Monthly Archives: April 2011

SVRG Starts New Recreational Team

Love derby but can’t commit the time to play on a league?
Coming back from an injury and not ready for super-competitive play?
Can’t get enough derby on your current league?
Come join SVRG’s brand new recreational team!

Starting in May, SVRG’s Circuit Jerks will be hosting recreational skating drop-in practices and scrimmages!  We aim to promote roller derby in a non-competitive way by hosting cooperative skating practices, holding mixed scrimmages with other local leagues, and keeping ourselves fit with both on- and off-skates workouts.


  • Own and wear protective gear: mouth guard, wrist guards, elbow pads, knee pads, and helmet (and preferably your own skates, but rentals are available)
  • Know how to derby skate. This means you have attended an SVRG bootcamp, passed WFTDA minimum skills testing, or have skated with another league. If you’re looking to learn how to skate we highly recommend signing up for an SVRG bootcamp session by emailing
  • Be at least 18 years of age. If you’re not, sign up for our Junior Derby program for girls aged 7-17 by emailing
  • Have current USARS or WFTDA insurance. If you don’t have either forms of insurance, then email for the 2011 USARS membership form.

Practices will be held on Tuesdays from 6-8pm at San Jose Skate (397 Blossom Hill Road) starting May 31st.  The fee is $10 per session each time you attend, and attendance is on a drop-in basis. If you have any questions, please contact CynTax at Those interested in attending should also fill out the interest form.


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Skater of the Month: Cannonball Iztik

Cannonball Iztik #Long 9

How did you find out about roller derby?

I live around the corner from San Jose Skate, which has a huge banner hanging in the front that says, “SAN JOSE SKATE – HOME OF THE SILICON VALLEY ROLLER GIRLS.”  Eventually I figured, what the heck, let’s see what it’s all about. And here I am.

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

I’ve played just about everything competitively: volleyball, soccer, badminton, Parker Kempo, basketball, softball…I was heavily involved in field hockey for several years, and played for the Futures, which is an Olympic development league. Unfortunately, I got severe shin splints and chrondromalacia in both knees, which stopped me from participating in any sports that involve running. I moved on to cycling, which is low-impact for joints, and finally roller derby. But all that previous activity doesn’t compare to roller derby. This is by far the most intense, athletic sport I’ve ever played.

How did you derive your derby name?

I’m a huge klutz. Epic. Legendary, even. My friends gave me the nickname Cannonball because of it, and Cannonball Iztik is a combination of Cannon and Ballistic. It also sounds like “Cannibalistic,” which is a plus.

What is your primary position?

Blocker. I’d rather hit a target than be a target.

What is your greatest strength as a skater? What do you contribute most to the team?

I don’t give up. Ever. Even when I should. Roller derby is not a sport that’s easy for me. I have no coordination, grace, or endurance, which means that I have to work very, very hard at every practice. Luckily I’m part of an amazing, encouraging team, which makes it easier to plow through the tough parts.

What was your worst injury, and how did you earn it?

I completely ruptured my ACL last year and continued to skate for 8 months. That sucked. It was my first time back on skates after a bout of pneumonia, and I’d probably lost a good amount of muscle mass, but decided to skate anyway. I scrimmaged at 100%, and my ACL was a casualty of that bad decision. I finally had ACL reconstruction last week and am already walking without crutches, so hopefully within the year I’ll be able to get back up to fighting shape.

What do you contribute to SVRG off the track?

Since I’ve been injured for so long in my derby career I’ve had the opportunity to work a lot behind the scenes, mostly doing bout production for SVRG’s home games. This year I was volunteer coordinator, as well as day-of coordinator for a couple of bouts. That really kept me busy and engaged with the league!

How do you spend the non-derby part of your life? What other hobbies and interests do you have?

My free time is usually spent buried ankle-deep in metal CDs, cover art, magazines, flyers, and recently vinyl albums. Death metal, black metal, thrash, doom, sludge, symphonic, poly-rhythmic, battle, folk, NWOBHM, technical, progressive, whatever…I listen to it all. Having recently moved to San Francisco, I’ve found a small but true group of underground metalheads, and it’s made me a very happy Cannonball.

Other than that, I’m a graduate student heading for a Master’s in Special Education with an emphasis in moderate/severe disabilities. I’m currently working as a behavior specialist, and a bicycle mechanic when possible.

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

Don’t give up. Never, never, never, never, never give up. There are plenty of women who will pass you by without seeming to break a sweat, but do not give up. Derby is one of those few sports where greatness is based on more than ability. It’s based on guts and perseverance as well.

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Derby 2.0 Hits the Road

Derby 2.0's Micro Chics waiting for equipment check. Photo by John Kovak

The Silicon Valley Roller Girls’ junior derby girls, Derby 2.0, took their talent on the road recently as they traveled to participate in the Easter Bash Open Scrimmage hosted by Visalia Junior Derby on April 9th. This event was the first chance for many of our MicroChicks and Web Bruisers to participate in bouts playing with and against other league members.

Web Bruiser's G-Force blocking for team white as her teammate Sissy Space Case blocks for black. Photo by John Kovak

Scrimmage teams were mixed (made up of players from various leagues) and there were both positional and full contact bouts.  Events like these are a great opportunity for all the girls to gain experience with bouting in a fun and non-competitive way.  SVRG and Coach Chanasaw would like to give a special “Thanks!” to the parents who made the drive, supplied snacks, and continuously support our Junior Derby program!

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Dot.Kamikazes Blast through Derby Tournament Season for WFTDA Rankings!

It was an incredible tournament season for SVRG’s Dot.Kamikazes as they began the journey to becoming a nationally-ranked WFTDA team!


Pia Mess takes on some jammer-on-jammer action at the Wild West Showdown. Photo by Joe Rollerfan


At the Wild West Showdown in Bremerton, Washington, the Dots made a very big showing in their first tournament as a member of WFTDA by winning all 3 of their bouts with a seriously impressive point spread.

First up, they rolled out against Tacoma’s Dockyard Derby Dames, also new to the WFTDA and currently unranked. In the end, the Dots were making waves that the Dockyard Dames just couldn’t handle, and won 216-58.

After a full day of rest, the Dots were up against #21 in the region, the Sin City Roller Girls. In the end Sin City was thwarted 198-64. Two hours later they were back in action against Lava City’s Smokin’ Ashes from Bend, OR; currently ranked 19 in the west. The Smokin’ Ashes were stomped out with a final score of 226-59.

Earlier this month at the Dust Devil in Tuscon, Arizona, the Dots also won the first 2 of the 4 games they played, against some seriously high-end WFTDA-ranked derby competition!

On day one, they squashed Assassination City, ranked #16 in the South Central region,  258-40. The Dots then went on to trump Pikes Peak, ranked #10 in the west, 168-72. The following day proved much more challenging, as the level of competition sky-rocketed. The Dots gave Tucson (#9 in the west) a run for their money with a final score of 109-91, Tucson; followed by another close match against Angel City (#12 in the west), with ACDG coming ahead 143-118.

These events counted towards SVRG’s WFTDA national rankings, which dictate whether SVRG will be in the Western Regional Competition this fall! Ranking updates will be out soon, so stay tuned! Ctrl+Alt+Del!

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Featured Charity: Sacred Heart Community Service

The Silicon Valley Roller Girls have spent many volunteer hours with Sacred Heart since 2007, so it’s no surprise that Sacred Heart will be the recipient of a portion of our bout proceeds on Saturday, June 11th (tickets are available now – Click Here). SVRG has worked countless hours organizing clothing donations and bagging groceries to be given to needy area families, including during a volunteer event this past March. Our junior derby league, Derby 2.0, also joined in the fun and worked with us to give back!

Scait Riot and Smack Dahlia lend a helping hand

Derby 2.0 bags groceries for needy families at SHCS

The mission of Sacred Heart is to address the issues associated with poverty. Many different programs are designed to make the lives of local working poor families better. Three categories of assistance are available to the needy. One addresses housing and basic needs, such as food and clothing. The second addresses education and helps people become self-sufficient. The third teaches people to be self-advocates and to speak up for the needs of the working poor. Hopefully, if everyone works together we can bring Silicon Valley’s needy up to a decent standard of living.

If you would like to donate to Sacred Heart, please consider some of the following options:

1) Financial donations are always needed and welcome.
2) Volunteer your time! There are many different opportunities to work with Sacred Heart.
3) Donate clothing, food, personal hygiene items, baby diapers and formula, or office supplies.
4) If you have an un-used gift card lying around, someone else might really need it! Sacred Heart can get it to them. Bus passes are also in high demand.
5) Donate your recyclables, like clean egg cartons, rubber bands, and plastic bags.

For more info, check out Sacred Heart online.

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