Charm City Roller Girls

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Charm City Roller Girls
League logo
Metro area Baltimore, Maryland
Country United States
Founded 2005
Teams All-Stars (A team)
Female Trouble (B team)
Trouble Makers (C team)
Dundalk Deviants
Hampden Hons
Pigtown Butchers
Track type(s) Flat
Venue Du Burns Arena
Affiliations WFTDA
Org. type LLC
Website charmcityrollergirls.com

The Charm City Roller Girls (CCRG) is a women's flat track roller derby league in Baltimore, Maryland. Founded in 2005, Charm City is a member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA).[1]

History and league structure[edit]

The league was established in 2005, when Caroline Donaghy returned to Baltimore from Houston, where she had skated with the Space City Roller Girls, and began promoting the intention to start a league in Baltimore.[2] The first public Charm City game was held in 2006 at Skateland in Putty Hill.[3] Upon the league's formation, it comprised four teams: the Junkyard Dolls, the Mobtown Mods, the Night Terrors and the Speed Regime.[3] As early as 2008, games were being held at the Fifth Regiment Armory in Baltimore,[4] and by 2009, the league was holding games at Du Burns Arena in Canton before sellout crowds of 2,000 fans.[5]

As of 2017, Charm City has three travel teams: the All-Stars represent the league in WFTDA competition, and Female Trouble and the Trouble Makers are B and C teams, respectively. A three-team home league features the Dundalk Deviants, Hampden Hons and Pigtown Butchers. The All-Stars are known for wearing helmets that feature elements of the state flag of Maryland, which they first donned in 2008.[6] Charm City Roller Girls operates as a limited liability company.[7]

League member Joy Collision was a member of Team USA, representing the United States at the 2011 Roller Derby World Cup.[8]

WFTDA competition[edit]

Charm City was announced as a new member of the WFTDA in May 2007.[9] The Charm City All-Stars first competed at WFTDA Playoffs in 2008 as the sixth seed at the Eastern Regional, where they won their opening game against Cincinnati Rollergirls, lost their quarterfinal to the Windy City Rollers but recovered to defeat Detroit to finish in fifth place.[10] In 2009 at the Eastern Regional, Charm City won their opener against DC Rollergirls but then lost their semifinal to Philly Roller Girls to put them in the third-place game, which they lost 156-143 to Boston to finish in fourth place.[11]

In 2010, an opening round win over Steel City was followed by a loss to Gotham Girls Roller Derby to put them in the third-place game again, this time beating Boston 162-128 to finish third and qualify for WFTDA Championships for the first time.[12] At Championships, Charm City won their opening game against Minnesota Rollergirls 249-118, but then lost their quarterfinal to Rocky Mountain Rollergirls 165-103 to end their weekend.[13] At the 2011 East Regional (co-hosted by Charm City and DC Rollergirls at Du Burns Arena),[14] the All-Stars defeated Steel City 189-94 to again finish in third place and advance to Championships.[15] At Championships, Charm City lost 160-121 to Minnesota in the opening round.[16] At the 2012 East Regional, Charm City finished in third place for the third straight year, via a 183-159 victory over London Rollergirls, and again qualified for Championships.[17] At Championships, a 268-141 loss to Denver in the opening round eliminated the All-Stars.[18]

In 2013, the WFTDA restructured the Playoff system, and Charm City qualified as the ninth seed for Division 1 Playoffs in Salem, Oregon, where upset losses to Detroit and Sacred City Derby Girls[19] put the All-Stars in the ninth-place game against the Chicago Outfit, which they won, 189-177.[20] At the 2014 Division 1 Playoff in Salt Lake City, fourth-seeded Charm City finished in fourth place with a 183-156 loss to Rocky Mountain.[21] In 2015 at Tucson, Charm City was the fifth seed but dropped down to an eighth place finish with a 191-165 loss to Team United Roller Derby.[22] In 2016, Charm City dropped into Division 2 for the first time, albeit as the top seed at the Playoff in Lansing, but were eliminated from Division 2 Championships contention with an upset loss to Calgary, 216-191.[23] Charm City earned third place with a narrow 197-194 win over Wasatch Roller Derby.[24]

Rankings[edit]

The All-Stars in action in 2007 at the Fifth Regiment Armory in Baltimore
Season Final ranking[25] Playoffs Championship
2007 22 WFTDA[26] DNQ DNQ
2008 4 E[27] 5 E[10] DNQ
2009 4 E[28] 4 E[11] DNQ
2010 3 E[29] 3 E[12] QF[13]
2011 3 E[30] 3 E[15] R1[16]
2012 3 E[31] 3 E[17] R1[18]
2013 25 WFTDA[32] 9 D1[20] DNQ
2014 14 WFTDA[33] 4 D1[21] DNQ
2015 26 WFTDA[34] 8 D1[22] DNQ
2016 34 WFTDA[35] 3 D2[24] DNQ

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Charm City Roller Girls – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 15 March 2017. 
  2. ^ Sessa, Sam (22 September 2005). "Derby dreams". tribunedigital-baltimoresun. The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 15 March 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Modern Roller Girls Find Sisterhood at the Rink". NPR. 2009-01-23. Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  4. ^ "Baltimore's Charm City Roller Girls bring fury to fishnets". Washington Examiner. 19 February 2008. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  5. ^ Mirabella, Lorraine (22 November 2009). "For skaters, it's full speed ahead". tribunedigital-baltimoresun. The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 15 March 2017. 
  6. ^ Maza, Erik (6 September 2011). "Are the Terps' new helmets too much like those by Charm City Roller Girls?". baltimoresun.com. The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 16 March 2017. 
  7. ^ Marshall, Justice Feelgood (5 August 2011). "Team USA Announces 28-Skater Roster | Derby News Network". Derby News Network. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  8. ^ "WFTDA Newsletter - May 2007". wftda.com. WFTDA. May 2007. Archived from the original on 6 July 2007. Retrieved 15 March 2017. 
  9. ^ a b Marshall, Justice Feelgood (10 October 2008). "Eastern Regionals: Complete Capsule Recaps | Derby News Network". Derby News Network. Retrieved 16 March 2017. 
  10. ^ a b Marshall, Justice Feelgood (11 September 2009). "Eastern Regionals Capsule Recaps | Derby News Network". Derby News Network. Retrieved 16 March 2017. 
  11. ^ a b Marshall, Justice Feelgood (24 September 2010). "2010 East Region Playoffs Recaps | Derby News Network". Derby News Network. Retrieved 16 March 2017. 
  12. ^ a b "2010 WFTDA Championships Recaps | Derby News Network". Derby News Network. 5 November 2010. Retrieved 16 March 2017. 
  13. ^ "Salisbury ranked No. 24 in D3football.com Top 25 poll". tribunedigital-baltimoresun. The Baltimore Sun. 13 September 2011. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  14. ^ a b "East 3rd Place: 3E Charm City Advances to Championships Over 4E Steel City, 189-94 | Derby News Network". Derby News Network. 18 September 2011. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  15. ^ a b Marshall, Justice Feelgood (11 November 2011). "Championships Opening Round: 2NC Minnesota Upends 3E Charm City, 160-121 | Derby News Network". Derby News Network. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  16. ^ a b Marshall, Justice Feelgood (30 September 2012). "East 3rd Place: 4E Charm City Rebuffs 6E London, 183-159 | Derby News Network". Derby News Network. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  17. ^ a b Talionis, Lex (2 November 2012). "Championships Opening Round: 2W Denver Schools 3E Charm, 268-141 | Derby News Network". Derby News Network. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  18. ^ "Schedule and Scores - Women's Flat Track Derby Association". wftda.org. WFTDA. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  19. ^ a b Wise, Beck (29 September 2013). "D1S 9th: (5) Charm City Ruffles (9) Chicago Outfit, 189-177 | Derby News Network". Derby News Network. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  20. ^ a b Wise, Beck (29 September 2014). "D1SLC 3rd: Rocky Surmounts Charm, 183-156". Derby Central. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  21. ^ a b Deadwards, Lisa (6 September 2015). "D1T 7th Place: #6 Team United Surpasses #5 Charm City, 191-165". Derby Central. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  22. ^ Deadwards, Lisa (28 August 2016). "D2L: #5 Calgary edges past #1 Charm City, 216-191". Derby Central. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  23. ^ a b Fristoe, Chelsea (28 August 2016). "D2L 3rd Place: #1 Charm City Sneaks By #3 Wasatch, 197-194". Derby Central. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  24. ^ "Current Rankings", WFTDA
  25. ^ "Current WFTDA Rankings", Derby News Network, October 2007
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  29. ^ "Current Rankings". WFTDA. Archived from the original on 25 January 2012. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  30. ^ "Current Rankings". WFTDA. Archived from the original on 20 March 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  31. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2013". WFTDA. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  32. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2014 – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  33. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2015 – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  34. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2016 – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 

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