Roller derby continues to grow in the Houston area with the expansion of its sixth league.
"This is the first time that roller derby has ever been brought to Conroe, TX," says Mary Allen-Keating, manager of Rainbow Roller Rink.
This Sunday, January 13, the Cut n' Shoot Cutthroats roller derby league opens up their practice space, Rainbow Roller Rink, for an exhibition bout featuring the ladies of Houston Roller Derby. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the bout starts at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are 10 dollars at the door or online at HoustonRollerDerby.com.
Why host an exhibition bout? "[Roller derby] is the fastest growing sport in the world," says Keating. Cut n' Shoot Cutthroats are a new recreational league hoping to grow their numbers. They currently hold practices at Rainbow Roller Rink, 1695 N. Loop 336 East, on Thursdays from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
If interested in attending an upcoming practice, Keating says derby girl hopefuls will need eight dollars for each practice, though the first practice is free. Each skater will need a helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards and a mouth guard. A limited amount of protective gear is available to borrow, but Keating says skaters can also buy some gear at the rink. There are also local skate shops that sell roller derby gear. You can find out more about those stores here.
Fans can catch the action at Rainbow Roller Rink this Sunday, and sign up for Cut n' Shoot Cutthroat practices. For more information, email RainbowRollerRink@gmail.com