Des Moines Derby Dames

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Des Moines Derby Dames
League logo
Metro area Des Moines, IA
Country United States
Founded 2009
Teams Des Moines Derby Dames (travel)
Crash Test Dolls
Track type(s) Flat
Venue 7 Flags Event Center
Affiliations WFTDA

The Des Moines Derby Dames (D3) is a women's flat-track roller derby league based in Des Moines, Iowa. The league was founded in 2009 and was the second roller derby league in the Des Moines area. The Des Moines Derby Dames are a member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association[1] (WFTDA).


The D3 league is composed of two teams: the Des Moines Derby Dames and the Crash Test Dolls. The Des Moines Derby Dames team is considered the all-star travel team for the league.


The Des Moines Derby Dames team colors are kelly green and black. The team alternates between a green jersey with black accents, full color logo, and white letters/numbers, and an all black jersey with a full color logo and white letters/numbers.

The Crash Test Dolls team colors are purple and yellow. The team wears a yellow jersey with full color logo and black letters/numbers.


In August 2012, the Des Moines Derby Dames were granted full non-profit status and were designated a 501 (c)(3) organization. The Des Moines Derby Dames often give portions of profits from home bouts to area charities such as the Girl Scouts of the USA, Youth Emergency Services and Shelter, and Habitat for Humanity.


On October 5, 2010, the Des Moines Derby Dames joined 9 other leagues[2] around the world as a Women's Flat Track Derby Association Apprentice League. On September 1, 2011, the Des Moines Derby Dames graduated from Apprentice status to become the first full WFTDA league in the state of Iowa.[3]

WFTDA Playoffs[edit]

In March 2013, the WFTDA announced that the Des Moines Derby Dames had been selected to host the first of two inaugural Division 2 Playoffs.[4] The tournament was held August 16–18 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. Ten teams from around the United States participated in the tournament for the opportunity to play for the Division 2 championship at the WFTDA Championships in Milwaukee in November 2013.[5]

Competitive History[edit]


The Des Moines Derby Dames skated their first competitive bout on April 3, 2010 in a loss to Iowa City's Old Capitol City Roller Girls. D3 played their first home bout in front of a sold-out crowd at the Val Air Ballroom in West Des Moines. After consideration for their fans, D3 decided to move to the 7 Flags Event Center in Clive, Iowa. The Dames highlighted their season with a victory at home over the Omaha Rollergirls AAA, the "B" team for the Omaha Rollergirls.


Crash Test Dolls[edit]

The Des Moines Derby Dames league experienced rapid growth after the completion of their first competitive season. In order to get more skaters actively bouting, a second home team was created. The team was named the Crash Test Dolls in a fan voting contest. The Crash Test Dolls were officially formed in late 2010 and began competition in the 2011 season.

The first bout of the 2011 campaign was played at the Jacobson Exhibition Center at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. In that bout, the largest crowd to ever watch roller derby in Iowa[6] saw the Des Moines Derby Dames defeat the Quad City Rollers, 187-67. This bout also featured the debut of the first men's roller derby team in Des Moines: Your Mom Men's Derby. The Des Moines Derby Dames continued to sell out games and build their fan base in the Des Moines area. The 2011 season was highlighted by a win over the Kansas City Roller Warriors Plan B and a win over the Babe City Rollers, D3's first win over a WFTDA league.


The Des Moines Derby Dames entered their first full season as a WFTDA league in February 2012. The team scheduled games against Omaha Rollergirls and the Chicago Outfit Shade Brigade, among others. A bout was also staged against the Mid Iowa Rollers, marking the first time the two Des Moines leagues had met. Mid Iowa defeated the Des Moines Derby Dames, 206-99.

The Des Moines Derby Dames record in 2012 was 6-7. The Crash Test Dolls finished the year with a record of 8-3.


In 2013, the Des Moines Derby Dames looked to rebuild after the retirements of key players.[7] The team posted a 4-4 record in the spring season, including a win over the Omaha Rollergirls, 182-152.[8] The Crash Test Dolls won six games in a row to finish the spring season with a 6-2 record.


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