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2018 – Year of the Dames!

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,

Crashiopeia

President 2018

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2017 – Once a Dame, Always a Dame

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,

Crashiopeia

President 2017

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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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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!!

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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!