The Transfer Experience

The Transfer Experience

Many derby blogs discuss beginnings and endings, the various ways that derby can heal the soul, and how to enhance performance. You don’t often hear about how the derby journey can include transitions to different leagues. This month, PJRD brings you the accounts of two of our transfers, MC SlamHer and Anita Bodybag.  

Read More

Penn Jersey Roller Derby to Host 2016 Battle on the Bank Tournament





Penn Jersey Roller Derby is proud to announce that they will be hosting the 9th annual Battle on the Bank tournament in Philadelphia, PA. Battle on the Bank will be held June 3-5, 2016 and will mark the first time the tournament will take place on the east coast.

Battle on the Bank is the national championship tournament of the Roller Derby Coalition of Leagues (RDCL), the governing body for banked track roller derby, where teams from across the country compete for the national title. The Penn Jersey Roller Derby She Devils have been proud to represent Philadelphia and the east coast at the tournament since 2013. After becoming a full RDCL member in the spring of 2015, Penn Jersey Roller Derby was excited to accept the nomination to host the national event.  The league has big aspirations for the tournament’s success, the visibility of banked track roller derby, and their current Indiegogo campaign for improvements to their training and game facility is just one indicator of their enthusiasm.

 “We are excited to host this year’s Battle on the Bank. PJRD has gone through a whirlwind of change the last two years. This is the culmination of all of that hard work,” said Matt Tyrrell, President of Penn Jersey Roller Derby. “The opportunity to host a banked track event of this size is something special, and hasn’t happened in Philadelphia since the early 80’s. We welcome the chance to be ambassadors for RDCL on the east coast.”

 The Battle on the Bank tournament was founded in 2008 between the Los Angeles Derby Dolls, San Diego Derby Dolls, and the Texas Lonestar
Rollergirls as a way for the three banked track teams to play each other under one ruleset. The tournament now features the six RDCL member leagues, as well as other banked track teams by invitation only. Current RDCL members include the Los Angeles Derby Dolls, San Diego Derby Dolls, Orange County Roller Girls, Arizona Derby Dames, Tilted Thunder Rail Birds, and Penn Jersey Roller Derby.

Penn Jersey Roller Derby was founded in 2005 as the She Devils, a women’s only flat track league. The league quickly expanded to include the Hooligans men’s team in 2007, and the purchase of the banked track came in 2010.  The Hooligans became MRDA sanctioned in 2014, and the league joined the RDCL in 2015.

For PJRD media inquiries please contact:
Matt Tyrrell, President

For more information on RDCL and Battle on the Bank, please contact:
RDCL Inquiries:  
Media Inquiries:

October's Skater of the Month- Wrecks Manning

photo courtesy of David A Carter Photography

photo courtesy of David A Carter Photography

Derby Name and Number? How did you come up with it?
-Wrecks Manning, #48. I really love the movie Empire Records, and it just popped into my head one day and it was perfect! I chose 48 because April 8th is Rex Manning day!

Where did you grow up?
-Holland, PA

What made you start playing roller derby?
-I saw an ad on Reddit and I thought it sounded like it could be kind of cool!

What is your pre-game routine?
-I do a kind of juxtaposition of things when I get ready. I need to get pumped up and then zen out. So I like to listen to songs that get me ready to play and then sit quietly and mentally prepare myself for the game.

What is your favorite off-skates workout?
-Does knitting count?

What is your favorite position to play and why?
-Begrudgingly, pivot is my favorite. I like being able to control the pack, and work strategically with the rest of the blocker line to be as effective as possible. Also, I guess there's the added bonus that I could maybe get a star pass.

Worst derby-related injury?
-I broke my fibula...the night that they were announcing the travel team roster. Sitting in that meeting after practice, making the team, and then going to the ER to hear I had a broken leg was pretty hard. That being said, in terms of leg breaks, it was pretty mild. I even walked on it that night (albeit in pain), and was back playing games around 4 months later (wolverine status!!)!

What is the most rewarding part of being a member of Penn Jersey Roller Derby?
-Seeing everyone come together and really work toward one common goal to make amazing things happen. Like when the "Roll the Turd in Glitter" movement started summer of 2013, and everyday the PJRD Warehouse was buzzing with people and positive energy. And the product is something that everyone's hard work really went into. That's what makes our league so special. We are lucky to have our own home, and we band together to take care of it.

As a member of a bitracksual league, tell us how you feel about the banked track versus the flat track.
-I love them both. I love the energy and feeling of playing a banked track game– it's unlike anything else. I love mastering skills on the banked track that months ago seemed like impossible feats. But flat track is fun too– and it provides the perfect "bunny slope" for trying new things. I would never have been comfortable skating backwards and doing transitions on the banked track if I didn't practice them incessantly on the flat. Flat track games also have their own feel entirely. I love the different strategies that happen on either track– it keeps things fresh and exciting. I feel extremely lucky that I get to train on both mediums, because I think it makes me a really well-rounded skater.

What inspires you most when training?
-My teammates. Seeing them push themselves harder than they thought makes me want to push myself that much harder too.