"Whip It" was written by Shauna Cross, a former Roller Derby skater with the Los Angeles Derby Dolls. Cross skated under the name Maggie Mayhem with a team of rouge cops called the Sirens. Many of the teams, skaters, names and plot lines were inspired by Cross' time with the Derby Dolls.
The Manson Sisters were played by Rachel Piplica and Kristen Adolfi - better known as Iron Maiven and Krissy Krash of the Los Angeles Derby Dolls. The pair skated for the Hurl Scouts in the film and in real life skate for the Tough Cookies, the team on which the Scouts were based.
An important rule of derby depicted but not explained in the film: the first jammer to exit the pack cleanly is declared the LEAD JAMMER and can call off the jam at any time by putting her hands to her hips, returning everyone to their starting points and beginning a new jam. Jammers are seen throughout the film "calling off the jam" with an energetic hip touching gesture.
Andrew Wilson's coach character 'Razor' is loosely based on in-line skate trainer, stuntman and 'Rollerjam' skater Brian 'Blade' Gallagher who coached both the TXRD and LA Derby Dolls leagues. Brian Gallagher (VI) can be seen coaching the Texas league in the documentary 'Hell On Wheels.' In the film, Razor wears a small dolphin necklace, sandals and drives a dune buggy: all traits shared with the real-life Gallagher. Although it's never mentioned in the story, if you look closely Razor's play book is labeled with his name across the front cover: Brian. In a deleted scene that plays during the credits, Razor can be heard mumbling disapprovingly of the derby girls' kitschy names and scant clothing, which the real life Gallagher also disliked.
When Bliss is getting ready for her first big match, Maggie Mayhem tells her that you can never have enough Lash Blast. Lash Blast mascara is a Cover Girl product. Drew Barrymore is a Cover Girl spokesperson.
In addition to their similar names, the manner in which the "Manson Sisters" are introduced is an obvious homage to the first appearance of the Hanson Brothers in Slap Shot (1977): both scenes involve the characters beating up a vending machine, as well as similar dialogue indicating that the players have been "transferred" from other teams.
When Johnny is announcing the Hurl Scouts during Bliss' first match, he mentions the team's real names. Maggie Mayhem is Peggy, Smashley Simpson is Francine, Rosa Sparks is Tammy and Bloody Holly is Rachel.
The actress and singer, Eve, who plays the character Rosa Sparks on the 'Hurl Scouts' used the name 'Eve of Destruction' as her stage name when she began her solo rapping career. In the movie, one of the other players on the team the 'Black Widows', played by Ari Graynor uses the name 'Eva Destruction'.