Burning River Roller Derby (BRRD) is the premier skater-run flat-track roller derby league in Cleveland. Founded in 2006, we are a unique and diverse group of skaters, referees, officials, stats keepers, and volunteers with a passion for the sport of roller derby. We are a proud member of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) and are committed to providing a competitive roller derby program that follows WFTDA’s motto of “Real. Strong. Athletic. Revolutionary.”
Our mission statement is:
Burning River Roller Derby provides an inclusive community for all women and nonbinary folks* to pursue athleticism and personal strength through the sport of flat track roller derby in the Greater Cleveland area.
Originally founded as the Burning River Roller Girls our name was changed to Burning River Roller Derby in 2015 to better represent the gender diversity that makes up our League and our sport. The colors of BRRD are orange and blue and the main theme is Cleveland’s famous “burning river.”
While all members and skaters form one league, there are various teams that make up the league.
Travel teams are teams that play against other roller derby teams either at home or away. These are considered interleague teams because they play against other leagues outside of BRRD.
The Burning River Roller Derby All-Stars was formed in 2007 as the “A” travel team and is comprised of BRRD’s best skaters to compete for regional and national ranking in the WFTDA’s ranking system. In 2013 the Burning River All-Stars ranked high enough to participate in WFTDA’s first ever Division II playoff tournament. The All-Stars entered the tournament in the 9th seed, and finished 8th overall.
The HazMat Crew is the intermediate or “B” travel team that competes against other league B-teams but not for rankings. These skaters often play other B teams in double-headers with the All-Stars. They also play other teams within the North Central region, but generally not ones that are WFTDA-sanctioned.
Pyromaniacs is unofficially considered the “C” team of the league. This team has been used intermittently when there are enough skaters to fill all A/B/C ranks to have three teams, and is the onboarding team for new skaters joining the program.
Home Teams (Hiatus as of 2015)
The Home Teams began in 2006 and played local games against each other. These are considered intraleague teams because all of these teams are part of Burning River. Each year the home teams competed against each other to claim the Championship and Hazard Cup Trophy. The home teams listed below, in alphabetical order, are not currently active.
The Cleveland Steamers wear gold and blue and have a nautical theme. They are the only team with the word “Cleveland” in the name, but all of the teams listed here are from Cleveland.
The Hard Knockers wear pink and black, often accented with stars.
The Heallbombers wear black and red.
The Rolling Pin-Ups wear green and black with white polka dots.