Love Derby, But Don’t Have the Time? Join SVRG’s Rec League!

Drop in for a practice with Circuit Jerks, SVRG’s recreational league for some low-impact play! Anyone who meets the requirements listed below can join in the fun. Whether you’re building up the courage and skills to play full-contact derby, recovering from an injury, looking for extra practice time, or wanting to scrimmage without getting the snot knocked out of you…rec league is for you! Can’t commit 60% of your life to derby? No problem. How about one night per week?

My first time at Jerks, I was fresh out of SVRG’s bootcamp. The league was on break, so rec league was my only chance to get some derby skating in before the holidays. It was a great workout that included conditioning (planks, squats, etc.), drills, and light scrimmaging—mostly things I couldn’t do on my own during open skate.

My favorite drill was running the gauntlet. We skated around the track in a pace line, opening and closing the line like a gigantic zipper each time the whistle blew, while the last person in line worked their way up through the middle of the scissoring pack. Skaters in the pace line worked on moving laterally from the middle to alternating sides of the track, while the jammers worked on getting through the middle of the pack with short bursts of speed. It might sound complicated, but it’s easier to do when you see it. We’d love for you to come on out!

Circuit Jerks Recreational League

Artwork by Joe Fox

Circuit Jerks’ practices are held from 8-10 pm (note the new, commuter-friendly timeslot!) every Tuesday at San Jose Skate (397 Blossom Hill Rd., San Jose, CA). Each session is guest coached by a veteran skater from SVRG. Once a month, there’s a black and white scrimmage; the next one is on Valentine’s Day, February 14th. Refs and NSOs (non-skating officials) are always welcome and needed!

To participate, you’ll need:

  • To be at least 18 years old
  • Protective gear (helmet, mouth guard, elbow pads, wrist guards, and knee pads)
  • Current 2012 USARS or WFTDA insurance
  • Derby skating experience, whether through SVRG bootcamp or skating with another league
  • To have passed the WFTDA basic skills test in order to participate in the scrimmage portion of practice and monthly mixed scrimmages
  • $10 for each drop-in session

Remember to like our Facebook page to receive updates and contact Patty Hearse ( if you have questions. Don’t miss out!


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