05/01/2021 – Beginner’s Skating Courses!

Want to learn to skate?

Want to learn to skate with some of the best roller derby athletes in the state?!

Oklahoma Victory Dolls is now hosting our “Tuesday Skate.” These are beginner’s courses every Tuesday evening beginning in May! Our trainers will teach you everything you need to know to glide with grace and roll with flow. No experience and no equipment necessary (though we strongly encourage safety equipment, especially kneepads.) Skates can be rented from Scissortail Sky Rink.. Classes will focus on different aspects of skating basics, and need not be attended sequentially.

And after you pick up the basics, you can learn about joining Oklahoma Victory Dolls as an athlete, official, or volunteer – but no experience necessary, and no pressure. You do whatever you like with your newfound skating skills!

What: Beginner’s Skating Classes

Who: All adults 18+

When: Tuesdays 7:30PM – 9:00PM

Where: Scissortail Sky Rink

Cost: $5 per class. Fee can be paid in advance through Paypal at contactus@okvd.net or with cash (exact amount, please!) For Paypal payments, please use “Friends and Family” and put your name and the class date in the payment note.What to bring: Skates (if you have ’em,) any safety equipment you prefer, water, and a mask or bandana. Masks required!All classes are weather-permitting. The outdoor rink is covered, but wet conditions are not safe conditions. We will announce cancellations for classes ASAP.

This class open to EVERYONE 18 and over. If you or a youngster you know wants to learn to skate, we have a separate juniors program. Email us at juniors@okvd.net for more info

8/12/2020 – A Junior’s League Is In the Works!

OKVD is excited to announce that we are forming a junior’s roller derby league! The league will be open to kids 8-17. No skating background required. We hope to have this league up and running by 2021, Covid-dependent. If you or your junior is interested, please fill out this form. Additional details re: an interest meeting will be announced soon!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeij6bA0OAjIzBALa3bcCuhbqmTdGPziv3cy3Cmt3YM0sKNbQ/viewform

7/7/2020 – COVID-19 Updates

Due to rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in the state of Oklahoma, OKVD will continue to postpone resuming practice. We do plan on restarting our new recruit class when we are able to return to practice. IF you are interested in joining up in the near future, please email newrecruits [AT] okvd [dot] net for more info!

2/22/20 — Spring 2020 Beginner’s Course Starts Tomorrow!

Spring Beginner’s Course

Our spring beginner’s skating course starts tomorrow, and WE WANT YOU!

Twice a year, we hold a 12-week beginner’s course, designed to teach ANYONE the fundamentals of skating. We build onto those fundamentals with basic hits, counterblocks, and other moves needed to safely play derby. Whether you want to play, officiate, or just learn to skate, our course will teach you what you want to know! The course is open to everyone 18 and older.

Those interested in joining should email newrecruits[AT]okvd.net for more information.

See you there!

2/21/20 — Recap: North Texas Represents

Recap: North Texas Represents

OKVD’s B team, Tornado Alley, fell to North Texas Roller Derby’s All-star team, The Fighting Unicorns, on Sunday, Feb. 16th.

These two teams have faced each other at least one per season every season for the last three years, with North Texas continuing their winning streak in 2020.

The Fighting Unicorns held formidable walls, strong offense and jammers of wildly varying styles, keeping Tornado Alley on their toes. NTRD co-captain Trouble was particularly formidable as both blocker and jammer. Tornado Alley jammer T-pain put up most of Tornado Alley’s points, but a lack of lead jammer status meant North Texas retained control of much of the game, coming away with a 232-68 win.

“We have a lot to work on,” says Tornado Alley coach Grant Garen. Tornado Alley is currently training up several skaters with less than a year of experience under their belts.

MVP Blocker: Snack Trap

MVP Jammer: T-pain

2/4/2020 – Bebe Gunn’s Testimonial

Becca Damron-Whitehead, aka Bebe Gunn, is a recent graduate of our new recruit program. She recently decided to share her experience – both the sunny and the rough. Read about her experience here.

This has been a tough month… I was excited about getting to practice with the big kids, but I still had to conquer the 27 laps in 5 minutes business (known as the dreaded “27/5” in roller derby). It felt less intimidating to work on them when I was still in the new recruits class. It was just us, all newbs, feeling pretty good about how far we had come in 4 months. Once we started big kid practice, it was different. Everything became challenging again. The seasoned skaters have been incredibly helpful and kind, but we are very clearly newbs again. I don’t know what I’m doing 95% of the time. As SharpE said in the beginning of new recruits, “derby is just controlled falling.” They’re not wrong…


I hit 26 laps on 12/18/19. I never knew you could feel proud and defeated in the same moment… That was my personal best, but still not enough… I would still have to take time out of team practice and try them again. In front of everyone (insert “everything hurts and I’m dying” gif here). As a 35-year-old woman, this was a huge gut punch to my ego.


When I turned 35, I thought I was over two things:

1. Caring what other people thought.
2. My ego.
Turns out, neither are true.


After this practice, we had a two-week break for the holidays, which meant I needed to do some hardcore training on my own to get ready for laps and practice. However, in true old lady fashion, I torqued my hips and back (not doing anything cool, just doing old people stuff like cleaning the garage). This put me out of practice for 2 more weeks while I let the chiro work his magic. Now it’s time to return to practice and I am filled with anxiety. My ego, and fear of how much I have regressed due to this absence, is raging. I don’t feel ready.

I feel embarrassed at the thought of trying again. I feel embarrassed at the thought of not trying again.

I’m conflicted. I’m ambivalent. I even hoped we’d have a snownado so I could avoid it without the guilt. Basically, I’m human-ing real hard right now.


I thought I would share my experience because when I initially said I was trying derby, I was on a derby high. I said I had learned that I’m enough and that failing is necessary. That’s so much easier to tout when you’re feeling successful… So I suppose I am here to publicly eat my words but also to lean into them.


I’m failing and I’m still enough, but damn, it’s hard to admit sometimes.

“Dust your knees off and keep pushing” I said… Here’s to owning my words and trying to live that mantra.

Bebe

Tryouts, baby!

Tryouts for 2020 are here! We are offering an all-in-one scrimmage tryout for quarter one of 2020.

When: Monday, Jan 06, at 7:00 PM

Where: Star Skate Norman

Why: FOR THE GLORY

Be there! (Unless you are new to derby, in which case, stay tuned for news on our Spring 2020 Beginner’s Course, coming to you in February!)