About Omaha Roller Derby
Omaha Roller Derby is Omaha’s premier flat-track roller derby league. Roller derby is the fastest growing sport in the world and Omaha Roller Derby is proud to represent the city of Omaha on the international level.
Our mission is to promote the strength, athleticism, and independence of individuals through the sport of flat-track roller derby and to provide the skills and training necessary for participation at the regional, national, and international level.
Consisting of a diverse group of athletes, the members of Omaha Roller Derby are comprised of two teams – the Omaha Roller Derby All-Stars, a seasoned team of skaters that represents the league in international sanctioned game play, and the Omaha Roller Derby AAA, which competes regionally and whose focus is to refine skills and strategy while still competing competitively.
Omaha Roller Derby operates as a not for profit organization and is skater owned and operated. The organization is entirely run through its volunteers – no one receives monetary compensation – this includes the skaters themselves, those who train/coach the skaters, the officials who enforce the rules, and the board of directors that run the organization. Funds raised go directly back to the community or to further development of the league.
When Omaha Roller Derby members are not on the track, they are assisting their community through involvement and volunteer work with organizations such as MOSAIC, Youth Emergency Services, Ted E. Bear Hollow, the American Cancer Society, Omaha Dog Parks, Methodist Heidi Wilke SANE/SART Program (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner/Sexual Assault Response Team), Omaha Police Department, Patricia Hiatt Memorial Cancer Fund, Dominic Elkins Fund Raiser, Benson/Fontenelle Parks and the Special Olympics. They also dedicate their time and resources to training the future of Omaha Roller Derby skaters with Omaha Junior Roller Derby. Omaha Junior Roller Derby (OJRD) is co-ed team serving kids ages 8-17. Emphasizing sportsmanship, teamwork, perseverence, and leadership, OJRD strives to encourage their skaters to become great teammates and collaborators on the derby track, in the classroom, and beyond. If you know anyone that might be interested in joining the OJRD team please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Key Dates of Interest:
2006: The Omaha Rollergirls (ORG) formed and played first game at Skate Daze.
2008: Accepted as a full member of the WFTDA.
2010: Powered through the WFTDA Regional Rankings and moved from ranking 15th at beginning of the season to 9th by the end of the Regional Tournament.
2011: Moved home games to the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs and finished the season ranked 10th in the WFTDA Regional Rankings.
2012: Entered the Regional Tournament ranked 8th and advanced to finish the season ranked 7th.
2013: WFTDA changed to a Division-based structure. Competed in WFTDA’s first-ever Division 2 International Tournament and ended the season ranked 65 out of 175 WFTDA leagues worldwide.
2014: Omaha Rollergirls All-Stars Team placed 9th at the 2014 WFTDA Division 2 Playoffs in Duluth. The All-Stars finished their season ranked 62 out of 205 teams ranked worldwide.
2015: Omaha Rollergirls All-Stars Team ended their season ranked 70th out of 254 WFTDA leagues worldwide. ORG hosted a portion of the 2015 WFTDA International Division 1 Playoffs from October 2nd-4th. ORG also won Best of Omaha for 2015 as the Best Sports Team!
2016: The Omaha Rollergirls celebrated their 10th season and accumulated 12,526 likes on Facebook. At the start of the season, ORG ranked 84th on the WFTDA Rankings, and proceeded to move 10 spots by end the year, ranked 74th. And, for the second time in a row, won Best Of Omaha Sports Team 2016!
2018: ORG hosted the 2018 North America West region Continental Cup from August 24-26th.
2019: Omaha Rollergirls changed to Omaha Roller Derby (ORD) to better represent the diversity of our league’s members to include skaters, referees, and volunteers alike.