Pioneer Valley Roller Derby is proud to announce the formation of our new team, the United Front!
The United Front is an all- and no-gender team that welcomes any roster-eligible skater regardless of assigned sex, gender identity (or lack thereof), or gender presentation and expression.
In 2006, Pioneer Valley Roller Derby first began to break down gender barriers by founding the world’s first flat track men’s roller derby team, the Dirty Dozen, and being the first league in the country to have both women’s and men’s teams.
Nine years later, the creation of the United Front upholds our mission to advance flat track roller derby by setting a precedent for inclusion of anyone and everyone who wishes to be involved with the sport.
The inaugural bout of this new team is scheduled for May 16th in Northampton, MA, as part of a doubleheader alongside Western Mass Destruction. We hope to see you there to cheer on the newest addition to the PVRD family!
Pioneer Valley Roller Derby is celebrating our ninth anniversary with a skating party at Interskate 91 North in Hadley on Saturday, February 21 from 7-10PM—and you’re invited to join us. A portion of all advance ticket sales benefits the league, so buy your ticket now and party with us!
The Dirty Dozen bouting on September 6, 2014.
Image source: Bill Cameron
Looking forward: our home games this season will take place on April 18, May 16, June 27, July 18, and September 19, in Florence, MA.
Longtime fans of Pioneer Valley Roller Derby will see the return of Western Mass Destruction this year to interleague play, as our skaters move up the ranks with experience. We debuted many new skaters under the Quabbin Missile Crisis team banner in 2014, and with our membership more than doubled over the course of last year, we are excited to be able to field competitive rosters on both the Western Mass Destruction and the Quabbin Missile Crisis in 2015.
Members of our officiating crew, the J.A.G. Corps, continue to officiate scrimmages and games both at home and away, and will be representatives at several major tournaments this season.
The Dirty Dozen currently has a number of away games planned against Casco Bay Gentlemen’s Derby, the Mean Mountain Boys of Vermont Men’s Roller Derby, the Capital District Trauma Authority, and the Hooligans of Penn Jersey Roller Derby. You can expect the Dozen to be out in full force this year with a few new skaters filling up a well-rounded roster.
Interested in sponsoring Pioneer Valley Roller Derby in 2015? We would love to partner with you. Please email email@example.com for more information.
As of early 2014, Pioneer Valley Roller Derby is now a non-profit organization!
We operated for eight years as a skater-owned LLC. Our legal business structure may have changed, but our mission is still exactly the same—to foster the growth of the sport of flat track roller derby in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts and to continue to set a precedent for inclusion of everyone and anyone who wishes to play the sport.
We continue to build our sport from the ground up and teach our members how to skate and how to play flat track roller derby in a safe and supportive environment. Our athletes come from various skating backgrounds, from zero experience to skating for years, and our training curriculum builds skills, teamwork, and strategy for those who regularly attend weekly practices.
We continue to support local causes in our community, as we have done over the last eight years, through donating portions of game proceeds to organizations like the Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society and the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, volunteering annually at events like the Hot Chocolate Run for Safe Passage and Monte’s March, and otherwise giving back to our friends and neighbors.
Thank you everyone—our fans, local businesses, volunteers—for your support over the years. We pledge to continue working in our community and putting on great roller derby!