News from the Jawn


After an amazing year and a very successful weekend in Kansas, the PRD Juniors received an invite to the 2017 JRDA Championships in Loveland, CO.

We are so very proud of our Juniors and and want to thank everyone who has helped them achieve this goal!

Philly Hosts 2017 WFTDA Champs

Philadelphia, Pa., August 18 —  Philly Roller Derby (PRD) are proud to announce they will host the 2017 International Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) Championships, November 3-5, 2017, at Philadelphia’s own Liacouras Center. Tickets go on sale August 30.


Throughout September, the top 36 teams in the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association will compete in three fiercely competitive tournaments in Seattle, Malmö, and Dallas. All Playoffs feature 12 competitors, with the top four teams from each tournament advancing to the International WFTDA Championships at the Liacouras Center.


After more than a decade of pushing athleticism and competition to new heights, the 2017 International WFTDA Championships will bring the most talented, highly trained skaters and preeminent teams in women’s flat track roller derby together to fight for first place. Only the best have made it this far, and only the greatest will succeed.


“As a founding member of the WFTDA, Philly Roller Derby is excited and honored to host the 2017 International WFTDA Championships,” said PRD President Deborah Gorth. “Having finally established a home for our league in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia this year, we are more at home in Philly than ever and look forward to showcasing all our city has to offer when skaters, officials, and fans from around the world join us in November to watch the world’s greatest roller derby teams compete.”


In addition to hosting the 2017 International WFTDA Championships, PRD’s all-star Liberty Belles will compete for a spot at Champs during Division 1 Playoffs September 22-24 in Dallas PRD is currently the #8 seed in their playoff bracket. The Liberty Belles have participated in post-season Playoffs tournaments every year since 2007 and competed in all but four Championships tournaments.


Local media are invited to cover the 2017 International WFTDA Championships. Please apply for media credentials via



Established in 2005, Philly Roller Derby’s mission is simple: to promote health, athleticism, and leadership skills in people of all ages through roller derby training and competition. PRD is a skater-owned and operated roller derby league and strives to develop relationships with other nonprofit organizations and charities, and to support groups within the great city of Philadelphia and beyond. For more information, visit



The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association is the international governing body for the sport of flat track roller derby and a membership organization for leagues to collaborate and network. Founded in 2005, the WFTDA sets standards for rules, seasons, and safety, and determines guidelines for the athletic competitions of leagues on six continents. There are currently 404 WFTDA member leagues and 54 leagues in the WFTDA Apprentice program.


Contact: Amanda Alexander, “Infinite Zest”

Philly Roller Derby

(267) 546-6286

PRD Juniors Travel Team

Check out the Philly Roller Derby 2016-2017 PRD Junior Travel Team!

(Left to Right) Maddy Long Legs, Unstoppable, Motley Dru, Harley Spinn, Veg-o-Matic, Ruff Red, Susan B. Anarchy, Ty Fighter, Ana, Rainbow Crash, Hermoine Maimer, Malice in Wonderland, Take Down Diva, Jena Vendetta, Boomerang, and Tomahawk.
Not Pictured: Ya Ya the Destroyer

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2017 Season

Follow us on social media to catch all the fun times as the Liberty Belles continue their season at home and on the road!

June 17 Liberty Belles vs Stockholm

June 23 (at ECDX) Liberty Belles vs Montreal

July 23-25 (at Sweat Fest) Liberty Belles vs TBD

September WFTDA Playoffs – Location and opponents TBD

Liberty Belles 2017 Season Schedule

PRD Fresh Meat

Fresh Meat is now rolling admission – you can join whenever you want! All skill levels allowed. You must be 18+ in order to participate. You will be able to progress through the program at your own pace.

Training Details:
Fresh Meat practices are held at our Warehouse (5378 Belfield Ave, Philadelphia) on Sundays and Thursdays.

**Your first Fresh Meat practice is FREE!**

Details will be provided at your first practice.  No need to sign up, just show up and skate.

Also, on Wednesdays, we will be offering something new for the Fresh Meat. While you will not be able to skate in the PRD scrimmage, you may come and participate as an NSO, referee, or simply watch PRD scrimmage for the evening.
Wednesdays*** 7:00 – 9:00 pm ***

All Fresh Meat are expected to have their own gear by the first day of practice. If you do not have gear, we have limited gear for you to borrow. Please contact Zuri Pryor-Graves  to request gear. Skaters will not be able to participate in practice without the appropriate gear, including:
A helmet (no bike helmets)
Knee pads
Wrist guards
Elbow pads
Mouth guard
When choosing your gear, make sure you pick high quality roller derby/skate pads. Note: we do NOT consider roller blading pads, volleyball pads, etc to appropriate padding.

You will receive a welcome Fresh Meat packet when you join, detailing the training schedule, finances, league and membership requirements, etc. You will not be required to have WFTDA insurance for these practices. Once you become a PRD league member, you will be required to obtain WFTDA insurance.

Note: We do not currently have a men’s leagues, but are always recruiting officials!

Don’t Be a Chicken!

Philly Roller Derby is teaming with The Abbaye (637 N. 3rd Street in Northern Liberties) once again to showcase their fierce competition skills.  Do you think you have what it takes to beat them?  The event will be held on April 15, 2017 at 4 p.m (registration at 3:30 p.m.).  The $20 contestant fee includes all you can eat vegan wings as well as all you can drink Philadelphia Brewing Co. draft beer and related swag. The winner will receive a Philly Roller Derby goodie bag, cash prize and trophy. Second and third place winners will receive a Philly Roller Derby goodie bag and a gift card to Abbaye. Register by calling The Abbaye (215-627-6711) or in person at The Abbaye by 3:30pm on the day of the event.

The Vegan Wing Bowl started as a fun event amongst friends interested in competitive eating and, now in its seventh year, this messy, empowering, and athletic event will leave you with wanting more. The competition takes on a derby like style, minus the physical contact, in which competitors will attempt to eat as many vegan wings as they can within a two-minute “jam”, the term used for one round of roller derby.

If you can’t decide if you want to eat nearly two pounds of hot sauce soaked seitan wings (last year’s winner ate 27.4 ounces!), you can still join the raucous fun for a mere $10 general admission fee.

Interested in roller derby?  Join us for our rolling fresh meat program every Sunday and Thursday.  Check us out at

Philly Roller Derby (doing business as Philly Roller Girls) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, volunteer managed, flat track roller derby organization located in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Established in 2005, Philly Roller Derby’s mission is to promote health, athleticism, and leadership skills in people of all ages through roller derby training and competition.

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