Yard Sale Fundraiser

Coming Up: July 22nd 2017, Green Mountain Roller derby will be holding a Garage Sale fundraiser in Milton Vermont. We will have a ton of items donated by skaters, their friends and family. Guaranteed to be  something for everyone!

Have an item or two you want to donate? Contact us on Facebook and we can come pick it up for you!

2017 Updates!

Some fun and amazing things happening with Green Mountain Roller Derby as we wrap up our spring season!

On April 29th, Grade A Fancy played against Twin State Derby in a game titled Skating for a Cure, Strength of Body and Mind. Grade A Fancy, despite having low numbers due to injury and a few penalties, was able to pull out the win with a 207-155 score. The game was exciting and we can’t wait to play our neighbors, TSD, in the future! This game supported the Michael Zemanek Memorial Foundation, Inc. MZMF supports sworn VT Law Enforcement Officers and their immediate families who are faced with catastrophic situations which pose a significant financial hardship. Vermont State Police Officer Dan Marcellus was the beneficiary of some of the proceeds from our last spring home game against TSD, thanks to MZMF. Trooper Marcellus continues to fight brain cancer. He and his family continue to be in our thoughts. MZMF was started by Officer Michael Zemanek’s family after he passed away due to Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndrome (SADS). Officer Zemanek was an officer with great integrity and was well respected throughout the law enforcement and the public safety community. Green Mountain Roller Derby is honored to have partnered with MZMF in order to raise money for their organization and for Vermont State Police Officer Dan Marcellus. Please visit their website: http://www.mzmf.org/ and follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MZmemorialfoundation/

 On June 9th, Grade A Fancy will be heading to Rockport, Maine, to participate in Coastal Chaos 2017! This WFTDA sanctioned tournament has teams coming from as far as Gothenburg, Sweden (Gothenburg Roller Derby). We will open the tournament by playing against Fog City Rollers, based out of St. John, New Brunswick on Friday, June 9th at 3pm. Other teams participating in this tournament are Bay State Brawlers out of Mass, Connecticut Roller Derby, Central New York Roller Derby, and Low Country High Rollers, from South Carolina. GMRD wants to thank the Rock Coast Rollers for hosting this tournament. We also want to share that a portion of the proceeds for this tournament will be donated to New Hope for Women (www.NewHopeforWomen.org). Again, we are looking forward to playing in this tournament. As a team, we have chosen to camp together while in Maine. Keep an eye or for bout pictures and team camping pictures.

On June 3rd, we are hosting a bottle drive at two locations in order to raise money for league expenses. From 12-3pm, you can drop your bottles off at either Spring Bottle Redemption (1130 North Ave, Burlington) or Cap’n Cork (164 Porters Point, Colchester). Drop off your bottles and say high to your favorite skaters!
Remember to check our schedule and Facebook page for upcoming events! Also, keep an eye out at the various paved bike paths in the area, you may see your favorite skater cruising by! Skaters have been known to visit the Waterfront Bike Path, Stowe Bike Path, and Montpelier Bike Path. After skating in circles all winter, it feels great to be able to skate in a straight line.

 

GMRD Rookie Roster Launch

Make roller derby your resolution. Join the GMRD Rookie Roster 2/7/17

Join Green Mountain Roller Derby in 2017!

We hope you all had a safe and fun New Years celebration. Green Mountain Roller Derby is back in action and ready to hit the track in 2017!

Is joining GMRD your New Years Resolution? Then we have some exciting information for you.

We are pleased to announce a new structure for accepting rookie skaters and officials in 2017. Instead of a rolling weekly recruitment, like we have done in the past, we will be moving to a system where we accept new skaters and officials in intermittent waves throughout our season. With this new structure, our new recruits will begin their training in a group and progress through learning new skills together. We anticipate many benefits from this change, including a stronger sense of community among our rookies and an improved flow through lesson plans.

Our first new recruit wave of 2017 will be on Tuesday, February 7th. 

Whether you’re interested in becoming skater or an official, Green Mountain Roller Derby is here to teach you everything you need to know.

RSVP on our Facebook event page to let us and other rookies know that you’re coming!

Here are the details:

WHEN: Tuesday, February 7th 8:30pm – 10:00pm.
WHERE: In the Blue Ribbon Pavillion at the Champlain Valley Expo.
WHAT: We’re launching our first round of training for new skaters and officials.
If you will be skating, you must be at least 18 years old. We recommend wearing clothing that you’re comfortable exercising in.

You will need to bring:
+ Mouthguard (we recommend SISU mouthguards – http://www.sisuguard.com/)
+ Water bottle
+ Photo ID
+ A good attitude

We’ll provide the rest!

You can get a head start by going to our Recruits page and filling out the new skater form.

GMRD Presents a Double Header!

Roller derby at the Champlain Valley Exposition!

Green Mountain Roller Derby’s A Team, the Grade A Fancy will take on Canada’s Muddy River Rollers.

A short exhibition game will be held before featuring Vermont’s only junior roller derby team, The Minor Catastrophes.

GAME 1: The Minor Catastrophes vs NH Junior Roller Derby
GAME 2: GMRD’s Grade A Fancy vs Muddy River Rollers

Doors open at 3:30pm, first whistle @ 4:15pm
Game two starts @ 6pm

Buy your tickets here!

One ticket gets you in to BOTH GAMES!

Skates Take Over Akes

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Green Mountain Roller Derby at Akes Place!

Vermont’s first and largest Roller Derby League, is hosting a Gift Basket Raffle! We’ll have different themed baskets up for grabs all night. Gift basket themes will be released soon!

Stop by, grab a drink with GMRD, and take home a basket or two. Details below:

Where: Akes’ Place
When: Friday, September 23rd. 6:30- 9pm

Raffle tickets are $1 each/$5 arm’s length/$10 wingspan

All of the money GMRD makes goes back into the organization to help put on our games and pay for practice space.

This event is 21+.

Looking to become a sponsor? Let us know!

Traveling Skaters

Will you be traveling to Vermont soon?

                                             …come skate with us!

Road Trip to Vermont

As skaters on our local roller derby teams we all need to make sure that we are getting our practices in. How does that work if you are planning to travel afar? Don’t stress; you can attend a practice, scrimmage or skate clinic to make up that time.  See Green Mountain Roller Derby’s visiting skater polices below.

Visiting Skater Credit: Skaters may receive one attendance credit per calendar month for practicing with a local league (within 100 miles), participating in an open scrimmage hosted by another league or attending a skate clinic. In order to receive credit, the other league or clinic organizer must email GMRDAttendance@gmail.com to confirm your participation.

If you are traveling out of the area (>100 miles), you may get credit for up to two practices per calendar month for practicing with another league.

The maximum visiting skater credit possible per month is one practice (between local leagues and clinics) or two if traveling out of the area.

**GMRDAttendance@gmail.com must receive the confirmation email from the league or the clinic organizer no later than the end of the last practice before chartering or a bout.**

The Premiere of Green Mountain Roller Derby

The Green Mountain Derby Dames, Vermont’s original and largest roller derby league, is proud to announce that it will change its name to Green Mountain Roller Derby, dropping the gender-specific “Dames” from its moniker.

As our league and the sport of roller derby continue to grow, it has become evident that identifying as “derby dames” may feel exclusionary to some in our community. By nature, “dame” is a gendered term, and yet, we are a community made up of women, men, young adults, and children.

Additionally, we want our league name to reflect who we are and what we do in a clear, concise manner. Including “Roller Derby” in our name allows our audiences to immediately understand that we play a roller sport (rather than the equestrian derby or demolition derby).

The following logo has been created in order to accommodate these changes:

GMRD Logo

 

For more information on our name and logo change, please see our press release here.