FEASTERVILLE, PA — For the second consecutive year, the Philly Roller Girls present the East Coast Derby Extravaganza (ECE) on June 21 and 22. The ECE is the largest flat track roller derby event in the history of the sport, featuring roller derby bouts on three tracks running simultaneously for two days. Over 850 skaters from 64 leagues across the country will participate over the course of the weekend.
No other event in the history of this international phenomenon has had the number of games and skaters registered to play â€“ not even last yearâ€™s ECE, and this year promises to be bigger and better than its predecessor.
Two rinks will be devoted to full-length bouts between members of the Womenâ€™s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) and will count toward those teamsâ€™ rankings as the Association approaches its tournament season. Many of the highest-ranked leagues in the country will be competing, including Texas, North Carolina, Chicago, New York and Detroit, as well as 9th-ranked Philadelphia.
As hosts of the event, the Philly Roller Girlsâ€™ travel team â€“ the Liberty Belles â€“ will take the floor at 7 p.m. both nights to compete in the Extravaganzaâ€™s headlining bouts. Saturday eveningâ€™s matchup pits the home team against the Windy City Rollers of Chicago, currently ranked 7th; Sundayâ€™s finale will feature the Belles and the Mad Rollinâ€™ Dolls of Madison, Wisconsin, who occupy the 17th spot in the national rankings.
In addition to the WFTDA rinks, an additional track will be devoted to “challenge bouts,” 30-minute scrimmage-like bouts featuring leagues that do not qualify for the WFTDA action. Rounding out the schedule will be teams of like-minded skaters from across the nation who, though they may never have skated together before, will join together to take on their nemeses: think “Villains vs. Super Heroes,” “Angry Italians vs. Fighting Irish,” and “Geeks vs. Beauty Queens,” among many others.
Derby News Network will be running a major ECE preview in two weeks, and of course will be bringing you detailed coverage from the event itself. Till then, for more information on participant leagues, the event schedule, and ticketing, please visit Phillyrollerderby.com.