Important Update on 2020 Spring Activities

March 15, 2020

Following the recommendations of our parent organization, the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, and local government, the Charlottesville Derby Dames are suspending in-person activities for a minimum of four weeks. We feel this is the best action we can take to help protect the health and safety of our members and our community. Information about specific programs follows.

  • New Member Open EnROLLment is postponed. We will make an announcement on or before April 13 with an update as to our plans for resuming the program. When the program resumes we will again offer the first practice free for all participants, including those who joined us on March 8.
  • The March 21 Intraleague Public Bout is postponed. We are still determined to see Team Westeros battle Team Middle Earth, so hang on to your jerkins and elf crowns until then! We are communicating with Brown Paper Tickets to initiate refunds to anyone who has already purchased a pre-sale ticket for this event.
  • The spring session of our Charlottesville Junior Roller Derby program will be proactively canceled. We recognize that our Junior athletes are not the most vulnerable members of the population to this disease but the health and safety of our community and doing what we can to support and keep our community safe is our highest priority.

These decisions are difficult ones to make as we recognize the importance of the safe space, the physical, mental, and emotional outlet, and the social community that roller derby provides for so many of us. We are still here to support our community remotely and hope to provide information, tools, and connection through our online platforms during this time. Please continue to check in on our social media pages for updates.

In an effort to alleviate what stress we can from our members, we will also be suspending our dues and attendance requirements during this period of time. There is no doubt that these decisions will have a direct financial impact on our non-profit, volunteer-run organization. If you are able to in this economically trying time, please consider making a donation in the amount of the cost of a game ticket (or what you can afford) to the Charlottesville Derby Dames. As a 501c3 organization, these donations are tax-deductible, and anything you can contribute will help us to maintain our fiscal stability during this uncertain time.

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