Oil City Derby Girls' mission is to provide a fun, professional and safe environment for women & men to develop superior skills in the sport of roller derby. We strive to promote self-discipline and personal improvement, while empowering aspiring skaters to embrace their athleticism and strengthen their team spirit. OCDG gives athletes the skills and confidence to succeed both on and off the track.
About the Oil City Derby Girls
Founded in 2005, The Oil City Derby Girls were the first Flat Track Roller Derby League in Canada. The Oil City Derby Girls is a skater owned and skater run league who provide Edmonton with a diverse derby experience. Our membership is made up of women and men of all ages, backgrounds, athletic levels, and talents - all working together for the love of derby.
We maintain our momentum training Fresh Meat (New Skaters), and helping new leagues start off on the right foot… or rather, the right skate.
We keep busy running and participating in bouts, bootcamps, tournaments, and conferences - locally, nationally, and internationally. Still we find time to give, volunteering with many charities and organizations in our beloved Oil City, such as The Edmonton Food Bank, Run for your Dad, the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters and the Cancer Society.
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Our 2013 Executive Board and Committee Heads are follows:
Vice President- iBad
Treasurer-Hurts so Good
Secretary- Wreck'er Ya
Membership Standing Tracking Secretary - Plaidiator
Freshmeat Coordinator - Easy Break Oven
Member Volunteer Coordinator-Punk R0ck G33K
Training Manager-Dirty Swede
Membership Dues Collection Manager-Lolita Stryk'er
Media Coordinator-Siren Song
Promotional Event Coordinator- Diva De Mortis
Non Member Volunteer Coordinator-Punk R0ck G33K
Bout Production Coordinator-The Nean of Mean
Fundraising Coordinator-Kombat Kitty
Merchandise Supply and Sales Manager- Reign Disday
Interleague Relations- Easy Break Oven
Roller Derby, Defined
In 1935, at the height of the Great Depression, America’s first “spectacle sport” was born. Invented by Leo Seltzer, roller derby originally simulated cross-country skating, with participants furiously circling a track approximating the distance between New York and LA.
As skaters became faster and more adept at lapping the track, occasional crashes would occur as they tried to pass those ahead of them. Like any great promoter, Seltzer soon realized these collisions were the most thrilling part of the game, which he tweaked to maximize the carnage. Two teams of five skaters now circled the pack, with each team sending out a “jammer” to skate around and lap members of the opposing team. Derby became a full-contact physical sport, with elbows, body-checks and fights galore. And the fans loved it.
By the early ‘50s, roller derby reached its peak, with games regularly drawing 30-40,000 fans and skaters gracing the covers of national magazines. The sport sustained its popularity through the ‘70s, but then slipped into pop culture oblivion - until now.
Today, in post-millennium North America, “everything old is new again” –including the roller derby. A neo-derby renaissance is fully at hand, with aggressive all-girl skaters jamming the pack to restore the sport to its hard-hitting former glory.
In locations as diverse as New York, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Tucson, Raleigh, Austin, Las Vegas and the Cayman Islands, a new generation of fierce female athletes is paying homage to the energetic, explosive traditions of derby past, while updating them slightly for a more sophisticated, modern audience.
With a post-feminist, punk-inspired DIY (do-it-yourself) ethos and a hearty helping of raunchy rock’n’roll, this ain’t your grandma’s roller derby. Gone are the co-ed teams (in favor of “red hot, girl-on-girl action”). Traditional “time-out” penalties have been replaced with a spin of the much-dreaded “Penalty Wheel,” which dispenses wild consequences, from spankings to “the rat race”, for fouls committed during play.