The Charlottesville Derby Dames are Charlottesville’s first and only skater-run, flat track roller derby league. The Dames’ mission is to promote sportsmanship and community by providing an alternative form of fitness and entertainment to the women and men of Charlottesville and surrounding counties.
The idea to form a derby team in Charlottesville began back in 2007 with some of our founding members: Jessika Daver and Phenol Barbie Doll. By October of that year the Dames had recruited more local ladies, found an initial place for practice and started learning the basics of the game. The Dames were ready to skate their first bout in 2008 when three CDD members (Little Miss Pissed, MatilDa Molish, Dark and Stormy) played in their first bout: Commotion by the Ocean. In 2009 the Dames were ready to host their first home bout, Daylight Slayings, featuring Charlottesville Derby Dames v. Northside Stranglers at Expoland.
The league has steadily grown to 80+ members. The league currently has two travel teams. The All Stars comprise our most experienced and skilled skaters who represent the league for WFTDA ranking in international competition. The Belmont Bruisers consist of both newer skaters and more experienced skaters who prefer the level of competitiveness and travel offered by a B team. As well, we have two home teams, the Downtown Maulers and the Blue Ridge Bombshells, for intra-league scrimmaging. Those teams mix up the All Stars and the Bruisers so the Dames can have the opportunity to practice together and learn from each other. Most of our practices, which are held every evening during the week in our practice space at Xanadu, emphasize strategy and game knowledge, as well as agility and endurance. Our league has many trainers, coaches, refs, NSOs, and non-skating members, as well as skaters, but we are ALL Dames!
2015 was a great season for the Dames! The All Stars started the season ranked #73 and ended ranked #34 in the world with a 12-6 record. 4 of those games were at CDD’s first ever post-season tournament, the 2015 D1 Playoffs, in Jacksonville, Florida. The Bruisers also had a winning year, going 7-3, with many of their opponents being the WFTDA charter team for their leagues. The Dames are very excited to see how their hard work continues to pay off in the 2016 season and beyond.
The Dames are also proud to be members of the Charlottesville community and do everything we can to give back to those who support us. We donate a portion of the proceeds of all our bouts to local charities and we participate in local community events and fundraisers. If you are a representative of a local group that would like to get involved with the Dames, please contact us to find out more.
The Dames would like to encourage anyone interested in Derby to get involved. Volunteers, sponsors, skaters, and fans are all welcome. And be sure to check our schedule of events to find out your next chance to catch the Dames in action.