Seattle Derby Brats in the News

As new stories about Seattle Derby Brats are released, we will post links to them here.

We are an entirely volunteer-run organization that relies on community support to reach our fundraising goals. Our current fundraising activities include public bouts, 50/50 raffles, a skate-a-thon, for which skaters request individual per lap or flat support, and bake sales for our travel team, the Galaxy Girls. The Seattle Derby Brats is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization that empowers girls to be strong, healthy and confident. We do this through a supportive, inclusive community teaching junior roller derby.

Why we need your support

Seattle Derby Brats is looking for a new home. Our current practice space is being torn down and we are raising money to purchase a new facility. We want to have a permanent home for our league so we can serve our diverse community of skaters for years to come. Please consider making a donation today!

Where your donation goes; Your donation goes toward the purchase of a new facility or toward our operating expenses for the 2019-2020 Season.

What are our operating expenses? Operating expenses include renting track time for practices and bouts, medics from Seattle Children’s Hospital during full contact practices and all bouts, and scholarships for skaters. Seattle Derby Brats provides 10% of it’s skaters with full scholarships every year. We currently serve over 170 skaters age 8-18 in the greater Seattle area.

Do you know about an available clear span warehouse space (min 95'x118') in the metropolitan Seattle area?  Send info @ 

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OFF THE BEATEN TRACK: First year student participates in alternate sport

by Christine McManigal

The Daily - Feb. 28, 2017

"At the UW, students and alumni have enjoyed their fair share of the Division 1 sports that our school offers. However, Seattle has other sports and scenes to be enjoyed, one of which UW student Nona Larson is helping bring to light in our community."

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Why the Whole World Plays Roller Derby

by Frogmouth, Inc. - Oct. 1, 2015

"Everywhere there is a roller derby league, there is a safe place for women to become who they really are — a diverse group of limitless, powerful people united by their sense of self worth — and an arena where everyone else, and perhaps most importantly young girls, can see everything women can be."

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West Seattle founded Seattle Derby Brats' Galaxy Girls to Bout at Southgate

by Frank Blau
West Seattle Blog - Jan 31, 2013

"So almost everybody’s talking basketball today. But roller derby is making news too..."

Read the full article at The West Seattle Blog

Derby Brats Skate with Sass

by Erika Schultz
The Seattle Times - June 9, 2011

"The Seattle Derby Brats was one of the first leagues in the nation to host an elementary division."

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Seattle Derby Brats--No flash in the pan.

by Laura Spruce Wight
Seattle's Child - December 1, 2010

"Does Roller Derby bring to mind images from the 1970s, when spandex-clad women elbowed their way around a skate track in choreographed clashes? Time to update that image!"

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Eric's Little Heroes: Meet the roughest, toughest girls in Roller Derby

Komo News, October 29th 2013

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Seattle Derby Brats Tryouts Overview on Evening Magazine

King 5 News Evening Magazine, Sept 6, 2013

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Channel A TV - Crystal Brown Interviews Morgayne (SDB Skater)

CHANNEL A TV Presentation: As Seen On TV Interviews, Sept 6, 2013/br> VIDEO DIRECTED BY: Davies Chirwa./br> INTERVIEW BY: Crystal Brown./br>

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Roller Derby Brats invade New Day

King5 News, March 11, 2011

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There's even scholarly research about roller derby!

Participation in Roller Derby, the Influence on Body Image

Andrea Eklund & Barbara A. Masberg, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA

The environment of roller derby challenges the cultural ideal, promotes a healthier body image, and shows an acceptance of a variety of body sizes and types. ... Respondents expressed an increased respect for their body and an appreciation for a variety of body types. ...participation in women’s athletics helps to increase feelings of self-esteem and a healthy respect for the body.

Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, January 2014, vol. 32 no. 1, pp. 49-64


Another Championship for Seattle Derby Brats' Galaxy Girls

by Tonya Powers
The West Seattle Blog - July 18, 2017

The Galaxy Girls took 1st place at the International Championships for the 2017 Junior Roller Derby Association on Sunday in Loveland, Colorado!

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Why I let my 8-year old daughter do roller derby

by Jill Hoven
The Seattle Times Blog - May 10, 2013

It was with more than a little trepidation that I agreed to let (my daughter) go to (derby) camp in the first place. At the time, I had almost no exposure to roller derby, although I knew of the popularity of Seattle’s Rat City Rollergirls...

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My Roller Derby Queen: See life through orange colored glasses

by Jill Hoven, March 25, 2012

Yesterday was my 9yo’s Spring Piano Recital. She played an original composition that she wrote, entitled “Orange Crush.” She wore orange-and-black-striped tights to visually represent her "Orange Crush."...

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Seeing stars

by Jill Hoven, January 22, 2012

...Two weeks ago, at her weekly roller derby practice, Paisley (aka Lyka Livewire) and her roller derby team (she skates for the youngest division, ages 8-12, of the Seattle Derby Brats, the junior league for the Rat City Rollergirls, the premiere roller derby team here in Seattle) were invited to skate an exhibition bout at the half-time show of the Rat City Rollergirls’ first big event of the 2013 season...

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How roller derby changed my daughter's life

by Zeke Odins-Lucas, January 10, 2011

...Derby girls have an atypical relationship with their bodies, where they value it for what it can do, how it can deliver their own personal excellence. They are directly rewarded for their investment of time and energy. They are more in tune, closer aligned and less self-conscious of their physical nature...

Read the full article at Offbeat Families Blog