KILLEEN (March 9, 2013) -- Have you ever thought about being a roller derby girl? Jerri Bullock became interested in the game several years ago and joined a league in Temple. Her grandfather became sick and Jerri had to quit the league to take care of him. "He made me promise when he died that I would get back to derby, but to do it my way," said Bullock, owner of the Wicked City Derby Damez in Killeen. In August, after going through all the legalities, Bullock began networking with people in the community and got 40 girls to join. "We do have a lot of new girls, there are 14 rostered girls and we are trying to build a league of 8 teams," she said.
Once the teams are formed, Bullock wants them to face off against each other and become an entertainment venue in Killeen. She will also have a separate travel team that will go to nationals and regional games. Also included is a team called the Wicked City Kidz and includes boys and girls ranging from 5-to-17 years of age. The women's team has ages ranging from 18-to-55.
So what does it take to be a derby girl? "You have to be able to control your temper, because it does get rough and there is a lot of contact," said Bullock. "You can't be thin-skinned and you need to be able to shut-up and skate."
The name of the league was based off of Bullock's upbringing, good versus evil. She was in Killeen in the 70s and said it was a really rough town back then. "Killeen was a wicked city back then," she said. When she came back in 2012, she saw that the community had greatly improved and decided to make her own difference. "Having the Wicked City Kidz is a way to get kids off the street and focus them on doing something positive," she said. "I want to take back and give back to this community because it's become a really good community." She is very excited about the downtown renovation in Killeen.
Bullock also hopes to make a difference for those in the women's league too. "We have a lot of ladies that have come from really rough backgrounds and things like that and this has really helped them to come out into a better place." Even though these women are beating up on each other in the ring, in the end, it builds camaraderie and self-esteem. "These girls have a lot of heart."
The training involves a lot of repetition, stopping, falling, going through a rigorous skills assessment. "We want to make sure that when you fall, you do it properly so you don't break a leg or your tail bone," said Bullock.
On Saturday evening, Wicked City Derby Damez played their first game against the Hell Rio Rollers at the Killeen Events Center. Their next game in Killeen will be April 13.
The league has practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Killeen Events Center and there are several openings for more players.
To find out more about joining the league or purchasing tickets, call 254-217-6517, or visit their Facebook by clicking the link below.