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Get to Know HKRG

Photo by:  Missy Zaloudek

Photo by: Missy Zaloudek

The Hard Knox Roller Girls are Knoxville's first and only all female flat track roller derby league. We are fiercely aggressive, strongly competitive, beautiful, capable athletes. We are Hard Knox!


Our Mission

The Hard Knox Roller Girls (HKRG) is an all female flat track roller derby league located in Knoxville, TN. We are a competitive sports organization who strives to improve individual athleticism, self-discipline, and character while promoting team unity. We are a member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), and our program provides structured training, instruction, and competition, preparing our members to represent Knoxville at a national level. 

About the Roller Girls

Founded in January 2006, the Hard Knox Roller Girls includes women representing all walks of life--from students to mothers to professionals to wives and everything in between--yet all maintain the same underlying spirit: that of a Warrior, a Woman, and a Winner. As an official WFTDA league, HKRG is a licensed 501c3 non-profit organization that is skater owned and operated and is dedicated to providing community outreach through events, activities, and charity sponsorship. The mission of the Hard Knox Roller Girls is to provide athletic entertainment while promoting the sport of roller derby. The Hard Knox Roller Girls have been competing since 2006, making their way to the 2010 South Central Regional Tournament, and helping to build the sport of roller derby worldwide. The Hard Knox Roller Girls are nationally ranked and highly competitive. All skaters, referees, officials and bout organizers are volunteers, and rely heavily on the support of fans and local businesses. Visit our "Sponsors" page to learn more about how to become a sponsor of Hard Knox.  


Paying it Forward

The members of HKRG can be seen all over Knoxville and the surrounding areas supporting such charities as: the Girls Scouts of America, Young-Williams Animal Center, Disabled American Veterans, the Boys and Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity, Alzheimer’s Association, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and so many more wonderful organizations. 

If you would like to work with HKRG, contact us!

It's a Hard Knox Life

Join the Hard Knox Roller Girls

Are you interested in becoming a roller girl? Do you love roller skating? Want to learn the skills necessary to play roller derby? The Hard Knox Roller Girls are now recruiting for their 2019 season. There is an upcoming Fresh Meat Bootcamp starting at the end of our 2019 season. Email: training@hardknoxrollergirls.com for more details.

The Hard Knox Roller Girls currently have two teams within their league: The Allstars and The Brawlers. The Allstars are HKRG's competitive WFTDA team who play sanctioned bouts against other WFTDA teams for international rankings within the WFTDA organization. Both teams compete in home and away bouts. Read the Travel Teams section below to see membership requirements.

Not interested in being a competitive roller girl but still love to skate? Then put on some black and white stripes and join Team Zebra! We'd love to have you help referee our bouts.

And if skating isn't your cup of tea, that's totally cool. We always have a need for volunteers to fill our non-skating positions during home bouts. Read the NSO section below for more details.

HKRG Travel Teams: The Allstars and The Brawlers

Photo by: Derby Pics by Phil

Photo by: Derby Pics by Phil

Who it's for: female skaters who want the challenge of competitive play against other teams from across the country.


  • Must be female, 18+ years old

  • Must wear quad roller skates

  • Dues: $40.00 per month

  • Insurance: WFTDA insurance is required. The fee this year is $75.00.

  • Must pass WFTDA minimum skills test and rules test. Training is provided.

  • Member Contribution Hours: Skaters must complete 7 hours of volunteer work for the league each month.

  • Attendance: 80% attendance of mandatory, in-season practices is required in order to be eligible for game play. Mandatory, in-season practices are held each Sunday and Wednesday from 7:00pm-9:30pm.

Photo by: Rebecca Sword

Photo by: Rebecca Sword

Team Zebra

Who it's for: female or male skaters who want to participate in roller derby without playing. Referees are absolutely invaluable to the success of HKRG.


  • Must be female or male, 18+ years old

  • Dues: No dues required

  • Member Contribution Hours: required only on game day but we appreciate any other help you want to provide throughout the season.

  • Attendance: 50% attendance of mandatory, in-season practices is required.

  • Insurance: WFTDA insurance is required. The fee this year is $75.00.

  • Referees must pass WFTDA minimum skills and rules tests before becoming officials. Training is provided.

  • Referees may wear quad roller skates or inline skates.

Photo by: Rebecca Sword

Photo by: Rebecca Sword

Non-Skating Officials

Who it's for: anyone who wants to volunteer to support HKRG without skating. Our bouts would not be possible without our NSOs, so we are always recruiting volunteers.

Requirements for Non-skating Officials:

  • No requirements outside of showing up for assigned task on game days. No dues, no MCH, and no attendance requirements.

  • Training is provided.

Interested in joining the league? Of course you are!
Contact us to get more information or to get started.


Contact the Hard Knox Roller Girls

Photo by: Rebecca Sword

Photo by: Rebecca Sword

Want to join the league? Become a sponsor? Arrange a visit? We'd love to talk with you! Get in touch with us for more information about the Hard Knox Roller Girls.

Phone: (865)-272-WHIP (9447)

Address: P.O. Box 12342
Knoxville, TN 37912

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We Love Our Sponsors!

The Hard Knox Roller Girls would like to thank our sponsors for their time and donations to our league. Our work and play would not be possible without their support. Please show your support of these sponsors, whether it be by visiting their facilities, viewing them online, or buying their goods or services. 

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2019 Sponsors