Hello Derby Dames,
It’s that time again where I try to remember all of the amazing things that CDD accomplished this year!
Your Dames have traveled far and wide this year! The Travel Team and Officials have traveled to Ohio, Philly, and Michigan (again). The Travel Team won the 2nd Place Medal at the first ever North American East Continental Cup! River Styx Phoenix was also chosen as the MVP of the tournament by WFTDA.
We had several members work at WFTDA Playoffs tournaments and Admiral Mayhem reffed her 200th game this year! We have shown the roller derby world that our team from a small town in Virginia is something to be reckoned with and we are stronger together. Our bouts at our beloved Xanadu brought the excitement of derby home to both old and new fans. The season ended with the WFTDA ranking of 35 out of 354 leagues worldwide. Our league grew this year too! We had 24 new skaters from our two Open Recruitment Boot Camps, 20 Junior skaters in the Spring and Fall, and 15 Roller Derby at UVa skaters each semester.
This year, CDD contributed to numerous local charities: Shelter for Help and Emergency (S.H.E.), CLAW and Virginia Organizing. The Dames also participated in local fundraising and awareness events for CLAW, SHE 5k, and PRIDE festival.
As the year comes to a close, we would like you to remember your Dames in your end-of-year charitable donations and holiday gift giving. If you want to participate or encourage your family and friends to help, please follow us on our social media, we are now able to accept donations via Facebook, and share posts to help spread the word. We also have our Network For Good site up until the end of 2018: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/CDD and our square store is always online for all of your CDD merch needs: https://squareup.com/market/cville-derby-dames. We would greatly appreciate any amount no matter how great or small.
I would like also to take a moment to thank 2018 Board of Directors for all of their hard work to keep our league running: VP: Christian Wakeman, Secretary: Dutch Blitz, Treasurer: Tammy Maehem, Productions: Sound a Whip Makes, Team Building: Admiral Mayhem, Community Relations: Electrik Slaydee, Development: Chaotic Creole, Training: Midwest Mess, Skater Reps: Maritime Maven and Nacho Baby. I could not have made it through this without you all!
Please feel free to send me any thoughts, concerns, and/or happy derby memories.
Hip Checks and Derby Love,
Hello Derby Dames, both Fresh and Seasoned,
It’s hard to believe the 2017 season has drawn to a close! What a year it has been. Pull up a chair, settle in, and enjoy our recap of the Charlottesville Derby Dames’ 2017 season.
We kicked off the year celebrating CDD’s Ten Year Anniversary at Fry’s Spring Beach Club. It was quite the affair, at which Jugglenaut’s custom CDD pinball machine was unveiled. It features some of your favorite Dames: Apple Clobber, B-one Bomber, Nacho Baby and Christian Wakeman. We are currently looking for a new home for the pinball machine, so keep an eye out on our social media to see where it is going to pop up next (most likely will be Cocoa & Spice). All funds from the pinball, come back to to the Dames.
Fresh Meat has been revamped and we now have a Boot Camp that meets 2-3 times a week for a month. We also have gear available for new skaters to rent to take home, and a brand new officials training program. This year we have had the highest recruited members yet, with 24 new skating members and 3 new non skating members! Our new bouting skaters from 2017 are: Electrick Slaydee, Thor’s Jammer, Sound a Whip Makes, and Jack of all Blades. There were several transfers to the Dames that have made our league stronger: River Strong, Admiral Mayhem, Rae Gunn, Sarah Jean, Thin Mint, Ruby Rottweiler, and Smack & Cheese. We did have several members retire this year, but as this email says, “Once a Dame, Always a Dame”: The Big Bangarang, Miller-Miller, Apple Clobber, Polly Trauma, Rex Knightly, SparKills, Boom Shake the Room, Pinkerbell, and Deadly Sin (currently on a cross country trip in a van with Personal Space Invader). Our Juniors and Roller Derby at UVa teams have also grown this year to make our league even stronger. Over 15 Juniors skaters in each session and 15 UVa skaters!
Your Dames have traveled far and wide this year! The All Stars, Bruisers and Officials have traveled to Columbia, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia. The Belmont Bruisers made their first trip to ECDX (and won!) and the WFTDA Charter team (with skaters from All Stars and Bruisers) went to D1 Playoffs in Seattle, WA. Stonewallup (announcing) and Le Corbruiseier (NSOing) worked the D2 playoffs/champs in Pittsburgh, PA,, we have shown the roller derby world that our team from a small town in Virginia is something to be reckoned with. Our bouts at Augusta Expo and our beloved Xanadu, brought the excitement of derby home to both old and new fans. The season ended with the WFTDA ranking of 37 out of 335 leagues worldwide.
This year, CDD contributed to numerous local charities: Shelter for Help and Emergency (S.H.E.), Freeze Bullying for Payton, CHIP, and LEAP. The Dames also participated in local fundraising and awareness events for CLAW, SHE 5k, and Pride festival. In the coming year, we are going to spend more time giving back to our community and helping it heal from all of the turmoil our beloved home went through this year.
As the year comes to a close, we would like you to remember your Dames in your end-of-year charitable donations. We will be having a #GivingTuesday campaign on November 28. If you want to participate or encourage your family and friends to help, please follow us on our social media, we are now able to accept donations via Facebook, and share posts to help spread the word. We also have our Network For Good site up until the end of 2017: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/CDD. We would greatly appreciate any amount no matter how great or small. We have created annual giving levels, and I’ve attached them to this email. We actually will have our very first Platinum Level single sponsor this year! I don’t know what I would do without this person too: Maid Carrion! Thank you, Carrion, for your continued support even though you don’t come to all the practices/meetings/CR events/ALL THE THINGS.
Please feel free to send me any thoughts, concerns, and/or happy derby memories.
Hip Checks and Derby Love,
Photo by Dan Jugglenaut Purdy
It was an exciting evening as our Charlottesville Derby Dames’ All Stars (Ranked 36th as of January 2018) and Belmont Bruisers traveled north to take on the DC Roller Girls’ DC All Stars (Ranked 58th as of January 2018) and National Maulers. The All Stars started the evening off with a thrilling game, even though the end score may not have shown the intensity from both teams. At the end of the sanctioned game, the CDD All Stars came home with a win with 399 points to 159 for DC. Our River Strong brought home the MVP Blocker trophy while River Styx Phoenix jammed her way to the MVP Jammer trophy. DC’s TI and Yankee Scandal also took home MVP’s trophies. What a start to our Saturday evening!
After such an amazing game it was tough to settle back into our seats to watch the next one. As CDD’s Belmont Bruisers took on DC’s National Maulers, it was easy to see that this would be a close game. By the half, the National Maulers were able to take lead and held on to it for a very close end. 272 to the National Maulers and to 251 for our Belmont Bruisers. Maritime Maven blocked her way to the MVP trophy and Gemmatron snatched the coveted MVP Jammer trophy for your Belmont Bruisers. Carie Chaos and Bettie Bareknuckles received the MVP trophies for the National Maulers. Our athletes competed with all they had and left it out on the track!
This weekend was a roller coaster of emotions for the city of Charlottesville and your Dames. We skated two competitive and fun games with the Carolina Rollergirls in our last home double header of the 2017 season. Yet our hearts were breaking over what had already happened in our city, and over the shock of what was happening while we were competing.
WE DO NOT AND WILL NOT STAND FOR THE MESSAGES OR ACTIONS OF BIGOTRY, HATRED AND RACISM ESPOUSED BY WHITE SUPREMACISTS, NEO-NAZIS, THE KKK, OR ANY OTHER GROUP THAT TAKES PRIDE IN ENCOURAGING SEPARATION, DISTRUST, VIOLENCE OR HATE. We are saddened and angered by the events that unfolded this weekend as hate groups invaded our city. We grieve with Charlottesville and mourn the loss of innocent lives.
CDD is currently reaching out to community organizations that may need our help. Our thoughts and emotions are still reeling; yet we remain steadfast even in the face of these tragic events. We have strength, we have numbers, and after WFTDA Playoffs we will have even more time to invest in our community at large. Charlottesville was forced into the news this weekend for heartbreaking reasons. We hope to show you all–in at least one heartwarming way–that this is #OurCharlottesville and that we are #YourCharlottesvilleDerbyDames. We invite anyone searching for a community of strong, courageous people who enjoy good sportsmanship and helping the Charlottesville community to join us.
#charlottesville #cvillestrong #whoarewe #wearecharlottesville #cvillederbydames #skatenothate
2016 CDD Season
The 2016 season with CDD was full of challenging and exciting times. I was asked to write about our trip to Portland, Oregon for WFTDA D2 Championships, but I think that part is kind of boring. I, personally, don’t play roller derby so I can fly around the country and win a medal with my team. I play roller derby so I can be part of a community. A roller derby league is a big, crazy, family full of character and characters (and you don’t even have to roller skate to be a part of it).
The nurturers. Every family has one, and every league has at least one as well. There’s someone who notices when you are sick and tells you what to eat (Maid Carrion), a person who sets up the “Take Them a Meal” calendar when someone is injured (Crashiopeia), and someone who is extra kind to the youngest ones in the family (Stone Wallup with the Fresh Meat skaters). Of course, you can’t have a nurturer without that relative that is a bit strict.
The disciplinarians. There is a time for silliness and a time for seriousness. These types will always let you know which time it is (Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang’s Bang). The disciplinarians can also be tiger moms, questioning why your A- isn’t an A+ (Luna Impact and skating form). A part of this group is also the one who is always trying to toughen up the younger ones in the family, like the uncle who will throw the kids in the pool knowing they don’t know how to swim yet (admittedly, this was probably me as a Fresh Meat trainer).
Everyone else. CDD is a big family with a lot of oddballs. There’s the brother with the cool dance moves, the pessimistic sister, the sister you tell your secrets to, the hyper little brother, the grumpy grandma, the dirty grandpa, the goofy grandpa, the belching grandma, the gaseous uncle, the creepy uncle, the overly positive aunt, the drunk aunt, the kissing cousin, the cat lady and the hypochondriac, just to name a few. I’m not going to tell you who these people are in CDD. I’m hoping you’ll visit this crazy family and find them for yourself.
This large group of relatives has helped me become a better athlete and a better person. We work hard to keep the family together and sometimes cool things happen, like when that aunt gets a pool (or like winning a 3rd place WFTDA championship medal in your division). Even though people grow up and sometimes have to move away, they’ll always be related and connected somehow. In other words, 2016 was full of roller derby but, most importantly, it was full of family.
-Love, Revenga d’Nerd
Growing up, I never played team sports. My older brothers both did, but I wanted to do something different from them, as most of my life has been spent trying to distinguish myself as my own person rather than so-and-so’s younger sister. I did run track and cross country throughout middle and high school, where I was totally reliant on myself for my time and place in the race, but that was it.
I joined the Charlottesville Derby Dames in November of 2013, and became an official member in January of 2014. My first bout was September 27, 2014, against the Kill Devil Derby Brigade. I had no idea what I was doing and so Rex, the beloved Belmont Bruisers coach, had me jam because blocking requires playing well with your teammates and understanding game strategy. As a jammer, as long as you pay attention to your coach’s signals and understand that you need to get out of the pack ASAP to score as many points as possible, knowing strategy and being able to play with your teammates is less important (or at least it was for me as a new roller derby player). I continued to primarily jam through the last games of the 2014 season and again throughout much of the 2015 season.
I decided I wanted to start blocking around the middle of the 2015 season. Jamming requires a kind of confidence that I don’t always have. You are the person who is responsible for your team’s points during the jam when you’re on the jammer line, star on helmet, waiting for the whistle. Don’t get me wrong; I can do it, I just don’t enjoy it (some jammers do). To become a successful blocker, I had to learn to work with my teammates. I had to learn to stay and block with SparKills instead of going up to block the jammer by myself. I had to let Maven grab my hips to do some blocking with me as her anchor. I had to let Nacho and Swift grab my forearms and upper arms hard enough to bruise in order to hold me upright as I blocked a jammer. I had to become part of a team, I had to rely on others, and I had to let them rely on me.
Teamwork is what makes or breaks a roller derby team, both on and off the track. The jammers need to be able to communicate with the coach and the blockers, and the blockers need to be able to effectively communicate to utilize strategies for the game. The more we play together and the better we communicate, the better players we are together and the more effective we are as a team. No one is on the track alone, and no one skater makes the difference between a win or a loss. We all make that difference.
Roller derby is more than the teamwork our fans see on the track. There is much that goes on behind the scenes to make CDD an awesome league. We are an organization of strong women and men who work together for a common goal: to make CDD a competitive roller derby league that has fun while being part of our local community. I am glad I finally found my team in the Charlottesville Derby Dames.
Charlottesville Derby Dames’ Belmont Bruisers trekked upstate to battle against the newly named Fredericksburg Roller Derby – formerly the 540 Rollergirls. Both teams rolled in with one bout under their belts; FRD trying to add one to the Win column while the Bruisers tried to maintain an undefeated season. The first five jams saw CDD veteran jammers and newbies alike in Rae-Elise the Kraken and Shank as well as Gemmatron and Dutch Blitz donning the star only to be 14-12 CDD up. Being accustomed to close bouts, the Bruisers weren’t intimidated in the least when FRD jammers inched up to a 23-16 lead.
Turns out it’d be Fredericksburg’s only points lead of the game – and it wasn’t even half time yet.
With consistent lead jammer calls for the Belmont Bruisers and phenomenal defensive plays by blockers Swift Jesstice, Lamp, and Badsquish, Fredericksburg only added 33 points to their score while CDD expanded theirs five times over, ending the half 84-56. FRD was able to etch out more lead jammer statuses in the second half, but thanks to blockers like Apple Clobber and Nacho Baby, FRD jammers spent almost as much time in the penalty box as on the track, allowing CDD to gain 60 additional points to Fredericksburg’s 12. The bout ended in a glorious mad dash for points versus the period clock, the Belmont Bruisers skating away to a victorious 197-134.
-Forty Ounce Bounce
The Charlottesville Derby Dames started the weekend early Thursday, March 24th hosting their derby season’s second public intra-league bout right in their very own practice space (affectionately known as Xanadu). Unfamiliar with the roller derby lingo? An intra-league bout is played just like the regular flat track derby we know and love, but with a fierce twist; both teams battling it out are comprised of an equal mix of your favorite CDD skaters. (Say what?) That’s right, both the Belmont Bruisers as well as the All Stars (including debut skaters and those you may remember from seasons past) are fused and then split into two “Home” style teams named after two C-Ville staples, the Blue Ridge Bombshells and the Downtown Maulers.
What happens when you pit teammates against each other and form new alliances as mixed teams? Some of the fastest and most calculating roller derby you’ve witnessed from the beloved Derby Dames. And Thursday saw just that.
The first ten minutes of gameplay foreshadowed the nail-biting course of the bout with the Bombshells hanging on to a 21-20 lead. Devastating hits reigned supreme with defensive blockers such as Abersmashy (Maulers) and Lamp (Bombshells) finding themselves protecting opposing jammers. Both players are teammates on the Belmont Bruisers, making catching each other by surprise virtually impossible. Speed demon jammer River Styx Phoenix (Maulers) attempted to run up the score only to be repeatedly thwarted by her All Star teammates Leeloo Dallas MultiSmash (Bombshells) and The Big BANGarang (Bombshells) on the inside, middle, and outside lanes. Newly inducted Belmont Bruisers Gemmatron and Dutch Blitz each donned the jammer star for the Blue Ridge Bombshells helping to fend off the Maulers with 38 seconds left in the first half bringing the bout to an intense 78-70 at half time.
Star passes were the name of the game during the second half but jammer penalties were equal opportunity field levelers. Though each team suffered from their jammer missing from the track more than once (and sometimes within the same jam), ultimately the Bombshells were able to etch out some much needed distance in their score and were victorious at the last whistle ending the bout at a surprising 210-154.
Forty Ounce Bounce #40
CDD Belmont Bruisers V. Cape Fear – Black Haarts
Saturday, March 5th saw the Charlottesville Derby Dames’ Belmont Bruisers in Wilmington, North Carolina, facing off against Cape Fear Roller Girls’ Black Harrts. Despite a very aggressive start by both teams, it was clear early on that the Black Harrts’ jammers were ill-prepared for the havoc caused by the Bruisers’ defense. It was an exciting first bout for Dutch Blitz and Gemmatron, and a challenging beginning to Tastee Freeze’s first season with the Charlottesville Derby Dames. Led by powerhouse blockers SparKills, Abersmashy, and Tammy Mae-hem, they all played their role exchanging powerful hits which allowed the Bruisers to dominate with consecutive lead jammer status. Jammer penalty trouble for Cape Fear allowed the Bruisers to rack up early unanswered points while jammers such as Smaks Fifth Avenue and SHANK often skated through the pack virtually untouched. The Bruisers’ offensive line, headed by Crashiopeia, contributed to jammer assists through the pack to secure the Belmont Bruisers to a 43-7 lead in the first quarter of the bout. Cape Fear was able to regroup and give Charlottesville a run for its money, flipping the script and giving the Bruiser jammers several trips to the penalty box as well. Cape Fear was able to overtake the lead to a heart-stopping 63-62 just minutes before the half. During the second half, Charlottesville’s utilization of a deep jammer rotation including Dutch Blitz, Badsquish, and a star pass to Swift Jesstice allowed them to continually inch farther ahead after once again taking the lead. Despite multiple consecutive lead jammer calls to Cape Fear in the final jams of the bout, the Belmont Bruisers ultimately secured their victory of 148-176.
Forty Ounce Bounce #40
Have you ever heard the phrase “love at first sight?” I always thought that phrase was hilariously untrue. How would you know if you loved someone without knowing them?
And then I joined derby (love at first skate) and met my derby wife (love at first sight). For those of who might not know: a derby wife is your derby best friend. It’s more than just a normal best friend relationship though; being derby married means that you’ve made the decision to support each other through anything and everything: through good practices and lost bouts, through bad relationships and silly work drama, through not making a roster or finally making the All Star team; your derby wife will pick up the phone when you call and will be there for you, no matter what.
My derby wife, HooliGunz or Gunz, and I look alike, which is why we first started talking during my very first Fresh Meat practice back in November of 2013. We’re both short and solid, with light brownish hair, and rather large assets (which is a good thing in derby). It was like it was meant to be! We even still get confused by our teammates (or at least, I still get called Gunz fairly often). Shank and Gunz just has a good ring to it, doesn’t it? We started hanging out during Fresh Meat practice and both leveled up to L1 around the same time, so we even got to start practicing our hits on each other and learning how to transition (turn around on your skates) together.
I proposed to her with a plastic straw in the middle of South Street on January 19, 2014 (we just celebrated our two year derbyversary about a month ago!). Now if you asked me when my current boyfriend and I made it official, I have no clue (he doesn’t either so don’t worry) but my calendar dings every year when my derbyversary with Gunz occurs.
I leveled up to a L2 before she did and started bouting before she did. It sucked to not have my first bout with her, especially since I had so many other firsts with her on the track, although she was my biggest fan on the sidelines. We did finally bout together against Southern Delaware at the end of the 2014 season (we lost to them again!!). It was awesome to be part of her first bout and I remember when I pulled my first track cut on the opposing jammer as a blocker, she totally saw it and hugged me hard when I skated back to the bench after the jam was whistled done. I remember yelling at her “did you see it?!?” and she said “YES!” PS we did finally beat SoDel in 2015 with Gunz and myself on the roster!
Gunz is still my biggest supporter on the team, although I now have many close friends in derby. She always emails me my good action pics after bouts since she knows I don’t get to see them as I don’t have Facebook. She always texts me these long novels about her life and gives me good advice when I’m not sure what to do in my personal or work life. She’s the second person I called after I totalled my car last December (after I called my boyfriend to pick me up). She offered to drop EVERYTHING to come get me, which I appreciated, even if I didn’t end up needing it. And while she hasn’t been on the track as much recently as she has been in the past (due to personal reasons), she’s always there to cheer me on and give me a hug after each bout!
I have the BEST DERBY WIFE EVER and I love her very much. She is the blocker to my jammer, she is the bearings on my wheels, she pushes me to be a better person and a better teammate, and she can tease me out of any bad mood or help re-focus me when I’m in my head out on the track.
I do want to give a shout-out to my derby mistress*, Swift Jesstice, who constantly pushes me to try harder and skate better on the track. She has also been a great friend and teammate over the past year and I am VERY glad she is on MY team because I hate trying to get past her hips in scrimmage!
*A derby mistress is not your official wife/best friend/everything but she’s one of your biggest supports on the track. She’s still one of your closest friends but she might be someone you got to know later in derby or someone you really enjoy skating with on a regular basis. Fortunately, my derby wife approves of my derby mistress!