Off the Rink


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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: 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 »


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!


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 »



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