New Hampshire Roller Derby debuts changes for 2015 season


New Hampshire Roller Derby’s new logo, which will be featured on all travel team skaters’ uniforms.

New Hampshire Roller Derby (NHRD) is kicking off 2015 with a new look and a cohesive new training program. The league recently implemented several changes, including adopting a new logo, stronger team branding and opening membership to women aged 18 and above.

Both of NHRD’s current A and B travel teams, the Skate Free or Die All-Stars and the Queen City Cherry Bombs, will undergo changes to their look. Skate Free or Die will skate as the New Hampshire Roller Derby All-Stars.

For further cohesion, both teams will wear the standout bright pink NHRD is known for and all travel team uniforms will feature an updated league logo.

The new logo more fully represents the athleticism of NHRD skaters, as well as the league’s pride in its home state. As New Hampshire’s first roller derby league, NHRD represents the state throughout the United States and the world and the new logo reflects the strength of New Hampshire and NHRD.

New Hampshire Roller Derby closed out the 2014 season ranked #41 in the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, which ranks over 200 roller derby teams internationally.

Behind the scenes, the league voted to put its home teams on a break for the season — including the Seabrook Meltdowns, Granite Skate Troopers and 2014 Home Team Champions, the Nightmares on Elm Street. This break will allow skaters to focus on training and recruitment. Though those teams are not actively competing, they will remain active behind the scenes and will be back to public competition shortly.

In order to encourage competition and open membership up to a broader base, the league recently voted to accept members aged 18 and up. Previously members were required to be 21. Women 18 and over can join the league as part of its Millyard Misfits, a recreational team open to beginning derby skaters regardless of experience or skill level.

Training of the A and B teams will be more focused and collaborative, in order to ensure that each team is able to put forward its most competitive roster on game day. Each travel team member will wear the same uniform, which will facilitate growth from one team to the other and clearly identify NHRD athletes no matter which team they are skating with.

The whole league will skate under the motto: Skate Free or Die!, continuing to honor the league’s home state.

NHRD’s 2015 home season begins April 11 at the JFK Arena in Manchester, NH, and will run through the summer. Tickets and additional information are available at the newly redesigned or on Facebook at

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