The Emerald City Roller Girls announced today that they will be partnering with the Lane County Concussion to present the 2013 Big O roller derby invitational. The May 17-19, 2013 event will mark the first formal partnership between Eugene’s Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) and Men’s Roller Derby Association (MRDA) leagues. As WFTDA and MRDA seek to support each other in growing roller derby; ECRG and LCC plan to achieve this same goal on the local level by partnering for the Big O.
Since LCC’s inception in November of 2009, ECRG has helped develop their brother league by providing guidance both on and off the track. “ECRG and LCC have had a long-standing healthy relationship, and we have slowly integrated more and more. ECRG has had a great time training, coaching, and giving guidance for LCC’s growth,” ECRG President Rex Havoc said. “LCC has volunteered, officiated, and trained with ECRG since they started up. ECRG could not be happier for LCC becoming an MRDA member league.”
With this new partnership, LCC will receive direct support for their involvement in the Big O. This is an area that is lacking in tournaments involving MRDA leagues. “As it stands now, there are only three recurring tournaments that are put on by MRDA leagues: the Mohawk Valley Cup (hosted by the Quadfathers), Throwdown in the Sound (Puget Sound), and the MRDA Championships,” LCC Vice President Daddy Danger said. “We want to provide a tournament for high-level MRDA play that benefits the MRDA and its relationship with WFTDA.”
“We are excited to work with an MRDA league to see more MRDA-sanctioned play,” Rex Havoc added. “We plan to grow this event this year. LCC will be active on our event planning committee, and we are thankful to work together to produce a larger event than in 2012.”
The 2013 Big O will have nine full-length men’s bouts, which is three more than the 2012 event. Also, there will be more MRDA-sanctioned play. Currently, three MRDA teams have committed: Puget Sound Outcast Derby, Phoenix Rattleskates, and LCC. There are many others who have expressed interest ahead of the October 1st deadline.
If you are a men’s team interested in participating in the Big O, you can contact James Brains, the Big O’s Head of Men’s Derby, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To stay abreast of new Big O developments, you can “like” the Facebook page or visit the official (soon-to-be updated) Big O Tournament website.
For more information, concerns, and suggestions, go to the website or contact tournament directors Rex Havoc and Mamaskatrixx at BigODirectors@gmail.com.