About the League
The Lane County Concussion (LCC) is a men’s flat track roller derby league in Eugene and Springfield, Oregon. LCC is a Men’s Roller Derby Association (MRDA) member league of amateur skaters, playing both competitively and recreationally at the local, regional and international level. Our mission is to promote athleticism, sportsmanship, teamwork, safety, fun, and friendship in our community through playing and propagating the great sport of flat track roller derby.
The Origins of the LCC
The idea of men’s roller derby in Eugene/Springfield, Oregon first came up in 2009 when male mascots and referees for the Emerald City Roller Girls (ECRG) started discussing it at parties after the women’s bouts. Once many of these early pioneers attended a co-ed scrimmage in Portland, they caught the roller derby bug. This led to the creation of LCC in November of 2009. Among the founding members were JF Kaos (LCC’s first president), Captain Cream Puff, General Nebulous, Han Cholo, and Merby Dick, who is still going strong.
After practicing twice per week for over a year and with plenty of help from the ECRG and Cherry City Derby Girls, LCC had its first bout in December of 2010 against Portland Men’s Roller Derby. You can watch it, the first men’s roller derby bout in Oregon, here.
The Concussion made its way onto the international roller derby radar with its performance at the Wild West Showdown in 2011, where they had a strong showing against one of the top teams in the world: Puget Sound Outcast Derby.
The Big O and MRDA
In February 2012, LCC teamed up with ECRG to host the first Big O Tournament, which is an annual roller derby event featuring some of the best teams in the world, with three tracks of women’s, junior, and men’s roller derby in Lane County over the course of three days. At the event, it was announced that LCC had been accepted for admission into the Men’s Roller Derby Association, the governing body for men’s roller derby.
Today, the Lane County Concussion seeks to have fun and build lifelong friendships while scratching its members’ competitive itch, improve in the MRDA standings, and helping guys get in shape in Springfield. We do not discriminate based on gender, race, sexual orientation, class, skating style, lack of skating style, or pad stinkiness.
We believe in honesty, sportsmanship, respect, and inclusiveness. Our members from a variety of backgrounds and vary in age from 18 to 75. Our skaters are pastors, motorcycle gang members, computer programmers, physicists, and writers for website “About” sections. Though the majority of our skaters live in Springfield or Eugene, Oregon, we have also had players commute from Corvallis, Coos Bay, Bend, Portland, and elsewhere. For some of our members, roller derby is their first team sport. Some had never even put on skates before coming to an LCC practice. And, still others grew up playing hockey or hanging around the skating rink.
No matter the background, the members of LCC bond over a love for the sport of flat track roller derby. We are a tight-knit group that is always open to new members. Our doors are open to both men’s and women’s skaters and non-skaters of any ability. Our league would not be possible without the LCC Army of volunteers who help us put on bouts.
If you are interested in getting involved with men’s roller derby in Springfield or getting in shape in Eugene, do not hesitate to contact the Lane County Concussion.