Dixie Derby Girls
|Metro area||Huntsville, Alabama|
|Teams||Rocket City Rollers (Home Team)
Raging Rockets (Charter Team)
|Venue||Von Braun Center|
|Org. type||501(c)(3) NPO|
The Dixie Derby Girls Roller Derby League is an all-women, flat-track roller derby league that was founded in December 2004. Located in Huntsville, Alabama, DDG is a member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA).
The Dixie Derby Girls were established and began training in 2004. In 2006, they began bouting at Roller Time with two home teams, the Thrill Killers and the Red Hot Riots, and an All-Star team that travelled and played teams from other leagues. The Thrill Killers and Red Hot Riots were dissolved in 2008 and an A and B team were established, with the A team playing for WFTDA ranking and traveling to play other leagues. The B team was primarily a home team and did not play for rankings. This change coincided with the league moving their games to the Von Braun Center. In 2010, the A team was renamed the Raging Rockets, and the B team was renamed the Rocket City Rollers. With the WFTDA rolling out a new divisions system to replace the geographic regions, DDG has become a Division 3 team as of January 2013.
The League is governed by the Board of Directors. They ensure the league maintains a sound business structure. Most league decisions, however, are made by the Executive Committee.
The Executive Committee is composed of the chair and co-chair of each working committee. These are Marketing, Fundraising, Sponsorship, Events, Training, and Officiating. Each committee, with the exception of Officiating, gets to vote in Executive Committee decisions. There is also a non-voting Grievance Committee, which takes care of all skater conflicts.
The League operates as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and partners with local charities for every home bout. In addition, the league and individual skaters participate in events to raise money and awareness for local charities. In the past, money has been raised for:
- Habitat for Humanity
- Harris Home for Children
- Breaking Free Rescue Mission
- American Heart Association
- Hope Place
- Life Cycles
- The Boys & Girls Club
- A New Leash on Life
- The American Red Cross
- Huntsville Friends of Rabbits