Who are we?
Durango Roller Girls are an all-female women’s flat-track roller derby league based out of breathtaking Southwest Colorado. DRG was founded in 2009 and is skater-owned, operated, and not-for-profit. We are an official member league of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association.
By the players, for the players. DRG treats roller derby as the serious and competitive sport it is. We are not a recreational roller derby league. DRG ladies train hard and live derby. We take pride in our professionalism and athletic skill. We provide a safe environment for strong, dedicated women, and men, to come and identify with their strengths, get physically fit, have a good laugh, and feel a part of something, all while playing a true contact sport.
A DRG member recognizes and appreciates each skater’s accomplishments and what she, or he, can bring to the league – as each of us, no matter our size, skill level, and ability, has something great to offer.
We have set structures and policies that our players adhere to in order to ensure we conduct ourselves professionally, act in the best interest of the league, and keep ourselves and others safe at all times. DRG members also pride themselves on our connection with the community through quality relationships with our sponsors, volunteers, and fundraisers. The Durango Roller Girls are excited and honored to do our part to help this sport grow and capture the interest of people across the world.
What is Derby?
Roller derby is a fast-paced contact team sport that requires speed, strategy, and athleticism. The flat track version of the sport evolved in 2001, and has quickly grown to encompass more than 400 leagues worldwide. This is in large part due to the ease of setting up a flat track - it can be done on any flat surface that is suitable for skating, such as skating rinks, basketball courts, parking lots, and even airplane hangars.
This greatly reduces the capital needed to start up a roller derby league, and allows small groups of people to get a fledgling league off the ground. The DIY spirit that drives the sport allows roller derby leagues to create their own unique identities and adapt their structures to reflect their local communities. Want to learn more about the sport? Check out WFTDA.com/the-game.
The Derailers are DRG’s competitive, nationally ranked team. They are currently the only team skating for the Roller Girls. However, we are looking to expand and introduce more teams in the near future, including a revival of the Pain Conductors and Helter Smelters, two of our former fan favorite teams.
Dolly Benally - #5
D’Cell Punk - #3918th
Hater - #8
Quadess - #4x2
Frequently Asked Questions
When are tryouts?
To become a skater for Durango Roller Girls, you must be female and at least 18 years old.
There will not be a “make it or break it” tryout right away. If you’ve never skated before, that’s okay! We will train you. We want you to have time to build your skills and get a feel for the sport before being tested. Safety is very important and you can not learn these skills/drills overnight.
What gear do I need?
Skates, helmet, mouth guard, elbow pads, knee pads, and wrist guards. If you don’t have gear yet, come watch us practice and ask questions. We also have a limited amount of gear we can lend to new skaters during their first few practices, but be sure to bring your own mouth guard!
Need gear recommendations? Check out our resources page.
do I have to know how to skate to tryout?
Don’t be too scared by the term “tryouts.” Being a derby girl is a lot more than just being a good skater. Yes, we will primarily be looking for skating skills, but we also look at your potential as an athlete and a member of the league. Through the tryout process, we try to get to know your personality AND your skating skills.
How can I get ready for tryouts?
Come get to know us! See our games to gain an understanding of what’s involved, and even volunteer! Check out our practices, and learn about the sport. The official rules can be found at wftda.com/rules. We are also here as a resource for you - ask questions! Then skate, skate, and skate some more! The more comfortable you are on your skates, the faster you will pick up the game.
Thanks so much for your interest in Durango Roller Girls. We would love to hear from you. Please leave a message with your name and email address, and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Prefer to use your own email service? We can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.