Ann Arbor Derby Dimes

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Ann Arbor Derby Dimes
League logo
Metro areaAnn Arbor, MI
CountryUnited States
Founded2010
TeamsBrawlstars (A team)
Arbor Bruising Co. (B team)
Ypsilanti Vigilantes
Track type(s)Flat
VenueBuhr Park Arena, Ann Arbor
AffiliationsWFTDA
Websitehttp://a2derbydimes.org/

Ann Arbor Derby Dimes (A2D2) is a women's flat track roller derby league based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Founded in 2010, the league consists of two travel teams, The Brawlstars and the Arbor Bruising Co., which compete against teams from other leagues, as well as a home team, The Ypsilanti Vigilantes.[1] Ann Arbor is a member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA).[2]

History[edit]

The league was started in May 2010 by Kellee Gallardo and Milinda Villegas, with an open meeting in Ann Arbor,[3] and held other recruitments during the year.[4] By 2011 the league was being led with the help of coach J.T. Slyde, who had helped train Ellen Page and Drew Barrymore for their roles in the roller derby film Whip It, when it filmed in Detroit and Ypsilanti.[4][5] When formed, the league featured two home teams, the Tree Town Thrashers and the Huron River Rollers, and also their travel team, the A2D2 Brawlstars,[5] before evolving to the present team structure. The A2D2 Brawlstars played their first bout ever on June 11, 2011, losing to the Floral City All-Stars of Monroe,[6] and hosted their first public bout on September 17, 2011, at Buhr Park Arena, a 131-96 loss to Flint City Derby Girls from Flint.[7]

WFTDA competition[edit]

The Ann Arbor Derby Dimes are a member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), having been first accepted in the WFTDA's Apprentice Program in July 2012,[8] and graduating to full membership in December 2013.[9] As of June 2015, the Ann Arbor Derby Dimes were ranked 64th in the world by the WFTDA, and a member of the WFTDA Division 3.[10] In 2015, Ann Arbor barely missed the cutoff for WFTDA Division 2 Playoffs, and then made their WFTDA Playoff debut at the WFTDA Division 1 level in 2016.[11] That year Ann Arbor entered the tournament in Columbia as the 9th seed, and finished in 10th place.[12] Ann Arbor returned to Division 1 Playoffs in 2017 at Seattle, Washington, but lost to Tampa Bay Derby 280-99[13] and 255-105 to 2×4 Roller Derby to finish out of the medals.[14]

Rankings[edit]

Season Final ranking[15] Playoffs Championship
2014 86 WFTDA[16] DNQ DNQ
2015 56 WFTDA[17] DNQ DNQ
2016 32 WFTDA[18] 10 D1[12] DNQ
2017 38 WFTDA[19] CR D1[14] DNQ
  • CR = consolation round

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Who We Are". Ann Arbor Derby Dimes. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  2. ^ "Ann Arbor Derby Dimes – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  3. ^ Retyi, Richard (25 May 2010). "Roller derby girls in your own backyard - the Ann Arbor Derby Dimes are forming". The Ann Arbor News. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Ann Arbor Derby Dimes, Michigan's Newest Women's Roller Derby League". WJBK FOX 2. 19 November 2010. Archived from the original on 11 August 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  5. ^ a b Perkins, Lucy (6 November 2011). "Women on Wheels: Rolling into Ann Arbor's roller derby scene". The Michigan Daily. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  6. ^ "6/11/11: Ann Arbor (67) @ Floral City (201)". Flat Track Stats. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  7. ^ Retyi, Richard (19 September 2011). "Roller Derby packs Buhr Park in the A2D2 Brawlstars home debut". The Ann Arbor News. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  8. ^ "WFTDA Accepts 36 Apprentice Leagues". WFTDA. 16 July 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  9. ^ "WFTDA Welcomes 22 New Full Member Leagues". WFTDA. 23 December 2013. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  10. ^ "Current Rankings". WFTDA. Archived from the original on 25 January 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2015.
  11. ^ Fristoe, Chelsea (7 September 2016). "Turning Idols Into Rivals: the Ann Arbor Derby Dimes". Derby Central. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  12. ^ a b "D1C: #10 Steel City irons #9 Ann Arbor, 258-205". Derby Central. 11 September 2016. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  13. ^ Deadwards, Lisa (1 September 2017). "D1S: #7 Tampa topples #10 Ann Arbor, 280-99". Derby Central. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  14. ^ a b Deadwards, Lisa (3 September 2017). "D1S: #8 2x4 muscles past #10 Ann Arbor, 255-105". Derby Central. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  15. ^ "Current Rankings", WFTDA
  16. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2014 – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  17. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2015 – WFTDA". wftda.com. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  18. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2016 – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 6 January 2017.
  19. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2017 – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 5 January 2018.