Los Alamos Derby Dames Take On El Paso TexPistols Saturday Evening, Summer Boot Camp Starts Sunday


The Los Alamos Derby Dames (LADD) will take on the El Paso TexPistols on Saturday, Aug. 12. First whistle (starting the game) will be at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door and if you arrive early you can see even more derby action! At 5 p.m. the same day the Juniors team, the Cherry Bombs, will have their start of season bout. 

Do you want to learn more about roller derby? You’re in luck! LADD are hosting a boot camp for new skaters starting Sunday, Aug. 13. Meet us at Bathtub Row Brewing Co-Op starting at noon for derby info including how the game is played, tips for newbies, and meet the LADD team.

Aug. 15, 17, and 20 will be our boot camp days. Loaner gear is available and you can get situated in no time. Email laderbydames@gmail.com for more details. Sign up early for boot camp and get free admission to the Aug. 12 bout.

Who is LADD? The Los Alamos Derby Dames was founded in 2011 and is a 501(c)(4) organization. They are umbrellaed under the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), an international organization comprised of over 400 leagues. LADD promotes women’s roller derby through athletic training and community involvement. Not only does LADD help to promote active lifestyles for athletes, they also promote positive personal values including loyalty, good sportsmanship, integrity, moral conduct, and inclusivity. 

LADD is not just a group of athletes. They are mothers, daughters, neighbors, teachers, engineers, entrepreneurs, gay, straight. They are many things all at once but most importantly, they are proud of who they are. The Derby Dames promote a safe place for not only their own league members, but to anyone wishing to be involved- volunteers, spectators, skating officials, visiting skaters. LADD encourages everyone to be themselves and live a life that is authentic.

LADD loves you and we want you to love yourself too! LADD wants to celebrate our diverse and inclusive community. This is who we are and we are proud of it! Pride Month is a time when we remember the struggle that so many have gone through in order to achieve equality, in order to be seen for the person they are inside. It is a continuous fight and the road ahead is not paved for smooth skating. While many of us are in safe places now, not everyone has been as fortunate. There is still fear of persecution and discrimination, sometimes by those closest. Pride is an incredible statement for those that don’t feel safe. It shows them that they are not alone, we are here for you.