Friday, December 17, 2010

Congratulations to CNYRD’s Graduating Class!

Look out Central New York, there’s going to be some killer roller derby in 2011! Last night, at the league’s Utica practice facility, we graduated our newest class of skaters.

After completing twelve weeks of intensive derby training and passing physical and written assessments, CNYRD’s newest recruits are eligible to be drafted to the league home teams in January. This is CNYRD’s largest class to date! We had our largest turnout ever when we held our open skate back in September. Over fifty people showed up, including about twelve men who were interested in training to become refs! About twenty-five girls and six guys stuck with it and together learned all things derby. Once again, we got people from all walks of life. Some that had never participated in sports before, and others with experience in in-line skating, skateboarding, and running. We have girls from Remsen, Herkimer, Utica, Clinton and a girl who had recently moved from Oswego and had started with a team there. Along with the graduating class of new skaters, the league has also welcomed nine transfer skaters with derby experience from another league in recent weeks, making our derby family even bigger! Welcome to the CNYRD family, ladies and gentlemen.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Part Two of CNYRD Feature Story Airs

Following up from last week's post about the feature story on CNYRD airing during Good Morning America, Part 2 of the feature aired this morning. You can watch the second part of the video here.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Feature Story on CNYRD Airs During Good Morning America

Mike Spellman, the sports director at WUTR-WFXV-WPNY and, paid a visit to practice just before Thanksgiving, and Part One of his feature story on the league aired this morning during Good Morning America. Watch the video here.

Thanks to Mike for covering the local roller derby scene! And make sure to tune in to WUTR next Friday morning during Good Morning America to see Part Two.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

What makes the perfect holiday gift? Derby swag!

Share the derby love with your friends and family this holiday season. The Tramontane Cafe in Utica carries CNYRD’s t-shirts, buttons, stickers, totes, and baby bibs for every member of your family. Make sure to pick up some derby swag for gifts and stocking stuffers! The Tram carries CNYRD logo merchandise, as well as Utica Clubbers and Blue Collar Betties team apparel. And keep an eye out for the brand spankin’ new Rome Wreckers goods, coming soon to the Tram and to derby fans everywhere…

The Tramontane Cafe is located at 1105 Lincoln Avenue in Utica.

Friday, November 12, 2010

CNYRD Collecting Toys for Jams for Tots!

CNY Roller Derby is teaming up with Jams for Tots this year to make local children's holiday season a little more playful! Bring any unwrapped new toy to the Tramontane Cafe between November 15th and December 1st. On December 4th all of the toys collected will be presented to the Jams for Tots event taking place at The Electric Company from 2:00pm-2:00am. CNY Roller Derby will also be donating some of our merch in a gift basket to be auctioned off for the cause. Please join us in making this holiday season special for the kids in the area!

CNYRD wants to walk in with a gigantic sack of toys to donate, so HELP US OUT!

Donation Location:
Tramontane Cafe
1105 Lincoln Ave.
Utica, NY

Hours: Mondays & Tuesdays 7:30am-9:30pm; Wednesdays & Thursdays 7:30am-11:00pm; Fridays 7:30am-12:00am; Saturdays 12:00pm-12:00am; Sundays 5:00pm-11:00pm.

The Jams for Tots event is in its second consecutive year. Organized by our good friend Marie Soldato (of CNYRD sponsor Soldato's Pizza), and hosted by CNYRD sponsor and supporter The Electric Company, the actual event runs from Dec 4th at 2pm straight through Dec 5th at 2am. 12 hours of awesome live music for a good cause. The festivities will include raffles, giveaways, special guests, and live music by:

Positive Mental Trip
Tim Herron Corp. Acoustic
Joe Sweet
Sweet Vendetta
Cappy Franti Duo (Michael Franti's son)
John of the Shred
The Whiskey Reverb
El Ka Bong
Monday Night Special
and more TBA

$7 cover OR bring a new, unwrapped toy and get in for free
All money raised goes to the purchase of toys so we can give less fortunate children a better Christmas.
Strangers Helping Strangers will be there collecting non-perishable food items, baby items and feminine products.

If you're on Facebook and want to help us with our donation, please add yourself to our CNYRD event page here.
Also, please check out the Jams for Tots facebook page for more info

Friday, November 5, 2010

CNYRD Appearing at the Bargain Bin Review - B-Movie Bonanza Saturday!!!

Members of CNY Roller Derby will be participating in the Bargain Bin Review / B-Movie Bonanza event going on THIS Saturday, Noveber 6th, from 8pm-12:30am at the Uptown Theater, 2014 Genessee St, Utica, NY.
Come see your favorite Utica Clubbers, Blue Collar Betties, and Rome Wreckers get put on the spot in a game show and lots of other fun.

Showing BEST WORST MOVIE and TROLL 2, featuring games, prizes, vendors, live music by Tribal Law, and of course, US!
Tickets are on sale NOW, at the Uptown Theater or the Tramontaine Cafe, $10 advance or $12 at door.

Monday, November 1, 2010

CNYRD's Quest for a new home on City Limits!

Back in September, the crew from City Limits, the weekly TV show put out by Utica mayor David Roefaro , came to one of our home bouts and did some filming. They wanted to concentrate on showing our success with our events, the ladies of our league, and our quest for a dependable year round home.
We're happy to share that our prayers have been answered. More info on that to come;)

Thank you to the crew of City Limits for producing this wonderful piece. We really appreciate the support!

[unfortunately we could not get our video files to sync up with the audio....sorry for the weird sync stuff!]

Sunday, October 31, 2010

CNY Roller Derby Zombies invade The Green Onion!

Our photographer friend Marc Goldberg asked us if we would be willing to combine 4 of our favorite things: derby girls, zombies, The Green Onion Pub, and of course Marc!

On 10/25/2010 the ladies of CNY Roller Derby gathered at Mean Squeak's place to get 'zombied up' and then continued over to South Utica's favorite neighborhood bar, The Green Onion, for photos.

You'll need a facebook account to view these:
'Becoming Undead' album, or, 'how zombies are born'

Green Onion Photos

Thanks Marc and the Green Onion for letting us live out our zombie dreams:)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

CNYRD Presents Donation to YWCA of Mohawk Valley!

Last night, the hard work of CNYRD and the support of our awesome fans paid off for the YWCA of Mohawk Valley. Little Bastard, the league's Chairwomen, presented a donation of $1230 to Natalie Brown, the Executive Director of the YWCA, in front of the Mayor of Utica and the marchers gathered for Take Back the Night.

Over the 2010 season, the league collected one dollar from each ticket sold at our home bouts at the JFK Civic Arena in Rome to put toward our end-of-the-season donation to the YWCA's domestic violence programs. Little Bastard, addressing the crowd last night, explained that we selected the YWCA because both CNYRD and the YWCA share a commitment to the empowerment of women. And it was fitting that we were able to present our donation at Take Back the Night because the annual march is devoted to stopping sexual assault and abuse. Frisky Whiskey, Mean Squeak, Willa Crasher, Doris Doomsday, and Cereal Suicide presented the check with Little Bastard.

Friday, October 1, 2010

BIG NEWS for Central New York derby fans!!!

As of November 2010, Central New York Roller Derby will have a new structure. The public has been awesome in supporting our teams, The Utica Clubbers and The Blue Collar Betties. Since our beginnings we have wanted to represent the entire region in flat track roller derby, and we have always felt guilty that only The Utica Clubbers were representing CNYRD to the outside derby world, since we are so much bigger than just Utica in our membership. The Utica Clubbers name was conceived before we ever had the idea of CNYRD as a league name, and so we just stuck to it. Earlier this year we started The Blue Collar Betties as a B-team, and they have done amazing both at home and away of showcasing our newer skaters to the derby world. But as we grow, things must change, and this change is pretty exciting!

As of the end of our 2010 competition season in September, we have had a HUGE influx of membership. We had a wonderful newbie class graduate in August, and also gained experienced transfer skaters from as far away as Georgia and as close to home as Utica and Syracuse in surprising numbers. Our current newbie class set to graduate in December has over 40 new skaters currently. On September 1st CNYRD announced that we finally met our biggest goal since our founding; to officially represent our region in WFTDA sanctioned play. Because of all of these exciting changes, we are also changing up how we roll!

Starting November 2010, CNYRD will have a third league team established. They will be known as 'The Rome Wreckers'.

The three existing teams, The Utica Clubbers, The Blue Collar Betties, and The Rome Wreckers, will make up the new Central New York Roller Derby League as 'home' teams, all of which will be chosen by draft pick from our entire current membership. When our league competes against outside leagues for standings, we will compete as the CNY All-Stars travel team, made up of the best skaters from all three league teams.

Our 2011 season will be comprised of both travel team and home team bouts. You can expect a running round-robin season of games between our home teams which will culminate in a championship bout to name the CNYRD 2011 league champion team. Our travel team bouts will feature other leagues' travel teams vs the CNY All-Stars.

Congradulations to Slay West, Gutshot, and Moody Obsession on being elected our 2010-2011 home team captains!!!

We cant wait to see you at our first intra-leauge bout of 2011! Come cheer for your favorite girl(s) or team! Stay tuned for information on team rosters, and schedule!!!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


This Friday, Oct 1st, CNY Roller Derby wil be participating in the 2nd Annual Utica Zombie Walk. Some good friends of our got this going last year, and we had a fantastic time. Because what goes together better than rollergirls and zombies, right!?

A couple weeks ago during the Utica Music and Arts Fest we got together with photographer/graphic designer Darrell Nieman and ghoulish makeup artist Katrina Burnett and created some ummmm....'ads' for the event. These are SO COOL! Thanks Darrell and Katrina for making us zombie-rific!

If you're interested in being a part of the zombie walk, registration is from 5-7pm on Friday at the Uptown Theater on Genessee St in Utica. The walk kicks off from there at 7. During registration you can hear DJ's spinning live tunes while creepy rooftop footage of last year's zombie attack plays on the big screen (courtesy of our own grambo!)

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Tough Cookie Bake/Yard Sale Event Recap

On Saturday 9/25/2010, CNY Roller Derby hosted its second annual bake sale fundraising event at the Tramontane Cafe in Utica. Last year's event featured classic derby movies shown on the big screen an a chance to mingle with the girls and learn about roller derby.

This year's event got a lot cooler!

Dubbed 'The Tough Cookie Yard and Bake Sale', we pulled out all the stops to make this event a really fun way to fundraise in our off season. Assembled by Heather 'Freegan Brutal' Snogles and her motley crew of Non-Bout Events Committee ninjas, they really put together a nice time. Since the date of the event coincided with the streaming of WFTDA Eastern Regionals hosted by our friends at Suburbia Roller Derby in Yonkers, we had the tournament streaming on the big screen courtesy of the wonderful folks at Derby News Network (We love you DNN!). On top of the already awesome bake sale, we added a yard sale portion of the event this year under tents in the lot across Lincoln Ave from the Tram.

In case you didn't know, CNY Roller Derby has an amazing collection of bakers, cooks, crafters, and collectors of cool vintage stuff in its membership. A few are even professional confectioners! There were Gluten free treats, raw food options, Vegan yummy stuff, and a ton of decadent, amazing, tastey other treats all priced very low. By the time all the food was there, we had nearly 2 full 8' tables stuffed with baked goods!

The yard sale portion was very cool indeed...because after all, what's more fun than going shopping through derby girls' closet leftovers?! There were clothes, books, baby items, furniture, toys, and crafts, just to name a few.

To make things even more awesome, The Tram kept the food coming! Many of us took shift breaks and got our favorite Tram sandwiches for lunch and/or dinner, and continued to get waaaaay caffienated to keep us going strong. The gracious Tram regulars were awesome as usual about the bunch of us overtaking 'their' place for the day:) Many of our friends, family, and fans who had never been to the Tram before came to check it out and loved the great food, drinks, and cozy atmosphere and have said they'll be back! Thank you SOOOOO much Garrett and Robin for alowing us to take over your business again this year!

We also had our merch table set up just like at bouts, and we were so happy that people took this chance to get some more tshirts and swag. Also made special for the event were recycled bottlecap buttons made from the Tram's own bottlecaps, our recycled bout programs, and the love and elbow sweat of Little Bastard:)

Another serious thank you is due to the Foodshed Buying Club for their wonderful donations of awesome food for the sale.

Overal, the league netted more than $900.00 from this event. This money will be spent directly to foster the future of CNYRD by purchasing sets of pads and helmets from a local skate shop for our new skaters to use while they get started in the sport. This both helps CNYRD grow as a league, keeps everyone safe while learnign the sport, and supports the local economy. Thank you for helping us continue to bring in new people who are excited to learn to play the sport!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

OD Article Correction: We are NOT homeless!!!

On Monday Septemeber 20th The Observer Dispatch in Utica ran an article about a former practice space of CNYRD's called 'Skate-A-Rama'. You can see the article's text HERE.

CNYRD praticed at Skate-A-Rama from Dec 2007 through March 2009, and was coached for a time by the rink's owner, Bill Schmelcher.

The article highlights Bill's troubles with a burdensome tax debt and the threat of forclosure. Unfortunately, the printed article in Monday's paper used an old photo of former members of CNYRD playing roller derby at Skate-A-Rama, with a misleading caption which has caused much concern in the past few days by friends, family, and fans who think we are losing our current practice space.

CNYRD has not practiced in this facility since March 2009. We hold summer practices and events at JFK Arena in Rome NY and we currently have our winter practices at the Utica Center for Development (former YMCA) on Washington Ave in Utica. CNYRD wishes Bill and Skate-A-Rama the best of luck in this unfortunate situation. We hope that the community does not lose yet another skating rink, along with one of the only options for cheap indoor recreation during teh long winter months.

To sum up: We are NOT losing our home!!!! Thank you all for the concern, but we have practice space, and we have some great opportunities on the horizon which may be announced soon.

Monday, September 20, 2010

The Utica Clubbers Take It All in "The 315 Throwdown"

On Sunday, September 19th Central New York Roller Derby’s (CNYRD) Utica Clubbers took on Assault City Roller Derby (ACRD) in the long-awaited rematch, “The 315 Throwdown.” Hundreds of fans from around the region, including many who drove from Syracuse, came to the JFK Civic Arena in Rome to witness the thruway rivals play each other again.

The last time these teams played each other marked the emergence CNYRD, a new league comprised of mostly inexperienced skaters and skaters borrowed from other leagues. Sunday was a very different story. CNYRD now has two teams and new recruits all the time. And the league recently became WFTDA certified.

The Clubbers and Assault City both played a rough game, but CNYRD took control from the first whistle. In the very first jam, Clubbers’ jammer Mean Squeak took lead jammer status and managed to make three scoring passes before Assault City’s jammer could score a single point. Mean Squeak kept it up, scoring 50 points in the bout. The Clubbers continued to build on this mastery, ending the first half with a 40-point lead over Syracuse. Things did not improve for Assault City in the second half. Their jammers, with the exception of Blaze, could not penetrate Utica’s ferocious blocking by Lady Die Mentia, Moody Obsession, and Slay West. The final score was Clubbers 146, Assault City 66.

The two teams awarded MVP trophies at the end of the night. The MVP for Assault City was awarded to Chainsaw Mama. The MVP for the Utica Clubbers was awarded to Moody Obsession.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Sunday's Bout to Feature Heather Case and S.A.M.

This Sunday's bout at JFK Arena in Rome will feature live music by our favorite rollergirl-musician Heather Case, with backing by Secret Asian Man. We've heard that they have some awesome tunes for us including 'Roller Derby Saved My Soul'! This is going to be a great show!!

S.A.M enjoying some derb love;)

The above photo from early 2008, Heather Case in ER after a serious break in her foot playing roller derby with us. A complete trooper!!!

ZOMBIES!!! Tonight at Hotel Utica!!

Join members of CNYRD TONIGHT at the Hotel Utica and surrounding area as we help to promote the upcoming Utica Zombie Walk on 10/1.....we've got a professional makeup artist doing us up zombie style for some photos, and then we're coming down to Utica Music and Arts fest Headquarters to help spread the word about this awesome event! Come walk with us on 10/1!

Click HERE for more info on the walk.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Open House draws great turnout. Still time to start new skater class!!!

On Tuesday September 14th 2010, CNYRD hosted another Open House / Meet and Greet / Recruitment event at JFK Arena in Rome. We had an awesome turnout for interest in our upcoming new skater class, and got to see some wonderful family and friends who came to check things out and skate a bit. (photo cred Hispanic Attack)

There IS STILL TIME for people interested in becoming new skaters to join! The class runs 7-10pm on Tuesdays, starting September 21st and running for 12 weeks.

The class will be held at the gym at the Utica Center for Development, 726 Washington Ave in Utica NY. This is the former YMCA building for you locals. If we havent heard from you yet, please shoot an email to and let us know to expect you, and show up on Tuesday!

New skaters are trained in a new-skater-only class once weekly, coached by our recruitment staff of veteran derby skaters. After the first 5-7 weeks of basics, 'newbies' are also invited to join into the advanced league practices. In total, new skaters will attend a minimum of 10 newbie practices and 3 advanced practices in a 12 week period.

By the end of the 12 weeks, our goal is to prepare you to take the WFTDA minimum skills assesments. Once you pass the skills and show us good attendance and willingness to help with the league, you are eligible for draft onto one of our 3 home teams.

The bottom line: YOU could be competing as a roller derby skater by January 2011!!!! Sound crazy? Have no skating experience? It's OK! We know how to get you there, we promise;)

Saturday, September 11, 2010

THIS SUNDAY, 9/19 Season Closer bout vs Assault City!!!

Join us this SUNDAY, 9/19/2010 for CNYRD's last home bout event of the 2010 season as The Utica Clubbers take on Syracuse's Assault City Roller Derby in "The 315 Throwdown"!

Yes, you read that correctly....we're holding this bout on a Sunday afternoon! In conjunction with the Utica Music & Arts Festival (UMAF), we decided to change this one up a bit and offer a $2 discount to anyone that comes to the door with a UMAF bracelet on. We thought it would be a nice way to wind down from UMAF weekend and we know all of our friends who are organizing it could use a nice relaxing day after a crazy weekend of fun and music! Plus this gives you plenty of time to sleep in after Saturday's bands and still make the bout!
To give a little history, Assault City helped give CNYRD our start back in 2007, and our first big public event was against them in July 2008 when we skated as The Asylum City Lunatics in the original 315 Throwdown. Both teams have come a LONG way since those days. People still talk about what a great bout the Aud event was, and if you thought that was awesome, wait until you see how much both teams have improved!
We have reason to believe that there will be a HUGE amount of Syracuse fans in the house Sunday, so we need our cheering section to make theirs look small!!! C'mon out and get LOOOOUUUUDDD in support of CNY Roller Derby!!!

Doors will open at 2pm and the first whistle will blow at 3pm.
Advance sale tickets are $10 and are available from the Tramontane Cafe (Utica), Cafe Domenico (Utica) and Bill's Variety Store (Rome), or online from HERE
Tickets will be available at the door for $12. Over 65 and under 10 are FREE.
Our back to school special: Show up with a college ID and get HALF OFF ADMISSION this bout

Our special guests for this bout are the folks who help run the YWCA Mohawk Valley's Domestic Violence programs, who have been our charity of choice this bouting season. All season we have put aside $1 of every ticket sold at the door from our events into a special account, and after this last bout we will be making an announcement of the final amount and cutting a check to the YWCA. This is your last opportunity to help us help this wonderful cause. there will also be donation jars and information available. Please help us try to push our total donation as high as we can with this last event!

This bout will also feature announcers S-Dot and Ida Feltersnatch.

Music will be brought to you by DJ Deaf Geoff and we will also have live music by Heather Case with special guest!

The after party will be just around the corner at Delvecchio's, 476 W Dominick St

CNYRD Bake Sale and Yard Sale Sat 9/25 10am-8pm

With out derby season coming to a close, what better time than now to have a little fun!

Join us for some sweet fundraising....

This event is going to be a blast, not only is there a snack for everyone....but there are going to be super cool yard sale items!

The Tramontane Cafe will be opening their doors early, allowing us to set up our little bake shop. Just across the street we will have our yard sale set up under big tents, rain or shine!

The event will run from 10am-8pm, with the outdoor items closing down just before dark.....get there early, don't worry you are in good hands....Utica's very own caffeination station will wake you up!

We will also have a limited amount of CNY Roller Derby merchandise set up and ready for sale- t-shirts, lanyards, pins, stickers, bumper stickers, etc

Monday, September 6, 2010

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

CNYRD accepted into the WFTDA!!!!

Today is a proud day for Central New York Roller Derby. Today we were accepted as a full member league in the Women's Flat Track Derby Association. This is our single biggest accomplishment to date, and we are thrilled. This accompishment allows us to represent our region on a national and even international scale through the association's rankings.

See WFTDA's announcement HERE.

This is an excerpt from our league's member handbook, which gives some insight on why we are so excited:

When we first looked into forming a league, we saw the website for the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) and just assumed naively that every league out there lived up to the standards set forth for WFTDA leagues. We started from day 1 with meeting those requirements and bench marks as over-reaching goals, because we thought that’s just what you did to become involved in this sport. As we grew and learned more, we realized that there were plenty of other ways to be involved in Roller Derby and do it your own very fun, cool, effective, profitable way, but we always stuck to the idea that CNYRD would eventually represent WFTDA for our region, and kept working towards that goal.

CNYRD would like to extend very heartfelt thanks to some people/groups who mentored or helped us over the past year:
Black Cherry of CT Rollergirls, our derby mom from day one, for pushing us to be the best skaters we can be, and never letting us believe that doing any part of our business at 90% was enough.
Bonnie Thunders of Gotham Girls Roller Derby, for providing endless good advice on how to handle difficult situations, and believing that your hometown girls could do it:)
Gratuitous Violet of Arizona Roller Derby, for typing your fingers off back and forth around a full school schedule to get us through our apprenticeship.
The CT Rollergirls, for providing the best role models we could ask for.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Stay tuned for our 2011 travel team season schedule, where you can catch your first dose of WFTDA sanctioned play right here in Central New York with your team, The CNY All-Stars.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Open House/Skate 9/14, New skater Class Starts 9/21!!!

LAST CHANCE in 2010 to become a skater or ref for CNY Roller Derby: We are hosting an open house-open skate-meet and greet on Tuesday Sept 14th from 7-10pm at the JFK Arena, 500 W Embargo St, Rome NY.

There is no obligation to join from up, meet the girls (and guys) of CNYRD, talk to us about how you'd like to be involved and tell us about yourselves. Best part is- It's all FREE. If you'd like to skate, you can sign a waiver, throw on some pads and skates that we supply, and cruise around with us for a couple hours.

If you decide you like it (and we KNOW you will!) we have a new skater class starting the very next week, on Tues Sept 21st from 7-10pm at the Utica Center for Development gym, 726 Washington St in Utica (former YMCA). The new skater program runs for 12 weeks, and covers everything you need to become an awesome new skater. We spend the first 4-6 weeks covering nothing but the basics- stance, strice, crossovers, balance, etc, and then we take a mini-assessment to see if you're ready for more complicated maneuvers. Once you're ready, we start showing you hitting, jumping, and all the other fun stuff. You'll also be invited at this point to also attend advanced practices simultaneously.

Overall, you have to attend 10 out of 12 of the newbie practices within the 12 week period, and also at least 3 of the advanced practices during the same timeframe.

If you have questions about costs, insurance, gear, etc, please contact our Recruitment Committee Chair, Bitter Swede at

If you are interested in referreeing or NSO'ing, please contact our Administrative Head Ref, I.M. Law at

This new skater class will end on Tues Dec 14th and there will not be another one until Spring of 2011.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Congrads to our new SKATERS!!!

A big congrads to our new SKATERS (first time not calling them newbies always makes us smile) who are at the end of their 12 week probationary period and passed their WFTDA minimum skills assessments last night. Seems like only yesterday you were holding onto the walls, and now look at you! You're going to be taking roster spots from us sooner than you think!

And so, introducing the newest skating members of CNY Roller Derby (drumroll)...

Hot Ness Monster
Piss-N-Ginger #urn8
Ganja Ninja #420
Newks #1337
Deadtime Story #19
Marisa (derby name TBA)
Linh (derby name TBA)
Samantha (derby name TBA)

If our September class is as great as this past one, we've died and gone to heaven. You girls rock!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

CNYRD in New York State Tourny 9/4/2010

On September 4th 2010 CNYRD will travel to Long Island to participate in the FIRST EVER New York State flat track roller derby tournament!!

The Long Island Roller Rebels will host the 'Empire Skate Showdown', bringing together 8 teams on 2 tracks for 12 total games in one day of crazy roller derby action.

The event will be held at:
Skate Safe America
182 Bethpage Sweet Hollow Rd
Old Bethpage, NY 11804

Tickets are $20 in advance via Brown Paper Tickets or $25 at the door. Kids 8 and under are free.

The teams/leagues playing include:
Long Island Roller Rebels
Gotham's Wall Street Traitors
Hudson Valley Horrors
Albany All-Stars
Hellions of Troy
Central New York Roller Derby
Ithaca League of Women Rollers
Assauly City Roller Derby (Syracuse)
NY Shock Exchange (Men's)

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Contact us to find out about coming down to support CNYRD as we play for our region!!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Bout Recap, 8/14/2010

On Saturday 8/14/2010 CNY Roller Derby hosted a double header event which featured the Quadfathers vs. the CT Death Quads in a full length men's roller derby game, and The Utica Clubbers vs. CT Rollergirls' Yankee Brutals in the women's game.

Please see for a recap of the men's bout.

Last November The Utica Clubbers traveled to Connecticut to take on the Yankee Brutals of CTRG. The Clubbers came home with a 35 points loss. This past weekend the Brutals came into John F Kennedy Arena in Rome, NY hoping to duplicate that performance from a year ago.

What a difference a year makes! The Clubbers, coming off a huge win over Lehigh Valley on 7/31, looked to continue their strong play against CT. Right from the opening whistle, the Clubbers let them know things were going to be different this time around.

In the first jam the fans saw the Clubbers' Gutshot cruise to a double grand slam and a 10 point lead. From there the girls never looked back. The Clubber defense suffocated the CT jammers only allowing one jammer to get through in the first seven jams and not allowing a single point until the 8th. By then the damage had been done as Utica held a 31 point lead. The Clubbers continued to pour it on and cruised into halftime with a 54-8 lead. The Clubbers took lead 15 times in 18 jams of the first half.

The second half saw nine different Clubbers go to the jammer line and the continued dominance on the defensive side of the game. In the 6th jam of the second half the Brutals tried to mount a comeback when Ramona Rotten took advantage of a power jam and scored 10 quick points, closing the gap to 42. The Clubber defense however quickly answered only allowing the Brutals to score one point in the next ten jams. In the end the Clubbers walked away with a 86-34 win.

In a roller derby tradition each team picks the other team's MVPs for the bout. MVP for the Yankee Brutals was Paula G. Imnaughty and for the Clubbers it was Moody Obsession.

Up next for the Utica Clubbers is the Empire Skate Showdown, the unofficial New York State Championships. The Clubbers will be riding a two game winning streak into the tournament where they will face the Hellions of Troy in the first round. The Clubbers defeated Troy back in April 97-71.


Clubbers - Moody Obsession
Brutals - Paula G. Imnaughty

Leading Scorer:
Clubbers - Gutshot 26 points
Brutals - Ramona Rotten 12 points

Highest Points per Jam (more then two jams):
Clubbers - Slay West 6.33 ppj
Brutals - Ether Bunny 5 ppj

Lead Status:
Clubbers - Gutshot and Moody Obsession 4
Brutals - Paula G. Imnaughty

Average Pivot +/- Leader: (more then two jams):
Clubbers - Slay West
Brutals - Black Cherry

Average Blocker +/- Leader: (more then two jams):
Clubbers - Gutshot
Brutals - Paula G. Imnaughty

Media Links from the bout:
(please add more that you see in the comments!)

Photos by Pete Rodriguez

Photos by Vicki Fazio Hopper

Photos by Ramon Aiello

Friday, August 13, 2010

CNYRD serving brews at Saranac TONIGHT!!

Apparently we made a good impression as guest beer servers for The United Way at Saranac Thursday a couple weeks ago, because they have asked us back with even more great derby people to help out again TONIGHT. I guess not spilling a lot and not arm wrestling the public for beer makes us a good choice! :)

Tonight Saranac's Summer Concert Series has Night Ranger. Yup, you read that correctly- NIGHT 'Sister Christian' from the 80's.
You can check out Saranac's website or the band's website for more details.

We had a blast working Saranac Thursday, and we absolutely adore the brewery folks and the United Way folks who make all of this happen. We're very excited to be considered for 2 spots in one summer. We love the community atmosphere at the brewery's events, and we are huge supporters of this year's United Way 'Live United' campaign.

So, come one down, see some great 80's rock, and have some awesome beers or Saranac sodas, and hang with CNYRD. We have to be good for our bout tomorrow, but YOU don't!

PS- knowing a rollergirl does not entitle anyone to free beer. Buy some drink tickets and stop being a cheapskate! :)

CNYRD and Quadfathers on air TODAY 4:30-5:30

Join us and listen to Kiss 97.9 / 105.5 FM between 4:30-5:30pm to hear Little Bastard from the Utica Clubbers and Die-lon of the Quadfathers (and Clubbers' coach!) talk about the double header event tomorrow on air with S-Dot.
There may also be a special guest on air, Trash Gash of the Romsey Town Rollerbillies all the way across the Atlantic in the UK. We love international rollergirls!

Hope to see you at JFK arena tomorrow!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

THIS SATURDAY: Double Header, Men's and Women's Roller Derby!!!!!!

Saturday August 14th 2010 is going to be a big day for roller derby in Rome NY.

The doors to JFK Arena open at 4pm.
At 5pm, The Quadfathers take the track in their first full-length bout versus the Connecticut Death Quads. If you liked what you saw on May 8th in the men's scrimmage we hosted, you will LOVE seeing real team-on-team men's roller derby action.

At 7pm, the ladies of CNYRD's Utica Clubbers will take the track versus the CT Rollergirls' mixed A&B team. CNYRD is SOOOOO excited to be sharing the track with the CT Rollergirls, who have been some of our biggest proponents, helpers, and mentors both in building our league from the very beginning, and in the process of being a WFTDA apprentice. We look forward to sharing the track with them again (and showing them all that we've learned muahahaha! :)

After almost a year of travel planning CNYRD is excited to have a special guest for this bout, all the way from The Romsey Town Rollerbillies in Cambridge UK, our leopard and zombie green friend, Trash Gash.

As usual, advance sale tickets can be purchased for $10.
They can be purchased online from by clicking HERE.
Advance sale tickets can be purchased in person from the Tramontane Cafe (Utica), Cafe Domenico (Utica) or Bill's Variety Store (Rome).
Tickets can be purchased at the door for $12. $1 of every ticket sold at the door is donated to the YWCA's Domestic Violence Programs.
Adults age 65 and over and children 10 and under are free.

The national anthem will be performed this bout by The Beam Brothers.
Music for the ladies bout will be provided by DJ DeafGeoff aka Funk Roll Brother #303 of The Quadfathers (he'll be a little busy during the men's portion!)

We hope that you can join us for this huge day of derby! It's 2 bouts for the price of 1, and twice the fun!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

CNY Homepage for your CNYRD season stats!!!!

CNYRD would like to thank for setting up season stats pages for The Utica Clubbers and The Blue Collar Betties.

We are very excited that local, regional, and even national media has started to treat roller derby as a legitimate sport which deserves sports section coverage with the same types of information that fans of other sports would like to see.

Starting in 2011 CNYRD will be providing even more detailed game stats to local press, and also making them available on our own website.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Road Trip?! Blue Collar Betties travel to NJ 8/28

On 8/28, CNYRD's Blue Collar Betties will be traveling to NJ to take on the Jerzey Derby Brigade's Corporal Punishers in the BCB's second away bout of the season in "Summer Slam".

The bout will be held at Inline Morristown, 38 Dumont Pl, Morristown, NJ

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Tickets can be purchased in advance through Brown Paper Tickets for $10 HERE.
[Note: Brown paper Tickets lists the Utica Clubbers playing. This is an error.]

Please contact us if you would like to caravan down and cheer on the BCB's!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Bout Recap, 7/31/2010

On Saturday July 31st 2010, CNYRD's Utica Clubbers hosted the Lehigh Valley Roller Girls travel team at JFK Arena in Rome NY.

The Clubbers came away with what many will say is the biggest win in the teams young history. After a slow start and trailing by nine the Clubber’s Slay West stepped to the jammer line in the 6th jam and pulled off an 11 point jam that put the Clubbers back in the game. In the following jam Moody Obsession hammered down a Grand Slam to give the home town team their first lead of the game.

The fans in attendance were in for a treat after that. In the first half alone there were five lead changes. At the half the Clubbers had a narrow 42-40 lead in what was turning into a classic.

In the first 4 jams of the second half the fans saw a lead change and eventually a tie score at 46 all. Then #27 Mean Squeak came to the jammer line and put in a 5 point jam to give the Clubbers a lead they would hold onto for the rest of the game. Lehigh was not going to go down easily as they kept the game close and the fans on the edge of there seat until the final jam.

With a 15 point lead Utica sent Lady Die Mentia to the jammer line for the final jam. Lady Die known more for her blocking and devastating hits then her jamming skills did not disappoint. Lehigh quickly grabbed lead jammer status but was followed closely by Lady Die. After a big hit sent the Lehigh jammer to the track she was forced to call it off but not until Lady Die Mentia picked up 3 more points for the Clubbers and a 113 to 96 win.

In a roller derby tradition each team picks the other teams MVPs for the bout. MVP for Lehigh was Vanilla CreamHer and for the Clubbers it was team captain Slay West.

The players, refs, NSOs, fans, and literally everyone who watched the game was blown away by the level of play and team work demonstrated by the Clubbers. It was truly a team effort and the Clubbers look to be in good shape heading into the home stretch of their season. Which includes 2 more home bouts and the New York State Tournament in Long Island.

The Clubbers were proud to introduce Teddy Maulgame in her first bout on the Clubbers roster. Missing in action due to injuries and illness were familiar faces Murder Antoinette, Sic Lee Twist3d, and Little Bastard.


Clubbers - Slay West
Lehigh - Vanilla CreamHer

Leading Scorer:
Clubbers - Mean Squeak 40 pts.
Lehigh - V Diva 58

Highest Points per Jam (more then one jam):
Clubbers - Moody Obsession 5 ppj
Lehigh - Vanilla CreamHer 3 ppj

Lead Status:
Clubbers - Gutshot 4
Lehigh - V Diva 10

Average Pivot +/- Leader:
Clubbers - Lady Die Mentia
Lehigh - Lin Diesel

Average Blocker +/- Leader:
Clubbers - Hot Cakes
Lehigh - Minerva Steel

Here is a link to some photos from the bout taken by Vicki Fazio Hopper.
Please add links to other media from the bout as they become available in the comments section!!

You can catch the Clubbers in action again on August 14th as they host the Yankee Brutals of CTRG in the main event of a double header. Prior to the bout will be the premier of the area's men’s team 'The Quadfathers' as they play host to the CT Death Quads.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Saranac Thursday TONIGHT!! Free Bout Tickets!?!?!

TONIGHT, Thursday 7/29, members of CNY Roller Derby will be teaming up with the United Way to volunteer as servers at Saranac Thursday. CNYRD was a part of the United Way's 'Live United' 2010 campaign (see photo), and we couldnt be happier to be giving back to the community in such a fun way.

ALSO, to promote our bout THIS SATURDAY against Lehigh Valley Rollergirls (PA), we will be giving out some FREE bout tickets......If you have CNYRD apparel, wear it, find one of us either pouring beer or in the crowd, and receive a FREE bout ticket. Dont have any CNY merchandise? Well, if you ask reeeeaaaallllyyy nicely we might give you one anyway, but only if you buy a tshirt at the bout so that next time we do giveaways you have one!

Can't wait to see you all on Varick St!!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Next Home Bout: July 31st vs. Lehigh Valley Roller Girls

CNYRD's next home bout event will be held on Saturday July 31st at JFK Arena in Rome NY. The Utica Clubbers will compete against the Lehigh Valley Roller Girls, of PA. who are also an aspiring WFTDA league in the apprentice program like us. The competition promises to be fierce.

This event is being called "The Summer Scorcher" (aside from the obvious sweltering summer) because we are making it a special night for the volunteer firefighters of our area. Our penalty box supervisor Lura 'Box B*tch' Bessmer and her husband Eric (a long-time dedicated local firefighter, see tattoo pic below)suggested we do something special for all the people that save our houses from burning down and risk their skins every day for us crazy roller folk. We couldnt have agreed more! Plus, as luck would have it, July 31st is also the Honor America Days in Rome, a large local event with a parade (look for us skating!!! there may be free tickets if you're nice!), fireworks, music at Fort Stanwix, etc. We couldnt think of a better day to honor local firefighters than that!

This pic was MellFire saying 'Thank You' to a group of firefighters at the Heart Run this year....we love our firefighters!

We took a survey of which volunteer fire department each league member's home is covered by, and we are handing each of them a bunch of free tickets and a request to come represent their department at the bout. We hope to FILL the stands with our local/regional firefighters in their department shirts at the Scorcher! We want to see which one can get the loudest in support of their local girls on skates!!!! (There may even be some special prizes for the loudest, rowdiest bunch, hint hint)

As usual, advance sale tickets can be purchased for $10 each at the Tramontane Cafe or Cafe Domenico in Utica, or Bill's Variety in Rome. Tickets can be purchased online at by clicking HERE. Tickets will be available at the door for $12, with $1 of each door ticket being donated to the YWCA's domestic violence programs.

We only have 2 more home bouts after the Scorcher this season, 8/14 vs CT Rollergirls' Yankee Brutals, and 9/19 (afternoon bout) vs Assault City Roller Derby (Syracuse), so come out and see us before you have to wait for 2011!