women's flat track roller derby league based in Dayton, Ohio. Founded in 2006, the league features two teams that compete against teams from other leagues, plus three home league teams that play each other. Gem City is a member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA).[1]

Gem City Roller Derby
Metro areaDayton, OH
CountryUnited States
TeamsThe Purple Reign (A team)
The Violet Femmes (B team)
Bully Frogs
Murder Squad
Snark Attack
Track type(s)Flat
VenueOrbit Fun Center

History and organization

GCRD was founded as Gem City Rollergirls in January 2006 by Ginger Clark and Andrea Moore, known as "Helen of DesTroy" and "Cyn Vicious". The league initially formed two teams, the Queens of Hearts and the Aces of Spades, that later became the Rude Girls and Damage Inc. After a decrease in league membership, the two teams became one for several years. Steady growth led to a return of the two-team structure for the 2014 season. The new team names are The Purple Reign and The Violet Femmes.

Gem City rebranded in June 2016 as Gem City Roller Derby, and further expanded to include three intraleague home teams, who play one another during the travel team off season: Bully Frogs, Snark Attack, and Murder Squad.[2] The Bully Frogs were the initial home season champion, with a 174-154 victory over the Murder Squad in March 2017.[3]


GCRD initially joined the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) in December 2007.[4][5] However, after struggling to maintain a sufficient number of eligible skaters, GCRD was unable to play any fully sanctioned bouts during the 2008 season. During 2009 several long-standing skaters left the league, which also incurred increases in rink costs; however the league survived.[6] In 2010, the league reverted to the status of apprentice members of the WFTDA.[5] The league grew each year following and, during the 2013 boot camp, nearly doubled in size to a total of over fifty skaters. Gem City earned its full WFTDA status back for the 2014 season.[7]


Season Final ranking[8] Playoffs Championship
2008 NR NC[9] DNQ DNQ
2009 18 NC[10] DNQ DNQ
2014 181 WFTDA[11] DNQ DNQ
2015 123 WFTDA[12] DNQ DNQ
2016 104 WFTDA[13] DNQ DNQ
2017 78 WFTDA[14] DNQ DNQ
  • league did not receive WFTDA final rankings 2010-2013


The following scheduled bouts will take place at Dayton Convention Center.

April 21, 2018Purple Reign vs Steel City Roller Derby

Violet Femmes vs Dire Skates

May 12, 2018Purple Reign vs The Chicago Outfit

Violet Femmes vs The Chicago Outfit

June 9, 2018Purple Reign vs Detroit All Stars (B)

Violet Femmes vs Appalachian Hell Betties

July 7, 2018Femmes vs Enchanted Mountain Roller Derby

Lavender Haze vs Silver Bridge Bruisers


  1. "Gem City Roller Derby – WFTDA". WFTDA. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  2. "Gem City Roller Derby Game: Bully Frogs vs Murder Squad at Orbit Fun Center - March 12, 2017 - Journal News". Journal-News. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  3. Taylor-Lehman, Dylan (30 March 2017). "Derby takes the rink to the brink". The Yellow Springs News. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  4. "The WFTDA Newsletter - December 2007". WFTDA. December 2007. Archived from the original on 13 May 2008. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  5. "Gem City Rollergirls", Flat Track Stats
  6. Amelia Robinson, "Rollergirls keep rollin' on", Dayton Daily News, 26 March 2010
  7. "WFTDA Welcomes 22 New Full Member Leagues - LatestNews - Women's Flat Track Derby Association". WFTDA. 23 December 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  8. "Current Rankings", WFTDA
  9. "Rankings – WFTDA". WFTDA. Archived from the original on 2 February 2009. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  10. "Current Rankings". WFTDA. Archived from the original on 30 April 2010. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  11. "Rankings: December 31, 2014 – WFTDA". WFTDA. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  12. "Rankings: December 31, 2015 – WFTDA". WFTDA. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  13. "Rankings: December 31, 2016 – WFTDA". WFTDA. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  14. "Rankings: December 31, 2017 – WFTDA". WFTDA. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
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