American Roller Skating Derby

The American Roller Skating Derby (ARSD) is a professional roller derby league. As of 2007, the ARSD consists of five teams: the San Francisco Bay Bombers, the San Diego Firebirds, the Chicago Pioneers, the Brooklyn Red Devils, and the New York Chiefs. Most train and compete in the East Bay area (near San Francisco, California), but one team, the San Diego Firebirds, is based in Escondido, near San Diego. [citation
newspaper=San Diego Union-Tribune
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date=2007-01-24
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title='Skinnie Minnie,' San Diego Firebirds are ready to roll
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"Miller will serve as women's captain of the newly formed San Diego Firebirds, based in Escondido…The Firebirds are part of the American Roller Skating Derby, a five-team league composed of male and female skaters. Owner Dan Ferrari formed the Southern California team after moving to Escondido four months ago."
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Unlike leagues in the past, the ARSD has invested in building a new track, and new uniforms. Ferrari has made arrangements to have the tracks up at different venues for additional training, and in some cases, for a week or more at a time. The league also uses former skating stars Delores "Tillie" Tucker, "Bad Boy" Alphonso Reyes, Larry Lewis and Jim Fitzpatrick as coaches and mentors during these training sessions.

History

The ARSD was established in 1997 by Dan Ferrari.

Matches

* A match between the Bay Bombers and the Chicago Pioneers was skated on October 14, 2006 at the Alameda venue.
* A game skated between the Bay Bombers and Brooklyn Red Devils drew nearly 1,700 fans at the Kezar Pavilion on April 28, 2007.
* On July 7, 2007 the San Francisco Bay Bombers lost to the Brooklyn Red Devils at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, CA.
* The San Francisco Bay Bombers defeated the Chicago Pioneers on July 14, 2007 at the Cow Palace.
* The ARSD skated an interleague game between the Bay Bombers and Ralphie's Roller Stars on August 11, 2007 at the Industry Hills Expo Center in the City of Industry, CA.
* On August 18, 2007, the ARSD set their new attendance record when they drew 2,045 people at the Kezar Pavilion when the San Francisco Bay Bombers defeated the Chicago Pioneers.
* The World Championship Cup games were skated on October 13, 2007 at the Kezar Pavilion in San Francisco, in front of approximately 2,400 people. The hometown Bay Bombers defeated the Brooklyn Red Devils to take the championship. The Red Devils defeated the Pioneers in game one, the Bay Bombers defeated the Pioneers in game two. [cite web|url=http://web.archive.org/web/20031205162702/www.welcometo-myworld.com/derbytime/arsd.html|title=ARSD Championship Playoffs|publisher=DerbyTime! roller derby fan site (archived)|accessdate=2006-06-23] [ [http://web.archive.org/web/20040411100139/http://www.freewebs.com/arsd/ American Roller Skating Derby :: Roller Derby Action ] ] [ [http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/bankedtracknews/message/3955?viscount=100 Yahoo! Groups ] ] [http://alamedasun.com/sports/052704sports1.htm] [http://www.alamedasun.com/local/101305local5.htm] [http://www.eastbayexpress.com/Issues/2005-10-19/calendar/cal-sport.html] [ [http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/bankedtracknews/message/6058 Yahoo! Groups ] ] [ [http://www.freewebs.com/bombersrollerderby/ AMERICAN Roller Skating Derby | California Banked Track Roller Derby Action ] ]

References

External links

* [http://www.freewebs.com/bombersrollerderby/ American Roller Skating Derby] - Official web site


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