The Beet City Bombers are an amateur roller derby league, open to female-identifying skaters over the age of 18. Founded in February, 2012, Beet City is located within Canyon County, Idaho, USA, and is a Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) -sanctioned league. Our name is an homage to both Amalgamated Sugar, the second largest US manufacturer of sugar from sugar beets, and the Warhawk Museum, featuring WWII era bombers, fighters and other historic aircraft. Both these long-standing institutions are located in Nampa, Idaho, and we are proud to represent them with our name.
Beet City Bombers Roller Derby is skater-owned and operated. We pay to play, for nothing more than the love of roller derby and giving hits as good as we get them. Comprised primarily of drafted skaters, developing skaters and coaching staff, Beet City depends on the support of our local skating and non-skating officials, volunteers, and of course our loyal fans to help us keep things going. This is a group effort!
Currently, Beet City maintains a roster of 16 drafted players, ranging from veterans with nine years of play to newly-drafted rookies who were tough enough to prove their worth. At present, our youngest player is 25, and our eldest is 53! Games (we call them "bouts") are played on an oval-shaped flat track against other teams both here at home, as well as away in other cities. At home, you can find us playing at the Caldwell Event Center in Caldwell, Idaho.
Just as much as we love playing roller derby, we love sharing it with our fans and with those who are new to roller derby. While our official name is Beet City Bombers, you can call us BCB! Check out our event schedule in the above menu and come enjoy watching us bout. We can't wait to meet you!
About Roller Derby
Roller Derby was created in 1935 by Leo Seltzer. Intended to be an roller skating endurance exhibition, Seltzer re-launched Roller Derby in 1937 as a full-contact sport, played on a banked track with both male and female teams competing against each other for points.
The original Roller Derby rose to its heyday in the 1950's and '60′s. The sport was a common fixture on TV and played in sold out stadiums. By the late '60's bouts had become scripted, and outcomes were predetermined. Due to dwindling profits, league owner Jerry Seltzer - Leo's son - shut down operations in 1973, but Roller Derby and the excitement of watching full-contact sport on skates left a mark that never vanished from the fans' collective memory. Leo and Jerry are no longer with us, but the Beet City Bombers are proud to say that the Seltzer family are valued friends of our league to this day!
In 2001 a group of women got 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 quickly caught on again, and new players and fans flocked to take part. 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. Roller Derby continues to grow each year, is played by women's, men's, co-ed, and junior teams, and flat track derby is now played on every continent except Antarctica!