RCR’s vision is to train the best roller derby athletes and teams in the world, to lead the growth of the sport locally and internationally, and to increase access for members and fans alike.
The Rose City Rollers mission is to serve women and girls who want to play the team sport of roller derby, connect with an inclusive community, and realize their power both on skates and off.
Play strong, train smart, and have fun.
Be welcoming and embrace differences.
Respect the game and each other.
Keep making it better.
Bring your best self and trust others to do the same.
The Rose City Rollers league is made up of over 400 smart, tough, accomplished women who skate fast, hit hard, and defy stereotypes about female athletes and women’s sports. Our league consists of 4 home teams, an internationally-ranked travel team, 2 junior derby programs, a developmental competitive program and a recreational program with skaters ranging in age from 7 to 60 years old. The Rosebuds and Rose Petals, our youth leagues, are comprised of more than 120 girls. The Rosebuds skaters learn leadership skills through participation in all aspects of the organization. These young women learn about themselves, gain a sense of pride and empowerment by working together as a team towards a common goal. In fact all our skaters put in countless hours in support of our league and the local non-profits we partner with each quarter.
As an almost entirely volunteer-run organization, the Rose City Rollers offer opportunities for skaters and community volunteers to learn professional skills by working and training along side experienced professionals in the fields of media, film, marketing, development, event planning, graphic design, and more. Our volunteers also work hard to support local non-profit organizations whose missions resonate and reflect the RCR mission. We are hard at work building a strong, supportive, and welcoming community of skaters, fans, volunteers, and other organizations.
The skills, dedication and enthusiasm of our volunteers is evident in the professional quality of our events. We make every effort to provide our fans with a fun, safe, and friendly experience. The sport itself is exciting, the competition is fierce, and our special attention to lighting, announcers, video, DJ, merchandise, entertainment, giveaways, raffles, fan interaction and helpful staff make the fan experience memorable and entertaining. Our sold-out crowds are a testament to the fact that RCR puts on an awesome show! We are passionate about connecting with our community here in Portland and the greater Pacific Northwest. Fans have many opportunities throughout the year to interact with RCR skaters and staff at after parties, private bouts for season ticketholders, fundraising events, parades and more!
In line with our mission to foster an inclusive community, our league welcomes trans and gender-expansive athletes — regardless of their preferred pronouns — who feel most comfortable playing women’s roller derby. Please see the WFTDA Gender Statement for more information.
The RCR Executive Director (ED) or majority of the RCR Board of Directors reserves the right to deny membership or visitation to anyone who has been accused of harassment, misconduct, or abuse if the claim is substantiated in the opinion of the ED or Board. Please see the WFTDA, MRDA, and JRDA united Anti-Abuse Statement and Call for Help for more information.