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Roller Derby of Central Kentucky returns to Central Bank Center

After a four year hiatus playing in the Bluegrass, ROCK returns to competitive play in Lexington and is actively recruiting new teammates.

A group of women roller skaters holding a trophy and smiling

ROCK teams will be as excited as this if you come see them Saturday, Sept. 23.

Photo by Matt Ruddick

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For the first time since 2019, Roller Derby of Central Kentucky (ROCK) is bringing back its action-packed play for all of Lexington to see next Saturday, Sept. 23 at Central Bank Center.

But before we get into the jammin’ details of the evening, let’s meet the team.

About ROCK

ROCK is not only a member league of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, it is also a nonprofit (the players are volunteers) that gives back to other local community organizations, while fostering the athletic growth of its members. As it returns for its 13th season, the team is looking to get back to pre-pandemic numbers.

Prior to 2020, the organization had ~60 teammates. Due to league restrictions on practice, numbers dipped down to less than 10 players. Thankfully, more players have joined, bringing 40+ members to the team, and they hope to keep growing.

A group of women skating intensely on roller skates.

Jammers wear a star on their helmet, like the athlete on the left, and try to pass their opponent as many times as possible.

Photo by Matt Ruddick

Join the team

If you are interested in joining this grassroots team of women athletes, fill out this form — no skating experience is required — or attend their upcoming ROCK Boot Camp on Sunday, Oct. 1, 12-3 p.m., at The Yard.

The team also practices at The Yard, Mondays + Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m. During that time, new skaters can use the “homeroom” portion to test the waters, with loaner gear available for use.

Game day details

Doors will open to the public at 4 p.m. There will be two games, aka bouts —

  • 5 p.m. — ROCK Stars vs. Confluence Crush Heartbreakers (St. Louis)
  • 7 p.m. — Indie ROCKers vs. Naptown Warning Bells (Indianapolis)

Before you go, learn the basics. You can purchase tickets online for $15 or at the door for $20. Tickets for kids ages 7-12 are $10, while children six and under are free.

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