Rose City Rollers adjusts bout schedule after Snowpocalypse 2017

Dear Rose City,

It is after much deliberation, that we have decisded to move this weekends bouts. After our initial move of the 1/14-15 bouts to 1/21-22, we heard concern from many league members about safety as well as skaters and officials being unavailable this weekend. From a safety perspective, if we were to host this weekend, many skaters would not have skated but perhaps a single practice in weeks, which presents a serious threat of injury.

I know the changes we are making will not work for everyone, and I truly apologize, but please know we tried to accommodate the wishes of RCR memebrs and fans within the confines of our use of fire permits for hosting public bouts.

For the above reasons, we are making the following changes to our schedule:
1. Adult Home Season Opener moves to 1/28 6pm
2. Rose Petals (KB/VDD ) moves to 1/29 2:45pm as Bout #2 after Rosebuds/Angel City game
3. Rose Buds (DSDD/UA) moves to 2/19 2pm as a private bout with skaters getting to bring a guest or two
4. GNR/HH 1/28 game moves to 4/7 8pm
5. GNR/HH 4/19 game moves to 4/26


Ticket Info:
Buy your ticket online?
• Still plan on attending the bout? No action required on your part.
o Purchase a ticket for the 1/28 GNR/HH game and still want to attend on that date? You will be contacted directly by the Events Director for your options.
• Want to exchange or refund your ticket? Contact Bold Type Tickets Support ( for help.
Buy a paper ticket from a RCR skater or the Night Light Lounge?
• Still plan on attending the event? No action required on your part. The Front Entrance will accept your ticket with the original date.
• Want to refund or exchange your ticket?
o Contact the source of your purchase.
o You can approach the Hangar the day of the event once doors have opened for a refund at the Front Entrance.
o Additional dates and times for refunds may be available. Stay tuned for updates via Facebook.
o No refunds after the event start on the bout date will be granted.
Questions? Contact

All you wanted to know about volunteering at WFTDA Champs!

Here is the lastest list of open jobs for Champs. Scroll down past the list for instructions on how to sign up for volunteering, if you have not done that already.

Thursday 11/3
2-6pm Set Up (8 people needed)
12:30-5:30pm WFTDA Merch Sales Set Up (1 person needed)
Friday 11/4
7:45am-12:45pm Security/Yellow Shirts/Front Entrance (1 person needed)
7:45am-12:45pm Sponsorship/Vendor Crew (2 people needed)
7:45am-12:45pm Shipping/Receiving (1 person needed)
12:30-5:30pm Security/Yellow Shirts/Front Entrance (4 people needed)
5:15pm-10:30pm Sponsorship/Vendor Crew (1 person needed)
5:15pm-10:30pm Track Crew (1 person needed)
5:15pm-10:30pm Security/Yellow Shirts/Front Entrance (1 person needed)
Saturday 11/5
8:45-12pm Yellow Shirts (4 people needed)
11:45-3pm Yellow Shirts (3 people needed)
Officials needed for Open Scrimmage, please contact for more information.
Sunday 11/6
7:45am-1:45pm WFTDA Merch Sales (1 person needed)
7:45am-1:45pm Shipping/Receiving (1 person needed)
7:45am-1:45pm  Security/Yellow Shirts/Front Entrance (4 people needed)
1:45pm-7:45pm RCR Merch Sales (1 person needed)
1:45pm-7:45pm WFTDA Merch Sales (1 person needed)
7:45pm-10:30pm WFTDA Merch Sales Cleanup (2 people needed)
7:45pm-10:30pm Sponsorship/Vendor Cleanup Crew (4 people needed)
7:45pm-10:30pm Shipping/Receiving Closing Duties (1 person)
7:45pm-10:30pm Track Tear Down/Loading (10 people needed)
Bossa Nova on East Burnside
10pm-12pm After Party Front Door (1 person over 21yrs old needed)
Monday 11/7
6pm-9pm Track Unloading/Laying (9 people needed)

Official Volunteer Information about WFTDA Champs!

Short Version:
1. Fill out this application
2. Tell Hell Vetica (HV) your preferred schedule (in the application)
3. Get confirmation from Hellvetica
4. Stay tuned for any additional details as we near the event

More Info Version:

First – ALL people interested in volunteering need to fill out this application. If you are an RCR member, it will look familiar. It also includes a couple of things we need specific to Champs as well as your schedule preferences.

Second – You are not scheduling yourself per se. You are telling HV what you’d like to do most. Please include in the application how many shifts/day you want. Do not feel like you need to do every shift every day – that’s unsustainable. We need about 300 people per day, there are about 1000 of us total. We can do this.

Once HV gets your preferences, she will start confirming schedules. You can check your schedule here (after you’ve applied and entered a password). Some tasks might show up on the list that aren’t open to just anyone. HV will let you know if there’s a reason you can’t sign up for a specific job.

The descriptions for each job are linked in the application. HV currently doesn’t have any more information than is listed there, but you’re still welcome to ask and she can find out more.

Questions HV has had so far:
Do volunteers get free admission?
Schedule yourself and volunteer for 14 or more hrs over the course of the weekend (Thurs-Sunday) and you will get in free for one day of your choice. You can choose to have it be the same day you volunteer (or one of the days you volunteer) or you can choose a day you’re not volunteering at all. I’ll communicate who is eligible and get your choices from you in Mid-October.
Failure to show up for a shift that follows your free entry day will result in something terrible. Publish shaming, fist shaking, etc. Don’t be a jerk. We’re trusting everyone to not suck.

Do I have to pay for parking at the Coliseum?
Good chances, yes. We are working it out with WFTDA, but this is their tournament, so its their choice. Some jobs will likely end up with passes, but right now, I have no guarantees. If the job you’re interested in doesn’t entail driving, I’d recommend taking transit.

Will there be volunteer food?
Right now it looks like Chipotle is donating food, so yes, there will be food for volunteers. People with a lot of eating restrictions may want to pack something for themselves, and if you’re a person that feeds like a hummingbird and eats every hour, packing additional food would also be smart.

Can minors volunteer?
Yes, but some jobs will not work well for kids. Older teens can do most anything, really young kids will be more limited, but we’ll find something. You can always contact me with questions.

What else are you wondering? Email and HV will answer your questions. Check back here for answers to more questions as well!

What’s a bracket? – JBJ’s quick guide to tournament vocabulary


Ok. So is this image confusing to you? Have you heard the words “seed” and “bye” and think people are bidding farewell to a plant baby?

It’s cool if you say ‘yes’. A lot of folks come to derby world without having followed other sports before. If that is the case for you, just know you are not alone. Brackets might look like a bizarre flow chart, but really they are super easy to read.

So what we have here is called a Seeded Single Elimination Tournament Bracket. Let’s break that apart.

  • Single Elimination Tournament: In this tournament style, the loser of each bracket is immediately eliminated from winning the championship or first prize in the event. So you lose one game, you are out of the running for #1. There might be a consolation round, in our case that is only Game 11, where the losers of Games 9 and 10 fight for 3rd place.
  • Seeded: A seed is a pre-rank, in our case coming from Play-offs. There were 3 tops teams that came out of the play-offs (placed first, second and third). These are now the seeds in the Championship tournament (1, 2, and 3 respectively). If you look at the bracket image above, you will see numbers next to all the teams names. That is their seed.
  • Bye: This is the special privilege given to a top team, exempting it from the initial rounds of the tournament. In our case, all top (#1) seeded teams, have a bye, entering the tournament at the second round. So for example, Rose City was the top seed out of the Columbia playoffs. We do not play until Saturday at 4pm. We play the winner of a first round game (so either Texas or Rat and the loser of that game is then out of the tournament)

Make sense? All of this is done to make the tournament as competitive as possible. If it was not seeded it would be random, like some sports tournaments are, and you could end up with the two top teams playing each other in the first round. This would make the rest of the tournament way less competitive and way less fun to watch.

So print this out and carry it around with you. Mark off who won and who is moving forward. It can help you keep track of all the games being played. Brackets are your friend. And your friend wants to hang out next weekend.

Rose City Rollers is in the Give!Guide!



We got into the Give!Guide and we are so excited!

What is the Give!Guide? you might ask.

The Give!Guide is an awesome program run by our local Willamette Week newspaper. It is a website and print guide to a number of local nonprofits, encouraging philanthropic giving amongst a younger generation. The site makes it easy to learn about and support local organizations.

We are thrilled to be a part of this program, giving us the chance to spread the derby gospel as well as raise needed funds for our programs.

Mark your calendars for November 2 to donate and help us promote the Give!Guide!


Collecting Socks for Outside In Street Outreach Program


We want all the warm feet this winter, all over Portland! To that end, we are partnering with the Outside In Street Outreach Team to bring socks to unhoused folks all over the Portland Metro Area!

Bring your new or slightly used socks to the Hangar during the Dec 2-4th bout weekend and leave them in the marked containers. All types of socks are welcome, but a special shout out for the super warm kind! Socks will then be distributed to folks in homeless camps across the city throughout the weeks following.

Thank you for being part of this amazing community. We love that we can give back and support so many other amazing programs in our city.

Mango Tango doughnut supports the Rob Lobster Memorial Scholarship

Show your support for the memory of Rob Lobster as well as the Rob Lobster Memorial Scholarship Fund by heading out to Voodoo Doughnuts today and picking up a delicious Mango Tango doughnut. Proceeds from the sales of the tasty treat throughout the month of October are being donated to the fund. The scholarship fund supports adult skaters by paying dues and WFTDA insurance each year. By purchasing one of these doughnuts you are celebrating the life of Lobster as well as ensuring that these women get to skate!


Near and Gear To Us with Lioness of the Rose City Wreckers

Lioness joined the Rose City Wreckers in January 2014, after rediscovering her love of skating through her daughters, members of the Rose City Rollers Rose Petals. She was just shy of MSR clearance when she broke her knee the following December. To stay involved in the program while healing, she took up coaching the Green Level Wreckers team that spring. After two knee surgeries, Lioness finally got her wheels solidly back under her in April of this year and is very close to passing all of those MSRs! And to honor how hard she has been working, she was voted Most Improved by the Wheels of Justice at Derby Daze boot camp this past summer.

Curious what gear Lioness uses? Let’s find out!


Boots – Riedell 26520160830_180545

Plates – Powerdyne Rival

Wheels Radar Diamond 94a on Moto Premium Swiss Bearings

Safety gear – S1 Lifer helmet, TSG Force III+ kneepads with Scabs gaskets, Killer 187 elbow pads, Pro-Designed PD custom wrist guards

What do you love about your gear?

I’m a derby toddler, so some of my gear is still part of my starter set-up. But the two things I really love are my Diamond wheels and my custom wrist guards from Pro-Designed.

I wrestled with finding the right wheels for a while. It seemed a lot of people were very happy with their Prestos, and I got a good deal on a used set, but I could never get comfortable on them! An OG skater who knows my body and my style suggested the Diamonds, and it was a revelation. They are taller and narrower than most derby wheels – when I want to find my edges, they’re RIGHT THERE. Plow stopping is like a whisper. And the 94a hardness gives me just the right amount of slide. I splurged on fancy bearings, too.

20160830_180356I confess I didn’t put a lot of thought into wrist guards until I broke my wrist at practice last January. At that time I was wearing wrist guards that I’d picked because they were lightweight. Coming back from that injury, I knew I wouldn’t feel safe unless I had the sturdiest possible gear on my wrists. I had seen many recommendations for the Pro-Designed, and when I found out they did custom sizing, I was utterly sold. The company worked with me to make sure I was getting exactly what I wanted. The fabric is sturdy and the hard shells distribute the weight of my falls in such a way that I barely feel them. It’s been a great investment.

GNR Hosts Drive For Gateway Center At October Bout

Giving back to the Portland community has always been a priority of the Rose City Rollers. Over the years, we have supported multiple organizations that help specifically women and girls. This coming month, we are partnering with the Gateway Center to help support the lives of women and girls who have experienced domestic violence. Please join Guns N Rollers in this effort by bringing donations of helpful items to their bout on October 7th.

More about the Gateway Center:
The Gateway Center strives to prevent and reduce the impact of intimate partner violence and its subsequent trauma by providing comprehensive, survivor-centered advocacy and services within a welcoming and culturally sensitive environment. We prioritize survivors’ safety, promote survivors’ rights and support survivors’ desires to be free from violence and abuse. Click here to learn more about the resources we provide.
Items accepted for donation:
  • Diapers, Wipes, Tampons, Pads
  • Personal hygiene items (shampoo, soap, toothbrush, razors, etc.)
  • Toiletries
  • Cell phones – can be old, but must have working battery pack
  • MP3 players

If you have any questions regarding any donations, call Diana at 503.988.6400 or email at


TT Spotlight: Eloise Bacher

We couldn’t be more excited that our own Wheels of Justice took home the first place prize at Columbia D1 Playoffs last weekend. We are entering Champs in a fantastic position, with home court advantage and a top notch seed. Until then, let’s continue to get to know some of those new Travel Team players, shall we? You know her as Bad Wolf from the High Rollers (and this year a captain!), here is Eloise Bacher!

Name: Eloise Bacher

Number: 299

Home team: High RollersWoJ2016 - Wolf

When did you start derby? May 2012

Did you start here at Rose City? Yes, I joined the Wreckers program. This was before 101, so you would just show up to the next practice after your orientation and dive in. The first thing we did at my first practice was the 50 lap killer. It was hard, but I finished! I went on to make Fresh Meat in February 2013 and got drafted to the High Rollers in December.

What is your favorite thing about playing for RCR? Getting to learn from and skate with and against incredible skaters.

One big goal for your travel team season? For myself, to work hard and continue to improve my jamming. For my team, the HYDRA.
Anything else you want to tell us? It’s really important to give your body the tools it needs to be successful at derby. Eat, sleep, and cross train!


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Headshot: Keary Ortiz