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