Denver Roller Derby is made up of seven teams: four home teams and three traveling all-star teams. In addition, we actively support our affiliate men’s program, Ground Control, and our junior team, Major Turbulence. Every skater in the league is put on a home team once she passes a series of basic skills tests. The home teams are a place for skaters to continue developing their skills while also learning teamwork and advanced strategy. The Denver Roller Derby home teams primarily play intraleague bouts, but will occasionally play against the home teams of other local leagues. The home teams are the Bad Apples, Green Barrettes, Shotgun Betties, and Orange Crushers.
The best skaters on each home team may also compete on one of Denver Roller Derby’s three traveling all-star teams: Mile High Club, Bruising Altitude, and The Standbys. The Mile High Club (MHC) represents DRD on the national level. These are the most feared and ferocious skaters in the league. The Mile High Club has consistently been ranked among the top ten in the nation since their third place finish at the national championships in 2009, and has produced internationally recognized skaters.
Denver Roller Derby is so overflowing with talent that we’ve had to form two more traveling teams. In 2009 a second traveling team, Bruising Altitude, was created. Bruising Altitude, Denver Roller Derby’s junior varsity team, is a place for up and coming skaters to gain experience and continue to sharpen their skills while preparing to make the jump to MHC. Bruising Altitude is recognized as one of the fiercest ‘B’ teams in the country.
In 2014, to keep pace with the league’s growing talent, we made yet another traveling team: The Standbys. The Standbys have all of the fun, and provide a great training ground for skaters to sharpen their skills by skating against other smaller, local leagues.
Home teams are the backbone of every roller derby league. Skaters who’ve passed standardized rules and on-skates skills tests are eligible to be drafted onto one of four home teams: the BAD APPLES, the GREEN BARRETTES, the ORANGE CRUSHERS and the SHOTGUN BETTIES. Our home teams primarily play each other throughout the home team season, though they will occasionally square off with home teams from nearby leagues. Ultimate bragging rights go to the annual league champs, crowned in August.
Skaters who show dedication, talent and drive to compete at a higher level may be drafted onto one of three travel teams. The MILE HIGH CLUB is our All-Star squad, and represents DRD as our WFTDA Charter team and the league’s representative in WFTDA-sanctioned games and tournaments. BRUISING ALTITUDE is our “B” Team, who’ve made a name for themselves as one of the top non-charter squads in the country. THE STANDBYS are our newest travel team, formed to give more skaters the opportunity to gain interleague experience.
Junior Roller Derby
MAJOR TURBULENCE is DRD’s junior roller derby team and member of the Junior Roller Derby Association. Girls and boys from 6 to 17 years old compete on teams split up by age and skill level. Formerly the Glitterdome Gladiators, our Juniors are the tough, skilled next generation of skaters in our sport.
Mens Roller Derby
Denver Roller Derby is proud to support their brother league, Denver’s Ground Control, the only men’s roller derby league in Colorado. Started in 2014, Ground Control is now an official member of the Men’s Roller Derby Association.
Ground Control holds practices and games at the Glitterdome, located at 3600 Wynkoop Street in Denver.