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Acadiana Roller Derby Reveals New Look
The Acadiana Roller Derby team has come a long way since 2009 when they established Lafayette’s very first roller derby league. Originally dubbed Acadiana Good Times Rollers, and more recently known as Acadiana Roller Girls, this sports league has evolved from a handful of passionate women playing in brightly colored fishnets and tutus, to a registered nonprofit organization with over 30 members who take this sport as seriously as any major league.
Previously the team held their bouts at Top Shelf Sports in Youngsville. They became a part of the internationally ranked Women’s Flat Track Derby Association in 2015. After nearly a decade of hard work and dedication, Acadiana Roller Derby will play at the Blackham Coliseum, right in the heart of Lafayette.
“For a long time the team wasn’t easily accessible to a lot of our fans. It’s important for us to be at the Blackham because we are Lafayette’s roller derby league.” -You’re in Treble, Referee
“Blackham’s space provides us with creative flexibility for seating and plenty of space to accommodate our growing fanbase.” - Hippie Longstocking, Skater
To mark this milestone, the league is updating their name and logo to reflect the evolution and expansion of the team. Roller derby around the world has matured to become more focused on professionalism and athleticism. While many skaters with clever names still donne facepaint and stockings, gone are the days of bawdy costumes and choreographed fights. Agility, speed, and strategy steal the focus of modern roller derby.
“By changing the name from Acadiana Roller Girls to Acadiana Roller Derby, we have given ourselves the opportunity to expand our league to incorporate the growing demand for a men’s league and a junior league.” - Hyde Ho Hit-Her, Coach
“To be successful, adaptability is key. Roller derby has become more mainstream and was even considered as one of the new sports for the 2020 Olympics. With more attention to roller derby, leagues are held to a higher level of professionalism and I believe our new logo expresses that.“- Keltic Khaos, Skater
The team selected designer Michael McFarland of DesignMonkey, Ltd. in Cleveland, Ohio to oversee the rebranding of their image. He has designed logos for the Blue Ridge Rollergirls of North Carolina, the Los Alamos Derby Dames of New Mexico, and the Cast Iron Skaters of Washington. To see McFarland’s other work, . With input and guidance from the team, McFarland was able to provide the league with a logo that was fierce, yet classy, and unique to our Acadian culture. The logo features two great egrets encasing a roller skate. The words ‘Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler” are written above the logo with colors borrowed from the the Acadian flag.
“The egret is symbolic of self-reliance and balance. It strikes quickly at its prey, which is exactly what the girls do out on the track” -Ovary Actor, Referee
“By incorporating local wildlife into our logo, we’re able to broaden our reach within the community. We help other non profit organizations raise money for their causes at each of our home bouts. These nonprofits get a unique platform to raise awareness for their causes. Acadiana Roller Derby would not exist without the dedication and support of our community.” - Hippie Longstocking, Skater
Acadiana Roller Derby launches their 2018 season on Saturday, March 31, 2018 when they face off against Twin City Roller Derby at the Blackham Coliseum. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Kids 12 and under get in free.