General Bout Information
Can I bring a camera or video camera?
Limited Press photo and video access must be requested in advance by contacting RCRG Media. If you have a camera with a bigger, commercial, detachable lens, or a video camera, you’ll need to leave it at home or in your car!
Our policy is:
- Point and shoot cameras are okay. Please share your photos with us by posting a link to them on our Forum.
- Commercial-grade cameras (those with detachable lenses) require advanced permission and credentials, and will only be allowed in for press. Contact RCRG Media.
- Video cameras require advanced permission and credentials, and will only be allowed in for press. Contact RCRG Media.
If you try to enter, or are spotted at a bout using a commercial-grade camera without a credentials, you will be asked to please return your camera to your car.
What kinds of food and beverages are available?
There will be a variety of food (snack and dinner options) and drinks (non-alcoholic and alcoholic) available at KeyArena and the Rat’s Nest.
Is it OK for me to bring my children to RCRG bouts?
The Rat City Rollergirls strive to maintain a PG-13 image so that fans of all ages can enjoy the exciting sport of roller derby. We have lots of kids at our bouts, and many of our players are moms. We also love mentoring up-and-coming young rollergirls, the Seattle Derby Brats (ages 10-16) and the Tootsie Rollers (starting at age 5).
The Rat City Rollergirls do not currently have a policy of excluding fans of any age. However, we do offer the following guidelines and expect parents to use their own judgment:
- Our games are full-contact. The action is fast and fierce, with rollergirls slamming into each other at full skating speed. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts to keep things safe, the full-contact nature of our sport also means injuries, and sometimes rollergirls are attended to or carried off the track by medics.
- Some rollergirl names contain words or innuendos you might not read in children’s books, such as Slutnik or Kutta Betch, but nothing that couldn’t be printed in Sunday’s newspaper.
- You might see some cleavage, torn fishnets, and sparkly underpants.
- Some of our announcers’ jokes are bad, and some are a little on the suggestive side. But like your Uncle Al’s shtick on Thanksgiving, the bouts wouldn’t be the same without ’em.
- Like most sporting events (OK, except maybe golf) bouts are LOUD. We have earplugs on the cheap at our merch booth, but kids ages 1 to 5 generally end up eating them, for which we accept no liability.
- Each bout is a double header, and approximately a four-hour time commitment. Although you won’t get bored, your 5-year-old might.
What can I NOT bring to a bout?
- No Weapons – Guns – Knives – Brass Knuckles – Pepper Spray or any item deemed a potential weapon by our security staff
- No outside food or beverages (including alcoholic beverages)
- No backpacks or large bags (nothing bigger than a purse or a camera bag)
- No personal chairs or stools (seat cushions are OK) to KeyArena bouts; however, you are encouraged to bring chairs to bouts at the Rat’s Nest!
- No whistles (they interfere with our referees’ whistles)
- And like every other public place in Seattle, smoking is not allowed in KeyArena or the Rat’s Nest
Is there a place for vendor tables at RCRG’s KeyArena bouts?
Yes. Table vending at our bouts is a stellar opportunity to showcase your business or organization for up to 5,500 derby fans. Table space is limited and is granted on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or to reserve a table, contact Bruise Lee.
Please keep all marked pathways clear during the bout.
Please, please do not bring whistles that interfere with the Rat Fink whistles!
Be respectful of reserved seating areas.
RCRG BOUT CODE OF CONDUCT
- SAFETY IS OUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY: Please help us by doing your part!
- DO NOT ENGAGE IN VIOLENT OR THREATENING ACTS: Offenders will be immediately removed from the facility by security staff and, depending on the circumstances, offenders may be permanently prohibited from attending all Rat City Rollergirls events and 911 may be called.
- DO NOT HARASS OR VERBALLY ABUSE US, OR EACH OTHER: Be respectful, be cool, don’t be an ass!
- KEEP YOUR CHILDREN SAFE: Children must be supervised at all times and should refrain from running around the facility. Please be aware that RCRG strives to entertain within the boundaries of a “PG-13″-type rating. However, roller derby is a full-contact sport with flirty overtones and sometimes colorful language.
- NO GAME INTERFERENCE: Audience members are to refrain from interfering with the game by throwing objects, blowing whistles, or walking onto the rink during the competition.
- GUIDELINES AND REGULATIONS FOR SIGNS AND FLAIR
- Signs and flair will be allowed at the discretion of RCRG staff.
- Signs and flair must be of a reasonable size and cannot block the view of others.
- Signs and flair must not pose a hazard to others (no sharp wooden posts, spikes, nails, etc.)
- Signs must maintain RCRG’s PG-13-type rating.
- Extremely offensive signs will not be allowed at RCRG’s discretion.