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Wrecking Doll Society Opens up World of Roller Derby to Newcomers

Wrecking Doll Society, the instructional skate group within Central Vermont Roller Derby, meets weekly in order to teach the rules of roller derby or just give participants a chance to skate with others.

Wrecking Doll Society, the instructional skate group within Central Vermont Roller Derby, meets weekly in order to teach the rules of roller derby or just give participants a chance to skate with others.

By Aaron Retherford
If you’re into roller derby and live in central Vermont, you might be familiar with the Twin City Riot, which has battled other roller derby squads from Vermont and New England since 2009.

You might have even attended one of their bouts and thought, “Wow, that’s looks like a lot of fun, but I can’t do that.” Well, you can.

Twin City Riot is the skating team under Central Vermont Roller Derby. However, Central Vermont Roller Derby also offers an instructional/recreational skate group called the Wrecking Doll Society, which meets at 5 p.m. every Saturday at the Montpelier Rec Center. The group is open to anyone at least 18 years old.

“This is an opportunity for people interested in roller derby to learn more about it and to possibly work toward skating on a team if that’s what they’re interested in,” Kate Burkholder, a current member of the Twin City Riot and liaison for Central Vermont Roller Derby said. “We really focus on very basic skills because we have people coming in who have never been on skates before, and we’ve got people who have skated for years but have never played roller derby. We’ve got people coming from all walks of life.”

Gear is provided for those who want to check out the Wrecking Doll Society. Participants need only to bring their own mouth guard.

Twin City Riot uses Wrecking Doll as a way to recruit new skaters to the team and teach people about roller derby. The Wrecking Doll Society Facebook page is full of informative videos that teach the rules of the game. Burkholder said Wrecking Doll is a good place just to get some exercise and meet similarly-minded people.

“Pretty much from the get go, it provides a pretty strong community,” Burkholder said. “It’s a place for women to go and be a part of a sport that’s designed for them and run by them. We tend to call ourselves a family rather than just a team. We do a lot of extra-curricular activities together. It’s a place to really put a lot of time and effort into and get a lot out of it.”

Wrecking Doll Society is also open to men. There is a men’s roller derby team based out of Burlington, and there are plans to compete as a co-ed team later this year.

Right now, Twin City Riot has about 10 team members. The team is working with four or five people referred to as “fresh meat”, who are being trained to play on the team.

While fishnets, tutus, and intimidating names might be the image most people immediately conjure up of roller derby, Burkholder, AKA “Detoxikate” as she is a substance abuse counselor, said showmanship has definitely become less of a focus.

“Now it’s really more about skaters doing some incredibly athletic things on the track,” she said.

And while roller derby’s focus on showmanship has evolved, the same core principles exist that have been drawing participants for decades.

“Intrinsically, what I hear across the board from people who have been involved in derby for only a short time to people who have been doing it for decades is that there is also a piece of real general acceptance in roller derby,” Burkholder said. “It’s a very open community, so it is a place for people to feel comfortable.”

For more information, head to www.centralvtrollerderby.com or check out the Facebook pages for Twin City Riot and Wrecking Doll Society.

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Welcome to Central Vermont Roller Derby’s new site! Feel free to leave comments and any feedback and remember to like us on Facebook!

We are currently recruiting new skaters–come join us every Saturday 5-6:30pm at the Montpelier Rec Center. See our Events page for more information and be sure to like our Wrecking Doll Society page on Facebook for fun posts and information!

Contact us!


Central Vermont Roller Derby on Facebook


Welcome to Central Vermont Roller Derby’s website! Feel free to leave comments and any feedback and remember to like us on Facebook!

We are currently recruiting new skaters–come join us Sundays 11am-12:30pm at the Montpelier Rec Center. See our Events page for more information and be sure to watch our Central Vermont Roller Derby page on Facebook for updates, fun posts and information!

Contact us!


Central Vermont Roller Derby on Facebook

Derby Photographers / Videographers

Where do we get all these amazing images? Some of the world’s best photographers and videographers share their hard work and talent with the world of roller derby. Please check out some of our favorites!


Josh Larkin Photography

Hispanic Attack // Walter Romero
or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Hispanic-Attack

Big Dawg Images // Steven McKinney

Emily Alice Shuman / Life Anew Images

Mark Collier / Collier Photography

Little Moose Photography

Jolene Grey


Central Vermont Sports Net (CVT Sports)
Videos of past bouts available for sale at CVT Sports!
Check out the video clips!


Media We Love

There is so much great information out there in and about the derby community…below is a list of some of our favorites!


Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) : International governing body of women’s flat track roller derby

WFTDA.tv : Live streaming of bouts as well as an amazing archive

Roller Derby Athletics : Resources to train, learn, practice & grow

Roller Derby for Beginners : The name says it all! Resources for fresh meat & seasoned skaters


You Picked a Fine Time to Leave Me Loose Wheel : A Blog about life, art, and derby

TrebleMaker 909 : Roller derby tips, training & advice for Fresh Meat, Rookies and Veteran Roller Girls

The Control Pad : Derby life, Info and Gear reviews by former CVRD and current Rose City skater, Sproutta Control


Roller Derby Basics (WFTDA)

Roller Derby and the Art of Falling Down : Mike Rowe (Dirty Jobs) tries out Roller Derby

Roller Derby Saved my Soul : by Uncle Leon and the Alibis


Wrecking Dolls Society : Our fresh meat/learn to skate league page

Central Vermont Roller Derby : Our main facebook page

Roller Derby Recyclables : Find some used gear and save $$$!

Roller Derby Junkies : Fun derby gifs/videos


We all need to get our derby gear somewhere! Some of our favorite stores include:

Bruised Boutique

Turn Two Skate Shop

Derby 101

What is Flat Track Roller Derby?

Flat track roller derby is a fast-paced contact team sport that requires speed, strategy, and athleticism. Games, or ‘bouts’ feature un-staged physical contact played according to a strict set of rules. At the 123rd International Olympic Committee session, it was announced that roller derby was among eight sports under consideration for addition to the 2020 Olympic Games.

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.


CVRD skates under the WFTDA 2015 ruleset.
Learn more about the WFTDA rules.

Basic summary

A roller derby bout consists of two teams who field five roller skaters on the track. A team wins by scoring the most points in the duration of the bout. The rules of roller derby are set by the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA).
See a short video that sums it up!

Infographic for further info: derby-101-wftda


Photo Courtesy of Big Dawg Images


  • One jammer per team per jam
  • Identified by a helmet cover with a star
  • Scores points
Photo Courtesy of Hispanic Attack
Photo Courtesy of Hispanic Attack


  • One pivot per team per jam
  • Identified by a helmet cover with a stripe
  • Leads the pack


One bout consists of two periods of 30 minutes each. A period is comprised of short, successive intervals called jams. Each jam can last up to two minutes. At the beginning of the jam, one whistle blows to release the pack. Next, a double-whistle blows to release the two jammers.


Both teams can score points during the same jam. A point is scored each time a jammer passes a blocker from the opposing team. In each jam, one jammer can earn Lead Jammer status by being the first jammer to break through the pack on her initial pass. When Lead Jammer is awarded, the jam referee will tweet the whistle and point to the Lead Jammer. The Lead Jammer has the special ability to call off the jam at any time by putting her hands on her hips.


So roller derby is all about throwing elbows and tripping and clotheslining, right? Wrong! Modern roller derby is not what you remember from the 70’s television show. Some hits are legal. Some are not! Skaters can earn thirty seconds in the penalty box for hitting with their forearms or heads, tripping other skaters, hitting other skaters’ backs, or cutting the track to pass other skaters.


Roller derby has one of the highest official-to-player ratios in modern sports. Roller derby requires both referees on skates and non-skating officials to track scores, penalties, game timing and to keep the game running smoothly.
Common Referee Signals Infographic


Does everyone have to wear quad roller skates?

Yes – all skaters and referees wear quad roller skates, as well as full safety equipment, including knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards, helmets, and mouth guards. Quad skates allow for better lateral movement which is essential in roller derby.

Are there ever fights?

Like most contact sports, fighting is discouraged. Any fighting could lead to expulsion from the game and disciplinary action from the league. Roller derby is the kind of sport where you can dish out legal punishment to your arch nemesis on the track, and buy her a beer later off the track.

Why don’t you skate on a banked track?

Banked tracks in modern roller derby, as popularized by the derby revival in Austin, Texas, are very expensive for today’s skater-owned, skater-operated leagues. Flat track is a much more accessible and popular choice for derby leagues nationwide.



CVRD Skater Profiles

New year, new round of new skater profiles!
Everybody say Hi to Nell Hath No Fury!

Name: Nell Hath No Fury – My real-life name is Nellie, and I am, like, ridiculously good-natured, so I thought it was a funny choice.
Number: Haven’t decided on one yet. Leaning towards either 19 (because everything is 19), or 213 (my birthday)
When I started: September 2015
How I found CVRD: I’d been thinking about checking out roller derby for several years, but didn’t actually do anything about it until this past year after moving to Montpelier. I wanted to meet people and try something new, so googled “Roller Derby Montpelier Vermont,” and found CVRD. Haven’t looked back since!
What I like best about Roller Derby so far: I love pushing myself, and my fitness, to new levels. This is such a challenging and rewarding sport, and I love that about it. I also love the amazing, supportive women I skate with. They have never once made me feel like an idiot for taking forever learning T-stops, or falling down a million times. They just applaud you for falling the right way, and work with you to get you up and moving again.
Derby Hero: Scald Eagle with Rose City Rollers. She is an amazon on skates. I love her fierceness, control, and skill.
Best advice from a seasoned skater: If you’re not falling, you’re not pushing yourself. Get up & keep skating. (seriously, Best Advice, and so important to remember as fresh meat!!)

Central Vermont's Flat Track Roller Derby League