Monthly Archives: June 2010

Don’t get shut out…get tickets NOW for the Freaky Tiki Throwdown July 10!

Swing your hula hips on over to San Jose Skate, 397 Blossom Hill Road, on Saturday, July 10th, for a Freaky Tiki Throwdown! The Silicon Valley Roller Girls will lei-the-smack-down on two fierce opponents: the KillaBytes will be facing the Angel City Rocket Queens (Los Angeles, CA), and the Dot.Kamikazes will be facing Treasure Valley (Idaho) Rollergirls. Doors open at 5:30 pm, with the KillaBytes at 6 pm and the Dot.Kamikazes starting at 8 pm. Come and show your support for your local derby girls by donning your green and black or your favorite luau wear.

Tickets will be online at Brown Paper Tickets. Online tickets are $13 for adults and $8 for kids. Paper tickets are also available for $15/adults and $10/kids at our sponsor locations: San Jose Skate, Ohana Board Shop, Psycho Donuts, Streetlight Records (Bascom location only), and Jack’s Bar & Lounge. Tickets at the door are $17 for adults and $12 for kids; babies in arms (two and under) are free.  We strongly advise purchasing tickets in advance as all of our home bouts this year have sold out. A portion of the proceeds from the bout will be donated to our featured charity, Silicon Valley Habitat for Humanity. As always, the bout will feature a beer garden (21+), a snack bar, a half-time show, raffle prizes, and more. An after-party (21+) will be held at Jack’s Bar & Lounge, 167 E. Taylor St., San Jose.


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Calling future derby girls…need to improve your skating skills?

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
• Starts
• Weaving
• Pacing
• Endurance

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 .

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Watch the Dot.Kamikazes LIVE on Derby News Network this weekend!

As SVRG moves up in the derby world and plays WFTDA challengers, we are getting more coverage from the derby media. The KillaBytes/Denver Bruising Altitude bout was covered by Derby News Network on June 12 (the link says Rat City/Denver but it starts with our bout), and now the Dots’ game versus Jet City’s Bellingham Roller Betties will be covered here this Saturday. They have a simultaneous interactive textcast, so you can ask questions or cheer SVRG on. Awesome!

…and while you’re there, thank them for the coverage by making a donation (follow that link or click “Contribute” on the front page)–they are totally DIY and are doing AMAZING things for roller derby, so they need your support!

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Silicon Valley Roller Girls at Left Coast Live, Friday, June 25

SVRG will be setting up a track and doing a roller derby demo at Left Coast Live on Friday night, June 25. LCL will be taking place June 21-26, with free panels and film screenings the first four days. On Friday and Saturday in downtown San Jose, streets between San Carlos and Reed (near 1st) will be closed down for the festival.

Admission for the Friday and Saturday evening concerts are $15 for an advanced purchase ticket (buy here)and $20 at the door each night. My favorite perk is that two-day student tickets are available for $20 (you must bring your student ID to the check-in kiosk).

SF Weekly calls the festival a “mini South by Southwest” because awesome bands like Yo La Tengo (yo la sigh!), OK Go, Neon Trees, and the Crash Kings will be playing throughout the weekend. In total, over 100 bands will be playing on 35 stages–check out the LCL  music player to hear more.

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Roller derby doc “Rolling Thunder” to air on KTEH June 21 @ 10 pm

The roller derby documentary “Rolling Thunder” will be airing on San Jose’s PBS station, KTEH, on June 21st at 10 pm. The doc is narrated/hosted by track announcer Don Drewry and features interviews with some of the original greats as well as legendary promoter Jerry Seltzer. Tune in and learn more about the history of our spectacular sport!


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WE MADE IT! It’s official: SVRG is now a WFTDA league!!!

After a lot of intense work, particularly by our current President, Zootown Throwdown, and our former president and current WFTDA liaison, Death by Dollface, the Silicon Valley Roller Girls are VERY proud to announce that after completing the apprentice program, we have been accepted as a league in the Women’s Flat-Track Derby Association.

To give you a more digestible parallel, this is like us getting accepted into the MLB or NFL. As a competitive sport, this opens a lot of doors for us. Because WFTDA teams are encouraged to play other WFTDA teams in sanctioned bouts, many higher-ranked teams will be seeking to play us in the future. Also, going forward, we will be eligible for WFTDA rankings as well as regional and national tournaments.

A big thanks to our very supportive derby sisters, especially our mentor league, the Oklahoma Victory Dolls and our personal helper/coordinator, Sally Strych9.

This is HUGE, derby fans! Congratulations to us!!


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Skater of the Month: Zootown Throwdown

Zootown Throwdown is the type of skater that exemplifies all the great things about roller derby. When she started, we affectionately referred to her as “Bambi” as we watched her learn to balance her long legs on skates. She was relentless, though, and soon using that long stride to push herself through double-digit jams. She’s already racked up two MVP awards this season for the KillaBytes (of which she is co-captain) and has started swingin’ and jamming on some Dot.Kamikaze rosters as well. In addition, she took over the incredibly tough job as our league President this year. Whew! And despite all that work, she loves derby so much that she capitalizes on her travel-heavy day job by using it as an opportunity to skate with leagues all around the country. If you’re lucky, there may be a Zoo in your town soon!

How did you get into roller derby?

An SVRG skater, Broken BabyDoll, saw my Montana license plate when I walked into a billiard hall after moving down here to CA and asked if I was from there. Turns out, our families know each other and we grew up in the same town. Somehow MT is so big, but soooo small. She invited me to a bout; I walked into the venue and immediately fell in love with the sport.

What kind of skating skills or athletic abilities did you have before starting derby?

I grew up with an athletic background in track, basketball, rock climbing, and golf, but the last time I strapped on skates was when I was 6.  I would pal around the block with my neighbor in our hot pink Barbie skates and pretended I knew how to brake by knee sliding into the grass at full speed. So with derby, I had start from scratch – took me almost 3 months to learn how to brake efficiently.

How did you derive your derby name?

I’m a third generation born and raised in Missoula, MT. The locals call it Zootown, so I had to tie in my roots somehow!

What is your primary position?

Jammer; I think mainly because I have a need for speed…and because I’m a hot mess when I block. When I first started skating, I was extremely intimidated by the position 4 blocker so jamming took me a little while to warm up to, but once I got over that fear, it became my favorite position. (Except during the practice when we do the “first jammer through the pack 5 times” drill…then I wish I were a blocker! )

Zoo jammin'. Photo: Jim Cottingham

What is your greatest strength as a skater?

I would like to think that my greatest strength as a skater is inspiring others. I keep a positive attitude; every time my skate hit the rink, I’m going 110%. I think when skaters step onto the rink with a negative attitude and half assing practice, they are wasting their time. So when I show up at practice, I leave my personal life off the rink and get my head in the game!

Who’s your biggest fan?

Rachel Keirnan, cutest little 9-year-old ever, came to watch us play against CCRD and ended up buying a SVRG shirt and getting ‘Zootown Throwdown’ printed on the back…then she had me autograph it in permanent marker. So. Awesome.

My boyfriend, family and friends are super supportive as well. On bout days, I receive texts from family members wishing me good luck, to not break a leg, and usually include the two words: kick ass. My family is so incredibly fantastic!

Which teammates do you work well with?

Being a jammer, I’m usually flyin’ solo. However, I receive a ton of great advice from my fellow long-legged gazelle-looking jammer, Smack Dahlia. She always gives me pointers in a positive sense like a big sister, instead of saying “you did this wrong, and you did that wrong,” etc. Having the same body type as me, she knows my strengths and weaknesses, so she’s been a great mentor for me.

What are you looking forward to the most this season?

What I’m most looking forward to this season is becoming an official WFTDA league so we can rank and compete nationally next season. Watch out ladies, SVRG is movin up!!!

What do you contribute to SVRG *off* the track?

I’m midway through my annual term as league President and I’m also the Co-Captain of the KillaBytes. It’s extremely time-consuming (kudos to all other presidents in the derby world) coordinating all aspects of the league. Within SVRG, we have a full Board of Directors, and over a dozen Committee Heads and Coordinators; without these league members (or my 24/7 synched crackberry), I wouldn’t be able to hold the presidential position because there’s SO MUCH going on. I’m an obsessive organizer and network like crazy (i.e., talk to strangers waaaaay too much). Derby is a sport that I have devoted my life to and I will never quit, so becoming president for me was bound to happen eventually; might as well be during my second year on skates! Someday, I want SVRG to be that league that other teams look at and idolize because A) we’re ranked #1 in the nation and B) we keep it classy and fun. I’m here to help this league grow and develop into a leading team in the derby nation and I’m just excited to be at the cusp of explosion for this amazing sport. Might be 2 years, 10 years or 50 years but this sport WILL blow up…and I’ll be there at the after party poppin’ the champagne cork the day we actually get paid to play.

How do you spend the non-derby part of your life?

Outside of derby, I LOVE being outdoors; nature brings me into a meditative state that makes me appreciate Living in the Now. I’m grateful for the opportunity to just sit on the beach with my boyfriend and freeze time by watching the ocean waves and catching my breath from life. I enjoy skiing, hiking, rock climbing, wake-boarding, surfing, everything. There isn’t an outdoor adventure I don’t enjoy.

What’s the one piece of advice you would give women interested in playing roller derby?

It’s intimidating to start playing derby because it’s overwhelming, physically straining, expensive, and time-consuming. When you first start, all you can think about is trying to NOT fall on your ass during your warm-up laps and thinking of excuses for why you can skip practice that night so you can give the quarter-sized blisters on your feet an extra day to heal. But coming from a girl would spent most of her time during the first 3 months with her booty touching the floor more times than not, it IS possible to excel in this sport, and that’s the amazing thing about it. If you put in the time and effort and get involved in the league, it’s guaranteed to pay off in some way or another.

What do you think is the best thing about derby?

It’s the only full-contact sport in the athletic world that women have claimed as their own. Enough said!


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