Minnesota Roller Derby is a skater-owned, flat-track roller derby team in St. Paul, Minnesota. The league was founded in 2004 by the Donnelly sisters as Minnesota RollerGirls during the re-birth of modern roller derby that started in Austin, Texas. As one of the founding members of the WFTDA (Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby Association), Minnesota was among the first teams to have a public game, and was the first to have a home in a professional venue. We have been proud to call the Legendary Roy Wilkins Auditorium our home for practices and games since 2005.
Minnesota Roller Derby is committed to empowerment for women, non-binary, and gender-expansive folks. In 2019, we updated our name and logo to reflect our commitment to athleticism and inclusivity. We provide a challenging and rewarding space to build community and give back. All of our league members are volunteers who not only skate and officiate, but also run the business. We plan games, train our up-and-coming skaters, print marketing materials and merchandise, and partner with our friends and sponsors in the community to keep our league running. We also run a recreational program for adult skaters looking to grow their skills and try out for the league, as well as juniors team for all kids 11-17.
Minnesota Roller Derby fields a WFTDA charter team--the Minnesota All-Stars--that competes internationally, and has appeared at International Championships seven times since 2006. This program is known for its defense and can-do attitude. Our All-Star program includes our B team, the Minnesota Nice, who also travel and compete internationally. The All-Star season begins in April at our last game each season in the Roy Wilkins Auditorium and often lasts through post-season play in September.
Our home team season spans October to March. Each Minnesota home team vies for a chance to win the Golden Skate. All teams are local athletes that are members of the Minnesota Roller Derby league--teams are made up of up to twenty league skaters each. Home team games are fun and ferocious with rivalries both new and old each season. These events are family-friendly and are favored group outings for friends, birthdays, and work groups.
We believe in community and work to better ours through volunteering and donations. We fiercely support the causes and groups that are important to us and are grateful for our fans who support and help us do so. Since 2004, we have been able to give over $80,000 to charities and work with others in the Twin Cities for events and fundraisers.