GLENDALE, ARIZONA — ProRollerDerby announced today that its second installment of the ProRollerDerby Invitational series will be held at Jobing.com Arena on April 6 and 7, 2012. Four new teams have been invited to compete in modern banked track roller derby’s only pursed tournament.
Roller derby is one of the only modern day female sports that is not overshadowed by a larger more successful male counterpart. The rebirth of roller derby started as a grass root, do-it-yourself sport based on the old game. It’s now a widespread competitive sport phenomenon that has exploded from two leagues in the United States in 2003, to 1,082 leagues in 37 countries today. Modern derby differs from its 1970’s predecessor in that the games are no longer staged, scripted or predetermined.
Teams competing in the Glendale Invitational will include the Arizona Derby Dames of Phoenix, AZ; the Charm City Roller Girls of Baltimore, MD; the Orange County Roller Girls of Huntington Beach, CA; and the Rat City Roller Girls of Seattle, WA.
As was the case for the Inaugural ProRollerDerby Chicago Invitational in November of 2011, the 2012 ProRollerDerby Invitational live from Glendale, Arizona will feature teams from leagues who compete on both the flat track and banked track. The Arizona Derby Dames and the Orange County Roller Girls are their city’s premiere banked track roller derby leagues. Likewise, the Charm City Roller Girls and the Rat City Roller Girls are the premier leagues in their cities for flat track roller derby competition. This will be the first time that these four teams will meet each other to play a full length bout on roller derby’s most exciting stage, the banked track.
The ProRollerDerby Invitational event at Jobing.com Arena will feature two bouts each day of the tournament. On Friday, April 6 ProRollerDerby will feature a matinee bout between the Orange County Roller Girls and Charm City Roller Girls and an evening bout between the Arizona Derby Dames and the Rat City Roller Girls. On Saturday, April 7, the losers from each of Friday’s bouts will play each other for third place. The winners from Friday advance to the pursed Championship bout. These exciting matches will start at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. each day of the tournament.
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