The Seattle Derby Brats, one of two Junior Roller Derby teams in the city, will close its season with an all-league competition 1-5 p.m., Sunday, at the Everett Skate Deck, 9700 19th Ave. SE, Everett.
The Seattle Derby Brats, one of two Junior Roller Derby leagues in the city, will close its season with an all-league competition 1-5 p.m. Sunday, at the Everett Skate Deck, 9700 19th Ave. S.E., in Everett.
The league, a nonprofit, gives girls ages 8-17 the opportunity to play competitive flat-track roller derby, with three divisions, including full contact.
The Seattle Derby Brats was one of the first leagues in the nation to host an elementary division, ages 8-11, called the Tootsy Rollers, where girls can learn the game and how to skate. Young players sport everything from electric-orange hair to turquoise tutus, and they go by self-created skate names, like “Feline Fury” and “Tina Angst.”
Kathi Webster, Juniors Division I head coach and mother of three roller-derby skaters, said she noticed a difference in her daughters’ self-confidence with their participation.
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“They realized that they can be a girl, and they can be tough,” she said. “A lot of girls who play derby don’t play traditional sports, and this is a place to become an athlete.”