The Inland Empire’s Premiere Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby League was formed in February 2006. This season, the IE Derby Divas proudly celebrated its 10th anniversary. The league is proudly run by skaters, for skaters.
The IE Derby Divas’ roster is growing and getting stronger every day. Over 40 women have joined from all over the Inland Empire—from Chino to Yucaipa—representing the San Bernardino and Riverside counties in local and out-of-state competitive women’s flat track roller derby. There has been an incredible response from women interested in joining the Inland Empire’s future Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (www.wftda.com) rookie league.
The skating femme-fatales are committed to enduring grueling training to compete for the 2016 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. Ages range from 19-49 and body types and skating levels vary, but all share a passion for roller derby.
The league is organized into committees, including: events, merchandise, media, recruiting, sponsorship and fundraising. 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 of our skaters and non-skaters that contribute to the IE Derby Divas are involved as part of community volunteer effort. Skaters must pay monthly dues to help with the operational costs of the roller rink for practice space and bout production. All profits generated from fundraisers, tickets, merchandise sales, sponsorships, and other sources are invested into the league. Running the show requires effort from the skaters and several dedicated volunteers working together to help put on bouts, public events, and other operations. These positions include, but are not limited to: referees, statisticians, scorekeepers, ticket/merchandise sellers, audio engineers, photographers, and many more.