There’s only one original, Atlanta-based, WFTDA founding member roller derby league:
Atlanta Roller Derby!
Atlanta Roller Derby (ARD), a founding member of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), took shape in November 2004, when Angela Ward, a.k.a. Tanya Hyde, put a call out to strong, athletic women to join her in bringing Roller Derby to the Dirty South. The sport, once on par with the theatrics of professional wrestling, evolved to become an all-female, full-contact sport that’s writing a new chapter in athletic history.
Your Atlanta Rollergirls are proud to be part of the movement that has exploded into hundreds of leagues worldwide, and inspired women from all walks of life to strap on skates and take to the track. Younger girls are getting in on the sport now too, as junior leagues like our own Atlanta Junior Roller Derby take root.
The league features four home teams, the Apocalypstix, Denim Demons, Glamma Rays, and Toxic Shocks, that compete each season for the championship trophy. The home teams battle it out at the Yaarab Shrine Center on Ponce de Leon Avenue during their February-to-September season.
In addition, the league sponsors three travel teams that defend your city’s honor across Georgia, the South, and the whole wide world. The internationally recognized Dirty South Derby Girls (DSDG) are your WFTDA-chartered All-stars, who compete at the highest level. The Rumble Bs, Atlanta’s regionally competitive team, represent the league in interleague play against smaller leagues, WFTDA-apprentice leagues, and other WTFDA leagues’ B-teams. They are your rising stars. Last but not least, there is our locally-competitive team the Jukes of Hazzard, which serves to give our newer and developing players more track time.
But Atlanta roller derby is more than a sport. Like the professional sports we all know, the management of the team matters as much as what happens in the game. Atlanta Rollergirls’ skaters own and manage the league themselves, making every athlete a businesswoman as well. Each skater contributes their own unique skills both on and off the track. Driven by the love of the sport, ARG works very hard to give our fans more of what they want—intense competition, pulse pounding game-play, and a level of in-your-face action and excitement that you won’t find anywhere else.