February 23, just eight months ago the Battering Rams made their home debut against the Milwaukee Blitzdkrieg, at Cincinnati Sports Plus, and yesterday, October 15 from a MRDA press release the Battering Rams were accepted as a member into the Men’s Roller Derby Association along with: Glenmore Reservoir Dogs, The Big O Roller Bros, Chicago Bruise Brothers, Tyne and Fear Roller Derby, and The Inhuman League.
The Men’s Roller Derby Association (MRDA) is the international governing body of men’s flat track roller derby, and being a member comes with the privilege of being part of an organization, which can help promote the Rams, and puts them on the main stage as more a bona-fide roller derby league.
Creeper, a jammer for the Cincinnati Battering Rams talks about the journey, and achieving this objective.
“I am very very excited. It seems like it was not long ago that achieving MRDA membership was just a far off distant dream. Timing could not be better. As we are putting together our 2014 home and away schedules, our MRDA membership will acknowledge our seriousness to the rest of the world, as a derby force to be reckoned with.”
Captain, Quad Almighty weighs in on what being a part of MRDA now means for the Rams.
“Becoming a member of MRDA has been the Rams goal literally since day one. We talked about MRDA at our very first practice. We've worked really hard as a team to realize this dream. We couldn't be more proud or excited….and work towards our next goal of making it to MRDA Championships. It also means that we will do our part as members to help promote and grow the exciting sport of men's roller derby.”
Becoming a member of MRDA, while an achievement is not a plateau, and now things kick into high gear for the Battering Rams.
“We know we have something really special with this team, and feel like we can do whatever we set our minds to by working together and working hard. Now that we've achieved this goal, the really serious work can begin. We're ready for it,” said Quad.
There are no official dates or opponents for the 2014 season yet; however the Rams are looking forward to a full season of home and away bouts, Quad promises there will be a lot of opportunities for the fans to see the Rams play in 2014.
The Race City Rebels (Indianapolis) have been an integral part of the Rams development. Players like Quad Almighty, Tink, Meek and Spyder played for Race City and have a rapport with the Race City players.
“We're definitely going to be playing the Race City Rebels. They are like family to us. We hope to start a friendly rivalry on the track, while setting a new bar for cooperation between leagues off the track.”
Being accepted into MRDA was a big achievement for the league, achieving that goal opens the door to achieving more goals..
“We would also LOVE the opportunity to play at Spring Roll 2014 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana; but that goes for almost every men's team out there, so we'll have to wait and see if we make the grade. If all goes well, perhaps our last games of 2014 will be played at MRDA Championships,” said Quad.
Playing at the MRDA Championships against teams the caliber of “Your Mom” the New York Shock Exchange and the St. Louis Gatekeepers is where every league wants to be, if Cincinnati can achieve that in 2014 it would be the proverbial cherry on the sundae.
“With MRDA patches attached proudly to our jerseys, the Rams are going to fight, claw, gnash, and RAM our way to the top. GO RAMS,” Creeper – Battering Rams’ jammer.