The Charlottesville Derby Dames (CDD) are a 501(c)(3) non-profit roller derby organization that focuses on promoting sportsmanship and community by providing an alternative form of fitness and entertainment to the city of Charlottesville and surrounding counties. We believe that every person has a place within our league, no matter their gender, gender identity or expression, sexuality, race, ethnicity, ability (including athletic or skating), culture, language, socioeconomic status, marital status, or philosophical beliefs.
We strive to welcome people from all walks of life and appreciate and support everyone who either is a Dame or interacts with the Dames in a public setting. We do not accept any expression of intolerance or hate towards another person at any of our CDD sponsored events. The Dames are dedicated to embracing diversity, celebrating differences, and finding beauty in our individual uniqueness.
The Charlottesville Derby Dames are Charlottesville’s first and only skater-run, flat track roller derby league. 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.
Things really kicked off 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.
Today our league has bouting and developing skaters, refs, NSOs and volunteers. Our travel team is comprised of our most experienced and skilled skaters who represent the league for WFTDA ranking in international competition, while our two home teams, the Downtown Maulers and the Blue Ridge Bombshells, give skaters of all levels the opportunity to practice together and learn from each other. The league holds weekly practices emphasizing strategy and game knowledge, as well as fundamental skills, agility and endurance.
The Dames are proud to be members of the Charlottesville community and to give back to those who support us. We donate a portion of the proceeds of all our home bouts to local charities and regularly act as volunteers for 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 roller derby to get involved. Skaters, volunteers, sponsors, and derby fans are all welcome. And be sure to follow us on social media to find out your next chance to catch the Dames in action.