Keweenaw Roller Girls vs Mid State Sisters of Skate April 23rd


The Keweenaw Roller Girls are ready to rise from the ashes (er, snow banks?) for our 2016 home opener! Join us on Saturday, April 23 for a fast-paced, hard-hitting roller derby bout against the Mid-State Sisters of Skate from Stevens Point!

Doors open at 5pm
First whistle at 6pm

Houghton County Arena
1500 Birch St.
Hancock, MI

There will be food from Habañeros Fresh Mexican Kitchen, drinks (half price until first whistle), activities for the kiddos, and a half time event hosted by the folks from the Houghton MI Skatepark! Tickets are $5 at the door or online.

Already a die-hard derby fan? Check out our VIP Season passes! Perks include merch credit and half priced drinks all night!

Be sure to join KRG and MSSOS at Bills B&B for the after party!

#keweenawrollergirls #butts2bouts

Hittin’ the Road

Hittin' the road

Boy, the season really sneaks up fast. I feel like we wait all winter to get back on skates, and then the next thing you know we’re getting ready for season openers and travel games. We’ve been busy indoctrinating our newest skaters to bruises and rules intricacies in preparation for two tough games coming up for us. April 9th, we’ll pack our skates and head to Eau Claire, WI to play the Chippewa Valley Roller Girls; we’ve seen ’em, but we’ve never played ’em. Beyond the excitement of being our first game of 2016, we’ll have first-time bouting skaters on KRG’s roster, and it’s a Harry Potter themed double header! Hit it and Quidditch they call it. How fun is that?

Two weeks after that away game, KRG will be hosting our season opener on April 23rd at the Houghton County Arena. The Mid State Sister of Skate (MSSOS) will be making their way up from Steven’s Point, WI to play us in what will be an important, and very challenging bout. In this game we will be playing our WFTDA Apprentice League sponsor, they’ve helped us apply for apprenticeship within the WFTDA and have been immensely supportive in our growth as a league. We first met the MSSOS in September 2014 when we played their B Team, the Sweet Dairy Aires, and now we look forward to a heck of a game against their All Stars in just over one month. Wish us luck KRG fans and supporters as we embark on this exciting kick off to our third season here in the Keweenaw!

Don’t Break Your Uke

We asked our skaters if any of them would like to contribute to the Keweenaw Roller Girls blog. We received our first feature by the newly recruited, I Love Skatin’ #666. Here she write about karate, roller derby, and how to treat your “Uke.”

don't break your uke


When I was 28, with no previous experience, I joined a karate dojo. Long story short, it wasn’t easy.

When I was 35, with no previous experience, I joined a roller derby league. It was also not easy.

Being not a particularly athletic person with few experiences on which to draw, my roller derby journey is evoking many memories of when I began my martial arts training. One idea that especially resonates is the notion of the uke when sparring or training in karate.

In Japanese, an uke (pronounced oo-kee) can be referring to one of two things. First an uke is a stone for sharpening a sword. Second, it is the title of one’s opponent when practicing sparring or martial arts techniques. Sensei taught that one should interact with one’s uke as if they are the stone used to hone the sword of one’s technique. If one is too rough or careless with one’s uke, you can break it. Go too easy on your uke, and your sword will not be as sharp as it could be.

Unlike the relationship the blade has with the stone, the uke learns from and is shaped by their interactions with their training partners. It is not a passive position. Inherit in this idea of the uke is the notion of respect. Sure, a big sword could probably chop a sharpening stone in half… but aside from one singular display of might, there is no future value in that. In karate training, we need to respect our partners, our ukes, and not get so carried away that we seriously injure them.

We as derby skaters also need to approach our training with the idea of the uke in mind. Train hard, skate hard, hit hard… but not so hard that you break your fellow skaters on purpose (always understanding, of course, that accidents happen in contact sports). As a heavy-weight skater, it’s very convenient for me to throw my weight around, sometimes not being as mindful of the well-being of others on the track as I could be.

Next time you catch me, #666, being disrespectful of my ukes, please let me have it and say  “Hey Skatin’, don’t break your uke!”


-I Love Skatin’


Bowl For Kids Fundraiser


This year Keweenaw Roller Girls are participating in Bowl for Kids, an annual campaign by Big Brothers Big Sisters to support mentoring programs for youth in our local communities. Please help us to be part of something big!

Be a Bowl For Kids Sponsor

Local businesses and organizations are invited to support the children and youth in their community by becoming a Sponsor of Bowl for Kids through a monetary gift. As a Sponsor you are Making a Positive Difference by assisting Big Brothers Big Sisters in carrying out their mission. You are assisting children and youth in achieving their highest potential as they grow to become confident, competent and caring individuals.

The Friendships of Big Brothers Big Sisters are joyful, uplifting and effective and the support of our Sponsors is instrumental to the success of the relationships we support.

Five Seconds!

“Five Seconds!” All derbyist know the command, the jam timer in the center of the track raises the whistle to their lips and… 4, 3, 2, 1 {TWEET!} it’s go time! The Keweenaw Roller Girls head back to practice this week after a well deserved, yet achingly long winter break. We’ve done some cross-training, some traveling, some mending of broken bones, some reuniting with friends, and now we’re ready to hit the track. Season three brings new competition, new team skaters, and the ever reliable bad-assery that is the Keweenaw Roller Girls. We don’t always win, but we give’er hell alright, and we have fun while doing it.

This year we look forward to many things, one of the most exciting is becoming a full member league of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association and taking on our WFTDA sponsor league, the Mid-State Sisters of Skate, at our season opener!

So derby fans, keep your eyes and ears peeled for KRG’s game schedule, league events, news, and more as we approach the melting of the ice rinks and the beginning of another exciting season of roller derby. The first whistle is just around the corner!