Philly Roller Derby (PRD) has been the regional premiere derby league for almost two decades. The league is a member of the nonprofit, 501(c)(3) Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA).
Philly Roller Derby’s mission is to use roller derby training and competition to promote health, athleticism, and personal development in a diverse and inclusive league that has strong community bonds.
Philly Roller Derby’s vision is to competitively represent the city of Philadelphia in the sport of roller derby through our core values.
Philly Roller Derby upholds the values of:
- Anti-racism, anti-ethnocentricity, anti-religious discrimination, and anti-xenophobia – No form of racism or discrimination based on background is tolerable within our league or within our city, and we work to make our space safe for people of every race and background. Diversity makes us stronger.
- Intersectional Feminism – Roller derby empowers women and nonbinary people to take up space, be leaders, and have healthy relationships with their bodies.
- Queer diversity and liberation – We strive to be anti-heteronormative and anti-cisnormative. People of all sexualities and genders have a place in derby.
- Body positivity/neutrality – All bodies and athletic skill sets are welcome and encouraged to be part of our league, in whatever capacity they wish.
- Community – We are dedicated to learning and growing as a group, and engaging with others in our community. This includes fans, friends and family, Germantown, and the greater city of Philadelphia.
- Athleticism and Competition – We encourage our members to work hard at all levels of competition.
- Teamwork – We operate as a league in all things we do. Every member at every level of our league is responsible for our success. We are stronger together.
The WFTDA is comprised of over 460 member leagues throughout six continents. WFTDA sets the international standards for rankings, rules, and competition each year and provides guidance and resources to the sport of flat track derby. PRD follows the guidance of the WFTDA and is committed to inclusive and anti-discrimination practices in relation to all transgender women, intersex women, and gender expansive participants, and aims to ensure that all skaters’, volunteers’, and employees’ rights are respected and protected.
Working with the organization provides our members with varied opportunities to develop leadership skills and self-esteem, which positively impacts our skaters both on and off the track. PRD strives to develop relationships with other nonprofit organizations and charities and to support groups within our home city of Philadelphia and beyond.
There’s a place for you in PRD. We are an inclusive league and an inclusive sport. We welcome folks from all backgrounds and skating levels.