As Madison Roller Derby kicks off our 15th season, we want to take a moment to say THANK YOU! Thank you for supporting us by coming to our bouts, purchasing merchandise, cheering for your friends on the track and for your generous support over the years.As you know we are currently raising money to find a new home to practice and hold games! Our league alone is contributing over $50,000/year in dues and donations to this important project, and we will need your help to reach our goal. Check out our video to see how you can help us remain in Madison for another 15 years. Please consider donating HERE.
Mad Rollin’ Dolls now Madison Roller Derby!
The Mad Rollin’ Dolls are making some major changes this fall! As the league gears up for the start of their 15th year of bringing roller derby action and community to Madison, Wisconsin, they’ll be doing it with a brand new name: Madison Roller Derby!
Along with the new name, the skaters will be rolling under a new logo for Season 15 (see below), one that encompasses the spirit of roller derby while paying homage to the city between the lakes that they call home.
The new name and logo are all part of a recognition of the evolution of the league, and of the guiding mission and vision of being a real, strong, athletic, revolutionary sport. MRD is proud to be doing the work to become a more radically inclusive place for people with a wide variety of identities, backgrounds, abilities, and goals.
Madison Roller Derby is also thrilled to finally be unveiling a new crop of mini-athletes: The Mad Calves Junior Roller Derby Team!. The program will begin holding sessions this winter and is open to all genders, ages 8-18. To get more information, contact email@example.com.
Meanwhile, the search for a new venue and the fundraising to support it continues. The league still hopes to either buy, lease, or build a space for holding practices, games, and other community events. For more information on how you can support the present and future of roller derby in Madison, visit www.madisonrollerderby.org.
Season 15 Home Season Dates Announced!
Who’s ready for roller derby home season?!?! Your Mad Rollin’ Dolls sure are!! Summer is coming to an end. Although we took a short skate break recently, we have also been working hard behind the scenes. Be ready for some fun announcements as we get closer to the start of the home season.
Here are the dates of the 2019 Mad Rollin’ Dolls home season.
January 19th, 2019 – Coliseum
February 9th – Coliseum
March 9th – Coliseum
April 27th – Halls A&B
May 18th – Coliseum
Summer Scrimmage Opportunities
Team Unicorn is hosting open scrimmages this summer. They will take place on the following dates:
Doors will open at 10am for registration, gear up and warm up time. 1st scrimmage will start at 10:30am – 2-20 min halfs and will be run as a “single sex” scrimmage under WFTDA rules. 2nd scrimmage will start at 11:30am – 2-20 min halfs and will be open to all genders. Off the track at 12:30, out of the building by 12:45pm. Participates must have passed WFTDA mins, be contact eligible and have WFTDA insurance. (Contact us for an exception if you have USARS insurance). $10 to skate in 1 scrimmage, $15 to skate in both. We will have online registration open ahead of time to reserve a spot. Participants must provide their own Black & white scrimmage shirts with legal sized numbers (6″).
The News is Out!
On Saturday March 3rd, we let the cat out of the bag. We are looking for a new place to call home.
Udder Chaos roller derby invitational tournament coming to Madison in May!
The Mad Rollin’ Dolls’ are thrilled to announce the first ever Udder Chaos: Madison Invitational Roller Derby Tournament, coming May 18-20, 2018!
Roller derby teams from across the world will descend on Madison for a weekend of hard hitting tournament play at the Hartmeyer Ice Arena (1834 Commercial Ave.). Fans and the curious can take in the action, with weekend passes set at just $40 and single day passes at $20.
Cheer on your own Madison all-star team, the Dairyland Dolls, as both their A and B squads take the track to battle it out with visiting teams.
More information about where and how to buy tickets, attending teams, and other information about all the exciting details of the event will be coming soon!
Come to the Monroe Street Roman Candle location November 3rd-5th between 11AM-9PM each day to watch the 2017 International WFTDA Championships. Not only will we have exciting games on the screen, we’ll also have drink specials for you all weekend long.
Get our your calendars and mark down the dates for the Mad Rollin’ Dolls FOURTEENTH SEASON of home team game play, including three games back in the Coliseum!
Your favorite teams (Unholy Rollers, Reservoir Dolls, Quad Squad, Vaudeville Vixens) return to the track in 2018:
January 13 – Coliseum
February 3 – Coliseum
March 3 – Exhibition Halls
April 7 – Coliseum
April 28 – Exhibition Halls
More details to come, but we can’t wait to see you there.
Try out to be a Mad Rollin’ Doll!
Want to enter the draft pool for a shot at a spot on one of our awesome MRD home teams? We’ll hold tryouts for the draft pool on September 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., followed by a four week tryout session from September 12 through October 12.
Tryouts to get into the draft pool will consist of a drill-focused practice (similar to a standard MRD practice) where we will be assessing WFTDA minimums and skater safety, as well as a quick <5 min interview. The interview portion will involve two representatives from each of our four home teams, asking a few questions to take back to the rest of their team to help get to know you all a little better.
Each home team will lead a practice as well as have a meet-and-greet to continue to get to know draft pool skaters. Details on the meet-and-greets will come later.
Drafted skaters will be announced on Friday, October 13, after the four week tryout session.
Q: Can anyone try out?
A: Yes, anyone can try out as long as you are 21 years or older and female or non-binary identified. If you are between the ages of 18-21, our recreational team, Wreckers Madison Roller Derby (MWD), accepts skaters aged 18 or older. Rec sessions start at various times throughout the year. For more information, hit up firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: What if I can’t pass my WFTDA minimums or don’t even know what those are?
A: We are not looking for a 100% pass on WFTDA mins to get into the draft pool (WFTDA mins can be found here). We will be assessing these skills at tryouts, but first and foremost we’re looking at safety on skates and ability to be trained. We are looking to take a group of skaters into the draft pool that we feel have potential to learn and be game-ready by January 2018, the beginning of MRD’s home season.
Q: What if I can’t make the September 7 date and I still want to try out?
A: The designated makeup day for tryouts is September 9 from 10:00a to 11:30 a.m.
Q: How many skaters are you drafting this year?
A: The number of skaters drafted varies every season based on home team needs and number of open roster spots at the time of the draft in October. A great time to ask about expected number of spots is when teams host their meet-and-greets during the draft month.
Q: Do I need WFTDA insurance to try out?
A: No, but you will need to sign a waiver for tryouts. If you are accepted into the draft pool, you will need to purchase WFTDA insurance.
Get on our mailing list to be notified about future training opportunities and tryout information here: email@example.com
Tryouts for Mad Rollin’ Dolls are open to adults aged 21 years or older and female or non-binary identified. If you are male identified and would like to play the game, we recommend contacting the awesome Mad Men Roller Derby for training and play opportunities: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested in becoming a skating or non-skating official? All genders are welcome and we will teach you everything you need to know to officiate this sport. Please email email@example.com and we’ll put you in touch with the officiating crew.