Roller derby has come to the North Oregon! The Shanghaied Roller Dolls, a flat track women’s roller derby league, was founded in September 2011. Flat track roller derby is a fast-paced contact team sport that requires speed, strategy, and athleticism. The flat track version of the sport evolved in 2001, and has quickly grown to encompass more than 400 leagues worldwide. Flat track roller derby gained popularity over banked track roller derby largely due to the ease of setting up a flat track--it can be done on any flat surface that is suitable for skating, such as skating rinks, basketball courts, parking lots, and even airplane hangars. The Shanghaied Roller Dolls' home is at the Astoria Armory.
Currently, almost thirty women participate in rigorous practices that include basic skills training such as proper falling and stopping which reduce the risk of injury, endurance training for speed, and special drills performed in a “pack” dedicated to the plays they’ll eventually be executing during a “bout” such as blocking and jumping. These women, of all size, shape, age and skill level, practice hour after hour in hopes of being ready to compete in a bout this year.