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12 Derwood Circle
Rockville, MD

As the only women’s, flat-track roller derby league in Montgomery County, MD, Free State Roller Derby (FSRD) is hometown and homegrown. Founded in November 2009, FSRD is 100 percent volunteer-run by a growing group of devoted skaters and Fresh Meat, and is backed by a dedicated crew of referees and non-skating officials (NSOs).

FSRD is a 501(c)(3) organization.


Derby name origin: My original derby name was Valcoholic Rage, which was a play on my first name, Valerie. I chose the number 18 because the 18th Amendment’s prohibition on the sale of alcohol and I liked having a link to the law because I’m an attorney. A couple years ago, however, I started getting increasingly uncomfortable with the “Valcoholic” part of my name. I didn’t want to make light of substance abuse and/or domestic violence so I dropped it. I kind of miss having a two word name and I’ve actually considered changing it to Just Rage. But for now, I’m Rage.

When did you join roller derby? 2011, but with a two-year break.


What brought you to Free State? After taking two years off for pregnancy and new parenting, I was ready to play derby again. I planned on visiting a couple local leagues, but once I found Free State, I knew I had found my derby soulmate and I never got around to visiting any other leagues.

How did you find Free State? Your mom.

Which leagues/teams are you affiliated with? (e.g. Suzies, Villains, Team Maryland, DCRG, CCRG, etc)

I currently play for the Suzies and Team Maryland. I’ve also played (and was captain) of the Villains, and used to play for DC Rollergirls Majority Whips.

Are you a member of any committees or have off-skates roles?

Yes. I am the skater who dumps their emotional baggage all over everyone. It’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it.

Do you have a skating/athletic background?

I played volleyball in high school, did Track & Field in college, and used to play softball.

Likes: cats, crafting, nail art, eating, mountains, silence, dragonflies.

Dislikes: olives, people who litter, waiting, know-it-alls

What is your Non-Derby-Related job? Appellate Attorney for the man

Pre-Bout ritual: The day of, I eat bananas like it’s my job. I also create a new playlist for every bout and listen to it as much as I can. At the venue, I like gearing up early and getting a feel for the floor. I also like watching opponents warmups to figure out playing style and making mental notes on individual jammers’ strengths and weaknesses.

Roller Derby hero: Smarty Pants, Mercy, Tree, Axle Greaser, White Flight, Bricktator

Motivational Quote: I don’t play tag, bitch, I’ve been it. - Goddess Lizzo