The Denver Roller Dolls

Written by on April 10, 2010 in CO Events - Comments Off on The Denver Roller Dolls

If you’re a sports-fan, Denver is the town for you; the city has a team for every professional sport you can think of, including soccer and lacrosse. But recently another sport has been on the rise, women’s roller derby.

This bad-girl sport requires a fast set of skates, a fearless attitude and a mean hip-check. An evening with the Denver Roller Dolls is guaranteed fun with family and friends. The rules can be a bit confusing, but the basics are a single skater from each team, called a jammer, tries to lap the group of blockers, four from each team, to score points. A match, or a bout, is an hour long with two 30-minute halves. There are some other rules and penalties, but what matters is you get to see girls throwing elbows and knocking each other to the ground at high speeds.

Girls will do anything to keep the other team from scoring, including throwing themselves to the ground to trip-up other players.

Denver has three home teams, The Bad Apples, The Green Barrettes, and The Shotgun Betties. Girls that are serious about competing can be drafted to an all-star team called The Mile High Club, which competes at Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) national events. In 2009 a second travel team, Bruising Altitude, was formed to give the many skaters of Denver an opportunity to compete at a higher level.

Events are usually held the third Saturday of every month from March thru October at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, on the north side of Denver. General admission tickets are $15 in advance, and spectators can sit ringside if they choose to. Stay alert though, girls sometimes get knocked into the stands.

Not in Denver? There are roller derby leagues nation-wide, check the WFTDA website to find a team closest to you. The next time you’re looking for something to do on a Saturday night keep the roller derby in mind, you’re bound to see some falls, have a good time and will be ready for the next bout.

Helpful Links:

 

Denver Roller Dolls

Women’s Flat Track Derby Association

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