Summer Scrimmage Opportunities

Team Unicorn is hosting open scrimmages this summer.  They will take place on the following dates:

  • Sun June 10
  • Sun July 15
  • Sun Aug 19
  • Sun Sept 9

To sign up for the next scrimmage, click HERE.

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.

For more information on our venue search and fundraising efforts, visit https://madisonrollerderby.org/about/our-home/.

Dairyland Dolls Prepare for Clover Cup

Your Dairyland Dolls are preparing for an exciting season of tournaments!

First up is the 2018 Clover Cup, March 23-25 in Dallas, Texas ! Your Charter and B Team skaters will travel down to the Lornhorn State to compete in this three-day tournament.

But these skaters need your help! Please consider making a tax-deductible donation 

Every cent and every share gets this herd one step closer to victory! 

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!

Visit madisonrollerderby.org and facebook.com/madrollindolls to stay up-to-date with all the latest news, as well as information about our upcoming home team season that kicks off January 13 at the Alliant Energy Center!

(The Hartmeyer Ice Arena is wheelchair accessible)

2017 International WFTDA Championships Viewing Party – Hosted by Mad Rollin’ Dolls

Hey roller derby fans! We know you love watching high level roller derby, but don’t always have the access to it….

Mad Rollin’ Dolls and The Roman Candle – Monroe St Location are teaming up to hook you up with full access!

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.

Join MRD at our Champs viewing party!

Specials: 
$7 Bloody Mary’s w/ deaths door vodka
$6 Mimosas
$5 margaritas w/ espolon reposado

Happy Hour Price Specials:
(2-4 Saturday and Sunday)
$5 tap-cocktails
$2 off wine (glass)
BOGO tap beer and and tallboy (excludes goblet 10z pours)

Please note: No outside food allowed, kids are welcome! Daylight savings ends on Sunday and Roman Candle will not open until 11 AM on Sunday.

Event Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/370404270062324
Champs schedule of events and bracket here: https://wftda.com/events/tournament-central/championships/ (in Eastern times)

Season 14 Game Dates Announced

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.

OFFICIAL TRYOUTS SIGN UP FORM

FAQs about Tryouts

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 wreckers@madisonrollerderby.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.

OFFICIAL TRYOUTS SIGN UP FORM

Get on our mailing list to be notified about future training opportunities and tryout information here: training@madisonrollerderby.org

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: recruitment.madmen@mensderbywi.com.

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 training@madisonrollerderby.org and we’ll put you in touch with the officiating crew.

Summer Training Session Registration OPEN NOW

Our summer session is open to skaters of all (or no!) skill levels. Learn to Skate (Level 1) is non-contact and will teach the skills you need to be comfortable with wheels on your feet. Skate to Learn (Level 2) is a more advanced session for those with prior skating experience. Come train with some of the best roller derby athletes around and learn everything from basic skating skills to game play and strategy.

Interested? Registration is OPEN NOW:

Please read the descriptions below and only sign up for one level. If you sign up for Level 2 – Skate to Learn, we will be assessing skaters during the first week to see if they pass a minimum skills test to start contact.  All skaters are welcome in Level 1 – Learn to Skate, and we may recommend skaters shift from Level 2 to Level 1 after assessments.

Practices for all sessions begin the week of June 13. All practices will be held at Fast Forward Skate Center, located at 4649 Verona Road.

You do not have to participate in any of the summer training sessions to try out for the Mad Rollin’ Dolls later this year. Tryouts generally are held during the month of September, and we will reach out with more information as Fall approaches.

There are no attendance requirements for either session. Skills will build over the course of the session, so we would recommend trying to attend regularly so you don’t fall behind, but we realize life happens too. You can come to as many or as few practices as you’d like, but cost will not be adjusted if you miss practices.

Both levels are open to adults aged 18 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: recruitment.madmen@mensderbywi.com.

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 training@madisonrollerderby.org and we’ll put you in touch with the officiating crew.

Level 1 – Learn to Skate

If you’re new to roller derby, haven’t been on skates in years, or want to keep working on core skills like good stance, stride, balance, and other skills you’ll need to pass your WFTDA minimum skills test and play roller derby, this is the level for you.

Level 1 – Learn to Skate will be run by our recreational team, Wreckers Madison Roller Derby (MWD).  Practices for this level will be Wednesdays from 4:30-6:30pm (doors open at 4:15) and Saturdays 8:00-10:00am (doors open at 7:45), beginning Wednesday June 14, and going through Saturday, September 16. Cost will be $40/month, or $120 total for the session. You will not need to purchase additional WFTDA insurance for this level.

Gear

All skaters must provide their own mouthguard for the first practice. A lot of us like the Sisu Aero Mouthguard, but any sports mouth guard will do. Please remember to NOT purchase any gear until you have attended a gear talk or have talked to our gear pivot, Ironcide (annaironside@yahoo.com). We will be allowing gear to be borrowed for the first month or so of practice (helmet, elbow pads, knee pads, wrist guards), and the roller rink brownie skates are available to borrow for practice indefinitely if you don’t have your own. If you’d like to purchase your own gear, our very own Mouse has a skate shop inside Fast Forward and gives wonderful advice if you’re unsure on what you need. She also has mouthguards available for purchase.

Important Dates:

Wednesday, 6/14: Start of the Summer Session: 101 will be practicing 4:30-6:30; doors open at 4:15. **Please bring tennis shoes to every practice for possible off skates warm-up.

Saturday, 6/17: Wreckers Kickoff Orientation Meeting,10:00-11:00 am. Location will be in a party room at Fast Forward. Business will start as soon as everybody is de-geared. We strongly encourage all members to attend this meeting.

Saturday 6/24: Gear Talk: After practice in the TV or party room at Fast Forward.

Level 1 Registration

To sign up for Level 1 – Learn to Skate, please follow the link below and fill out the registration information.

Level 1 – Learn to Skate Wreckers Summer Registration Link

If you have any questions or any problems with the registration form, please email Audi and Bub at wreckers@madisonrollerderby.org.

Level 2 – Skate to Learn

Level 2 – Skate to Learn, will be led by the Mad Rollin’ Dolls (MRD). Practices for this level will be Tuesdays from 5:30-7:30 pm (doors open at 5:15) and Thursdays from 4:30-6:30 pm (doors open at 4:15). This level will start the week of June 13, and will be a 10-week session ending August 19. Cost will be $40/month, or $100 total, for the 10 weeks.

We recommend this level for those with some prior skating experience who are able to pass their WFTDA mins (excluding 27/5). This level will be contact, and will work on core skills, building to scrimmage scenarios toward the middle/end. Skaters who have been involved on the recreational team, Wreckers Madison Roller Derby, and have completed 151 or above will generally be comfortable at this level. Skaters who have completed 101 and have tested into 151 are encouraged to attend assessments to see which level will be the best fit for them.

Level 2 Registration

To sign up for Level 2 – Skate to Learn, please follow the link below and fill out the registration information.  We will also have you complete and sign two paper forms prior to gearing up for assessments, along with collecting payment for the session.

Fees

The cost of the session is $40/month, or $100 total for the 10 weeks. You may pay monthly or in a lump sum. The first month’s fee, $40, must be paid at or prior to assessments. We accept cash, check, or PayPal. If you do not pay on or before the first day of the session, you will not be allowed to skate. If you are assessed into Level 1 – Learn to Skate, your dues and registration information will be transferred.

  • If you’d like to use PayPal, please use the following link and make sure you choose “send money to friends and family” and put “Level 2 Dues” and the name you used to register above in the note to sender.  PayPal Link

WFTDA Insurance

Level 2 practices will require that you purchase additional insurance from the WFTDA, which will cost $80.  It looks like it has gone up $5 from $75 to $80 since I had last checked. Details to purchase WFTDA insurance are below. We don’t recommend purchasing WFTDA insurance if you don’t already have it until after assessments during the first week of the session. You may not need it if you are assessed into the non-contact level. WFTDA insurance must be purchased prior to the first day of Level 2 practices after assessments and will cover you until 12/31/2017.

  • To purchase WFTDA Insurance, go to this website and follow the prompts: https://wftda.com/insurance/purchase

  • Please select Mad Rollin’ Dolls as the league with which you are skating. Once you have purchased your WFTDA Insurance, look for an email (within the week) prompting you to log in to your WFTDA account and sign the WFTDA NDA. Please do so immediately upon receipt of the prompt. Please email Hoppe (deannahoppe@gmail) directly if you have any issues.

Assessments for Level 2 – Skate to Learn

On day 1 of the session (June 13) you will fill out all the necessary paperwork to participate in Level 2 – Skate to Learn. You will also get a piece of tape to stick to your helmet that will have your assessment number. On day 2 (June 15) we will continue to test whatever we did not get to on day 1. If you can’t be there day 1, you will fill out your paperwork on day 2 and we’ll get you started. If you cannot make any of these dates for assessments, please email me directly and we will work something out.

Don’t know what WFTDA minimum skills are? Take a look here under Skater Training and Safety https://wftda.com/resources

We look forward to skating with you this summer!

Learn to skate and train with the Mad Rollin’ Dolls this summer!

This summer, Mad Rollin’ Dolls and Madison Wreckers Roller Derby are teaming up to provide top-notch skating instruction in a super supportive environment – for both brand new beginners and those looking to level up!

SUMMER SESSION STARTS JUNE 13 (through August 17)

Our summer session is open to skaters of all (or no!) skill levels. Learn to Skate (Level 1) is non-contact and will teach the skills you need to be comfortable with wheels on your feet. Skate to Learn (Level 2) is a more advanced contact session for those with prior skating experience. Come train with some of the best roller derby athletes around and learn everything from basic skating skills to game play and strategy.

Cost will be $100 for the full session.

Interested?  Fill out form linked below and we’ll contact you with additional information: https://goo.gl/forms/tTNSoNZkperP4hHR2

Sampler skate sessions will be held for both the Learn to Skate and Skate to Learn Levels

  • Learn to Skate (Level 1) Sampler Skate with Madison Wreckers: Wednesday, May 24 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Fast Forward Skate Center
    • Interested in trying out roller derby, but not sure you’re ready to jump in with both feet? This is a commitment-free and non-contact way to try out roller derby and meet some members of your local recreational roller derby team! Cost is $5 per skater to cover rink costs. We will provide wrist guards, knee pads, elbow pads, and skates. We do have limited helmets to lend, so if you could bring one (bike helmets are ok!), that would be great. If you have your own skates and/or gear, you are of course free to bring those.We will run through some basic skating drills suitable for beginners that will give you the feel for a real practice. Get ready to have fun and use your muscles! Then there will be a brief Q&A time for more info about the league.We have a limited capacity! To make sure that your spot is secured, please email wreckers@madisonrollerderby.org to RSVP. Not sure if you can come or not? We will be able to take a limited number of skaters at the door. Please come early to fill out some forms!**Even if you can’t make this event you can still sign up for the upcoming Summer session and Learn to Skate with MRD!!**

      Questions? Feel free to email Wreckers or just send us a Facebook message

  • Skate to Learn (Level 2) Sampler Skate with Mad Rollin’ Dolls: Tuesday, May 23 (5:30 to 7:30 p.m.) and Thursday, May 25 (4:30 to 6:30 p.m.) at Fast Forward Skate Center. Similar set-up to the above Wrecker session but with Mad Rollin’ Dolls skaters rolling you through the paces. This is a contact level. We have a limited capacity! To make sure that your spot is secured, please email training@madisonrollerderby.org to RSVP. Not sure if you can come or not? We will be able to take a limited number of skaters at the door. Please come early to fill out some forms!*** Even if you can’t make this event you can still sign up for this Summer Session and Learn to Skate with MRD: https://goo.gl/forms/tTNSoNZkperP4hHR2 ***

Both levels are open to adults aged 18 years or older and female or non-binary identified. If you are male identified, we recommend contacting the awesome Mad Men Roller Derby for training and play opportunities: recruitment.madmen@mensderbywi.com

Train with the Mad Rollin’ Dolls

Info about summer 2017 training and bootcamps coming in the spring!

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Our summer 2016 bootcamp is open to skaters of all (or no!) skill levels. Come train with some of the best roller derby athletes around and learn everything from basic skating skills to game play and strategy.

Bootcamp assessments (where we sort you into levels) – June 28 and 30, 2016 (Tues & Thurs, 4:30 to 6:30pm both days)
Bootcamp 6 week session – July 3 through August 12, proposed schedule is as follows:

Level 1 (basic skating and beginning derby skills) : Tues (4:30-6:30pm), Sat (7:45-9:45am)
Level 2 (intermediate skating & derby skills, contact ready) : Tues (4:30-6:30pm), Sat (7:45-9:45am)
Level 3 (strong skating & derby skills, scrimmage ready) : Thurs (4:30-6:30pm), Sun (10:30am-12:30pm), and possibly Sat (9:45-11:45)

Sign-up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1zCMCQ6v_Y2EG4chVsLl39SrFZ3AdyM_DO4KCtZwV1o0/viewform

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 evaluations for the draft pool on August 23, 2016, followed by a six week tryout session that will run through October 7 (if you pass into the draft pool).

To sign up for MRD tryouts, please fill out this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1UeyImmRRcXbxQNIr_Oc62ME4T_OcqmFnK78-_v59HuU/viewform

 

Note: Skaters who identify as male can participate only in the first 6 weeks of bootcamp (not tryouts) and in any level – 1, 2 or 3. People should be at both assessment days if at all possible. Make-up assessments will be held the first day of bootcamp during level 1/2 (Saturday, July 2nd).