Pioneer Valley Roller Derby is openly recruiting new members for its Men’s and Women’s divisions. If you are at least 18 years old and possess the desire and drive to be a part of this fast growing and exciting sport, we have a spot for you.
Skating experience is not required. You bring the enthusiasm and we will provide the training.
An old school sport has rolled into Western Mass in a new way. Pioneer Valley residents of all ages have teamed up for flat track roller derby, a revival of the roller derby that was popular back in the 70’s. It’s a game of using your body to pass the opposing team while skating laps around the track. About 30 male and female derby members currently come together twice a week to run drills and practice twice a week at Interskate 91 in Wilbraham. Many members say after trying roller derby once, they were hooked. "Once we saw this happening we knew that we needed to try this out. So, once I got skates on my feet and started practicing, I knew this was for me," says Jake Fahy, the owner of Pioneer Valley Roller Derby, LLC.
Pioneer Valley Roller Derby is in the process of looking for its own flat track and says once they do, they will be ready to compete with other roller derby teams nationwide.
September 17, 2006: At the gracious invitation of the Charm City Roller Girls, Pioneer Valley Roller Derby’s Men’s team traveled to Baltimore to play a mini-exhibition bout against CCRG’s referees during the halftime of their season championship event.
The boys of PVRD were the visiting redshirts against the hometown team’s referee stripes in this microcosmic, history-making event. The action was fast and furious and both teams skated hard, but in the end the scoreboard showed a three point advantage for the Charm City consortium.
Pioneer Valley Roller Derby’s Men and Women look forward to meeting our friends from Baltimore on the rink again in the near future.