The 405 On 5: News From the OKC Derby Scene
1/31/2023 – OKVD rebranding as Twister City Roller Derby
As we roll into the 2023 season, off-season has granted your Oklahoma Victory Dolls time for retrospection:
What direction do we want to take our league?
Who do we want our league to represent?
And most importantly, what does our league stand for?
For some time now, an integral part of our league name, “Dolls,” has not sat right with many of our members. This sport has evolved in many ways over the 15+ years since our league was founded. We spend hours each week training our bodies and our minds to excel at roller derby. Our competitive teams travel around the country to compete. Many feel that the moniker “dolls” diminishes this intensity and downplays the seriousness with which our athletes approach our sport.
This sport, this community, has also evolved to become more welcoming and inclusive as well. The word “dolls” suggests a somewhat narrow box for members to fit into. This is not who we are and not who we want to portray ourselves to be. We want our members and guests to feel at home, regardless of gender identity, and we want our league name to represent the inclusive community that we have worked so hard to build and foster.
We needed a change.
Our decision to rebrand was not an easy one. Many of our members and retirees feel a deep connection to “dolls” and to the colors and symbols that represent OKVD. We made every effort to keep these colors and symbols alive: our all-star team will be renamed “Victory All-Stars” and remain represented by an anchor, and the primary color of that team and the league overall will be red.
Keeping the acronym “OKVD” was a bit more difficult. Many suggestions were discussed for a new name that dropped “dolls” but kept the acronym. In the end, none of these felt like a great fit. Preserving the acronym without the name had a false ring that protested: “this isn’t quite right.”
Eventually, we made the respectful but difficult decision of retiring both the league name, Oklahoma Victory Dolls, and the league acronym, OKVD, untouched.
But in the search for a league name, a contender emerged. A name that represented not just what we do, but where we are from. A name that conjured images of strength and ferocity. A name conveys the intensity of our approach, the havoc we wreak, and the devastation in our wake. A name suited for serious athletes of a growing sport.
Let us introduce you to…Twister City Roller Derby!
11/04/22 – OKVD Officials Running Dallas Clinic
On December 10 at NYTEX Sports Centre, the Dallas Derby Devils will be hosting a WFTDA Rule Set Officials Clinic. Our very own Dr. Math and Jurassic Snark will be leading the clinic, which will include breakout sessions for referees and non-skating officials as well as an overview of WFTDA rules and mash-ups!
Registration is $50 and sign-up closes on 12/3/22. Find more information about the clinic at the Facebook event here.
8/25/22 – Fall New Recruit Class
OKVD is starting up our fall new recruits class! The kickoff event will be an open house on Monday, September 12 at 7pm at Star Skate Midwest City. If you are interested in playing roller derby, refereeing, or being a non-skating official, come by to learn everything you need to know about our upcoming new recruits course. No skating experience is required! We will provide skates and gear for the course, but there will be no skating for the first night. After the info session, stick around to catch our weekly scrimmage!
Learn more at our event Facebook page!
8/13/2022 – OKVD Comic Comes to Fruition
After several years of planning, OKVD released a comic book in collaboration with Okie Comics. This comic stars derby players Galaxy Inferno, Professor Flex, and Brittani Betch. Copies are available at the merch table at bouts as well as wherever the Oklahoma Victory Dolls are selling merch. More information on future events can be found on Facebook and Instagram!
7/13/2022 – Junior’s Roller Derby Debut
7/1/2022 – Roller Derby Double Header: Battle of the All-Stars
Oklahoma Victory Dolls All-Stars take on the open-gender Oklahoma A Team from Tulsa, OK in their first bout since March 2020!
Our all-star battle will be followed by an open-gender intermediate/advanced level mashup, consisting of the best skaters in the OKC metro…and beyond!
Added (and adorable) bonus: Our fledging juniors league, Bantam Battallion, combined with Tulsa Junior Roller Derby, will host their very first scrimmage between games!
Stay for one, two, or three bouts: your ticket is a three-for-one, good for ALL the derby action!
When: July 23rd
Time: Doors open @5
First bout: 5:30
Juniors Scrimmage: 7:00
Second bout: 7:45
Where: Arctic Edge Arena, Edmond
Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at the door
Children 12 and under FREE with an adult!
Bring cash monies for raffle, bake sale, halftime games, and merchandise. Credit also accepted. Arctic Edge features stadium seating, but 50 trackside league chairs are also available. Grab an audience seat or bring your own chair to guarantee a spot on the floor closest to the action!
Pick up your advanced tickets here!
6/6/2022 – Bout Time: Roller Derby Double Header!
Tornado Alley makes their season debut in this action-packed double header! These athletes will take on the Capital City Crushers, all the way down from Topeka, Kansas. This bout will be followed by an all-gender, intermediate and advanced Pride themed mash-up, featuring a mix of the best skaters the area has to offer! Stay for one or both bouts – your ticket is a two-for-one, good for all the derby action!
When: June 18th
Time: Doors open @5
First bout: 5:30
Second bout: 7:30
Where: Arctic Edge Arena, Edmond
Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at the door
Children 12 and under FREE with an adult!
Bring cash money for the raffle, bake sale, halftime games, and merchandise. Eats and Beats food truck will be outside for all your food needs!
Bring your own chair to guarantee a spot on the floor closest to the action!
Advance tickets can be purchased here!
6/2/2022 – Meet and Greets Every Tuesday
Every Tuesday this summer at 6:45pm, come by Star Skate Midwest City for our weekly Meet and Greet. You will learn more about becoming a skater, skating official, or non-skating official. Additionally, if you bring a mouth guard, you can borrow some skates and gear and take our new recruits class!
5/20/2022 – Wanted: Roller Derby Officials
Are you interested in officiating roller derby? The Oklahoma Victory Dolls are always looking for more people to be officials, whether they are referees or non-skating officials. If you are interested, reach out to us at email@example.com.
5/7/2022 – Roller Derby Returns to the OKC Metro!
Roller derby returns to the OKC Metro May 21st, 2022, in this action-packed double header, dedicated to long-time leaguemate and former president X-Rae. Head over to our schedule page and get your tickets now!
4/18/2022 – Beginner’s Course Info Night!
Hey YOU! Are you interested in joining a diverse, tight-knit community centered around the incredible sport of roller derby in Oklahoma City?
Join us at Star Skate Midwest City for our Beginner’s Course Info Night and learn all our about roller derby, our league, and what it takes to become a skater or official. No experience necessary! See our Facebook event for more information, or email us at contactus[at]okvd.net. See you there!
3/18/2022 – Donate your old gear!
We are seeking donations of new or gently used gear for our new recruits and juniors programs. Got some skate stuff lying around? Kid grew out of their gear? Donate to OKVD, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, and put that old gear to use!
- Knee Pads
- Elbow Pads
- Skate tools, bags, etc.
Email us at contactus[at]okvd[dot]net and we’ll arrange it all!
1/5/2022 – Spring New Recruit Class
Oklahoma Victory Dolls Roller Derby is hosting
the FIRST beginner’s and new recruit class since
Come see what it’s all about at our meet-and-greet
Tuesday, January 11th, at 6:30 at Star Skate Midwest
City. We’ll teach you to play from the ground up – no
skating experience required. Join our league
afterwards to become a roller derby rockstar, or simply
enjoy your newfound skating skills.
Want to play? Officiate? Coach? Volunteer? We want you!
Tuesdays 6:30 – 9
Fill out the sign-up form below, or simply stop by the information night for details! All attendees must be vaccinated. We can accept late adds attendees no later than 1/29/2022, unless you have prior skating experience.
Find YOU in 2022!
10/16/2021 – Learn-to-Skate For Adults and Kids!
After some updates to the Scissortail Sky Rink, our Learn-to-Skate course is back – and now with a kid’s option! Learn the basics of striding, stopping, crossovers, backwards skating, and more in this socially-distanced, new-skater-friendly class.
Where: Scissortail Sky Rink
When: Tuesday nights (weather permitting)
Cost: $5. Skates can be rented from Scissortail for an additional $5
Always check our Facebook event page in advance for cancellations!
08/16/2021 – Skating Courses on Pause
Scissortail Sky Rink has temporarily closed for repairs, so our Tuesday beginner’s skating courses are on hold until the repairs are complete.
See Scissortail Park’s website for details, and be sure to follow our event on Facebook, where we will post updates!
06/17/2021 – We’re Back…
Your Oklahoma Victory Dolls are STOKED to announce that we have met all Covid return-to-play baseline requirements and are resuming league practices next week at Star Skate! We are one step closer to bringing back the hard-hitting action you’ve been missing all these months!
WE ARE SO READY.
Want to learn to skate? Check out previous update for info on our community-based learn to skate class.
Interested in getting involved? Email newrecruits[AT]okvd.net and stay tuned for info on our new recruit course.
Any other questions? Email contactus[AT]okvd.net!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 if desired. All classes are weather-permitting. The outdoor rink is covered, but wet conditions are not safe conditions. We will announce cancellations for classes ASAP. Any payments made prior to cancellation may be carried over.
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 email@example.com for more info
01/09/2021 – January 2021 Updates
Unfortunately, OKVD is still on hiatus, due to rising Covid-19 cases in our county. However, there is light at the end of the tunnel with the recently distributed vaccines. We sincerely hope to be back in action very, very soon!
10/11/2020 – Let’s Watch: OKVD in Action
Wanna see what derby is REALLY all about? Scroll no more…we’ve compiled some of the best of Oklahoma Victory Dolls! Check out past years of action from the OKVD footage archives. See footage of our All-Stars, as well as our B team, Tornado Alley, at various tournaments and playoffs around the country, all right HERE.
Oklahoma Victory Dolls All-Stars Footage
2019 March Badness
OKVD ASS vs. Columbia QuadSquad
2018 Clover Cup
OKVD ASS vs. Houston Roller Derby (starts at 4:00)
OKVD ASS vs. Calgary Roller Derby (starts at 2:09)
2017 WFTDA Division 2 Playoffs
OKVD All-Stars vs. E-Ville Roller Derby
OKVD All-Stars vs. Auld Reekie Roller Derby
OKVD All-Stars vs. Ohio Roller Derby
OKVD All-Stars vs. Naptown Roller Derby
Oklahoma Victory Dolls Tornado Alley Footage
2019 Thin Air Throwdown
OKVD Tornado Alley vs. Denver Stand-bys
OKVD Tornado Alley vs. 10th Mountain Rollergirls
2018 March Badness
OKVD Tornado Alley vs. Low Country Highrollers
9/6/2020 – Junior’s League Interest Meeting is Coming Up!
We will have our first interest meeting for our Junior’s league on Sat., Sept. 13th! Open to all kids ages 8-17. No experience or gear required!
Mark your calendars, then click the flier above to head over to our Facebook event where you can find more details, ask questions, and let us know you’re coming!
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!
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!
5/12/2020 – A second shoutout to our healthcare workers!
We have ANOTHER round of healthcare professionals to honor! Shoutouts to Rumblebee, Roxy Star, and X-Rae, keeping us safe and healthy as first responders and imaging technicians.
That’s — count ‘em — EIGHT healthcare workers in one league. Dunno about y’all, but we are feelin’ fit as fiddles !
4/3/2020 – A shout-out to OKVD nurses
As we continue navigating this socially distanced world amid the Covid-19 pandemic, we would just like to ask for a round of applause (and coffee, and maybe beers) for Oklahoma Victory Dolls nurses Full Frontal Nuke, Grudge, Fatal Inferno, Emma C. Hammer, and Wrecked ‘Em!
They are working overtime on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic – caring for the sick is as about as essential as it gets. Mad respect for everything that you all do, today and every day!
3/14/2020 –News: Cancellation for March 15, 2020
3/12/2020 — News: Roller Derby and COVID-19
WFTDA Releases Guidelines for Leagues Regarding COVID-19
WFTDA, the Women’s Flat-Track Roller Derby Association and governing body for much of roller derby, has released guidelines for leagues to address COVID-19, which you can read here.
OKVD leadership is monitoring the situation closely and intends to follow all local, state, and federal requirements, as well as the WFTDA guidelines outlined above. We do not currently have plans to cancel any remaining events of the 2020 season. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We can be reached at contactus[at]okvd.net.
2/27/20 – Upcoming: Battle of the All-Stars
This just in! Our March bout will now feature the Oklahoma Victory Dolls All-Star team! Join us for a rare All-Star home bout. Head over to the March 15th event page 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
2/14/2020 — Heels on Wheels this weekend!
It’s almost here! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!
Heels on Wheels: Derby and Drag Jamboree is THIS weekend! One ticket gets you in to both events. Get more info here, or if you are ready to DO THIS THING, get your tickets here!