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The Boston Derby Dames are a collection of the most badass women you will ever meet. If you’ve never witnessed the sport first hand, then you need to get down to a bout (not game) and watch these skaters brutally bring the hammer down on each other. Not only are these ladies tough as nails, but after seeing them live in action, you’ll quickly realize that they are amazing athletes as well.

The Dames are a DIY skater owned and operated roller derby league, and the first and only in Boston. They operate four home teams: the Arkham Horrors, Cosmonaughties, Nutcrackers and Wicked Pissahs and they also have an all-star travel team, the Boston Massacre. Currently, the Boston Derby Dames are ranked the 11th best roller derby league in the world. Oh, and the Massacre’s mascot is a giant lobster named Pinchy McMasshole– just another reason why the Boston Derby Dames rule so hard.

The next time the Dames suit up is June 7th when the Massacre will take on the Ohio Roller Girls All-Stars at Simoni Arena in Cambridge. Check the team’s website for a full schedule.

(click on photo directly below to look through bout gallery, continue below to read player profiles)

 

Elle L Cool Jam

How did you choose your name?



I have a fascination with hip-hop, I love old school ’90s hip hop.



How did you get involved with Boston Derby Dames?



I went to a derby and had a few beers and I said ‘I could do that, I’m going to try, I could totally do that’. I tried out and I didn’t make it. I tried out through the whole three month try out process. So then I was determined to make it. I cross trained for six months and tried out again and three years later here I am.



What’s a fun fact about yourself?



I do nail art. I’m kind of obsessed with it.

Maya Mangleyou

How did you choose your name?



I’m going to be honest. It was me and a couple of friends trying to figure out my derby name and drinking some beers and seeing what stuck … I’m kind of a nerd. I took AP English and everything, so it’s great.



How did you get involved with Boston Derby Dames?



This is really really weird. There are no easy answers. It was summer break and I was sitting there eating mac and cheese watching this show called “Dinner Impossible.” There was this show where this New Jersey roller derby team came and made this guy cook for like 800 people. He had six hours and had to cook for like hundreds of derby girls. It was the vibe they were giving off, I was like I want to do that. I googled Boston roller derby and went to a try out. (writer’s note: Mangle didn’t know how to skate when she decided to do this and learned in four months on the esplanade, like a boss. She is now in her fifth season.)



What’s a fun fact about yourself?



Despite how hard I look out there, I love to knit. I love crafting. I made these little puppy mug cozies for coffee cups. I lift weights and I’ll go out there and deadlift 250 pounds or something, but in my free time I love to make crafts.

Dottie Danger

How did you choose your name?



It was Belinda Carlisle’s name when she was with the Germs, and the Germs rule.



How did you get involved with Boston Derby Dames?



I have been a rink rat my whole life and I just tried out for the Arizona Derby Dames when I was 18 and I moved to Boston when I was 20 [and joined the Boston Derby Dames].



What’s a fun fact about yourself?



I am the whitest Mexican you’ve ever seen.

Planitz Collide

How did you choose your name?



My [last] name is actually Planitz and “Planets Collide” is actually an old hardcore/metal song by a band called Crowbar.



How did you get involved with Boston Derby Dames?



I’ve always been a rink rat and I moved out here [to Boston] from Detroit. A friend was like ‘you need to join roller derby.’ I missed it my first year and then I tried out the second year and I made it on the Nutcrackers and now Massacre.



What’s a fun fact about yourself?



I have never been arrested, but I was voted most likely to go to jail in high school.

Amy Rock

How did you choose your name?



It is actually my legal name. I used to be Rocka Shove, but when I came to Boston I just switched to my legal name, and I go by ‘Rock’ anyways.



How did you get involved with Boston Derby Dames?



I moved here [to Boston] about a year ago from Michigan. I started a league out there and I had to play roller derby when I moved out here. I played basketball for about 15 years and when I graduated, I needed to find something I could still be competitive in and work out and be on a team.



What’s a fun fact about yourself?



I built a league from the bottom up. We started as a Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) apprenticeship with Detroit Derby Girls, and when I left we became full WFTDA, which Boston is as well.