Don’t want to skate or volunteer, but still want to help out? Please donate! This is for our general fund for new gear, insurance, etc.
The Charlottesville Derby Dames is a non-profit group comprised of skaters, officials and volunteers who have a passion for skating and are willing to work hard to be competitors in the planet some call “Roller Derby World”. If you are here – the stars have aligned to make you put on some skates, accept some pain, wear the gear, and have a blast with some fantabulous humans. All you have to do is show up and give it a shot.
Who Are We Looking For?
- Women over the age of 18 interested in becoming a skating member. There’s no age maximum! We have skaters from every age group (see also: WFTDA statement about gender)
- Experienced coaches who are willing to learn all about derby
- Anyone interested in reffing for us (inline skaters welcomed!), officiating, announcing, or volunteering at bouts
- Other derby leagues to be our friends (and future competition)
- Help in our search for a larger space to skate for our practices, scrimmages and home bouts
- Community charities that could use some extra help
MEMBERSHIP AND FEES
The Dames have multiple categories of membership. There’s a place for just about everyone, including non-skating members. Here’s a bit more information about our most basic membership tiers:
New (“Fresh Meat”) Skating Members: We hold a month-long New Member Open Enrollment event at least once a year. Inexperienced skaters are encouraged, athletes are welcomed, and new exercisers are loved. Gear rental available is also available for our NMOE program.
Skating Members: Skating Members are eligible to join our league and enter our Stripes Program after completing Open Enrollment. Skaters who graduate from the Stripes Program may be eligible to bout on the travel team. Dues for skating members are currently $40/month.
Volunteers: Join any time! Our volunteers who help on bout and public scrimmage days (laying track, assisting NSOs, selling merch, etc.) receive free admission! Volunteers must be 18+. You can volunteer on a case by case basis or join our league as a Non-Skating Member ($10/month dues) to get all of the perks of being an official Derby Dame!
Officials, Refs and Coaches: We now have an Officials Training Program! The league is always in need of referees and non-skating officials (NSOs), and we can give you all the training you need to serve in one of these roles. We’re also always on the lookout for coaches – with or without roller derby specific experience. Experience in athletic strategy and statistics is a plus!
Our Stripes and Travel Team skaters have several weekday practices. We welcome skaters from other teams who want to practice with us, although we do require that you have USARS or WFTDA insurance. To get the most recent practice times and locations, please be sure to email us first.
Fresh Meat members are welcome to observe any of our practices at any time. Freshies, check in with a Fresh Meat Shepherd during Open Enrollment practice for more information.
If you have further questions, feel free to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org