Monthly Archives: March 2009

SVRG will Walk Now for Autism: Help us meet our goals!

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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 a participating skater!

On behalf of Autism Speaks, we thank you for your support!

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SVRG is now recruiting female skaters of all skill levels!

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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 since I was 12, and even then my skill set was entirely concentrated on just not falling!)

If you are interested in joining the league, we invite you to come and watch our practices at San Jose Skate on Wednesday, March 18, or Wednesday, March 25, 8 to 10 pm. After observing a practice, you are welcome to come skate with us on Wednesday, March 25, 8 to 10 pm, and Sunday, March 29, 6 to 8 pm. Please note if you choose to skate, there is a $10 drop-in fee that includes skate rental if you need it. You must bring safety gear (kneepads, elbow pads, wrist guards, helmet, and mouthpiece) in order to skate.

Once you have attended a practice, we will be holding a recruitment meeting on Sunday, March 29, at 8 pm in which we will explain the league and answer any questions you may have. You must bring a photocopy of your driver’s license and any current health insurance information to the recruitment meeting.

Once you have attended recruitment meeting, all new recruits will attend an 8 week bootcamp in which you will get the opportunity to learn all the skills required to skate according to WFTDA (Women’s Flat Track Derby Association.) This also enables new skaters to get the personal attention they need, no matter their skill level.

If you are interested in skating with us, we encourage you to come check it out and get information. We will only be holding recruitment every few months, so if you are interested, don’t hesitate–DO IT NOW!!!

If you have any questions, please contact our amazing recruitment coordinator, Juicy K. Tore, at juicy@svrollergirls.com .

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The Breeders make a roller derby-themed video

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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 yearbook photo.

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Skater of the Month: Steffen Razor

Steffen Razor, March Skater of the Month

Steffen Razor, March Skater of the Month

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 Derby Girls and watched them for a couple of years before I found SVRG. I waited for my baby to be born, and then I joined SVRG in October 2007.

Did you have skating skills beforehand?

I skated when I was a kid. I was kind of a daredevil. There were a lot of little moves that I taught myself as a kid that really come in handy when I’m skating now.

What is your favorite skating move?

I love the snowplow. I love getting out in front, slowing down, and hopefully doing a booty block.

Do you have a favorite game memory?

There’s a really cool picture from the Sac City bout. It’s a picture from behind: I had just hit a girl, and in the picture you can see that she’s airborne. And directly behind me is [SVRG skater] The Beast, and she hit another girl at the same time, and the girl she hit is also airborne.

The aftermath of Stef & Beast's vicious hit! Photo credit: El Queso Grande

The aftermath of Stef & Beast's vicious hit! Photo credit: El Queso Grande

Who is your favorite skater?

Demanda Riot (of Bay Area Derby Girls) is really good at the slow, really wide snowplow. She’s just so amazing to watch. I also really like watching our coaches Pia Mess, Pandamonium and Brawllen Angel skate- I have so much to learn from them.

What do you love most about SVRG?

I love the camaraderie. We’re a smallish league. Everyone is close and is very supportive of each other.

Who is your biggest fan?

My 20-month old daughter. She already has her own skates, helmet, pads and everything—she goes by “Droolie Andrews.”

Do you have any particular goals for derby this year?

I want to improve my pivoting skills. I really enjoy pivoting.

What do you do when you’re off skates?

I’m a mom. I’m a pattern maker and do a lot of sewing. I go to Burning Man every year.

What would be your advice for new skaters?

Stick with it! Don’t be intimidated. Get out there, go to every practice you can. Get on skates as often as you can, and just stick with it!

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Desperately Seeking Volunteers!

SVRG is currently looking for volunteers to help us staff our home bouts. Like most roller derby leagues, SVRG is totally DIY, so that means that our other skaters, friends, families, and fans are required to help everything run!

Volunteers help us set up for the bout, work various jobs during the bout, or help break things down afterwards. Aside from the joy of knowing that you’re helping support your team, you will also be able to view at least half of the bout for free (whichever half you aren’t working.)

If you are interested in helping us out, please contact Smack Dahlia at smack@svrollergirls.com and earn our eternal gratitude!

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Come out to mingle with SVRG at Jack’s this Saturday!

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.

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