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Ithaca League of Women Rollers http://www.ithacarollerderby.com home of the SufferJets & BlueStockings Sat, 23 May 2015 16:21:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.5 Roller Derby in the Heart of Ithaca: Home Turf Showdown – May 30 http://www.ithacarollerderby.com/roller-derby-in-the-heart-of-ithaca-home-turf-showdown/ http://www.ithacarollerderby.com/roller-derby-in-the-heart-of-ithaca-home-turf-showdown/#comments Sat, 23 May 2015 15:27:42 +0000 http://www.ithacarollerderby.com/?p=4831 The Ithaca League of Women Rollers are back at it in a full league home turf showdown! On Saturday May 30th members of the SufferJets and Bluestockings shed their team colors and take up new alliances in a unique intra-league match at Cass Park Rink in Ithaca.

Skaters will combine to create two new teams for this special event in a battle showcasing all of the league’s talents under one roof. The skating will be fast, the competition will be fierce, and the fun will be plenty! A portion of the proceeds help fund 2015 travel expenses to away bouts in Philadelphia, Rhode Island and Virginia.

The event will also feature members of the Ithaca League of Junior Rollers, ages 8-17, during a halftime scrimmage. Junior members build fitness, make new friends, and enjoy a fun, confidence-building team experience in a supervised, competitive league structure. So join right in and cheer on our junior rollers!

Doors open at 6:00 pm. Pre-sale tickets are available online for $8 or at the door for $10. Children 12 and under are free, ages 13-17 are just $5.


  •         Bout Date: Saturday, May 30th
  •         Bout Time: Doors at 6:00, Bout at 7:00
  •         Bout Location: Cass Park Rink, 701 Taughannock Blvd., Ithaca, NY
  •         Tickets: $8 in advance $10 at the door, 13-17 $5, 12 and under free

Remaining home season dates for 2015 are: June 13, July 11, September 8, August 12, September 13, and October 3.


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Roller Derby Live on WRFI http://www.ithacarollerderby.com/roller-derby-live-on-wrfi/ http://www.ithacarollerderby.com/roller-derby-live-on-wrfi/#comments Sat, 09 May 2015 21:04:08 +0000 http://www.ithacarollerderby.com/?p=4787 The fabulous folks at WRFI will be broadcasting tonight’s bouts LIVE on WRFI Community Radio (88.1FM in Ithaca, 91.9 in Watkins Glen)! Tune them in, stream them at http://www.wrfi.org/online-stream if you can’t make it to the rink!


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Back on the Track May 9th http://www.ithacarollerderby.com/back-on-the-track-may-9/ http://www.ithacarollerderby.com/back-on-the-track-may-9/#comments Sun, 03 May 2015 13:42:46 +0000 http://www.ithacarollerderby.com/?p=4767

The Ithaca League of Women Rollers are back on the track May 9th with a double-header. Ithaca’s nationally ranked SufferJets (#73) will be kicking off the home season against #78 ranked Roc City Roller Derby from Rochester, NY. It’s sure to be an exciting match up as the SJs are looking to show Roc City who runs upstate NY.

You’ll want to come early to catch the first of two bouts that evening as the Ithaca League of Junior Rollers shows us the future of roller derby. These young women are raring and ready to show their talents in a battle of the home teams.

A portion of the night’s proceeds will go to the Tompkins County Public Library as they fundraise for a 21st Century Library.

Be sure to bring a chair and line up trackside starting at 5:00! Cheer on derby athletes of all ages for this amazing, multi-generational night of roller derby.

· Bout Date: Saturday, May 9th
· Bout Time: Doors at 5:00, First Whistle at 6:00
· Bout Location: Cass Park Rink, 701 Taughannock Blvd., Ithaca, NY
· Tickets: $8 in advance $10 at the door, 13-17 $5, 12 and under free

Home season dates for 2015 are: May 9, May 30, June 13, July 11, September 8, August 12, September 13, and October 3.

Join the event on Facebook.

SufferJets vs Roc Stars May 9, 2015

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2015 Junior Rollers Season Schedule http://www.ithacarollerderby.com/2015-junior-rollers-season-schedule/ http://www.ithacarollerderby.com/2015-junior-rollers-season-schedule/#comments Sat, 04 Apr 2015 16:28:00 +0000 http://www.ithacarollerderby.com/?p=4763 The Ithaca League of Junior Rollers are rolling into their sixth season! And, 2015 is shaping up to be their busiest season yet.

Be sure to catch them kicking off the 2015 home season on May 9th at Cass Park Rink. They’ll be skating in a double-header that night along with their big sisters, the SufferJets.

2015 Schedule

May 9 | At Home Mixed team, still working on an opposing team.

May 16 | The Seneca Dolls at Olean

June 6 | The Title IXs at Montreal

June 19-20 | The Title IXs at Philly (ECDX Tournament)

Plus other home bouts are in the works!

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Junior Roller Derby – Spring Session http://www.ithacarollerderby.com/junior-roller-derby-spring-session/ http://www.ithacarollerderby.com/junior-roller-derby-spring-session/#comments Sat, 04 Apr 2015 15:59:40 +0000 http://www.ithacarollerderby.com/?p=4751 Now registering for the Spring 2015 Junior Roller Derby session. The Spring 2015 Session is open to experienced derby skaters only.  No new skaters will be accepted unless they are experienced transfer skaters. The session runs April 7-June 30.


New streamlined process!

Registration for spring 2015 is now open.  $90 for the session, $10 off each skater (2 or more) family discount with coupon code FAMILY15.

New bulk gear rental fee for entire session $50 (nonrefundable). $3 nightly fee still available. Mouthguards are $1 each.

Email maully.millions@gmail.com with registration questions. Parents will make a single log in that they can reuse each session (no more reentering skater info over and over in Google docs)

Payment by check only – mail in or drop off at space. Due in full by 4/14.

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2015 Season Schedule http://www.ithacarollerderby.com/2015-season-schedule-2/ http://www.ithacarollerderby.com/2015-season-schedule-2/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 02:32:15 +0000 http://www.ithacarollerderby.com/?p=4744 Ithaca League of Women Rollers announces 2015 season dates

>>View Season Schedule<<

Ithaca League of Women Rollers is bringing its fast-paced flat track roller derby back for season eight, hosting games at Cass Park Rink May through September, with the home season opener taking place on May 9.

Interested in supporting the ILWR? There are many ways you can help support the League and enjoy special benefits…we would love to be in touch! Contact your favorite skater or email sponsorship@ithacarollerderby.com.

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2015 Season Schedule http://www.ithacarollerderby.com/2015-season-schedule/ http://www.ithacarollerderby.com/2015-season-schedule/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 02:17:38 +0000 http://www.ithacarollerderby.com/?p=4736 Our 8th Season!









@ Cass Park Rink


Ithaca League of Women Rollers announces 2015 season dates

>>View Season Schedule<<

Ithaca League of Women Rollers is bringing its fast-paced flat track roller derby back for season eight, hosting games at Cass Park Rink May through September, with the home season opener taking place on May 9.

Interested in supporting the ILWR? There are many ways you can help support the League and enjoy special benefits…we would love to be in touch! Contact your favorite skater or email sponsorship@ithacarollerderby.com.

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Ready to try Roller Derby? http://www.ithacarollerderby.com/ready-to-try-roller-derby/ http://www.ithacarollerderby.com/ready-to-try-roller-derby/#comments Sun, 15 Mar 2015 22:56:31 +0000 http://www.ithacarollerderby.com/?p=4718

Roller Derby is…all of these awesome things! Want to give it a shot? Sign up for wReck sessions today and join the fun. We’ll teach you all you’ll need to know!

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Recreational Roller Derby – Starts March 4 http://www.ithacarollerderby.com/recreational-roller-derby-march-4/ http://www.ithacarollerderby.com/recreational-roller-derby-march-4/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 01:34:12 +0000 http://www.ithacarollerderby.com/?p=4689

Ready for a roller derby style workout? We have a weekly Wednesday session for you. New or returning skaters are welcome!

Recreational Roller Derby starts on Wednesday, March 4 from 7-8:30 pm. In October the wReck program will go on hiatus and the recruitment program for the 2016 season starts.

View all the details and register here.

Join the event on facebook!

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Tompkins County roller derby leagues face growing pains http://www.ithacarollerderby.com/tompkins-county-roller-derby-leagues-face-growing-pains/ http://www.ithacarollerderby.com/tompkins-county-roller-derby-leagues-face-growing-pains/#comments Tue, 30 Dec 2014 18:43:48 +0000 http://www.ithacarollerderby.com/?p=4685

by Marissa Framarini and Sage Daugherty

originally published in the Ithaca Week,  a weekly magazine produced by the students of the Advanced Multimedia Journalism class at the Roy H. Park School of Communications, Ithaca College.

“Welcome to ‘Your Mom’s Place’,” Johnna Gray shouts above the clamor of skidding wheels and conversation. It’s the end of a sweaty practice for the Ithaca League of Women Rollers Junior Team, and the enthusiastic derby trainer is ushering the night’s “fresh meat” into the rink.

Lingo for new recruits, the continuous turnaround of “fresh meat” to the ILWR mirrors a larger trend in derby. Today, roller derby is considered to be the fastest growing sport, with more than 273 full member teams worldwide listed as of 2013, according to the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association.

The game is played with five players on each team — four blockers and one jammer, or point-scorer. Points are scored when the first jammer to make her way through the pack passes players on her second lap. The ILWR has two main teams, the Suffer Jets and the Blue Stockings.

But while the sport is currently a global craze, Gray, a graphic design student at Tompkins Cortland Community College, is honest about the lasting legacy of derby, which has a tendency to fade from the spotlight as fast as team rosters change. Gray skated with the Cortland-based team, the Crown City Rollers, for four years before transferring to the ILWR, which began in 2007, when the team had to shut down due to financial reasons.

The sport’s unpredictable levels of popularity are often attributed to derby’s bad reputation for being dangerous or staged. These misconceptions, Sue ‘Cam Arrow’ Dozoretz, the former Ithaca Suffer Jets co-captain, said detract from the public’s understanding of roller derby as a serious sport that combines athleticism, strategy and teamwork.

It is essential for participants in derby to warm up and properly train new recruits the fundamentals, including skating, blocking, and most of all, how to fall safely and recover, Vancouver-based derby enthusiast, nutritionist and trainer, Carla “Booty Quake” Smith, said.

“Cross training and warming up are really important in roller derby because it’s an injury prone sport,” Smith said. “It’s not a matter of if you’ll get injured. It’s more of a question of when and how badly. We keep insurance statistics in our league and we have lower incidences of injuries after warm ups.”

Dozoretz says even though roller derby is a fast-paced, full contact sport, and participants can have athletic injuries like broken fingers or ACL tears, it is no more dangerous than soccer.

“We’ve grown really smart about how we train, so we train to prevent injury,” Dozoretz said. “I do a lot of cross training outside of derby so that I don’t get hurt, and I don’t think the injury rate is any higher than in any other sport.”

New skater Chrysalis Kendall has been attending roller derby practices for about three weeks. The hardest part about the sport so far for her is the scare factor, but since the team is very inviting she feels accepted and wants to continue playing.

“Before doing this, I had probably roller skated twice in my life,” she said. “[But] everyone here is really nice, [and] they want everyone to learn and be safe. They also want everyone to really have fun and enjoy what they’re doing.”

Dozoretz, who retired in October, is still active in roller derby and continues to help train the new members. She said as a competitive athlete, she stayed involved in the sport because the SufferJets continue to improve and she wants to help the next generation of skaters.

“I really like the physical challenge of this sport,” she said. “I like that every season I come back, there’s new skills that I want to master, and continue to become a better skater.”

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