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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.

Tearin' Tina

Derby name origin: I'm a big fan of movies and Quentin Tarantino in particular, so I based my name off of his. I had the fortune to meet him in 2017. I got him to sign one of my jerseys, and we chatted briefly about roller derby.


When did you join roller derby? April 2013

What brought you to Free State? After skating with another league for five years, I started looking for a new roller derby home. Free State welcomed me with open arms!

How did you find Free State? I first met someone from Free State at an open skate when we were both freshies trying to get some extra time on skates. Over the years I had played with and against Free State skaters many times, and they always seemed to be having such a great time while competing. When I was looking to transfer, Free State seemed like a natural fit.

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

I play with the Black-Eyed Suzies and Team Maryland.

Are you a member of any committees or have off-skates roles? I am learning all the ins and outs of the Finance committee.

Do you have a skating/athletic background? I had always considered myself to be completely unathletic before joining roller derby. I enjoyed roller skating as a kid, but as an adult I was a full-on couch potato who hated all other forms of exercise.

Roller Derby hero: Bonnie Thunders!! Besides having incredible athleticism and skills, she's the smartest player I've ever seen.

Motivational Quote: "Be humble, be hungry, and always be the hardest worker in the room." --The Rock