Traverse City, Grand Traverse County
Founded in 2010, Traverse City Roller Derby is Northern Michigan’s premier roller derby league—a nonprofit organization of competitive female athletes, non-skating members, and supportive volunteers. The Toxic Cherries, TCRD’s WFTDA team, competes against teams in Michigan and throughout the Midwest, adhering to the standardized rules of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA).
If you haven’t had the pleasure of attending one of their heart-pounding bouts held May-August, you’ve been missing out! Roller derby is the fastest-growing sport in the nation. There are more than 1,500 leagues around the world, with 29 right here in Michigan. Roller derby has evolved from the staged and unruly spectacle of the ’70s to a well-regulated, strategically complex, family-friendly sport — but don’t worry, full-contact hits and high-speed action are still essential elements!