CADILLAC — Looking for something to do with dad this Father’s Day?
Well, if you answered “yes,‘ an upcoming event at the Wex might have you covered. Those looking for some roller derby action can get their fill Father’s Day weekend. On June 15, the Cadillac Devillains will be squaring off against the Bath City Roller Girls at the Wex. The June 15 event is the first of three home bouts for the Devillains and team member Erin Guesno aka Chiquita Norris said those who attend will get a great show.
Despite the rough action roller derby has, she said it is definitely family friendly.
“It is no joke. The hits are real and they are unplanned. We study strategy and there is a 60-page rule book,‘ she said. “We are a family friendly event. Girls can get kicked out of the game for bad language and profanities.‘
She said while people may remember a banked track in roller derby, the Devillains and their opponents use a flat track made of polished concrete. So as one can imagine if you get knocked down, Guesno said it doesn’t feel good. She said there is usually at least two EMTs at every event and their services are typically needed at each event.
“That is why we work on training at such a high standard,‘ she said. “The potential for injury is so great.‘
The day of the show, fans can choose to sit in the stadium seating but there also is limited seating closer to the track. While there is no added cost to sit closer to the action, it is at your own risk. Guesno said to sit closer to the track you have to be 18 or older as there is a chance the action could end up right on top of you.
With this being the first of three home bouts, Guesno said the team is excited to compete in front of the hometown crowd. She said the Devillains have three away bouts, too. At the home bouts, however, the Devillains pair with a local charity and for the June 15 show proceeds will go toward helping Healing Private Wounds.
“This is a community event and we are tied into the community,‘ she said.
Doors open at 5 p.m. and the bout starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Kids 12 and under are free. Once the action starts there are two 30 minute halves with a 15-minute halftime. Guesno said there typically is some sort of entertainment during halftime. She said concessions will be sold and vendors also will be at the event.