How We Got Started
Tucson Roller Derby (TRD) is a flat track derby league located in Tucson, AZ, that originally formed as an extension of the Phoenix-based Arizona Roller Derby (AZRD) before breaking away from the parent league in late 2003. Kim Kysar (aka Kim Sin) founded the league in December 2003 after Tucson skaters cited geographical and logistical concerns of belonging to AZRD, and home events were held at Bladeworld, since renamed Tucson Indoor Sports Center (1065 W Grant). Throughout the years, TRD has moved around to a variety of venues throughout the city, but the league returned home to TISC in 2014 and has been there ever since. As a founding member of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), TRD hosted the first-ever WFTDA Championships in February 2006, and the “Dust Devil” was born. The Dust Devil moniker continues to be used for annual WFTDA charter level tournaments/invitationals that include teams from all over the globe. TRD is also the first league in the WFTDA to receive a tax deductible status on donations and is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity organization.
When TRD was formed, the league consisted of one team, the Furious Truckstop Waitresses (FTW). TRD has added more teams as the league has grown over the years to include home teams: the Iron Curtain (2004), the Vice Squad (2005), the Copper Queens (2007), and the Bandoleras (2012); plus the travel team: the Tucson Saddletramps (2004). Due to some league structural changes and loss of members, some of the teams were shuffled or disbanded. Today, the Tucson Saddletramps act as the all star WFTDA charter team playing other WFTDA charter teams from around the world. The Vice Squad and FTW are active advanced level home teams participating in the Arizona State Roller Derby Conference (formed in 2010-2011) against other leagues in the state. The Bandoleras function as a more rookie team with some veteran level skaters who also play against teams of a similar skill set in order to assist the newer members in gaining more experience before competing against a higher skill set.
Year after year, TRD continues to build strong skaters both on and off the track who come from all walks of life. We strive to be competitive at both roller derby and life through a positive and inclusive atmosphere that helps show skaters just how strong they can be; we build each other up and foster teamwork across the league. TRD also enjoys working with other local groups to promote good causes and the community.
To foster and promote women’s flat track roller derby to all female and gender-expansive athletes willing to learn, train, and participate, locally, nationally, and internationally.