Roller Derby of Central Kentucky returns to competitive play after long hiatus

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Roller Derby of Central Kentucky (ROCK) is making a triumphant return to competitive play in Lexington for the first time since 2019. The announcement marks a significant moment for local sports, signaling not just a return to normalcy post-pandemic, but also a resurgence of an athletic community dedicated to empowerment and inclusivity.

The double-header event is set to take place at the Central Bank Center on Saturday, September 23, with doors opening to the public at 4 p.m. ROCK’s Allstars Team, also known as the ROCK Stars, will be competing against the Confluence Crush Heartbreakers from the Metro East, Illinois area of St. Louis, Missouri, at 5 p.m. Following that, ROCK’s B-team, the Indie ROCKers, will face off against the Naptown Warning Bells from Indianapolis, Indiana, at 7 p.m.

Adult tickets can be purchased in advance for $15 or for $20 at the door. Children aged 7-12 can attend for $10, and those 6 and under may attend for free. Discounted group tickets for parties of eight or more are available at $12 each. Tickets can be purchased in advance from the event website.

This year’s event sponsors include Be Medispa, Commonwealth Medical Services, Denham-Blythe Design/Build, and others. Sponsorship not only aids in the logistical aspects but also emphasizes the community’s support for the team.

ROCK has a unique place in Lexington’s athletic scene. It’s the city’s only amateur flat-track roller derby team, a non-profit organization affiliated with the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA). Adhering to WFTDA’s gender policy, ROCK promotes inclusivity and athletic integrity among its members. In line with their community spirit, they regularly partner with local non-profits.

Despite a break due to the pandemic, the team has been far from dormant. They’ve already played five away games this season, even winning the Smalltown Smackdown tournament in Muncie, Indiana. Currently, they rank 23rd out of 126 leagues in WFTDA’s North America Northeast region. This upcoming home bout could be their most challenging yet, putting their undefeated season to the test.

For those interested in diving into the world of roller derby, ROCK is actively recruiting skaters aged 18 and older, referees, and non-skating officials. They will also host a new skater clinic on October 1 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information on ROCK and their upcoming events, contact them at or visit their website and Facebook page.

Photo by Matt Ruddick Photography

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