Handing out hip checks since 2005.
Duke City Roller Derby (DCRD) is New Mexico’s first flat-track roller derby league. A 501(c)(3) non-profit amateur sports organization, DCRD is dedicated to athleticism, empowerment, and sportsmanship in flat track roller derby. Its members are committed to teaching and growing the sport, and to providing leadership development opportunities within its community.
DCRD is a 100% volunteer owned and operated organization. Founded in 2005, the league has competed as a member organization of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) since its inception. The league’s junior roller derby team, The Marionettes, teaches teamwork and athleticism to girls ages 8-17.
There are over 70 active members of DCRD, and more than 20 junior team skaters. In addition to playing the sport of roller derby, members help to manage the non-profit business and participate in community events. A five member Board of Directors is responsible for guiding the organization. Learn more about our Leadership Team.
Duke City Roller Derby participates in community service efforts and has participated in these activities since its inception. These activities not only build partnerships, but also support local charity and non-profit organizations by offering them wider exposure with our fan base and financial support.
2015 events include:
- Participating in the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb with the New Mexico Red Cross
- Assisting with the Ronald McDonald House annual Girls’ Night Out
- Volunteering for a Red Cross smoke detector installation event in an Albuquerque neighborhood
- Volunteering with the Ability Walk, which raises funds for people with disabilities
- Advertising and participating in the Epilepsy support and Education group
- Donating all proceeds from game-day water sales to the Rape Crisis Center of Central New Mexico
- Volunteering in a fundraising event for the Albuquerque Kings Wheelchair Basketball team
- Providing on-site space for Animal Humane New Mexico on game day
Previous partnerships include: The Ronald McDonald House, Santa Fe Children’s Museum, New Mexico Library Foundation, Color Me Rad Run benefitting NMX Youth Sports, Rio Grande Valley NM Blue Star Mothers, The Babes and Bullies, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, and more.
DCRD is regularly present at community events, including UNM Clubs and Organizations Day, Albuquerque Pride, Muertos y Marigolds, and Brews, Blues and Barbeque.
A History of Competition
Duke City Roller Derby’s All-Star travel team, the Muñecas Muertas, formed in 2005. Their first bout took place in early 2006 against the Sin City Roller Girls. Later that year, the Muñecas participated in the first national roller derby tournament, the 2006 Dust Devil. In 2007, the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) split the nation's roller derby leagues into two regions, East and West, and the Dust Devil became a Western regional tournament. The Muñecas headed to Dust Devil for the second time, competing with the rest of the Western Region. While they did not win the tournament, other leagues and fans took notice of the scrappy team that was full of heart.
In 2008 the Muñecas attended the Western regional tournament Battle Royale. They made roller derby history that year by upsetting the number one ranked team at the time, Kansas City Roller Warriors. They advanced to the national tournament in what felt like a real-life Cinderella story. At the Northwest Knockdown, the Muñecas fought hard in the first bout of the tournament against Gotham Girls Roller Derby. Unfortunately, but not easily, the Muñecas were eliminated.
The Muñecas attended the 2008 Western Regionals, Derby On The Rocks, and they ranked 6th place in the tournament, narrowly missing 5th place, losing by only two points to the Bay Area Derby Girls. In 2011, the Muñecas joined the South Central Region of WFTDA. They took 2010 and 2011 to train hard with a cache of new players and transfer skaters, somewhat changing the face of Duke City Roller Derby. The training and restructuring paid off, and they were only two ranking places away from the 2012 South Central Regional Competition. In 2013, the Muñecas competed in the WFTDA Division Two playoffs.
As roller derby continues to expand, there are now over 300 leagues from all over the world that compete in the WFTDA. In 2017, DCRD's All-Stars will travel to Louisiana, Georgia, Texas, and Washington State.