Sioux City Roller Dames roller derby

Sioux City Roller Dames' Libby "PBR" Claeys blocks a No Coast Derby Girls jammer during competition March 16, 2013, in Sioux City.

Jim Lee, Sioux City Journal file

SIOUX CITY | The Sioux City Roller Dames laced up their skates and latched their helmets as they made their debut in the fall of 2008.

Northwest Iowa's inaugural women's flat track roller derby team has grown over the years. The team of skaters is made up of women from diverse backgrounds, from professionals to waitresses to school workers. Home bouts are held at the Long Lines Family Rec Center in Sioux City.

In March 2012, the Roller Dames were admitted to the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) as part of the South Central Region.

Performing on a regulation oval measuring 88 feet by 44 feet, blockers and pivots from two teams engage in hard hits as they try to help their jammer through the pack to score points while simultaneously stopping the opposing jammer.

As of Oct. 5, the team was ranked 103rd out of 219 teams in WFTDA.

Annually, the Roller Dames host Rolling Along the River, a two-day double-elimination tournament that draws teams from around the country.

The growing popularity of roller derby and the team's success spawned the Sioux City Kornstalkers, the city's first men's roller derby team, and Natural Born Rollers, a junior roller derby team.

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