After attending a flat track roller derby bout at the San Jose Civic auditorium in 2007 two women decided that the South Bay Area needed its own roller derby league. They soon found that they were not alone. Recruitment and training commenced at a brisk pace, culminating in Silicon Valley Roller Girls’ very first bout in March of 2008 in Santa Cruz versus their team now known as the Boardwalk Bombshells. The inaugural home bout was held that August at San Jose Skate roller rink in south San Jose. As the league grew, the level of competition heightened and the number of women interested in joining the ranks warranted the creation of a second team to accommodate the demand for roller derby in 2010.
Silicon Valley Roller Girls is a non-profit organization and is governed by a five-member, volunteer board of directors. League members manage all aspects of bout production, sponsorship and merchandising, ensuring that all revenues are reinvested into the league and pay for the many expenses, including insurance, promotion, security, space rental and travel.
The Dot.Kamikazes are Silicon Valley’s WFTDA charter and primary travel team. You’ll find them competing at the very top levels of roller derby at bouts and tournaments all along the West Coast. As of the 2012 season, the Dot.Kamikazes reached the 11th place ranking in the hypercompetitive West region.
The Killabytes are the second team, sometimes called the ‘B’ squad. The Killabytes play fewer bouts on the road and often include newer skaters, but play with a scrappy intensity that makes for thrilling bouts.
The league’s C team, Hard Drivers, provide extra scrimmages and skate events allowing all levels of SVRG skaters to participate.
SVRG is a non-profit organization that is skater-owned and is governed by a five-member volunteer Board of Directors. In accordance with many WFTDA leagues, our league is structured to operate democratically; whereas anything that directly affects skater’s time and expenses are placed on a league vote. SVRG is comprised of committees with elected Heads of each committee which are overseen by the President, Vice-President, General Manager, Secretary and Treasurer. League members manage all aspects of bout production, sponsorship and merchandising, ensuring that all revenues are reinvested into the league and pay for the many expenses, including insurance, promotion, security, space rental and travel.
Silicon Valley Roller Girls joined the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) in June of 2010. As a league that had long dedicated itself to playing competitive roller derby and skating with the best in the country, it was a simple decision to join up with an organization dedicated to offering standardized rules and a framework to collaborate with other skaters nationwide.
The WFTDA is composed exclusively of flat-track roller derby leagues owned and operated by women and has a current membership of over 150 leagues across the USA, plus members in Australia and Europe. The WFTDA regional and championship tournaments, held every fall, establish the top flat-track teams out of 40 invited leagues.