Beet City Bombers is Canyon County's own Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) league founded in February 2012.
Beet City Bombers Roller Derby is skater-owned and operated. Comprised primarily of drafted players, developing skaters and coaching staff, Beet City depends on the support of our local officials and volunteers who help us keep things going. This is a group effort!
Currently, Beet City consists of 2 teams:
The Bombers are our veterans, sprinkled here and there with a young upstart. Bombers also attend most of our travel bouts and are working on their sanctioning with WFTDA which will eventually mean competing with other teams for positioning within the national rankings. Our Bomber roster can be seen here.
The Flygirls are our B-Team. The roster includes skaters who are newly-drafted and working on their active bouting experience, along with seasoned players who wish to play at a less-intense competitive level. Our Flygirl roster can be seen here.
About Roller Derby
Roller Derby was invented in 1935 by Leo Seltzer as an endurance exhibition. In 1937, Seltzer re-launched Roller Derby as a full contact sport, played on a banked track with teams competing against each other for points.
The original Roller Derby had its heyday in the 1950s and 60′s. The sport was a common fixture on TV and was played in sold out stadiums. The games were scripted and had the outcomes predetermined. In 1973, league owner Jerry Seltzer - Leo's son - shut down operations due to dwindling profits.
In 2001 a group of women banded together in Austin, Texas to revive Roller Derby. This version of the sport was played on a flat track and was not scripted. The sport caught on again, and new players and fans flocked to the sport. In 2004, a group of leagues formed the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) which has become the primary governing organization of the sport. The sport continues to grow each year, and flat track derby is now played on every continent except Antarctica!