Gone are the days when all FL was known for was palmetto bugs, palm tress, and its ubiquitous, draining humidity. For over half a decade, roller derby has been tearing through the Sunshine State as a perpetual Hurricane Charlie; leaving breathtaking plays, broken bones, and copious tattoos in its wake where there used to be only boredom.
In an effort to repay these athletes for all they do to entertain us, many of rootshed.com’s Roller Derby experts are now looking to everyone involved with derby (fans, players, NSOs) to vote on their favorite skaters. Sending in a roster of five skaters (female, junior, male; they’re all eligible) of whom you think is among the best Florida has to offer the nation.
The leagues, in no particular order, and certainly not definitive, are:
+ Alachua County Rollers (aka ACR Hunnies and ACR Stingers) Lake City, FL
+ Beach Brawl Sk8r Dolls – Ft. Walton, FL
+ Bradentucky Bombers – Bradenton, FL
+ Deadly Rival Roller Derby – Pinellas Park / Tarpon, FL
+ Dub City Derby Girls – Palm Beach, FL
+ Emerald Coast Roller Derby – Milton, FL
+ East Side Roller GirlZ – Auburndale, FL
+ Fort Myers Derby Girls – Fort Myers, FL (WFTDA Apprentice League)
+ Gainesville Roller Rebels – Gainesville, FL (WFTDA Apprentice League)
+ Gold Coast Derby Grrls – Fort Lauderdale, FL (WFTDA League)
+ Hitmen of Manatee County – Bradenton/Sarasota, FL
+ Jacksonville Rollergirls – Jacksonville, FL (WFTDA league)
+ Lakeland Derby Dames – Lakeland, FL
+ Magic City Misfits – Jacksonville, FL (MRDA league)
+ Miami Vice City Rollers – Miami, FL
+ Molly Roger Rollergirls – Melbourne, FL
+ Ocala Cannibals – Ocala, FL
+ Okaloosa Rollers – Crestview, FL
+ Orlando Psycho City – Orlando, FL
+ Palm Coast Roller Derby – Flagler, FL
+ Panama City Roller Derby – Panama City, FL
+ Pensacola Rollergurlz – Pensacola, FL
+ PC Junior Derby – Largo, FL
+ Psycho City Derby Girls – Orlando, FL
+ Revolution Roller Derby – Pinellas and Pasco County, FL
+ Sintral Florida Derby Demons – Daytona Beach, FL
+ So Flo Men’s Derby – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
+ South Florida Roller Girls – Fort Pierce, FL
+ Space Coast Roller Derby – Melbourne, FL
+ Suncoast Quad Squad – Sarasota, FL
+ Tallahassee RollerGirls – Tallahassee, FL (WFTDA League)
+ Tampa Bay Junior Derby – Tampa, FL
+ Tampa Bay Men’s Roller Derby – Tampa, FL (MRDA league)
+ Tampa Bay Derby Darlins – Tampa, FL (WFTDA league)
+ Thunder City Derby Sirens – Deland, FL
+ Tri County Rolling Militia – Orange Park, FL
+ The Vandalettes of Vero – Vero Beach, FL
(Big thanks going out to the FL Roller Derby FB Group for the help with the list. If your league’s not on the list, still feel free to vote, and send the league name in so I can include it.)
The rules are pretty simple, in order to be eligible you must have skated for a team/league in Florida. And have someone nominate you.
So grab your friends, sit down, and type out who your derby dream team was circa 2012. If you can think of any skater anecdotes (i.e. why they’re the best pivot in the land, etc.), please feel free to include them. Florida has a reputation for being superlative heavy, and I’d like to keep it alive.
I’ll need your top five skaters, plus one MVP from out of that group.
Send in your votes in to me at:
Votes can be cast until Dec. 20th, at which point I’ll start counting to determine FL’s starting line-up, as well as our MVP.