“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 »
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.
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 »
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. This first story comes from one of our volunteer photographers, and circuit jerk skater, Arne.
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 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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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 email@example.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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
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)
Six skaters have been recruited to join the league starting in the 2012 season:
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) to get invited to our spring 2012 bootcamp, and skate, skate, skate!
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 email@example.com.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .