My name is Annastasia (aka "Rage"), President of the SoYo Roller derby league, a start-up team of local skaters coming together to promote camaraderie and sportsmanship through the sport of roller derby. The purpose of the SoYo Roller derby league is to create an opportunity for local women athletes to achieve their maximum athletic and intellectual potential. Our members embody the highest standard of dedication, perseverance, respect, and motivation through intensive training, competition, and community involvement. This year we are committed to transforming from a start-up league to a fully sponsored organized league representing Solano and Yolo counties in organized league play. We are proud to represent these counties as the only organized flat track derby league in both counties.
What is Flat Track Roller Derby?
Flat track roller derby is the distant relative of roller derby from the 1970’s with the banked oval track, paid professional athletes (women and men), and wrestlemania style scripted scenarios. The being paid and scripted has been taken out of it, and we do it with athleticism and for the love of derby. Originating in 2001, flat track roller derby is a fast-paced, strategic, team oriented sport which still includes the full contact aspect that many spectators long to see. A banked track is traditionally immobile and professionally constructed; this means anyone without the space, materials, and means of setting up a banked track is automatically excluded from the sport. A flat track can be laid on any flat surface suitable for skates, and this simplicity of set up has made roller derby a do-it-yourself sport accessible to women who are ready to lace up their skates.
Who are the SoYo Roller Derby girls?
We are business owners, office managers, teachers, students, wives, and mothers; however each week we transform into our own versions of Wonder Woman and become the SoYo Roller Derby girls. Founded in May of 2012, what originated from a conversation and an open call on facebook; has graduated to a league of women who have received their USA Roller Sports club charter and are looking to bout. All of our skaters train hard, and play hard. We have an amazing group of ladies, and are looking to add more!
The SoYo Roller Derby League and their team(s) are dedicated to providing an opportunity for all women to challenge and strengthen themselves physically and mentally through the sisterhood of roller derby while supporting our community through volunteering and raising money for local charities. We are on track to obtain our non-profit status, so we can give back to the community. The SoYo Roller Derby League is a grassroots, DIY, skater owned and operated league with a commitment to promoting fitness and health for woman of all ages and sizes and to maintain an inclusive skating culture.
Our practices are held at the Norcal Indoor Sports in Woodland, CA and we've recently added a location in Davis.
Our Vision for advancement of the league:
We have been practicing like crazy, hosting training camps, and guest coaches. We hope to be able to set up a bout or two this season. This of course depends on a few things, like the number of girls ready to bout, financial status of the league to put on a bout, and volunteer support to run the bouts. We do not currently have any home bouts scheduled for the 2013 season, but we are hoping to get some scheduled soon.
I want to join you or I want more information:
We are hosting an open call informational night coming up on March 17th in Davis, at Woodstock Pizza 5:30-7:00pm. Come on out, meet the girls and coach and find out more about Derby. Ask all your questions, and hopefully come out for a practice with us!
RSVP to the open call here (or just show up): https://www.facebook.com/events/357299691041291/?ref=22
To find out more info about us: