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Come Out To HamBingo August 8th, 2016

By Rhonda Swanson on Friday, August 5th, 2016 in Events, News, Press Release, The Family. No Comments

Our home season may be over but you’ll get one more chance to hang out with us! Join the Chicago Outfit at Hamburger Mary’s Chicago Bar and Grille on Monday, August 8, 2016 for a Bingo Night. You’ll be able to play Bingo with your favorite derby girls from 8-10pm. It will be $15 for […]

Sitting The Bench with Ice Hurt

By Rhonda Swanson on Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016 in Featured Skater, Skater Articles, The Family. No Comments

As the Syndicate started our season this year we knew we were looking at a lot of changes to our teams. We lost many of our veteran Syndicate skaters and those spaces needed to be filled. When there is movement in your league, sometimes rosters fill with skaters who maybe haven’t gained as much experience as […]

My 100% looks like your 60%

By Rhonda Swanson on Friday, July 1st, 2016 in Featured Skater, Skater Articles, The Family. 1 Comment

Roller derby takes a lot out of you…. Let me start from the beginning… Working at Starbucks when I first moved to Chicago, I met Kola Loka, a speed skater and at the time, derby player for Windy City Rollers. I bought my first pair of skates and watched “Whip It” twice a week (I […]

2016 Home Closer – July 30

By Rhonda Swanson on Thursday, June 30th, 2016 in Events, News, Press Release, The Family. No Comments

HEY! Guess what? Saturday, July 30, 2016, is your LAST CHANCE to see the Outfit kick some booty on the track until next season. Nobody can wait that long! You’re gonna be so sad if you miss it, so you better be there. Get there early to get a good seat – doors open at […]

Post-Bout Update – June 18th

By Rhonda Swanson on Tuesday, June 21st, 2016 in Events, News, The Family. No Comments

Saturday June 18th was our third home bout and yet another exciting and fun night at the Fieldhouse. The Outfit Syndicate played the first bout against the Grand Raggidy Allstars from Grand Rapids, MI. The Syndicate took the lead from the beginning, with the halftime score at 109-61. Syndicate won, with a final score of […]

Home Bout June 18th!!!!

By Rhonda Swanson on Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 in Events, News, Press Release, The Family. No Comments

The Chicago Outfit Roller Derby, member of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), is back at it again for their third home bout of 2016 this Saturday, June 18, 2016. Doors open at 6:00 pm at the Windy City Fieldhouse (2367 W. Logan Boulevard) in Chicago. The double-header kicks off with The Outfit’s Syndicate vs. The Grand Raggidy Allstars […]

Meet Kristin Carlson

By Rhonda Swanson on Friday, June 3rd, 2016 in Featured Skater, Skater Articles, skaters, The Family. No Comments

My name is Kristin Carlson, and my roller derby name is Kristin Carlson or Carlson. I am not creative as it turns out. I tried out for the Outfit back in the fall because I was looking for another activity to be a part of once I am done boxing. I have been boxing competitively […]

May 21st Post-Game Update

By Rhonda Swanson on Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 in Events, The Family. No Comments

Saturday May 21st was a great night full of derby action at the Windy City Fieldhouse here in Chicago. The Outfit Shakedown faced off first against the Demolitia Derby Queens of Lapeer, MI. The Shakedown powered through on jams and were up 129-49 by halftime and finished the bout with a big win at 242-134. […]

Advanced Tryouts May 23rd!

By Rhonda Swanson on Friday, May 20th, 2016 in Events, Press Release, The Family. No Comments

Do you want to be part of the Chicago Outfit? We’re holding advanced tryouts for those with skating/derby experience this coming Monday, May 23rd from 7:30-10:30pm at the Fleetwood Roller Rink located at 7231 W Archer in Summit, IL. You can email outfittransfers@gmail.com for more information or let us know you’ll be there by checking out the Facebook […]

Home Bout May 21st!!!

By Rhonda Swanson on Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 in Events, News, Press Release, The Family. No Comments

We’ll be returning to the track for our second home bout of 2016 THIS SATURDAY, May 21st! When: Doors open at 6:00 pm Where: Windy City Fieldhouse (2367 W. Logan Boulevard) in Chicago. The double-header kicks off with The Outfit’s Shakedown vs. the Demolitia Derby Queens out of Lapeer Michigan at 7:00 pm. The excitement keeps rolling […]

Reptar Joins The Outfit

By Rhonda Swanson on Monday, April 25th, 2016 in Featured Skater, Skater Articles, The Family. 3 Comments

I’ve spent over 4 months with the Outfit now. If you’re a current member of the Outfit, odds are that I haven’t spoken to you much in person yet. I have never been much of a talker but I like writing things sometimes so I decided to write this sort of personal introduction about who […]

Stepping Up

By Rhonda Swanson on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016 in Health & Fitness, Skater Articles, The Family, Training Tips. No Comments

Last year was my first full season of derby. I was on the B-team of a D3 league in Louisiana. Even as a B-team we were very competitive and saw a number of wins with a 200+ point differential. Near the end of last season I moved to Chicago and was unsure of how my […]

Spaghetti Wrestling 2016

By Rhonda Swanson on Monday, March 14th, 2016 in Events, News, Press Release. No Comments

It’s that time of year again. The weather gets warmer, more and more people are spending their time outside, and the Chicago Outfit decides to jump into a kiddie pool filled with boiled pasta and FIGHT!  That’s right, it’s our annual Spaghetti Wrestling Fundraiser!  What you need to know: WHEN: Friday, April 15th TIME: Doors at […]

Tips for Transfers: Starting Fresh (Part 2)

By Rhonda Swanson on Friday, March 11th, 2016 in Skater Articles, The Family. No Comments

So you’ve transferred to a new roller derby team.  Congratulations!  Now what? For starters you’re probably going to be expected to skate. And while it’s never easy being the new girl, it doesn’t have to be as hard you might think.  If you keep your wits about you and follow these few simple steps, you […]

Tips for Transfers: Leaving Your Team Behind (Part 1)

By Rhonda Swanson on Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 in Skater Articles. No Comments

Starting over is never easy, no matter what the surrounding circumstances may be.  However roller derby has a tendency to complicate this already stressful situation.  I transferred to the Outfit in 2013 after moving back to Chicago from downstate, and in many ways finding a new derby team was a more daunting task than finding […]

Derby Pebbles with Pain Gwen

By Rhonda Swanson on Tuesday, March 1st, 2016 in Featured Skater, Skater Articles, The Family. No Comments

This is is Pain Gwen’s 8th season on the Chicago Outfit.  She joined back in 2008 when the Outfit was still small and and getting their sea legs with roller derby. Without any prior skating experience or athletic experience in general, PG’s learning curve was steep while the Outfit was still finding its footing.  There […]

Breaks and Bruises – Life On Team Injured

By Rhonda Swanson on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 in Featured Skater, Skater Articles, The Family. No Comments

Roller derby is a tough sport.  It conjures images of players crashing into each other, rolling over each other, and slamming into the floor. This doesn’t compare to the battery that learning to play and grueling practices can bring.  The danger can push people away from playing, but it can also draw people in.  I […]

Beating Derby Depression

By Rhonda Swanson on Monday, February 15th, 2016 in Featured Skater, Health & Fitness, Skater Articles, The Family. 3 Comments

The first time I ever got discouraged – like deeply, existentially, discouraged – playing roller derby was about three months after I strapped on skates for the first time. I emailed my coach to tell her I didn’t think I was improving any more and she emailed back to tell me about when she got […]

Craze Gives Back

By Rhonda Swanson on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 in Featured Skater, Health & Fitness, Skater Articles, The Family, Training Tips. No Comments

Everyone knows the expression “pay it forward”. It describes a situation wherein someone receives a good deed and reciprocates this good deed to another person. As a barista, I sometimes saw a long chain of people in the drive-thru paying for the cars behind them. Kindness is very contagious and I learned just how contagious it can be […]

Body Image and Derby

By Rhonda Swanson on Monday, December 28th, 2015 in Health & Fitness, Skater Articles, The Family. No Comments

I’ve got a confession to make. As a feminist it can feel like a shameful one but in all honesty, despite my knowledge of the psychological impacts of body image and the media and my rejection of the commodification of women’s beauty and capitalism’s unrealistic beauty standards…. I don’t always like the way my body […]

What It Takes to Play Derby

By Rhonda Swanson on Monday, December 28th, 2015 in Health & Fitness, Skater Articles, The Family. No Comments

When I tell people about derby, I usually end up gushing about all the positive ways it has impacted my life and trying to recruit them to play derby too. Sorry about that friends, family, and casual acquaintances of derby skaters. We can’t help but try to recruit you. We found something amazing and we […]

SBS Comes to Derby

By Rhonda Swanson on Wednesday, December 16th, 2015 in Featured Skater, Skater Articles, The Family. No Comments

The first time I saw roller derby was at a Mad Rollin Dolls bout. When the Unholy Rollers skated out in their gold and red uniforms, I thought I had never seen anyone look so cool. They were confident, they moved so surely in their skates and they were in control of the crowd. Unlike […]

Gender Studies with Bi Felicia

By Rhonda Swanson on Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 in Featured Skater, Skater Articles, The Family. No Comments

The first time I watched roller derby wasn’t empowering or inspiring. It was confusing – not in a “where’s the ball?” way, but in a “why is this making me so sad?” way. I wanted desperately to be a derby girl but I was quite certain that it would never ever happen. Why? Because I […]

Bring it On 2016

By Rhonda Swanson on Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 in News, The Family. No Comments

Now that bootcamp and tryouts are over, I want to welcome our 18 new recruits for the 2016 season!  These ladies are strong and eager to learn.  2016 is not so far away and our new recruits have been busy getting acquainted with team and putting their bootcamp skills to work during our off-season practices. […]

Congratulations! It’s a Girl

By Rhonda Swanson on Thursday, November 12th, 2015 in Featured Skater, Skater Articles. No Comments

On Tuesday, November 10th, 2015, the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) announced an expansion to their gender policy for our sport. Whereas the original policy, progressive at the time, dictated how gender ­non-conforming players could qualify as female within the organization, WFTDA has now implemented non­-discrimination rules for all transgender, intersex, and gender nonconforming […]

It’s Hambingo Again!

By Rhonda Swanson on Wednesday, November 4th, 2015 in Events, News. No Comments

After the wildly successful Hambingo in July, we’re back at Hamburger Mary’s this month again for another Hambingo!  It’ll be just as, if not, more fun than the last.  There will be a lot of us, a lot of you, drink specials, jello shots, and fabulous prizes! Join the Chicago Outfit at Hamburger Mary’s Bar […]

A Craze for the Outfit

By Rhonda Swanson on Wednesday, November 4th, 2015 in Skater Articles, The Family. 1 Comment

Why did you join The Family? The universe wanted me to. I once filmed a wedding in New Orleans that always stood out to me. The groom was from Brazil. The bride was from New Orleans. Where did they meet? In Italy. They just so happened to be at the same college for the same […]

Try-Out’s for the 2016 Season Are Here!!

By Rhonda Swanson on Monday, October 26th, 2015 in Events, News. No Comments

Tonight, 10/26, is our final night of the 2015 Bootcamps.  We hope you all have had a great time learning the basic skills for the WFTDA and that you’ll hopefully come out to show them off for us.  All details can be found below or on Facebook: The Chicago Outfit will be hosting tryouts! Come […]

Eve Ill’s Outfit Love

By Rhonda Swanson on Monday, October 26th, 2015 in Skater Articles, The Family. No Comments

I’ve been playing roller derby for over 4 years for a small team in the suburbs. For all 4 of those years, I dreamed of skating for the first team I ever watched play derby, the Chicago Outfit. At the end of May this year, I challenged myself to step out of my comfort zone […]

The Fifth Element of Derby with Korben Dallas

By Rhonda Swanson on Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 in Events, Featured Skater, Skater Articles. No Comments

It’s coming up on my one year anniversary of meeting The Outfit. Life is so completely random, but sometimes you’ve just got to go with it! A year ago I found myself walking into Fleetwood to attend my first Chicago Outfit Roller Derby Bootcamp. I’d never seen derby except for that one movie that I like. I […]

Portrait of a Pitbull Princess

By Rhonda Swanson on Tuesday, September 29th, 2015 in Derby Moms, Featured Skater, Skater Articles. No Comments

With Bootcamp kicking off this week, I wanted to sit down with one of our skaters who went through Bootcamp herself, to give you all some insight on the different ways we get involved with the Outfit.  It’s my pleasure to introduce you to Pitbull Princess.  A mother of three girls and several pit bulls […]

In The Turn – Wednesday September 23rd at 6:45pm

By DA GAWD on Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015 in News, Press Release. No Comments

The Chicago Outfit is proud to have been asked to co-present In The Turn at the Reeling Film Festival tomorrow night! In The Turn is a powerful documentary about a 10-year-old Canadian transgender girl who finds acceptance in the company of a US-based queer roller derby collective known as The Vagine Regime. Crystal’s story finds […]

Bootcamp 2015!

By Rhonda Swanson on Monday, September 14th, 2015 in Events, News, Press Release. 2 Comments

Do you like Roller Derby? Do you like the Chicago Outfit?  Are you 18 or older? Have you ever thought to yourself: “man, I wish I could skate like those girls”?  Then you’re in luck!  Our 2015 Bootcamp is right around the corner!  No experience with roller derby is necessary either.  You’ll just need the […]

Thanks for a Great Season!

By Rhonda Swanson on Monday, September 14th, 2015 in Skater Articles, The Family. No Comments

It’s hard to believe the 2015 season is officially over for us.  It has been a whirlwind for this team.  We have a lot of new faces and a few sad goodbyes to retirement and out-of-town moves but as ever, we push forward toward what’s to come.  This season has had it’s ups and downs […]

It’s Time for Playoffs!

By Rhonda Swanson on Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 in Events. No Comments

2015 has been a great season for the Outfit, killing it both on the road and at home, and now it’s time for Playoffs!  Our Syndicate team will be headed to Detroit this Friday to battle it out in the WFTDA Division 2 Playoffs.  We’ll be cheering them on both in Detroit and at home and we […]

Home Closer of 2015

By Rhonda Swanson on Monday, July 20th, 2015 in Events. No Comments

I can’t believe the regular season is nearly over and it’s already the last of our home bouts for the year.  This Saturday, 7/25, at our Chicago home: The Windy City Fieldhouse (2367 W Logan Blvd) you can find us squaring off in a Double Header against the Twin City Derby Girls! Come on out […]

Hambingo with The Outfit 7/20

By Rhonda Swanson on Saturday, July 18th, 2015 in Events. No Comments

What’s almost as fun as watching The Outfit play Roller Derby? Joining us to play Bingo of course! We’ll be at Hamburger Mary’s in Andersonville this coming Monday, 7/20, from 8-10pm to play some bingo and raise money for our trip to the Playoff’s this August! Come out and hang with us, play some bingo, […]

On-skates to Off-skates and Back Again

By Rhonda Swanson on Thursday, July 9th, 2015 in Training Tips. No Comments

It’s 5:00am, it’s still dark outside and the temperature is hovering around 2 degrees.  I’m awake and briskly pulling on workout gear while brushing my teeth before heading out the door and into my frozen car to get to a workout class entirely focused on core-strength.  This is day 1 of my new off-skates workout […]

New Skater: How I Joined the Chicago Outfit

By Erin'd of Mercy on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 in Skater Articles, The Family. No Comments

Since making The Outfit in December, I have been chirping excitedly about my new team to all my closest friends.  The question I get asked most is how they can get started playing roller derby. Roller derby is very appealing as a sport because it is SO MUCH FUN to be on roller skates and […]

Joining The Family

By Rhonda Swanson on Monday, March 23rd, 2015 in Skater Articles, The Family. No Comments

Everyone joins roller derby for their own reasons. After four years of thinking and dreaming about it, I finally decided to put up or shut up and made my way to the Outfit’s boot camp back in November. After that first night with the talented women of this team, guiding all of us new (and […]

Joining The Family

By Rhonda Swanson on Monday, March 23rd, 2015 in Skater Articles, The Family. No Comments

Everyone joins roller derby for their own reasons.  After four years of thinking and dreaming about it, I finally decided to put up or shut up and made my way to the Outfit’s boot camp back in November.  After that first night with the talented women of this team, guiding all of us new (and […]

So Glad Derby Showed Up

By Korben Dallas on Monday, March 9th, 2015 in Skater Articles, The Family. No Comments

Derby? Whenever I heard “derby” I instantly thought of my movie wife Drew, Ellen Page, and Maggie Mayhem racing, punching, kicking, and knocking chicks out. Love that movie, but I never thought I’d be playing it. I was invited to plenty of derby games but between life and work, I could never find time. Somehow, […]

So Glad Derby Showed Up

By Korben Dallas on Monday, March 9th, 2015 in Skater Articles, The Family. No Comments

Derby? Whenever I heard “derby” I instantly thought of my movie wife Drew, Ellen Page, and Maggie Mayhem racing, punching, kicking, and knocking chicks out. Love that movie, but I never thought I’d be playing it. I was invited to plenty of derby games but between life and work, I could never find time. Somehow, […]

The Chicago Outfit’s Hardest Hits of 2014

By Guest Blogger on Wednesday, December 31st, 2014 in News. No Comments

by Shocka Conduit Happy New Year, Extended Family! For the Outfit, 2014 was a year of challenge, adaptation, and growth.  Though the WFTDA-Chartered Syndicate ended the season with a 10-9 record overall, the team and the league moved dramatically forward strategically and athletically in five months’ time. The Chicago Outfit Syndicate’s 2014 season can best […]

Breaking down bootcamps: The Apostrofiend

By The Chicago Outfit on Thursday, November 6th, 2014 in The Family. No Comments

The Outfit is holding our training bootcamps at Fleetwood Roller Rink every Monday from November 10th through December 8th with tryouts shortly after. No experience necessary! (Need the full details? They’re on our Facebook page.) Not sure you’re ready? We’re interviewing skaters who came in through our bootcamps to get their take on the process. […]

Breaking down bootcamps: Scarlett Bruiser

By The Chicago Outfit on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 in The Family. No Comments

The Outfit is holding our training bootcamps at Fleetwood Roller Rink every Monday from November 10th through December 8th with tryouts shortly after. No experience necessary! (Need the full details? They’re on our Facebook page.) Not sure you’re ready? We’re interviewing skaters who came in through our bootcamps to get their take on the process. […]

Family Night

By Guest Blogger on Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 in The Family. No Comments

…also known as Regulation Scrimmage  (by Undead Miss Red) Once a week, our practice time isn’t about drills and scenarios. We don’t focus on agility or endurance or speed. Once a week, we show up and just play roller derby together. Technically, it’s called Regulation Scrimmage; but since joining the Outfit in January 2013, I’ve always […]

Yoga in the Park with Girls in the Game

By Guest Blogger on Monday, August 4th, 2014 in Health & Fitness. No Comments

by Suzie Crotchrot Earlier last week, some members of the Chicago Outfit teamed up with our yoga sponsor, Indigo Studios, and joined Girls in the Game for some afternoon yoga in the park.  Established in 1995, Girls in the Game is a nonprofit youth organization that provides and promotes sports and fitness opportunities, nutrition and […]

Help us get to Playoffs!

By The Chicago Outfit on Friday, July 25th, 2014 in News. No Comments

The Chicago Outfit Roller Derby league needs your help! We have the greatest fans in the world and we are hoping you can help us get to Canada to do what we do best: PLAY ROLLER DERBY! We have been invited to play at the WFTDA division 2 playoffs in Ontario Canada on August 23rd! We […]

An Open Letter to Roller Derby

By Guest Blogger on Friday, June 20th, 2014 in Events, News, Skater Articles. No Comments

Those who have come to know and love Derby know that a relationship with her comes with many “feels.” If it were Facebook official, it would be “Complicated.” Thankfully, Derby is pretty forgiving, and wants to get back together with you as much as you want to get back together with her. [Psst! Down here. […]

It’s Bout Day!

By Guest Blogger on Saturday, May 24th, 2014 in News, The Family. 1 Comment

Do you know what day it is? It’s BOUT DAY. The Chicago Outfit Roller Derby, member of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), takes to the track for their second home bout of the season today, Saturday, May 24, 2014. Doors open at 6:00pm at the Windy City Fieldhouse (2367 W. Logan Boulevard) in […]

Spring Roll: Winning feels great!

By Guest Blogger on Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 in Events, News, Skater Articles, The Family. No Comments

In case you’ve missed the big news, The Chicago Outfit took home three out of three spectacular wins at Spring Roll 2014 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, May 16 – 18. Last weekend, The Syndicate prevailed against Cincinatti (208-103), Connecticut (225-85) and Tri-City (161-131). Alex ‘Lex Talionis’ Sassoon Coby of Derby News Network calls The Outfit […]

New season, new skaters!

By Guest Blogger on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 in Derby Moms, Skater Articles, The Family. No Comments

The Chicago Outfit’s first home game of the season is coming up this Saturday, April 26th, so that means it’s time to meet some of our newest skaters! Read on to learn more about Sugar McMayhem and her Mighty Girls. Click here for $15 advance tickets to the home opener! Tickets are $20 at the […]

Spaghetti Wresting Tonight!

By Guest Blogger on Saturday, April 5th, 2014 in Events. No Comments

The Chicago Outfit will be hosting their annual Spaghetti Wrestling event tonight, Saturday April 5th, 2014! What is Spaghetti Wrestling? Exactly what it sounds like. Here are some stories from spaghet-vets:

Young Love

By Guest Blogger on Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 in Skater Articles. No Comments

There’s nothing quite like the rush of new love! This last post in our Outfit Love series features new Outfit skaters sharing their feels for the team and each other.

Short and Sweet

By Guest Blogger on Sunday, February 23rd, 2014 in Skater Articles, The Family. No Comments

As skaters, we’re plagued with all sorts of issues, especially with (wait for it….) FEET! Up until recently, I’ve taken the simple pleasure of being able to walk, let alone skate, for granted. To those with toe/feet/ankle problems, pains, surgeries, etc.  –  THIS ONE GOES OUT TO YOU! 🙂

A Love Letter to The Outfit

By Guest Blogger on Thursday, February 20th, 2014 in Skater Articles, The Family. No Comments

Dear Chicago Outfit, I love you! Lately, I have been doing a lot of introspective thinking about my time on The Outfit, and this has helped me realize exactly why I am in love with my league. When I joined The Outfit, I had no idea what I was getting into, and soon, my time […]

Season of Love: Derby Crushes and More!

By Guest Blogger on Sunday, February 16th, 2014 in Skater Articles, The Family. 1 Comment

Love is in the air! The Chicago Outfit will be revealing their derby crushes, dishing about derby wives and spilling what they love most about the Family. It’s Valentine’s Day all month long!  Our first derby crush reveal is Fox Force #5, a second-season Shakedown skater.

Join the Family – No Skates Required!

By Guest Blogger on Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 in News, The Family. No Comments

by Strong Female Character “Wait, what do you mean you won’t be skating?” My name is Strong Female Character, and I am an official for The Chicago Outfit.  More specifically, I divide my time as a referee and as an NSO, a non-skating official.  While I love donning the stripes of a ref, my journey […]

We Are Grateful for Our Family!

By Guest Blogger on Tuesday, November 26th, 2013 in The Family. No Comments

by Undead Miss Red This Thanksgiving finds your Chicago Outfit Family preparing to go back into practice mode next week, excited for next season and feeling truly grateful for all things Outfit. Here are a few words of appreciation some of our skaters wanted to share with all of you…. “On this Thanksgivingest of days, […]

Star Treatment on The Queen Latifah Show

By The Chicago Outfit on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 in News. No Comments

  Chicago Outfit Roller Derby is currently in our “off-season,” meaning we take a couple months to rest, rejuvenate, and take a breather from our strenuous practices and allow our bodies to heal. However, last month, we held one last extra-special regulation scrimmage for the 2013 season. Why? Because we had been invited to be […]

Featured Skater – September 2013

By Flutter on Friday, October 25th, 2013 in Featured Skater. No Comments

PhDiabla #310   How did you first become involved in roller derby? Evolution, really. As a kid, I loved roller skating and went to the local skating rink (Moonlight Rollerway) on a regular basis. I was always waiting for my jam, Madonna’s “Vogue,” to come on so I could skate around thinking I was the […]

Join the Family! Boot Camps and Tryouts!

By Guest Blogger on Sunday, October 6th, 2013 in News. 3 Comments

  by Undead Miss Red Below, you will find all the information you need in order to attend our Recruitment Boot Camp and, at the end of the sessions, try out for the Outfit! But first, some editorial: do it!  We want you to join the Family. We want to meet more tough, funny, determined, […]

Derby Love, on and off the track

By Guest Blogger on Friday, August 23rd, 2013 in Skater Articles. No Comments

by Killer Zee Derby can forge some intense relationships, more so than any other sport or club I have been part of. No one else but your teammates knows what it’s like to get wailed on three times a week, endure grueling drills, and run practices. While we have people outside of derby that support […]

SyndiSneer

By sneerandloathing on Sunday, August 18th, 2013 in Events. No Comments

The Outfit’s charter team the Syndicate has been in a lot of places this year. While generally that would mean interesting travel and wild stories of strange rural Midwest towns, this season leaned more towards a different direction. Structurally the Syndicate has changed in players more often than it has in recent years past. The […]

Featured Skater – August 2013

By The Chicago Outfit on Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 in Featured Skater. No Comments

Jenergizer Bunny #82 Q: How did you first become involved in roller derby? A: A friend asked me to try out for roller derby with her. She knew all about the sport and I knew nothing but I wanted to support her so I tried out with her just for fun. I fell in love […]

July 20 Video Highlights

By The Chicago Outfit on Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 in Video. No Comments

See what happened on July 20, 2013 when the Ohio Gang Green and the Ohio All Stars rolled into Chicago to face The Chicago Outfit’s Shade Brigade and Syndicate. Video: Mad-Dash Media District Music: Rollerskate by Matias Aguayo Like Mad-Dash Media District on Facebook: facebook.com/maddashmediadistrict Visit Mad-Dash Media District

The Mommy Track: Keeping Things in Czech

By Guest Blogger on Sunday, August 4th, 2013 in Derby Moms. No Comments

by Hip Czech I thought about trying out for The Chicago Outfit for over a year before finally deciding to do it. As a mom of two kids working full time as a librarian, it seemed daunting to add the commitment a roller derby team requires (including several practices a week, and hours running and […]

OREGON OR BUST!

By The Chicago Outfit on Thursday, August 1st, 2013 in News. No Comments

Help us make it to the 2013 Division 1 Playoffs! I don’t know if you’ve heard the news, but the Chicago Outfit Syndicate was invited to the division one WFTDA playoffs in Salem Oregon! We’ll be playing against the best of the best, the cream of the crop, the whipped cream on top! But, Shima, […]

Chicago Outfit T-Shirt Design Contest

By The Chicago Outfit on Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 in Contests. No Comments

The details: The Chicago Outfit is looking for artists to design logos for our teams: The Syndicate, The Shade Brigade, and The Shakedown. Participants have the option to design a logo for just one team, or for all three (we would love that!) Winning designs will be printed as limited edition t-shirts. Winning designs will […]

What’s your jam?

By Guest Blogger on Friday, July 26th, 2013 in Skater Articles, The Family. No Comments

by Undead Miss Red   Bout day is serious, and roller derby is as much a mental game as it is a physical challenge. With these two truths in mind, what do skaters listen to as they get ready to play? What is #smashtag hearing through her white wires while she walks around the Windy […]

Featured Skater – July 2013

By The Chicago Outfit on Friday, July 12th, 2013 in Featured Skater. No Comments

Matza Ball Breaker #18 Q. How did you first become involved in roller derby? A. Long ago I attended try-outs for the now defunct Chi-Town Sirens with my partner in all things- the then Nicole, soon to be La Femme Nikita, now Final Frontier. I was unsure at first, skating for over a month in […]

Long-Time Skater, First-Time Bouter

By sneerandloathing on Friday, July 5th, 2013 in Featured Skater, Skater Articles. No Comments

I was recently approached by the head of the Outfit blog to interview a skater new to the Shade Brigade about her experience bouting with a new team. Initially my mind went straight to scanning the skaters new to the Outfit this season, trying to pick one that had been bumped up these past few […]

June 15th Home Bout

By sneerandloathing on Monday, June 24th, 2013 in Events. No Comments

For those of you unlucky enough to miss the Chicago Outfit’s most recent home bout I’m here to provide a brief update on all the ass that was kicked two games, two times. The only reason I really have the time to even write this blog, among other long put-off work, is because this is […]

Double Header to Benefit Girls Rock! Chicago

By The Chicago Outfit on Sunday, June 23rd, 2013 in Events, Press Release. No Comments

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Chicago Outfit Roller Derby “Rock ‘n’ Roll” Double Header to Benefit Girls Rock! Chicago July 20th CHICAGO, IL – The Chicago Outfit Roller Derby, an all-travel member league of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), play a double-header home bout vs. The Ohio Roller Girls Saturday, July 20, 2013. Doors open […]

Featured NSO – June 2013

By Collide Oshina on Friday, June 7th, 2013 in Featured Skater. No Comments

[moover id=”7″] Buenas Tardis   Q: How did you first become involved in roller derby? A: I became involved as a fan. I started going to the Chicago Outfit’s home bouts and events about a year or two ago. I became an NSO (Non-Skating Official) after I saw that The Outfit needed NSO’s and refs on […]

May 11th Bout Highlights – Video

By The Chicago Outfit on Friday, June 7th, 2013 in Video. No Comments

Relive every jam, hit, and point from The Chicago Outfit’s May 11, 2013 bout. The Shakedown took on the Region Rat Rollers and the Shade Brigade battled the Peoria Push. Video: Mad-Dash Media District Music: Mc Shy D: “Shake it”

The Outfit Took it Off

By Guest Blogger on Thursday, June 6th, 2013 in Events. 1 Comment

It was the 3rd annual Burlesque show the Outfit hosted entitled, “Take off your Outfit.” I have seen a few themed Burlesque shows in the past but this was my first time experience the Outfit’s event. The venue, Cobra Lounge, was packed. I have to admit that I was a little nervous walking in the […]

Breaking Out

By Guest Blogger on Thursday, June 6th, 2013 in Events, Skater Articles. No Comments

An Interview with Killer Zee When breaking out of one’s shell most people consider talking to a stranger at a bar or trying a new hair color to be daring, not new-comer Killer Zee. When she wants to break out, she’s busts outs… dancing and other things… Every year, for the past three years the […]

Home Bout to Benefit the Broadway Youth Center

By The Chicago Outfit on Thursday, May 30th, 2013 in News, Press Release. No Comments

CHICAGO, IL – The Chicago Outfit Roller Derby, member of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), takes the track for their third home bout of the season on Saturday, June 15th, 2013. Doors open at 6:00pm at the Windy City Fieldhouse (2367 W. Logan Boulevard) in Chicago. The double-header kicks off with The Outfit’s […]

Outfit Volunteers at JUF’s Uptown Café

By The Chicago Outfit on Thursday, May 30th, 2013 in News. No Comments

On Sunday, May 26, 2013, skaters from the Chicago Outfit Roller Derby team and their family members volunteered at JUF’s Uptown Café. Together, they served over 80 meals to the Uptown Café clients, socializing and providing them with a hot meal while preserving their sense of dignity. “I thought it was really great to meet […]

Rejuvenation from an O.G.

By Guest Blogger on Monday, May 27th, 2013 in Skater Articles. 2 Comments

    I have seen the awesome, unique, empowering sport of roller derby change dramatically during my 6 year career…and it’s not, in any way, done changing. The Chicago Outfit remains a major challenge in my life, both positive and not-so-positive (having taken the not-so-positive and learned from it.)  Yet, after 6 years I feel like I […]

Take Off Your Outfit!

By DA GAWD on Friday, May 24th, 2013 in Events. No Comments

Coming into the league last year as the formal “baby” has me excited for this Saturday’s burlesque night for a number of reasons. Most importantly I won’t have to duck into a bathroom stall when the door guy comes around for Outfit ID checks. Admittedly that was me during last year’s Spaghetti Wrestling, but I […]

Take Off Your Outfit!

By sneerandloathing on Friday, May 24th, 2013 in Events. No Comments

Coming into the league last year as the formal “baby” has me excited for this Saturday’s burlesque night for a number of reasons. Most importantly I won’t have to duck into a bathroom stall when the door guy comes around for Outfit ID checks. Admittedly that was me during last year’s Spaghetti Wrestling, but I […]

Not In Our House

By Guest Blogger on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 in News. No Comments

Shakedown and Shade Brigade Take Home Wins The Chicago Outfit bounced back from their home opener losses when they had a double win this past Saturday. After suffering a loss of almost 400 points against the Quad City Rollers the Shakedown came back looking stronger than ever when they took down Northwest Indiana’s Region Rat Rollers […]

All Bout Everything

By Guest Blogger on Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 in Events, Skater Articles. 1 Comment

  May 11, 2013. Bout day. Although we start playing at 7pm, for me, as soon as I wake up, I’m in bout day mentality. Everything is about the bout– bout day breakfast, bout day shower, bout day outfit, etc. The reality of my bout day begins around 3pm with a stop at the storage […]

All Bout Everything

By Guest Blogger on Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 in Events, Skater Articles. No Comments

  May 11, 2013. Bout day. Although we start playing at 7pm, for me, as soon as I wake up, I’m in bout day mentality. Everything is about the bout– bout day breakfast, bout day shower, bout day outfit, etc. The reality of my bout day begins around 3pm with a stop at the storage […]

Outfit Fans Get a Lyft

By The Chicago Outfit on Monday, May 20th, 2013 in News. No Comments

Need a ride? The Outfit can help. For a limited time you can get a discount on Lyft. Lyft is your friend with a car. (It is like a taxi service run by background-checked fellow citizens.) Drivers are matched with passengers who request rides through the Lyft iPhone or Android app. Drivers are screened with […]

Outfit Fans Get a Lyft

By The Chicago Outfit on Monday, May 20th, 2013 in News. No Comments

Need a ride? The Outfit can help. For a limited time you can get a discount on Lyft. Lyft is your friend with a car. (It is like a taxi service run by background-checked fellow citizens.) Drivers are matched with passengers who request rides through the Lyft iPhone or Android app. Drivers are screened with […]

The Mommy Track: #derbymomproblems

By Guest Blogger on Sunday, May 12th, 2013 in Derby Moms. 2 Comments

Generally speaking, yoga moms don’t come home with impact bruises. Zumba moms don’t have a cadre of friends who call them by a different name – possibly one implying violence and/or debauchery. And it’s usually frowned upon when PTA moms knock each other down. Derby moms are a breed unto themselves, and the Outfit boasts […]

The Mommy Track: #derbymomproblems

By Guest Blogger on Sunday, May 12th, 2013 in Derby Moms. No Comments

Generally speaking, yoga moms don’t come home with impact bruises. Zumba moms don’t have a cadre of friends who call them by a different name – possibly one implying violence and/or debauchery. And it’s usually frowned upon when PTA moms knock each other down. Derby moms are a breed unto themselves, and the Outfit boasts […]

Shade Brigade Rubs Out Dupage, 223-110

By Guest Blogger on Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 in News, The Family. No Comments

In their first bout of the season the Chicago Outfit’s Shade Brigade rolled out to the Coachite Skate Center in Roselle, IL, to take on the DuPage Derby Dames. The Outfit had a rough start when Shade blocker  *The Apostrofiend, injured her ankle during warm-ups. With no available alternates the Shade continued their pre-bout routine […]

Featured Skater – May 2013

By Flutter on Friday, May 3rd, 2013 in Featured Skater. No Comments

[moover id=”6″] Scream Printer #0828   Q: How did you first become involved in roller derby? A: I’m a screen printer, and my company, Replica Chicago (a.k.a. REP CHI), started making shirts, hoodies, and merch for The Outfit in 2009. I attended a bout in 2010, and thought it looked like a blast, so I […]

Featured Skater – May 2013

By Flutter on Friday, May 3rd, 2013 in Featured Skater. No Comments

[moover id=”6″] Scream Printer #0828   Q: How did you first become involved in roller derby? A: I’m a screen printer, and my company, Replica Chicago (a.k.a. REP CHI), started making shirts, hoodies, and merch for The Outfit in 2009. I attended a bout in 2010, and thought it looked like a blast, so I bought […]

Shakedown Vs. Quad City Rollergirls

By Guest Blogger on Wednesday, May 1st, 2013 in Events. No Comments

As the designated security on the skydeck at the Windy City Fieldhouse, I had the perfect view of the whole bout – while still doing my job, of course. The Shakedown played first, and while comprised of many new skaters, the team was carefully selected to face the Quad City Rollers. Shakedown emails and practices […]

Syndicate VS All Stars

By Guest Blogger on Wednesday, May 1st, 2013 in Events. No Comments

Last Saturday was our home opener. The Chicago Outfit’s Syndicate went up against Nashville Rollergirls All stars. Nashville scored 2pts in the first jam but Lola was quick to respond with 19pts in the second jam while Syndicate blockers Joan Ranger, Ivana Schoop, Schocka Conduit, and Kim Mortal held back Britches N’ Hose and kept […]