Guerrilla Derby was started back in 2009, by the Psycho 78s, though it wasn’t always known as Guerrilla Derby…
Since the beginning, the Psycho 78s wanted to be a team that focused not only on the athleticism and strength of roller derby, but also the entertainment and fun fans often recalled from “the old days” of derby. They wanted something different, something that wasn’t currently available in the sport at the time with more mainstream styles aand organizations. Founders Razor De Rockefeller and Spooky took an interest in what is known as “Renegade Derby.” Encompassing many of the ideals and game play structure the 78s had been looking for, the Psychos used the spirit of renegade derby to build the foundation of what would later grow into something no one ever expected. They built up their own style of no-penalties, full contact, derby that was fast paced, hard-hitting, exciting, and unapologetic. It was also co-ed, to be inclusive of people and skaters from all across the board.
Guerrilla warfare...Guerrilla Derby. Guerrilla is often synonymous with freedom fighters or members of a resistance moment. Often referred to as outlaws and revolutionaries; those who are rebellious, seditious, and anarchistic. Those fighting against a larger power and fighting for ideals they believe in. Guerrilla fighters do their work on a battlefield, Guerrilla skater do their work on the track. They keep the gameplay simple, no rules, just a basic gameplay structure. They believe in keeping their style of derby gritty, dirty, and underground. Taking what people associate with old school derby and kicking it up a notch. Real fights, real hits, real blood, sweat, and tears left on track. Skating every opportunity they can. Indoors, outdoors, banked track, flat track, any surface they can lace up. Guerrilla Derby is always inclusive of all genders, shapes, and sizes. New skaters, old skaters, everyone is welcome. Guerrillas believe there is a style of derby for everyone, even if it’s not theirs, but they believe for them derby is grassroots, DIY, unpolished, unrefined, and fun. A counterculture and a philosophy. A movement with its roots in revolution, equality, and brutality.
The 78s style of game play quickly took off in popularity as “East Coast Renegade Rules” teams popped up all up and down the coast. People enjoyed the freedom and excitement of the 78s brand of renegade-rules derby offered. However, ECRRs became so much more than just a style of derby. It became a community of people, many of which felt outcasted from modern roller derby, many of which came seeking an alternative to what was out there. They banded together, playing derby under the motto “any team, any surface, anywhere, anytime”. Playing derby for the sake of getting roughed up, pushing their bodies to the limit, and having some fun. It became a counterculture within a culture. An answer to the question “what else is there?” It became so much more than a style of derby, it became a family. A small group of people willing to travel to the ends of the earth for each other, to band together to spread the philosophy of ECRRs, to show everyone we may be small, but we are powerful, and we are here to stay.
In 2016, ECRRs had outgrown itself. While it’s foundations originated in Renegade Derby, it had grown beyond that, into something bigger than either of its founders could have ever imagined. This became clear after a select group of skaters participated in a handful of renegade games under the Renegade Rollergirls rule-set. This east coast style of play was it’s own monster, and it needed its own name and identity. Founder Razor wracked her brain for a new name. One that represented not only this unique style of play, but the philosophy of the skaters behind it. Then, it hit her...guerrilla.
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