Dayton’s derby girls are ready to roll. Here’s how you can be part of the fun.

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Ahh, roller derby. The sound of knee pads and skates slamming the polished wood floor of a skating rink, whistles to initiate and make calls, and the grunt of a tackle. Talk about girl power.

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This Saturday, the derby girls of the Gem City will face off in their season-opener at the Dayton Convention Center.

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Pre-sale tickets cost $12 for adults, and $8 for ages 7 to 17. Ages 6 and under will have free entry. At the door, tickets will cost $15 for adults and $10 for ages 7 to 17. You can also purchase a season pass for $40, which also offers half hour early admission (4:30 p.m.) to the venue.

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Next month, they’re hosting open recruitment for new team members. No skating or derby experience required.

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“Open recruitment is every Thursday and Sunday in May. Thursday at 9 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. If you want to skate, dress in workout attire, bring a mouth guard,your ID, and insurance card. We have gear we can loan to you — and highly recommend you talk to someone for advise before buying your own gear.” said  Weslie Wenzler of Gem City Roller Derby.

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If you’re looking for a new sport, the season opener would be a great time to see what exactly roller derby is, how it’s played — and how much fun you can have.

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“I started skating for GCRD at the last open recruitment in May of 2017 after seeing my first bout in April. I instantly knew it was something I wanted to do. I wanted to show people around me that I am strong and dedicated. GCRD has given me confidence, taught me about the importance of dedication, and most importantly given me a hobby I truly enjoy and care about. No more sitting on the couch watching TV, my free time is me working toward something that makes me feel good,” said Wenzler.

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Following the kick off, the crew will head to Blind Bob’s in the Oregon District to celebrate.

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Want to go?

WHAT: Gem City Roller Derby Season Opener

WHERE: Dayton Convention Center, 22 E 5th St, Dayton

WHEN: Saturday, April 21 from 5 to 9 p.m.

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