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2015 CDD Year in Review

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It may seem a little late for a “Year in Review” type post, but as today is the first day of Charlottesville Derby Dames’ 2016 season, I think it is an appropriate time to reflect on last year while  looking forward to the upcoming season. 2015 was a great year for the Dames! Both teams, the All Stars and the Belmont Bruisers, had winning seasons and while they each lost some games, those were catalysts for working harder, adjusting strategies, and overall improving our game.

 

The All Stars started the season ranked #73 and ended ranked #34. They ended the season with a 12-6 record. 4 of those games were at CDD’s first ever post-season tournament, the 2015 D1 Playoffs in Jacksonville, FL. CDD went in as the 10 seed and, after winning their first game, finished as the #8 seed. The Belmont Bruisers also had a winning year going 7-3, with many of their opponents being the WFTDA charter team for their leagues.

 

While roller derby requires hard work and practices on the track, that is only part of the effort that goes into making us a successful league. In 2015 we had an estimated 109 meetings lasting for around 144 hours. To contrast that, there were about 364 practices totalling 936 hours. (That doesn’t include our Junior Derby program either! Those young Dames have just begun their derby journey, and thus far have had 22 practices for 44 hours, with 4 meetings totaling 6 hours. I’m so excited for them in this fresh stage of derby love!)

 

In 2015, 75 people tried Fresh Meat at CDD, and so far we have gained 12 new members from that number. We have one of the smaller population centers for leagues with a D1 WFTDA team, but we are still adding new members every year! (With Open Recruitment periods in February, May, August, and November, 2016 could be the year that you join!)

 

With the games already scheduled for both the All Stars and the Belmont Bruisers, it is shaping up to be another exciting season of roller derby for CDD! As always, 2016 will hold so many practices, scrimmages, FUNdraisers, volunteering opportunities, and of course social opportunities (both parties and meetings), and we are looking forward to every minute of it! Check out our schedule of events to make plans to come watch some great derby, support your local roller derby league at one of our awesome FUNdraisers, or to get more details about Fresh Meat Open Recruitment!

 

Oh, one last thing! Wherever you go and whatever you do, remember my most important rule: if you aren’t having fun, then you aren’t doing it right.

 

Derby love,

Maid Carrion and the Charlottesville Derby Dames

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Charlottesville Junior Roller Derby Summer Program

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Hello, I am Stonewallup. I coordinated and ran the Junior Roller Derby program through Charlottesville Parks and Recreation, was the Head Coach of the Charlottesville Derby Dames (CDD) for three years, and I skate for the CDD All-Stars. Over the past year, I have had the privilege of training up-and-coming Junior skaters, from as young as 7 up to skaters who graduated out of our program as they left for college, through the Charlottesville Parks and Recreation Junior Derby class. Due to the restrictions of the Parks and Rec program, we were not able to do contact. We were able to skate, work on agility, fall safely, positionally block, wall, and begin to learn the rules of roller derby. This summer we are teaming up with the Charlottesville Derby Dames to offer a Junior Roller Derby program to bring roller derby to the wider community of Charlottesville and surrounding area. Moving forward in our new space with CDD, we will be able to begin to work on techniques such as hip and shoulder checks, how not to hit people in the head, back, or below the knees and advanced blocking techniques, such as hip checks.

I am looking forward to helping to coach this new, energetic collaboration with the Charlottesville Derby Dames, the little team that started in 2007 and launched themselves to now be ranked 61st out of 228 international leagues. CDD has more than 40 active bouting skaters and a host of volunteer support. I have confidence that the Junior Derby league, with CDD’s sponsorship and guidance, will see just as much energy, enthusiasm, organization, and enjoyment as the adult league. I’m looking forward to encouraging the juniors to learn to take up leadership positions within the league to build their confidence, organization, and social skills, and to help them to feel ownership over what I want them to see as Their league. Just as the adult league takes players who range from having never skated a day in their lives (yours truly was once one of those sadly skateless newbies) to soccer/track/hockey/rugby/insert-sport-here superstars, and, with patience, humor, and a lot of hard work, transform them into confident, agile derby superheros, so too will the Charlottesville Juniors take anyone who is willing to learn, regardless of dearth or sufficiency of prior experience or skill, and create a team that will happily and assertively take the track against regional (and some day, international) derby teams who don’t even know what’s about to hit them.

For more information, please visit http://www.charlottesvillederbydames.com/get-involved/junior-roller-derby/, sign up today here: http://bit.ly/1wlfp7a or email us at contact@charlottesvillederbydames.com if you have any questions!

Dames and Juniors unite!

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Support the Dames’ Injured Skater Fund…Deliciously!

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Once again, eat at the Blue Moon Diner any Friday in October and 10% of the proceeds for that day will be donated to the Dames’ Injured Skater Fund!

The Derby Dames use this money to help our skaters cover the expenses that come with serious injury: broken bones, ligament tears and sprains.

Put your team spirit where your mouth is and get some hogwaller hash, artisan bacon, and sweet potato fries for an injured Dame. OM NOMNOM NOM!

Thank you, Charlottesville Derby Fans!!

Blocktoberfest, October 6th @ Augusta Expo

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Lace up your lederhosen and start practicing your yodel, it’s….

BLOCKTOBER_FEST

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Charlottesville Derby Dames, All Stars vs. Mason Dixon Roller Vixens
at August Expo, Fishersville, VA

Doors at 6 p.m.
Bout at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $7 in advance
$10 at the door
Children 5-10 are $5
Children under 5 are free

Get your tickets in advance at Blue Moon Diner or Rivanna Gear and Apparel or online at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/278417.

A portion of the proceeds from this bout will benefit the Hospice of the Piedmont’s Transitions Program.

Stars and Strikes Forever, July 7th @ MSA

For life, liberty, and the pursuit of derby…

Stars and Strikes Forever

Stars and Strikes Forever
Charlottesville Derby Dames, Downtown Maulers vs. DC Rollergirls, Capital Offenders
at Main Street Arena, Charlottesville, VA

Doors at 6 p.m.
Bout at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $7 in advance
$10 at the door
Children 5-10 are $5
Children under 5 are free

Get your tickets in advance at Blue Moon Diner or Rivanna Gear and Apparel, or online at brownpapertickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/255992

A portion of the proceeds from this bout will benefit The Charlottesville Free Clinic.

Bout recap: CDD at River City Rollergirls for Tough Love, February 25, 2012

All photos courtesy of our own Lock-Down Sally (Charlotte Tisdale) unless otherwise noted.

The River City Rollergirls’ Poe’s Punishers showed the Charlottesville Derby Dames some Tough Love on Saturday night in both teams’ season opening bout, hosted by RCR in the Richmond Convention Center.

CDD Skaters take a knee before the start of the bout.

This was the first bout for the Dames after acceptance into the WFTDA Apprenticeship Program in January.  Saturday night also marked the debut of the Dames’ newly formed All-Stars Team including veteran skaters B-one Bomber, Rox Ann Stones, SparKills, Nilla WasteHer, Ivy Ketamean, Demolition Plan, Werefox, Die Ann Scream, Apple Clobber, Puerto Rican PunisHer, Bruta Liza, and Stonewallup.   Newcomers Mia Machete and Miami Beat Box completed the Dames’ roster.  Acting as Bench Coach and Bench Manager for the Dames:  Mad Mountin’ Mama and Rex Knightly, respectively.

Rex Knightly and Mad Mountin' Mama

CDD Bench Manager Rex Knightly and Bench Coach Mad Mountin’ Mama (photo by Whitney Richardson)

After suffering some setbacks at the end of the 2011 season, including the loss of a primary practice space, the Dames worked extra hard to prepare for this bout, CDD’s first against RCR in two years.

The team’s expectations were high.  SparKills, a four-year veteran of the Dames, said before the bout began, “We’ve never been more prepared.”

First to take the track were blockers Nilla WasteHer, Die Ann Scream, Werefox and Mia Machete, with B-one Bomber jamming.  After a slow start with both teams taking position at the jammer line, Poe’s jammer, Trauma Gotchi, was first to push through the pack to take Lead Jammer, scoring the first three points of the night for RCR.

CDD quickly came back in the next jam, with SparKills taking Lead Jammer for the Dames, picking up 8 points for CDD while CDD’s blockers proved effective in keeping RCR’s jammer  from leaving the pack.

RCR fought back hard using a very effective hammer and nail strategy to consistently land take-down strength hits on the Dames as they struggled to maintain a defense against RCR’s jammers.   CDD’s heaviest hitting blockers, Rox Ann Stones and Ivy Ketamean, were on the track in nearly every jam, working hard to destroy RCR’s tight walls.   Werefox and PunisHer teamed up several times to successfully hold back RCR’s jammers.

Blockers Machete, Clobber, PunisHer and Die Ann Scream assist Miami Beat Box

But despite CDD’s best efforts, RCR proved more effective in getting their jammer out of the pack first, taking Lead Jammer status in all but four of the first period’s twenty jams.   Even so, CDD trailed RCR by just 13 points going into the last jam of the first period.

At the start of the first period’s last jam, CDD’s jammer, B-one Bomber, and one blocker, Apple Clobber, were sidelined in the penalty box.  Taking the track for CDD were SparKills, Nilla WasteHer and Ivy Ketamean.    Although B-one was released from the penalty box just seconds after the start of the jam, she was quickly returned after being called on a major.  SparKills and Nilla followed after also being called with major penalties, leaving Ivy on the track alone against RCR’s blockers.  RCR’s jammer, Raci Lords, very quickly cleared the pack to take advantage of a Grand Slam situation.  She scored 40 points, bringing the score at halftime to RCR 76 and CDD 29.

Coming back from halftime, the Dames were refocused on offensive strategy and it showed:  in the second half, the Dames traded Lead Jammer status fairly evenly with RCR.  First to take Lead Jammer for the Dames in the second half was Miami Beat Box, who captured a handful of points for the Dames before calling off the jam.

Rox Ann Stones blocks RCR’s 40 Ounce Bounce

The next few jams saw the Dames struggling to stay out of the penalty box.  RCR soon took advantage of yet another Grand Slam opportunity when CDD jammer Die Ann Scream and two CDD blockers, Machete and Stonewallup, sat in the box at the start of the jam, leaving just Rox Ann Stones and B-one Bomber to defend against RCR.

RCR, not content to let CDD sit alone in the box, soon joined our players with three of their own.  Werefox, jamming for the Dames, took lead jammer in the next jam, bringing the score for CDD to 42 against Poe’s 119, with a little over half of the period left.

The Dames successfully refocused on moving quickly from offense to defense and over the next several jams was able to further reduce Poe’s lead, bringing CDD’s score to 77 and keeping Poe’s from advancing past 139.

Unfortunately for the Dames, RCR also successfully refocused on offense, taking lead jammer for the next three jams and bringing their score to 148 vs. CDD’s 85.   CDD responded with increased intensity, and Miami Beat Box, skating as if she were the spawn of B-One Bomber and SparKills, took lead jammer once again and grabbed 5 points for the Dames.

 

Miami Beat Box jams for the Dames

With two jams left in the period, the Dames knew they needed to fight for lead jammer status.  Blockers Nilla, Machete, Demolition Plan, and Bruta Liza took the track with Werefox wearing the star for the Dames.   Poe’s took lead jammer and made  several blow-by scoring passes on the Dames.  Nilla and Werefox orchestrated a beautiful star pass in the hopes of moving CDD’s jammer out of the pack and into a scoring pass of her own.   However, RCR quickly called off the jam, leaving CDD with no points to show for their efforts.

In the last jam of the night, CDD took the track with 90 points.  On the track for CDD:  Rox Ann Stones, Ivy Ketamean, Die Ann Scream and Apple Clobber with B-one Bomber jamming.  B-one immediately cleared the pack to take lead jammer status and scoring 10 points for the Dames to bring the final score of the night to CDD 100 vs. RCR 186.

Game MVPs:  for CDD, Ivy Ketamean and for RCR, 40-Ounce Bounce.

Bout MVP: Ivy Ketamean

Next up for the Dames:  another away game!  The team will travel to Roanoke to bout Star-City Rollergirls on Sunday, March 11 in their St. Patty’s Punch Out.  Tickets are available in advance for $6.50 at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/229063

And at the end of March, the Dames will host their first HOME BOUT of the season at Augusta Expoland.  Join us for Mad March:  Beyond Rollerdome when we host Lynchburg’s Blackwater Rollergirls.   A portion of the proceeds from the bout will benefit the RISE Campaign.   The RISE Campaign empowers women and girls to challenge the disparaging portrayals of women in the media, and to rise to new standards of strength and distinction.

Tickets for Mad March:  Beyond Rollerdome are available in advance for $7 at Blue Moon Diner, Rivanna Gear and Apparel or online at  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/230361  Tickets will be available at the door for $10.  Kids under 5 enter free; Kids 5-10 are $5.

Open Skate: Charlottesville Key Center

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Charlottesville may not have its own roller skating rink but we do have a place where you can skate – for free – on the weekends.  Charlottesville Parks and Recreation has opened the downtown Key Center (800 E. Market St.) to skaters on Saturdays from 1-3pm and Sundays from 1-6pm for a free Open Skate!  They supply the skates (if you want protective gear you’ll need to bring that yourself), the music and even some snacks!  This is a great program and it’s open to everyone so we encourage all of our fans, Fresh Meat and followers to go get their skate on at the Key Center.

WHAT:  Free Open Skate

WHERE:  Charlottesville Key Center, 800 E. Market St.   (Map)

WHEN:  Saturdays, 1-3pm; Sundays, 1-6pm*

*These days/times can sometimes change if the Key Center is closed for other events.  We recommend you call the Key Center at (434) 293-8273 to verify they will be open on the day you’d like to skate.

Dames: Off-Season (but still rolling!)

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–December 15, 2010

The Derby Dames are officially in our off-season but you can still find us rolling at practice and at some events during the holiday season.

CDD roll in the 2010 Charlottesville Holiday Heritage Parade (photo credit: Charlotte Tisdale)

Holiday practice schedule: most practices will continue as normal. We will update this page when practice is canceled, so check back often (FRESH MEAT, we’re talking to you, too!)

If you’d like to see the Dames in our off-season, some of us will be on the track at the River City Rollergirls Season’s Beatings event on Saturday, December 4. Look for us when the fun bouts start at 1pm! Buy tickets online at: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/133855

Check back often for updates on where and when you can see the Dames this holiday season!

Dames will roll in the Charlottesville Holiday Heritage Parade

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–November 19, 2010

Check us out as we roll (on skates and with a float!) in the 2010 Charlottesville Holiday Heritage Parade on the Downtown Mall. The Dames will join marching bands, dancers and SANTA CLAUS! Think Santa will mind if we hip check him to show him some derby love?

The parade starts at 10am on the Downtown Mall. Please come out and give us a shout as we roll by.

For more information about the parade, visit: http://www.holidaytradition.org/

Belle of the Brawl

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–April 16, 2010

Blue Moon Diner
Sunday, May 16th 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Haircuts for just $10 each from local Charlottesville stylists!
PLUS, enjoy brunch or lunch at the Blue Moon Diner — 10% of the proceeds from Blue Moon Diner sales will go to Charlottesville Derby Dames.

Come out and support your local derby team!