Hit the track with San Diego’s very own Derby Starlettes

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Want to be like your favorite Whip It stars, Drew Barrymore and Ellen Page and kick some roller derby butt? Lucky for you, San Diego has a roller derby team and they are asking YOU to come and be a part of it.

Sport of Roller Derby (photo by Tarale via Flickr)

Sport of Roller Derby (photo by Tarale via Flickr)

Skateworld, San Diego County’s last operating roller rink, founded the all-female the team in the summer of 2008. For the past year they have been using the Linda Vista facility for practices every Monday and Thursday for practice and scheduled home games.

Their latest victory was Sept. 12th against the Ventura County Derby Darlings, with a final score of 100 to 97. The game was sprinkled with controversial penalties and comebacks, but in the end, “This win was no gift; it was earned by the sweat, blood and persistence of the Derby Starlettes,” as stated in their blog.

Drew Barrymore's new film Whip It opened Oct. 2nd to rave reviews (photo by Flare via Flickr)

Drew Barrymore's new film Whip It opened Oct. 2nd to rave reviews (photo by Flare via Flickr)

They team also had the fun opportunity to help promote the quirky derby inspired film Whip It by handing out T-shirts at movie events and going to the movie premiere on Oct. 2. Fans got to sit with the team as they enjoyed the laugh-out-loud comedy that has been doing exceptionally in its box office opening week.

Are you ready to get your skates dirty? If you are interested in being a part of this riveting old sport turned new, there are a couple things you need to know:

You must be 18 and older, and of course, a female.

Practices are every Monday and Thursday from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and dues are $10 a practice.

You should have, or be prepared to rent knee and elbow pads, a helmet, wrist guards and great attitude.

No experience is necessary, so whether you need to let off some pent up energy, or your looking for a competitive outlet in your life, or you just think you could whoop some roller derby tail, give the team a shout!

You can reach them by email:, or by phone at (858) 560 – 9278.

Maybe you love the sport, but just don’t think you can commit to practices and games every week. In that case, visit their website at to find out the game schedule and stop by to root them on. Get into the derby spirit and support our local Derby Starlettes.

The San Diego Derby Starletts are one of three San Diego teams. The San Diego Derby Dolls are the original league in San Diego, competing at the nationwide level.  The San Diego Renegades make up the third team in the successful trio of teams that play locally, statewide, and nationally.


  1. Kevin

    October 7, 2009 at 9:00 am

    FACT CHECK! There’s actually THREE roller derby leagues in town. The first was San Diego Derby Dolls, which has been around since 2005 (, then came the Renegade Rollergirls San Diego (, and then the Starlettes / Roller Derby San Diego started up. I think there may be a league trying to start up at the rink up in Escondido.

    Oh yeah … there’s a few more rinks in the county too. There’s Skate San Diego in National City ( and Ups-N-Downs in Escondido (760-745-5966)

    Seriously, at least google your facts before you publish an article.

  2. Deanne

    October 7, 2009 at 11:53 am

    Yes, thank you for clarifying the facts Kevin.

    Hot off of winning the 2009 National Championship for banked track roller derby in Austin, TX, the San Diego Derby Dolls are the dominant league in the country, let alone San Diego.

    Derby Dolls have their ’bouts’ at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and are hosting the 2010 National Championship there. (

  3. Joy

    October 7, 2009 at 11:56 am

    Also, if you want to learn how to skate, the Derby Dolls don’t charge you for equipment rental… saves you $10 each practice.

  4. Johnny

    October 13, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    Actually Skateworld is the last remaning true roller rink. Ups and downs is no longer running and national city does roller hockey, they are no longer doing sessions. just saying

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