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Paradise Roller Girls Return to the Track This Saturday

Remember back in the 80’s when roller derby was like the World Wrestling Federation? Derby girls went flying around the rink in zipper suits throwing elbows at other middle age women in order to channel their anger at something other than their pudgy pale-faced husbands.

Watching derby on TV made young girls across the country want to strap on their skates and start smashing shoulders in the driveway, just as boys watching WWF would dress up in Hulk Hogan costumes and throw each other around the living room. It was all good and fun, but like WWF, much of the derby performed on TV was staged.

Sure, the real thing existed. Real blood did spill, and before the TV theatrics of the 80’s, derby was considered a real sport. But the face smashing, cat fighting, late night entertainment blips shown on TV was just entertainment. That all changed though as roller derby re-emerged as something much bigger, and even more exciting, than it’s ever been.

After surviving a few short spurts in the 90’s the sport seemed to disappear completely, only to come back in full force in the mid-2000s. The re-emergence and growing popularity of the sport is in much part due to the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, known as WFTDA. The association was born in 2004 when 20 separate derby league representatives met in the Chicago area to talk about reviving derby as a real sport. By 2008 WFTDA had grown to 60 leagues, and today boasts having 198 full member leagues and 97 apprentice leagues, including the Big Island’s own Paradise Roller Girls.

Paradise Roller Girls

Roller derby returned to Hawaii Island in 2010 with the formation of Paradise Roller Girls

The first Big Island roller derby league came into being February 2010, when a handful of skaters met at Bear’s Coffee in Hilo. One of Hawaii’s first derby girls, Stephanie “Firefly Fatale” Collins, explained how it all came together after that. “We had a lot of really long organizational meetings before we even started skating, mostly due to the fact that everyone had to wait for their skates to ship,” she said. “Once practices started, everybody just got hooked and even more people joined. There was a lot of interest in roller derby, so everything just exploded from there.”

A Hulagan attempts a hip check against Honey Badger jammer Von Schlappenbitsch #8. Paradise Roller Girls versus Pacific Roller Derby at the Battle of the Islands 2012. Photo by Mr. Forbidden.

A Hulagan attempts a hip check against Honey Badger jammer Von Schlappenbitsch #8. Paradise Roller Girls versus Pacific Roller Derby at the Battle of the Islands 2012. Photo by Mr. Forbidden.

Since Paradise Roller Girls’ inception in 2010, three more leagues formed on the Big Island – Kona Outlaw Roller Girls, Echo City Knockouts (Kona) and the Waimea Wranglers, bringing the total to 8 leagues in the state of Hawaii.

Paradise Roller Girls’ first debut bout was hosted at Hilo’s Civic Auditorium in November 2010. It was a sold out event that brought even more attention to the sport on the Big Island, helping to bring new players on board and a fan base that wasn’t always certain of the rules, but knew something exciting was going on.

Paradise Roller Girls

“All I knew was they would skate around the rink as fast as possible, pushing and shoving each other out of the way,” derby fan Scott Albright said. “Eventually I came to understand the rules, which are quite simple. Two girls race each other through a pack of blockers and the one who gets through first becomes the lead jammer. After that both jammers get one point each for every opposing player they pass until the jam is over.”

PRG former skater Alane “Hot” Cole said it’s important for fans to know derby is a real sport, and not just theatrical entertainment. “We want to educate people new to the sport on what today’s modern roller derby is and how different it is from the 80’s entertainment that is stuck in so many people’s heads,” she said. “When you mention roller derby, folks invariably mention elbows to the face and catfights on skates and ask if that is what PRG is about. That is not the case at all; flat-track Roller Derby is a sport first and foremost. The skaters are amazing athletes.” Modern roller derby has retained the campy costumes and flamboyant skater pseudonyms but under the fishnets and glitter the skaters are dedicated athletes who put in long hours training and conditioning.

PRG jammer Atomic Ace #151 races ahead of Hulagan blockers. Paradise Roller Girls versus Pacific Roller Derby at the Battle of the Islands 2012. Photo by Mr. Forbidden.

PRG jammer Atomic Ace #151 races ahead of Hulagan blockers. Paradise Roller Girls versus Pacific Roller Derby at the Battle of the Islands 2012. Photo by Mr. Forbidden.

Basics of Flat-Track Roller Derby

Paradise Roller Girls play flat-track roller derby according to the rules governed by the Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby Association (WFTDA). In flat-track roller derby, a standard bout consists of two 30 minute periods played on a large flat oval track. Each period is divided into jams that last up to two minutes. At the start of a jam, five players from each team take positions on the track. Four members of each team form into one group, called the pack, behind the pivot line. One skater from each team is designated as the Jammer (the skater with 2 stars on her helmet cover) who will score points for her team in that jam. The jammers from both teams line up on the jammer line located behind the pack of blockers. The jam starts with the blast of a whistle from the lead referee and both the jammers take off. They are racing each other to get through the pack of blockers first to establish the status of Lead Jammer which will give her a strategic advantage to call a jam off early in order to deny points to the opposing team. After a jammer completes her first pass through the pack she can now start scoring points for her team on each subsequent pass through the pack. She scores a point for each opposing blocker she passes (plus one point if she also laps the opposing jammer) for a total of 5 points possible per lap.

The blockers from each team must stay within 10 feet of each other to be in the pack. A skater must be within 20 feet of the pack to be considered in-play and able to legally engage other skaters.  It is the blockers job to help her jammer while holding back the opposing team. A skater can use her torso, shoulders and hips to block another player; she may not use her head, elbows, hands or feet. A block can be simply impeding her target’s progress or a body blow to knock her to the floor. Skaters may never hit another skater on the back, head or below the mid-thigh. Blocking to an illegal target zone will result in a penalty. A skater can also receive penalties for insubordination, direction of game play or engaging another player while out of play. Each penalty called by a referee earns a skater one minute in the Penalty Box. If a jam ends while a skater is still serving her time she will start the next jam in the box, forcing her team to start short a player. The bout is won by the team with the most points at the end of the second period. If the bout is tied when the clock runs out then they will skate another jam in order to break the tie.

See a live roller derby bout this Saturday

Interested skaters, fans, new comers, and curious onlookers can find out for themselves what derby has become by joining the Paradise Roller Girls at their next scheduled bout, August 24 at the Hilo Civic Auditorium. The bout starts at 7 pm when the Paradise Roller Girls’ Honey Badger all-star team will take on the Hulagans from Oahu’s Pacific Roller Derby league.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the auditorium when the doors open at 6 pm. Tickets can also be purchased in advance at Mt. View Village Video, CD Wizard, Hilo Town Tavern, Jungle Love Pahoa, Jeff Hunt Surfboards Pahoa, or online at paradiserollergirls.com. Kids 5 years old and younger are free. Don’t miss Center Stage Dance Studio’s halftime performance for a hot dog or slice of pizza. Food and merchandise will be available throughout the evening.

Paradise Roller Girls is a women’s flat-track roller derby league based on the Big Island of Hawaii. PRG’s mission is to promote a healthy, athletic lifestyle in their community through the alternative sport of roller derby.

 

Big Island Babes Junior Roller Derby League Summer Session Information

On June 2nd the Big Island Babes Junior Roller Derby league will be starting their summer session. For 8 weeks, ending on July 21st, practices will be held at Wainaku gym (30 Aikane loop) every Sunday.

Summer Session

NO experience is required! All new skaters are invited to learn the basics, every Sunday from noon to 1pm. Cost for new participants is FREE! We also have limited loaner gear available to borrow for the session.

Returning or experienced skaters will practice from 1- 3pm. Cost is $50

All young ladies from the ages of 7-17 are encouraged to come and check out what roller derby is all about.

The Big Island Babes Junior Roller Derby league aims to empower young women. We build Self Esteem by fostering Leadership Skills and Personal Accountability.

The Big Island Babes Junior Derby creates a Sisterhood of skaters and helps them to Form Positive Relationships through Respect, Sportsmanship, and Team Work. Communication skills are also very important and the skaters will learn positive ways to communicate between themselves as well as with the adults in the league.

For more information please visit Big Island Babes Junior Roller Derby on Facebook, Bigislandbabesjuniorderby.com or email: info@bigislandbabesjuniorderby.com.

Contact

Stacey Breining

“Smash yo Face”

Coach

808-854-5424

info@bigislandbabesjuniorderby.com

 

Paradise Roller Girls Skate-A-Thon: Pledge for Sweat

Want to watch the Paradise Roller Girls push their physical endurance to the limit? Then make a pledge for the Sept. 9 Paradise Roller Girls’ Skate-A-Thon taking place 9 a.m. to noon at the Wainaku Community Gym.

The Big Island’s very own derby girls will sweat their butts off by skating as many derby-track size laps as they can in three hours. Skaters will raise money through flat pledges or by pledge-per-lap. Skaters who receive per-lap pledges will earn the pledge amount multiplied by the amount of laps the sponsored skater completes. Money earned from the event will help pay PRG team travel costs for the Sept. 29-30 Oahu Battle of the Islands roller derby tournament.

Make a flat pledge or donation, or pick and choose the skaters you want to sponsor. Pledging a dollar amount per-lap is the best way to watch these girls move out and sweat. The more you pledge, the harder they will work! Donations and pledge money can be paid by cash, check, money order, or with credit card via PayPal.

To find a skater or make pledges and donations contact DERButante Diva at (808) 938-6007 or kimgitzel@mac.com. Paradise Roller Girls is a women’s flat-track roller derby league based on the Big Island of Hawaii. PRG’s mission is to promote a healthy, athletic lifestyle in their community through the alternative sport of roller derby.

*Editors Note* Currently listed skaters:

 

“Nerds” vs. “Cheerleaders” – Saturday, June 23rd

Pull out your pocket protectors and grab your pompoms, it’s time to get fired up for the Paradise Roller Girls’ season opener and annual themed bout, “Nerds vs. Cheerleaders,” Saturday, June 23, at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the action kicks off at 6:45 p.m. Don’t miss this chance to catch your favorite roller girls on the Big Island duke it out in the first bout of the year.

Tickets are available at www.paradiserollergirls.com or from your favorite derby girl. Other outlets include Mountain View Village Video, CD Wizard, Hilo Town Tavern, Jungle Love Pahoa and Jeff Hunt Surfboards in Pahoa and at the door the day of the event. Pre-sale ticket price is $8, $10 at the door. Selling out is anticipated so get your tickets early! Please, no strollers, coolers or beverage containers; concessions will be available inside.

Paradise Roller Girls is a women’s flat track roller derby league based out of Hilo, Hawaii. PRG membership is island-wide with teams in Kona, Waimea and Hilo. PRG is an Apprentice League of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) and adheres to the association’s rules as well as has qualified referees in the league.

Sponsors include Surrounded By Blue, Ace Hardware, Coldwell Banker Day-Lum, WillKill Termites & Pests, Curly Pinky Designs and Britten Traughber Photography.

A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Rainbow Friends Animal Sanctuary.

Come out and support your local roller derby, with action-packed entertainment, and family fun. For more information on PRG, recruitment information, or to volunteer, visit www.paradiserollergirls.com.

Paradise Roller Girls Close Out the Season… Janes Defeat the Barbies

Tonight was the last match of the season for the Paradise Roller Derby girls and they had an excellent match with the “Barbies vs. GI Janes”.

I left at half-time however I have now heard that the GI Janes defeated the Barbies tonight.

Paradise Roller Girls Final Bout of the Season is Next Week

The Paradise Roller Girls are gearing up for their final bout of the season, “Barbies vs. G.I. Janes,” in an interleague match-up featuring some of the Big Island’s favorite skaters.

The action takes place Saturday, Nov. 26 at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the bout starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, and are available online at http://www.paradiserollergirls.com/shop.html or through your favorite Paradise Roller Girl. Other ticket outlets include CD Wizard in Hilo, Oasis Skate Shop, Jungle Love, Mountain View Village Video, the Hilo Town Tavern, the Hilo Burger Joint, and Akmal’s Indian Food. PRG expects to sell out again so fans are encouraged to purchase tickets early.

Big Island Babes Junior Roller Derby will roll onto the track at half-time for some half-pint derby fun. This group of girls ranging in age 8 to 17 has been training since June, so come show your support for the future of roller derby on the Big Island.

This event is also a toy drive for the Lokahi Giving Project, which aims to provide support to needy families in Hawaii. Donations of new toys will be accepted on bout day at the door. Please help us bring smiles to the faces of our local keiki.

Paradise Roller Girls is a women’s flat track roller derby league based out of Hilo, Hawaii. The league began in February 2010 with a small group of thrill-seeking women looking for good fun in a quiet town. Now, more than 60 skaters and volunteers call this league home.

PRG is an Apprentice League of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) and adheres to the association’s rules as well as has qualified referees in the league.

Come out and support your local roller derby, with action-packed entertainment, and family fun. For more information on PRG, recruitment information, or to volunteer, visit www.paradiserollergirls.com.

Paradise Roller Girls Final Bout of the Season

The Paradise Roller Girls are gearing up for their final bout of the season, “Barbies vs. G.I. Janes,” in an inter-league match-up featuring some of the Big Island’s favorite skaters.

The action takes place Saturday, Nov. 26 at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the bout starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, and are available online at http://www.paradiserollergirls.com/shop.html or through your favorite Paradise Roller Girl. Other ticket outlets include CD Wizard in Hilo, Oasis Skate Shop, Jungle Love, Mountain View Village Video, the Hilo Town Tavern, the Hilo Burger Joint, and Akmal’s Indian Food. PRG expects to sell out again so fans are encouraged to purchase tickets early.

Big Island Babes Junior Roller Derby will roll onto the track at half-time for some half-pint derby fun. This group of girls ranging in age 8 to 17 has been training since June, so come show your support for the future of roller derby on the Big Island.

This event is also a toy drive for the Lokahi Giving Project, which aims to provide support to needy families in Hawaii. Donations of new toys will be accepted on bout day at the door. Please help us bring smiles to the faces of our local keiki.

Paradise Roller Girls is a women’s flat track roller derby league based out of Hilo, Hawaii. The league began in February 2010 with a small group of thrill-seeking women looking for good fun in a quiet town. Now, more than 60 skaters and volunteers call this league home.

PRG is an Apprentice League of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) and adheres to the association’s rules as well as has qualified referees in the league.

Paradise Roller Girls Take on Maui Roller Girls in the “Spring Fling-Her” Bout May 28th

Media Release:

Hilo’s Paradise Roller Girls will battle the Maui Roller Girls in the highly anticipated “Spring Fling-Her,” the second inter-island bout to roll into the Big Island this year. The bout is scheduled for Saturday, May 28 at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium. Doors open at 4 p.m. and the action starts at 6 p.m.

Paradise Roller Girls

Paradise Roller Girls

Pre-sale tickets are available now at   “http://paradiserollergirls.com/shop.html” or from your favorite derby girl. Other outlets include CD Wizard, Hilo Burger Joint, Mt. View Village Video, Akmal’s Indian Food, KapohoKine Adventures, and at the door the day of the event. Pre-sale ticket price is $8 until May 21. After May 21, tickets will be $10 at outlets and the door only. Children 2 and under are free. Please no strollers, coolers or containers.

“We sold out the Civic for our last two bouts and had to turn away people at the door. We highly recommend that fans get their tickets in advance,” said PRG President Meg “Megative” Premo.

PRG is sponsoring a Diaper Drive the day of the bout for the Hale Ohana Domestic Violence Shelter of Hilo. Please help by bringing new packages of pull-ups, diapers, wipes or rash cream to the event. PRG is also donating $1500 to the shelter.

Paradise Roller Girls is a women’s flat track roller derby league based out of Hilo, Hawaii. PRG is also proud to announce the recent acceptance as an apprentice affiliate of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA).

Sponsors of the Spring Fling-Her include WillKill Termites & Pests, Aloha Coast Realty, KapohoKine Adventures, Kona Marine Supply, Law Offices of Steven Strauss, Sin City Skates, and Curly Pinky Designs.

Come out and support your local roller derby, with action packed entertainment, and family fun. For more information and to meet the PRG, check out “http://www.paradiserollergirls.com“.

Paradise Roller Girls Ready to Roll Against Kauai Team in Second PRG Bout

The Paradise Roller Girls, whose very first bout last November sold out the Hilo Civic to an unprecedented crowd, are ready to lace up and rumble again – against Kauai’s “Garden Island Renegade Rollerz.”

The inter-island bout is Sat., Mar. 12 at Hilo’s 3,000-seat Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium. Doors open at 4 p.m., and the bout starts at 6 p.m.

The Hilo Civic was packed at the first PRG bout

Tickets are now available online at http://www.paradiserollergirls.com/shop.html or through your favorite Paradise Roller Girl. Other outlets include CD Wizard in Hilo, Mountain View Village Video, Hilo Burger Joint, and Akmal’s Indian Food. Pre-sale tickets – available until Mar. 5 – are $8 in advance. After Mar. 5, prices are $10 at outlets and at the door the night of the event – if any remain. Children five and under are free.

Suicide Seating Available for a limited time

PRG expects to sell out the Civic again and fans are encouraged to purchase tickets as soon as possible.

The Scaries look on as a sold out civic looks on behind them

The competitive bout will test the strength, teamwork and agility of the East Hawaii-based PRG, many of whom recently returned from an intense three-day derby training camp on Kauai dubbed “Lei’d on the Track.”

Pep Talk

“There are seriously competitive athletes on the Kauai team who will definitely give us a run for the money,” said PRG Coach Blue “Irish I Was Bashin’ Ya” Davis. “It is going to be an extremely grueling game, with both teams bringing their best skaters to the track,” Irish said.

PRG Coach Blue "Irish I Was Bashin' Ya" Davis

Paradise Roller Girls is a women’s flat track roller derby league based out of Hilo, Hawaii. The league began in February 2010 with a small group of thrill-seeking women looking for good fun in a quiet town. Now, more than 60 women are part of the spirited “warriors on wheels” group, which holds practices five times a week throughout East Hawaii.

No holds barred!

While the PRG have been seriously committed for the year they’ve existed, the Garden Island Renegade Rollerz have been honing their skills as well, and officially formed their league in October 2009.

The Garden Island Renegade Rollers

The PRG roster includes Anita Whiskey, FyreFly Fatale, AvaTart, OkiPunKture, Devil’d Meggs, Smash Yo Face Stace, and many more skilled skaters. Kauai is bringing a contingent of their fiercest females, including Pushy Brat, Jen-a-Roll Electric, Kaizer PermaMento, Hard LiqHer and league president Suki-2U.

Waiting for the start

Despite the tough personas, the outlandish and clever costumes, and the undeniable brute physicality of the sport, roller derby – especially that practiced by the PRG – is a family-friendly sport and all ages are encouraged to attend.

See anyone you know?

“It is a physical and demanding sport, but derby truly empowers women. When you lace up your skates and start weaving and bashing your way around the track, you leave all your troubles behind. Family, work, relationships, all take the back seat when you are trying to stay upright and score points,” PRG president Meg “Megative” Premo, said.

The PRG Fairies get ready to take the ring

PRG adheres to Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) rules and has qualified referees in the league.

The Zebra Needs Glasses!

Sponsors of the March bout include WillKill Termites & Pests, Aloha Coast Realty, Kapohokine Adventures, Kona Marine Supply, Law Offices of Steven Strauss, Kauai Skate,and Curly Pinky Designs.

Sponsors

Come out and support your local roller derby, with action packed entertainment, and family fun. For more information and to meet the PRG, check out www.paradiserollergirls.com.

The Derby is On TODAY!

Media Release:

For the first time in decades, Hilo will set the stage for an action-packed evening of women’s roller derby, the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

The Paradise Roller Girls rolls out its first derby bout, “Fairies vs. Scaries” on Sat., Nov. 27 at Hilo’s Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the action starts at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door the night of the event. Tickets can be purchased online at www.brownpapertickets.com, at local outlets including CD Wizard, Hilo Burger Joint, and Mountain View Village Video, or from your favorite derby girl.

Paradise Roller Girls is a women’s flat track roller derby league based in Hilo, Hawaii. The league was formed in February by a dozen or so adventurous women looking for something fun to do in a quiet town. Now, more than 60 women are part of the spirited “warriors on wheels” group, which holds practices several times a week throughout East Hawaii.

“You’ll be surprised at the familiar faces on the program,” said PRG’s president, Meg Premo, aka Megative. “We’re a diverse group that includes realtors, mothers, farmers, teachers, business owners, you name it. What we share in common is a love to skate and the sisterhood of being a Paradise Roller Girl,” she said.

At Saturday’s bout at the Civic, fans will watch the Scaries and the Fairies compete against each other in two 30-minute “jams.” During each jam, which is a simultaneous match of offense and defense, a sprinting skater or “jammer” from each team tries to score as many points as she can. PRG adheres to Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) rules and has qualified referees in the league.

Come out and support your local roller derby, with action packed entertainment, and family fun. For more information and to “meet” the PRG, check out www.paradiserollergirls.com.

Paradise Roller Girls Announce First Derby Bout

Media Release:

Roller Derby is back on Hawaii’s Big Island, and Paradise Roller Girls presents its first derby bout, “Fairies vs. Scaries” on Sat., Nov. 27 at Hilo’s Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the action starts at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door the night of the event. Tickets can be purchased online at www.brownpapertickets.com, at local outlets including CD Wizard, Hilo Burger Joint, and Mountain View Village Video, or from your favorite derby girl.

Paradise Roller Girls is a women’s flat track roller derby league based out of Hilo, Hawaii. The league began in February 2010 with a small group of thrill-seeking women looking for good fun in a quiet town. Now, more than 60 women are part of the spirited “warriors on wheels” group, which holds practices several times a week throughout East Hawaii.

“The sports that most women participate in don’t require knee and elbow pads, wrist guards, a helmet and a mouth guard,” said PRG’s president, Meg Premo, aka Megative. “But don’t let that scare you. Derby is a fantastic, physical outlet for women, and fun for the whole family to watch.”

Indeed. Derby girls skate around an oval flat track, whipping their team mates through a tight pack of opponents eager to knock them down and prevent the lead jammer from scoring points. Derby girls choose clever personas (Fisty Kristy, BamBooHoo, Avatart, Devil’d Meggs, and Noella DeVille are some of PRG’s monikers) and they dress the part.

“Derby empowers women. Our league has even banned the word ‘sorry.’ If someone says sorry at a practice, they have to drop and give us five pushups for each offense,” Megative said.

PRG adheres to Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) rules and has qualified referees in the league.

Come out and support your local roller derby, with action-packed entertainment, and family fun. For more information and to “meet” the PRG, check out www.paradiserollergirls.com.