What is Peach State Roller Derby?

Peach State Roller Derby is a non-profit amateur athletic organization. PSRD is focused on its enduring goals of hosting family friendly events, raising community awareness of the health benefits of skating and female athleticism, and promoting self-esteem in women by offering them alternative and athletic avenues of expression. We aim to inspire young girls to excel independently by demonstrating personal commitment, enthusiasm, and athletic achievement.

How do I contact PSRD?

You can e-mail us as follows:

Recruitment: recruitment@peachstaterollerderby.com

General Info: president@peachstaterollerderby.com

Interleague: interleague@peachstaterollerderby.com

Fundraising & Events: fundraising@peachstaterollerderby.com

Volunteers: volunteers@peachstaterollerderby.com

Who can join PSRD?

Our league is open to women 18 and older who seek camaraderie in a fun, supportive and respectful sporting environment. Our business is skater-owned and operated and relies upon the commitment of all skaters involved. PSRD is also looking for men and women to serve as referees, non-skating officials, and volunteers.

Is today’s derby what I saw on tv as a kid?

During the early 1900’s, multi-day roller skating endurance races were popular spectators events. In the late 1930’s, the popularity of the occasional collisions and crashes led to the development of a sport that maximized the physical contact. Over the next 30 years, roller derby evolved into a popular traveling spectator sport. However by the 1970’s, the spectacle was emphasized over the sport and roller derby resembled professional wrestling with scripted storylines, exaggerated falls, and staged theatrics. The modern flat track revival of the sport began in Austin, Texas in 2001. By late 2005 there were over 50 all-female leagues in existence, and more than 135 by mid-2006. Leagues outside of the US began forming in 2006, and by mid-2009 there were 425 amateur leagues. There are currently over 1000 leagues in existence across the globe, and in early December 2011 the first Roller Derby World Cup tournament took place with teams representing 13 countries. Today’s roller derby is not at all like the 1970’s version. It is not played on a banked track, and there are no flying elbow take-downs or sending the opponent flipping over the outside railing. Roller derby is also not “chicks in fishnets beating the crap out of each other”, nor is it “recreational aggression therapy for harried housewives”. It is a fast-paced full contact team sport that requires athleticism, speed, and strategy. The athletes take it very seriously, and dedicate a large portion of their time to practice and training. There is an official sanctioning body with regional, national, and even international competition. Play is governed by a 43 page rule book administered and enforced by a small army of referees and non-skating officials.

What is PSRD’s mission?

Our mission is to provide athletic skating entertainment charged with female spirit, sisterhood, and competition within our league and opposing leagues while promoting the sport of roller derby. Our vision is to be a league of adult women from all walks of life, who are seeking friendship, excitement, camaraderie, fitness, and enjoy skating competitively. Our league administers training in order to provide a safe skating environment for all. Our roller derby league offers the opportunity for self-expression, socialization, and friendship through support and teamwork which provides fun and exciting skating entertainment to the public.  We also support other local non-profit organizations, such as the Etowah Valley Humane Society, Must Ministries, and other qualified amateur athletic organizations.

How long is the season and do you travel?

The Roller Derby Season typically runs from February through October.  Yes, PSRD travels quite a bit.  While we generally host 4 home bouts, we have several away bouts scheduled as well, and are continuing to add to this schedule as our league grows.  Come watch us grow!

Do I need prior experience to play roller derby?

While some skating experience is helpful, we will teach you everything you need to know. No one is too old to learn! We’re looking for ladies 18+ who have spunk and are ready to give their all to this physically demanding and rewarding sport and be a part of a wonderfully supportive organization of women.  Please email recruitment@peachstaterollerderby.com if you’re interested in playing, for everything you’ll need to know to get started!

Are there other ways to join or support PSRD aside from becoming a rollergirl?

Yes! PSRD is seeking skating referees, (men or women), NSO’s (non-skating officials), and bout volunteers. Please send an email to volunteers@peachstaterollerderby.com to find out how you can be a part of PSRD. Additionally, PSRD is seeking sponsors and business partnerships. Send an email to fundraising@peachstaterollerderby.com to find out how you can help PSRD grow by becoming a sponsor. Please email sponsorship@peachstaterollerderby.com or click the following link for a sponsorship package.

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How can I become a Sponsor?

We are a non-profit organization that depends on sponsors like you to help support our team. We also give back by providing free advertisement to your business by including your logo on banners, game programs and a link to your website from our sponsor page. For more information please click on the following link to download our sponsorship package at PSRD Sponsorships 2016 . You may email the completed package with your graphics to sponsorship@peachstaterollerderby.com. Thank you in advance for your support.

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