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April 21: FoCo Brew Crew vs. Boulder County Bombers

April 21: FoCo Brew Crew vs. Boulder County Bombers

Join us for our very last bout at The Events Center and help us secure a new venue!

On the track: FoCo Roller Derby Brew Crew vs. Boulder County Bombers. It’s sure to be a high energy bout with a lot of action.

Doors are at 6:30 PM. First whistle at 7:00 PM

Ticket Prices:

  • General admission at the door: $15
  • General admission, advance purchase (ends at midnight the night before the event): $10
  • Students with a valid ID, military personnel and seniors: $10
  • Kids under 12: FREE!

Our events are always family friendly. The Event Center offers concessions and there’s plenty of space to let the kids run amok, make friends, and meet their favorite derby skaters. Come cheer on your local derby crew, support our league by purchasing the most delicious treats at our bake sale table (yum!), buy FoCo Derby gear and have fun. We can’t wait to see you!

FoCo Roller Derby at the Fort Collins St. Patrick’s Day Parade!

FoCo Roller Derby at the Fort Collins St. Patrick’s Day Parade!

We are joining of bff’s at the Rocky Mountain Beard & Mustache Club at the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Old Town Fort Collins. They will be showing off their award-winning float skills, bagpipers and a leprechaun! We’ll be skating alongside representing FoCo Roller Derby & we’d love to see you there.

When:
March 17, 2018
The parade will begin at 10:00am & end at approximately 12:30pm but will be followed by a town party and other events.

Cost:
Free!

Parade Route:
The parade starts at Mountain Ave. and College Ave., and will continue South on College Ave., and will head East on Magnolia St. to end at Remington St. and Magnolia St.

3-17: Doubleheader – FoCo Juniors v Tulsa & FCRD vs Slaughterhouse

3-17: Doubleheader – FoCo Juniors v Tulsa & FCRD vs Slaughterhouse

Join us at The Events Center Saturday, March 17 for a double header! Twice the bouts, twice the fun – all for the price of one regular bout.

Bout 1:
FoCo Junior Roller Derby vs. Tulsa Derby Brats
Watch our nationally recognized Jr Derby team take on Oklahoma’s Jr team

Bout 2:
FoCo Brew Crew vs. Slaughterhouse Derby Girls

Details:
Doors open at 5:30 and the first whistle blows at 6!
GET TICKETS
$10 Online ticket sales end midnight the day of the event.

Door Ticket Prices:
$15 – General Admission
$10 – Students and Military (w ID)
Free – Kids under 12

Our events are family friendly! Come cheer on your local derby crew, support our league by purchasing the most delicious treats at our bake sale table (yum!), buy FoCo Derby gear and have fun. We can’t wait to see you!

2-24: Heartbreakers vs. Shamrocks

2-24: Heartbreakers vs. Shamrocks

 

Join us for a holiday themed full-contact mixed roller derby game! Come cheer on your local derby team – the bout is family-friendly and a guaranteed good time.

Want to skate? Sign up here: https://goo.gl/E53gYA
Skaters must be 18+ and have valid WFTDA insurance.
The cost to participate is $10 per person, payment details will be emailed to registrants

Doors open at 6:30 PM, the bout begins at 7:30 PM.

$10 Online ticket sales end midnight the day of the event.

Door Ticket Prices:
$15 – General Admission
$10 – Students and Military (w ID)
Free – Kids under 12

11-18: Annual Salt N’ Pepper Game

11-18: Annual Salt N’ Pepper Game

The officials hang up their whistles for this final bout of the season to join players together as Team Salt &Team Pepper in a full-contact mixed roller derby game! Doors are at 6:30 PM.

Get Tickets

$10 Online ticket sales end midnight the day of the event.

Door Ticket Prices:
$15 – General Admission
$10 – Students and Military (w ID)
Free – Kids under 12

Player Sign-up: https://goo.gl/DrPt7y

10-14: 12th Annual Black & Blue Ball

10-14: 12th Annual Black & Blue Ball

Cheer on your home teams of FoCo as they face-off, prom-style to jostle, juke, and jam their way through the pack. Who will be this year’s “Belle of the Ball” or win the coveted “Best Dressed” title at this year’s event? Come and see! Doors are at 6:30 PM.

Get Tickets

$10 Online ticket sales end midnight the day of the event.

Door Ticket Prices:
$15 – General Admission
$10 – Students and Military (w ID)
Free – Kids under 12

9-30: FCRD Micro Bruisers vs 10th Mountain Roller Dolls

9-30: FCRD Micro Bruisers vs 10th Mountain Roller Dolls

Get ready for top-notch WFTDA play as the FoCo Roller Derby’s Micro Bruisers go head to head with the 10th Mountain Roller Dolls Mountaineers from Vail, CO. Doors are at 6:30 PM, the action starts at 7:00 PM

Get Tickets

$10 Online ticket sales end midnight the day of the event.

Door Ticket Prices:
$15 – General Admission
$10 – Students and Military (w ID)
Free – Kids under 12

Halftime Entertainment brought to you by

Rocky Mountain Beard and Moustache Club

After Party Host

William Oliver’s Publick House

8-19: FCRD Micro Bruisers vs Ark Valley High Rollers

8-19: FCRD Micro Bruisers vs Ark Valley High Rollers

Get ready for top-notch WFTDA play as the FoCo Roller Derby’s Micro Bruisers go head to head with the Ark Valley High Rollers All Stars from Salida, CO.
 
Doors are at 6:30 PM, the action starts at 7:00 PM

Pre-sale tickets online are $10 http://bit.ly/focoark

Tickets will be available at the door
$15 – General Admission
$10 – Students and Military (w ID)
Free – Kids under 12

DIGITAL PROGRAM – Coming Soon

After Party
To Be Determined

Snark Bite #789: My Derby Journey

Snark Bite #789: My Derby Journey

You know that moment when you are inches away from the goals you’ve been working your whole life for when suddenly fate tears the rug out from under you and sends you hurtling into the darkness? That’s how my derby journey began, 2 years before I’d ever heard of the sport.

I was a triathlete a week out from qualifying for the world championships again when I was riding a demo bike in a bike lane. I was passing a wedding when the driver of the limo I thought was empty suddenly opened his door on me, catching my hand as I tried to turn away. My hand absorbed so much of the energy that I hit the ground softly. As I assessed my internal injuries, the driver & his co-worker left me lying there. The coworker told me the accident was my fault and as I hobbled over to the other wedding workers in search of witnesses, the workers huddled up & looked sideways at me like I was Quasimodo.

The accident left me with a crippling condition in my hand that is extremely rare. As I bounced from doctor to doctor searching for answers, the medical community gave me shrugs of “just deal with it,” or worse, “it’s all in your head.” Meanwhile, I was fighting desperately to hang on to the life I had built, believing that I could somehow tough it out and everything would go back to the way it was. Two surgeries later, I was still suffering from chronic pain and sliding into depression as I tried to accept that I could never get back to what I was.

The thing about rare conditions is that you can’t just say their name in public & people will understand what you’re going through. If doctors didn’t believe me, how could a stranger? After all, I looked perfectly normal! My social life was wrapped up in my ability to train & race which meant I wasn’t seeing my friends anymore. And where once I had worked toward grand athletic goals, I now spent my hours online, desperately hoping to find a way back to normalcy. There’s no support groups for what I have so I tried joining a para-athlete group. But when I showed up to one of their activities, unable to fully explain why I thought I might fit, I just felt like an imposter. I wasn’t disabled enough, but I wasn’t fully abled either.

Although my family continued to offer their support, the negativity seeped into my relationships with them too as my world grew smaller and I struggled to get off the couch. I forced myself to go on long walks, but that left me awash in my dark thoughts. On a whim, I dug out my old rollerblades and hit the bike paths. Finally, I’d found an activity that didn’t make my hand hurt! In fact, the wristguard actually helped a bit! But there were not enough miles of path for me and it was still a fight to make myself do it. When I wore my wheels into squares, I went to Skate Ratz and saw videos of roller derby. I didn’t know anything about it but it looked like a lot of fun and you didn’t need hands. I wanted to learn more!

I looked into FoCo Roller Derby and what really got me was the mission statement. Here, spelled out, was everything I had always believed about sport and even better, it was a women’s sport! I wouldn’t be fighting entrenched misogyny like I had in other sports all my life. Bonus!

When I showed up to the New Recruits meeting, I’ll admit I felt a bit out of place. Why would this group accept me when others had not? I didn’t fit any definition of what I thought a roller derby player was but as I watched some of the practice that night, I was mesmerized by how the skaters moved. I wanted to learn how to do that!

Finally, I had found something that forced me to clear my mind completely at every practice, no time to mope about my hand. And it was so engaging that when I was off the rink, I was watching derby videos instead of researching my condition. Instead of fearing the things I couldn’t do, I was striving to learn new things on skates.

But the best part was that I had found a community where I didn’t have to define myself as abled or disabled, just willing. My ability or inability didn’t matter. All that mattered was that I was willing to get back up & try again every time I fell down. And though I’d never realized it before, deep down, that was who I have always been.

Some people think that the hardest part of roller derby is the physical aspects of the sport. I would argue that the hardest part is the dedication required to succeed. But with a team like FoCo, that comes easy!

 

FoCo Roller Derby’s rebrand!

FoCo Roller Derby’s rebrand!

FoCo Roller Derby’s rebrand represents inclusiveness, athleticism and local community

At the helm of its tenth season, FoCo Roller Derby, formerly FoCo Girls Gone Derby, is rebranding! Not only has the sporting organization changed its name to reflect the inclusive nature of the sport and our league but also the visual representations — from the logo to the website — have undergone an overhaul.

ON THE LEAGUE’S NAME CHANGE:

As we celebrate a decade of roller derby in Fort Collins, our upcoming season will redefine the future by supporting gender neutrality in sport participation. FoCo Roller Derby is proud to announce the decision to drop the gender-specific “girls” from the league’s namesake.

We are a fiercely dedicated group of athletes and volunteers who love the sport of roller derby, and we want our league name and branding to represent athleticism, community and inclusion.

Many within the Fort Collins community are proud of its association with ambers, ales, hops, stouts, lagers and breweries as well as its proximity to the Rocky Mountains within the state of Colorado. Our league is honored to be from Fort Collins, and this shows in the presentation of our logo and the name of our all-star travel team: the Micro Bruisers.

Our skaters, officials and league management have no reservations about the update, and they believe it is more representative of the roller derby community in Colorado. The name change is one step towards creating a welcoming and safe environment for current and future skaters, officials, volunteers and fans, regardless of their ethnicity, heritage, age, sexual orientation or gender. Further, our league is inclusive of all transgender, genderqueer and all non-binary members.

“The sport of roller derby has evolved over the last decade since its rebirth. It is no longer a series of exhibitions with fishnets and elbows. Instead, it is a game of fierce athleticism and strategy. Its members are strong, supportive and varied individuals who spend countless hours working as a team on and off the track. We are proud of our growth and inclusiveness and celebrate that with our new identity.”
— Tracey Bjick ~ roller derby alias: 98 Pounds of Steel ~ league president and head of athletics

“Roller derby is a sport for all size athletes. All you need is determination and good sports-person-ship.”
— Jerica Martin ~ roller derby alias: Urrk’n Jerkin ~ co-head coach

“The roller derby community has always been a place where people are allowed just to be themselves. As officials, we are proud to be affiliated with a league that chose an identity that represents all of us, as well the culture and values of the sport we love so much.”
— Coleen Elliott ~ roller derby alias: Danger A-GoGo ~ head non-skating official and web manager

FoCo Roller Derby would like to thank the leagues before us who created a safe space for gender-inclusive sporting organizations. For more information, visit Derby Central: What’s in a name?

ON THE LEAGUE’S NEW MARKETING INITIATIVES:

Check out the league’s refurbished website at www.focorollerderby.org. The awesomely interactive virtual experience has a clean, fresh look with up-to-date information on roller derby, sports training, the league and other content. Learn more about your favorite FoCo athlete, read the blog or view bout photographs.

Additional tenth-anniversary initiatives:

  • Recreation league options
  • Increase level of competitive game play
  • Community outreach, working with several area non-profits

Get involved during this historic season:

Don’t miss our upcoming events!

  1. Saturday, March 12, 2016: 10th Anniversary Throwback: Heroes vs. Villains
    Join us for a special celebration of the start of our tenth season for a throwback game: Heroes vs Villains! Can the heroes defend justice in Fort Collins? Or will the Villains claim victory?
  2. Saturday, June 25, 2016: Pride and Powerjams
    What’s this roller derby? Come and check out! Each and every age, gender and background is just perfect for roller derby.
  3. Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016: Annual Black & Blue Ball
    Cheer on your home teams of FoCo as they face-off, prom-style to jostle, juke, and jam their way through the pack.
  4. Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016: Annual Salt n’ Pepper
    The officials hang up their whistles for this final bout of the season to join players together as Team Salt & Team Pepper in a full-contact mixed roller derby game!

View more at our 2016 Calendar

Thank you to our sponsors!

Remax AlliancePinball JonesGrease MonkeyPZLawBlk  Skate Ratz  Monroe's Lounge

If you want to be a sponsor, please contact sponsorship@focorollerderby.org.


FoCo Roller Derby promotes and fosters the sport of flat-track roller derby through athleticism, sportspersonship, inclusion and empowerment of its skaters, officials, staff and volunteers.FoCo Roller Derby seeks to be a catalyst for improving self-confidence, health, well-being, leadership, life skills and community.FoCo Roller Derby — Northern Colorado’s first roller derby league — has been dishing out hip checks since January 2006. Visit www.focorollerderby.org to learn more about the league, its mission and its commitment to fitness, unity, community and pride.