About The Fog City Rollers

The Fog City Rollers are an all female flat track league based out of Saint John, New Brunswick.  The league was founded in February 2010 by Darla Derringer and Suzie Skinher, two ladies with a dream they couldn’t ignore. They held two Meet & Greets within two months and over 40 women attended the first practice in April of 2010, thus proving the need for a Saint John Roller Derby team!

League management is made up of skaters who have been democratically elected by the league, and currently includes the Director of Finance – alien she, Director of Personnel – Allie B. Bashin’, Director of Marketing – Fancy Nancy, and Director of Operations – Dame Smashews. Relevant committees report to their respective directors. None of these are paid positions. We believe in the need for our organization to be female run with a DIY ethic.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Fog City Rollers is to empower the women of Saint John New Brunswick and provide them with a healthy outlet for female competitiveness through the sport of flat track roller derby. We strive to be a do it yourself organization, run by the skaters, for the skaters and to provide assistance with some of the city’s most fundamental causes and concerns through our community service work.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can someone get involved?

Sponsors

We are always looking for sponsors to help out by donating their services or with cash donations and discounts. Please contact the head of the sponsors@fogcityrollers.com if you would like to contribute.

Volunteers

Derby runs on volunteers and we always need Referees, Non-Skating Officials (NSOs), EMTs, people to work the door and merchandise tables at bouts, etc. Please contact events@fogcityrollers.com if you’d like to help out.

Skaters

FCR has regular recruiting (Fresh Meat) throughout the year.  If you are looking to join the league as a skater please contact info@fogcityrollers.com to find out when our next Fresh Meat session is.

How do you contribute to the community?

Not only does the league provide Saint John with a great sport, but we also help our city by working with mostly local charities and organizations by participating in and hosting events. See our outreach page for more information.

Is there an age limit for attending bouts?

There is no age limit for attending bouts, but please keep in mind that foul and suggestive language does occur and we do not ask our announcers to censor themselves to be appropriate for all ages.

Is there an age limit for members?

For insurance purposes and safety reasons all members of the Fog City Rollers must be at least 18 years of age. We believe roller derby makes a great contribution to the empowerment of young females in this city.

Where do you practice and how often?

During the summer each team has practice twice a week for two hours at Stu Hurley Arena. In the winter when the ice goes in to the rinks we practice at Millidgeville School in Saint John. Their school gym does the trick but is not large enough for us to practice bouting during the winter so FCR is looking for a year-round, permanent, practice space.

What we need:

  • winter or year-round practice space for lease, for rent, or for in-kind sponsorship trade
  • heated, running water, rest rooms
  • concrete or wood floor (110’ x 75’)

Why we need it:

  • we are continually recruiting and having a year-round practice space would help our league grow, and flourish
  • we wish to develop a junior roller derby program and it is imperative that we provide a safe place for our young female athletes to practice in

How you can help:

  • If you know of any potential spaces, please contact us at info@fogcityrollers.com

Who are your teams?

FCR currently has the following teams:

A Team

BTeam

Are you insured?

Each skater is insured by Canadian Roller Derby Insurance (http://www.crdinsurance.ca/). This covers us during practices and bouts but not on our own time.

Who owns and runs the league and where does your money come from?

Fog City Rollers inc. is a not for profit organization run by the skaters, for the skaters. Members contribute their skills to organize everything from training and bouts, to fundraising and merchandise. Skaters pay dues every month and hold fundraisers to cover the basics like practice space and administrative costs. We are always looking for more sponsors to help take care of things like travel expenses, uniforms, and advertising costs. If you’d like to help sponsor FCR, please contact us at sponsors@fogcityrollers.com

What kind of women join roller derby?

The short answer is, every kind. There are sporty girls, girls who never played sports, tough girls, nice girls, moms, wives, grandmothers, big girls, small girls, girly-girls, tomboys, business professionals, punk girls and every other type you can think of.  Roller derby isn’t for a specific type of girl, it just happens to attract all types including ladies who normally wouldn’t have an interest in other types of sports.

Where can I go to learn more about roller derby?

Two of the best resources to learn more about roller derby are the Women’s Flat Track Association (www.wftda.com) and Derby News Network (www.derbynewsnetwork.com).

The WFTDA is the governing body for the flat track version of the sport. Their website has all of the rules and regulations, as well as information on some of the bigger teams. DNN has all of the latest derby news and streams live derby games for free.

Isn’t roller derby played on a bank track?

There are still banked track roller derby teams out there but they are few and far between. In order to build a bank track you need more money than most leagues have, especially when they are just starting out. Bank track requires a league to own or lease a building, and then pay for the construction and maintenance of the track and seating.  Our ladies have to work harder to gather speed but the hits are just as vicious.

Is roller derby fake like pro-wrestling?

Derby had a period where it was exaggerated and staged but it did not start out that way, and that is not how it is played now. It is a real sport with real contact. Skaters are trained to take and give hits within the rules of the game just like in hockey. There is no elbowing, punching, tripping etc.