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SVRG Family Spotlight for August: Saracha

Posted on August 9th, by BunnyFuFu in Skater of the Month. Comments Off

Welcome to the second half of SVRG’s amazing 2016 season. All of our skaters have been working hard both on and off the track, and it shows. The Dot.Kamikazes, SVRG’s nationally recognized travel team, has been climbing up through the WFTDA rankings all year. This month in our SVRG Family Spotlight we take pleasure in introducing one of our favorite & fiercest players: Hot Saracha. In addition to being part of the SVRG skater training team, this season Saracha has also been voted Captain of the Dot.Kamikazes.

 SVRG: Thanks for taking the time to help highlight the awesome work you ladies have been doing this season. How long have you been skating with SVRG?

 Saracha: I passed my minimum skills after boot camp in March 2013 and have been with SVRG ever since.

How long have you been rostered with the Dot.Kamikazes?

 The very ... Read More »



April Skater of the Month: Mellynium Falcon

Posted on April 30th, by Anaya Later in Roller Derby, Silicon Valley Roller Girls, Skater of the Month. Comments Off

A member of SVRG since 2013, Mellynium Falcon is an amazing skater, leader, and friend. She’s level headed, has phenomenal track awareness, and is known for giving clear, helpful feedback that pushes her teammates to play their best. She serves as Secretary of SVRG’s Board of Directors, parents two beautiful little girls, and manages to work full time. She’s been working hard and kicking booty ever since she joined the league. In fact, back in 2014, Mellynium Falcon was recognized as Circuit Jerk of the Month for all of her hard work and support, even while she was on maternity leave. Since she’s been back from maternity leave, she hasn’t stopped! After SVRG Hard Drivers’ first bout of the 2016 season, Sonoma County Roller Derby’s North Bay Bruisers voted Mellynium Falcon the Best Blocker! Looks like all her cross-training and ... Read More »



April Volunteer of the Month: TaraByte

Posted on April 26th, by Anaya Later in Silicon Valley Roller Girls, Unsung Heroes, Volunteers, WFTDA. Comments Off

In addition to skaters and referees, roller derby requires Non-Skating Officials (NSOs). Without NSOs, roller derby would be impossible. Skaters and referees need NSOs to keep track of everything that occurrs on and off the track. NSOs are the people wearing a pink WTDA shirt and black pants. They can be inside the track tracking penalties on whiteboards, calling “5 seconds!” when the jam is about to begin, timing your favorite skater when they’re in the penalty box, and keeping score of the points. NSOs must remain impartial to the teams playing, which can be a challenge. (Have you ever tried not cheering for your friends that skate???) Thank you to all the NSOs for all the hard work that you do, and a special thank you to TaraByte, SVRG’s April volunteer of the month.

TaraByte is SVRG’s Head ... Read More »



March Skater of the Month: Merciless Martinez

Posted on March 25th, by Anaya Later in Roller Derby, Silicon Valley Roller Girls, Skater of the Month, SVRG Skaters. Comments Off

This month’s honored skater is SVRG’s one and only Merciless Martinez. She may be merciless to her opponents on the track, but she is a genuine and thoughtful teammate. She was nominated by her peers for being a great friend to teammates, volunteering to help train others outside of practice, and being a fabulous skater. She can often be seen juking, bean dipping, and jumping past the opposing blockers as a jammer for the Dot.Kamikazes.

How did you get into roller derby?

Honestly, if it wasn't for Drew Barrymore directing “Whip It” in 2009, it would have taken me a while to learn about this rad underground sport. I was getting a little bored with cheerleading and was inspired to pursue a full contact sport like derby after watching the movie. I started skating for the junior’s team the year it was founded ... Read More »



March Volunteer of the Month: Jonny Demonic

Posted on March 17th, by Anaya Later in Silicon Valley Roller Girls, Unsung Heroes, Volunteers. Comments Off

Without our volunteers, SVRG would be nothing. We wouldn’t have referees, non-skating officials, or EMTs – all of the essentials that allow roller derby practices and games to occur. One of SVRG’s long time volunteers and our March volunteer of the month is Jonny Demonic. He’s been SVRG’s head referee for many seasons, and has also been keeping our website running smoothly for years! Did you know that he even has his WFTDA Level 3 Referee Certification?

Jonny was chosen for this honor for all of the work he does, sharing his immeasurable knowledge with skaters and his officiating team, rolling with the punches during our exhibition fundraiser bout (he even jammed), and training all of our new officials. We are very grateful for Jonny’s dedication, positive attitude, and all of the hours he puts in to keep our league running ... Read More »



So you want to play roller derby?? The SVRG bootcamp experience.

Posted on March 9th, by Mia Lil Crazee in Roller Derby, Silicon Valley Roller Girls, SVRG Events. Comments Off

So you want to play roller derby? Prepare thyself.

As a recent graduate of the Fall 2015 SVRG boot camp I’d like to share with you my experience so you’ll have a better understanding of what you can expect.

Unless you are joining boot camp with some prior level of skating experience, you won’t become an awesome skater overnight and certainly not by the end of the boot camp. So do yourself a favor and throw those expectations out the window. Nothing, I repeat NOTHING has come easily to me in derby. I have had to work my butt off for every skill I have attained.

Don’t expect that you will magically “get it,” by attending the classes offered 2-3x a week. Practice the drills you learn outside of boot camp. I was skating 5-6 days a week my first 6 months.  The ... Read More »


Showing the Love - February 2016 Skater of the Month

Posted on February 14th, by Anaya Later in Roller Derby, Silicon Valley Roller Girls, Skater of the Month, SVRG Skaters. Comments Off

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nominated by her teammates for being a fierce leader and terrifying competitor, Patty Hearse is Silicon Valley Roller Girls’ February skater of the month. Known for her kick ass blocking and swagger, Hearse is a force to be reckoned with. She’s been dropping jammers and blockers alike since 2010, and is currently a skater on the Dot.Kamikazes, SVRG’s travel team. What you may not know is that Patty Hearse is an integral part of SVRG’s leadership: she’s currently Head of Training AND President of SVRG.

What are your individual and team goals for the 2016 season?

My goals for the season are to continue to grow as much as possible as a skater on and off the track and to push my league harder than it has ever been pushed.

What skater or team do you look up to the most and ... Read More »



Ad Space in 2016 Bout Programs Now Available!

Posted on January 6th, by Georgia O'Grief in Sponsors. Comments Off

Interested in advertising with SVRG? Consider placing an ad in our 2016 bout program! Our bouts attract hundreds of Silicon Valley residents, and since our programs last the entire season, every home game your ad will get hundreds of new and repeat views.

About Us

Silicon Valley Roller Girls is a 501©3 nonprofit roller derby league operating in San Jose, CA since 2007. As a nonprofit organization we rely on the generosity of our sponsors, fans and donors to keep the league running. Contributions provide SVRG the opportunity to travel, buy uniforms, rink time, equipment and other expenses.

We are dedicated to the athleticism and empowerment of all our athletes. We promote fitness and healthy living to our surrounding community. Becoming a sponsor is an opportunity to participate in improving the programs that ... Read More »


End of 2015 Presidential Address

Posted on December 17th, by Nora Drenalynn in Roller Derby, Silicon Valley Roller Girls, Support SVRG, Training. Comments Off

Silicon Valley Roller Girls had one of those years that reminded us what a roller coaster of emotional Roller Derby can be. At times: Celebration and Defeat, Excitement and Anger, Laughter and Tears (sometimes all of the above, all at the same time), but through it all we have grown stronger – as individuals, as a team and as a league.

There’s an old saying that “it matters not if you win or lose, but how you play the game”, and this could not be more true than it is for SVRG this year. No matter what happened we never gave up. Through our wins and loses we continued to show up to practice, continued to work on our own skills, continue to help each other, and we did it all with the team and the bigger picture in mind. We ... Read More »



Memories of another amazing Rollercon!

Posted on August 27th, by Fearliss in Uncategorized. Comments Off

Welcome back Blogfans!!

 

SVRG has been really busy these last few weeks with events and bouts and there's more to come!! Join SVRG for our next home bout on September 26th, our Halloween Blood drive at Silvercreek Sportsplex (check back for details!), and our junior derby girls' event at the local library! One of the super fun things some SVRGers have been up to this summer is going to Rollercon! Following is an amazing story of some Rollercon experiences from SVRG's own Phyllis Killer!! Enjoy!

 

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This was my second time to Rollercon. I went last year as well, and both trips were beyond amazing. Both my trips to Rollercon exceeded my expectations by far on what this event was all about. Sure, there were an overwhelming number of classes, seminars, events, and parties to choose from, (which exhausts me just to think ... Read More »


Summer Lovin'

“S-V-R-G! WE! ARE! FAMILY!”  That call-and-response cheer is joyously shouted by the Silicon Valley Roller Girls after each practice and before each bout, but it wasn’t until I found myself skating in the San Jose Rose, White, and Blue parade on Independence Day, wearing a bright green tutu and chanting alongside my new friends and teammates that I realized how quickly this group of people have come to feel like family.

     It’s been said that Roller Derby is something that you find during life transitions and that statement definitely rings true for me.  It was August of last year that my husband and I decided to sell the majority of our belongings and head out west.  I’d been presented with a job opportunity that would finally bring me to the Bay Area, the place I’ve dreamt of living ... Read More »


Dads in Derby, part 3

Posted on June 20th, by Fearliss in Uncategorized. Comments Off

Welcome back blogfans!

In celebration of Father's Day, we're hearing from Dads in SVRG! Our finale comes from Twistedwisker, an SVRG coach and a member of the SF Bay Bombers.

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It's hard to remember what I did before derby... well, at least, it's hard to imagine how I actually thought I was enjoying my life. I have been on wheels of some sort, from quads to blades, skateboards to BMX, and a few home made contraptions in between. I used to watch banked track roller derby as a kid on TV and always had a love for the sport.

I became a father at an early age and one day a friend of mine, (Dual Cannonz) asked if I'd like to get involved in this new flat track roller derby team that just started, the Silicon Valley Roller Girls. It was everything ... Read More »


Dads in Derby, part 2

Welcome back blogfans!

In celebration of Father's Day, we're hearing from Dads in SVRG! Our second story of a dad in derby comes from Toad, a new circuit jerk recruit, and the newest member of his family to join SVRG.

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I remember standing on the beach looking out over the ocean where my brother had drowned a few years before, his daughter (my niece) standing next to me. My family and hers were there on that anniversary, my kids playing in the surf and the others milling about. “Did I tell you I want to play roller derby,” she said abruptly. Visions of a banked track, scantily clad demon women and fist fights came to mind. “Really?” I answered. Not that it came as much of a surprise, the Dilley family has been known to get involved in relatively odd pursuits from ... Read More »


Dads in Derby, part 1

Hello Blogfans!!

Happy Father's Day! For this week's blogpost, a few dads in derby will share their stories of getting involved with roller derby. SVRG has many opportunities for anyone to join, a co-ed recreational league, many opportunities to ref, NSO, volunteer, or coach. We welcome those of any gender to be a part of our league, if you are interested, email recruitment@svrollergirls.com. This first story comes from one of our volunteer photographers, and circuit jerk skater, Arne.

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I first read about Derby in an inflight magazine (yes, I was desperate) and thought “that must be interesting to watch”. At that time we lived in the Detroit Metro area, so Yvonne and I went to a bout and had a look. Besides the derby action, what totally won us over was that those gritty derby girls broke out hula hoops during half ... Read More »


SVRG Summer Update

Hi Blogfans!!

SVRG has a jam-packed summer of fun planned and we want YOU to be a part of it!!

SVRG is always looking for new members!! We have openings for skaters, officials, and volunteers; if you’re interested in becoming a part of SVRG, email recruitment@svrollergirls.com, we’d love to have you!

We have a lot of community service events this summer, with our summer kick off event volunteering for Habitat for Humanity. Members of our league will help build houses for those who need them. SVRG will also be collecting school supplies for Sacred Heart’s Pack-a-back campaign! If you are interested in donating school supplies, email cs@svrollergirls.com.

SVRG will also be participating in the Rose White, and Blue Parade on the 4th of July on the Alameda in San Jose. Come see your favorite derby girls and check out our SVRG booth.

Also ... Read More »


Merch Spotlight: Summer Sippin’

Summer is here!! Time for camp-outs, hikes with friends, sporting events (including three more home bouts for your Silicon Valley Roller Girls) & afternoons by the pool.

We know you. You want to make sure you bring the very best along with you to your summer activities so SVRG presents: The Flask!

Enjoy a refreshing beverage in a stylish stainless steel flask. The five-ounce size is perfect for sipping by a roaring campfire or poolside. The Robot Girl logo will show your love of SVRG in the classiest way yet.

The only thing better than a stylin’ flask is an awesome shot glass to go with it! Show some team spirit with the etched SVRG shot glass at your next get-together.

But, what about the beer (or soda or lemonade) ... Read More »


Memorial Day the Nerd-tastic Way

If you were to attend a typical practice for the Silicon Valley Roller Girls, at first glance the crossover between our love of derby and our love for a plethora of other fandoms may not be immediately apparent. But upon closer inspection, you start to notice the geek shirts and tattoos, maybe peek into the book drive collection box to be greeted by the site of an overwhelming number of fantasy and sci-fi novels, or maybe you overhear some locker room conversation about how everyone needs to wear their Star Wars shirts for our practice on May 4th and it becomes apparent that we both collectively and individually have a lot more passions in our life beyond roller derby. From Star Wars to Monty Python, to Harry Potter to Dungeons and Dragons, Dr. Who, zombies, Hayao Miyazaki, Pokemon, Game of ... Read More »


Featured SVRG Swag!

So: you have your favorite SVRG t-shirt; you wear your trucker hat around with pride; and your neck is fashionably adorned with a Robot Girl bandana. You got it covered, representing your favorite flat-track roller derby team, right? But there is always room for more!! And that’s where this season’s fresh new SVRG merchandise comes in.

Just in time for summer days at the beach, or camping out with friends or even (gasp!) our next roller derby event: the Silicon Valley Roller Girls Stadium Chair!!

More than a mere cushion, the camp-style chair can be used to cushion your bum anywhere you go. The variety of straps included will also allow you to attach the seat to bleachers or benches. So feel confidant repping SVRG even while watching a Little League game.

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Community Service and SVRG

Our fans know that the Silicon Valley Roller Girls are a hard-hitting sports team. Did you know that SVRG is a legit (501 c3) non-profit organization dedicated to serving our community? This year, we’ve created partnerships with several community-based organizations and our skaters will volunteer to plant gardens, build homes, collect books for women in prison, distribute school supplies to kids in need, teach health & wellness to the daughters of farmworkers and lead empowerment workshops with young female athletes. That’s just a snapshot of our activities through the summer of 2015!

In April, SVRG volunteered at HaTikvah (Hope) House, an assisted living and micro-community for developmentally disabled adults alongside members of the Congregation Shir Hadash. This event provided a wonderful multi-generational opportunity for our skaters to engage with HaTikvah residents in a meaningful and fun way, while focusing on the ... Read More »


It's a New Season for SVRG!!

Posted on May 1st, by Fearliss in Roller Derby, Silicon Valley Roller Girls, SVRG Bouts, SVRG Events. Comments Off

 

Welcome back blogfans, to the 2015 season for the Silicon Valley Roller Girls!

In only nine short days, SVRG will be hosting our season home opener at The Big Blue Tent (South Hall in downtown San Jose) on May 9. It's a double header, so that means twice the derby in one night. Come and cheer on your local roller girls! The first whistle is at 6pm, when our Killabytes face off against the Pacific Coast Recycled Rollers. After that, the Dot.Kamikazes take on Santa Barbara’s Mission City Roller Girls. You can find tickets to our bout here and our season schedule here. We hope to see you there in your finest green and black.

We have been busy since last season, growing our league and training hard for a brand new season. Thanks to all our new and returning sponsors, as ... Read More »


August Jerby of the Month: Count Smackula

Posted on September 9th, by Phyllis Killer in Uncategorized. Comments Off

Congratulations to Count Smackula for being SVRG's Junior Derby Skater of the Month!


August Volunteer/Official of the Month: Weavin' Kohl Bear

Posted on September 9th, by Phyllis Killer in Uncategorized. Comments Off

Congratulations to Weavin' Kohl Bear for being SVRG's Volunteer/Official of the Month!

Here are some fun facts about Weavin' Kohl Bear:

What is your derby-official name and number and how did you decide on it?

I chose the name Weavin' Kohl Bear, #1 Threat, because I come from a family of Stephen Colbert fans.  Any Colbert or Kohl Bear fan will tell you that Bears are the #1 threat to America.

How long have you been with SVRG? How did you decide to find derby?

I joined SVRG with zero skating experience in October of 2007.  A friend and I had recently seen a derby bout for the first time, and I didn't know the rules or understand anything really, but I was on the edge of my seat the entire night.  It was a Bay Area Derby Girls bout, and SVRG was featured during halftime.  That ... Read More »


August Skater of the Month: Bionic Baby Doll

Posted on September 9th, by Phyllis Killer in Uncategorized. Comments Off

Congratulations to Bionic Baby Doll for being SVRG's Skater of the Month!

Here are some fun facts about Bionic Baby Doll:

How did you get into roller derby?

I found out about SVRG back in May of 2007. For my birthday I went to see B.A.D. play and some girls from SVRG where there representing. I was completely hooked after the first jam and wanted to get involved as soon as possible. About a week later I went to the rink and bought a cheap pair of skates and started going to open skate. About mid-June I went to my first practice and never looked back.

What kind of skating skills or athletic abilities did you have before starting derby?

I hadn’t been on skates since I was little. I got my first pair when I was 3 years old. We use to go to ... Read More »


August Circuit Jerk of the Month: The Notorious S.U.Z.

Posted on September 9th, by Phyllis Killer in Uncategorized. Comments Off

Congratulations to The Notorious S.U.Z. for being SVRG's Circuit Jerk of the Month!

Here are some fun facts about The Notorious S.U.Z.:

1. What is your derby name and number and how did you decide on it?
I'm The Notorious S.U.Z., number 253.  253 is the area code of my childhood, and my derby name pays homage to one of the best rappers of all time, The Notorious B.I.G.  Who doesn't have a deep affinity for 90s gangsta rap?

2. How long have you been with SVRG? How did you decide to play/find derby?

My first practice was in January 2014.  I've always wanted to play derby, but was too scared - how silly of me!  I've been hooked since day 1.

3. Any previous skating experience before joining derby?

The last time I remember going to a roller rink was 6th grade.  I really just ... Read More »


July Jerby of the Month: G-Force

Posted on August 5th, by Phyllis Killer in Uncategorized. Comments Off

Congratulations to G-Force for being July's Junior Derby ("Jerby") Skater of the Month!!!

Photo credit: Mike Ko (Silicon Valley Designs)

Here are some fun facts about G-Force!

What is your derby name and number and how did you decide on it?My name is G-Force #322. This was my nickname when I was much younger and it stuck as I grew older.
How long have you been with SVRG? How did you decide to play/find derby?I have been skating for about four and a half years. My mom's friend played at the time, and she signed my sister and me up.
Any previous skating experience before joining Jr. Derby?I didn't know how to skate at all. The closest I came to skating was on roller blades.
Favorite position to play?My favorite thing to do is blocking.
What positive aspect has derby brought into your life?Derby has helped my come ... Read More »


July Volunteer/Official of the Month: Doctor Whooligan

Posted on August 5th, by Phyllis Killer in Uncategorized. Comments Off

Congratulations to Doctor Whooligan for being July's SVRG Volunteer/Official of the Month!

Doctor Whooligan is also SVRG's new Treasurer.

 


July Skater of the Month: Patty Hearse

Posted on August 5th, by Phyllis Killer in Uncategorized. Comments Off

Congratulations to Patty Hearse for being July's SVRG Skater of the Month!

Here are some fun facts about Patty Hearse!

What is your derby name and number and how did you decide on it?

Patty Hearse # '74 – When I was younger I was intrigued by the kidnapping story of Patty Hearst from the 70’s. Look it up!

I changed the Hearst to Hearse because I like dark and creepy things and because my husband and I own a Cadillac Hearse that we drive around town.

You can’t image the looks we get when we are loading up the back with groceries.

How long have you been with SVRG? How did you decide to play/find derby?

Anyone who knows me knows that I've got a little bit of a bad attitude and can be pretty scary at times so I’d say I didn't find roller derby, ... Read More »


July Circuit Jerk of the Month: Beetlejules

Posted on August 5th, by Phyllis Killer in Uncategorized. Comments Off

Congratulations to Beetlejules for being CJ Skater of the Month!

Here are some fun facts about Beetlejules!

What is your derby name and number and how did you decide on it?
I was brainstorming with my roommates one day while hanging out. I’ve been called Jules most of my life and I wanted to incorporate it somehow into my Derby name. The TV was on and the dinner scene in Beetlejuice was playing. I immediately thought of Beetlejules and it stuck! For my number, I was born on January 3rd  and I’ve always considered 3 my lucky number, so I decide to go for that.

How long have you been with SVRG? How did you decide to play/find derby?
I’ve been in the Circuit Jerks since April. I had recently moved to the Bay Area and was decided to try new things. Derby seemed like a ... Read More »


We're BAAAAACK - SVRG Updates

Posted on July 10th, by Anaya Later in Junior Derby, Recreational League, Recruitment, Silicon Valley Roller Girls, Support SVRG, SVRG Bouts. Comments Off

The Silicon Valley Roller Girls' campaign on FundRazr for a new home has officially closed. We would like to thank all of our donors for being so generous! The funds raised have enabled us to purchase our own SportCourt flooring. Our own flooring means that there are now more locations that we could potentially skate in because we now have a floor that we can put down that is safe to skate on. If you missed the opportunity to make a donation through our FundRazr campaign, you can still donate to SVRG through paypal at giving@svrollergirls.com. We are still saving to ensure we have sufficient funds to pay for deposits, permits, and repairs. We have not yet found our permanent new home, but we have reviewed over 40 potential spaces in the last few months. If you know of a building ... Read More »



June Volunteer/Official of the Month: Jonny Demonic

Posted on July 7th, by Phyllis Killer in Uncategorized. Comments Off

Congratulations to Jonny Demonic for being the Volunteer/Official of the month!

Matthew Becker Photography

Jonny Demonic is an excellent referee and supporter of SVRG.

In addition to volunteering his time being a referee at SVRG bouts and scrimmages, Jonny has been helping to clarify everyone's 50 million questions (for example, regarding multiplayer blocks and impact (especially direction and stop), and has done so with style and grace.

Thank you Jonny Demonic for all that you do for our team!


June Circuit Jerk of the Month: Mad Mess Momma

Posted on July 7th, by Phyllis Killer in Uncategorized. Comments Off

Congratulations to Mad Mess Momma for being CJ Skater of the Month!

Here are some fun facts about Mad Mess Momma:

What is your derby name and number and how did you decide on it?

Mad Mess Momma 6N9. I looked at my crazy life and thought of it as a mad mess and a big part of that was because of being a mom with kids that drive me crazy. The 6N9 are 2006 and 2009 - the years my daughters were born.
How long have you been with SVRG? How did you decide to play/find derby?

I've been with the CJ's for almost a year (I started in August 2013). Before that I was in Derby Lite (thanks Pia & Unleasha) for a session, but needed more derby than once a week.
Any previous skating experience before joining derby?

For many years I was a ... Read More »


June Skater of the Month: Mad-Eye Molly

Posted on July 2nd, by Phyllis Killer in Uncategorized. Comments Off

Congratulations to Mad-Eye Molly for being SVRG's Skater of the Month!

What is your derby name and number and how did you decide on it?Mad-Eye Molly #22. I'm a HUGE, HUGE, HUGE Harry Potter fan. It was one of the first names I wanted when I started derby but it was already on the twoevils name list. But, when I officially became an SVRG skater, the name was removed from the list and I snatched it up. It was meant to be!
How long have you been with SVRG? How did you decide to play/find derby?I've been with SVRG since 2011 and have been skating with other leagues since 2010. A friend told me about derby and a week later I had found a local team, strapped on a pair skates, and...here I am!
Favorite position to play?I jam AND block so I ... Read More »


June Jerby of the Month: Candy Jawbreaker

Posted on July 2nd, by Phyllis Killer in Uncategorized. Comments Off

Congratulations to Candy Jawbreaker for being June Jerby of the Month!

Candy Jawbreaker (isn’t that a fantastic name?) has been doing Junior Derby for a long time and is always cheerful and a great player. Candy has also been getting a chance this past year to play more derby outside the team, filling in spots on other teams as needed. She's one of those secret weapons!

1. What is your derby name and number and how did you decide on it?

My derby name is Candy Jawbreaker. My mom and I came up with my name and thought it was perfect because I’m super sweet, but I’ll also hurt you. My number’s 44 just because it’s my lucky number.

2. How long have you been with Junior Derby? How did you decide to play/find derby?

I have been with SVRG Junior Derby for almost 3 ... Read More »


May Jerby of the Month: Shock

Posted on June 27th, by Anaya Later in Junior Derby, Silicon Valley Roller Girls, Skater of the Month. Comments Off

Nominated for her hard work, Shock is the May Jerby of the Month! Still fairly new to derby, Shock has fallen in love with the sport and is always eager to learn more and improve her skills.

1. What is your derby name and number? How did you decide on them?

Derby number is 30 and name is Shock. My number was random and my name is from Nightmare before Xmas as I am the oldest of three kids so is Shock.

2. How long have you been playing roller derby? How did you even discover derby anyways?

This is my first session of derby. I found out because I have an awesome Mom who took me and my brothers to my cousins bout at san jose skate and she looked up the SVRG teams.

3. What is your favorite position to play?

Jammer is my ... Read More »


May Circuit Jerk of the Month: Nora Drenalynn

Posted on May 31st, by Anaya Later in Recreational League, Roller Derby, Silicon Valley Roller Girls, Skater of the Month. Comments Off

New to derby and the Circuit Jerks, Nora Drenalynn has been impressing coaches and is May’s Circuit Jerk of the Month. Nora just passed her minimum skills and enjoyed her first scrimmage this past week. Her hard work is surely paying off! Congratulations on May Circuit Jerk of the Month AND passing your minimum skills Nora!

1. What is your derby name and number? How did you decide on them?

Nora Drenalynn, #1. The number came first, and it's brought forward from my many years of goalkeeping. My name was a spinoff of something a friend suggested; I loved the direction of his idea, but wasn't 100% sold. After some brainstorming, I settled on a respelling of "noradenaline" (also known as norepinephrine.)

2. How long have you been playing roller derby? How did you even discover derby anyways?

Since the beginning of January, so ... Read More »



May Official/Volunteer of the Month: iPhil Tower

Posted on May 31st, by Anaya Later in Roller Derby, Silicon Valley Roller Girls, Skater of the Month, Unsung Heroes, Volunteers. Comments Off

One of SVRG’s most vocal supporters is iPhil Tower, husband of this month’s Skater of the Month Luna Chick (can you say dynamic duo??). You will see (and likely hear) iPhil at almost any SVRG event, quite possibly with beer. He has been an SVRG staple as one of our main announcers at home bouts. His entertainment, sense of humor, and unwavering support for SVRG is appreciated. Congratulations iPhil, we couldn’t do it without you!

1. How did you decide on your derby name iPhil Tower?

I came up with that nickname on my own. Although, I always thought of it as Eye-Phil Tower until Evil 'Jin'ius spelled it for the first time on Facebook. Thanks Jin! iPhil Tower is way more "Silicon Valley".

2. How did you become involved with SVRG?

When Luna Chick got out of boot camp and started ... Read More »



May Skater of the Month: Luna Chick

Posted on May 30th, by Anaya Later in Silicon Valley Roller Girls, Skater of the Month. Comments Off

What do you get when you combine hard work, dedication, and an awesome sense of humor? May’s Skater of the Month, Luna Chick. Currently our league Vice President, and a member of the Dot.Kamikazes, Luna Chick has also taken on a major role in leading our warehouse search and Fundrazr campaign. In a little over a year, Luna has progressed from her first bout to a fierce travel team competitor. Thank you for all you do off the track AND your amazing attitude, effort, and skills on the track! Congratulations on a well-deserved May Skater of the Month Luna!

1. Last year when you were featured as a skater of the month (February 2013) you were a new SVRG skater waiting to participate in your first bout. Now you are one of SVRG's travel team skaters. Can you tell us a little about your ... Read More »



SVRG Remains Open!

Posted on May 12th, by Anaya Later in Fans, Junior Derby, Recreational League, Recruitment, Silicon Valley Roller Girls, Support SVRG. Comments Off

The closing of San Jose Skate draws nearer and many of our fans are wondering what the future holds for SVRG. We haven't yet secured a private warehouse but we're thrilled to share that the Silicon Valley Roller Girls will be able to continue normal practices beyond May 31 for our three adult teams, our junior derby teams and our recreational team. We're scheduled to resume practice in June at SilverCreek Sports Plex (http://www.gotoplex.com/) and Roosevelt Park (http://sanjoseca.gov/Facilities/Facility/Details/Roosevelt-Park-122).

All of us at SVRG appreciate the strong support of our wonderful friends and fans during our transition. While we temporarily take up residence at these local skating rinks, we're still on the search for a permanent home. Help us afford a new space by donating here: https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/chft5/.

Our home doubleheader on May 31 remains scheduled at San Jose Skate, which ... Read More »



April Circuit Jerk of the Month: Mellynium Falcon

Mellynium Falcon is one of SVRG’s biggest supporters AND a Circuit Jerk skater. You can see her practicing at Circuit Jerks, being a Non Skating Official (NSO), or volunteering at bouts and other events with the league. She has been exceptionally involved with making the league a success since she joined last year. Although on a ‘9 month injury’ Mellynium Falcon has continued to be just as active with the SVRG community, off skates of course. Can’t wait until you are skating again! Congratulations on Circuit Jerk of the month Mellynium Faclon!

What is your derby name and number? What is the story behind it?

Name:  Mellynium Falcon

Number: <12

Story:  Both the name and number were suggested to me by friends!  The name is an obvious play off of the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars and the Number is in reference to the ... Read More »



April Official/Volunteer of the Month: Gary Ono

One of the biggest supporters of SVRG can be seen on the sidelines at every home bout and scrimmage. Gary Ono, one of SVRG’s EMTs, has been with SVRG since 2012. Not only do we appreciate the copious amounts of time he has donated to us, we are greatful for the wonderful care that he has given to skaters for their injuries. Any skater will tell you that Gary is an essential part of our league. We couldn’t do it without you Gary! Congratulations on Official/Volunteer of the Month!

How did you become involved with roller derby?

Jeff Chung (one of the other SVRG medics) got me involved. It is the most fun volunteer gig I have ever done.  It is an honor and a pleasure to take care of you ladies.

How long have you been an EMT?

Since the mid 70’s.  I ... Read More »


April Jerby of the Month: Helen Back

Posted on April 27th, by Anaya Later in Junior Derby, Silicon Valley Roller Girls, Skater of the Month, Uncategorized. Comments Off

Although new to derby and SVRG 2.0, Helen Back is a name that you are bound to hear more of! Having just started in January, Helen is making amazing progress in her skating abilities from week to week, even with her busy schedule outside of derby. Her dedication to improvement, thirst for knowledge, and incredible footwork are just part of what makes Helen SVRG 2.0’s Jerby of the Month. Congratulations Helen!

 

1. What is your derby name and number? How did you decide on them?

Helen Back, 66. Helen Back is a play on words for Hell and Back. I chose it simply because it sounds intimidating. Like bouting against me is like going to hell and back. Haha. The number part is a little homage to Route 66, since I really really really really love road tripping.

2. How long have you ... Read More »


April Skater of the Month: Faye Tality

Posted on April 26th, by Anaya Later in Roller Derby, Silicon Valley Roller Girls, Skater of the Month. 1 Comment

 

One of Silicon Valley Roller Girls' newest league members, Faye Tality, is April's Skater of the Month. Faye has started out the 2014 season as the co-captain of SVRG's Hard Drivers. She leads by example with her spotless attendance, tireless skills practice, and her great attitude. Congratulations on Skater of the Month Faye!

How did you get involved with roller derby? When did you start?

I was downtown in San Jose for a Sharks game in 2011, and saw some women dressed in team jerseys and skates. My first reaction was “Holy crap… there’s derby in San Jose??? I’ve wanted to be a derby girl since the first time I saw it on TV as a child.” I chatted with a couple of them, who turned out to be SVRG skaters, and who encouraged me to come check it out. ... Read More »



Silicon Valley Roller Girls at San Jose Bike Party

Posted on April 26th, by Anaya Later in Fans, Roller Derby, Silicon Valley Roller Girls. Comments Off

On Friday April 18th, 2014 SVRG and San Jose Bike Party teamed up to have a roller derby scrimmage at the first regrouping spot of the night. Check out this awesome video!

http://peninsulapress.com/2014/04/21/san-jose-bike-party/

We hope to team up with Bike Party again in the future! See you all at our next event!

 

P.S. Our next home game is Saturday May 31st at 6pm!


March Official/Volunteer of the Month: Tara Byte

Posted on April 13th, by Anaya Later in Silicon Valley Roller Girls, Volunteers. Comments Off

 A crucial part of the league, TaraByte has been a great asset to SVRG. We could not do it without you Tara! Congratulations on Official of the Month! It is well deserved!

When and how did you first get involved in roller derby?

Everyone is going to laugh when they read this. In 2009 a friend and I went to see “Whip it”. My friend fell in love with derby and started to look for a place to participate the next day. I could not skate and dismayed I knew I would never be a part of derby. But wait.. She found out that you can do this thing called NSO’ing if you can not skate. My First bout I was a scorekeeper to Texas Teabag, My head NSO was Dual Cannoz and I rode with Weavin Kohl Bear. ... Read More »



March Skater of the Month: Eve L. Twin

Posted on April 13th, by Anaya Later in Silicon Valley Roller Girls, Skater of the Month. Comments Off

Eve L. Twin is a newer name to the SVRG family but not to derby. If you think her name sounds familiar you have most likely seen her in action with her previous team the Monterey Bay Derby Dames. Twin transferred to SVRG during the end of our 2013 season and is now a part of the Dot.Kamikazes, the leagues WFTDA charter team.

*How did you first get started in roller derby?

I first got started when I was attending CSUMB down in Monterey. I saw a flyer in our cafe about Monterey Bay Derby Dames’ roller disco event for anyone interested in Roller Derby. I contacted the fresh meat coach, bought someone’s used skates, and never looked back.

*What is the story behind your name?

I am known to be the ‘evil’ one between me and my twin sister. ... Read More »


March Circuit Jerk of the Month: Brassica I'llRaceYa

Posted on April 3rd, by Anaya Later in Recreational League, Skater of the Month. Comments Off

You may have seen Brassica I’llRaceYa slinging beers at our last home game on March 15th. She has been skating with Circuit Jerks for a while now, and recently went through league try-outs. You will see her skating soon with the Hard Drivers! Congratulations on March Circuit Jerk of the Month AND on becoming one of our newest Hard Drivers!!!

What is your derby name and number? How did you decide on it?

Brassica I'llRaceYa #7 of 9. Brassica oleracea is the Latin name for the group of cultivars commonly known as broccoli, cabbage, kale, etc. I do bacterial testing of brassica seeds, among others, for my work. Brassica are little roly poly seeds that roll all over and are hard to control. The analogy was obvious and the play on words pleased me. 7 of 9 is a character from ... Read More »



March Junior Derby of the Month: Lucky Harms

Posted on April 3rd, by Anaya Later in Junior Derby, Skater of the Month. Comments Off

An SVRG 2.0 skater since October 2013, Lucky Harms is SVRG’s March Junior Derby (Jerby) of the Month. Lucky is making great progress as a Jerby skater. Having only skated for a few months, Lucky Harms was awarded Rookie of the Year for 2013. You won’t be able to catch her as a Jerby girl for much longer as this lucky lady will soon be turning 18 and moving on up to one of SVRG’s adult teams. Congratulations Lucky, keep up the hard work!

What is your derby name and number? How did you decide on it?

My derby name is Lucky Harms and my number is 17. Really, the name is just what I loved most after months of indecision. Part of the reason I chose it is that I love the theme that I can incorporate into my ... Read More »



SVRG Home Opener 2014

Posted on February 20th, by Anaya Later in Fans, Junior Derby, Roller Derby, Silicon Valley Roller Girls, Support SVRG, SVRG Bouts. Comments Off

Twas the week before bout day, and all through the rink,

Everyone was preparing for the enemies to be beat.

The banners were hung, home opener twenty-fourteen,

Uniforms made ready in black, white, and green.

Dot.Kamikazes scheming all through the night,

KillaBytes planning everything just right.

Sweet dreams of victory playing in their heads,

SVRG is ready to take down the Undead.

Come see the conquest, you’ll wish you were there,

This Saturday at 6, be there or be square!

This Saturday, February 22, 2014, come watch SVRG’s Dot.Kamikazes and KillaBytes battle against the Undead Betties and The Damned! The bouts are sure to be action packed with smashing hits and clever schemes.

SVRGs teams have a very ... Read More »


Skater of the Month: Stevie Knickers

Posted on December 21st, by Leigh in Skater of the Month. 3 comments

It is more likely that you will hear Stevie Knickers before you see her. Selling tickets, grilling hot dogs, engaging an audience, Stevie is out and about at SVRG events. She is an unstoppable force who is equally intimidating and absolutely loveable. She retired from competitive roller derby this summer after she was part of the team that won the inaugural Attack of the C Squads tournament in Sonora, CA. Married to Brigid Fitch, Stevie is a beloved member of the community. Congratulations on being voted in as the December 2013 Skater of the Month, Stevie! We love you.

You recently retired from SVRG after skating with the league for years. Tell us about that transition back into civilian life.
It’s been pleasant, actually. I cried like a baby after my last bout, because it was quite overwhelming. I felt joy, relief, ... Read More »



Skater of the Month: Patty Hearse

Posted on November 15th, by Leigh in Skater of the Month. 2 comments

Patty Hearse is aggressive, fearless and often downright terrifying on the track. But despite how she may appear to her opponents, to the Silicon Valley Roller Girls Patty Hearse is a warm and thoughtful league member who is the November Skater of the Month. In fact, she was previously voted to be the Skater of the Month in April 2012 (http://svrollergirls.com/skater-of-the-month-patty-hearse) while she was learning to play roller derby. Soon thereafter, Patty made it through tryouts and was invited to join the league in July 2012. She quickly made her way onto a KillaBytes roster and has never looked back. A leader on and off the track, she’s well known by fans. At the next bout, listen for them to chant “Hearse! Hearse! Hearse!” as Patty makes her way around the track during team introductions and when she takes the ... Read More »



Skater of the Month: Kraken Rox

Posted on October 16th, by Leigh in Skater of the Month. Comments Off

A relatively new league skater, long-time NSO and volunteer Kraken Rox is our October 2013 Skater of the Month. Dedicated, hard-working and fun, she has stepped up to take on a number of roles within SVRG. No matter what challenge she faces, Kraken meets it head on with a smile. Elected to serve as the Head of Public Relations, Kraken is an important member of our league off the track, where she develops relationships and identifies opportunities for SVRG to shine. Congratulations, Kraken!

How did you get into roller derby?
My sister has been involved in derby for the past seven years, first as a skater and now as a referee. I had a big life change a year ago and decided it was time for something new and radical.

What kind of skating skills or athletic abilities did you have before starting ... Read More »



Skater of the Month: Take-Out Dinah

Posted on September 24th, by Leigh in Skater of the Month. Comments Off

Our September Skater of the Month will slay you with her kindness and brilliant smile. Take-Out Dinah began her derby journey when she attended an SVRG bout. At the beginning of 2013, Dinah transferred to SVRG from the Peninsula Roller Girls, and rostered throughout the season for each the KillaBytes and the Hard Drivers. Dinah is a double threat jammer and blocker, always up to play any position. If you ever saw her doing push-ups, it was because she had been overheard apologizing - there’s no “sorry!” in roller derby. She will either quit apologizing, or will have killer arms.

Congratulations Dinah, and good luck on your move! Your SVRG leaguemates hope they love you as much in New York as we do here in Silicon Valley.

How did you get into roller derby?
I had just moved to California and was ... Read More »



Skater of the Month: Adrinaline Crush

Posted on August 16th, by Leigh in Skater of the Month. 1 Comment

A force for SVRG both on and off the track, Adrinaline Crush is our August 2013 Skater of the Month. Adri joined SVRG as a skater in early 2012 after graduating from our Bootcamp program (known then as Culo Whippin’). Her skating skills developed quickly and she earned a place on our all-star roster, the Dot.Kamikazes, in the second half of 2012. She is a quick and agile blocker who comes out of nowhere to thwart opposing blockers and jammers on the track. Elected to serve as the Head of Sponsorship for the 2013 season, Adri has been in the community developing relationships and creating partnerships with our fantastic business partners. Congratulations, Adri!

How did you get into roller derby?
I went to my first bout about 6 years ago. I had heard about derby from an old friend and I dragged ... Read More »



Skater of the Month: Pandamonium

Posted on July 19th, by Leigh in Skater of the Month. 1 Comment

It’s bittersweet to celebrate our July 2013 Skater of the Month, Pandamonium. Long-time head coach of SVRG, Panda retired after our June 22 home doubleheader. Ever the super organized and planful coach, Panda began the transition months ago, which you can read about in her DerbyLife article. Panda was previously voted our Skater of the Month in March 2011.

Because she had been previously interviewed as SotM, Panda was gracious enough to answer some coach and transition-specific questions this time around.

Congratulations, Panda! All of us at SVRG wish you the best in your new adventures.

You started coaching SVRG in 2007 while still a skater for B.A.D. Girls. How did you make the transition from skater to coach?
The transition from skater to coach came at a time when I saw the best way to contribute to a league with the talents was ... Read More »



Skater of the Month: Brigid Fitch

Posted on June 12th, by Leigh in Skater of the Month. 2 comments

Our June Skater of the Month is a valued, long-time member of the SVRG community. Brigid Fitch began her derby journey four years ago, and in the process participated in Bootcamp, helped to found the Circuit Jerks program, overcame serious injury, and contributed in countless ways. She is currently a skater for both the KillaBytes and the Hard Drivers. Number 0K (that’s zero Kelvin for the scientifically inclined) recently skated with the Hard Drivers at the Battle of the C Squads tournament in Sonora. Congratulations, Fitch!

How did you get into roller derby?
My friend Shannon took me to a Bay Area Derby Girls bout and I thought it was the coolest thing I’d ever seen. A little research led me to SVRG. I enrolled in an upcoming SVRG Bootcamp and thus began one of the greatest adventures of my ... Read More »



Skater of the Month: Leigh Featherstone

Posted on May 7th, by Leigh in Skater of the Month. Comments Off

Our May 2013 Skater of the Month was nominated for her work off the track and even-tempered demeanor. Leigh started playing derby in 2010 and transferred to SVRG in July 2012. A member of the KillaBytes, she’s a blocker who loves to steal the jammer panty when an opportunity presents itself. Congratulations, Leigh!

How did you get into roller derby?
Back when I lived in Champaign, Illinois, I came across a flyer for a league just getting started. I was still new to the area and thought it would be a great way to meet new people. I showed up at the next practice and was hooked.

What kind of skating skills or athletic abilities did you have before starting derby?
I played soccer and swam competitively throughout my childhood.

How did you derive your derby name?
I don’t use one anymore! I skated under the name ... Read More »



Skater of the Month: Surge

Posted on April 9th, by Leigh in Skater of the Month. Comments Off

Nominated for dominating on the track, Surge is our April 2013 Skater of the Month. She started playing derby in Fall 2011, and she’s been tearing up the track ever since. A member of the Dot.Kamikazes, you’ll be able to watch her dynamic jamming this month at the Dust Devil tournament. Congratulations, Surge!

How did you find out about roller derby?
One of my older sisters told me about boot camp, and nudged me to give it a go.

What kind of skating skills or athletic abilities did you have before starting derby?
I’ve been sporty my whole life.  My big sports were softball for 12 years and wrestling for 6 years.
What is your greatest strength as a skater/what do you contribute most to the team?
I like to think that I can play jammer or blocker, and that my team and I are ... Read More »



Skater of the Month: Bitch Puddin’

Posted on March 21st, by Leigh in Skater of the Month. Comments Off

Crafty, sassy and hard-working, Bitch Puddin’ is the March 2013 Skater of the Month. Though recently retired, Puddin’ remains an involved member of SVRG. She was nominated for her excellent work on running the Beer Garden at our 2013 home opener. We’ll miss her on the track, but are glad that she’s still a part of our community. Perhaps her alter ego will come out to play at an upcoming bout. Congratulations, Puddin’!

How did you find out about/get into roller derby?
My husband and I were in San Francisco to see ShEvil Dead play the Richmond Wrecking Belles at Fort Mason in 2008. It was my first real derby bout. I was in complete awe. The energy was amazing. That's where I saw Brawlin' Angel for the first time. How can you not want to play derby after seeing her in ... Read More »



In the Name of Science! SVRG Participates in Microbiome Research

Posted on March 18th, by Leigh in Around the World, Roller Derby. Comments Off

SVRG traveled to Eugene, Oregon in February 2012 to participate in The Big O, a tournament hosted by the Emerald City Roller Girls and the Lane County Concussion Men’s Flat Track Roller Derby. In addition to posting three wins, members of SVRG consented to participate in a study about microbiology.

Researcher Jessica Green, Director of the Biology and Built Environment and Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Oregon, who skated as Thumper Biscuit for Emerald City, combined her love of derby with her love of science. The researchers swabbed members of Silicon Valley, Emerald City, and the DC Rollergirls before and after bouts during the three-day weekend. The researchers found that prior to a bout, a skater’s team could be identified by the composition of bacteria on her skin. After a bout, bacteria had been shared between opposing skaters ... Read More »


February Sponsor of the Month: Rogerson Chiropractic Family and Sports Clinic

Posted on February 28th, by Leigh in Sponsors. Comments Off

Roller derby is a full-contact sport where skaters engage in many hours of training on and off the track for high levels of endurance and strength. Dr. Mike of Rogerson Chiropractic helps league members with a range of aches and injuries, allowing skaters to continue to perform at a high level. A sponsor for two seasons, Dr. Mike attends our home bouts and brings his table with him so that he can provide track-side care. He is easily located by following the line of skaters waiting patiently to be adjusted before or after a bout.

Dr. Mike loves how chiropractic care frees his patients by restoring normal function back into their lives. In addition to members of SVRG, Mike has worked on ballet performers, world class Ironman competitors, and is in the process of obtaining a CCSP (certified chiropractic sports practitioner) ... Read More »


Skater of the Month: Luna Chick

Posted on February 26th, by Leigh in Skater of the Month. Comments Off

Nominated for her work as the Head of Bout Production, the February 2013 Skater of the Month is Luna Chick. One of the newest members of SVRG, she joined the league in October after completing SVRG Bootcamp. A recent Noogler ("New Googler"), Luna is a hard worker on and off the track. Congratulations, Luna!

How did you find out about roller derby?
A few years ago, someone posted bout pictures on Facebook, and it looked awesome. It wasn’t until three years later that I finally had enough free time and money to be able to begin derby. That’s when I found SVRG.

What kind of skating skills or athletic abilities did you have before starting derby?
I did a lot of inline skating and skateboarding growing up, and have been hiking and backpacking over the past few years. I can’t sit still, so I ... Read More »


2012 SVRG Awards

Posted on February 12th, by Leigh in SVRG Skaters. 2 comments

Skaters, Referees, NSOs, Volunteers and friends gathered on Sunday, December 30 to celebrate the 2012 season and hand out a number of awards. The air was chilly, but the league was out in full force as it celebrated team and league accomplishments, and geared up for 2013.

Special thanks to Belle Wringer and Mona Stat for organizing the awards, and to Absolutely Scabulous for coordinating with the excellent venue, the Naglee Park Garage.

Stats-Based Awards for the Dot.Kamikazes

Most Effective Dot (player with highest average point differential): Mad 4 Gravy (20 @ 1.25)
Most Effective Jammer (jammer with highest average point differential): Absolutely Scabulous (20 @ .5)
Most Effective Blocker (blocker with highest average point differential): Zootown Throwdown (20 @ 0.62)
Lead Jammer (jammer with highest lead jammer percentage): Bad Tempt-Her (20 @ 48%)
Bad Girl (most penalties): Pia Mess with 84 minors and 40 majors
Bad Girl Runner ... Read More »


January Sponsor of the Month: Silicon Valley Athletic Club

Posted on February 6th, by Leigh in Sponsors. Comments Off

Located in downtown San Jose, the Silicon Valley Athletic Club is a full-service sports facility. Formerly known as the San Jose Athletic Club, SVAC has been an SVRG sponsor since 2010. It offers full court basketball, racquetball courts, a 25-yard swimming pool, weight rooms, massage therapy, cardiovascular machines and group fitness classes. Locker rooms include steam, sauna and spa. The Corinthian Ballroom hosts a number of events throughout the year.

To prepare for our 2013 season, SVAC helped us with our second annual Hotter on Hiatus challenge. Skaters Foo Bar, Luna Chick, Mad 4 Gravy, LauRAWR, Leigh Featherstone and Lizapalooza all competed in the off-season challenge to improve body mass ratios, build strength, and face the season with a strong foundation. Each athlete was measured by SVAC personal trainers for weight, strength and fitness indicators. Mad 4 Gravy won ... Read More »


Saturday Feb 16th Home Double Header

Posted on January 26th, by Panda in Roller Derby, Silicon Valley Roller Girls, SVRG Bouts. Comments Off

Doors open at 5:30 pm, with SVRG’s KillaBytes taking on the Like OMGs of San Fernando Valley starting at 6pm. The Dot.Kamikazes battle the V-Town Derby Dames at 8pm. We will have our infamous beer garden and numerous vendors showcasing all you need to bleed SVRG black and green. General seating means get there when doors open at 5:30pm to get a good seat.

Venue

San Jose Skate
397 Blossom Hill Road
San Jose, CA 95123
(408) 226-1155

Tickets

Children (ages: 0-5): Free
Children (ages: 6-10): $8
Adult general seating: $12
VIP tickets: $30

Purchasing Physical Tickets
San Jose Skate

397 Blossom Hill Road
San Jose, CA 95123
(408) 226-1155

Psycho Donuts (2 locations)

288 South 2nd Street
San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 533-1023

2006 S Winchester Blvd Suite C
Campbell, CA 95008
(408) 533-1023

Streetlight Records

980 South Bascom Avenue San Jose, CA 95128
(408) 292-1404

Normandy House Lounge

30 Washington Street
Santa Clara, CA 95050
(408) 244-1937

Pabst VIP Section

This year, we're excited to bring back the ... Read More »


2013 Season Tryouts and Recruitment Info Sessions

Posted on November 30th, by Panda in Silicon Valley Roller Girls, Support SVRG, Training. Comments Off

Exciting changes on the horizon for SVRG - we’re revamping our recruitment process and league structure and we hope you’ll join us for the change!

New to derby or haven't passed your WFTDA Minimum Skills?
Recruitment Info Sessions

Join us for one of two informational sessions about joining SVRG as a league member. Plus beverages & bites on us!
Monday, December 10th @ 7:00 pm Trials Pub: 265 North 1st Street San Jose, CA 95113 | (408) 947-0497
Monday, December 17th @ 7:00 pm Tied House: 954 Villa Street Mountain View, CA 94041 | (650) 965-2739
Please RSVP to recruitment@svrollergirls.com

Already passed your WFTDA Minimum Skills?
2013 Tryouts

SVRG is hosting open tryouts for the 2013 season. If you have passed your WFTDA Minimum Skills Assessment you’re welcome to tryout!
Tuesday, December 11th @ 8:00pm - 10:00 pm at San Jose Skate: 397 Blossom Hill Road San ... Read More »


WFTDA Championships Preview

Posted on November 2nd, by Leigh in Sister Leagues, WFTDA. Comments Off

We may be far from Atlanta, but SVRG friends and family are no doubt interested in the three days of hard-hitting roller derby that will take place in Georgia. This weekend, the Atlanta Rollergirls host twelve teams to determine the best WFTDA team in 2012. Formerly referred to as Nationals, the tournament is now known as Championships in order to reflect the global membership of the WFTDA. This year, teams from Montreal, Canada and London, England participated in the regional playoffs.

Regionals pit the top ten teams from each region (North Central, South Central, East and West) against each other to vie for a spot to Championships. The top three teams from each region advance to play at Championships to vie for first place.

SVRG was ranked 15th in the West Region at the time when teams were invited to Regionals. Many ... Read More »


Cirque Du Slay This Saturday

Posted on October 11th, by Leigh in SVRG Events. Comments Off

Come out to support your favorite South Bay roller derby league this Saturday as the Silicon Valley Roller Girls bring you Cirque du Slay. Hosted at The Brit, join us for a burlesque experience that will entertain and titillate.

Backed by music from Up & Go, The Gillbillies, and The Rebobs, performers include professional burlesque dancers, aerial artists, fire dancers and contortionists. The Brit will offer Halloween-themed drink specials, including Zombie Brains, Vampire Blood, and Crystal Head shots.

Wear a costume or your best burly-themed outfit for a chance to win a prize. Buy tickets for our raffle – you won’t be disappointed. SVRG will give away tickets to our last home bout on October 20, swag bags, and a grand prize getaway for two to a surprise destination in northern California.

Want to spent time with your favorite derby girl? Bid in ... Read More »



New Website Features

Posted on September 3rd, by Panda in Silicon Valley Roller Girls. 2 comments

The Silicon Valley Roller Girls are proud to announce the launch of our fully renovated website.

New features

Mobile and tablet friendly responsive design: content and photos are optimized for mobile and web experiences
Expanded program descriptions: learn more about our junior derby, recreational league, bootcamps, and community service program in the programs section.
Expanded team information: learn more about the Dot.Kamikazes, Killabytes, and Hard Drivers.
Archived bout scores: view all of our past bout scores
Overview of how to join league: expanded informational section for the league membership options (skaters, official, non-paying league member)
Roller Derby 101 section: find out more information about the sport of roller derby.
Web committee members

Jonny Demonic, Mad-Eye Molly, Pandamonium

Content contributors

Aim DeKill, Bad Tempt-Her, Bullet Sucker, Jacques Strappe, Jem Jones, KangarooKik, LauRAWR, Minister of Sinister, Patty Hearse, Pauley Beretta, Pia Mess, Sasha Degrader, Skirt Vonna-Gut, Smack Dahlia, Spankin' Firecracker, Teapotahedron, ... Read More »


Sept 29, 2012 Home Double Header

Posted on September 3rd, by Panda in Roller Derby, Silicon Valley Roller Girls, Support SVRG, SVRG Bouts. Comments Off

Doors open at 5:30 pm, with SVRG’s KillaBytes taking on the V-Town Derby Darlins starting at 6pm. The Dot.Kamikazes battle the V-Town Derby Dames at 8pm. We will have our infamous beer garden and numerous vendors showcasing all you need to bleed SVRG black and green. General seating means get there when doors open at 5:30pm to get a good seat.

Venue

San Jose Skate
397 Blossom Hill Road
San Jose, CA 95123
(408) 226-1155

Tickets

Children (ages: 0-5): Free
Children (ages: 6-10): $8
Adult general seating: $10
VIP tickets: $30

Purchasing Physical Tickets
San Jose Skate

397 Blossom Hill Road
San Jose, CA 95123
(408) 226-1155

Psycho Donuts (2 locations)

288 South 2nd Street
San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 533-1023

2006 S Winchester Blvd Suite C
Campbell, CA 95008
(408) 533-1023

Streetlight Records

980 South Bascom Avenue San Jose, CA 95128
(408) 292-1404

Normandy House Lounge

30 Washington Street
Santa Clara, CA 95050
(408) 244-1937

Pabst VIP Section

This year, we're excited to bring back the Pabst VIP section. ... Read More »


Skater of the Month: Skirt Vonna-Gut

Posted on August 23rd, by demonic in Skater of the Month. 1 Comment

The Skater of the Month for August is none other than the dreaded Skirt Vonna-Gut.  Skirt joined SVRG in January 2011 after completing boot camp in December 2010.  Besides a bit of childhood roller blading, derby is the first sport she’s played, and remains her one love in the athletic world.  She named herself more of a “drama kid” than an athlete, but you’d never know it to see her on the track. Since her first bout in April 2010, she’s been slaughtering countless opposing teams with the KillaBytes.  Her agility and aggression are more than just hocus pocus; her skating is an example of what hard work and skill can accomplish. Skirt’s always working on her skating skills, and can be seen trying new jumps, spins and tricks out on the track at every practice. Her favorite position is ... Read More »


SVRG's 3rd Annual Blood Drive

Posted on August 23rd, by demonic in Community Service, SVRG Events. Comments Off

SVRG’s 3rdAnnual Blood Drive is Saturday, August 25!

SVRG partners with the American Red Cross this Saturday forour 3rd Annual Blood Drive. The Donation Bus will be in front of San Jose Skate, located at 397 Blossom Hill Road in San Jose from 9 a.m to 3 p.m.

According to the American Red Cross, blood donation is downmore than ten percent across the country. One pint is collected during anindividual blood donation. One pint of blood can save up to three lives.

How Can I Donate?

To schedule your appointment, visit redcrossblood.org,select “Make a Blood Donation Appointment” and search by our sponsor code:Skate. You can also call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Learn about Tips for a Successful Donation here: http://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood/tips-successful-donation

Remember to bring your donor card, driver’s license, or two other forms of identification

All presenting donors will be entered to win tickets toSilicon Valley’s next home bout on ... Read More »


Hard Drivers Sizzle at Hot San Jose Nights

Posted on July 17th, by demonic in SVRG Events. 1 Comment

SVRG’s Hard Drivers hosted an exhibition bout against Black Thunder from Santa Cruz at Hot San Jose Nights on July 14th. SVRG pocketed a third win this season against our sisters from over the hill, with a final score of 233-71. Unleasha Moore amazed the crowds with a 26-point jam in the first period. Skirt Vonna-Gut entertained fans by jumping over 3 girls during halftime. Here’s a photoblog of the action.

Contain

Control

Distract

Destroy

It was great to see some new faces out on the track…

…and to witness the triumphant return of Skater Tots!

Derby Funtimes!

These wonderful photos were taken by Mike Ko of SiliconValley Designs. Let’s show him some derby love by liking his Facebook page!


Win, Lose, or Tie, SVRG ‘til We Die!

Posted on July 9th, by demonic in SVRG Bouts. Comments Off

On Saturday, June 23rd at San Jose Skate, SVRG hosted teams from Salt Lake City, Utah, and San Luis Obispo County for a double header that kept fans cheering for 4 hours of non-stop derby action. If you missed out, here’s a recap.

Dot.Kamikazes vs. Wasatch Midnight Terror

The girls from Salt Lake City used the successful tactic of getting lead and calling off the jam before SVRG had a chance to score. Wasatch secured lead jammer 4 times as often as the Dots, and the score inched up as Wasatch nickel-and-dimed their way while holding SVRG scoreless.

It was Lindsay Lohanded’s first game back from medical leave this season; and she made a fierce 2-woman wall with Catherine Beata Bones. However, the Dots served double the time that Wasatch spent in the box, and a halftime score of 132-35 didn’t bode well. ... Read More »


Hall of Pain 2012 Edition

Posted on June 18th, by demonic in Hall of Pain, Sponsors, Unsung Heroes, Volunteers. Comments Off

Hurry! Someone call the WHAMbulance!

It has been a while since we posted pics of our battle wounds. Here are some of our favorites in case there was any doubt in your mind that roller derby was a full-contact sport. WARNING: Don’t scroll down if you’re squeamish!

Thanks to our medics for volunteering their time and expertise at our bouts and scrimmage practices:

Andrew Aragon
Karen Carlsen
Brandon Christensen
Jeff Chung
Katie Hensel
Isaak Huerta
Michelle Park

We also appreciate the generous services of our sponsor, Dr. Mike Rogerson. Rogerson Chiropractic is a family and sports chiropractic clinic in Santa Clara.


Derby Girls Give Back to the Community

Posted on June 11th, by demonic in Community Service. Comments Off

SVRG loves to donate time and money to local charities. Volunteering not only gives us a chance to reach out to the community that supports us but also gives us an opportunity to bond together with our derby sisters off-skates. As an added bonus, we get enormous satisfaction from learning new skills—like using power tools! Here’s a glimpse of a few of the local nonprofits we’ve been helping out this spring.

Habitat for Humanity, Silicon Valley

In honor of National Women Build Week, SVRG volunteered for a day at the development in Cupertino, where four houses are being built. We helped to build a fence and put up panels on the sides of three houses.

For each of our home games, SVRG donates 10% of all proceeds to charity. A portion of our March 24th bout proceeds went to benefit Habitat for Humanity, ... Read More »


Richmond Trounces Dots and Mendo Brings Mayhem

Posted on June 4th, by demonic in SVRG Bouts. Comments Off

Did you miss our May 19th double header at San Jose Skate? Here’s a recap.

Dot.Kamikazes Lose to B.A.D. Girls’ Richmond Wrecking Belles 238-89

In the first few jams, SVRG countered the B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls’ scrum starts with a hit-it-and-quit-it lead jammer strategy, effectively keeping the Wrecking Belles from scoring. But in the 4th jam, the Belles’ lead jammer Chiquita Bonanza scored 11 points to pull ahead. The Wrecking Belles kept crowding the jammer line on a knee to immediately start the jam, and the Dots kept calling it off before Richmond could score any time we had lead jammer status.

The Wrecking Belles’ defensive blockers were a force to be reckoned with, and on several occasions our jammers had trouble getting out of the pack on their initial pass. However, SVRG’s jammers Bad Tempt-Her and Pia Mess did pull out some ... Read More »


Skater of the Month: Skater Tots

Posted on June 1st, by Panda in Uncategorized. Comments Off

What attracted you to roller derby?
A friend on Facebook kept posting about it.

Did you skate or play another sport before starting derby?
No, I was the kid who got picked last for recess games and decided people who ran were dumb, so I would walk the whole time during the Jog-a-thon. It wasn’t until I was in my 20s that I started becoming more active and that was mainly with hiking and yoga.

How did you choose your derby name?
My dad calls me “tates” or “taters” so it was a play off of that. LauRAWR’s boyfriend GilBurrito thought of it. He’s so clever!

What’s your favorite (derby) position?
I like to block, but lately I have been trying to step out of my comfort zone and jam more.

What are you known for on the track? What’s your superpower?
Uh…I make people think of cake and ... Read More »


Skater of the Month: Skater Tots

Posted on May 10th, by demonic in Skater of the Month. 1 Comment

What attracted you to roller derby?
A friend on Facebook kept posting about it.

Did you skate or play another sport before starting derby?
No, I was the kid who got picked last for recess games and decided people who ran were dumb, so I would walk the whole time during the Jog-a-thon. It wasn't until I was in my 20s that I started becoming more active and that was mainly with hiking and yoga.

How did you choose your derby name?
My dad calls me “tates” or “taters” so it was a play off of that. LauRAWR's boyfriend GilBurrito thought of it. He's so clever!

What’s your favorite (derby) position?
I like to block, but lately I have been trying to step out of my comfort zone and jam more.

What are you known for on the track? What’s your superpower?
Uh...I make people think of cake and it ... Read More »


Canada Rolls through NorCal

Posted on May 7th, by demonic in SVRG Bouts. Comments Off

The Terminal City Rollergirls made the trek all the way from Vancouver to take on Sacred City, Santa Cruz, and SVRG. Our Dot.Kamikazes played Terminal City’s All-Stars in a WFTDA-sanctioned bout on Sunday, April 29th at San Jose Skate. This closed bout wasn’t open to the general public, so here’s a recap of the action.

After being held scoreless for two jams, the Dots took the lead in the third jam with Mongoose’s 13-point power jam and held it for 11 jams, when a lead change put Terminal City on top for the duration of the bout.

Terminal City made a total of 6 successful star passes and one failed attempt right off the jammer line over a knee-down start. SVRG also tried this tactic when Absolutely Scabulous passed the panty to Belle Wringer in the final jam of the 1st period. ... Read More »


Killas Take a Byte out of Sacramento

Posted on May 6th, by demonic in SVRG Bouts. Comments Off

By Bitch Puddin’

While SVRG’s Dot.Kamikazes were playing their way through the Dust Devil Tournament in Tucson, the KillaBytes took on the Folsom Prison Bruisers in Sacramento on April 14th.

The Killas took the lead early on and kept it throughout the entire game. Folsom put up a good fight but SVRG took advantage of their power jams and held Sac City scoreless for a number of jams.

SVRG’s blockers Juicy K. Tore, Jem Jones, and Avida Sane got in more than a couple of brutally effective hits, while jammer Mongoose had no problem getting through Folsom’s pack. It was exciting to see newly rostered KillaBytes Asian Orange, Surge, and Bullet Sucker out on the track. Bullet managed to score 20 points her first time as jammer. Juicy K. Tore and Unleasha Moore were also high-scorers with double-digit jams.

All of SVRG’s skaters took a ... Read More »


Dots 2-for-4 at the Dust Devil

Posted on April 24th, by demonic in SVRG Bouts. Comments Off

The Dot.Kamikazes were invited to compete in the 2012 Dust Devil Tournament from April 13-15 in Tucson, AZ. Rocky Mountain Fight Club took home the championship trophy. Silicon Valley placed 6th out of 10 teams, putting us at #12 overall in the Western Region according to Flat Track Stats.

Bout #1 Loss to Arizona Roller Derby

On Day 1 of the Dust Devil, the Dots were met with a 258-93 loss to tournament co-hosts, AZRD’s Tent City Terrors. Arizona’s roster included some formidable opponents who had recently transferred to AZRD, including Hockey Honey (former Oly Roller), Joy Collision (from Charm City), and Cybil War (from Philly).

The Tent City Terrors took the lead on the scoreboard from the first jam and held on to it for the duration of the bout. Kozmo Trouble and SVRG’s blockers made a solid effort to hold back ... Read More »


What Everybody Ought to Know About Roller Derby

Posted on April 10th, by demonic in Recruitment. 2 comments

So you wanna be a rollergirl? If you’ve watched Whip It and want to wear cute boutfits...then perhaps it’s a great costume idea for next Halloween. Now, if you’ve just watched your first bout, screamed your throat raw, developed your first derby crush on a Slamazon, and can’t wait to get in on the action...let me show you my friend’s “wall of pain,” a photo gallery of nauseatingly awesome hematomas and rink rash. Because behind the glam and sparkle, roller derby is hard-hitting athleticism at its best. Third-wave feminists can embrace their aggressive side while simultaneously feeling feminine in fishnets.

Sweat

Here’s what roller derby is and what it isn’t. Don’t be fooled by the movies; derby is a real sport with rules and referees. You can’t punch each other in the face. Some of the most incredible shows of athleticism and ... Read More »


Head-to-Head Battle with Santa Cruz Ends in Victory for SVRG

Posted on April 4th, by demonic in SVRG Bouts. 1 Comment

by Bitch Puddin’

The March 24th home opener against our rivals from over the hill was nothing less than amazing! Two bouts pitted both the travel and B teams of Silicon Valley and Santa Cruz against each other.

SVRG’s Dot Kamikazes vs. SCDG’s Boardwalk Bombshells

Both teams were well matched, staying within points of each other the entire bout. From the start it was all hit-it-and-quit-it, with the lead jammers getting their points and calling off the jam, doing what they could to prevent the opposing jammer from scoring. The Bombshells took the lead early and often at the beginning but were quickly taken over by the Dot’s strong walls.

There were five lead changes in the first half including one with the Bombshells on a power jam. That was immediately followed by the Dots gaining four points tying the game 39-39. By half time, SVRG ... Read More »


Skater of the Month: Patty Hearse

Posted on April 2nd, by demonic in Skater of the Month. 2 comments

What attracted you to roller derby?
An old friend of mine was starting a roller derby team in Morgan Hill in April of 2010, and it just spoke to me instantly. I first looked at it as a way to exercise and stay in shape, but then when I actually started skating I loved the actual sport of it. My husband and I have always been athletic. He works out all the time and this is my way of keeping up with him. It’s something of my own that he can't do. Derby skaters are athletes and I dare someone to tell me otherwise.

How did you choose your derby name?
My dad actually gave me the name. It’s in reference to the kidnapping of Patty Hearst in 1974 by the Symbionese Liberation Army. Google it. He thought I should change the Hearst to Hearse since my husband (a.k.a. “Wu”) owns ... Read More »


Let Them Eat Cake at the Skater 26 Premier

Posted on March 27th, by demonic in Off the Rink. Comments Off

By day, SVRG’s very own Skater Tots is a specialty cake artist and owner of A Spoonful of Sugar. She created this delicious and delectable treat for the premier of “Skater 26” at the San Francisco IndieFest on February 10th at the Roxie Theater.

The documentary follows the day-in and day-out life of a B.ay A.rea D.erby Girl (B.A.D. All-Star Chantilly Mace #26). Watch the trailer by 13th Generation Productions, produced by Steve Romanko and directed by Turner Van Ryn.

The film emphasizes the enormous time commitment involved in participating in a legitimate sport like roller derby. As Tots notes, “derby isn’t just something you do by night to let out your alter ego.”

Remarkably, just four days before the premier, Tots had surgery to reset her ankle which had been broken in three places from a derby injury. With the help of derby ... Read More »


Derby 2.0: SVRG’s MicroChicks Defeat the Fallin’ Angels

Posted on March 20th, by demonic in Junior Derby. Comments Off

What a game! The final score was 99-89 in favor of Silicon Valley’s MicroChicks in the March 11th bout against Resurrection Roller Girls’ Fallin’ Angels in Rohnert Park, California. SVRG wants to thank our gracious hosts for a great time! To remember the event, the Resurrection team gave all of our girls dog tags stamped with both team names.

Unleasha Moore (one of the Derby 2.0 coaches) reported, “The skaters did a fantastic job of working together and communicating in the pack. Plus the jammers killed it for sure! There were so many lead changes and all the girls who jammed gave it their all!” Derby 2.0 coaches Belle Wringer, Mongoose, and Unleasha Moore helped the team prepare for their victory and are looking forward to the rest of the season.

Interested in Joining Derby 2.0?

Derby 2.0, SVRG’s junior derby league, is for girls aged ... Read More »


Hotter on Hiatus

Posted on March 5th, by demonic in Training. 1 Comment

SVRG is back and hotter than ever! We were busy this off season. Pia Mess challenged the league to lose weight and increase stamina over the winter break. With weekly workouts and nutrition tips, our ladies shed pounds and gained muscle.

Help us congratulate the winner of the hotter on hiatus challenge! Assistant Coach Aim DeKill won the weight loss challenge. She (De)Killed the competition with a total loss of 12 pounds, resulting in an inch off her waistline and four inches off her hips. She won a pair of Antik skates and a slimmer silhouette! Kozmo Trouble came in a close second, and Juicy K. Tore and Pia Mess tied for third place. Aim shared her inspiring story with us.

What motivated you to start your weight-loss journey?

After I retired from skating and started coaching, I spent less and less time ... Read More »


KillaBytes Make a Strong Showing in Sonora

Posted on February 27th, by demonic in SVRG Bouts. Comments Off

Will this be the season of 2-point nail-biters? It was clear from the start that the February 25th battle between SVRG’s KillaBytes and High Country Mountain Derby Girls’ Hell Cats was a close contest, with the Killas and the Hell Cats taking turns at lead jammer status. Bad Tempt-Her and Skirt Vonna-Gut (formerly known as Newton’s Slaughter) started the night off with 15-point power jams in the 2nd and 4th jams respectively. Both sides were dishing out and taking some big hits, but no one was stopping SVRG’s LauRAWR! By the end of the first half, SVRG was barely holding the lead, 92-90.

SVRG’s 2nd half was about keeping the Hell Cats from putting numbers on the score board. The Hell Cats were ahead by one point (108-107) in the 5th jam, but a lead change put the Killas back on ... Read More »


SVRG Ctrl+Alt+Del the Competition at the Big O

Posted on February 21st, by demonic in SVRG Bouts. Comments Off

The Emerald City Roller Girls hosted the Big O tournament in Eugene, Oregon, from February 10th–12th. Thirteen WFTDA-sanctioned bouts were held, as well as three men’s bouts.

After graduating from the apprentice program, SVRG competed as a full-fledged WFTDA member league in 2011, ranking 14th out of 30 in the Western region at the end of our first year.

At the Big O, SVRG was matched up against the Jet City Roller Girls from Everett, WA (8th in the West), our hosts the Emerald City Roller Girls (12th in the West), and the DC Rollergirls hailing from our nation’s capital (11th in the East). Although we were the underdogs, we fought hard and won all three bouts! Read on for some game highlights.

Bout #1 Win over the Jet City Roller Girls

SVRG’s Dot.Kamikazes upset the Jet City Bombers in a fight-to-the-finish bout ending in ... Read More »


Love Derby, But Don't Have the Time? Join SVRG's Rec League!

Posted on February 6th, by demonic in Recreational League. Comments Off

Drop in for a practice with Circuit Jerks, SVRG’s recreational league for some low-impact play! Anyone who meets the requirements listed below can join in the fun. Whether you’re building up the courage and skills to play full-contact derby, recovering from an injury, looking for extra practice time, or wanting to scrimmage without getting the snot knocked out of you...rec league is for you! Can’t commit 60% of your life to derby? No problem. How about one night per week?

My first time at Jerks, I was fresh out of SVRG’s bootcamp. The league was on break, so rec league was my only chance to get some derby skating in before the holidays. It was a great workout that included conditioning (planks, squats, etc.), drills, and light scrimmaging—mostly things I couldn’t do on my own during open skate.

My favorite drill was running the ... Read More »


Who Is Roller Derby Nation?

Posted on February 2nd, by demonic in WFTDA. 1 Comment

The Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) is conducting two surveys to learn more about you, the people who make up derby nation—the skaters, fans, sponsors, medics, officials, photographers, and all who take part in this great sport. Last year over 10,000 people took the survey revealing trends that have sponsors clamoring to be a part of the meteoric rise of modern roller derby. Derby nation is the mom next door, your lawyer, your kid's teacher, it's all around you...and it's growing.

Please fill out a short survey by February 15th. Your confidential answers will help the national association and your local roller derby league improve the fan experience. If you provide your email, you could win some WFTDA swag for your time.


Skater of the Month: LauRAWR!

Posted on January 31st, by demonic in Skater of the Month. 3 comments

What attracted you to roller derby?
I'm not sure. I was in grad school and wanted to do something athletic and fun.

Did you skate or play another sport before starting derby?
I hadn't skated since I was a kid, but I felt like a super star when I was able to skate five laps around the track without stopping. I had a long way to go! In terms of other sports, I was always into different sports as a kid and teenager. I played soccer, softball, water polo, and was on the swim team.

How did you choose your derby name?
I really liked the idea of having a derby name with my real name in it so that I wouldn't have to learn to answer to something new. I was hanging out with my BFF Tots and I drew a T-Rex on a piece ... Read More »


Unsung Heroes: Derby Photographers

Posted on January 23rd, by demonic in Volunteers. 3 comments

A successful league takes hard work both on and off the track. Many people donate their time and talents to make SVRG a success. Let’s give a shout out to all the camera-happy fans who make us look fabulous! Ever try to take a picture of skaters in action and end up with nothing but a blurry shot? It’s not easy to capture the moment in sharp focus when a blocker flies through the air. These are the people who make it happen.

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but our league photographers are priceless! Take Adrian Valenzuela, for example. His photo of SVRG won Derbylife.com’s 2011 Photo of the Year contest for the best color category!

This photo is now a final contender for the 2011 Photo of the Year. Go to Derbylife.com and vote for #3 by Adrian Valenzuela ... Read More »


SVRG Welcomes New Recruits

Posted on January 18th, by demonic in Recruitment. Comments Off

We’re back and better than ever! A new season means fresh faces.

The Silicon Valley Roller Girls are pleased to welcome three new staff members:

eViL JINius (formerly of Charlottesville Derby Dames)
Jack
Danny

Six skaters have been recruited to join the league starting in the 2012 season:

Culo Whippin'
Surge
Foo Bar
MonaStat (formerly of LA Derby Dolls)
Bullet Sucker (formerly of South County Derby Girls)
Asian Orange (formerly of Inland Empire Derby Divas)

After an 8-week bootcamp to learn the derby basics from coaches and seasoned skaters, recruits were tested on their WFTDA minimum skills. Those who passed were invited to try out for the league.

If you’re interested in becoming a rollergirl or official, shoot us an email (recruitment@svrollergirls.com) to get invited to our spring 2012 bootcamp, and skate, skate, skate!


Skater of the Month: Sasha Degrader

Posted on October 13th, by demonic in Skater of the Month. 1 Comment

How did you find out about roller derby?

My brother told me about SVRG.  As soon as knew it existed I was committed to doing it.  The fact that the last pair of skates I wore was from Toys 'R' Us made no difference to me.  I paid for bootcamp and all my equipment by modeling through Craigslist.  Had I not done that, there would have been no way I could have afforded bootcamp.

What kind of skating skills or athletic abilities did you have before starting derby?

Me and my bestie, Corey, were die-hard roller skaters as kids.  We used to lube up our wheels with my mom's sewing machine oil and go skate down any downward slope we could find.  I also played softball from t-ball through college at DeAnza.  I was a catcher, 1st baseman, and right fielder.

How did you derive ... Read More »


Reflections on SVRG’s 2011 Season

Posted on October 6th, by demonic in SVRG Bouts. 1 Comment

What’s the old saying? You don’t know where you’re going unless you look back to where you’ve been? Two thousand and eleven has been quite the year for Silicon Valley Roller Girls.

By the numbers, let’s take a peek at each of our teams' performances this year. For those of you who are new fans of SVRG, we actually have three full teams: A (a WFTDA-ranked team), B, and C-level teams.

Hard Drivers (C-level)
vs. Rollin’ Roulettes WIN (158-72)
vs. Cal State WIN (236-41)
vs. Monterey LOSS (202-88) *unofficial score

KillaBytes (B-level)
vs. Sac City WIN (119-118)
vs. Undead Betties LOSS (132-147)
vs. Ressurection WIN (149-69)
vs. Pikes Peak B WIN (140-67)
vs. Jet City B WIN (106-78)
vs. Battle Borne WIN (169-126)

Dot.Kamikazes (A-level)
vs. Slaughter County LOSS (182-104)
vs. Humboldt WIN (119-84)
vs. Angel City LOSS (187-81)
vs. Pikes Peak A WIN (147-120)
vs. Jet City A LOSS (129-68)
vs Angel City A LOSS (118-143)
vs. Tuscon LOSS ... Read More »


Skater of the Month: Teddy Wreck-Spin

Posted on September 22nd, by demonic in Skater of the Month. 1 Comment

How did you get into roller derby?

I was originally asked to announce for SVRG. I saw how much fun everyone was having on skates so I decided to join in.

What kind of skating skills or athletic abilities did you have before starting derby?

I played a little bit of football and baseball when I was a kid. I rollerbladed when it was really cool. My whole family is very athletic, it was time I joined the party.

How did you derive your derby name?

“Teddy Ruxpin” was the creepy talking bear from the '80s. Someone else thought of it for me and I took it. I’m horrible at that sort of thing.

What is your primary ref job?

I love to jam ref. Front inside pack is also a favorite of mine. I love skating backwards.

What position would you choose to play if you played ... Read More »


SVRG at Home: August 20th, Double-Header

Posted on August 13th, by demonic in SVRG Bouts. Comments Off

We’re baaaaaa-aaaccckkkkk! SVRG Comes Home for our August 20th Double-Header!

by Absolutely Scabulous, #.08 BAC

After two months on the road, your Silicon Valley Roller Girls are back home on August 20th with a double-header derby extravaganza. Your Dot.Kamikazes are matched against Slaughter County Roller Vixens’ Saint’s of Slaughter, with the KillaBytes bouting against our friends from the East Bay, the Undead Bettys.

SVRG burst into the 3rd quarter ranked 12th in the Western Region (see full regional rankings here), giving this home bout some serious weight playing 13th ranked Slaughter County. Record-wise, teams are fairly evenly matched with SVRG (7-4) playing more games than Slaughter County, but Slaughter having an undefeated record (5-0). As always, rankings and records don’t hold the full story; Slaughter County boasts two Olympic skaters, Alyssa Davis and Ceilidh Sligh, respectively known as Toucan ... Read More »


Skater of the Month: Newton's Slaughter

Posted on July 17th, by demonic in Skater of the Month. 1 Comment

How did you find out about roller derby?

Friends of my friends wanted to start a league when I was a freshmen in college, and I thought it sounded cool but I was too afraid of getting hurt! Then, the summer I graduated, I had a lot of free time on my hands. I had seen fliers for the Glass City Rollers in my favorite Toledo bars, and just thought, 'What are you waiting for? You can be scared when you're DEAD!'

What kind of skating skills or athletic abilities did you have before starting derby?

I got picked on a lot in grade school gym class, so I've always been more interested in solo, non-competitive sports like running, weightlifting, and roller-blading. Maybe that's why I like jamming so much!

How did you derive your derby name?

Physics is my geeky guilty pleasure - and you can't ... Read More »


Skater of the Month: Broken BabyDoll

Posted on June 21st, by demonic in Skater of the Month. 1 Comment

How did you get into roller derby?

I found out about SVRG back in May of 2007. For my birthday I went to see B.A.D. play and some girls from SVRG where there representing. I was completely hooked after the first jam and wanted to get involved as soon as possible. About a week later I went to the rink and bought a cheap pair of skates and started going to open skate. About mid-June I went to my first practice and never looked back.

What kind of skating skills or athletic abilities did you have before starting derby?

I hadn’t been on skates since I was little. I got my first pair when I was 3 years old. We use to go to the local skating rink in Missoula, Montana, until it was closed down. As far as other skills I played ... Read More »


Enter SVRG's Slogan Contest

Posted on June 6th, by demonic in Contests. 11 comments

The Silicon Valley Roller Girls challenge YOU to come up with an enticing slogan for our league! Winners will receive a 4-pack of one-day passes to Hot San Jose Nights!

SVRG needs a new slogan for marketing purposes that is in-line with our sports-oriented, classy, and technology-based theme and our mission statement, which can be found at www.svrollergirls.com.

CCRD's is 'cheaper than anger management', Salt City's is 'like salt in an open wound' (or something like that). What should ours be?

Feeling creative? Please post your ideas here in comments or email your submissions to PR@svrollergirls.com. SVRG’s Board of Directors will be voting on the top picks at the end of June and will award the winner with tickets to Hot San Jose Nights!


Silicon Valley Roller Girls at Hot San Jose Nights

The Silicon Valley Roller Girls are being featured at Hot San Jose Nights this July, so don’t miss out on all the crazy fun!

Hot San Jose Nights is a classic car event featuring an Autorama, Show-n-Shine, Collector Car Auction, Swap Meet, Cruises, Prom, Drive-In Movies, and many more happenings from Wednesday, July 6th through Sunday, July 10th.  There’s an incredible amount of activities available for the entire family, making it one of the summer’s do-not-miss events!

Catch SVRG during the following HSJN festivities:

Mon. July 4th at 10am – Red, White, and Blue Parade downtown San Jose!

Fri. July 8th at 5:45pm – The Cruise to the Drive-In leaves Santa Clara County Fairgrounds for a showing of American Graffiti and Grease, as well as music by The Hot Rods Band!

Sat. July 9th – SVRG Junior Derby Bout at 12noon and SVRG’s Adults at ... Read More »


Featured Charity: Be a Dear and Donate a Brassiere

Posted on May 28th, by demonic in Community Service. Comments Off

"Be a Dear and Donate a Brassiere" is a community organization that collects new and gently-used bras which are then donated to other local charities that serve women in need. Most women would agree that having a comfortable, well-fit bra is key to feeling confident in your wardrobe.

When hunting for a new job, or even just taking care of daily chores, wearing the right bra is important. Bras can be very expensive and when making donations to charities the need for bras is often overlooked. Be a Dear's mission is to change that and make sure every woman has access to the comfort and support they need.

Last season SVRG teamed up with Be a Dear and collected bras at one of our exhibition bouts, and this season Be a Dear will be at our June 11th bout collecting new and ... Read More »


Derby 2.0 Is Recruiting Junior Derby Skaters

Posted on May 25th, by demonic in Junior Derby, Recruitment. Comments Off

Do you know a girl between the ages of 7 and 17 who wants to play roller derby? Forward this flyer and have her contact Coach Chanasaw at juniorderby@svrollergirls.com.


Featured Charity: YWCA

Posted on May 4th, by demonic in Community Service. Comments Off

SVRG fully supports the mission of the Silicon Valley YWCA.  On April 27th, a group of our skaters were there to cheer on the participants of the YWCA's "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes", a rape awareness event. Men signed up to walk a mile in a pair of borrowed high heels in order to demonstrate their support of women and help get the word out about rape statistics and prevention.

The mission of the YWCA is to empower women and eliminate racism. YWCA provides support to women in times of crisis, and helps them deal with the impact of domestic violence and rape. YWCA provides job training, career counseling and child care to help women be independent and strong.

How can you support the YWCA?
1) Financial donations are always needed.
2) Volunteer your time! Areas where volunteers are always needed include:

Event Committees
Family ... Read More »


Join Us for a Weekend of Improv May 13-14th!

Posted on May 1st, by demonic in SVRG Events. Comments Off

Join us the weekend of May 13th and 14th for ComedySportz improv comedy nights at Camera 3 Cinemas in San Jose!

You'll have the opportunity to meet your favorite derby girls at 8:15 on Friday, May 13th before the 9pm show!

Please print and bring a flyer with you to this event, and SVRG will receive $3 for every ticket purchased!

Camera 3 Cinema, 288 S. Second Street at San Carlos, San Jose, California


SVRG Starts New Recreational Team

Posted on April 26th, by demonic in Recreational League. 1 Comment

Love derby but can't commit the time to play on a league?
Coming back from an injury and not ready for super-competitive play?
Can't get enough derby on your current league?
Come join SVRG's brand new recreational team!

Starting in May, SVRG's Circuit Jerks will be hosting recreational skating drop-in practices and scrimmages!  We aim to promote roller derby in a non-competitive way by hosting cooperative skating practices, holding mixed scrimmages with other local leagues, and keeping ourselves fit with both on- and off-skates workouts.

TO SKATE WITH THE CIRCUIT JERKS REC LEAGUE, YOU MUST:

Own and wear protective gear: mouth guard, wrist guards, elbow pads, knee pads, and helmet (and preferably your own skates, but rentals are available)
Know how to derby skate. This means you have attended an SVRG bootcamp, passed WFTDA minimum skills testing, or have skated with another league. If you’re ... Read More »


Skater of the Month: Cannonball Iztik

Posted on April 23rd, by demonic in Skater of the Month. 1 Comment

How did you find out about roller derby?

I live around the corner from San Jose Skate, which has a huge banner hanging in the front that says, "SAN JOSE SKATE - HOME OF THE SILICON VALLEY ROLLER GIRLS."  Eventually I figured, what the heck, let's see what it's all about. And here I am.

What kind of skating skills or athletic abilities did you have before starting derby?

I've played just about everything competitively: volleyball, soccer, badminton, Parker Kempo, basketball, softball...I was heavily involved in field hockey for several years, and played for the Futures, which is an Olympic development league. Unfortunately, I got severe shin splints and chrondromalacia in both knees, which stopped me from participating in any sports that involve running. I moved on to cycling, which is low-impact for joints, and finally roller derby. But all that previous activity ... Read More »


Derby 2.0 Hits the Road

Posted on April 16th, by demonic in Junior Derby. Comments Off

The Silicon Valley Roller Girls’ junior derby girls, Derby 2.0, took their talent on the road recently as they traveled to participate in the Easter Bash Open Scrimmage hosted by Visalia Junior Derby on April 9th. This event was the first chance for many of our MicroChicks and Web Bruisers to participate in bouts playing with and against other league members.

Scrimmage teams were mixed (made up of players from various leagues) and there were both positional and full contact bouts.  Events like these are a great opportunity for all the girls to gain experience with bouting in a fun and non-competitive way.  SVRG and Coach Chanasaw would like to give a special “Thanks!” to the parents who made the drive, supplied snacks, and continuously support our Junior Derby program!


Dot.Kamikazes Blast through Derby Tournament Season for WFTDA Rankings!

Posted on April 14th, by demonic in SVRG Bouts. 1 Comment

It was an incredible tournament season for SVRG's Dot.Kamikazes as they began the journey to becoming a nationally-ranked WFTDA team!

 

 

At the Wild West Showdown in Bremerton, Washington, the Dots made a very big showing in their first tournament as a member of WFTDA by winning all 3 of their bouts with a seriously impressive point spread.

First up, they rolled out against Tacoma's Dockyard Derby Dames, also new to the WFTDA and currently unranked. In the end, the Dots were making waves that the Dockyard Dames just couldn't handle, and won 216-58.

After a full day of rest, the Dots were up against #21 in the region, the Sin City Roller Girls. In the end Sin City was thwarted 198-64. Two hours later they were back in action against Lava City's Smokin' Ashes from Bend, OR; currently ranked 19 in the west. The Smokin' Ashes ... Read More »


Featured Charity: Sacred Heart Community Service

Posted on April 6th, by demonic in Community Service. Comments Off

The Silicon Valley Roller Girls have spent many volunteer hours with Sacred Heart since 2007, so it’s no surprise that Sacred Heart will be the recipient of a portion of our bout proceeds on Saturday, June 11th (tickets are available now - Click Here). SVRG has worked countless hours organizing clothing donations and bagging groceries to be given to needy area families, including during a volunteer event this past March. Our junior derby league, Derby 2.0, also joined in the fun and worked with us to give back!

The mission of Sacred Heart is to address the issues associated with poverty. Many different programs are designed to make the lives of local working poor families better. Three categories of assistance are available to the needy. One addresses housing and basic needs, such as food and clothing. The second addresses education and ... Read More »


Derby 2.0 and KillaBytes, April 2nd

Posted on March 19th, by demonic in Junior Derby, SVRG Bouts. Comments Off

The Silicon Valley Roller Girls’ Derby 2.0 Host Debut Home Bout with the KillaBytes on Saturday, April 2nd!

The Silicon Valley Roller Girls, have a new show in town: Derby 2.0. The league’s newest team, made of young derby girls aged 7 to 17, is a striking new phenomenon that has gained popularity with their recent NBC News coverage.

The junior derby skaters, affectionately called ‘jerbs,’ are very excited about their debut home bout against Sacramento’s junior derby league on Saturday, April 2nd. Headlining the event are SVRG’s KillaBytes, who will be taking on the Battle Borne Derby Demons. The event will kick off at 5:30pm at San Jose Skate, located at 397 Blossom Hill Road in San Jose.

Fans are encouraged to get their tickets before they sell out, as SVRG regularly sells out their 1,000+ capacity in advance of most ... Read More »


Silicon Valley Roller Girls Join eScrip Fundraising Program

Posted on March 14th, by demonic in Support SVRG. Comments Off

SVRG is now a charity partner of eScrip, a super safe and easy way to continually financially support the league without ever donating any of your own cash! I’ve been personally using this for years and I’ve never had any problems. Please register with them and also send your friends and family an email to let them know how they can support us financially with only a few clicks of a mouse.

What Is the eScrip Program? How Does It Work?

eScrip has created a system that rewards customer loyalty by contributing a percentage of purchases made by participating friends and fans to nonprofits. Friends, fans, and families are encouraged to register their grocery club cards and existing credit/debit cards.  A percentage of all purchases made at eScrip merchants will be given back to SVRG as the designated group.

eScrip Advantage

Ease of use - ... Read More »


Skater of the Month: Pandamonium

Posted on March 11th, by demonic in Skater of the Month. 1 Comment

How did you find out about/get into roller derby?

After graduating college in 2005, most of my friends moved away and I was looking for something new to be involved with. I read an article in a newspaper about the B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls and thought I would give it a try. I joined the B.A.D. Girls in January of 2006 and skated with them until December of 2008. During the 2007 season I started coaching the Silicon Valley Roller Girls. After retiring from skating with the B.A.D. Girls I went on just coaching SVRG.

What kind of skating skills or athletic abilities did you have before starting derby?

I had almost no skating skills prior to joining derby. I skated on super heavy artistic skates with bald wheels and huge toe stops when I first started out. It goes to show ... Read More »


Featured Charity: Career Closet

Posted on March 8th, by demonic in Community Service, Off the Rink. Comments Off

Career Closet is our featured charity and will be accepting donations at our April 2nd bout! If you have clothing, accessories, or handbags that you would like to donate, please bring them with you and drop them off at their booth! You can also stop by to learn more about Career Closet's programs and locations. A portion of the proceeds from the bout will also go to Career Closet!

Career Closet is a nonprofit organization that lends a hand to women wanting to get back into the work force. Whatever challenges they face—poverty, being a single mother, or lacking experience—Career Closet helps set them on their way to landing a job they can be proud of. The first step to a good career is confidence, and yes, it may sound silly but appropriate work attire is part of that confidence. Women ... Read More »


Meet a Jerb from Our Junior Derby Squad!

Posted on March 3rd, by demonic in Junior Derby. 2 comments

Did you miss our Junior Derby Squad, Derby 2.0, on the NBC News? If so, make sure to check it out online.

SVRG introduced our junior derby program with a summer session in 2010 to help teach girls basic skating skills, teamwork, and confidence. It was a huge success and there was a great demand by young skaters and parents—thus was born Derby 2.0, offering 8-week sessions all year round for girls aged 7-17. Girls 10 and older are eligible to play full contact roller derby. These girls are cute and fierce! Meet one of our own jerby girls, Tex Mex!

How did you first get involved in roller derby?

My mom skates for SVRG. She took me skating and I learned how to skate well. After two years of her being with SVRG, they started the Jr. League where she now coaches ... Read More »


Celebrate Mardi Gras with SVRG on Friday 3/11

Posted on March 1st, by demonic in Support SVRG, SVRG Events. Comments Off

On Friday, March 11th, come celebrate Mardi Gras with SVRG!

Poor House Bistro, 91 S. Autumn Street, San Jose, CA 95110

Phone: (408) 292-5837

From 4-6pm have some delicious New Orleans cuisine for dinner with our junior derby girls!

From 6-10pm it’s party time with SVRG! We’ll have a photo booth, giveaways, and music provided by Tip of the Top!

Mention “SVRG” and we will receive 20% of the proceeds from your food and beverage purchases ALL DAY LONG, so stop by for lunch, dinner, or an evening drink!


Skater of the Month: Scait Riot

Posted on February 13th, by demonic in Skater of the Month. Comments Off

February's Skater of the Month is Scait Riot #20!

What kind of skating skills did you have before starting derby?

I went to a couple skate parties as a kid. I was super good at hugging the carpet wall!

How did you derive your derby name?

My roller derby idol Demanda Riot inspired my name; mine is a combo of hers and my own real one.

What is your primary position?

Blocker, and lil' bit of jamming.

What is your greatest strength as a skater? What do you contribute most to the team?

Working with my sisters. I like working together.  :)

What's your worst injury?

Nothing to write home about...knock on wood!!!

Who are your biggest fans?

Mr. Riot, of course <3. And, my wifey, Ms. Pain Galaura.  :)

Who do you like to partner up with on the track? Which teammates do you work well with?

Everyone! But...you'll usually find me ... Read More »


Blue Rock BBQ Fundraiser on February 17th

Posted on February 10th, by demonic in Off the Rink, Support SVRG, SVRG Events. Comments Off

Print this flyer and bring it in to Blue Rock BBQ on Thursday, February 17th, and SVRG will receive 20% of the proceeds of your awesome BBQ meal! Help us to travel all over the US for games and tournaments, pay for new uniforms, and continue to provide the best roller derby entertainment in the Silicon Valley!


Featured Charity: The Bicycle Exchange

Posted on January 30th, by demonic in Community Service. Comments Off

The Bicycle Exchange, 2566 Leghorn St., Mountain View, CA

A part of the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, the Bicycle Exchange helps needy families and individuals by repairing and donating used bicycles to partner community service organizations. Bikes benefit needy children as well as homeless individuals by providing transportation from shelters to schools and places of employment.

The Bicycle Exchange meets on selected Saturdays throughout the year to receive, repair, and distribute its inventory of donated bicycles. Their warehouse and workshop are fully outfitted with storage, repair stands, and tools for year-round operation.

New volunteers learn bicycle repair skills by assisting a team of more experienced volunteers. Mechanics always have lots to do and none are paid so they appreciate your effort to clean up your bike before donating it so they can focus on repairs.

SVRG recently volunteered with this group, and we were impressed with ... Read More »


Win a WFTDA Prize Pack!

Posted on January 26th, by demonic in Contests, WFTDA. Comments Off

The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) is hosting its annual fan demographic survey and by participating you’re entered into a drawing for a prize package! This survey is designed to help the WFTDA and its individual member leagues understand the modern roller derby audience – that means YOU! To participate in the survey please click on over to the WFTDA website.


Tune In to KSCU on Tuesday to Win Bout Tickets

Posted on January 18th, by demonic in Contests, Silicon Valley Roller Girls. Comments Off

Still haven’t bought tickets to our February 5th season opener and double-header bout? Well if you’re penny-pinching here’s your chance to win a pair! We'll be live on-air with Maddgirl on KSCU 103.3 FM from 3-5pm next Tuesday, January 25th, giving away two pairs of tickets!

Maddgirl plays a variety of punk, indie, pop, and electronic music for your listening pleasure and you can call in to ask your favorite derby girls those burning derby questions by calling the request line at (408) 554-5728 during the show!

And if Tuesday isn't your lucky day, don't forget that tickets are still available online at Brown Paper Tickets - but not for long, so buy them while they last!


Featured Charity: One Brick

Posted on January 6th, by demonic in Community Service. Comments Off

A percentage of the proceeds from our February 5th game will be donated to One Brick, a local nonprofit organization that provides support to other local nonprofit and community organizations by creating a unique, social, and flexible volunteer environment for those interested in making a concrete difference in the community. They enable people to get involved, have an impact, and have fun—without the requirements of individual long-term commitments.

In 2010, utilizing One Brick’s awesome events, SVRG donated many community service man hours sorting school supplies at Resource Area for Teachers (RAFT), making crafts with kids on Family Fun Day at Palo Alto Art Center, serving food for a Christmas in the Park fundraiser, and sorting donations at Sacred Heart Community Service. Their events are always well-organized and tons of fun!

Come volunteer with us at One Brick by checking out their available ... Read More »


Texas Hold’Em Poker Tournament

Posted on January 6th, by demonic in Support SVRG, SVRG Events. 3 comments

It’s time to sharpen your betting skills and get your game face ready because the Silicon Valley Roller Girls are having our first-ever Poker Tournament! This exciting, high-stakes fundraiser will help to sponsor our players with new uniforms for the 2011 season.

Proudly hosted by CSR Real Estate, this event will be held on Friday, February 25th at 6:30pm at the CSR office located at 5671 Santa Teresa Boulevard, Suite 100, in San Jose.

Your $100 buy-in includes $1500 worth of playing chips as well as delicious pizza and beer to satisfy your appetite, served to you by your favorite roller derby girls! Re-buys/add-ons will be available for $40, with a limit of one per person. Prizes too great to name will be offered to the top 10 players!

Buy-in is required at the time of registration to reserve your spot, as space ... Read More »


Kick Off SVRG's 2011 Season

Posted on January 3rd, by demonic in SVRG Bouts. Comments Off

The Silicon Valley Roller Girls kick off our 2011 season on February 5th with an action-packed double-header!

SVRG’s 2011 home games are on Saturday nights, including February 5th, April 2nd, June 11th, August 20th, September 10th, and October 15th. Fans are encouraged to get their tickets before they sell out, because we sold out our 1,000+ capacity in advance of many of last season’s games.

The season opener on Saturday, February 5th is a WFTDA-sanctioned double-header which allows SVRG to be nationally ranked among the nation’s best flat track roller derby teams. The games feature SVRG’s Dot.Kamikazes against Bellingham, Washington and SVRG’s KillaBytes versus B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls’ Berkeley team. The event will kick off at 5:30pm at San Jose Skate, located at 397 Blossom Hill Road in San Jose.

Tickets for February 5th are on sale now at San Jose Skate, ... Read More »


Skater of the Month: Bozo Disposo

Posted on December 1st, by demonic in Skater of the Month. 2 comments

How did you find out about roller derby?

One of my friends told me about the Bay Area team in 2006, and I knew roller derby was the perfect sport for me.

What kind of skating skills or athletic abilities did you have before starting derby?

I ice figure skated from ages 2-12 but quit because I preferred to either dart through crowds and see how many people I could make fall during public sessions or hurl my body down the ice like a snowmobile rather than practice layback spins and split jumps.  Aside from swimming on my high school swim team for a couple of years and a short stint in gymnastics, the athletic highlights of my early and late teens included trying to skate on my brother's homemade backyard skate ramp in my roller skates and hiding under the bleachers during ... Read More »


SVRG Decorates a Tree for Christmas in the Park

Posted on December 1st, by demonic in Community Service. Comments Off

On November 26th, the Silicon Valley Roller Girls decorated a tree for San Jose’s Christmas in the Park, which is located at Plaza De Cesar Chavez.  The tree was adorned with ornaments, handmade by SVRG skaters.

Each year, Plaza De Cesar Chavez is transformed into a holiday wonderland that represents communities and businesses in San Jose.  Christmas in the Park is open daily from 9am to midnight, so check out the entertainment, enjoy a hot chocolate, and take a look at SVRG’s tree!


STRIKE!

Posted on November 30th, by demonic in Community Service, Off the Rink, Silicon Valley Roller Girls. 2 comments

The Silicon Valley Roller Girls spent a very special Thanksgiving with West Valley Community Services at Bowlmor Lanes in Cupertino, ensuring that many area low-income families had a day worthy of being thankful for.

Satan’s Kitten, Stevie Knickers, and Absolutely Scabulous served a beautiful Thanksgiving lunch (on roller skates of course!) alongside other Silicon Valley notables, including United Way CEO Carole Leigh Hutton, Assemblyman Paul Fong, Cupertino Mayor Kris Wang and Saratoga Councilwoman Jill Hunter.

Smash N' Burn, Mongoose, Latin Crippler, Lindsay Lohanded, Catherine Beata Bones, and Cannonball Iztik worked the food line and refilled drinks, while Donna Diggler cheered families on at the bowling lanes, and Postal Servix and Beth Sentence handed out SVRG giveaways to children.

The girls were welcomed with open arms and were provided a bowling pin to sign, which will be displayed in Bowlmor’s special case alongside pins ... Read More »


Skater of the Month: CynTax

CynTax is known on the track for her endurance, speed, agility, and wily jammer moves. In a sport where size often matters, this 5 foot tall, 110-pound skater uses her small stature to her advantage by deftly sneaking through the pack unnoticed. She has received several accolades over her 4-year derby career, including Jammer MVP (Most Valuable Player) on 9/11 against SAC, KillaBytes’ 2009 Takes a Lickin’ and Keeps on Tickin’ award, and she skated 315 laps (approximately 24 miles) in 2 hours at our first annual skate-a-thon fundraiser in 2009.

How did you get into roller derby?

I watched the Rollergirls reality show on A&E in early 2006, and they mentioned that teams following the new format of all women’s, full-contact roller derby were springing up everywhere in major cities across the country. I knew after the first episode that ... Read More »


Adopt a Silicon Valley Roller Girl!

Posted on September 14th, by demonic in Roller Derby, Silicon Valley Roller Girls, Support SVRG. Comments Off


Congratulations, Santa Cruz Derby Girls!!

Posted on September 1st, by demonic in Roller Derby, Silicon Valley Roller Girls, Sister Leagues, SVRG Bouts. 1 Comment

We are happy to announce that our sisterly rivals, the Santa Cruz Derby Girls, have been accepted into the Women's Flat-Track Derby Association. We are very proud to welcome them to WFTDA. Congratulations, ladies!

And, it will be all the sweeter when we beat them in October Get your tickets now to come down and support SVRG in their doubleheader at Santa Cruz on October 23 when Silicon Valley Goes Home...with the WIN!


Thank you for making the SVRG Red Cross blood drive a success!

Posted on August 30th, by demonic in Community Service, Silicon Valley Roller Girls. 1 Comment

The Silicon Valley Roller Girls had a huge turnout at this past
Saturday’s Red Cross Blood Drive with 28 completed blood donations.
There were so many additional donors available that some walk-ins
weren’t able to be taken in and had to be booked for other blood
drives. Staff from the Red Cross said it was the biggest turnout the
donation bus had ever seen!

SVRG wants to thank everyone who participated in the event to help
save lives, especially our donors and staff who helped to keep the
event running smoothly.  Many SVRG skaters also gave blood, including
Mauly Anna, Belle Wringer, Tennessee Smitan, Avida Sane!, Jene’mesis,
Catherine Beata Bones, Aim De Kill, Scait Riot, Smack Dahlia,
Pandamonium, the injured Saucy Monstrosity, and referee Teddy Wreckspin.

SVRG is already planning a bigger event to allow us to host more
donors for next year. ... Read More »


Brrraaaaains! SVRG rawrggggs at Zombie-o-rama

Posted on August 27th, by demonic in Silicon Valley Roller Girls, SVRG Events. 1 Comment

Vegas, Belle, Satan's Kitten, and Retox Fox played hooky from practice on Wednesday night to go promote our upcoming bout at Zombie-o-rama in downtown San Jose. In between flesh feasts we got to chat up a lot of local zombies who can now list roller derby alongside brains as things they love!

On Friday, Fox, Catherine Beata Bones, and Bitch Puddin' spent a lovely morning and afternoon getting patrons of the downtown San Jose Farmers' Market excited about our upcoming bout on September 11...not to mention sparking the interest of a few potential recruits. Hit us up!

The San Jose Downtown Association has been a great partner and supporter of the Silicon Valley Roller Girls, and we'd like to say another thank you to Amy Anderson and the great crew for helping us reach new fans this summer!


SVRG KillaBytes destroy Humboldt Redwood Rollers, 259-121; Dot.Kamikazes felled by Humboldt All-Stars, 125-75

Posted on August 23rd, by demonic in Roller Derby, Silicon Valley Roller Girls, SVRG Bouts. Comments Off

Two great bouts! Sorry we don't have any pictures to share (let us know if you find any!) Check out this article from the front page of the sports section in the Humboldt Times-Standard.


Last chance for $10 tickets to the last SVRG home bout of the season

Posted on August 23rd, by demonic in Roller Derby, Silicon Valley Roller Girls, SVRG Bouts. Comments Off

You know you're coming, so why not save some bones and go ahead and buy your tickets NOW! Visit Brown Paper Tickets to get  $10 tickets to our superhero themed bout, United We Skate, on Saturday, September 11. You will get to see a mini-bout by Derby 2.0 (our junior derby girls aged 7 to  17), plus all the hard-hitting action you've come to expect from the KillaBytes and the Dot.Kamikazes. Full details are here.

The $10 price is only good through this Wednesday, August 25th, so don't miss your chance!!


Skater of the Month: Retox Fox

I am very grateful to my awesome teammates for bestowing this honor upon me. However, interviewing myself is a little meta and a lot awkward. Take a shot with me and let's roll:

How did you get into roller derby?

I was getting signals for a couple of years. As soon as a team started up in my hometown, Louisville, my dad cut out every newspaper article or ad about the Derby City Roller Girls and mailed it to me, but I didn’t have a team where I was living (in the seventh circle of Hell, or southwest Florida). When I moved to Tucson, my BFF/roommate told me he thought derby would be a perfect match for me, but grad school was eating me alive. My final push was actually seeing derby in the flesh—a friend took me to Virgin MusicFest in ... Read More »


Calling all artists! Donate to SVRG's art fundraiser

Posted on August 13th, by demonic in Silicon Valley Roller Girls, Support SVRG. Comments Off

Calling all artists! The Silicon Valley Roller Girls are seeking horror and/or roller derby themed art submissions as donations for an art auction & wine tasting fundraiser. All donations will help support SVRG's expenses for next season, including rink rental and travel costs. The creator of the donated piece who raises the most money will win an SVRG prize package.

Please RSVP your spot in the art auction via email to community@svrollergirls.com. Include your name, phone number, type of art medium to be used, and general idea for the piece. If you have a photograph at this time, please feel free to send that as well.

The necessary evils: Submissions are limited due to venue space and restrictions, so please RSVP your participation as soon as possible to save a spot for your piece. While we encourage creative freedom, we do retain ... Read More »


SVRG Helps Sacred Heart Pack-a-Back for Schoolkids

Posted on August 13th, by demonic in Community Service. 1 Comment

Over the past two Fridays, the Silicon Valley Roller Girls helped 1,600 needy children get backpacks full of school supplies for the coming school year. MaulyAnna, Frida Khill*ya, Smack Dahlia, Avida Sane, Sasha Degrader, Donna Diggler, Zootown Throwdown, Lizapalooza, and Raci Nikkers spent time packing the backpacks full of paper, notebooks, markers, calculators, USB drives, and other grade-appropriate supplies. Belle Wringer, Retox Fox, and Latin Crippler helped direct traffic and assist children in choosing their backpacks. We were happy to see so many children get the supplies they need to start another year of learning!


Tickets now on sale for the last SVRG home bout of the season, Sat., Sep 11!

Posted on August 11th, by demonic in Roller Derby, Silicon Valley Roller Girls, SVRG Bouts. 4 comments

It is our last home bout of the season, and we have a lot of roller derby in store for you at San Jose Skate on September 11! First, we will have the public debut of our Derby 2.0 junior derby teams, the MicroChicks and the Web Bruisers. Girls ages 7 to 17 that have attended our junior derby summer camp and other sessions will be taking the floor at 5:30. The KillaBytes will then take on Sac City's Folsom Prison Bruisers at 6:30, and the Dots will be challenging the Choice City Rebels of Northern Colorado at 8.

Again we are rewarding our hardcore fans: we are having an early bird special, so anyone who purchases online at Brown Paper Tickets before August 25th will get adult tickets for only $10!! After that, tickets are available online or at ... Read More »


SVRG builds with Habitat for Humanity

Posted on August 8th, by demonic in Community Service. Comments Off

By Stevie Knickers

On Friday, August 6th, SVRG traded in our helmets for hard hats as we joined Habitat for Humanity on a build in Morgan Hill. Stevie Knickers, Raci Nikkers (no relation), Brigid Fitch, Peter Fondle, Bitch Puddin', Toasty Bunz, and Minister of Sinister arrived at 8 a.m., and after a brief orientation, we picked up our hammers and got to work. The day was hot and a lot of work, but in true SVRG style, we filled it with laughs, smiles, and, of course, lots of photos. At the end of the day, we stood back to admire our handiwork and were filled with pride knowing we had helped put up every exterior wall to someone's new home. It was a great day and an experience not soon forgotten.


Derby hurts; give blood! SVRG hosts Red Cross blood drive at San Jose Skate Aug. 28

Posted on August 4th, by demonic in Community Service. 1 Comment

Giving blood saves lives! SVRG will be hosting a Red Cross blood drive on Saturday, August 28, from 9 am to 3 pm at San Jose Skate. Refreshments will be provided by Vitamin Water and Larabar.

The Red Cross will be taking appointments online. Visit:

http://www.redcrossblood.org/make-donation

and enter the sponsor code: skate

All donors will be entered in a drawing for a $100 gift card from Best Buy--awesome!


Catching up on this weekend with SVRG

Posted on August 4th, by demonic in Silicon Valley Roller Girls, SVRG Events. Comments Off

Feisty Irish was crowned the 2010 SVRG Jell-o Wrestling Champion at Jack's Bar & Grill! Pictures from the event by Jim King can be seen here.

Team Fire extinguished Team Ice at the SVRG exhibition bout at Roosevelt Park.

Pictures of the exhibition bout can be seen here.


SVRG's Annual Jello Wrestling Tournament this Saturday, July 31

Posted on July 27th, by demonic in Silicon Valley Roller Girls, Support SVRG, SVRG Events. Comments Off

This Saturday, July 31, starting at 7 pm, will be the Silicon Valley Roller Girls' annual Jello wrestling tournament at Jack's Bar & Lounge, 167 E. Taylor St., San Jose. Admission is $8 ($25 for VIP) with $2 Jello shots (of course) and PBR specials. You can buy tickets at Jack's or on Brown Paper Tickets.


FREE roller derby Sunday, Aug 1! SVRG exhibition bout @ Roosevelt Park

Posted on July 26th, by demonic in Roller Derby, Silicon Valley Roller Girls, SVRG Bouts. Comments Off

Be there, and bring a brassiere to donate! The Silicon Valley Roller Girls (Dot.Kamikazes, KillaBytes, and Hard Drivers) will be playing in a mixed scrimmage on August 1, 5 pm at Roosevelt Park. Pack a cooler of water and snacks and a lawn chair if you want to see the action up close (otherwise, limited bleacher seating is available).


SVRG KillaBytes topple Lake Tahoe Derby Dames, 123-48

Posted on July 25th, by demonic in Roller Derby, Silicon Valley Roller Girls, SVRG Bouts. Comments Off

The KillaBytes had already taken some hits to the roster from Satan’s Kitten’s separated shoulder, Absolutely Scabulous’s recent concussion, and a last-minute work obligation from Catherine Beata Bones, so they were down to 13 for this bout. Spirits were high, though, because the Killas were happy to welcome back former co-captain Steffin’ Razor, whose return from knee surgery had been delayed due to a subsequent concussion. The Killas were also excited to debut a new member, Tennessee Smitan, who graduated from bootcamp this spring and made her first roster.

In true form, SVRG made it rain—literally. A couple of hours before the bout, the skies became overcast, thunder rolled in the distance, and the drizzle began. Normally, this isn’t much an issue for roller derby bouts, but the Tahoe venue was an outdoor rink, placidly set beneath the towering redwoods at ... Read More »


KillaBytes off to Lake Tahoe this weekend

Posted on July 23rd, by demonic in Roller Derby, Silicon Valley Roller Girls, SVRG Bouts. Comments Off

If you're feeling like a road trip and want to see your fierce Silicon Valley Roller Girls on the warpath, the KillaBytes will be taking on the Lake Tahoe Derby Dames at Bijou Community Park in South Lake Tahoe this Saturday, July 24. Doors are at 5 pm, bout at 6 pm. $10 for adults; children 10 & under are free. Bring a lawn chair as there is limited seating available. Afterparty at Brothers Bar & Grill. There will be a big SVRG cheering section, so come join us!


Skater of the Month: Donna Diggler

Posted on July 21st, by demonic in Silicon Valley Roller Girls, Skater of the Month, SVRG Skaters. Comments Off

You know Donna Diggler (12 1/2 inches) on the track because she is a hollerin' fiend, constantly apprising her Dot.Kamikaze teammates of the pack situation. Her perennial upbeat mood, constant supportive comments, and dedication to making it rain make her a valuable asset to the team psyche. Our tenderoni is also a member of our Safety Committee, helping to care for downed skaters.

You can find out more about Donna here.


The Silicon Valley Roller Girls make for awesome guides

Posted on July 15th, by demonic in Off the Rink. 2 comments

I didn't want to use the term "escort" in the title and give anyone the wrong impression. This weekend a crew of our Hard Drivers helped guide chefs who were participating in the NACUFS National Conference through the downtown area. Raci Nikkers, Latin Crippler, Krashonista, Kat von Meow, Avida Sane, and Stevie Nickers helped the league raise some much needed funds, and apparently had some fun while doing it. Thank you, ladies!


FREE roller derby this weekend! Come see the debut of SVRG's Hard Drivers and men's derby!

Posted on July 13th, by demonic in Roller Derby, Silicon Valley Roller Girls. Comments Off

The Silicon Valley Roller Girls are thrilled to announce that we will be hosting a FREE exhibition bout this Sunday, July 18, at 3 pm at the Roosevelt Park Roller Rink (S. 21st & E. Santa Clara).

Our interns graduated from bootcamp this spring, and with their first bouting experience they will officially become SVRG's Hard Drivers. They will be playing in a mixed scrimmage with some of our friends from the Brentwood Undead Bettys. For half time, you will get to see some of our male refs, non-skating officials (NSOs), coaches, and other affiliates from around the Bay area as they compete in a men's roller derby (merby) exhibition. And all this sports action is entirely FREE!

There is limited bleacher seating, so feel free to bring chairs or blankets to camp out closer to the rink. All ages are ... Read More »


SVRG is a win-win; Killas take down ACDG Rocket Queens 118-72 and Dots pummel Treasure Valley 208-68

Posted on July 11th, by demonic in Roller Derby, Silicon Valley Roller Girls, SVRG Bouts. Comments Off

The luau-themed Freaky Tiki Throwdown was a fun-filled evening for fans and skaters alike. Victory was in the air at San Jose Skate on Saturday night as both Silicon Valley Roller Girls’ teams, the KillaBytes and the Dot.Kamikazes, racked up solid wins.

The KillaBytes were coming off an amazing performance (albeit, a loss) against the Denver Roller Dolls’ Bruising Altitude on June 12. They were curious as to what the Angel City Derby Girls’ Rocket Queens would be bringing, since the team has undergone a reboot (several retirements and lots of new blood) since they faced the Dot.Kamikazes last season. Given their younger roster, the team was matched against the KillaBytes this season instead. The KillaBytes were also excited to face the Rocket Queens since a former SVRG bootcamper, Blow Hole, had moved to southern California and was on the ACDG ... Read More »


Don't get shut out...get tickets NOW for the Freaky Tiki Throwdown July 10!

Posted on June 27th, by demonic in Roller Derby, Silicon Valley Roller Girls, SVRG Bouts. Comments Off

Swing your hula hips on over to San Jose Skate, 397 Blossom Hill Road, on Saturday, July 10th, for a Freaky Tiki Throwdown! The Silicon Valley Roller Girls will lei-the-smack-down on two fierce opponents: the KillaBytes will be facing the Angel City Rocket Queens (Los Angeles, CA), and the Dot.Kamikazes will be facing Treasure Valley (Idaho) Rollergirls. Doors open at 5:30 pm, with the KillaBytes at 6 pm and the Dot.Kamikazes starting at 8 pm. Come and show your support for your local derby girls by donning your green and black or your favorite luau wear.

Tickets will be online at Brown Paper Tickets. Online tickets are $13 for adults and $8 for kids. Paper tickets are also available for $15/adults and $10/kids at our sponsor locations: San Jose Skate, ... Read More »


Calling future derby girls...need to improve your skating skills?

Posted on June 25th, by demonic in Recruitment, Roller Derby, Training. Comments Off

Are you interested in improving your skating skills? Feel like you need more practice before derby boot camp? Get the basics down now to prepare yourself at the San Jose Skate Skills Clinic!

Skaters will improve:

• Basic skating skills
• Cross overs
• Starts
• Weaving
• Pacing
• Endurance

The dates and times for the clinic are as follows:

Wednesday, July 14th 6:30-8pm

Saturday, July 17th 5:30-7pm

Wednesday, July 21st 6:30-8pm

Saturday, July 24th 5:30-7pm

Saturday, July 31st 5:30-7pm

All ages welcome! Registration fee is $50, which includes skate rental. Helmets are required!

If you have questions or want to reserve a spot, send an email to skate4fun82@yahoo.com .


Watch the Dot.Kamikazes LIVE on Derby News Network this weekend!

Posted on June 24th, by demonic in Roller Derby, Silicon Valley Roller Girls, SVRG Bouts. Comments Off

As SVRG moves up in the derby world and plays WFTDA challengers, we are getting more coverage from the derby media. The KillaBytes/Denver Bruising Altitude bout was covered by Derby News Network on June 12 (the link says Rat City/Denver but it starts with our bout), and now the Dots' game versus Jet City's Bellingham Roller Betties will be covered here this Saturday. They have a simultaneous interactive textcast, so you can ask questions or cheer SVRG on. Awesome!

...and while you're there, thank them for the coverage by making a donation (follow that link or click "Contribute" on the front page)--they are totally DIY and are doing AMAZING things for roller derby, so they need your support!


Silicon Valley Roller Girls at Left Coast Live, Friday, June 25

Posted on June 19th, by demonic in SVRG Events. Comments Off

SVRG will be setting up a track and doing a roller derby demo at Left Coast Live on Friday night, June 25. LCL will be taking place June 21-26, with free panels and film screenings the first four days. On Friday and Saturday in downtown San Jose, streets between San Carlos and Reed (near 1st) will be closed down for the festival.

Admission for the Friday and Saturday evening concerts are $15 for an advanced purchase ticket (buy here)and $20 at the door each night. My favorite perk is that two-day student tickets are available for $20 (you must bring your student ID to the check-in kiosk).

SF Weekly calls the festival a "mini South by Southwest" because awesome bands like Yo La Tengo (yo la sigh!), OK Go, Neon Trees, and the Crash Kings will be playing throughout the weekend. In ... Read More »


Roller derby doc "Rolling Thunder" to air on KTEH June 21 @ 10 pm

Posted on June 18th, by demonic in Roller Derby. 2 comments

The roller derby documentary "Rolling Thunder" will be airing on San Jose's PBS station, KTEH, on June 21st at 10 pm. The doc is narrated/hosted by track announcer Don Drewry and features interviews with some of the original greats as well as legendary promoter Jerry Seltzer. Tune in and learn more about the history of our spectacular sport!


WE MADE IT! It's official: SVRG is now a WFTDA league!!!

Posted on June 17th, by demonic in Roller Derby, Silicon Valley Roller Girls. 4 comments

After a lot of intense work, particularly by our current President, Zootown Throwdown, and our former president and current WFTDA liaison, Death by Dollface, the Silicon Valley Roller Girls are VERY proud to announce that after completing the apprentice program, we have been accepted as a league in the Women's Flat-Track Derby Association.

To give you a more digestible parallel, this is like us getting accepted into the MLB or NFL. As a competitive sport, this opens a lot of doors for us. Because WFTDA teams are encouraged to play other WFTDA teams in sanctioned bouts, many higher-ranked teams will be seeking to play us in the future. Also, going forward, we will be eligible for WFTDA rankings as well as regional and national tournaments.

A big thanks to our very supportive derby sisters, especially our mentor league, the Oklahoma Victory Dolls ... Read More »


Skater of the Month: Zootown Throwdown

Zootown Throwdown is the type of skater that exemplifies all the great things about roller derby. When she started, we affectionately referred to her as "Bambi" as we watched her learn to balance her long legs on skates. She was relentless, though, and soon using that long stride to push herself through double-digit jams. She's already racked up two MVP awards this season for the KillaBytes (of which she is co-captain) and has started swingin' and jamming on some Dot.Kamikaze rosters as well. In addition, she took over the incredibly tough job as our league President this year. Whew! And despite all that work, she loves derby so much that she capitalizes on her travel-heavy day job by using it as an opportunity to skate with leagues all around the country. If you're lucky, there may be a Zoo ... Read More »


Making it: Words from our newly minted SVRG interns

Posted on June 11th, by demonic in Roller Derby, Silicon Valley Roller Girls, SVRG Skaters. 1 Comment

Among 16 SVRG recruits who recently passed bootcamp and their WFTDA skills test, we have four different women all drawn to one of the greatest sports of all time: ROLLER DERBY!  Here, we have we have a high school English teacher, a middle school teacher, a single mom, and a fire fighter who have written about the experiences that have drawn them to the sport. Read on to see what four pieces of “fresh meat” (i.e., skaters new to roller derby) have to say about their bootcamp experiences and accomplishments.

Squirrelly Brawler

Recently retired from competitive Muay Thai--a martial art where elbows, shins, knees and fists are used as weapons--I was feeling as though I had no outlet for my energy.  My bestest friend and fellow fight team member and I decided to go see "Whip It." Being huge ... Read More »


SVRG spends a productive evening at RAFT

Posted on June 11th, by demonic in Community Service, Silicon Valley Roller Girls. Comments Off

By Spankin' Firecracker

On Thursday, June 3rd, several members of the Silicon Valley Roller Girls volunteered at the Resource Area for Teachers in Sunnyvale. SVRG had a great time sorting school supplies. From wildly wacky children's stories to deliciously attractive stickers, the team had their hands full of fun. While some of the girls sorted books, others made sticker stacks, butterfly packets, and box patterns. It was a very productive evening! The sorted, processed, and packaged materials are shipped to the RAFT store, where products can be bought by teachers at extreme bargins. For example, a teacher can purchase 12-15 books for their classroom for only 25 cents--what a deal! Having helped out at RAFT several times, we are looking forward to the next opportunity.


Tickets now on sale for SVRG's Freaky Tiki Throwdown July 10

Posted on June 10th, by demonic in Roller Derby, Silicon Valley Roller Girls, SVRG Bouts. Comments Off

Swing your hula hips on over to San Jose Skate, 397 Blossom Hill Road, on Saturday, July 10th, for a Freaky Tiki Throwdown! The Silicon Valley Roller Girls will lei-the-smack-down on two fierce opponents: the KillaBytes will be facing the Angel City Rocket Queens (Los Angeles, CA), and the Dot.Kamikazes will be facing Treasure Valley (Idaho) Rollergirls. Doors open at 5:30 pm, with the KillaBytes at 6 pm and the Dot.Kamikazes starting at 8 pm. Come and show your support for your local derby girls by donning your green and black or your favorite luau wear.

Tickets will be online at Brown Paper Tickets. The first 100 tickets will be available at $10 for adults; after those sell out, online tickets will be $13 for adults and $8 for kids. Paper tickets are also available for $15/adults and $10/kids at our ... Read More »


Come support SVRG junior derby this Thursday, June 10!

Posted on June 7th, by demonic in Roller Derby, Silicon Valley Roller Girls, Support SVRG, SVRG Events. Comments Off

Derby 2.o is here! For those of you who have not heard, SVRG is launching a junior derby camp this summer for girls 7 to 17. We need to do some fundraising to help cover camp costs, so we are hosting a fundraiser this Thursday, June 10, at San Jose Skate (397 Blossom Hill Road) from 6 to 9 pm. Cost of entry is $10 and you will get to come skate with SVRG and know you're supporting local girls' athletics.

If you've got a potential derby girl, this is a great opportunity to come out and meet the skaters who will be helping coach and ask any questions you may have. The staff at San Jose Skate will also be there if you have questions about skates or safety gear for your child.

More details about junior derby can be found ... Read More »


Dot.Kamikazes Take Third in the Big One

Posted on June 6th, by demonic in SVRG Bouts. Comments Off

After a 259-40 loss to the B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls this morning, the Dot.Kamikazes rallied in the losers' bracket to take third place in the Big One from the Humboldt Redwood Rollers.

SVRG went into the game missing a player, Pia Mess, whose ejection in the bout against the B.A.D. Girls carried over to the bout  against Humboldt. Humboldt jumped to a quick lead in the first few jams, but SVRG summoned their amazing endurance and started to lay down the points. SVRG secured the lead and ended the first half ahead, 69-44.

In the second half, Humboldt came back strong, and the teams traded off the lead several times. A rally in the last few minutes buoyed by strong jamming by Smack Dahlia and Death by Dollface and power blocking by MisTits (aka Cosmo Trouble) launched SVRG ahead of Redwood, ending ... Read More »


SVRG's Dot.Kamikazes rock their first day at The Big One, advance to semifinals

Posted on June 5th, by demonic in Roller Derby, Silicon Valley Roller Girls, SVRG Bouts. Comments Off

The Silicon Valley Roller Girls' Dot.Kamikazes came out of their pool 2-1 after a day full o' derby  at The Big One tournament in Paso Robles, CA, today. Pool play today involved 20-minute bouts against each team in the pool.

Despite their roster being decimated by injuries and absences, the Dot.Kamikazes made a very strong showing their first day out, showing that they have a depth of talent. In their first round of pool play, SVRG handily defeated Derby Revolution of Bakersfield, 98-10. In the second round, SVRG narrowly lost to last year's champions, the San Diego Derby Dolls' Wildfires, 43-31. In their final bout of the evening, SVRG defeated the Santa Cruz Boardwalk Bombshells 73-18, marking the third time SVRG has taken down Santa Cruz in tournament play this year. Follow this link to relive the text boutcast on Derby ... Read More »


Have you joined the SVRG forum yet?

Posted on June 5th, by demonic in Fans, Silicon Valley Roller Girls. Comments Off

Yes, the SVRG Web Committee has worked long and hard (special thanks to Dorothy Vader and Jonny Demonic) to expand our website to include an interactive forum. You can talk about the Silicon Valley Roller Girls, chat roller derby in general, ask a skater a question, get advice on gear or training, or coordinate bout plans with other fans. Click here to join and start becoming an active member of our online community!


Check out this profile on SVRG's Death by Dollface!

Posted on May 30th, by demonic in Media, Roller Derby, Silicon Valley Roller Girls, SVRG Skaters. 1 Comment

SVRG's Death by Dollface was recently in the spotlight in Santa Clara magazine. The magazine, a publication by Santa Clara University, features stories on its accomplished alumni. Death by Dollface, being a rock star in all aspects of her life (marathoner, graduate student, assistant director, former SVRG President, and of course killer blocker/jammer on the track), was chosen for coverage, alongside some guy named Steve Nash (?). Pick up a copy or read the online version here!


SVRG on the air: Watch our March and May bouts!

Posted on May 27th, by demonic in Media, Roller Derby, Silicon Valley Roller Girls, SVRG Bouts. Comments Off

Tune in to Channel 15 in San Jose to re-experience some of our bouts this season!

We have two more airdates for the Dot.Kamikazes' March bout against the Dockyard Derby Dames:

Monday, May 31 @ 1:30pm

Thursday, June 3 @ 6:30pm

We also have airdates for the Killa and Dot May bouts against Central Coast Roller Derby:

SVRG May 1, 2010 – KillaBytes VS. CCRD Slo Slammers

Friday, June 4 @ 12:00am

Sunday, June 13 @ 1:00am

Tuesday, June 22 @ 12:30pm

Thursday, June 24 @ 6:30pm

SVRG May 1, 2010 –Dot.Kamikazes VS. Central Coast A-Team

Friday, June 4 @ 1:30am

Thursday, July 1 @ 6:30pm

Monday, July 5 @ 1:30pm

Thursday, July 15 @ 6:30pm

Thanks to Liz, Jen, Rhett, and the rest of the film crew for making this possible!!


SVRG enjoys a night out with the San Jose Wolves

Posted on May 25th, by demonic in Off the Rink, Silicon Valley Roller Girls. Comments Off

Thanks to our new friend Ray, some of SVRG's skaters and affiliates enjoyed a night out watching our local arena football team, the San Jose Wolves, this past Saturday. Those in attendance said it was a fun and interesting night, and we are very grateful to Ray for the opportunity to take in a game. Hey San Jose, there are more sports than just the Sharks to keep you entertained!


SVRG builds with Habitat for Humanity

Posted on May 23rd, by demonic in Community Service, Silicon Valley Roller Girls. 2 comments

by Satan's Kitten, Community Service Head

On May 8, members of the Silicon Valley Roller Girls worked alongside the families receiving the six homes on this lot in Morgan Hill for their 'Women's Build." Lizapalooza, Peter Fondle, CynTax, Mauly Anna, Brigid Fitch, Zen, Tennessee Smitan, Blanca Basura Barbie, Jema, and Satan's Kitten represented SVRG at the work site. We dug ditches for foundations, hammered in rebar and built guides for the foundation to be poured, raised walls, and other labor-intensive work.

The proceeds from our July 10th bout will be going towards this build and we're hoping to volunteer again with them before the year is out. Anyone interested in getting involved with Habitat for Humanity should check out:
www.habitatsiliconvalley.org .


Looking for girls 7 to 17 interested in junior derby!!

Posted on May 16th, by demonic in Roller Derby, Silicon Valley Roller Girls. 7 comments

Do you know of a girl ages 7 to 17 who likes to roller skate? The Silicon Valley Roller Girls will be hosting an eight-week camp this summer to teach skating skills and noncontact roller derby. Our sister league, Santa Cruz, has hosted a junior derby program for nearly a year and it has been a huge success, so we are happy to extend this opportunity to the girls of San Jose.

Class will be Thursdays, 5 to 7 pm, from June 24 to August 12. The cost of the camp is $90 for the whole eight weeks. Participants are required to provide skates and full safety gear (kneepads, elbow pads, wristguards, mouthguards, and helmet).

If you know someone who is interested or if you have any questions, please email our junior derby camp head, Kimfectious, at juniorderby@svrollergirls.com .
Also, note that we ... Read More »


SVRG rollin' around the South Bay

Posted on May 16th, by demonic in Off the Rink, Silicon Valley Roller Girls. Comments Off

The Silicon Valley Roller Girls were out and about this weekend. On Saturday morning, several skaters and their assortment of dogs made an appearance in the Los Altos Pet Parade. Lizapalooza and Absolutely Scabulous brought their respective Chloes; Steffin' Razor, Vegas Vixen, and Smack Dahlia had their bulldogs (Betty, Miller, and Knuckles, respectively); Belle brought beautiful white wolflike Gir; Saucy Monstrosity brought her pint-sized chihuahua, Mugsy; and Retox Fox, being petless among the bunch, toted the banner. Thanks to the Los Altos Town Crier for mentioning us in their writeup.

Later on in the day, Ab Scab and Fox joined up with Bitch Puddin', Zootown Throwdown, Bozo Disposo, and Cosmo Trouble (the former MisTits) to perform some demos and chat with the crowd at Via Velo, a festival in downtown San Jose celebrating biking and alternative forms of transportation. It's always ... Read More »


Catch SVRG "On the Town" Saturday, May 15 @ 5pm

Posted on May 11th, by demonic in Media, Roller Derby, Silicon Valley Roller Girls. Comments Off

The Silicon Valley Roller Girls will be featured on "On the Town" with Judy Joseph this Saturday, May 15 at 5 pm on Channel 15. Tune in to catch some footage from our May 1 bout and hear more about the league!


In the mood for a little fun? Let Bliss Connection take you there!

Posted on May 10th, by demonic in Sponsors. Comments Off

Bliss Connection is offering a very special deal for SVRG blog readers and fans. Use the coupon code "roller" and get 15% off all purchases and free shipping and handling on any order over $25.

Better yet, use the coupon code "derby" --spend $45 and you will get a FREE Bliss Bullet (a $21 savings!).


Support SVRG Affiliate Cecil B. De Shill on his Bike Trek to End AIDS

Posted on May 8th, by demonic in Community Service. Comments Off

We at SVRG are very fortunate to have amazing and kind people who donate much of their time to helping our league succeed. Rhett Aultman, aka Cecil B. De Shill, has been helping to film our bouts for a long time now, most recently working with a crew from CreaTV to bring SVRG to a wider fan base through public access television.

Rhett will be participating in AIDS/LifeCycle, a 7-day, 545-mile bike ride from SF to LA.  The money he raises during this trek will be donated to the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. Please consider donating to Rhett's mission as he has so kindly given so much to us. You can read more about Rhett's mission and donate on his personal page here.


Want to skate like a derby girl? Come to SJS speed skating class!

Posted on May 5th, by demonic in Roller Derby, Training. Comments Off

San Jose Skate (397 Blossom Hill Road, SJ) is hosting a speed skating class on Saturdays from 5:30 to 7 pm. We have two experienced inline speed skaters who have been very accommodating of the team, giving us quad skate-specific and derby-specific lessons. Class topics have included starts, stance, posture, stride, track pattern, recovering from falls, holding turns, and of course speeeeeed!

The drop-in fee is $10. Bring your skates and helmet (required)--other protective gear is up to the skater. Personally, I recommend your knee pads because, at least for my power thighs, they make a difference in how I stride and handle turns.

This class is open to all ages, and inline skates are also of course welcome. Also, there's an open Saturday night skate afterwards if you're interested.


SVRG topples CCRD in doubleheader

Posted on May 4th, by demonic in Roller Derby, Silicon Valley Roller Girls, SVRG Bouts. Comments Off

In their second home bout of the season, the Silicon Valley Roller Girls' KillaBytes slammed Central Coast Roller Derby's SLO Slammers, 190-62, and SVRG's Dot.Kamikazes conquered CCRD 142-108.

Unfortunately, I was home celebrating another Derby (the Kentucky Derby, and yes, I did pick the winner), but you can see a writeup of the bout by Southbay on the Derby News Network here.

You can see Jim Cottingham's pictures from the Dot.Kamikazes' bout here and from the KillaBytes' bout here.


Listen to SVRG on 92.3 FM tonight!

Posted on April 28th, by demonic in Media. 1 Comment

SVRG will be on 92.3 FM tonight on the Teddy & Chris Show between 9 pm and midnight. You can also catch Dollface and BootyVicious on 103.3 KSCU after 6 pm. Tune in for your chance to win tickets to our bout this Saturday!


Get your tickets for Surrender Yer Booty NOW!

Posted on April 27th, by demonic in Silicon Valley Roller Girls, SVRG Bouts. Comments Off

The Silicon Valley Roller Girls will be taking on Central Coast Roller Derby on May 1 at San Jose Skate, 397 Blossom Hill Road, with a pirate themed bout.  Doors open at 5:30, with the KillaBytes playing at 6 and the Dot.Kamikazes at 8. As always, there will be a raffle, beer garden, concessions, vendors, and PIRATES!!!, including a swashbuckling half time show. Throw on your bandannas and eyepatches and come out in full pirate regalia--you will be in good company!

Tickets are now SOLD OUT online. Tickets can be purchased by coming to San Jose Skate during their business hours and buying at the window OR by calling them and purchasing with credit card. Tickets are now $15.00 for adults, $8.00 for ... Read More »


Skater of the Month: Catherine Beata Bones

Posted on April 25th, by demonic in Roller Derby, Silicon Valley Roller Girls, Skater of the Month, SVRG Skaters. Comments Off

Catherine Beata Bones has been a welcome addition to the KillaBytes this season. Not only is she a speedy jammer, but her fierce hip checks and booty blocks also make opponents take note when she's in the pack. She's also a warm person and quick to laugh, making Bones a natural fit for the team. She secured the top-scoring jam in her debut bout in March and I anticipate that she'll be racking up the points this Saturday against CCRD!

How did you find out about/get into roller derby?

I went to an SVRG outdoor exhibition bout last summer and have been hooked ever since!

What kind of skating skills or athletic abilities did you have before starting derby?

I got skills, but before derby I had absolutely no skating skills. I played basketball for years when I was younger and learning to skate ... Read More »


SVRG helps local men Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

Posted on April 25th, by demonic in Community Service, Silicon Valley Roller Girls. Comments Off

This past Wednesday, amidst the cold rain and hail, members of the Silicon Valley Roller Girls joined the YWCA's annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event in downtown San Jose. Bozo Disposo, Bitch Puddin', BootyVicious, Feisty Irish, Spankin' Firecracker, Cole Cocked, Belle Ringer, Retox Fox, and refs Peter F., Christopher, and Dual Cannonz (currently with Santa Cruz) joined the crew. The walk is designed to promote awareness about rape and sexual assault. During the walk, men don high heels and other women's shoes to literally walk a mile (okay, more like half a mile) in her shoes.

Before the walk, different speakers shared their stories and elaborated on the frightening statistics about these crimes. A cymbal clashed every 5 minutes to remind the audience about the frequency of sexual assault in the U. S. Although the dreary rain represented the ... Read More »


See SVRG KillaBytes' bout on Comcast this week!!

Posted on April 19th, by demonic in Media, Roller Derby, Silicon Valley Roller Girls, SVRG Bouts. Comments Off

Did you miss our Malice in Wonderland bout? Thanks to our partners at CreaTV (and the awesome work of producers Lisbet Perez and Jennifer Sitter), you can see a replay of the KillaBytes' March 6 bout against the San Diego Hard Corps on Comcast channel 15 at the following times this week:

Tuesday, April 20 @ 12:00pm

Sunday, April 25 @ 1:00am

Wednesday, April 28 @ 11:00am

Tune in!

Times for the Dot.Kamikazes' bout coming soon...


Dot.Kamikazes Edged Out by Arizona, Defeated by Duke, but Topple Tucson at Dust Devil

Posted on April 19th, by demonic in SVRG Bouts. 2 comments

SVRG's Dot.Kamikazes traveled to Tucson for the Dust Devil tournament this past weekend. The week leading up to the tournament had not been kind to the Dots, with jammer Betta Watchit downed with an ankle injury on Sunday and blocker and defensive lynchpin Rot Wheels breaking her leg in practice on Monday. Injuries continued to haunt the team during the tournament.

The Dot.Kamikazes faced Arizona Roller Derby's Tent City Terrors, whom they had defeated at the Bakersfield Dust Bowl tournament. Although the Dots were ahead by 50 points, Arizona made a great comeback and won, 137-133. During the game both Pia Mess and Lindsay Lohanded sustained injuries; Lohanded was forced to sit out the first bout against Duke on Sunday.

On Sunday, the Dots skated against their first nationally ranked team, #21 Duke City (from Albuquerque, NM). Although the Dots made a ... Read More »


Holla out to your loved ones at our May 1 bout!

Posted on April 16th, by demonic in Support SVRG, SVRG Bouts. Comments Off

Do you want to wish someone a happy birthday, commemorate an anniversary, or let a roller girl know you're wishing her luck on the rink at our May 1 bout? Or maybe you just want to promote your business or website? Show your love and support SVRG! For a mere $25, you can secure on screen advertising during our bout. Our production partners from CreaTV will create a special screen that will flash throughout the evening with your message.

You don't even have to be in attendance--maybe you have to be out of town and are going to miss your BFF rockin' the rink. All you need to do is send your message to pr@svrollergirls.com, and once it is approved, we will send you a link to make the online payment. Then, done!

Please note this is a limited offer so that ... Read More »


Congratulations to SVRG's bootcamp graduates!

Posted on April 14th, by demonic in Roller Derby, Silicon Valley Roller Girls. 3 comments

SVRG is happy to welcome 16 graduates of our bootcamp to the league!

These ladies started meeting and occasionally skating with SVRG in October of last year before the official commencement of bootcamp in January, where they started training with our coaches twice a week. These skaters passed their skills test in March and participated in an additional month of derby-specific training before being designated interns with SVRG. It's been a long, tough road, so a big congratulations to: Alicia, Jenifer (Jemma), Angelic (Raci), Audrey, Shawnee, Jamie, Karina, Sara, Melissa, Erin, Brooke, Katherine, Christina, Jayanti, Dana, and Mindy!

And a special shout out to coaches Pandamonium, Aim De Kill, and LTO, who devoted additional time, attention, and support to the bootcampers throughout the process, and Pia Mess, who helped hold down the rest of the SVRG fort. We are all lucky to ... Read More »


SVRG Band Night @ Fat Cats in Sunnyvale *this Friday!*

Posted on April 13th, by demonic in Support SVRG, SVRG Events. Comments Off

The Silicon Valley Roller Girls are hosting an all ages show at Fat Cats in Sunnyvale this Friday, April 16. Doors are at 7, there is a $7 cover, and you get to see local punk bands The Obsessors, Stand Fight Resist, Lucabrazzi, Boar Hunter, and Vacant Churches.  All door proceeds go to the league, so come enjoy some live music, have a drink, and hang out with your favorite roller girls!

Check out the bands on their MySpace pages below:

1.  http://www.myspace.com/lucabrazzi9
2.  http://www.myspace.com/standfightresist
3.  http://www.myspace.com/obsessors
4.  http://www.myspace.com/boarhuntersj
5.  http://www.myspace.com/vacantchurches


SVRG crafts with the Palo Alto Art Center

Posted on April 13th, by demonic in Community Service. Comments Off

This past Sunday, April 11, Retox Fox, Steffin' Razor, and Belle Wringer ventured to Palo Alto to help the Palo Alto Art Center host a Family Day. The free event allows parents to bring their children in for a day of crafting and learning about art. The event was focused on the gallery's current exhibit on Mexican folk art, "Treasures of the Mexican Museum: A Spirited Legacy." (It closes April 18, so get there this week!)

Kids were invited to watch musical and dance performances and participate in several activities, including making clay animals, paper flowers, bark paintings, and maracas; learning how to make and cook tortillas; and drawing themselves into a community mural based on an untitled painting by Oaxacan artist Rodolfo Morales (which, as a result, features a SVRG derby girl and her roller skating unicorn friend.) We had ... Read More »


Come chow down with SVRG at Pasta Pomodoro!

Posted on April 5th, by demonic in Silicon Valley Roller Girls, Support SVRG, SVRG Events. 1 Comment

On Monday, April 12, Pasta Pomodoro has agreed to support the Silicon Valley Roller Girls by donating 20% of its proceeds from sales at any of its branches, for carryout or dine-in, all day long. All you have to do is hand them a copy of this flyer when you order. Easy!

Some ladies from SVRG will be hanging out at the Santana Row location, 378 Santana Row #1130, San Jose, CA 95128. Follow this link to see a map and menus. See you there!


Surrender yer booty! Tickets now on sale for Silicon Valley Roller Girls' May 1 bout!

Posted on April 2nd, by demonic in Roller Derby, Silicon Valley Roller Girls, SVRG Bouts. Comments Off

Arrrr, mateys, be prepared to SURRENDER YER BOOTY!

The Silicon Valley Roller Girls will be taking on Central Coast Roller Derby on May 1 at San Jose Skate, 397 Blossom Hill Road, with a pirate themed bout.  Doors open at 5:30, with the Killas playing at 6 and the Dots at 8. As always, there will be a raffle, beer garden, concessions, vendors, and PIRATES!!!, including a swashbuckling half time show. Throw on your bandannas and eyepatches and come out in full pirate regalia--you will be in good company!

Advance tickets are now SOLD OUT. See information below for purchasing options. Purchase tickets in advance at the bargain price of $10!! Kids are $5 (2 & under free) and seats for our new Pabst sponsored VIP section are $25. VIPs who are over 21 (with proof of age) ... Read More »


SVRG's Dot.Kamikazes win the Dustbowl Invitational!!

Posted on March 28th, by demonic in Roller Derby, Silicon Valley Roller Girls, SVRG Bouts. 1 Comment

That's right, SVRG skated in their first tournament ever this weekend, and they dominated!

On Saturday, they played four 20-minute games in their pool, securing four wins. First, the Dot.Kamikazes defeated hosts Derby Revolution of Bakersfield 42-14. Next, they blew out Central California Area Derby 88-9. Then, they faced their BFFs from over the hill, the Santa Cruz Derby Girls, and triumphed 68-12. In their last pool play game, they faced tough competition from Arizona Roller Derby, but SVRG came away victorious, 45-31.

Sunday, SVRG entered competition as the top seed. Sunday's play featured 30-minute games. They faced Santa Cruz again, whom they beat 80-22. In the final round, they were set to play the Sac City Rollers, who had defeated Tucson. The Dots dominated Sac City, 170-100, to win their first ever tournament!

Special congratulations to MisTits, who was named Best Blocker, ... Read More »


Skater of the Month: Absolutely Scabulous

Posted on March 24th, by demonic in Skater of the Month, SVRG Skaters. 4 comments

How do I love AbScab? Let me count the ways. This woman is a go-getter in every sense of the word and has committed herself to the league 100%. She is the person you cross your fingers and hope to get in your group or on your scrimmage team because you know her enthusiasm is going to keep you going and get you in a good place no matter what. She recently debuted in her first bout for the KillaBytes in March. Her solid, clean play, teamwork, and endurance meant she skated in over 50% of jams--amazing! Off the track, as Head of Bout Production, she puts in a zillion woman-hours making sure our bouts run smooth like butter. We are lucky to have such a font of energy, ideas, and achievement in the league. I heart you!

How did you ... Read More »


Hall of Pain: Fox takes one to the face

Posted on March 21st, by demonic in Hall of Pain. 8 comments

OK, I have two admissions to make: one, I named this post based on search engine potential; and two, thankfully, *very* thankfully, our Hall of Pain has been relatively barren so far this season (that sound you hear is my knuckles pounding on my IKEA desk, which is hopefully real wood) and since this was my face, I can say I'm stretching the whole pain part. Given my previous life in kickboxing and barroom brawling, I hardly earned this black eye, but heck, it was real purdy so I figured I'd post it.

Please note the Goth pose was adopted so that you could actually distinguish the black eye from the eye that merely has swollen, pronounced bags underneath it thanks to the recent procurement of my dissertation and the requisite inversely proportional relationship between maniacal editing and sleep.

Anyway, I took ... Read More »


Hear some live music & support SVRG @ Fat Cats!

Posted on March 14th, by demonic in Silicon Valley Roller Girls, Support SVRG, SVRG Events. Comments Off

The Silicon Valley Roller Girls are hosting an all ages show at Fat Cats in Sunnyvale this Saturday, March 20. Doors are at 7, there is a $7 cover, and you get to see Pop Murder, Falling to Pieces, From the Fog, and Rapid Fire (whom you may have caught at our March 6 bout). All door proceeds go to the league, so come enjoy some live music and hang out with your favorite roller girls!


San Diego Hard Corps inch past KillaBytes, 108-105; Dot.Kamikazes quell the Dockyard Derby Dames, 158-88

Posted on March 7th, by demonic in SVRG Bouts. 4 comments

Wow, for those of you who couldn't make our doubleheader on Saturday, you missed an amazing night of roller derby!

First up, the Silicon Valley Roller Girls’ KillaBytes faced off against San Diego’s Hard Corps. In December, members of SVRG’s Dot.Kamikazes and KillaBytes had traveled to San Diego to play a scrap bout (i.e., an unofficial bout where whomever can go and play does) with a hybrid of their A and B teams and ended up losing in the last moments of the bout. Given San Diego’s stellar level of play, the Killas were looking forward to hosting them on SVRG’s home turf. The KillaBytes were also very excited to debut three new skaters who graduated from bootcamp at the end of last season and were skating in their very first bout: Absolutely Scabulous, Bozo Disposo, and Catherine Beata Bones.

San Diego ... Read More »


SVRG season opener, Malice in Wonderland, SATURDAY!

Posted on March 5th, by demonic in SVRG Bouts. Comments Off

Yes, we are sold out, but we will have a limited number of tickets available at the door ($15 adults, $8 kids) starting at 3 pm. Be aware that San Jose Skate takes CASH ONLY (there is an ATM in the adjoining parking lot).
Come in your wildest Wonderland wear or sport the black & green for S-V-R-G!!

Doors @ 5:30, KillaBytes vs. San Diego Hard Corps @ 6, Dot.Kamikazes vs. Dockyard Derby Dames @ 8. ROCK!


Read another great article on saving San Jose Skate

Posted on March 4th, by demonic in Media, Support SVRG. Comments Off

Stephen Baxter at Silicon Valley Community Newspapers wrote a great article on the community issue of potentially losing our rink, San Jose Skate. Check it out here!

Stay tuned to this blog and http://saveourrink.blogspot.com for the latest news on our efforts!


See "Alice in Wonderland" before Malice in Wonderland this Friday at Camera Cinemas

Posted on March 3rd, by demonic in Sponsors, SVRG Events. Comments Off

SVRG will be greeting people at Camera 7 theater in the Pruneyard, 1875 South Bascom Ave., Campbell, CA,  and Camera 12 Downtown, 201 South 2nd St., San Jose, CA, for some evening showings of  "Alice in Wonderland." Tim Burton, Johnny Depp, and 3D--could it get any better? Come get your Alice before you see the Malice in Wonderland at our bout on Saturday!!

We will be at the following showings. Hope to see you there!

Camera 7 Pruneyard: 7:00, 8:15, and 9:30

Camera 12 Downtown: 7:00 and 9:30


Listen up! SVRG on the radio...with tickets to give away!

Posted on March 2nd, by demonic in Contests, Media. Comments Off

Tune in to the following stations and listen for some of your favorite derby girls chatting about our upcoming bout. We're giving a pair of tickets away during each timeslot, so pay attention and have your phone at the ready!

Tuesday, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm: Hear BootyVicious and Death by Dollface on KSJS 90.5

Wednesday, 12 pm to 2 pm: Hear Booty and Dollface on KSJS 90.5

Wednesday, 2 pm to 3 pm: Hear Postal Servix on KSJS 90.5

Thursday, 4:00 pm to 5 pm: Hear Kimfectious on KSJS 90.5

Tune in!


Come carbo-load with SVRG at Pasta Pomodoro!

Posted on February 23rd, by demonic in Support SVRG. 2 comments

On Monday, March 1, Pasta Pomodoro has agreed to support the Silicon Valley Roller Girls by donating 20% of its proceeds from sales at any of its branches, for carryout or dine-in, all day long. All you have to do is hand them a copy of this flyer when you order: PartnerFlyer_20_ SOUTHBAY_1 . Easy!

As you know, we have our bout coming up on Saturday, March 6, so that means we will be in the mood for some carbo-loading! Come meet some SVRGers early in the evening (we still have practice at 8 pm) or come meet Meat! Yes, this event will be attended by many of our bootcampers (aka Fresh Meat), who are hoping to pass their skills tests soon and join SVRG. We will have girls at the Santana Row location, 378 Santana Row #1130, San Jose, ... Read More »


Read more about our efforts to save our rink in today's San Jose Mercury-News!!

Posted on February 19th, by demonic in Media, Support SVRG. Comments Off

Many thanks to Joe Rodriguez for the coverage here, and for Sal Pizarro, who on Feb. 5 drew the public's attention to the first community meeting.

You can also follow our ongoing efforts to Save San Jose Skate at our new blog collaboration: http://saveourrink.blogspot.com/ Please come join the discussion and stay apprised of opportunities to speak your mind to the City Council so that we can preserve our home!


Skater of the Month: MisTits

Posted on February 18th, by demonic in Roller Derby, Skater of the Month, SVRG Skaters. Comments Off

I confess that I have probably voted for MisTits as SOTM more than any other skater on SVRG. All it takes is going up against her one-on-one in any blocking situation to know how fearsome she is. After every bout I am reminded of the grace and fortitude of her execution as she darts around the track, laying out opponents right and left with the efficiency of a professional assassin. I've seen jammers catch more air than Michael Jordan after Tits has picked one off with a killer hit. The reason why Tits is such an amazing blocker, though, is that in addition to all that raw power, she is incredibly agile on her skates. That combination should give any opponent a sinking feeling when they see her lining up.

How did you find out about roller derby?
I was looking up ... Read More »


SVRG meets with Zonta

Posted on February 18th, by demonic in Community Service. 1 Comment

by Death by Dollface

Occasionally, we at SVRG are asked to be the distinguished guests of local organizations to discuss SVRG and what modern day roller derby looks like. Zootown Throwdown and I happily accepted the request to speak in front of the local Silicon Valley chapter of Zonta in Mountain View tonight. These opportunities are special to us, as we LOVE talking about ourselves and our organization, naturally. The Zonta ladies were very inviting and honestly I think we walked away with more knowledge about what a wonderful organization Zonta is than we left behind about SVRG!

If you haven't heard of Zonta International, I encourage you to look them up http://www.zonta.org/. Zonta describes itself as "a global organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy." Zonta members volunteer their time, ... Read More »


Hall of Pain: Absolutely Scabulous eats rink

Posted on February 16th, by demonic in Hall of Pain, Roller Derby. Comments Off

No, that's not a fine goatee AbScab is sporting. In the midst of some hot derby action at practice last week, she took a full on sprawl and met the floor chin first. Thankfully, she had her mouthguard in, so she only ate floor and not her own tongue. The result was this lovely bruise and a raging headache the next day. Hot!

AbScab is thankful to still have her pretty teefs, and so would like this to serve as a public service announcement: ALWAYS WEAR YOUR MOUTHGUARD!


SVRG assembles food care packages for the needy at Sacred Heart

Posted on February 14th, by demonic in Community Service. Comments Off

Some of our Silicon Valley Roller Girls, refs, and a derby widow helped sort and assemble food care packages for the needy at Sacred Heart Community Service on Saturday. Satan's Kitten, Mr. Kitten, Broken BabyDoll, Jonny Demonic, and Catherine Beata Bones joined other One Brick volunteers to help package over 1000 bags of food to be distributed in the San Jose area.


Save our rink! Be there TONIGHT!

Posted on February 11th, by demonic in Support SVRG. Comments Off

The community meeting is going down tonight at 6 pm. You can bet you'll see your Silicon Valley Roller Girls there. Wear your black and green and show your support for SVRG and San Jose Skate! WE DO NOT WANT TO LOSE OUR HOME!
Edenvale Library
101 Branham Ln.
San Jose, CA 95111

If you can't make it tonight, please let your voices be heard and support San Jose Skate!
Find your representative: http://eservices.sccgov.org/district/prepare.do?action=begin
See their profiles and email addresses here: http://www.sanjoseca.gov/council.asp

Or send it the old fashioned way, ATTN: your representative, 200 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose, CA 95113.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP AND CONTINUED SUPPORT!


Save our rink! SVRG and San Jose Skate need your help

Posted on February 2nd, by demonic in Fans, Support SVRG. 6 comments

The Silicon Valley Roller Girls are asking their fans and supporters to speak up to prevent the demolition of our home, San Jose Skate.

We have had a partnership with San Jose Skate since January 2007. Not only do we host our home bouts there, but we rely on this space to conduct our practices four nights a week. Now, we are at risk of losing our home.

While we support the mission of Charities Housing, we feel there are other opportunities to develop that would not involve tearing down this cherished San Jose institution. In addition to supporting our league, San Jose Skate has provided safe and fun entertainment for the community for 30 years. Please consider attending the community meeting to show your support for San Jose Skate and the Silicon Valley Roller Girls.

Love,

SVRG

Here is a statement from Mike and ... Read More »


Tickets now on sale for our first 2010 home bout, Malice in Wonderland, March 6

Posted on February 2nd, by demonic in Roller Derby, SVRG Bouts. Comments Off

The Silicon Valley Roller Girls are kicking off their season March 6 at San Jose Skate, 397 Blossom Hill Road, with a fantasy themed bout: Malice in Wonderland. Doors open at 5:30, with the Killas playing at 6 and the Dots at 8. The KillaBytes will be taking on San Diego's Hard Corps, and the Dot.Kamikazes will be battling the Dockyard Derby Dames from Tacoma, Washington. As always, there will be a raffle, beer garden, concessions, vendors, and half-time entertainment. If you've got a cool Alice in Wonderland costume, we encourage you to wear it, or you can just sport the black & green for SVRG!

Purchase tickets in advance at the bargain price of $10!! Kids are $5 (2 & under free) and VIP seats are $25.  A portion of the proceeds from this bout will benefit Sacred Heart Community ... Read More »


Got 5 minutes? Take the WFTDA survey

Posted on February 1st, by demonic in Support SVRG. 1 Comment

If you've got 5 minutes, show WFTDA that you love us! And be sure to mention this blog as a site you read regularly

http://wftda.com/fan-demo-survey/Feb-2010


Online? You search, we benefit: Support SVRG through GoodSearch

Posted on January 29th, by demonic in Support SVRG. Comments Off

The Silicon Valley Roller Girls have now found a supereasy way for you to help out our team--and it doesn't cost you anything!

GoodSearch is an application that allows nonprofit organizations like SVRG to benefit from your everyday online searching and shopping. Your regular hits and clicks translate into micro-donations of a couple of pennies--but with many users, these accumulate into a solid financial contribution. And, as mentioned before, there is no cost to you.

Just download the GoodSearch – Silicon Valley Roller Girls - SVRG toolbar at http://www.goodsearch.com/toolbar/silicon-valley-roller-girls-svrg . Then, frolic online as usual. Each time you search the web with GoodSearch's Yahoo-powered search engine, about a penny will go to SVRG. Also, every time you shop online at Amazon, eBay, Target, Apple, Staples, Expedia, and other online businesses, a percentage of your purchase will be donated for free!
GoodSearch has ... Read More »


IMHO: Confessions of a Derby Wannabe

Posted on January 28th, by demonic in IMHO, Roller Derby. 7 comments

This post comes from SVRG's Absolutely Scabulous, who passed bootcamp at the end of last season and has become a full time derby girl. Currently she is serving as Head of Bout Production and doing a fabulous job...come see the product of all her hard work (on skates and off) at our first home bout on March 6!

by Absolutely Scabulous

It's been 8 months, folks. 8 months, 3 two-hour practices a week, and all the additional heart and soul I have been putting into the sport of roller derby. If you would have asked me last April where I would have seen myself in 8 months, I think my arrogance would have gotten the best of me. I was convinced that I could possibly be the missing link in roller derby, the undiscovered gem, that finally, I may have found ... Read More »


Support SVRG: Join us at Aqui in Willow Glen, Monday Feb. 15

Posted on January 25th, by demonic in Support SVRG, SVRG Events. Comments Off

What easier way to support your local roller derby team than eating a delicious burrito or sipping on a tasty margarita? Come celebrate Presidents' Day with us!

If you're free on Monday, February 15th, the Silicon Valley Roller Girls are hosting a fundraiser at Aqui Cal-Mex Restaurant in Willow Glen. You don't have to do anything special but come have a margarita and/or eat dinner, tell them when you order that it's for SVRG, and they will generously donate 20% of their proceeds between 4 and 9 pm. Aqui is located at 1145 Lincoln Ave., San Jose, 95125. There is parking on the street or behind the restaurant.

You can bet I'll be there. Foodwise, I love the Angus beef burrito and the Cuban pork enchiladas, both with plenty of pico de gallo. (You can peek at the menu here.) I also ... Read More »


Come say F*U Valentine's Day with SVRG at Jack's

Posted on January 20th, by demonic in SVRG Events. Comments Off

It's that time of year--yes, the time when you're sooo glad you don't have to put up with the nonsense of some  manufactured Hallmark holiday. We got your love right here--derby love! Come hang out with the Silicon Valley Roller Girls at Jack's Bar and Lounge, 167 E. Taylor (@ 4th) on Saturday the 13th starting at 8 pm. We'll have drink specials, photo opportunities, and prize drawings (including some special treats from Good Vibrations). If you want to know what you're getting into, check out pics from our F-U VD party last year.

Also, GIVE BLOOD and GET BEER!

SVRG is partnering up with Jack's Bar & Lounge to help save lives.  Support life, support derby, get beer!
Here's how: Donate blood at any local Bay Area blood bank and give your receipt or sticker to your bartender at the F*U VD ... Read More »


SVRG Does Part to Roller Over Injustice

Posted on January 18th, by demonic in Community Service. Comments Off

Writeup by Death by Dollface

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. - Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963

Conquering injustice was the prescribed theme of the La Mesa Verde service project at Sacred Heart Community Service Center (SHCS) project that ten Silicon Valley Roller Girls affiliates, including skaters Death by Dollface, Kimfectious, Smash 'n' Burn, Smack Dahlia, MaulyAnna, and Lucia  took on this 2010 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Sacred Heart's representative, Todd Madigan, used the above qutoe as his opening words. The center has been given many accolades in the local community for their newest venture to provide for the many families of the San Jose community including articles in the San Jose Mercury News and even the New York Times.

We began the day bright and early arriving at the SHCS downtown home base ... Read More »


SVRG sorts with RAFT

Posted on January 17th, by demonic in Community Service. Comments Off

The ladies of SVRG kicked off the new year with a service opportunity sorting school supplies at the Resource Area for Teachers (RAFT). RAFT is an amazing organization that collects donations and used supplies from businesses and then recycles or repurposes them to benefit teachers. We spent most of the day going through bins full of donated binders, organizing them by size and color, which can then be reused or, if damaged, are cut apart for use in other projects. Many binders have a clear plastic sheet on the front so that you can slide in a descriptive front page--but because of their stiff backs and the clear material, they can operate as sort of mini-whiteboards with dry erase markers. (It also got me to thinking that that would be a great thing for when I use recipes torn out ... Read More »


Haiti needs your help: Donate to the Red Cross now!

Posted on January 14th, by demonic in Community Service. 2 comments

The Silicon Valley Roller Girls are coming together to offer financial donations to the Red Cross to aid victims of the devastating 7.0 earthquake in Haiti this week.

Helping is so easy, you can do it in 60 seconds or less. Simply text the word 'Haiti' to 90999 from your phone, and $10 will be donated to the Red Cross. (They will text you back to confirm, and once you text 'Yes" the donation will go through.) 100% of the funds go to help relief efforts in Haiti. The $10 charge will just appear on your phone bill.

We just launched this effort today, and already our skaters are jumping at the opportunity to help. Retox Fox, Death by Dollface, MaulyAnna, Kimfectious, Absolutely Scabulous, and Zootown Throwdown have already made donations, and our numbers keep growing. Please consider joining us and supporting ... Read More »


A Message from our President: 2009 season report

Posted on January 14th, by demonic in Community Service. 3 comments

Dear SVRG Supporters:

The Silicon Valley Roller Girls would like to extend a virtual hug and hip check to all our friends, families, fans, and sponsors for making our second full season absolutely amazing. We have not only met but in fact exceeded many of the goals we established for our 2009 season thanks to your continued support.

With the strengthening of our league this past season, we saw a great improvement on the rink. The Dot.Kamikazes claimed some great victories this year with wins over the Bay Area Derby Girls’ ShEvil Dead, whom we lost to last year. Both the Dot.Kamikazes and the KillaBytes took home wins against rival teams from the Santa Cruz Derby Girls. The Dot.Kamikazes secured a winning record of 7-2, with a perfect record at our home rink, and the Killabytes boasted a 4-1 record in their ... Read More »


Cleaning out your closet? Sacred Heart needs your help!

Posted on January 10th, by demonic in Community Service, Off the Rink. Comments Off

Here is a message from our new Head of Community Service, Satan’s Kitten. Sacred Heart Community Service is one of the Silicon Valley Roller Girls’ community partners. We donated the proceeds from our last bout to them, and recently several of our girls worked as helpers and elves during their holiday toy drive and distribution. From Kitten:

I visited with Sacred Heart on Friday and they could really use some donations. Although there is a flood of giving around the holidays, things tend to slow down at the beginning of the year. Unfortunately, need knows no season, and assistance is of particular importance during the winter months.  The center is in particular need of clothing and toiletries. C’mon, you know you resolved to clean out your closets and cabinets this year, and this is the perfect opportunity to see those items ... Read More »


Silicon Valley Roller Girls' 2010 Season Announced

Posted on January 7th, by demonic in Roller Derby, Sister Leagues, SVRG Bouts. 4 comments

The Silicon Valley Roller Girls would like to announce our 2010 season! We have more games this season for both the Dot.Kamikazes, including our first tournaments, and the KillaBytes. We will also be logging the frequent flyer miles next season, as we will be traveling from Arizona to Washington to Colorado for various bouts. But, three of our four home bouts this year are doubleheaders, so that's almost twice the derby! We also promise some outdoor bouts at Roosevelt Rink (TBA). Below, our home bouts are in boldface:

March 6: Dot.Kamikazes vs. Dockyard Derby Dames (Tacoma, WA) AND

KillaBytes vs. San Diego Hard Corps (doubleheader @ San Jose Skate)

March 27-28: Dot.Kamikazes compete in The Dustbowl Tournament @ Bakersfield, CA

April 17-19: Dot.Kamikazes compete in The Dust Devil Tournament @ Tucson, AZ

May 1: Dot.Kamikazes vs. Central Coast Roller Derby (Paso Robles, CA) AND

KillaBytes vs. ... Read More »


IMHO: Fox's lessons from the 2009 roller derby season

Posted on January 2nd, by demonic in IMHO, Roller Derby. 4 comments

New year, new feature. Well, sort of. IMHO, shorthand for "in my humble opinion," will be a recurring blog feature where any roller derby skater, ref, fan, or other interested party can write an opinion piece. Of course, being your blogstress, I confess that most of these opinions will probably come from me. But, if you've got something to say, email me and we'll see if it's a good fit for the blog. Enjoy!

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I have mixed feelings about New Year's resolutions. First of all, I see no need to wait until a number flips to make positive changes in one's life. Second, resolutions are mostly acknowledgments of failure--hmmm, what did I do wrong and/or suck at this last year?--and given that most resolutions themselves fail, well...that's too much of a concentration on the negative for me. However, if this is ... Read More »


Skater of the Month: SKooter Ov'r

Posted on December 27th, by demonic in Skater of the Month, SVRG Skaters. 3 comments

SKooter Ov'r is one of SVRG's most versatile skaters and, given her swinging with both the KillaBytes and the Dot.Kamikazes, has likely skated in more SVRG bouts than any other skater this year. Her contributions to both teams throughout the year helped her earn the designation of Skater of the Month.

How did you get into roller derby?

Roller derby found me at the San Jose Grand Prix in 2007, in the form of  Death by Dollface.  She says, “You’re pretty good on your skates. Have you ever thought about roller derby?”  To which I replied flatly, “Nope.”  “Think about it,”  she said and passed along the info. A few days later and several pints into conversation with a dear friend, the idea sounded perfect!  So I lurked out SVRG on MySpace and was soon at the rink watching my first practice.  ... Read More »


Hall of Pain: Steffen Razor's knee

Posted on December 22nd, by demonic in Hall of Pain, SVRG Skaters. Comments Off

KillaByte co-captain, Dot.Kamikaze, and recently elected SVRG General Manager Steffen Razor knew she had knee surgery on the horizon, so she squeezed in one last skate at the Red Red Holiday tournament (where her team, Orange, came in 3rd) and then hopped on the surgical table four days later.

According to the doc, Stef's knee problems preceded her derby involvement, but given the stress that derby puts on the knees, her sporting didn't help. Essentially, her cartilage ended up with the consistency of sauerkraut, leading to fluid retention and stiffness in the knee. You can read the details about her injury and procedure at Rantin' Razor.

In the meantime, send your well wishes and thoughts. Heal fast, Razor! Can't wait to see you back on skates next season!


SVRG reps in Ocean Beach

Posted on December 20th, by demonic in Around the World. 2 comments

On our recent venture to San Diego, some of us KillaBytes headed to Ocean Beach to frolic in the sand (and seaweed). From left, Satan's Kitten, Retox Fox, Bitch Puddin', and Belle Wringer pose in front of the seaweed SVRG that Kitten and Belle sculpted in the sand. Afterwards, our art was viciously attacked by rabid seagulls, who later stalked us for our delicious Hodad's burgers. Yeah, I'd like to see you come after us on skates, mofos!


Thank you, City of San Jose and Councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio!

Posted on December 17th, by demonic in Support SVRG. 1 Comment

The Silicon Valley Roller Girls would like to thank the City of San Jose and Councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio for a $250 grant. This covers two hours of rink time, or one practice. We appreciate the city and Councilmember Oliverio's commitment to supporting amateur women's athletics and providing the community with an alternative for sports spectatorship. As a nonprofit organization, we struggle to cover our expenses and every contribution helps to keep us on skates. Thank you!


SVRG has a fun and derbyful weekend

Posted on December 15th, by demonic in Roller Derby, Sister Leagues, SVRG Bouts. Comments Off

The Silicon Valley Roller Girls' season officially ended at the November bout, but we've still been workin' it out and taking any derby opportunity that rolls our way. This weekend SVRG members made appearances at Red Red Holiday, a mixed scrimmage hosted by Sac City, and a scrap team (translation: anyone who had the time & money to travel) meandered down to face some of the San Diego Derby Dolls.

Red Red was particularly exciting this year because we got to send a lot of our new blood for some scrimmage experience. In addition to SVRG vets Steffen Razor (Team Orange) and MisTits (Dark Green), five of our interns got their first taste of bouting: Bozo Disposo (Dark Blue), Cannonball Iztik (Black), Absolutely Scabulous (Red), Blanca Basura Barbie (Pink) and Catherine Beata Bones (Light Green). The ladies had a wonderful time, ... Read More »


Silicon Valley Roller Girls featured in Five on Five magazine

Posted on December 15th, by demonic in Media. Comments Off

SVRG President Death by Dollface and Coach Pandamonium are featured in an article on startup roller derby leagues in the WFTDA magazine, Five on Five. Check it out!


Skater of the Month: Aim DeKill

Posted on December 8th, by demonic in Skater of the Month, SVRG Skaters. Comments Off

As the Captain of the KillaBytes, Aim DeKill set a gold standard. Our "Mama Byte" was a knowledgeable, supportive force on the track for the KillaBytes and when she skated with the Dot.Kamikazes. She pivoted with grace, and no matter how tough things got, she was there to offer an encouraging word--or pick off a blocker for you. Aim announced her retirement at our last home bout this November, but thankfully she will be sticking around to help coach our new recruits.

This is Aim's second Skater of the Month award. That's just how awesome she is. This time, I decided to give her the floor, so here is what she had to say:

Thank you for selecting me as Skater of the Month for a second time in two years. It's been my honor to skate with SVRG for the last ... Read More »


Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted on November 26th, by demonic in Fans, Sponsors, Unsung Heroes, Volunteers. 1 Comment

The Silicon Valley Roller Girls are thankful for our families, friends, sponsors, fans, and supporters. We are thankful for our hardworking zebra crew. We are thankful for our sister teams and competitors. We are thankful for having such an amazing season. We are thankful for the sport of roller derby.

And we are thankful for having each other. Everyone should be so lucky as to have such a close and supportive group of friends/teammates.

Happy turkey!


SVRG double header a double triumph: KillaBytes bury the Undead Bettys and Dot.Kamikazes take down the Redwood Rollers

Posted on November 15th, by demonic in Roller Derby, SVRG Bouts. 7 comments

SVRG closed out a stellar season with double wins as the KillaBytes defeated the Brentwood Undead Bettys 155-104 and the Dot.Kamikazes beat the Humboldt Redwood Rollers 159-63.

The KillaBytes, who hadn’t played a home game since May, brought in the crowds for their second home bout during the 2009 season. Considering their last bout was in August, the team was reared up and ready to take on Brentwood’s Undead Bettys last Saturday.

Although the Killas and the Bettys had not yet faced off, some of the Killas had skated with the Bettys earlier in the season against the Santa Cruz Harbor Hellcats. In the spirit of sharing, some of the Santa Cruz women helped the Bettys fill out their roster for this bout. Don’t let the numbers fool, you, though; although the Bettys may have trouble fielding 14 of their own for ... Read More »


SVRG's last bout of the season: Doubleheader Nov. 14!

Posted on November 1st, by demonic in Roller Derby, SVRG Bouts. Comments Off

Our next home bout is Saturday, November 14, at San Jose Skate, 397 Blossom Hill Road, and you are in for a treat: it's a doubleheader, so you will get to see both the Dot.Kamikazes AND the KillaBytes battle against Humboldt Roller Derby and the Undead Bettys, respectively. As always, there will be a raffle, beer garden, concessions, vendors, and half-time entertainment. We plan on ending the season with a bang!

Not only are you getting two bouts for the price of one, but we are also having a recession sale: tickets are only $10 in advance (kids: $5) or $15 at the door (kids: $7).What a bargain! Ten bucks for an entire night of DERBY! A portion of the proceeds from this bout will benefit Sacred Heart Community Service, a local organization that helps families and seeks to alleviate poverty ... Read More »


SVRG Dot.Kamikazes fall to Port City, 98-90

Posted on October 25th, by demonic in Roller Derby, SVRG Bouts. 1 Comment

The Dot.Kamikazes put up a good fight at Port City last night, but came up just a few points short of victory. Unfortunately, I couldn't make the bout and I didn't have an onsite reporter for details. Here's what I could glean from the post-bout chatter:

SVRG came into the bout with a bit of a disadvantage as the Dot.Kamikazes were down 2 of their jammers: Terribelle Demise was injured and Pia Mess had a last minute emergency. Thus, SVRG was without one of their strengths, a deep jammer bench. Given that the floor is particularly slippery, this meant an addtional challenge for the SVRG jammers, as they were also working hard all night to keep their speed while remaining upright. Port City demonstrated their hard hitting and solid jamming throughout the night, and the teams traded off advantage throughout the ... Read More »


SVRG Hits of '09: Check out this video!

Posted on October 23rd, by demonic in Roller Derby. 3 comments

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Check out this great set of clips of SVRG in action, some slammin' hits and nasty spills, assembled by Cecil B. De Shill. The music you will recognize as our SVRG theme song by the Whiskey Avengers. Enjoy!

It's all the more thrilling in person, so be sure to get your tickets to our last bout of the season on Nov. 14!


THANK YOU! SVRG Skate-o-thon raises over $9,000!

Posted on October 20th, by demonic in Fans, SVRG Events. 2 comments

Friends, family, volunteers: what can we say. We are so thankful for your generosity. We were amazed by your outpouring of support. Thanks to you, we raised over $9,000 and will be able to maintain our schedule for the 2010 season. Here are some pictures and details from the Skate-o-thon in case you didn't make it out to see us.

Top 5 fundraisers:
1. Bitch Puddin: an astounding $1,110!!!
2. Death by Dollface: $595
3. Retox Fox:  $571.20
4. Rot Wheels: $560
5. Pia Mess: $494.07

Honorable mentions at 6 & 7: Smack Dahlia $440 &  new recruit Jayanti $439.99
Most Pledges:
Bitch Puddin' and Retox Fox: 18 each- tie
Death by Dollface: 15
Rot Wheels and Jayanti: 12 each- tie

Most Laps:

CynTax: 315 (that's nearly 24 miles in 2 hours, folks!)

Death by Dollface: 276

LTO: 273

Rot Wheels: 268

Retox Fox: 262

And most importantly, Best Costume went to Weavin' Kohl Bear, who came as ... Read More »


SVRG's Dot.Kamikazes to battle Port City in Stockton

Posted on October 20th, by demonic in SVRG Bouts. 1 Comment

Feeling like a road trip to Stockton? Come cheer on the Silicon Valley Roller Girls' Dot.Kamikazes as they take on the Port City Rough & Ready Betties at the Stockton Fairgrounds on Saturday, October 24. Doors open at 7. You can buy tickets at Brown Paper Tickets.

Be sure to wear your lime-neon-SVRG green and your SVRG gear, because Port City's colors are emerald green, white, and black!


Skater of the Month: Pia Mess

Posted on October 18th, by demonic in Skater of the Month, SVRG Skaters. 1 Comment

Pia Mess is a woman of many talents. She came to SVRG from Seattle's Rat City Rollergirls (after a brief tenure with San Francisco's ShEvil Dead) and has rocked our world as both player and coach. She is a terrifying blocker with the power to knock you on your ass and the agility to hover and cage you like an animal. She also frequently dons the jammer cap, and the combination of her speed, grace, and power often yields the highest scoring jams of the bout. Her wide-ranging talents on the track make her an effective coach, where her extensive experience helps cultivate SVRG's strategies. She is also renowned for her killer endurance practices where many a Silicon Valley Roller Girl has fulfilled the motto, "Skate 'til you puke...and then keep skating."

How did you get into roller derby?

I used to ... Read More »


Support SVRG's Skate-O-Thon!

Posted on October 16th, by demonic in Roller Derby, Sister Leagues, SVRG Events. Comments Off

Just a reminder...we are in the final days of collection for the SVRG Skate-O-Thon, scheduled for this coming Monday. We could really use your help in meeting our goals! We are trying to raise money to cover our travel expenses for our away games next season. You can read more about our efforts here.

You can pledge a per-lap donation to an individual skater by contacting her individually, or visit our homepage to donate via PayPal. Through PayPal, you can make a team donation or support an individual skater’s efforts by writing her name in the comments when you make your donation. Some skaters are also on Facebook and have ChipIn on their profiles if you prefer to donate that way.

If you want to come see us, the Skate-O-Thon will be held Monday, Oct. 19 from 8-10pm. We will be in ... Read More »


SVRG's last recruitment of the season!

Posted on October 16th, by demonic in Recruitment, Roller Derby. Comments Off

Do you think you have the stuff to rock & block with the Silicon Valley Roller Girls? If so, follow these five easy steps!

1. Read this article on the blog about how to get started with roller derby so you know what you're getting into.

2. For some FAQs about recruitment, click here.

3. Contact Texas ChanaSaw Massacre at recruitment@svrollergirls.com if you are interested.

4. Come watch a practice before October 28th (ChanaSaw will give you details.)

5. Come ready to skate on Wednesday, October 28th, and join us at the recruitment meeting Sunday, November 1.

Any additional questions, please contact ChanaSaw at recruitment@svrollergirls.com . Hope to see you on the rink soon!


The Ultimate Guide to Choosing Your Roller Derby Name

Posted on October 12th, by demonic in Roller Derby. 32 comments

So, you’ve decided you want to be a roller derby girl. You’ve gathered your gear, paid your dues, and you’ve been taking your hits on the fresh meat rink. You’re getting ready to graduate from bootcamp and join the big girls. You’re in it to win it—so the time has come to get yourself the perfect moniker. Choosing the right roller derby name is an art, so whether you’re brainstorming or narrowing down your choices, be sure to consider the following bits of advice.

1. Make it memorable. The most classic derby names are short, sweet, and have a pun that the general audience can follow. Often, names are plays off of female names. Personally, I think it’s hard to beat our own Pia Mess. All the better if your number plays into the joke too—Pia’s is 24/7.

2. Watch the spelling ... Read More »


Roller Derby: How to Get Started

Posted on October 7th, by demonic in Recruitment, Roller Derby. 8 comments

If you are just now thinking about joining a roller derby team, we know that a particular cute movie and the resultant media attention have probably drawn you here. Hey, that’s fine—we are expecting you, and that’s why I’ve assembled this handy list. In my other life, we have to provide people who participate in certain activities with what is known as informed consent. That is, we have to make sure people know what they’re getting into. So, I hope this can serve as a brief guide to help you a) determine whether roller derby is the sport for you; and, if you’re in, b) how to get started.

1. Ask yourself: “Why do I really want to play roller derby?”

If your answer is in anyway related to, “It looks like a great way for me to burn calories, just like ... Read More »


SVRG loves a parade!

Posted on September 30th, by demonic in Off the Rink, SVRG Events. Comments Off

Some of our dedicated skaters made an appearance at the Willow Glen Founder's Day Parade in San Jose this past Saturday before our bout against OC. Thanks to Steffen Razor for the on-site reporting!

SVRG @ Willow Glen Founder's Day Parade

Writeup by Steffen Razor

This was the first parade to skate in for many of us, so we were very excited and ready to do some skating! Our roster for the parade consisted of Texas ChanaSaw Massacre, Private Choker, Belle Wringer, Steffen Razor and our ground crew/promotional coordinator Kimfectious. The Dot.Kamikazes had a bout the same evening, plus we have been promoting for the movie Whip It, so this was a prime opportunity for us to do some flyering.

Although there were 40+ entries in the parade and there was a large turnout of participants, we were charmed to see that ... Read More »


Support the Silicon Valley Roller Girls' Skate-o-Thon!

Posted on September 30th, by demonic in Fans, Roller Derby, SVRG Events. Comments Off

Your Silicon Valley Roller Girls love, love, love derby. What you may not know is the extent to which we devote our time and money to our sport. We're a totally self-run nonprofit organization, which means that each skater on the team supports herself. It ain't cheap to get geared up (for example, a new pair of skates will set you back $100-$600, a set of wheels can run $40-$90, a complete set of pads $60-$90...not to mention helmets, mouthguards, socks, stockings, practice jerseys, uniforms, etc.), and we use team funds and our own money to cover the expenses of traveling for away games. Plus, you'll be hard-pressed to find a girl who hasn't sunk a couple hundred bucks on medical bills during her career. Here is a recent article documenting the financial crisis for girls playing our DIY sport.

That's ... Read More »


Whip It good with SVRG: Come join us for a screening!

Posted on September 28th, by demonic in SVRG Events. 7 comments

Your Silicon Valley Roller Girls will be out and about for the premiere of the new roller derby movie, Whip It, this Friday, October 2. You'll get to meet us and hear a little about your local roller derby league before showings at the Camera 7 Pruneyard (1875 S. Bascom Ave.,  Campbell, CA 95008) and the Camera 12 Downtown (201 South Second Street, San Jose, CA 95113). If you're interested as a fan or a skater, take this opportunity to catch a fun movie and chat with your local roller derby girls about our amazing sport!

Update: Here are the times. We will have girls at all showings, so stop by for the one that best fits your schedule Bring a camera and snag a pic with a roller girl. We hope to have merch for sale so you ... Read More »


SVRG Dot.Kamikazes dominate the Orange County Crushers, 132-64

Posted on September 28th, by demonic in Roller Derby, SVRG Bouts. 1 Comment

Reporting by Kimfectious

When I say SV, you say RG! Over and over, Skooter Ov’r got the crowd pumped up to cheer for their hometown favorites, the Dot.Kamikazes, as they battled it out with Orange County’s Orange Crushers.  As the two teams rolled out, Juicy K. Tore of SVRG cartwheeled her way into her birthday bout, setting the mood for a fun and action packed night.  The crowd was already going nuts as the girls lined up for the first whistle blow.

Pia Mess started off the first jam with 14 points.  Both her booty and her attitude taunted the opposing team with “I dare you.”  Smash & Burn, Smack Dahlia, and Terribelle Demise proved to be a strong jammer rotation for Silicon Valley, with Wild Bella, B Train, D Cup Runneth Over, and Ice Cube sportin’ the star for Orange County.  ... Read More »


Fact-checking the "Whip It" trailer

Posted on September 24th, by demonic in Media, Roller Derby, Rules & Regulations. 7 comments

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The roller derby community is super excited for the debut of the new roller derby movie, "Whip It," directed by Drew Barrymore and adapted from Shauna Cross's novel. The movie follows Bliss Cavender (Ellen Page, aka Juno) as she goes from unhappy pageant puppet to roller derby queen. Barrymore, SNL's Kristin Wiig, rapper-designer-actor Eve, and Juliette Lewis play other derby girls, and Jimmy Fallon steps in as the venue announcer. Daniel Stern and Marcia Gay Harden play Bliss's parents. So far the reviews out of the Toronto Film Festival say it's a fun flick, and Juliette Lewis steals the show.

If you're an SVRG or other flat-track roller derby fan, you may be confused by the trailer: WTF? The biggest discrepancy here is that the Whip It version of derby is closer to its 1970s incarnation, where skating was done on ... Read More »


SVRG takes over KSCU: Win free tickets!!

Posted on September 24th, by demonic in Contests, Media, Roller Derby. Comments Off

If you're in front of a radio right now, tune in to KSCU, 103.3 FM,  for your chance to win FREE TICKETS to this Saturday's bout! SVRG will be on the air between 7:30 and 9 AM giving away tickets and taking your calls.

Tune in again from 5-7 pm for the Death by Dollface and Donna Diggler power hour!

Ring: 408-554-KSCU


SVRG is the West Coast's first WFTDA Apprentice League!

Posted on September 21st, by demonic in Roller Derby. Comments Off

We could not possibly be more thrilled!! We got our official notification that the SiliconValley Roller Girls is one of only ten leagues in the entire country to make it into the WFTDA apprentice program! This is a very big step for us to become an officially sanctioned WFTDA team. Once we are WFTDA we will be eligible for regional rankings and competing in regional and national WFTDA tournaments.

Thank you for all of your support!


Valley of the Brawls is this Saturday! Do you have your tickets?

Posted on September 20th, by demonic in SVRG Bouts. Comments Off

Come cheer on the Silicon Valley Roller Girls' Dot.Kamikazes as we face off gainst the Orange County Orange Crushers at San Jose Skate this Saturday, September 26. Support us as we defend NorCal against our SoCal invaders!

San Jose Skate is located at 397 Blossom Hill Road. Tickets are $15 in advance (kids: $6) or $17 at the door (kids: $8). A portion of the proceeds from this bout will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Tickets are available online at Brown Paper Tickets, or pick up paper copies at the locations below. Click on the links to find hours and directions to these locations:

Jack's Bar & Lounge
167 E Taylor St
San Jose

Ohana Board Shop
3567 Stevens Creek Blvd
San Jose

Psycho Donuts
2006 Winchester Blvd # C
Campbell

San Jose Skate
397 Blossom Hill Road
San Jose

Streetlight Records (San Jose location only)
980 South Bascom Avenue
San Jose


SVRG out at Jack's this Saturday night!

Posted on September 16th, by demonic in SVRG Events. Comments Off

The ladies of SVRG will be out at Jack's this Saturday from 9 pm to 2 am. Come enjoy drink specials, spankings, the cool patio, and mad dancing.  Look at that PBR tall can--doesn't it look refreshing? It's Saturday--you know you'll be out anyway, so come support your local derby girls!


Let the Silicon Valley Roller Girls scrub you down: CAR WASH Sunday!

Posted on September 12th, by demonic in SVRG Events. Comments Off

Come to the Ohana Board Shop, 3567 Stevens Creek Blvd, for a car rub down delivered by the Silicon Valley Roller Girls! For only $8, you'll roll away with a sparkly clean ride and the glowy feeling of helping support your local roller derby team! Come see us any time on Sunday between 9 and 4. While you're at it, stop in to Ohana to pick up some skate gear or sweet skate wear. See you there!


SVRG Around the World: Razor at Burning Man

Posted on September 8th, by demonic in Around the World, SVRG Skaters. Comments Off

KillaByte co-captain/Dot.Kamikaze Steffen Razor recently attended Burning Man, and she was happy to represent SVRG while she was there. She brought these great pictures back to show she was thinking about us! Above, Razor hitches a ride on an art car. Below, Razor in front of an unignited Burning Man.

Are you going on vacation somewhere cool? Pack your SVRG gear! We're going to have a new feature here on the blog, SVRG Around the World. We're soliciting pictures from our friends and fans of people representing SVRG at different places around the world. Put on your SVRG wear and get a picture in front of a landmark or great scenery, and send it to me, retoxfox, with a gmail and .com after that.


Skater of the Month: The Beast

Posted on September 6th, by demonic in Skater of the Month, SVRG Skaters. Comments Off

Anyone who has been reading my bout writeups knows how much I love to watch the force that is The Beast. We are all so happy to have her back and skating with us after she took a couple of months off earlier this year. She is one of the primary blockers on the KillaBytes and has also skated for the Dot.Kamikazes. She is a blocker extraordinaire with the power, balance, and timing to make any opponent cower in fear. Beast typically controls the back of the pack, but she's a flexible and agile 4 with the endurance to stay cozy with the opposing jammer no matter where she is. In contrast to her fierce, unstoppable nature and  ruthless destruction on the rink, The Beast is all sugar off skates.

How did you find out about roller derby?

Dirt Nasty, a former ... Read More »


SVRG rockin' and rollin' in Campbell this Friday

Posted on September 2nd, by demonic in SVRG Events. 2 comments

Come visit your favorite derby girls at On the Corner music, 530 E. Campbell Ave. in Campbell, this Friday night, 8 pm to about midnight! We'll have music, the Wheel of Misfortune, some food and tasty beverages, and of course the latest in SVRG merch. Of course the store will be open for business, so feel free to join me as I spend money I don't have on the music I must have. Mention you saw this post on the blog to me, Retox Fox, and I will give you a free treat!

We will also be wandering around First Friday in downtown Campbell, so come say hi if you see us reppin' the green and black!


Tickets on sale NOW for Valley of the Brawls, Sept. 26 at San Jose Skate

Posted on August 30th, by demonic in SVRG Bouts. Comments Off

It's a NORCAL vs. SOCAL showdown! Get your tickets now to help cheer on SVRG against the O.C.!

Our next home bout is Saturday, September 26, at San Jose Skate, 397 Blossom Hill Road. Tickets are $15 in advance (kids: $6) or $17 at the door (kids: $8). A portion of the proceeds from this bout will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Tickets are available online at Brown Paper Tickets, or pick up paper copies at the locations below.  Get yours now!

Jack's Bar & Lounge
167 E Taylor St
San Jose

Ohana Board Shop
3567 Stevens Creek Blvd
San Jose

Psycho Donuts
2006 Winchester Blvd # C
Campbell

San Jose Skate
397 Blossom Hill Road
San Jose

Streetlight Records (San Jose location only)
980 South Bascom Avenue
San Jose


Check it out: A Pia Mess fan page!

Posted on August 27th, by demonic in Fans, SVRG Skaters. 2 comments

Are you on Facebook? (Yeah, me neither.) If so, we hope you've friended the Silicon Valley Roller Girls. And while you're there, you have to check out this fan page for Pia Mess, formerly of Rat City and now wowing fans in the Valley for SVRG. As the site creator said, show the legend some love and become a friend/fan!


SVRG Logo Design Contest!

Posted on August 26th, by demonic in Contests. Comments Off

SVRG's Dot.Kamikazes and KillaBytes are looking for aspiring artists to create our team logos! Feel free to submit a design for one or both teams. Winning designs will be unveiled at the Nov. 14 home game at San Jose Skate.

*Winning designs will be used for team jerseys, our website and blog, banners, programs, events, flyers, t-shirts, pins, stickers, etc. This is a FABULOUS opportunity to get your work seen by thousands of our fans!

*Winners will be announced on our website, our blog, and in our bout programs.

*Winners will receive merchandise with their designs on it as well as free season passes to all SVRG home games for the 2009-2010 season--not to mention an amazing addition to your professional portfolio!

*Nonwinning designs may be used for merchandise, flyers, online content, and other media. Artists will be credited whenever their designs are used.

VERY ... Read More »


KillaBytes Topple Santa Cruz Harbor Hellcats, 122-109

Posted on August 23rd, by demonic in Roller Derby, SVRG Bouts. 5 comments

The KillaBytes were full of excitement for their fourth official bout of the season, and all the better that they were facing the Harbor Hellcats from SVRG’s favorite friendly rival, the Santa Cruz Derby Girls. The anticipation continued to build as the announcement was made that the Civic Auditorium had sold out and the teams would be facing off in front of a packed house of more than 1,100 derby fans. The KillaBytes wanted to hold on to SVRG’s reign after the Dot.Kamikazes defeated SCDG’s Boardwalk Bombshells in a thrilling throwdown this past June; the Harbor Hellcats were equally motivated to take back the crown and send the Valley girls home with a loss.

Although this was the first showdown for these teams, several players had encountered each other on the rink before. A few KillaBytes had played against the Hellcats ... Read More »


What you missed at SVRG's Jello wrestling event at Jack's on Saturday

Posted on August 20th, by demonic in Off the Rink, SVRG Events. Comments Off

Here's a little pictorial recap of SVRG's Jell-O wrestling event at Jack's. Congratulations to MisTits, our Jell-O wrestling champion!

Thanks to all of our fans and supporters who came out to see us at Jack's. Thanks to the staff at Jack's for their assistance, and thanks to our photographer, Jim Cottingham. You all rock!


Skater of the Month: Double Easy

Posted on August 16th, by demonic in Skater of the Month, SVRG Skaters. 1 Comment

Life at SVRG just hasn't been the same since our indomitable Double Easy left for Colorado. We are happy to honor our blammer ('cause yeah, she blocks AND jams) as August's Skater of the Month!

How did you get into roller derby?

I went roller skating for fun on my birthday and liked it so much that I looked up roller rinks in the area the next day. I found an ad for roller derby on San Jose Skate’s website. After reading about it on Wikipedia, I decided it was for me and showed up to practice that night!

What kind of skating skills or athletic abilities did you have before starting derby?

I played ping-pong...and I was captain of the b-team for basketball in my 6th grade class. I could make free throws, but that was it.

How did you derive your derby name?

I’m ... Read More »


SVRG KillaBytes to take on Santa Cruz Harbor Hellcats SATURDAY

Posted on August 16th, by demonic in SVRG Bouts. 1 Comment

As the hippie-looking poster may have tipped you off, SVRG's KillaBytes will be visiting the Santa Cruz Harbor Hellcats this Saturday, August 22. The Dot.Kamikazes defeated the Santa Cruz Boardwalk Bombshells at San Jose Skate earlier this year in a fierce battle, but this time Santa Cruz will have the home rink advantage, so the KillaBytes are gearing up for a tough one against this talented team.

Santa Cruz is just over the hill, so we encourage all of our fans to don the green and black, hop on the 17, and come cheer us on! Roller derby is super-popular in Santa Cruz, so there will be a lively crowd there--buy tickets in advance at santacruztickets.com because their bouts often sell out. The Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium is a sweet venue with tiered seating, so you'll be able to see the ... Read More »


SVRG down & dirty: Jello wrestling at Jack's this Saturday!

Posted on August 10th, by demonic in SVRG Events. Comments Off

Come join us down at Jack's for some wrasslin'! The girls of SVRG will be taking each other on in a pool of Jell-O. In the meantime, you can enjoy $1 Jell-O shots, spankings, baked goods, and other drink specials. Entry is only $8--21+ only!


SVRG Dot.Kamikazes dominate ACDG Rocket Queens, 209-45

Posted on August 8th, by demonic in SVRG Bouts. 1 Comment

This past Saturday, SVRG hosted the Angel City Derby Girls’ Rocket Queens at San Jose Skate. A turn in unseasonably cool August weather heated up the venue, but thankfully there was plenty of Pabst Blue Ribbon and Faultline beer to keep the crowd cooled off.

This bout was a notable event for two skaters: First, Death by Dollface made her triumphant return to the track. Not only was she the typical terror on wheels in the pack, but she also took a couple of turns jamming—and grand slamming—scoring a 15-point jam and then closing out the game with a 20-point jam. Second, this was blocker/fear-invoker The Beast’s first bout on the Dot.Kamikaze roster this season, and she brought down the house…not to mention a number of Rocket Queens. My personal favorite moment of the bout was looking up to see a ... Read More »


Foot pain: An inevitable consequence of roller derby?

Posted on August 4th, by demonic in Roller Derby. 8 comments

Yup, that's my nasty foot. I suffer from perpetual blood blisters on the ball of my foot and my big toe, the occasional bonus on the arch if my other padding slips and starts rubbing the wrong way. I have been skating for almost a year and I have had bad blisters the entire time. I thought buying skates that fit would fix this issue (I had been wearing skates 1.5 sizes too big for the first 8 months), but I am still getting the rub. I have a pretty high pain tolerance, so typically I can make it through practice, but it's often painful enough the next day that I can't walk normally. It also makes back-to-back practices very difficult because my feet don't have enough time to heal.

Over the past year I received a lot of roller derby ... Read More »


SVRG events this weekend! Support your local roller girls!

Posted on July 30th, by demonic in SVRG Events. Comments Off

We have not one, but two events this weekend for our fans around the Bay Area. First up:

The Silicon Valley Roller Girls present a night of punk & rockabilly!

Friday, July 31st @ 8pm

Featuring musical performances by:
Jack Spade Trio
MisFire and the Detonations
Unko Atama
The Ms.Fits (Special acoustic set by all-female Misfits cover band!)
Motorpunx

And don't forget the rollergirls, billiards, goodies, and raffles!
Arrive at 8pm so you don't miss any of the excitement!

21+, $7 cover

Pine Street Sports Bar & Grill
875 Rincon Ave
Livermore, CA 94551

For those of you in the San Jose area, we are also hosting a fundraiser at Jack's on Saturday, August 1st--167 E. Taylor St. Drink specials, spankings, and the usual fun & games, so come on by!


SVRG bids farewell to our beloved Double Easy :(

Posted on July 29th, by demonic in SVRG Skaters. 18 comments

It is with great sadness that we must report the departure of our dear Double Easy for the Rockied realm of Colorado.

As I met Easy later in her tenure, I was shocked to learn that she could barely stand on skates when she first joined SVRG. Her story is the one of sports mythologies, though: she skated her ass off and practiced and practiced and practiced and taught herself some sweet moves. After all that hard work she developed into both a solid blocker and a reliable jammer based on her speed, endurance, agile feet, and quick thinking in the pack. Her mad skills made her a very valuable asset to SVRG.

It's rare to come across someone with such unbridled enthusiasm for the sport, and her positive attitude and always-ready-for-more mentality helps buoy her teammates' spirits and keep us looking ... Read More »


Team White slips past Team Black in SVRG/BADG mixed scrimmage, 86-69

Posted on July 23rd, by demonic in Sister Leagues, SVRG Bouts. 3 comments

Thank you to the ever talented Double Easy for the recap of our last exhibition bout of the summer! If you weren't there, too bad...but you can get your derby fill Saturday, August 8th, at our next home bout at San Jose Skate!

SVRG's last free outdoor exhibition bout of the 2009 summer was held
last Sunday at 5pm at Roosevelt Park in downtown San Jose. At around
80 degrees F, the afternoon was much cooler than those of the last two
exhibition bouts, which experienced approximate temperatures of 90 and
100 degrees F. SVRG had split into our traditional scrimmage colors of
black and white, but this time we had invited our friends and big
sisters, the girls of the B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls (or the BAD Girls
for short), to bolster our ranks. With both teams having 19 or 20
skaters each as opposed to the 10 ... Read More »


On your to-do list: WASH THAT FILTHY CAR!

Posted on July 22nd, by demonic in SVRG Events. Comments Off

I'll also add that there will be plenty of DELICIOUS BAKED GOODS for sale, so bring some extra cash for some sweets!


First pics from "Whip It"

Posted on July 21st, by demonic in Roller Derby. 2 comments

Yes, folks, there is a roller derby movie coming out.You can read about it and see pics here and here. The only thing I can say about the pics so far is: 1) interesting that all the skaters are wearing the same Riedell boot; and 2) there seems to be a dearth of blocker booty. How about a little body diversity? I really hope the movie shows that derby is for women of all shapes and sizes, not just Hollywood figures.

Based on the novel Derby Girl by Shauna Cross, the film is helmed by Drew Barrymore and stars Ellen Page (aka Juno, or, if you're on my couch, Kitty Pryde). Marcia Gay Harden, Kristin Wiig, Eve, Jimmy Fallon, and batshit-crazy Juliette Lewis round out the cast. I get the impression that the movie isn't exactly about roller derby; rather, derby ... Read More »


SVRG's 2nd Annual Hot August Fights: Tickets on sale NOW!

Posted on July 20th, by demonic in Roller Derby, SVRG Bouts. Comments Off

SVRG will be taking on the Angel City Derby Girls Rocket Queens at San Jose Skate on August 8. Doors open at 6 and the bout starts at 7.

Tickets are currently for sale online at Brown Paper Tickets: $15 for adults and $6 for kids. Tickets at the door are $17 for adults and $8 for kids; babies in arms (two and under) are free.

We also encourage you to visit our sponsors, where you can buy tickets on site:

PSYCHO DONUTS
Monday-Thursday 7:00 AM-12:00 PM
Friday 7:00 AM-8:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM-8:00 PM
Sunday 8:00 AM-5:00 PM

STREETLIGHT RECORDS
Sunday - Thursday 10AM - 10PM
Friday - Saturday 10AM - 11PM

If you buy tickets at these locations there is no service fee. Additionally, you will receive FREE coupons for Streetlight Records, Psycho Donuts, Sam's BBQ, and for beer at the SVRG bout! How awesome is that?

A portion of ... Read More »


FREE Roller Derby! SVRG's last exhibition bout of the summer!

Posted on July 15th, by demonic in Roller Derby, SVRG Bouts. Comments Off

Last chance for free roller derby!! SVRG will be hosting their last exhibition bout of the summer, so come get the free derby while you can! This time we have invited some of our friends from the Bay.Area.Derby.Girls to play as well, so expect some new (and highly skilled) skaters on the track.

We will be at Roosevelt Park in San Jose (901 E. Santa Clara St.) and the bout starts at 5 pm. As always, you are welcome to bring in your own food and beverages. There is some shaded bleacher seating, but you can also pack a lawn chair and perch right next to the track! It's going to be a warm day, so bring plenty of water and sunscreen and consider packing one of those chairs with the little shade umbrellas for maximum comfort.

Thanks to Killer Vee for ... Read More »


Skater of the Month: Feisty Irish

Posted on July 14th, by demonic in Skater of the Month, SVRG Skaters. Comments Off

Feisty Irish is as known for her fierceness on the rink as she is for her congeniality off the rink. She is also known as one of our most acrobatic skaters, frequently competing with Coach LTO in crazy racing and jumping competitions.

How did you get into roller derby?

Roller derby found me. I had it on my list of things to do. I woke up one morning and there was a flyer in my living room.

What kind of skating skills or athletic abilities did you have before starting derby?

I would play any sport that would take me. I have played on volleyball, track, basketball, softball, swim, rugby, and cross country teams before finding my favorite: roller derby!

How did you derive your derby name?

I have been known to get a little feisty, and I blame it on my father’s genes.

What is your ... Read More »


KillaBytes trounce Ventura Battalion of Skates, 202-32; Dot.Kamikazes defeat Vendolls, 70-67

Posted on July 13th, by demonic in Roller Derby, SVRG Bouts. 4 comments

Both SVRG teams loaded up and headed to sunny SoCal to take on Ventura County Derby Darlins. The KillaBytes faced off against Ventura’s Battalion of Skates, and the Dot.Kamikazes took on the Vendolls.

The Killas were pumped for their game for several reasons. They had been practicing several strategies that they wanted to test out in a bout. Because both SVRG teams have been impacted by inevitable injuries, we were thrilled that some of our friends at CCRD would be helping us fill out our roster. Also, there were some bout cherries to be popped: Bitch Puddin’ and yours truly, Retox Fox, skated in our first official bout—and let me tell you, it was great to break 200 points in our first outing!

Double Easy, CynTax, Zootown Throwdown, and Postal Servix handled most of the jamming duty. Golden Delicious, on loan from ... Read More »


SVRG's Dot.Kamikazes and KillaBytes off to Ventura County--Join Us!

Posted on July 7th, by demonic in Fans, Roller Derby, SVRG Bouts. Comments Off

Come travel with us! Both the KillaBytes and the Dot.Kamikazes are playing Ventura County this weekend in a doubleheader. If you want to venture down to Ventura, we have hotel rooms starting at $48 and we can get you on the $9 discount ticket list. Contact lizapalooza@svrollergirls.com to join our trip!


Stripes defeat the Stars in SVRG exhibition bout

Posted on July 7th, by demonic in Roller Derby, SVRG Bouts. Comments Off

A special thanks to Weavin' Kohl Bear for this compelling account of the SVRG exhibition bout while I was off road trippin'.

For their second exhibition bout at Roosevelt Park, SVRG split itself into two teams, the Stars and the Stripes. Skaters set aside their signature green and black for red, white, and blue in an early celebration of Independence Day. The roller girls had a chance to show their creativity as well as athleticism as they bouted in homemade uniforms that expressed their personal style. To complete the theme, the teams’ patriotic looks were topped off by custom jammer and pivot helmet covers, hand-made by skater Steffen Razor.

Team Stripes took the early lead, with jammers Smashleigh, CynTax, and The Undietaker earning a combined 16 points in the first three jams while their blockers kept the Stars jammers from scoring ... Read More »


FREE SVRG exhibition bout this SUNDAY!!

Posted on June 25th, by demonic in Roller Derby, SVRG Bouts. Comments Off

We are hosting our second ABSOLUTELY FREE exhibition bout this Sunday, June 28 at 5 pm at the Roosevelt Hockey Rink, 901 E. Santa Clara Street, San Jose, 95116.

Not only is this event free, but you are also permitted to bring your own food and beverages into the park.

There is some shaded bleacher seating available, but remember, first come, first served. If you're feeling brave and want a closeup view, feel free to bring lawn chairs--this time we'll be letting our fans sit right next to the track!


Support Lizapalooza in the Relay for Life!

Posted on June 25th, by demonic in Community Service. 1 Comment

Lizapalooza and other SVRG skaters will be participating in the Relay for Life to help raise money for cancer research. You can donate to Lizapalooza's efforts here.

This is what Lizapalooza said about her motivation to walk:

I walk for Mr. John Fernandez, who was the most influential teacher in my life. He taught Spanish at Presentation High School for over 20 years, where he not only shared his love of language, but also his passion for life. He left the school when he was too ill to continue teaching and focused on battling his lymphoma cancer. He moved home to Spain to be closer to his family. There he went into remission for a few years. The cancer has returned and he continues to fight. I walk unite in fighting the illness that torments him ... Read More »


Support BootyVicious in the Relay for Life!

Posted on June 21st, by demonic in Community Service. Comments Off

BootyVicious and other SVRG skaters will be participating in the Relay for Life to help raise money for cancer research. You can donate to BootyVicious's efforts here.

Here is what she has to say about her participation:

In an effort to be a contributing member of my community and help fulfill my commitment as a Silicon Valley Roller Girl to give back to organizations in the area I have decided to participate in the Relay for Life this year.

My walk will be dedicated to my Grandma who passed this last year from cancer.

I appreciate your support,

-BootyVicious#13


Hall of Pain: Death by Dollface's shoulder

Posted on June 21st, by demonic in Hall of Pain. 1 Comment

At practice on January 25th, an unruly shoelace felled the mighty Dollface by coming undone, wrapping around her skate, and causing her to plummet toward the concrete floor shoulder-first. The resulting injury was a rotator cuff tear with a nearly one-inch long break in the humerus. After nearly two months of pain and therapy, she underwent surgery on April 2; see pictures below. Now she is on the road to recovery, and SVRG eagerly awaits her return to the rink later this summer!


SVRG knocks the socks off Santa Cruz, 131-100!!

Posted on June 14th, by demonic in Roller Derby, SVRG Bouts. 2 comments

Considering the incredibly close and controversial outcomes of these teams' last bout, everyone anticipated an exciting game on Saturday. It's nice to play a team that resides nearby, because a lot of Santa Cruz fans made the trek over the hill for this bout, making for great crowd energy. In the end, the SVRG Dot.Kamikazes defeated the visiting Santa Cruz All-Stars, 131-100.

If there’s one word to describe the bout, it would be fast. The packs were often moving at a grueling clip, making the score all that more of a remarkable feat, a testament to the strength and endurance of both teams’ jammers. The Dot.Kamikazes dominated for most of the game, leading at half time 59-33 and during the second half reached a score differential of 121-67.

The ladies of SVRG ran a tight defense. Pia Mess set the tone in ... Read More »


SVRG featured on the front page of the San Jose Mercury News!

Posted on June 12th, by demonic in Media, Roller Derby. Comments Off

Click here to see the article by Joe Rodriguez and video by Josie Lepe!


SVRG is recruiting new skaters NOW!

Posted on June 11th, by demonic in Recruitment, Roller Derby. Comments Off

Do YOU have what it takes to be a Silicon Valley Roller Girl??

Maybe you've seen us in a bout. Maybe you've been surfing around the web looking into this whole roller derby thing. Maybe you've just been reading this blog.

Well, now's the time to test your mettle!

You don't need your own skates. You don't even need awesome skating skills. What you do need is a good attitude and the mental and physical toughness to take on the challenge of roller derby.

If you are interested in joining the league, we invite you to come and watch a practice at San Jose Skate. After observing a practice, you are welcome to come skate with us on Monday, June 22, 8 to 10 pm, and Wednesday, June 24, 8 to 10 pm. Please note if you choose to skate, there is a $10 ... Read More »


Science + Roller Derby = AWESOME

Posted on June 11th, by demonic in Roller Derby. 10 comments

If you make a list of my favorite things, it's not going to include raindrops on roses or kittens or mittens or any of that crap. It will, however, include roller derby and science. To see the two things integrated is a thing of beauty.

The European Union has been funding creative short videos to teach scientific concepts. Their latest features roller derby girls and dudes with pornstaches demonstrating how electricity works. Check out the video here.

Personally, I'm waiting for someone to do a video on the physics of roller derby...


Tune in to 103.3 KSCU this Thursday, 8-10 am!

Posted on June 10th, by demonic in Contests, Media. Comments Off

SVRG's own Smack Dahlia and SKooter Ov'r will be on the air at KSCU from 8-10 am this Thursday discussing roller derby and our imminent bout with Santa Cruz. Got questions? Call in: 408.554.5728. They will also be giving away a pair of tickets to the bout, so tune in to win!


Get tickets NOW for Knock Her Socks Off this Saturday!

Posted on June 9th, by demonic in SVRG Bouts. Comments Off

Come see your very own SVRG Dot.Kamikazes take on the Santa Cruz All-Stars THIS Saturday at San Jose Skate, 397 Blossom Hill Road. Doors open at 6, and the action starts at 7.  Go online to Brown Paper Tickets now for advance tickets: $15 for adults and $6 for kids (babies in arms are always free.) Or, you can buy at the door ($17/adults, $8/kids).

Our charity this month is the YWCA. As always, we will have a raffle for lots of fabulous prizes from our sponsors, a delicious beer garden from Faultline, concessions, and the music of the Whiskey Avengers. We will also have a special half-time show by the talented ladies of Tasty Hoops, a hula-hooping performance troupe. All in all, a night of fun for everyone, so go fetch yr tickets NOW!


Hall of Pain: Feisty Irish breaks her nose

Posted on June 9th, by demonic in Hall of Pain, SVRG Skaters. 1 Comment

At our very first bout this season against Central Coast, Feisty took a sharp hit to the face. Putting the feist in feisty, she continued skating throughout the jam and waited until after the bout to hit the ER. Diagnosis: one broken nose. Here's a supportive Donna Diggler pointing out the damage:

Fortunately Feisty's healed completely!


Calling all Elvises!

Posted on June 8th, by demonic in SVRG Bouts. Comments Off

We need your help for our bout this weekend! Details:

We have a 50's sock hop themed bout this Saturday evening, June 13th, and would like to find an Elvis Impersonator to help announce the game. No knowledge of the game and rules is needed. We will have more knowledgable co-announcers for the details. Elvis would be adding character to the game and interacting with the crowd. If you would like to even lip synch a song during half time, we would love that.

You would need to be present from 5:00 to 9:00 at San Jose Skate at 397 Blossom Hill Rd. in San Jose. We are a nonprofit and this bout is a benefit for the YWCA so we can't pay very much. We would really prefer to have someone volunteer their time and we can give you advertisement space ... Read More »


Hall of Pain: Pia gets a shiner

Posted on June 4th, by demonic in Hall of Pain. 1 Comment

Last night while scrimmaging Pia took not one but two hits to the eye...yowch! Pia had assured Lindsay Lohanded, who was returning from a knee injury, that she could hit Pia. After this blow, Pia said she should have clarified: "Legally!" Then she took a second hit to the same place, but she insisted on continuing to skate in the jam even as her eye nearly swelled shut. That's some tough for ya!

UPDATE: Day 2. Look at that vibrant red! Be careful or Lady GaGa is going to rip that off for her next look.


Come support SVRG at Jack's this Saturday!

Posted on June 2nd, by demonic in Off the Rink, SVRG Events. Comments Off

The ladies of SVRG will be out to socialize and spank this Saturday, June 6, at Jack's. It's so easy to support us--just come out and drink! We'll be raffling off some tickets to our June 13th bout. In honor of our Dot.Kamikazes, there will be kamikaze drink specials. Stop by and have a drink with us!


Thank you! SVRG meets its fundraising goals for Walk Now for Autism

Posted on June 2nd, by demonic in Community Service. Comments Off

We would like to thank everyone who donated to Walk Now for Autism, especially those of you who helped us reach (and exceed) our goal of $2,500. Our final contribution was $2,725 thanks to your generosity!

Thanks to our SVRG walkers and their fundraising efforts: Frida Khill*ya, Mauly Anna, Feisty Irish, Lizapalooza, Se7en Year Bitch, Satan's Kitten, Death by Dollface, and Texas T-Bag.


Donate and help SVRG Walk Now for Autism!

Posted on May 28th, by demonic in Community Service. Comments Off

We have a team of dedicated Silicon Valley Roller Girls who will be participating in the Autism Speaks' Walk Now for Autism this Saturday, May 30. Right now we are at $2,289, and we are hoping to reach $2,500. Every little bit helps, so please click here to contribute to our efforts and donate to the cause.

If you're planning on joining us for the walk, here is some additional information. See you there!

Walk Now for Autism is a family-friendly event, so bring the whole family along! There are activities for children, resources for families, light refreshments and entertainment.

Date: Saturday, May 30, 2009

Location: History Park at Kelley Park, San Jose, CA

Directions: Click here for a Google map!

Event Schedule:

9:00 am: Registration, children's activities and the Autism Community Resource Fair open. To alleviate traffic congestion, we suggest you plan accordingly and arrive on the ... Read More »


Support Postal Servix's Walk for Autism!

Posted on May 21st, by demonic in Community Service. Comments Off

SVRG's charity for our May bout is Autism Speaks, and several of our team members will be walking on May 30. You can visit our team site to donate, or follow the link to donate on Postal Servix's personal page.

Here is what Postal Servix has to say about her participation in the walk:

My name is Postal Servix, and I have been skating with the Silicon Valley Roller Girls for about a year and a half. I love the unique female camaraderie of the sport, and of course, speeding around on eight wheels . I am a blocker/jammer for the Killabytes, origionally from St. Louis, MO.
I have been a Special Ed teacher for two years, and a Social Worker serving adults with disabilities for two years prior to that. Almost half of my students have autism as a diagnosis, and ... Read More »


SVRG Team Jock Trounces Team Geek in Exhibition Bout, 84-23

Posted on May 20th, by demonic in Roller Derby, SVRG Events. Comments Off

It was a toasty 96 degrees in San Jose on Sunday, and undoubtedly hotter than that on the sizzling sport court at Roosevelt Park, but the ladies of SVRG sweat it out in their crowd-pleasing exhibition bout this Sunday.

SVRG mixed up the KillaBytes and Dot.Kamikazes to create two teams, Team Jock (in black jerseys, for extra warmth of course) and Team Geek (in white jerseys). Geek Satan's Kitten and Jocks Bitch Puddin' and yours truly, Retox Fox, enjoyed our very first bout action. The Undie Taker was back on skates after recovering from a knee injury. The bout also represented Texas ChanaSaw Massacre's joyful return to the rink after recovering from a broken hand. With the booty hits she was doling out on the rink, though, you'd never know she'd been deprived of derby action for six weeks!

Before the bout ... Read More »


Tickets now available for SVRG Dot.Kamikazes vs. Santa Cruz, Saturday, June 13!

Posted on May 19th, by demonic in SVRG Bouts. Comments Off

Click here for tickets!


KillaBytes sub for the Brawlin' Bettys

Posted on May 19th, by demonic in Roller Derby, Sister Leagues, SVRG Skaters. 1 Comment

When the Brentwood Brawlin' Bettys said they were short a few skaters, some of the SVRG KillaBytes gladly stepped in to help. Steffen Razor, Aim DeKill, Mauly Anna, Zootown Throwdown, Postal Servix, CynTax, and Dirty Thirty helped fill out their roster so the Bettys could keep their date with the Santa Cruz Harbor Hellcats. Despite the Bettys' loss, the KillaBytes had a grand time playing with a sister league. Here are a few photos from the bout courtesy of Kelco in this Santa Cruz Flickr set. Check those photos as well as Nocklebeast's set.


Skater of the Month: Postal Servix

Posted on May 18th, by demonic in Hall of Pain, Skater of the Month, SVRG Skaters. Comments Off

Postal Servix (formerly known as Secret Servix) is one of the KillaBytes' secret weapons. She's an all-around great skater with a jammer's speed and a blocker's killer hits (I can attest to this personally, having been knocked off my skates by one of her potent c-blocks!) Off the rink, she has helped coordinate volunteer opportunities for the team, including a demo at AchieveKids (where she teaches special needs students) and May's volunteer event, the Walk for Autism.

How did you get into roller derby?

I saw an ad on Craigslist and became obsessed with the subculture! I have always loved to skate, but never fit in with the traditional jocks.

What kind of skating skills or athletic abilities did you have before starting derby?

I was a pretty good skater, but I wasn't very agile and my endurance sucked. I have NEVER played a ... Read More »


FREE Roller Derby Action THIS SUNDAY!!!

Posted on May 14th, by demonic in SVRG Bouts. Comments Off

Details:

Location: Roosevelt Hockey Rink
901 E. Santa Clara Street
(cross street is 19th, but turn down 20th to access parking lot)
*Feel free to bring a cooler of drinks & snacks since there are no food &
beverages sales at public parks.
*Bleacher Seating is limited so get there early.

Exhibition Day Schedule:
1:37 San Jose Skate Shop Hosting Free BBQ
4:00 Access to Rink Granted
5:00 Game Begins - Period 1
5:45 Halftime
6:00 Period 2 Begins
6:45 End Game
7:00 Head to After Party

After Party @ Jack's Bar
167 E. Taylor St. (cross street is 4th)
Will be playing video footage from May 2nd Bout


Hall of Pain update: Double Knuckle$$'s arm hurts to look at

Posted on May 13th, by demonic in Hall of Pain. Comments Off

In case you didn't see the previous post, Double Knuckle$$ had the misfortune of sustaining multiple falls right on the exact same durned spot before, during, and after May Day Massacre. She provided us with this visual update of her arm...yee-owch! I think it looks like she was stranded out on the tundra for a week and incurred severe frostbite. Don't worry, she assured us it's not going to fall off. Fingers crossed for a speedy recovery!


Support Frida Khill*ya's Walk for Autism!

Posted on May 13th, by demonic in Community Service. Comments Off

SVRG's charity for our May bout is Autism Speaks, and several of our team members will be walking on May 30.

As a team, we are trying to raise $1,500, and we need your help in meeting that goal! You can visit our team site to donate, or follow the link to donate on Frida Khill*ya's personal page. She is walking for her cousin JJ, who she calls "sweet, innocent, and very loving." Here is what she has to say about her Walk for Autism:
My cousin JJ was a toddler when he was diagnosed with autism. Now he is a handsome 25-year-old who still loves his Golden Books. He is a beautiful person with the biggest smile and a wonderful heart. One of my favorite memories of JJ was when I heard him screaming with joy outside. I went to the ... Read More »


SVRG back to work at Habitat for Humanity

Posted on May 12th, by demonic in Community Service, Off the Rink. 2 comments

Yet again the ladies of SVRG were out to spend a work day with Habitat for Humanity this past Saturday. This time, they helped construct playhouses donated by Cisco that will be auctioned off to help fund more Habitat projects. Soon enough you'll be able to hire us for all your construction needs!


Hall of Pain: The Juice is bruised!

Posted on May 11th, by demonic in Hall of Pain. Comments Off

This is a classic from our files. Miss Juicy K. Tore thanks practicing C-blocks with Brawllen Angel for this beaut!


The Breeders' "Fate to Fatal" roller derby video!

Posted on May 10th, by demonic in Media, Roller Derby, Sister Leagues. Comments Off

As promised, here is the link to the Breeders' new video for "Fate to Fatal," featuring St. Louis's Arch Rival Roller Girls. It's treacherously cute and must have been a blast to shoot. Watching it is vicarious fun. Can I just say, though: leg whips are lame!


Come catch some FREE roller derby action next Sunday!

Posted on May 10th, by demonic in Roller Derby, SVRG Bouts, SVRG Events. Comments Off

Haven't had a chance to check out SVRG in action yet? The Dot.Kamikazes and the KillaBytes will be mixin' it up for a FREE outdoor exhibition this coming Sunday, May 17, at 5 pm. See you there!


Welcome to the HALL OF PAIN

Posted on May 8th, by demonic in Hall of Pain, Roller Derby. Comments Off

I'm sure other skaters have had the experience: you tell an acquaintance that you play roller derby, and the look in their eyes means you might as well have told them that you're really into S & M, or that you worship the devil: it's a blend of bewilderment, suspicion, curiosity, and a little bit of fear: who is this person? She seemed like such a nice, normal girl...Now they will think of you as the chick who gets off on repeatedly slamming her body into other girls with the goal of destruction.  On the plus side, they probably won't take any more office supplies off your desk.

Some people still question the verity of roller derby. As a lifelong athlete I feel no need to make an argument that roller derby is a sport: if it wasn't, I wouldn't be ... Read More »


SVRG introduces AchieveKids to roller derby

Posted on May 8th, by demonic in Community Service. Comments Off

AchieveKids is a school where children with emotional and developmental disabilities can get the personal attention and treatment they need. Secret Servix has been a teacher there for two years, and she asked fellow skaters Bitch Puddin' and Steffen Razor to help give the students a taste of roller derby. A fun day for all!


SVRG gives a hand(print)

Posted on May 8th, by demonic in Community Service. Comments Off

At a recent practice, Juicy K. Tore, whose mother and sister have diabetes, introduced SVRG to the Global Diabetes Handprint, a charitable project that is soliciting contributions from around the globe. What word do you associate with diabetes? Write it on your hand, take a picture and upload it to the site, and sponsor One Touch will donate $5 per hand to diabetes research and education. It's a very easy way to make a difference, so grab your Sharpie and camera and contribute today!


Dot.Kamikazes massacre ShEvil Dead 127-65; KillaBytes fall to Sacred, 148-44

Posted on May 6th, by demonic in Roller Derby, SVRG Bouts. Comments Off

SVRG's first doubleheader was an action-packed evening for certain!

As yours truly was home with the "other" derby, that is, the Kentucky Derby, get your detailed recap from Killer Vee here. Dan Brown of the San Jose Mercury news also gave a shout out in his blog. Here are a couple of great shots from the Dot.Kamikazes' victory over ShEvil:

Despite the loss, there were several memorable moments in the KillaBytes' battle against Sacred as well:

More photos can be found on Jim Cottingham's page and nocklebeast's page.


COUNTDOWN to MAY DAY MASSACRE!!!

Posted on May 1st, by demonic in SVRG Bouts. Comments Off

Get your tickets from Brown Paper Tickets NOW!!! A double header means twice the teams, twice the fans, and twice the fun!! Don't risk getting shut out at the door...we hate turning our dedicated fans away!


SVRG pays a visit to PsYcHo DoNuTs!

Posted on April 27th, by demonic in Off the Rink, SVRG Events. Comments Off

Some of our ladies showed up to have a little fun at Psycho Donuts this weekend. Rumor has it that their magical kitchen is cooking up some SVRG-themed doughnuts!

In the meantime, you should stop by and order a dozen for a little pre-bout conditioning--Psycho Donuts will be hosting a doughnut-eating contest during halftime at our bout this Saturday! Lucky for all of you that yours truly is out of contention--back in the day I was known for downing a dozen Krispy Kremes before athletic competitions. That means the field is wide open, so start practicing now!


MAY DAY MASSACRE: Get your tickets now!

Posted on April 27th, by demonic in Fans, Roller Derby, SVRG Bouts. Comments Off

Click here to purchase tickets to our first ever double-header! That's right, two bouts for the price of one!


Support Death by Dollface's Walk for Autism!

Posted on April 26th, by demonic in Community Service, Off the Rink. Comments Off

SVRG's charity for our May bout is Autism Speaks, and several of our team members will be walking on May 30.

As a team, we are trying to raise $1,500, and we need your help in meeting that goal! You can visit our team site to donate, or follow the link to donate on Death by Dollface's personal page. Here is what she has to say about her Walk for Autism:

"It is more blessed to give than to receive." --Acts 20:35

This verse is probably the most familiar Bible lesson known to Christians and non-Christians alike. The balance between giving and receiving has steered my passion for philanthropy.

As a professional fundraiser for a private nonprofit university, I have found a career that I am passionate about, involving a philanthropic nature that is tied to our ... Read More »


Too bad if you missed us at Jack's...

Posted on April 26th, by demonic in Off the Rink, SVRG Events. Comments Off

...'cause we had fun dancin' without you!


SVRG volunteers at Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

Posted on April 25th, by demonic in Community Service. Comments Off

SVRG spent Wednesday afternoon helping the YWCA out at the annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event in downtown San Jose. The event was designed to raise awareness about the incidence of rape and sexual assault by having male participants literally walk a mile in "her" shoes--that is, donated pairs of high heels.

SVRG was happy to contribute by directing traffic and offering encouragement to our walkers along their route. One of our SVRG referees, Texas Tea Bag, also participated in the walk, donning a nice pair of magenta wedges with bows for the occasion.

We were glad to be raising awareness for such an important issue; seeing men totter around perilously in heels was an added bonus. One participant, wincing as he wobbled along, said that the walk served as "an exercise in sympathy on so many levels."

Afterwards, several of ... Read More »


KillaBytes rock Sugar wheels, are featured on Sin City Skates

Posted on April 24th, by demonic in Gear. Comments Off

Check it out! Some KillaBytes sported Sure-Grip's Sugar wheels (not to be confused with "Sugar Walls," my darlings) at the Valley Fever bout and now there's a sweet pic featured on the Sin City Skates website.


Your plans for Saturday night: Join us at Jack's!

Posted on April 22nd, by demonic in Off the Rink, SVRG Events. Comments Off

You can find the ladies of SVRG at Jack's at 167 E Taylor St, San Jose this Saturday. Drink specials, spankings, and of course your favorite derby girls!


Support MaulyAnna's Walk for Autism!

Posted on April 20th, by demonic in Community Service, Off the Rink. Comments Off

SVRG's charity for our May Bout is Autism Speaks, and many of our skaters are participating in their Walk for Autism on May 30. As a team, we are trying to raise $1,500, and we need your help in meeting that goal!

You can visit our team site to donate, or follow the link to donate on MaulyAnna's page. MaulyAnna is walking for her nephew, Alex:

My nephew Alex is 4 1/2 and an absolute doll. Alex was diagnosed
autistic before his third birthday. The progress he has made since his
diagnosis is all due to the hard work of his team of doctors, teachers
and family.  The more we can do to help the doctors and teachers, the
sooner we will be able to determine the cause and then the cure.

Please consider making a donation here to help MaulyAnna and the rest of SVRG meet ... Read More »


Laaaame! Austin Skater Crackerjack Sued over Derby Name

Posted on April 16th, by demonic in IMHO. 1 Comment

Derby girls, here's another reason for not eating Frito-Lay products (aside from the empty calories). It seems that the corporation is suing derby girl Colleen Bell, aka Crackerjack, for copyright infringement, because her name is too close to that of the caramel popcorn and peanut treat Cracker Jacks. Yes, they are actually suggesting that a roller derby skater might be confused with or tarnish the name of a frickin' snack.

Ridiculous! What, did they sue to get royalties every time the crowd sings "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" at a baseball game?

What a bunch of Cracker Jackasses.


Tickets now available for the May Day Massacre!

Posted on April 16th, by demonic in Fans, SVRG Bouts. Comments Off

Don't wait: tickets for the May Day Massacre doubleheader are available NOW on Brown Paper Tickets!

You will get not one, but TWO bouts for the price of one! SVRG's Dot.Kamikazes will be taking on San Francisco's ShEvil Dead, and SVRG's KillaBytes will be facing the Sacred City Disciples. That's twice the action! Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $6 for kids; babies in arms (two and under) are free. This month, all of our proceeds from the bout will be going to support Autism Speaks.

Get your tickets today!


SVRG Dot.Kamikazes Deliver a Spring Beating to the Sac City Rollers, 97-84!!

Posted on April 13th, by demonic in SVRG Bouts. 2 comments

Saturday night the Silicon Valley Roller Girls' Dot.Kamikazes triumphed in a close battle with the Sac City Rollers, defeating the visiting team by a narrow margin, 97-84.

It was a successful night for SVRG's jammers, with several jams exceeding 7-point gains for the Dot.Kamikazes. While Sac City relied on a relatively steady rotation of the tough-as-nails Purdy Grrrl, an agile La Lucha, and the superspeedy Lil' Punk, SVRG had a deep bench of jammers. Smack Dahlia, Terribelle Demise, Smashleigh, and BootyVicious completed the majority of jams, with Pia Mess and Lizapalooza also toeing the line for a couple.

The game was neck and neck the entire night, keeping the audience on the edge of their seats as Sac City, then SVRG, then Sac, then SVRG would take the lead. Coaches Pandamonium and Left Turn Only continuously adapted their strategies to maximize the ... Read More »


SVRG builds stuff with Habitat for Humanity

Posted on April 13th, by demonic in Community Service, Off the Rink. Comments Off

Although there was a bout scheduled for that very evening, some SVRG skaters gathered at the break of dawn to put in a day of community service building homes with Habitat for Humanity. Habitat was this month's benefit charity, so in addition to providing some hands to help during the day, SVRG also donated our portion of the proceeds from the bout to Habitat.

It was a productive day for the SVRG ladies as we helped finish a roof, install frames and doors, and erect siding. The Habitat experience is particularly rewarding because you get to work alongside seasoned volunteers and skilled construction workers as well as the families themselves, who work on site to build their own homes.

SVRG thanks the Habitat volunteers and coordinators for their hospitality during our day of labor. We look forward to returning in May!


Skater of the Month: Juicy K. Tore

Posted on April 10th, by demonic in Recruitment, Roller Derby, Skater of the Month, SVRG Skaters. Comments Off

There’s a reason Juicy K. Tore was voted April Skater of the Month and Most Likely to Bleed Green & Black by her teammates: she eats, sleeps, and breathes SVRG! Her dedication to the team has led her to the natural position of head of Recruitment, where she solicits and trains fresh meat (new skaters) for SVRG. She is the perfect balance of sweet and tough: she’ll always greet you with a smile off skates, but if you’re up against her on the rink, be prepared to hit the floor.

Where did you get your name?

I’m pretty much a girly girl, so I was looking for a name that embodied that. I like shopping and fashion, and always matching at practice. It’s one of the brands I happen to love love love.

How did you ... Read More »


Picture of the Week

Posted on April 10th, by demonic in Hall of Pain. Comments Off

Our own Bitch Puddin' got a little bad-touching from the wall at practice last week, so she's been slung up. She helped sell merch at the Fresno bout and found herself in the company of a fellow DLed skater from Valley Fever. Get well soon, Bitch Puddin'!


Listen to your Silicon Valley Roller Girls on 103.3 KSCU tomorrow!

Posted on April 8th, by demonic in Fans, Media, Off the Rink. Comments Off

Set your radio dials to 103.3 FM tomorrow morning! SVRG's very own BootyVicious and SKooter Ov'r will be  hanging out in the KSCU studio and taking your calls this THURSDAY from 8 am to 10 am. Have a question? Need some advice? Want to show your SVRG pride? Give the ladies a ring at 408.241.4931 tomorrow between 8 am and 10 am!


SVRG invites you to SPRING BEATING this SATURDAY!

Posted on April 8th, by demonic in Roller Derby, SVRG Bouts. Comments Off

The Silicon Valley Roller Girls host the first home bout of their second season against Sac City!

Hard-hitting Derby Action! Half-Time Show! Beer Gardens! Raffle!

The Dot.Kamikazes of the Silicon Valley Roller Girls will be hosting the Sac City Rollers’ Punishers (Sacramento, CA) in a springtime scuffle on skates. Spring Beating, the first home bout of SVRG’s second season, is scheduled for THIS Saturday, April 11, 2009.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and the bout starts at 7 p.m. at San Jose Skate, 397 Blossom Hill Rd. Come and show your support for your local derby girls by donning your green and black!

Tickets are currently on sale online at Brown Paper Tickets: $15 for adults and $6 for kids. Tickets ... Read More »


SVRG KillaBytes defeat Valley Fever, 150-94!!

Posted on April 7th, by demonic in SVRG Bouts. Comments Off

The Silicon Valley Roller Girls' KillaBytes rocked the Fresno Convention Center with a decisive victory over Fresno's Valley Fever this Saturday, defeating the home team 150-94.

Referee Irish Gunslinger reported that watching such an exciting bout between two debut teams "gave me goosebumps." Seeing two brand spankin' new teams out on the rink was a thrilling experience for all involved. Secret Servix, skating in her first bout, said it was a memorable one because of the support of the skaters and fans--from both SVRG and Valley Fever.

Although roller derby is known for its camaraderie, this doesn't make the competition any less fierce, and the KillaBytes were in it to win it. Steffen Razor commended the KillaByte jammers' relentless efforts. She and Bitch Puddin' (cheering from the sidelines in her sling) recalled watching Double Easy skate into a tough pack and fighting ... Read More »


SVRG's KillaBytes take on Fresno's Valley Fever this SATURDAY

Posted on April 1st, by demonic in SVRG Bouts. Comments Off

Feeling like a road trip? We hear Fresno is lovely this time of year!

The Silicon Valley Roller Girls' KillaBytes will be traveling to take on Fresno's Valley Fever THIS SATURDAY, April 4!

Doors open at 6, bout starts at 7 at the Fresno Convention Center. Get your tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com !


SVRG will Walk Now for Autism: Help us meet our goals!

Posted on March 24th, by demonic in Community Service, Off the Rink, SVRG Events. Comments Off

SVRG is not just an athletic team: we are also a nonprofit organization committed to performing service to our community. This year, several of our players will be participating in the Autism Speaks Walk Now for Autism on May 30 at History Park in Kelley Park, San Jose. Right now, our team goal is to raise at least $2000 for the cause, and you can help us meet our goal!

We will be profiling the skaters who are participating in the event over the next couple of weeks as we get closer to the day of the walk. You can donate under these individual skaters' profiles, or to the team--it all goes to the same place and will help us achieve our team goals. Click here to donate to Autism Speaks on behalf of SVRG, or to find the link for ... Read More »


SVRG is now recruiting female skaters of all skill levels!

Posted on March 17th, by demonic in Recruitment, Roller Derby. Comments Off

When we ask members of SVRG how they got into roller derby, we get a variety of answers. Some girls used to skate as kids and really enjoyed it. Some were competitive speed skaters, ice skaters, or hockey players. Some are other athletes who are intrigued by a new sport. And some have been to a bout, seen it on TV, or read a magazine article and thought, “Whoa—that looks awesome!”

The thing is, derby girls come from all types of backgrounds and have different reasons for getting in to the sport—but we are all passionate about it! And if you think you’ll feel the fire too, we want you to come check it out. All that’s required is a great attitude and a willingness to learn. (Trust your friendly blogger Fox—I hadn’t been on skates ... Read More »


The Breeders make a roller derby-themed video

Posted on March 17th, by demonic in Media, Roller Derby. Comments Off

This is the awesomest news I've heard all week!

It seems that Kim and Kelley Deal of The Breeders have shot a new music video featuring the St. Louis Arch Rival Roller Girls roller derby team. Click here to read about it and see a brief making-of video. I promise to post a link to the vid as soon as it's up!

I confess that I heart the Breeders a lot. Of course, this may be an artifact of similarity breeding attraction: in high school I was nicknamed "Breeder Girl" not because of my propensity for teen pregnancy, but because at the time I was a dead ringer for Kim Deal. A friend of mine took her Breeders poster down in her room because she said she felt I was always watching her. Seriously, the picture above could have been my artsy ... Read More »


Skater of the Month: Steffen Razor

Posted on March 17th, by demonic in Skater of the Month, SVRG Skaters. Comments Off

March Skater of the Month Steffen Razor is known  for being fierce on the track and fierce in fashion. As an opponent, you never want to find yourself behind her or you might find yourself helplessly stuck by her persistent block (and secretly wondering, where did she get those cool looking pads/socks/skates?). She also holds a special place in my heart for helping me find my feet (er, skates) during my first couple of weeks with the team, generously giving me advice on everything from time management to gear, as well as a lot of personal attention with my skill development.

How did you get into roller derby?

I saw a show on A & E on the Lonestar Rollergirls and watched every week. Then I did a search for roller derby near me. I found the Bay Area ... Read More »


Come out to mingle with SVRG at Jack's this Saturday!

Posted on March 3rd, by demonic in Off the Rink, SVRG Events. Comments Off

Drink specials, spankings, the usual

Come see us at Jack's at 167 E Taylor St, San Jose this Saturday...we'll make it worth your while.


Down and out

Posted on February 26th, by demonic in Roller Derby. Comments Off

There’s no better way to say it: being injured sucks.

Forget the pain, the doctor’s appointments, the physical therapy and rehabilitation. The worst part is sitting on the sidelines at a practice or a bout, watching your teammates sail by with their typical grace and ease while you sit on a cold bench, nursing your injury and pining for the sensation of gliding into a smooth crossover or connecting a solid C-block.

I’ve managed to sprain my ankle twice in the past three months. Granted, I don’t deserve as much sympathy as my fellow injured skaters, because both sprains have occurred off the rink in the company of my adulterous lover, volleyball. This doesn’t make being off skates any less frustrating, however.

I sprained my ankle three weeks ago and I was told no real ... Read More »


"You don't need your nose to skate."

Posted on February 23rd, by demonic in SVRG Bouts. Comments Off

This weekend, the Silicon Valley Roller Girls had their first bout of the 2009 season, and also their first bout against a WFTDA-certified league, Central Coast Roller Derby.

The team did their best to prepare for a different environment at the Paso Robles Event Center, particularly CCRD's polished concrete floor. Polished concrete is notably slicker than wood floors, and so SVRG had to be sure to consider the new surface in their strategy.

The first half was a slow start for SVRG. Adjusting to the new surface was tricky, and CCRD was operating like a well-oiled machine. CCRD kept SVRG's jammers back with solid recycling, a strategy in which blockers rotate through positions in a continuous attack-and-regroup pattern. SVRG fought tooth and nail to earn their first ten points, but by the first half they had fallen behind CCRD, 55-11.

By the second ... Read More »


SVRG takes on Central Coast Roller Derby THIS SATURDAY!

Posted on February 20th, by demonic in SVRG Bouts. Comments Off

Feel like a little road trip?

Come see the Silicon Valley Roller Girls' Dot.Kamikazes take on Central Coast!!

This SATURDAY, February 21st at the Paso Robles Event Center, 2198 Riverside Drive, Paso Robles, CA.

Doors open at 6:30 pm, bout starts at 8 pm. Tickets are available at the door ($15 for adults; kids 10 & under free).

Hope to see some of you there, but if the drive is too much, just mark your calendars for our first home bout on MARCH 14 at San Jose Skate. Tickets for Spring Beating are available at Brown Paper Tickets. Season tickets are also available!


Skater of the Month: Aim DeKill

Posted on February 19th, by demonic in Skater of the Month, SVRG Skaters. Comments Off

Known for her studded belt and studly blocking, Aim DeKill is the type of force that makes the enemy cower. Not only can she deliver powerful hits that sends opponents flying, but she also has the kind of agility that keeps jammers desperately dancing in their efforts to break the pack. Off the track you'd be hard pressed to find a more hospitable and welcoming presence. Above is a picture of her flaunting her cooking skills at a recent SVRG community service event. Aim took the time to answer a few questions about her favorite sport.

How did you get into roller derby?

Thanks to our sister league, The B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls. They held several bouts during the 2007 Season at San Jose Civic Auditorium, and I caught one. I was hooked from the second I walked in the door.

What kind ... Read More »


SVRG spreading some VD love!

Posted on February 19th, by demonic in Fans, Off the Rink, SVRG Events. Comments Off

Too bad for all of you who missed the VD fun at Jack's on Saturday! Here's a photo montage (insert your favorite love song here) of what you missed. (All photos courtesy of Jim Cottingham.)

Sad that you missed out on all the fun? Don't worry, the Silicon Valley Roller Girls will be back at Jack's March 7, so mark your calendars and steel your livers!


Come share VD with SVRG!

Posted on February 14th, by demonic in SVRG Events. Comments Off

Have plans tonight? Sure you do! It's coming to hang out with your favorite ladies in San Jose at Jack's. No need to make lame plans after your cliched candlelight dinner--just come down and join us! Come enjoy a stiff drink and a stiffer spanking. See you there!


How are you spending YOUR Valentine's Day?

Posted on February 10th, by demonic in SVRG Events. Comments Off

Come give a big FU to VD with the Silicon Valley Roller Girls this Saturday! We'll be partying down at Jack's at 167 E. Taylor St. in San Jose.
Enjoy drink specials and baked goodies with your favorite ladies!
Get on the dance floor and shake your booty, or get it spanked by one of our paddle-wielding wenches--however you want to celebrate VD, we're here to party with you!


Roller Derby Rules in Simple Comic Form

Posted on February 8th, by demonic in Roller Derby, Rules & Regulations. Comments Off

Here's a great comic that shows the rules of roller derby, courtesy of the Kansas City Roller Warriors. They make it sound so simple!


Rat City is movin' on up!

Posted on February 8th, by demonic in Sister Leagues. Comments Off

Congratulations to the Rat City Rollergirls! An article in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reveals that our Seattle sisters have become so popular that they are now bouting at Key Arena, which has a capacity of 5,500. W*O*W!


Roller Derby in the New York Times

Posted on February 4th, by demonic in Media, Roller Derby. Comments Off

Need any more proof that roller derby is hitting the big time? This is a great feature article in the New York Times about the 2008 WFTDA National Champions, New York City's Gotham Girls. There's a nice, simple explanation of the sport, an outsider's insights on the wide appeal of roller derby, a bit of history about WFTDA (Women's Flat Track Derby Association, which is the main governing body of our sport) and the evolution of the sport, and a glimpse into the lives of a couple of skaters. My favorite quote:  "The outfits (fishnets) and names (Raggedy Animal) may be camp, but the athleticism and injuries are real."

One interesting aspect of the article is that they note how the local paper neglected to cover the WFTDA championships. One of the hardest parts about being a startup league in a ... Read More »


Welcome!

Posted on January 13th, by demonic in Silicon Valley Roller Girls. Comments Off

Greetings and salutations, derby fans! Welcome to our official Silicon Valley Roller Girls blog. I’m Retox Fox, and I’ll be your occasionally cordial host.

We hope this blog can serve as a resource for skaters and fans alike. Here, we’ll be posting notices about SVRG events, including fundraisers, volunteer opportunities, and bouts. We’ll also be offering recaps of these events including photos and video in case you missed the action. Some posts will cover roller derby basics so that you can familiarize yourself with the way the game is played. We’ll also feature interviews with our players and coaches on a variety of topics, so if there’s something you want to know more about, don’t hesitate to ask!

I myself am relatively new to the sport, having joined the team in September 2008. Thus, many of my posts ... Read More »