Founded in 2007, the Charlottesville Derby Dames is Charlottesville’s first and only skater-run, flat track roller derby league. The Dames’ mission is to promote sportsmanship and community by providing an alternative form of fitness and entertainment to the women and men of Charlottesville and surrounding counties.

With an estimated 40 skaters, the league currently has two travel teams. The All Stars include experienced and skilled skaters who represent the league for WFTDA ranking in international competition and the Belmont Bruisers consist of both newer skaters and more experienced skaters who prefer the level of competitiveness and travel offered by a B team. Games, or bouts, are held once per month.

The Dames donate a portion of proceeds from bouts and fundraising events to local charities and organizations that help the community, such as Books Behind Bars, The Shelter for Help in Emergency, and Piedmont Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children.

The Charlottesville Derby Dames are always looking for new skaters, officials, and volunteers.