Oahu's premier WFTDA flat track roller derby league.
Pacific Roller Derby, LLC (PRD) is 501c non-profit and amateur sports organization dedicated to playing and promoting the sport of women’s flat track roller derby. Members of PRD include a diverse group of individuals serving as players, referees, and support staff. PRD strives to promote the values of sportsmanship, positive community involvement, and the aloha spirit by sharing the sport of roller derby with heart, athleticism, and integrity. The purpose is to empower skaters and promote health and wellness on O‘ahu through the recreational sport of roller derby.
In 2008, a handful of tenacious skaters formed Pacific Roller Derby, Oahu’s first modern-day roller derby league. In the 1960s, roller derby bouts were a popular pastime on the banked track inside the now-demolished Honolulu Civic Auditorium on South King Street. But it was a different sport; the moves choreographed, the game staged. Pacific wanted to legitimize roller derby in the Islands as the sport was undergoing an evolution across the nation: leagues were skating on flat tracks, official game play was forming and skaters were being seen as athletes, not entertainers.
They taught themselves how to skate, learned the rules of the game and practiced on any available basketball court they could. In 2009, Pacific became Hawaii’s first member league of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, a nonprofit organization that fosters roller derby around the globe.
Today, the league has grown to more than 25 active skaters, not including its referees and non-skating officials, who are integral to running successful bouts. Its members are diverse, from teachers, writers, students, firefighters, nurses and active-duty military to mothers, caretakers and wives.
Pacific Roller Derby's charter team, the Hulagans, participate in WFTDA-ranked tournaments every year, specifically Battle of the Islands and Big Island Brawl. Battle of the Islands is hosted by a different island each year. Oahu had the honor of hosting the Battle of the Islands in 2019, at Mililani 10 Acres Park. This is also where they hold their monthly games. Games are family friendly, and free to all. Special track side splash seating is available by donation.
While Pacific Roller Derby has grown since its inception, it remains rooted to the community, holding regular joint fundraising events. Stay updated with all the action by following PRD on Facebook and Instagram.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Skaters can include new, veteran, transfer, or visiting skaters who want to be a part of the league. Active skaters are considered in good standing when they are up to date on monthly dues, have met minimum attendance and event requirements, active participant within a league committee, and are not serving a disciplinary suspension.
Pacific Roller Derby has a Board of Directors (BOD) comprised of five committee heads. Each committee head is elected by the league annually. The five committees are General Management, Finance, Athletics, Media, and Events. The responsibilities of each committee—and its positions—are outlined in greater detail in PRD’s Policies and Procedures Manual.
Active male and female support staff (officials and coaches) have access to league communication and may provide input on the discussion of league and committee issues. They are considered league members and have the responsibility to adhere to PRD bylaws and policies.
The Honolulu LeiOuts is O'ahu's only junior roller derby team. Proudly founded by Pacific Roller Derby, the LeiOuts are open to all keiki ages 6-17. In addition to learning to skate and the rules and strategy of roller derby, the LeiOuts also focus on team building and leadership skills.
Casual/occasional volunteers are not officially considered league members, but we wouldn't be a community without them and make every event more exciting. They may be allowed to participate in certain league activities and events such as bouts, parades, community outreach, and skate meet-ups.
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