Denver Roller Derby

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Denver Roller Derby
League logo
Metro area Denver, CO
Country United States
Founded 2005
Teams Mile High Club (WFTDA A team)
Bruising Altitude (B team)
Standbys (C team)
Bad Apples
Green Barrettes
Shotgun Betties
Orange Crushers
Track type(s) Flat
Venue The Glitterdome 3600 Wynkoop Street Denver CO 80216
Affiliations WFTDA
Org. type 501(c)3
Denver skates out at the 2012 WFTDA Western Region Tournament.

Denver Roller Derby (DRD) is a flat-track roller derby league based in Denver, Colorado. The league was founded in December 2005.[1] Denver Roller Derby is a member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), joining in December 2007 as Denver Roller Dolls.[2] In January 2015, the league changed its name to Denver Roller Derby.


The Denver Roller Derby league is composed of four home teams: the Bad Apples, the Green Barrettes, the Shotgun Betties, and the Orange Crushers.

The Mile High Club is the league's primary all-star team for inter-league competition and is composed of skaters from the four home teams. Bruising Altitude, a second travel team for up-and-coming stars, was formed in 2009. These teams compete against other WFTDA and non-WFTDA leagues across the United States. The Stand-bys is a newly formed traveling C team (added 2014).


The Mile High Club began the 2009 season as victors at the Four Corner Feud, a western United States invitational tournament held February 21–22 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The team's skaters "prov[ed] themselves as the fastest-rising force in Western derby."[3] Other leagues competing in the tournament were Tucson Roller Derby, the Pikes Peak Derby Dames, Arizona Roller Derby, Duke City Derby, and the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls.

The season opener for the home teams was March 28, 2009 and the season culminated in the league championships, which saw the newly reformed Shotgun Betties beat the reigning champions the Bad Apples.

On January 21, 2010, the Denver Roller Dolls announced a partnership with Kroenke Sports Enterprises and AEG Live Rocky Mountains. The partnership included establishing the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colorado, as the league's dedicated home venue for 2010.[4]

As of 2015, the league includes a junior team and a men's team.[5]

Consequently, in January 2015, the league changed its name to Denver Roller Derby (still abbreviated DRD), in order to reflect the whole member community—skaters, volunteers, officials, and fans regardless of age or gender.[5] Removing "Dolls" from the league name is also intended to help solidify the legitimacy of the sport in the eyes of the public.[6] Burning River Roller Derby of Cleveland and Philly Roller Derby made similar changes in 2015 for similar reasons.[6]


Up until mid-2010, league practices were held at The Wagon Wheel Skate Center in Brighton, Colorado.[7] The league now practices in a warehouse space in Denver dubbed "The Glitterdome." The rigorous training schedule includes strict attendance requirements and additional practices for teams and all-star skaters. Each new skater completes an intensive orientation and training program and may spend as many as 12 months training before joining a team. At any given practice, a skater might complete cardio/endurance, strength, agility, or derby skills drills.

WFTDA competition[edit]

In October 2009, the league co-hosted the WFTDA Western Regional Tournament "Derby on the Rocks" with the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls, also of Denver, Colorado.[8] The Denver Roller Dolls Mile High Club placed third in the tournament,[9] earning the first trip to the WFTDA National Championships in league history.

At the "Declaration of Derby" National Tournament, held in November in Philadelphia, the Mile High Club took wins over the Kansas City Roller Warriors, the Windy City Rollers and the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls, losing only to ultimate tournament champions the Oly Rollers to secure 3rd place in the tournament.[10] Their first trip to Nationals was not without controversy. The predominant strategy used by the Mile High Club was to slow the speed of the pack dramatically to enable their jammers to rack up points quickly. This was met with confusion and frustration by much of the audience at the tournament.[11]

The Mile High Club went 11–3 for the 2009 season, losing only to the Oly Rollers in April, the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls at the Regional Tournament in October, and the Oly Rollers again at the National Tournament in November.[12]

The Mile High Club had a winning season in 2010, losing only to the Philly Rollergirls by a narrow margin in regular-season play. However, they were defeated by the B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls in the WFTDA West Regional Tournament, by a 132-128 score, and did not advance to the association championship.

The Mile High Club began 2011 by earning a 3-0 record at the Wild West Showdown event in March, defeating the Rat City Rollergirls, the Rose City Rollers, and the Sacred City Derby Girls,[13] and maintained a winning streak into early May by defeating the Philly Rollergirls and the Rose City Rollers in home bouts.


Season Final ranking[14] Playoffs Championship
2008 4 W[15] 9 W[16] DNQ
2009 2 W[17] 2 W[18] 3[19]
2010 6 W[20] 6 W[21] DNQ
2011 5 W[22] 5 W[23] DNQ
2012 2 W[24] 2 W[25] 3[26]
2013 5 WFTDA[27] 1 D1[28] 4 D1[29]
2014 8 WFTDA[30] 2 D1[31] R2 D1[32]
2015 7 WFTDA[33] 3 D1[34] R1 D1[35]
2016 7 WFTDA[36] 2 D1[37] R1 D1[38]

In the community[edit]

In addition to athletic pursuits, each member of the Denver Roller Derby must engage in community and volunteer activities to remain in good standing with the league.


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  4. ^ Moore, Paula (2010-01-21). "Roller derby coming to Broomfield's Odeum". Denver Business Journal. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
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  34. ^ "2015 WFTDA D1 Playoffs: Jacksonville Central". Derby Central. 21 September 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
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  37. ^ Fristoe, Chelsea (11 September 2016). "D1C: #1 Rose City Cuts Down #3 Denver, 250-137". Derby Central. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  38. ^ Sherman, Zach Nomad (4 November 2016). "2016 WFTDA D1 Champs: #8 Arch Rival grounds #7 Denver, 177-165". Derby Central. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 

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