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 »
“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 »
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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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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 »
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 »
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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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 »