The Inland Empire’s Premiere All Women Flat Track Roller Derby League was formed in February of 2006. The league is proudly run by skaters, for skaters.
The Inland Empire Derby Divas (IEDD) roster is growing and getting stronger every day. Over 40 women have joined from all over the IE—from Chino to Yucaipa—representing the San Bernardino and Riverside Counties in local and eventually national competitions. There has been an incredible response from women interested in joining the IE’s future Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (www.wftda.com) rookie league.
The skating femme-fatales are committed to enduring grueling training to prepare for the 2012 season. The Divas promise their audiences a high octane match with a shot of pin-up girl and a twist of feminism. The skaters themselves come from all walks of life—a hair stylist for the dead, an archaeologist, a union pipe layer, college students, and stay at home moms. Ages range from 19-49 and body types and skating levels vary, but all share their passion for derby.
Our league is organized into committees including: events, merchandise, communication, recruiting, and sports management. We do this in addition to our day jobs. It takes a lot of time and commitment. Do we get paid? Not even a dime. We even pay to play! All people contributing to IEDD do this as a community volunteer effort. Skaters must pay monthly dues for helping with the operational costs of the rink, bouts, and practices. All profits generated from fundraisers, tickets, merchandise sales, sponsorships, and other sources are invested into the league. Running the show requires not only effort from the skaters, but several dedicated volunteers working together to help put on bouts, public events and other operations. These positions include referees, statisticians, scorekeepers, ticket/merchandise sellers, audio engineers, and more.