Your favorite Champaign-Urbana roller derby home teams are BACK! Twin City Derby Girls are kicking off the 2016 home team rivalry season on August 20th and will continue a regular competitive season that will end with a championship game on December 10, 2016.
The teams will be made up of both veteran skaters who you know and love and have cheered for in previous home team seasons, as well as newer skaters that have been drafted to each team.
Dates and matchups:
9/3 Damagin’ Dames vs. Boneyard Bombshells
9/24 Boneyard Bombshells vs. The ‘Paign
10/15 Damagin’ Dames vs. Boneyard Bombshells
11/5 The ‘Paign vs. Damagin’ Dames
11/19 Boneyard Bombshells vs. The ‘Paign
12/3 Damagin’ Dames vs. The ‘Paign 12/10 Home Team Championship Game
All games will be held at McKinley Aquatic Center (500 W. Church St., Champaign IL). Doors will open at 6pm, first whistle is at 7pm. Seating is limited, so bring the whole family and show up early to get the best seats. Season tickets do not guarantee any specific seats; all seating is general admission.
+Bake sale items and community vendors available
+Visit the merchandise booth to get some swag and show support for your favorite home team!
Hendrick House Catering will be on-site serving up delicious snacks and beverages (must be 21+ with ID for alcohol sales).
A portion of proceeds raised will go to our community partner for 2016, Avicenna Community Health Center. They will also be on site so stop by their booth to learn more about their mission to change lives in our community.
Avicenna Community Health Center (ACHC) is an award winning, not-for-profit, interfaith health clinic. Avicenna provides high quality, culturally competent preventative and curative healthcare for free to the uninsured and underinsured adult residents of Champaign County, Illinois. Since 2010, this almost entirely volunteer run clinic has provided over 2500 patient visits. We are very excited about our community partnership with Twin City Derby Girls and hope to work together to promote access to health care and community health in Champaign-Urbana. Learn more at http://www.avicennahealth.org
Whew! Moving into our new home has been such a roller coaster ride! The uncertainty of the move has made it a bit difficult to solidify a schedule. However, we don’t want to keep our fans in the dark. Although subject to change, we want to confirm the following dates:
5/7 TCDG mixer
Additionally, the Evil Twins will be on the road on the following dates (locations in parentheses):
5/14 @Dupage Derby Dames (Wheaton, IL)
5/21 @ NASHVILLE!
6/10-6/12 Mayday Mayhem in Loveland, Co (4 sanctioned bouts)
7/16 @ Demolition City (Evansville, IN)
Stay posted for more details as dates/opponents are added!
One of our newest skaters has written about her experiences. Check out her description of what it’s like to attend our new skater program, the Doppel Gang, at Chambanamoms.com this week!
How are those resolutions going? You know, the ones you said you’d stick with this year? Well, we’re here to help!
Come work out with some of your Twin City Derby Girls! Meet new people! Get fit! Learn something new!
January 19, 7:30 pm, McKinley Event Center
January 26, 7:30 pm, McKinley Event Center
You won’t need skates for these sessions. Wear your workout clothes, bring your sneakers, and a bottle of water. Break a sweat with some of TCDG’s favorite off-skates workouts.
Your Twin City Derby Girls will be on hand to answer any questions about the team, the sport, and how to join February’s Spring Training Program! Bring a friend and have an awesome evening with us! (Anyone 18+, please.) More information on the Facebook Event.
– Filed by Jamma
Friends, Alumni, and Supporters of Roller Derby–
The Twin City Derby Girls have searched for a local space to call our own since day one. Desiring more than limited rental hours at the local rink, our league has combed the Chambana area for a suitable, yet affordable, space to skate.
And FINALLY, a space has been found! In the heart of Champaign, even. But there’s one catch: We have to fill an Olympic-sized pool.
That’s right. We need to build a structure within a former pool that will safely support a floor. Then install a floor over this structure for our track. The cost of materials alone for this project is an estimated $20,000.
Wait! Did we lose you?! We have a plan–an architect’s plans, in fact. We have a signed lease! And city-approved building permits. And some lumber. We can do this!
Twin City Derby Girls is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Donors will be mailed receipts, as donations may be tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Twin City Derby Girls (TCDG) roller derby is seeking a charity partner organization for the 2016 home season. Through our Community Involvement Program, we are committed to serving our community and to empowering women and girls. Partners receive publicity and volunteer support, as well as a portion of the proceeds from home events. Since our league’s start in 2010, we have given more than $2,600 in charitable donations and hundreds of hours of volunteer service to local non-profits!
More detailed information, instructions, and the application are available here. Please send the application and required documents to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, February 5, 2016 at 11:59 P.M. If you have questions, please reach out to Community Involvement Program chair Josephine Tritsch at the above email.
Learn more at twincityderbygirls.com and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Dear Friends, Alumni and Current Members of TCDG–
As you may be aware, the lease is signed and we are officially in our new home! However, much work will need to go into making the space skatable. We are converting a space formerly used for swimming into a space used for roller derby, and this will take a big investment in terms of both work and money.
However, everything that we’re putting into the space will be worth it. The new space will allow us to hold bouts on Saturday nights, in our home city, in a location that’s highly accessible to our community. Additionally, practicing on a masonite floor will better prepare our teams to generalize our footwork skills to away bouts. The benefit to the league will be immeasurable.
Watch for a Gofundme campaign to appear in the next few days. If you don’t feel the need to wait for that campaign to appear and want to simply make a donation now, contact the board at email@example.com. And as always, KTFA!
Our Spring Training Program tentatively kicks off Tuesday February 9th at 7 pm. There may be changes to this date and time, so return to our site for updates! You can also join the Facebook event here.
Our 12-week training program offers a fun and supportive environment for skaters and referees who want to learn and fine-tune the basic skills necessary to play or referee roller derby. It’s also a great workout!
Anyone who is 18 years of age or older (by February 9, 2016) and can lace up skates can become a Twin City Derby Girl. The cost is $50 each month to Twin City Derby Girls.
Please plan to arrive early and be geared up before 7 pm to complete paperwork and arrange for borrowing gear, if necessary. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
We plan on having some open skating sessions and off-skates workouts before the kick off date–watch this space for updates and more information!
Born and raised in Champaign, Rockabillie Jean took her soccer skills onto skates in 2012 and began her derby career with TCDG. As a dedicated member of The ‘Paign and the Alter Egos, she quickly became a valued jammer for her ability to slide by blockers with only a hair of space, and her notably rock-solid resilience. In the past season she’s been dubbed “the rubber band,” because when Billie gets knocked down she seems to bounce off the floor and right back onto her skates.
Constantly in motion, the adventurous spirit that took her backpacking across Europe and New Zealand is taking Billie away again. This week we send her off onto another chapter in her life in Minneapolis. Though we are sad to see her go, we know no place can pin her down, and we’re excited that Billie will be making new strides as she continues to play roller derby in the city of her alma mater. It’s been an honor to skate with you, Rockabillie Jean! Don’t forget you will always have a home here at TCDG.
–post filed by Natty Slice
Experience roller derby up close as the Twin City Derby Girls put on an exhibition bout as part of the 2015 That’s What She Said LadyFest weekend! The fast-paced action and hard hits will keep you on the edge of your seat. Get there early to claim the best seats in the house – whether that means front-row floor seats for you or a nice sturdy chair a little farther back from the action! Roller derby is a family-friendly environment so be sure to bring the kiddos along. For $1/wheel they can participate in our half-time wheel game!
When: Sunday, October 18th | Doors open at 5:00pm | First whistle at 6pm
Where: Skateland 208 W Curtis Rd, Savoy, Illinois 61874
Why: THE perfect finale to LadyFest weekend for the whole family, if we do say so ourselves!
Tickets: Kids 8 & under FREE. Regular Admission: $8
LadyFest Pre-Sale going on now! Use code: LADYFEST2015 to get $3 off your ticket while supplies last.
Discount valid on online ticket purchases only.