The display sign advertising the roller derby always catches my eye whenever I drive by the Palmer Event Center. I always say, “that’s something we should do,” but it seems to never enter my mind when I’m making plans for the weekend. I have heard from clients about how surprisingly fun the derby is, so this Sunday I’m going to check it out for myself. Not knowing that much about the derby, here is what I found.
Austin Roller Derby Rules
Although there seems to be a lot of strategy and rules that go into the game, here it is quick and simple: Roller Derby takes place on an oval track where the offense and the defense race around simultaneously. Each team is made up of 1 Jammer and 4 Blockers. The key is for the Jammer to race around the track scoring every time she laps an opponent. It looks like the girls can hit, kick, elbow and do just about anything to get their Jammer around the track as many times as possible.
Austin Roller Derby Teams
The names of the teams are just as colorful and unique as the costumes and the players themselves. Players names like Cherry Chainsaw and Yeti Mecheti may give you an idea of what you’re in store for. The teams that are part of the TXRD-Lonestar Rollergirls are:
- Cherry Bombs
- Holy Rollers
- Putas Del Fuego
- Rhinestone Cowgirls
- Hired Gun$
- All-Scar Army
- Travel Team
What Do Tickets to TXRD-Lonestar Rollergirls Cost?
Tickets for the TXRD Lonestar Rollergirls bouts are $15 at the door. You can buy them online at http://www.txrd.com/about/tickets or buy pre-sale tickets for $13 at these local Austin businesses:
- Hot Mamas
- Shag Salon**Cash only**
- Texas Chili Parlor
- Pasta & Co.
Where and When are the TXRD Lonestar Rollergirls Bouts
The Rollegirls hold their bouts at the Palmer Event Center located at: 900 Barton Springs Road. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the bouts start at 7 p.m.
The remaining 2011 season schedule is:
- 04-10-11 Cherry Bombs vs. Holy Rollers
- 05-14-11 Rhinestone Cowgirls vs. Hellcats
- 05-28-11 Putas Del Fuego vs. Cherry Bombs
- 06-25-11 Holy Rollers vs. Hellcats
- 07-09-11 Putas Del Fuego vs. Rhinestone Cowgirls
- 07-23-11 Hellcats vs. Cherry Bombs
- 08-06-11 Putas Del Fuego vs. Holy Rollers
- 08-27-11 Cherry Bombs vs. Rhinestones
- 10-01-11 Playoffs
- 10-15-11 Calvello Cup Championship (Austin Convention Center)
10th Anniversary of Roller Girls in Austin
This year will mark the 10th anniversary of the roller girls in Austin. They have quickly become a staple to the “Keep Austin Weird” scene and have been on numerous lists as a must do in Austin. I’m looking forward to an action packed night and will be posting pictures and comments on our blog. If you have been to the derby before….I would love to here your thoughts and anything I should know before I go.