Green Mountain vs Fog City – June 1st, 2019

Come see Green Mountain Roller Derby‘s last home game of the spring season at the Champlain Valley Exposition on Saturday, June 1st! Tickets are on sale now through Seven Days Tickets.

Doors open at 5:00pm, first whistle at 6:00pm

Green Mountain Roller Derby is facing off against the Fog City Rollers (Saint John Roller Derby) in an exciting single-header bout. In addition to the game, we’re also featuring a special appearance by Vermont’s only junior roller derby team, the Minor Catastrophes, a silent auction, and beer served by Switchback Brewing Company. Join in all the excitement, athleticism, and fun of women’s flat track roller derby right in your own backyard! We’ll see you trackside.

Visit our merch table to get your hands on our brand new shirt designs for 2019, and learn how you can get involved in roller derby.

Central Vermont Roller Derby and Green Mountain Roller Derby Have Merged

On Tuesday February 26th, Burlington-area Green Mountain Roller Derby (GMRD) and Montpelier-based Central Vermont Roller Derby (CVRD) officially merged under the Green Mountain Roller Derby title.

Central Vermont Roller Derby formed in 2010 and was active in Montpelier, holding bouts at the B.O.R. in Barre and participating in community events around the area. After the 2016 season, many of the team’s skaters retired and the team had been rebuilding ever since. During the 2018 season, CVRD and GMRD grew more united, with CVRD lending skaters to GMRD’s Grade A Fancy team, and the two leagues sharing practices. In December, CVRD approached GMRD with a proposal to formally merge the teams under the GMRD moniker. After extensive review by both leagues, the merger was approved with the intent of better serving the leagues’ skaters and their fans.

The now more expansive GMRD is excited about the change and anticipating a bright future. Spectators and fans can look forward to the first game of the season on March 30th at the Champlain Valley Expo. Those looking to join the team or give roller derby a try are encouraged to attend rookie practices on Sundays at 12:30pm at the Montpelier Rec Center, or Tuesdays at 8:30pm at the Champlain Valley Expo.

Green Mountain Roller Derby Spring Season Opener 2019 – March 30th, 2019

Come see Green Mountain Roller Derby’s first home game of the spring season at the Champlain Valley Exposition on Saturday, March 30th!

Doors open at 5:00pm, first whistle at 6:00pm

Green Mountain Roller Derby is facing off against Central Maine Derby in an exciting single-header bout. Join in all the excitement, athleticism, and fun of women’s flat track roller derby right in your own backyard! We’ll see you trackside.

Tickets are on sale now! Purchase yours online through Seven Days Tickets, or at the door.

Visit our merch table to get your hands on our brand new shirt designs for 2019, and learn how you can get involved in roller derby.

Green Mountain Roller Derby Family Feud Home Bout! October 20th, 2018

Green Mountain Roller Derby is excited to be playing against themselves this Saturday, October 20th in their Family Feud bout! The league will be split into two team, Ghosts (white) and Ghouls (black), and will have to face each other as opponents instead of teammates!

What’s really exciting, and challenging, about creating two opposing teams out of one league, is that both teams practice the same drills and are taught the same strategic game plans. Being able to anticipate what the other team will do is an advantage, but it’s one that both teams will have on each other. Playing against each other also allows for a lot of growth as a team; playing a competitive sport against the people you usually work with to compete against other leagues will give good insight on the skills and maneuvers that are successful as well the ones that aren’t so successful. GMRD will really be able to utilize this experience to structure future practices in a way that benefit the players and their learning curves.

Speaking of learning curves, every player on this team has spent countless hours practicing, and among them all are some new skaters. GMRD is thrilled to be welcoming three new players onto the track with them for this game. Kurt Copain, Executie, and Dictator Tot (a graduate of GMRD’s junior league Minor Catastrophes), are all rolling onto the track for their first bout! All three of them have pushed themselves so hard to get to where they are now and have gained the skills and have the perseverance to make it through an entire bout. The league is so proud of the work and commitment they’ve put into derby! Also debuting at this game are two new referees! GMRD is beyond appreciative to anyone who is willing to learn all there is to know about reffing for a roller derby bout. There is an array of rules set by the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association that are known to be updated every now and then that every ref needs to learn and be able to spot on the track. Roll for Damage and Slothzilla have been familiarizing themselves with these rules and working hard on becoming amazing refs. GMRD is so happy and thankful to have them on board for our Family Feud bout. Just like any family, this bout will be filled with members new and old, both on and off the track!

At every bout, GMRD partners with a local non-profit in an effort to give back to the community. For this game, they have partnered with Steps to End Domestic Violence(STEPS), an organization in Chittenden County whose mission is to “… assist in the transition to a safe, independent life for all those who have been affected physically, sexually, emotionally, or economically by domestic abuse and to promote a culture that fosters justice, equity and safety.” GMRD feels strongly about the efforts that this organization puts forward towards helping those affected by domestic abuse, and to help them raise funds, GMRD will be holding a 50/50 raffle to benefit them. When you come to the game, make sure to buy some raffle tickets and check our their table for more information on ways you can help and for informative pamphlets. In the meantime, check our their website :

Green Mountain Roller Derby wants to thank you all in advance for coming to our game, for your support of roller derby, our non-profit STEPS, and everyone that puts tireless hours of work into running the league. Make sure you visit our merch table to get your hands on our brand new shirt designs for 2018, and learn how you can get involved in roller derby!

Game details:

Saturday, October 20th at the Champlain Valley Exposition.
Doors open at 5:00 pm, first whistle at 6:00 pm

You can take advantage of presale prices at the seven days tickets link below:
FREE Ages 6 & under
$6 Ages 7-12
$8 Seniors, Students, & Military
$10 Adult
Plus fees & taxes

If you purchase tickets at the door, prices will be as follows:

FREE Ages 6 & under
$6 Ages 7-12
$10 Seniors, Students, & Military
$12 Adult
Plus fees & taxes

4th Annual Skates Take Over Akes Celebration

Our annual fundraiser, Skates Take Over Akes, is back for the 4th year in a row!

Come join Green Mountain Roller Derby on Friday, September 28th for a night of fun at Akes Place in downtown Burlington, as we raffle off gift baskets donated by our generous sponsors. Follow along with our Skates Take Over Akes event on Facebook to see what’s up for grabs. You won’t want to miss these amazing prizes!

Where: Akes’ Place
When: Friday, September 28th 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Raffle tickets are $1 each/$5 arm’s length/$10 wingspan

All of the money GMRD raises will go back into the organization to help put on our games and pay for practice space. Donations are always welcome!

This event is 21+

Interested in sponsoring a basket? Let us know!


Rookie Blog – Just Betty

I hear it over and over again from my fairly new co workers (I have been at my job for 8 months). “You do Roller Derby?” “Isn’t that a tough sport?” “You don’t seem like a roller derby girl”…

What is a roller derby girl anyway? At GMRD I have met ladies from every walk of life. In their 20s, 30s, 40s, professional, athletic, never worked out until now (that’s me), timid, loud, tall, short, big and small!

We all have one thing in common, a drive to push our selves, even on our worst days. We also have a confidence that can only come from an incredible supportive community.

I was at a point in my life where I needed to shake things up. I was sitting at home one night feeling lonely and sad. A blast came across my Facebook feed for a GMRD rookie night and I said why not!

That was in January and I am so glad I went. I ice skated when I was younger, but had done nothing athletic in years! (And dont worry if you have never been on any kind of skate, blades or wheels, you’ll be fine!)

That first practice kicked my ass but I never felt better! I am taking it one practice at a time and after my second attempt I passed my first assesments and took my first hit (in training, totally expected) and it hurt! But guess what I am going back, I will get stronger and more stable on my skates and I will hit back (in a regulated non penalty causing way)!

So to all of you I say yes. I AM A DERBY GIRL. No matter what you see when you look at me. This journey has just begun and I can’t wait to see where it takes me!

Yours truly, Just Betty 84

Rookie Blog – Kurt Copain

It’s going to be hard to write about my experience as a rookie in only 200-300 words, because joining the skate community has had more of a 10,000 word impact on me.

I started skating about 1 year ago with zero skate experience. I was scared to join GMRD because I lacked skills, confidence, and I struggle with social anxiety. Lucky for me, GMRD looked past my inexperience and nerves, and instead celebrated how hard it can be to join a new sport. Every week I felt excited to show up and learn a little more, get a little better. Never before in my life have I heard someone earnestly yell “Nice fall!”, and be honoring the ability to get back up again.

Rookies practice is a great place to make connections with fiercely genuine women and learn a sport that encourages women of all shapes and sizes to take up space and be aggressive and not apologize for it. It has done more for my self-esteem than I could ever type in a blog post. I am grateful for all the late nights in which I pushed myself to go to practice despite feeling tired after work or drained from my personal life. Rookies practice was a place where I could get space from my daily routine and inner struggles, and instead make memories of feeling proud and supported. Like in Ratatouille (one of my all-time favorite movies), Remy’s chef idol Gousteau says “anyone can cook”; similarly, a good roller derby player can come from anywhere and with any background (i.e. no experience), and I would encourage anyone who has an inkling of interest in the sport to try it out and surprise themselves.

Girls Junior Roller Derby Camp This Summer in Essex!

July 16th- 20th from 1:30pm-5:30pm at the Essex High School Hockey Rink

For girls entering 2nd through 12th grade

Spend the week with veteran skaters from the Green Mountain Roller Derby learning all the basic skills of skating on quad roller skates: stopping, falling safely, agility, speed, and endurance. Campers will learn the fundamentals of roller derby in a controlled, safe environment while focusing on teamwork, getting to know the positions, and safe gameplay. Off-skates activities will include derby crafts like decorating team jerseys. This camp is suitable for beginners as well as experienced skaters.

To sign up today or receive more information visit the Essex Junction Parks and Recreation website-

Follow GMRD’s junior roller derby team the Minor Catastrophe’s on Facebook for updates and more info-

How does playing roller derby make our junior skaters feel? Let them tell you!

Green Mountain vs Fog City on May 19th!

You would think that after competing in a tournament a few weeks ago, in which GMRD moved up 13 spots to #213 on WFTDA Rankings, the Grade A Fancy would take a break for a bit. But only two days after returning home to Vermont, wheels were spinning on the floor at the Champlain Valley Expo.

Captains Seraquil, Cryptic Kablam and Breast Infection have their minds focused on taking the skills learned from Coastal Chaos and pushing the team to win the upcoming May 19 game against New Brunswick’s Shipyard Sirens (currently ranked WFTDA #233) of the Fog City Rollers.

The recent tournament gave the Fancies the opportunity to utilize the skills that they’ve been developing together all season. The team saw regular rotation jammers Vagichael Jackson and Savage Patch Kid play to their strengths all weekend, using their footwork to earn points by juking aggressively around the other team’s blockers. Meanwhile, Kirb Stomp, pushed and hit her way through most of her opponents, leaving the other team high and dry. Coach Krystina reached deep into the bench to complete the jammer rotation by pulling out veteran blockers Snatch McKraken and Seraquil. Both skaters were incredibly effective as Grade A Fancy jammers. Seraquil walked away with her first ever MVP jammer award.

In the pack, Seraquil, yet again, played a huge role as a defensive communicator and offensive partner to the jammer. Fancy veterans Breaker, Snatch McKraken, Folsom Bruise, Fox, Cryptic Kablam, Savage Patch Kid and Kirb Stomp also help guide the packs, as up and coming skaters Rad Rover, Klitorisk, TrasHer, and Beast Infection held strong defensive walls. Local veteran skaters Poison Apple and Mule Kick of North East Kingdom Roller Derby (NEK) helpfully joined the ranks to complete the roster for the Fancies by both blocking and jamming successfully through the weekend.

The Grade A Fancy spent January through April focusing on communication, building strong defensive lines and power jam offensive plays. With the team’s other skills now in check, going into this game the focus has shifted toward strategy. Coach Krystina and the Captains have been teaching some of the newer skaters more in depth nuances on the game, including how to effectively save points by outracing the other team. With only a few days of practice left, we’ll have to see how it all plays out on Saturday night.

Tickets for our game on May 19th are for sale online through Seven Days Tickets! More details are below:


Roller Derby at the Champlain Valley Exposition! Green Mountain Roller Derby’s A Team, the Grade A Fancy, will take on the Fog City Rollers’ Shipyard Sirens on Saturday, May 19th.


Doors open at 5:00pm, first whistle at 6:00pm

Special half-time demonstration by Vermont’s only junior roller derby team: The Minor Catastrophes

Grab a drink in our enormous beer garden with your friends, or bring the whole family. Our Spring Slam Jam will have something for everyone! Face painting, kids games, a special halftime event with tons of prizes to win. You won’t want to miss this!

Visit our merch table to get your hands on our brand new shirt designs for 2018, and learn how you can get involved in roller derby!

Join in all the excitement, athleticism, and fun of women’s flat track roller derby right in your own backyard. We’ll see you track side!

Purchase your tickets in advance online before ticket prices go up at the door.

Door Prices:

FREE Ages 6 & under

$6 Ages 7-12

$10 Seniors, Students, & Military

$12 Adult

Plus fees & taxes

Don’t forget to join us at our after party, hosted at McGillicuddy’s Five Corners! Meet the crew from Green Mountain, Fog City, and more while you get a bite to eat and a drink after the game. See you there!

Coastal Chaos 2018!

For the second yard in a row, Green Mountain Roller Derby’s Grade A Fancy is traveling to Rockport, Maine at the end of April to skate against competitors from all across the country in a multi-day, internationally ranked tournament called Coastal Chaos.

Coach Krystina, along with team Captains Cryptic Kablam, Quil, and Beast Infection, have created goal-specific practices leading up to Coastal Chaos in order to prep the team for the weekend-long competition.

“Bringing up our team both on and off the track is our primary goal this season, and winning games will be a side-effect,” explained Kablam.

From GMRD’s home venue at the Champlain Valley Exposition, skaters have been working on footwork, lateral movements, and landing solid hits. While Coach has been focusing on endurance and strength in skating skills, Captains have been stressing to the skaters the importance of being able to talk to one another on the track, while simultaneously skating and playing a game. A task that, according to most skaters, is easier said than done.

“Our communication drills involve blockers making sure that they’re talking to their teammates while doing the physical blocking, both one on one, and working our way into a small pack,” said Kablam.

This year‘s roster for Coastal Chaos includes an amazing mix of new and older skaters including Trasher D, Cryptic Kablam, Rad Rover, Kirb Stomp, Quil, Snatch McKraken, Folsom Bruise, Poison Apple, Risk, Beast Infection, Savage Patch Kid, Maulin’ Mulekick, Vagicheal Jackson, Breaker, Fox, and ‘Risk.

Newly chartered Fancy skater, Trasher D, is looking forward to playing in her first ever WFTDA sanctioned tournament.

“I’m so excited to play with my team, and to meet all the people we will skate against,” she said. “Even more exciting though, is the opportunity to hang out with my teammates for 72 hours!”

To help curb traveling costs, GMRD is hosting a merch fundraiser. Fans can got to our online fundraiser page and order GMRD tee-shirts, tank tops or bags. Proceeds from the merch goes towards skaters’ travel fees, which are all self funded.