Mission and History

Mission

New Hampshire Roller Derby is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit sports organization that promotes women’s athleticism while giving back to the local community.

As a member of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), all of NHRD’s competitors most closely identify as women. People of any gender are welcome and encouraged to participate as referees, non-skating officials, volunteers, and spectators. NHRD supports the greater Manchester, NH community through donations, volunteer work, and partnerships with a variety of other nonprofit organizations.

League History

2007 Skate Free or Die! Rollergirls
2007 Skate Free or Die! Rollergirls

2008 Skate Free or Die! All-Stars

2013 Skate Free or Die! All-Stars
2013 Skate Free or Die! All-Stars

NHRD 2018
2018 NH Roller Derby League
  • 2007
    • July: the Skate Free or Die! Rollergirls formed
    • November: the league incorporated as a non-profit LLC named New Hampshire Roller Derby
  • 2008
    • Unknown: first scrimmage, played against the Killah Bees of Providence, RI
    • September: first home game, played against Maine Roller Derby
  • 2009
    • First full season with four home games: undefeated at home
    • All-Stars competed in Delaware, Montreal (Canada), New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island
    • September: accepted into the WFTDA Apprentice Program
  • 2010
    • League exceeded 70 active members
    • Added the Queen City Cherry Bombs (B travel team) and two home teams (the Seabrook Meltdowns and the Granite Skate Troopers)
    • June: inducted into the WFTDA as a full member league
  • 2011
    • Added the Nightmares on Elm Street as a home team
    • February: first sanctioned bout (for WFTDA ranking) against Montreal Roller Derby
  • 2013
    • Became a Class A WFTDA league
    • Formed a recreational team, the Millyard Misfits
    • September: All-Stars qualified for and received an invitation to the WFTDA Division I Playoff Tournament in Richmond, VA
    • December: became a member of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce
  • 2015

    • Membership dropped
    • Rebranded NHRD
    • Renamed the Skate Free or Die All-Stars to the NH Roller Derby All-Stars
  • 2016
    • Added the Cheap$kates as a C travel team
    • June: Cheap$kates played debut game against Monadnock Roller Derby
  • 2017
    • Membership shifted from mainly veteran skaters to mostly new skaters
    • Withdrew from WFTDA rankings for the year
    • Reinstated two home teams (the Nightmares on Elm Street and the Granite Skate Troopers) and reduced to one travel team (the All-Stars)
  • 2018
    • Membership increasing
    • Scheduled to return to WFTDA rankings
    • Competing only as the NH Roller Derby All-Stars