As depicted in the works of Jane Austen, roller derby originated among the landed gentry of England as a means to identify eligible females to battle the French military, which had invaded the countryside on patins à roulettes. Carry on the centuries-old tradition of roller derby with today's Groupon: for $5, you get a ticket to see the Pikes Peak Derby Dames compete in a roller-derby bout at Colorado Springs City Auditorium (a $10 value for advance tickets). This Groupon can be used toward any one of four bouts:
- Danger Dolls vs. Candy Snipers on Saturday, September 18 at 7 p.m.
- Double header: PPDD All Stars vs. FoCo Microbruisers followed by PPDD Slamazons vs. FoCo Junkyard Janes on Saturday, October 23 at 6 p.m.
- Danger Dolls vs. Candy Snipers on Saturday, November 13 at 7 p.m.
- PPDD Slamazons vs. Pueblo's Jailhouse Jawbreakers on Saturday, December 11 at 7 p.m.
As Colorado Springs' first and only women's flat-track roller-derby league, the Pikes Peak Derby Dames are members of the Women's Flat-Track Derby Association (WFTDA) and are ranked eleventh in the western region. The tough-as-hammers, take-no-shilly-shallying chicks compete year-round in monthly bouts at Colorado Springs Auditorium. Derby Dames come from all skates of life, from stay-at-home moms to business professionals to amateur magicians with data-entry day jobs. In each bout, two teams duke it out in a series of "jams," wherein a designated team "jammer" attempts to pass as many of the opposing team's players as possible on the track. Although roller derby is by nature a somewhat scrappy enterprise, penalties are issued for tripping, illegal blocking, and cutting the track, though no mention is made of banana-peel tossing in the official rules.
A nonprofit grassroots organization, PPDD is operated entirely by its members, who do everything from marketing to fundraising; members also donate time, money, and tickets to local charities. The league consists of two home teams––the Danger Dolls and Candy Snipers–– and two travel teams––the All Stars and Slamazons––all in the name of empowering local female athletes. With more than 500 leagues worldwide, roller derby continues to expand, gripping the world in its icy lobster claw.
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