One of my favorite things about roller derby is the way that it brings people together. As a member of the Charlottesville Derby Dames, I have met and formed strong, lasting friendships with people that I never would have met if I had stayed in my usual routine. Derby is a community full of strong, spunky, fun people, which is precisely the type of person that I love to spend time with.
This is one of the reasons that I love roller derby tournaments. They bring people together from a variety of teams and really showcase the vibrant community that derby has formed. Every tournament I’ve been to has been a beautiful show of sportsmanship, athleticism, and community that reminds me why I stuck with derby.
That’s why I am thrilled that on July 25th, the Charlottesville Derby Dames are once again hosting their annual Virginia is for Shovers tournament for the fifth year in a row. The tournament draws players from all up and down the East Coast, and has grown each year that we’ve put it on. This year, the event will consist of:
- An invitational involving: Charlottesville Derby Dames, Rocktown Rollers, Dominion Derby Girls, Team Maryland and more.
- Mix-up (female and co-ed) scrimmages open to all leagues and individual skaters played by the current WFTDA ruleset.
- Entertainment and activities for skaters and their entourage at the event venue.
We are also thrilled to be able to use Harrisonburg’s Rockingham County Fairgrounds for this event, which will give us more space than we’ve ever had before!
Last year, the day was full of action, cheering, and laughter. The final bout of the day
featured the CDD All-Stars taking on the Pennsylvania All-Stars. The action was fast, the strategies were smart, and the skaters were all very focused. It was definitely one of the top 5 most enjoyable bouts I’ve ever seen. Both sides of skaters were in good spirits, but fought tooth and nail for every point that they scored. My heartbeat is speeding up just thinking about it!
I can’t wait to see more bouts this year, because I’m sure that each one will be played with the good sportsmanship, passion, and fire that I saw last year. Be sure to mark your calendars, skaters and fans alike! You won’t want to miss this one!