The Southern Oregon Rollergirls are in.
The full-contact women's Medford roller derby team — which was created in 2009 — was recently accepted into the Women's Flat Track Derby Association.
The group of women will host the Humboldt Roller Derby Widow Makers in their first bout of the year on Saturday night at the Medford Armory. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the bout starts at 7 p.m.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Special Olympics. In the last two years, SORG has raised over $9,000 for the organization that supports children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
Halftime will feature a silent auction, photo booth and bake sale.
Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. For more information, call 541-690-6658, email email@example.com, visit sorollergirls.org or search for the Rollergirls on Facebook.
The WFTDA — which was founded in 2005 — is the international governing body for the sport and a member organization for leagues to collaborate and network.
The Rollergirls join the ranks of 211 all-female, skater-owned-and-operated leagues around the world.
After completing the WFTDA Apprentice Program and paying a $700 fee, Southern Oregon can now compete in sanctioned games that qualify for association rankings as a Class C member.
"It's huge," SORG president Tiffany Maude said of being a member. "We started applying for the apprentice program in 2009. In 2011 we were accepted, and then in December of 2013 we were full-fledged members.
"There are a number of different associations, but we chose this one because it sanctions all the rules for the sport."
The Rollergirls hope to ultimately rise to the ranks of Class A or B status and expand into two teams. Squads can hold 20-player rosters.
"We are close to having a (second) team," said Maude, who has competed since 2008. Her derby name is Naughty Maudie.
After taking on Humboldt, Southern Oregon travels to face the Sick Town Derby Dames-DisOrderlies in Corvallis on April 26 before returning home to take on the same squad on June 7.
The Rollergirls wrap up their nine-bout schedule on Nov. 15 by hosting the Cherry City Derby Girls of Salem.
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