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The Long Island Roller Rebels presents: The Empire

The Long Island Roller Rebels presents: The Empire Skate Showdown 2012 on Sept. 1, 2012 at Skate Safe America in Old Bethpage. Credit: Rick Odell Photography

Putting an entirely different spin on the idea of “Ladies Night,” The Long Island Roller Rebels (LIRR) continue to successfully represent both Nassau and Suffolk counties as our area’s entry in the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA).

Although those who play roller derby for the Roller Rebels’ two squads (the home team is known as the “Rockabetty Bruisers;' the travel team the “Long Island Roller Rebel All-Stars”) don’t receive the kind of glory enjoyed by such local athletic clubs as the Long Island Ducks professional baseball team or The Long Island Lizards of Major League Lacrosse, nonetheless the Rebels have a fan base -- and when watching this sport that involves lots of blocks, fast movement, falls and spills, as well as a fair amount of contact, most regular derby spectators would agree that there is absolutely lots of action to see.

Then again -- why watch when you can take part?

On Tuesday, Oct. 16, anyone – any woman, that is – can head down to the United Skates of America roller-skating rink in Seaford (1276 Hicksville Rd, 516-795-5474, and find out if they have what it takes to lace up alongside such team stars as Florida-born Brianne “Breakneck Brie” Lepa, Wantagh’s Katie “Celtic Thunder” Mehr and Westbury’s Lauren “Captain Morgan” Madonia as a member of the LIRR. All participants will be required to wear wrist guards, elbow pads, knee pads, a mouth guard, a helmet and quad (four-wheeled) roller skates. Expect to be tested on skating ability, “derby” skills (like stopping opponents and low skating), endurance, knowledge and proper personality traits (such as the ability to learn and listen, plus a take on overall attitude).

All potential players must be 21 years old and over; there is no weight restriction. Keep in mind: roller derby players are no strangers to injuries ranging from bumps and bruises to even broken bones, so having primary health insurance is recommended (women who make the team will also receive supplemental insurance). In addition, rollergirls receive no salary and will have to pay monthly dues -- as well as supply their own transportation -- so this is not a chance to abandon your regular job. But, if the idea of getting in front of the crowds with Long Island's dedicated damsels of derby (while possibly becoming a representative of the sport in the process) sounds like great fun, this may be the pastime for you.

For more information, check out or email, while anyone looking to get involved at any time should email

*The Long Island Roller Rebels presents: The Empire Skate Showdown 2012 on Sept. 1, 2012 at Skate Safe America in Old Bethpage.


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