A Brief HistoryThe Rat City Rollergirls got rolling in April 2004 after a group of good friends with glasses of good wine sat around a lamb stir-fry and Minute Rice dinner swapping wild stories about a roller derby resurgence in Texas. Within weeks, that dinner party conversation led to the formation of the Rat City Rollergirls, the first flat-track derby league in the Northwest.
The Rat City Rollergirls were named after “Rat City”, the nickname for White Center, a south Seattle neighborhood, where the Rollergirls started playing at the Southgate Roller Rink. There are a couple theories about the name; some people assume there was once a prolific rat problem in the 1940’s, others remember when there was a military Relocation and Training (RAT) Center in White Center during WWII, while others claim it’s an acronym for Restricted Alcohol Territory.
Within months Rat City Rollergirls had grown to four teams and 80-plus skater-members. Later, as derby momentum picked up nationwide, Rat City formed an all-star team made up of the best players from the four home teams who represent RCRG in regional and national play.
Rat City puts the same amount of dedication into furthering its local derby community, whether hosting training camps, coaching junior derby, informally scrimmaging with teams from nearby leagues, or hosting tournaments like the Bumberbout at Bumbershoot (2006), the Rust Riot (2008, 2015), and Northwest Knockdown, the 2008 WFTDA National Championship in Portland, Ore.
The skaters of Rat City believe that when one person skates better, we all skate better. Aside from furthering the skating community, the gals of RCRG are dedicated to providing community outreach through events, activities, and charity sponsorship.
RCRG has consistently graduated to larger and larger venues, finally finding a home at KeyArena, home of the Seattle Storm WNBA team and former home to the Seattle Sonics NBA team.