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A team is made of 5 skaters, each playing a specific position, who race around an oval-track to score points by lapping the opponents – a pivot, 3 blockers, and a jammer who work together to be the victors. A bout is made up of periods, each one played for a set number of minutes. Teams can skate on either a flat track or banked track. Each player adopts a skater number and name. As with any sport, there are rules, points to be gained, and penalties. Here in the US, in 2004, the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) was formed to legitimize the sport and oversee the creation of new leagues and teams.
The idea to bring flat track roller derby to Corpus Christi started in July 2005, within a small group of local women. HARD was officially born on Halloween, October 31, 2005, with the first scheduled bout held on March 16, 2006. Averaging about 200 fans in 2008, today the spectatorship and involvement has grown to more than 700 per bout. Skater owned and operated, the league consists of volunteer skaters, referees, board members, and community sponsors.
The HARD Executive Board has been working tirelessly over the past couple of years to join the esteemed leagues of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, completing their Apprentice program and becoming an official member of WFTDA on June 16, 2016. Competing at the American Bank Center Exhibit Hall, there are two bouts left of the current season, on September 17th against the Spindletop Roller Girls, and on October 22nd against the Yellow Rose Roller Girls. Both of the bouts will be HARD’s first ever WFTDA sanctioned games, which will then lead to HARD joining the international flat track roller derby ranking system. “As a full member of WFTDA, Hurricane Alley RD joins the ranks of more than 378 leagues worldwide, that have united to lead the growing sport of women’s flat track roller derby,” shares Felicia Cain-Dziadek, AKA Willa Shankspear #37 – Executive Director for HARD.
With an admirable mission of promoting the sport in Corpus Christi and to support and give back to the community through various projects/fundraisers, HARD is a proud organization made up of a diverse group of women from all backgrounds and experiences. Completing their 11th season, HARD is skating into an exciting and upcoming future as a member of WFTDA! Join them track side as you watch this local talent skate fast and skate HARD!