301 Derby Dames
A Premier Roller Derby League in Southern Maryland

By: 301DD | October 11, 2018

I watched my first bout in Spring 2016 and was instantly hooked and in love. I had finally found my people!

Roller Derby was filled with people like me: determined and focused people with a zest for life and a little wild side. 

By: 301DD | September 24, 2018

At a young age, I took artistic roller skating lessons at the local Wheel-a-While in Waldorf with a friend. My mom would take me skating as she thought that this would be a good opportunity to do something fun. Of course, my friends and I were the skate rats at every open skate night up until middle school when it then became “uncool” to roller skate. Rollerblading was then the new “in” thing to do. Whether roller skating or rollerblading, I was always rolling around in some form. There were times I would rollerblade around campus in college with a friend at 3 in the morning and there was even a time I took a trip to the skate park where I immediately fell on my butt and took a break for a while. As I got older though, I realized time had p...

By: 301DD | September 12, 2018

Einstein once said that, The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Let me explain how roller derby helped me understand this quote.

I grew up fast, and I lived life faster. After graduating high school and finishing a little bit of college, I moved out of my parent’s house at age 19. I could have continued with college studies and quite possibly could have looked for a better paying job to keep pushing my life forward as fast as I hoped, but instead I stalled. I became obsessed with being numb. I was content on not feeling much emotion but anger or sadness and I ended up in a serious relationship that wasn’t going anywhere but down, though I clung on hoping it would fix itself. It got ...

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By: 301DD | August 29, 2018

Some people join roller derby because they need an escape from the unfortunate circumstances life seems to always throw at them at the most inopportune of times. Others join roller derby for the exercise and some people join just to feel cool. I, on the other hand, joined roller derby because a friend of mine convinced me it was what we needed to be doing with our lives. What I did not realize is, while I may not have joined roller derby to provide me a refuge from the turmoil of life,

that became exactly why I stayed.

By: 301DD | August 15, 2018

I have always been the type of person that has to keep busy. Constantly working, doing shows at the local community theater, planning parties and special events and above all, never saying no. It didn’t matter what you were asking for. Need someone to be in your charity fashion show? Sure. Need someone to help you move? You got it. Goodies for the office party? I will give it my all. I love putting effort into things and seeing and hearing the gratitude on people’s faces or in their voices. I would work myself to the point of exhaustion and function off of like 2 hours sleep way too often. I was very happy.

I felt like I had purpose.

After getting married my husband and I wanted to start a family right away but we struggled. It was a very d...