Springfield Roller Girls 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. SRG 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 CoMo Derby 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 girls 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 had to big 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.
2017 promises to be an awesome season, and we are working hard to make it happen. We are looking forward to making our team the best we can be…and teaching our new skaters how to be to excel at this sport. Since seeing a spike in our membership, we are forming home-teams this year to give everyone as much game-play, and practice, as they can get. We are always looking for skaters but we are also always looking for skating officials, and non-skating officials. We could not do this without them! If you are interested in joining our league feel free to say hi, or just come to practice! See you on the rink!