Everything you need to know for D2 in Cleveland


Happy tournament week, derby fans!

Here at Burning River we are busy, busy, BUSY preparing for the big International WFTDA D2 Playoffs coming to Cleveland this week!

Some of the best skaters in the world will be invading the Cleveland Public Auditorium Aug. 21-23. So how do you get in on the action? We make it easy with a variety of bouts and price points!

The first bout begins 10 a.m. Friday, and games continue through Sunday evening. A full schedule can be found here.

Tickets will be available for sale all weekend, but please note, due to venue restrictions, tickets will not be available at the door. Whether you purchase right now, or on your smart phone in the parking garage on your way to the venue is up to you. Please plan accordingly.

But you should totally make it easy by purchasing your tickets now!

Now about those prices …

This gets you a three-day unlimited pass (ages 13-54). That’s 17 bouts (or about $3.53 per bout). This is an incredible value for true roller derby fans.

Single-day passes. A full day of roller derby for those who can only attend one day. An absolute steal for 5-6 back-to-back bouts.

This low low price gets you into the two evening bouts on the night of your choice. You will be admitted after 5 p.m. Friday or Saturday or 3 p.m. Sunday.

That’s right, free. Join our volunteers for four hours and enjoy free admission for the rest of the day. Sign up for a set-up shift Thursday and select whichever day of the tournament you please to get in for free. Sign up HERE.

Discounts available for children 12 and younger and adults 55 and older. Check out all the details HERE.

Looking for easy parking? Willard Park Garage, 601 Lakeside Ave., Cleveland, is right across the street from the Cleveland Public Auditorium. $10 all day parking.

We can’t wait to see you and all of the incredible athletes who will be in town this weekend. Follow along with your very own bracket. May the best team win!

For more information, including transportation and local hot spots to visit around the venue, visit www.wftda.com/cleveland.


August is Roller Derby Month in Cleveland!

Hold On to Your Butts

Hold on to your butts, roller derby fans! August is ROLLER DERBY month in Cleveland! There is so much going on, it’s enough to satiate even the most die hard fans, and sure to convert those of you who haven’t jumped aboard the derby train yet!

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First up, we’ll be hosting a double-header event Aug. 8 at CE Orr Ice Arena in Euclid against teams both near and far. Burning River Roller Derby will go skate-to-skate with the Rubber City Rollergirls of Akron as well as our international rivals from Wellington County, Ontario. Get your tickets now for our final interleague bout of the year!


If that isn’t huge enough, mark your calendars for Aug. 21-23 when the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association is bringing the International WFTDA D2 Playoffs right here to Cleveland! Some of the top skaters in the world will be gracing us with their roller derby excellence at the Cleveland Public Auditorium for this awe-inspiring three-day event.

Tickets are on sale now! People travel far and wide to see this level of roller derby action. Don’t miss out while it’s right here in our hometown!

11705334_10205219440750481_5917348558972510358_nAll of these things take a lot of behind-the-scenes work and help from our community. Want to help? Kick off the month by bringing your vehicle to our car wash fundraiser Saturday Aug. 1 at Pla-Mor Roller Rink in Euclid from 11 am- 3 pm!

Finally, Cleveland is proud to be named the WFTDA’s league of the month! Check back for the official feature about our league.

For all these reasons and more, there has never been a better time to be a fan of roller derby in Cleveland. See you on the track!

Meet BRRD: Bustin’ Stuff


What is your name?
Bustin’ Stuff

What is your skater number?

How long have you been skating?
3 years

What does your derby name mean?
It’s the name of the first Dave Matthew’s Band album I ever purchased, Busted Stuff. I’m kind of obsessed with that band.

What is your pre-bout routine? Any rituals?
I have a solo dance party in my underwear.

1383121_10151942270943518_2003714985_nDo you have a derby wife?
I do, RAGE aka Raging Blockoholic…since she kicked my butt in musical chairs in December 2012. She will forever be my wife.

Which skater hits the hardest? Who are you afraid of on the track?
Professor Booty…I cringe just thinking of her sherrifs

What was your first derby experience?
January 2013 playing against Glass City in Toledo. I got so many penalties I was almost ejected from the game!

What advice would you give to someone looking to begin their roller derby career?
Do it! It will be the best decision you ever make.

If a genie granted you one wish, what would you wish for?
To bring back Rage.

What are three things you can’t live without?
My son, my fiancée, and derby

See Bustin’ Stuff skate this Saturday at CE Ice Arena in Euclid!

Bring your Pride to Euclid!


Rain may have drowned out all of the festivities scheduled for today’s 27th annual Cleveland Pride events, but those looking for a place to celebrate need to go no further than Euclid’s CE Orr Ice Arena for a parade of roller derby events all day long.

Burning River Roller Derby will be hosting an international double-header event against rivals from Hamilton, Ontario. Parking is free. Doors open at 5 pm, and the first bout begins at 6.

Adult tickets are $12 at the door but wear your rainbow attire, and we’ll give you our discount ticket price of $10! Children are $4 for Ages 6-12; FREE for children 5 and younger.

In addition to the derby action, the Blazing River Freedom Band will be performing during breaks throughout the event. Plus we’ll be dancing into the night at our after party at Paddy’s Pour Haus just around the corner at, 925 E 222nd St, Euclid, Ohio 44123.

Want to get the party started a little sooner? The Cleveland Guardians will also be hosting roller derby events earlier in the day. The team will battle the Cincinnati Battering Rams at noon, followed by a bonus bout in which the Cincinnati Battering Rams take on the Capital District Trauma Authority (Albany, NY). Check out details here.

Make Euclid your new Pride headquarters with a day jam-packed with roller derby action!

Meet BRRD: Premo Donna


Skater Name: Premo Donna

Number: 8181

How long have you been skating?
I have been skating in some form or another for as long as I can remember. I never skated competitively, growing up. It used to be my way to unwind after school, listening to music and skating around.
I have been playing roller derby for 5 years now. I started as a Fresh Meat skater for Burning River in 2010, going into Season 5.
I was drafted to the Hard Knockers in the first draft that year. Later on that season, I made the All Stars travel team.

What does your derby name mean?
It’s a play on words. My last name is Premo, so I decided to use a play on the term “prima donna”, which is Italian for “first lady”. Prima donna is often used to describe someone with an overinflated view of themselves.
I am the exact opposite of a prima donna, and I appreciate irony, so I went with it. Most everyone just calls me Premo, though.

What is your favorite derby moment?
The first time I won MVP Jammer. I was a rookie and it made me so happy!

Do you have a spirit animal that reflects your derby playing style?
My derby spirit animal is some sort of weird rhino-gazelle-giraffe hybrid.

premoknivesWhat is your signature move on the track?
I use my shoulders a lot to get through the pack. Last year, my team called me “1000 Knives” because they said that is how my shoulders feel.
Other than that, when I’m jamming, I juke a lot, and I’m almost always on my toe stops in the pack.
I only just started focusing on blocking this year, so I haven’t really developed a “style” yet in that area.

What is your pre-bout routine? Any rituals?
I always had to work on bout days, so my routine is usually the day before. I usually like to wash all of my gear the night before. For travel games, this isn’t feasible.
I always do some sort of eye makeup for a bout. Something about the ritual of it calms me down a bit.

How important is derby in your life?
I have two main hobbies.
Roller derby and horseback riding.
When I am not working or on horseback, I am playing roller derby or thinking about roller derby.

Where would you like to see your derby career go?
I’m pretty happy with where my roller derby career is now. I’m playing for the All Stars and the Hard Knockers this year, and whatever happens next is gravy.

What advice would you give to someone looking to begin their roller derby career?
You can do this.
If it is something you want, you can do it.
Put in the work and the effort, and you can do this.
Go to Rec derby, learn how to skate and learn how to play, then contact our recruiting team!

Anything else we should know about you?
I am married. My husband’s name is Jason and he is amazing.
We have no kids, but we have plenty of pets to keep us busy. We have a beagle mix named Rosco, a domestic shorthair cat named Zazzles who I raised since he was two weeks old, an albino ringneck dove named Caesar, a hedgehog named Vander, a ball python named Eve, and a horse (a Percheron/Saddlebred cross) named Gypsy. As I said before, I have two main hobbies and one of them is horseback riding, but mostly that includes training Gypsy.
When I can find the time between everything else, I also ride four-wheelers with my friends, which I have done since I was six. Our trips are few and far between these days, though.

Meet BRRD: PF Scarrie

scarrieSkater Name: PF Scarrie

Number: 80

How long have you been skating?
I am a founding member. I retired in 2011, then returned in 2014.

What does your derby name mean?
Pretty Scary is a common phase used to express emotion. My name is Carrie – spelled it with Carrie in it (Pretty Scarrie). After starting derby – my team mates started calling me Pretty F’ing Scarrie so my skater name was eventually abbreviated to PF Scarrie.

What is your favorite derby moment?
CNY tournament 2015 – WINNING ALL THE MEDALS!

In derby, many skaters take on a “derby wife,” someone that they really connect with on and off the track. Do you have a derby wife? Who? 
Dagney Taghurt. We officially “tied the knot” in 2014, but have been the dearest of friends since 2007.

What was your first derby experience?
The first information meeting at the Happy Dog — 40 strangers getting pumped up and starting BRRD!

How important is derby in your life?
I need to skate for the thrill and the rush of playing. I need the people just as much – they are family!

What advice would you give to someone looking to begin their roller derby career?
It’s not how many times you get knocked down – its how many times you keep getting back up!

If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
Pink sparkle

Anything else we should know about you?
Im 44 years old — one of the “older” skaters in the league — but I feel that derby has given me the opportunity to turn the clock back! I feel younger now than I did when I was 24!

Welcome to Burning River Roller Derby

PrintExciting things are happening at Burning River!

First, if you hadn’t already noticed, we’ve officially changed our name from Burning River Roller Girls to Burning River Roller Derby. Subtle? Maybe, but it means a great deal to our skaters.

The league made this change to better highlight the sport of roller derby and the athleticism of the skaters, as well as more accurately reflect who we are as an organization.

“I hope our new name draws attention back to the sport of roller derby and to the athleticism of the skaters.” ~ Midnight Smack.

“Burning River is made up of a diverse group of skaters, officials, and volunteers, many of whom do not identify as ‘girls,’ ” according to Midnight Smack, the league’s president. She noted that the word “girl” denotes a child and also that many integral contributors to our league are men. In addition to being more representative of our members, the new name is more welcoming to trans and non-binary skaters, which is in keeping with policies recently put in place by BRRD.

“I hope our new name draws attention back to the sport of roller derby and to the athleticism of the skaters,” Midnight Smack said.

To go with the new name, we also have a new venue and schedule for 2015! In the spring and summer, the league will face teams from other cities at our new home at CE Orr Arena in Euclid.

Come to our home opener on April 25 to check out the new location!  Tickets on sale soon.

In the fall, we’ll be back on the west side at Ohio Nets Sports Complex in Parma for our home team games. These bouts feature all the skaters in the league broken into four intraleague teams, the Cleveland Steamers, the Hard Knockers, the Rolling Pin-Ups, and the Hellbombers. Home team bouts are fan favorites you definitely won’t want to miss!

Stay tuned for more updates, and don’t forget to check www.burningriverderby.com for our full season schedule and more! See you on the track!