The Lansing Derby Vixens formed in April 2010 as Lansing’s original women’s flat-track roller derby league. At first, league members traveled to the Flint area to train with the Mid-Michigan Derby Girls, while also supplementing their formal training by working at just about any place they could find, such as Edru, Foster Community Center and even a high school auditorium stage.
In a short time, though, the Vixens secured regular practice space at the Westside YMCA, where we practice and hold Basic Training camps during fall and winter months. Currently, we hold team practices at Summit Sports Complex in Dimondale on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights during the summer months, and hold our bouts and Basic Training at the Summit as well during the summer season.
Since our inception, we’ve worked toward becoming one of Michigan’s top roller derby leagues. We’ve enjoyed a lot of assistance from leagues such as the Grand Raggidy Roller Girls and the Detroit Derby Girls, but our success is mostly due to the incredible work ethic of our skaters, leadership and volunteers. As of 2013, we are a full member of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association.
- February- Facebook page titled “Lansing Roller Derby – The Time Has Come” appears. 600 fans within three days, nearly 2,000 in roughly two weeks. Skaters organize themselves and begin holding meetings.
- March – April – Founders began attending Derby 101 sessions in Mt. Morris.
- May – Lansing Derby Vixens, LLC officially registered with the State of Michigan.
- June – First inter-league scrimmages vs. Jack Town Derby Girls.
- October 10 – First official bout vs. Blue Water Derby Girls. Vixens took the win in the final jam.
- October 22 – Vixens travel to Youngstown, OH to take on the Little Steel Derby Girls.
- December – Vixens play Traverse City Toxic Cherries in Grand Rapids. Vixens win.
- February 12 – First official home bout at the Lansing Center vs. the Floral City Roller Girls. Sellout crowd of more than 1,200 fans. Vixens win.
- August – Vixens finish home season with a perfect record and average attendance of roughly 900 fans per bout.
- November 5-6 – Vixens take third place out of 10 teams at the First Annual Mitten Kitten Mash-Up, accumulating a 2-1 record and finishing behind The Detroit Derby Girls Motor City Disassembly Line and the Killamazoo Derby Darlins.
- November – Vixens finish the season with a 9-3 record. The average margin of victory was over 100 points while the average margin of loss was less than 30 points.
- December – Vixens donate $3,000 to local charities, bringing the 2011 total to roughly $15,000 in financial and in-kind donations.
- January – Rapid growth and success allow the Vixens to create a second team, the LDV Capital Corruption (our “B” team), to allow more skaters to bout. All home bouts are now doubleheaders featuring both teams.
- January – Vixens Facebook fan page reaches 5,000 fans, second in the state only to the Detroit Derby Girls.
- March 10 – Second season home opener. Sellout crowd of more than 1,200 fans.
- March 17 – Vixens defeat their first full WFTDA opponent, the Glass City Rollers.
- May 12 – Capital Corruption gets first win, defeating Traverse City Cherry Bombs.
- May 19 – Vixens defeat second full WFTDA opponent, the Little Steel Derby Girls, by more than 100 points.
- July – Vixens accepted as apprentice members of the WFTDA.
- October – Vixens All-Stars takes first place in the second annual Mitten Kitten Mash-Up
- December – $20,000 in cash and in-kind donations given to local charities.
- March 17 – Vixens third season home opener. Sellout crowd of more than 1,200 fans.
- June – Vixens accepted as full members of the WFTDA
- August – Vixens accepted as the only league bringing both A &B teams to Mitten Kitten Mash-Up 3 tournament
- August 17 – All-Stars play first sanctioned bout vs. Mid-State Sisters of Skate (Stevens Point, WI)
- September 26 — Vixens Facebook page reaches 6,000 fans
- October — Vixens All-Stars take second place in the Mitten Kitten Mash-Up North, Capital Corruption take third in Mitten Kitten Mash-Up Division 2
- Vixens debut at #114 out of 227 teams on the official WFTDA ranking.
- December — $25,000 in cash and in-kind donations given to local charities.
- January — Vixens debut new brand, including new logo, website and uniforms.
- January — Vixens create a “C” team, Old Town Beat Down, to accommodate continuing growth.
- April – Old Town Beat Down plays its first official game.
- April — Lansing Junior Vixens and Miskits junior teams are established.
- April – Lansing Derby Vixens win $15,000 in the Staples “Make Your Idea Happen” contest.
- October – Capital Corruption goes to Mitten Kitten seeded #7, defeated the #2 seed, and ended up ranked #4 overall.
- January – Vixens partner with the Summit Sports Complex for their practice and bouting space.
- May – LDV Capital Corruption participates in B-Cup tournament.
- June – LDV All-Stars participate in East Coast Derby Extravaganza tournament.
- July – LDV All-Stars break into the Top 100 WFTDA teams.
- August – Vixens All-Stars and Capital Corruption take on Border City of Windsor, Canada in the Vixens’ first ever international game.
- October – LDV Capital Corruption takes second place in the 2015 Mitten Kitten Tournament.
- February – WFTDA announces that the Lansing Derby Vixens have been selected as hosts of a Division 2 playoffs at the Summit Sports Complex in August 2016.