Tallahassee RollerGirls

Tallahassee RollerGirls is a women's flat-track roller derby league based in Tallahassee, Florida. Founded in 2006, Tallahassee is a member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA).[1]

Tallahassee RollerGirls
Metro areaTallahassee, FL
CountryUnited States
TeamsCapital Punishment (A team)
Jailbreak Betties (B team)
Track type(s)Flat
VenueHansel Tookes Center at Florida A&M University
Org. typeLLC

History and organization

The league was founded in 2006,[2] and joined the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) in 2009 as a South Central Region league.[3] Florida State University student Adrianne Chaplin posted a flyer about roller derby and Melissa Smith responded, who organized the first meeting of 12 women in January 2006.[4] The league practiced at a skating rink in Georgia prior to relocating to the Tallahassee Skate Inn. In 2012, the league moved to their current venue, the Hansel Tookes Center at Florida A&M University. Capital Punishment played their first game against Panama City March 24, 2007 and went on to win 6 out of 7 of their first season games, losing only to the Tampa Bay Derby Darlins. Their second season consisted of 7 wins and 1 loss to a home team of founding WFTDA member, Texas Rollergirls.[5] In their third season (2009) the Jailbreak Betties, Tallahassee's second team, lost in their inaugural bout against Burn City Rollers from Auburn, Alabama. The league increased the number of bouts to 17 in 2010, and 23 in 2011 between the two teams.[6]

Tallahassee Rollergirls has two travel teams, Capital Punishment and the Jailbreak Betties. Capital Punishment competes in interleague games which count towards WFTDA national rankings and the Jailbreak Betties function as a training league.[7] Tallahassee also has two home teams, the Legiskators and the Sinators.

WFTDA competition

Capital Punishment began their 2012 season with a win against the Green Country Roller Girls who were ranked seventh in the South Central Region at the time.[8] 2012 also marked the first time the league qualified as the ninth seed at the final WFTDA South Central Regional Tournament and finished in eighth place.[9] In 2013, Tallahassee qualified for the newly-created Division 2 Playoffs in Des Moines, Iowa, but finished in tenth place, ending their weekend with a 345-135 loss to DC Rollergirls.[10]


Season Final ranking[11] Playoffs Championship
2009 14 SC[12] DNQ DNQ
2010 13 SC[13] DNQ DNQ
2011 15 SC[14] DNQ DNQ
2012 10 SC[15] 8 SC[9] DNQ
2013 83 WFTDA[16] 10 D2[10] DNQ
2014 143 WFTDA[17] DNQ DNQ
2015 194 WFTDA[18] DNQ DNQ
2016 156 WFTDA[19] DNQ DNQ
2017 187 WFTDA[20] DNQ DNQ

Community involvement

Tallahassee RollerGirls have donated proceeds to local and national charities in the past including Refuge House, National Public Radio, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, and are founding members of the Oasis Center for Women & Girls.[21][22] In addition to raising money for charities, some members founded Spread the Love Charity.[23]

Spread the Love charity

Spread the Love charity was organized in November 2009 by teammates and friends of Stephanie "Danger S" Little shortly after she was diagnosed with cervical cancer.[23] Danger S joined the Tallahassee RollerGirls earlier that year and was elected assistant coach before being diagnosed. She died in February 2010, but the Spread the Love Charity created to assist her now continues to fund exams for women in need and raise awareness of cervical cancer. The team uniform includes a patch in her memory that reads "Danger S. Ones".[24]


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  2. Sam Lane, "Every Team: Tallahassee Rollergirls", WCTV, 24 May 2009
  3. "2009 Rankings", WFTDA
  4. Murraine, St Claire. "National revival reaches Tallahassee", Tallahassee Democrat,2006-05-31
  5. "Tallahassee Capital Punishment" South Central Derby News. Retrieved 2012-03-02.
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  8. "Tallahassee Upsets Green Country, 215-178" Derby News Network. Retrieved 2012-03-02.
  9. Wise, Beck (7 October 2012). "SC 7th Place: 8SC Omaha Escapes 9SC Tallahassee, 132-118 | Derby News Network". www.derbynews.net. Derby News Network. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  10. Talionis, Lex (18 August 2013). "D2DM 9th Place: DC Vetoes Tallahassee, 345-135 | Derby News Network". www.derbynews.net. Derby News Network. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
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  18. "Rankings: December 31, 2015 – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
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  20. "Rankings: December 31, 2017 – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  21. "Who we are" Oasis Center for Women & Girls. Retrieved 2012-03-02.
  22. Frisby, Merry Ann."Women add a little extra punch to charity" Tallahassee Democrat 2008-12-24. Retrieved 2012-03-02.
  23. "Spread the love charity" Retrieved 2012-03-02.
  24. kingjames."In memory of Danger" derbylife 2012-02-17. Retrieved 2012-03-03.
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