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New Hampshire Roller Derby is the first women's amateur roller derby
Roller derby
Roller derby is a contact sport played by two teams of five members roller skating in the same direction around a track. Game play consists of a series of short matchups in which both teams designate a scoring player who scores points by lapping members of the opposing team...

 league in New Hampshire
New Hampshire
New Hampshire is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States of America. The state was named after the southern English county of Hampshire. It is bordered by Massachusetts to the south, Vermont to the west, Maine and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and the Canadian...

. NHRD is a member of the East Region of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association
Women's Flat Track Derby Association
The Women's Flat Track Derby Association is an association of women's flat track roller derby leagues in the United States. The organization was founded in April 2004 as the United Leagues Coalition but was renamed in November 2005. It is registered in Raleigh, North Carolina as a 501 business...

 and competes against teams from the Northeastern US.

League history


The league was founded in July 2007 as Skate Free or Die Rollergirls, in southern New Hampshire, but now operates under the name New Hampshire Roller Derby.

In the summer of 2008, their Skate Free or Die! all-star team had their first scrimmage against Providence Roller Derby
Providence Roller Derby
Providence Roller Derby or PRD was established in 2004 and is the first all-female, flat-track roller derby league in New England. It is the only roller derby league in Rhode Island. In 2006, PRD was ranked 8th in the nation and 4th on the East Coast by WFTDA...

's Killah Bees in July, hosted their first tournament in August, and saw their first bout, against Maine Roller Derby's Calamity Janes, in September. The league played its first full-length season in 2009. (See Competitive History)

On September 1, 2009, NHRD was accepted into the WFTDA Apprenticeship Program with the first round of inductees. The league graduated from the Apprentice Program and was inducted as a Class B member of WFTDA on June 17, 2010.

Organization


The league is composed of several teams including an all-star travel team that competes with other leagues in the surrounding area. The league operates as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit
Non-profit organization
Nonprofit organization is neither a legal nor technical definition but generally refers to an organization that uses surplus revenues to achieve its goals, rather than distributing them as profit or dividends...

 organization. All proceeds after paying operating cost
Operating cost
Operating costs can be described as the expenses which are related to the operation of a business, or to the operation of a device, component, piece of equipment or facility.-Business operating costs:...

s such as venue rental fees are donated to charity. Groups that the New Hampshire Roller Derby has donated to include the American Red Cross
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross , also known as the American National Red Cross, is a volunteer-led, humanitarian organization that provides emergency assistance, disaster relief and education inside the United States. It is the designated U.S...

, Animal Rescue League, NH Food Bank, Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, Save Giovanni's Friends, and Greyhound Pets of America.

Teams


New Hampshire Roller Derby has grown to more than 50 members and has broken into multiple teams within the league beginning with the 2010 season.

Skate Free or Die! All-Stars


Current Roster

The Skate Free or Die! All-Stars (SFOD) were NHRD's only team for the first two and a half years of the league's existence. SFOD is the league's A-Level, WFTDA-chartered travel team, eligible for national ranking and participation in WFTDA tournaments. They have played bouts throughout the northeastern United States and southeastern Canada as far away as Delaware and Montreal. The team's colors are pink and black and their mascot is Grim Skater.

Queen City Cherry Bombs


Current Roster

Formed in early 2010, the Queen City Cherry Bombs (QCCB) are NHRD's B-Level travel team which competes around New England. The team's colors are red and black and their mascot is Queen Victorious.

Seabrook Meltdowns


Current Roster

The Seabrook Meltdowns were formed in early 2010 as one of two original "home teams" for NHRD. They play intraleague home and exhibition bouts against the league's other home team, the Granite Skate Troopers. The team's colors are lime green and black and their mascot is Atomic Betty.

Granite Skate Troopers


Current Roster

Like the Meltdowns, the Granite Skate Troopers are one of NHRD's two intraleague home teams. They play against the meltdowns both at home and in exhibition bouts. The team's colors are army green and black and their mascot is Officer Haughty McNaughty.

2009


Overall Record: 5-3
NHRD Team Opponent
Skate Free or Die (78) @ Albany (144)
@ Skate Free or Die (86) Providence Killah Bees
Providence Roller Derby
Providence Roller Derby or PRD was established in 2004 and is the first all-female, flat-track roller derby league in New England. It is the only roller derby league in Rhode Island. In 2006, PRD was ranked 8th in the nation and 4th on the East Coast by WFTDA...

 (75)
Skate Free or Die (51) @ Montreal Sexpos
Montreal Roller Derby
Montreal Roller Derby, the first flat-track roller derby league in Montreal, is a non-profit organization that was started in 2006 by Georgia W. Tush.Montreal Roller Derby League became the first non-U.S...

 (13)
@ Skate Free or Die (93) Central New York Utica Clubbers
Central New York Roller Derby
Central New York Roller Derby Central New York Roller Derby, also known as CNY Roller Derby, or CNYRD, was organized in late 2007 in Utica NY...

 (30)
Skate Free or Die (50) @ Providence Killah Bees
Providence Roller Derby
Providence Roller Derby or PRD was established in 2004 and is the first all-female, flat-track roller derby league in New England. It is the only roller derby league in Rhode Island. In 2006, PRD was ranked 8th in the nation and 4th on the East Coast by WFTDA...

(150)
@ Skate Free or Die (93) Garden State Brick City Bruisers (53)
Skate Free or Die (64) @ Wilmington City (173)
Skate Free or Die (149) @ Garden State Brick City Bruisers (47)

2010


Overall Record:

Skate Free or Die!: 4-3

Queen City Cherry Bombs: 3-2
NHRD Team Opponent
Skate Free or Die (79) @ Green Mountain Derby Dames' Grade A Fancy (72)
@ Skate Free or Die (33) Garden State Rollergirls' Ironbound Maidens (117)
@ Queen City Cherry Bombs (17) Central Mass Roller Derby's Petticoat Punishers (40)
Skate Free or Die (80) @ Central New York Roller Derby's Utica Clubbers (56)
@ Skate Free or Die (46) Pioneer Valley Roller Derby's Western Mass Destruction (134)
@ Queen City Cherry Bombs (56) Roc City Roller Derby's 5H85s (59)
Queen City Cherry Bombs (63) @ Connecticut Roller Girls' Yankee Brutals (53)
Queen City Cherry Bombs (133) @ Green Mountain Derby Dames' Black Ice Brawlers (61)
Skate Free or Die (158) @ Green Mountain Derby Dames' Grade A Fancy (70)
@ Queen City Cherry Bombs (95) Elm City Derby Damez (17)
@ Skate Free or Die (158) Lehigh Valley Roller Derby's Hissy Fits (120)
Skate Free or Die (105) Dutchland Derby Rollers' Dutchland Blitz (140)

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