NOVA Roller Derby Kicks Off its Home Team Season

NOVA Roller Derby

While the WFTDA travel team is already up and running, the NOVA Roller Derby home team season is starting this Saturday, March 21, with a match-up between the Beltway Betties and the Metro Misfits. The Betties were last seen battling the Vineyard Vixens for the league championship in November, while the Misfits finished their inaugural season strong, winning their last two bouts. Both teams have had their rosters shaken up, so it’s anyone’s game. The first whistle is at 3:30, but be sure to get to Michael & Son Sportsplex early to make sure you get a great space to watch this edge-of-your seat action.

After the first home bout, you’re going to want to stick around. Why? Because we’re giving you a second bout for free! Yes, ladies and gentleman, this is a classic NOVA Roller Derby double  header. The MADE SuperNOVAs will be taking on the formidable Penn Jersey Roller Derby. The two teams faced off last year in an extremely close game, and this year’s rematch is sure to be even closer.

As always, tickets are $10 if purchased in advance online, and $12 at the door. Children 6 and under are always welcome to watch our bouts free of charge. Be sure to get there early and bring your own chair for the best seating options.

NRD’s charity of the month is Comfort Cases. Comfort Cases provides a backpack of new belongings to children in foster care. Thousands of children enter the foster-care system each year, with most carrying little more than the clothes on their backs. Comfort Cases was founded on a mission to provide the essentials to these brave children on their journey to find home. For the March bout, please donate a set of new pajamas to be included in a comfort case. There’s a list of items they collect on their website if you want to do more!

After the bout, stick around and meet your favorite NRD members and grab a bite to eat at our family-friendly after party at Jukebox Diner, just a few minutes from the Sportsplex.

Don’t want to miss any of NOVA Roller Derby’s upcoming bouts? Save money with a season pass!

We’re a social league, and we love it when our fans participate. If you’re on Twitter or Instagram, make sure to tag your posts with #NOVARollerDerby so we can see your favorite parts of the bouts! As always, make sure to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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Join us in March!

Betties vs Misfits photo by Tom Finzel

Photo by Tom Finzel

With the start of daylight savings time, we know that spring is near. With all this snow, we’ve been stuck inside too long! As you’re looking to get out of the house, please join us for some fun events in March.

Come join us at The Ashburn Pub on Monday, March 9th. Some of your favorite skaters will be guest bartending, and there will be a raffle for some fabulous prizes. Ashburn Pub will be donating 10% of sales all day to NOVA Roller Derby, so if you cannot come out during the evening, come anytime during the day.

On Saturday, March 21st, NRD home teams and the MADE SuperNOVAs will have their first bout of the 2015 season. Home team action will return with the Metro Misfits taking on the Beltway Betties. Will the Betties, last year’s #2 team come away with the win? Or will the Misfits, hot off a successful first season, pull off an upset? Next up is NRD’s MADE All star SuperNOVAs vs. Penn Jersey Roller Derby! Last year’s matchup between these two teams was super close, and this year should be even closer! For more information and to purchase discounted tickets, please view the event page. As part of our charity of the month, we are partnering with Comfort Cases for the month of March. Comfort Cases assists children in foster care by providing them with backpacks of new belongings. Please bring new pajamas to donate and visit their table at the bout!

We have another fundraiser planned for Monday, March 23rd at Panera in Ashburn. Join us for some delicious food while helping us raise money. Panera will be donating a portion of the sales when you bring in the flyer, which can be printed from the event page.

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WFTDA SuperNOVAs Start First Season With a Win

WFTDA SuperNOVAs vs 301 Derby Dames credit Pablo Raw

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The WFTDA SuperNOVAs, NOVA Roller Derby’s first WFTDA team, had an excellent start to their freshman season, winning their first game of the year. The SuperNOVAs went up against The 301 Derby Dames from Southern Maryland at Rollerworks Family Skating Center in Bealton. Both teams featured players who were new to WFTDA, but there was certainly no shortage of excitement and hard-hitting action.

The SuperNOVAs took an early lead and dominated the first half of the bout. Once they got their footing though, the Derby Dames came back strong and tried to close the point gap. In the end though, the SuperNOVAs hung on to their lead and won with a score of 409-159. Slammer Delaney was named MVP Jammer, and Sewciopathic Stitch took home MVP Blocker.

The WFTDA SuperNOVAs’ next bout is an away game on Sunday, March 15, against the Reading Derby Girls at Skateaway in Reading, Pennsylvania. General admission and VIP tickets can be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets. If you’re planning on going to the event, make sure to RSVP on the Facebook event page. If you’re on Twitter or Instagram, make sure to tag your posts with #NRDSuperNOVAs so we can see your favorite parts of the bout! As always, make sure to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. We hope to see you there, cheering on your favorite skaters!

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Choose Your Own Derby Adventure

nova roller derby photo by kevin dyson

Photo by Kevin Dyson

Soon after obtaining our 501(c)(3) nonprofit status, NOVA Roller Derby added some new options for skaters to take part in the league in addition to volunteering as a referee or NSO – skaters can now choose their own derby adventure. We have a way to do derby that fits every schedule and skill level – contact if you are interested in joining us!

Typically, leagues run a new skater or fresh meat program once or twice a year, which is what NRD had done in the past. This year, we have a new program called Essential Skills (ES). ES accepts new skaters, female and male age 18 or older, at any time. Like our former Fresh Meat Program, Essential Skills is 12 weeks of practices designed to teach basic skating skills and basic derby skills, including how to hit or block other players.

ES skaters are given a Modern Athletic Roller Derby (MADE) assessment half-way through and at the end of each program. If skaters pass the final assessment, they may choose to become a part of the league. If they fail the assessment, they must remain in ES until they pass the next final assessment. ES skaters are also required to volunteer at a bout or volunteer as an NSO once a month. Currently, practices are $12 each or $50 for 5 practices.

NRD also added new options and categories for league skaters:

Non-Home Team (NHT) Skater: These skaters have passed an assessment but choose not to be on a home team because they can’t meet the time commitment to be on a home team, because they don’t feel comfortable enough with their skills yet, or because there are no available roster spots. NHT skaters can participate in NRD-sponsored mixers and, because they have passed the MADE assessment, participate in mixers sponsored by other leagues. These skaters can attend ES (although men are not permitted to participate in scrimmage situations), league practices and scrimmages, and our Derby Schools, which feature celebrity coaches and outside trainers. NHT Skaters are also required to volunteer at a bout or volunteer as an NSO at a scrimmage once a month. Dues are $40 a month and Derby Schools are $10 each.

Home Team (HT) Skater: These skaters have passed an assessment and have been drafted to one of NRD’s home teams, which are all-female and currently play using the MADE ruleset. Home team skaters can participate in all the same activities as Non-Home Team skaters, as well as their home team’s practices and home team bouts.

MADE Travel Team Skater: These skaters have tried out for and been accepted to the co-ed MADE SuperNOVAs Travel Team. Try outs are typically held in December or January. Travel Team skaters can attend travel team practices and bouts, league practice and scrimmage, and have to fulfill a training requirement by leading or participating in Essential Skills or by coaching a home team or leading a home team practice. Travel Team skaters may also be a member of an NRD home team and/or both travel teams for an additional $5 in dues for each team.

Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby (WFTDA) Travel Team Skater: These female skaters have tried out for and been accepted to this all-female travel team that practices and plays using the WFTDA rules. This SuperNOVAs travel team has the same requirements and dues as the MADE SuperNOVAs.

Men’s Team: NRD is still hoping to organize an all-men’s team that follows Men’s Roller Derby Association (MRDA) rules. Until enough gents are available to field a team, men are able to play by MADE rules either as Non-Home Team skaters or on the MADE SuperNOVAs.

Are you interested in being a part of the derby community but don’t want to play the sport? We always welcome referees, NSOs, and volunteers to help at bouts. Our teams also welcome coach volunteers. Contact us for more information about these opportunities!

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What’s on the calendar for February?

polar plunge

February is a busy month for NOVA Roller Derby. In addition to the Season Opener that will be held on 2/22, we have several exciting events planned!

As we typically think of Valentine’s Day when we think about February, we are helping with a unique Valentine Event this year. On February 13th – 14th, Paxton Manor will open their doors for the first ever BLACKOUT event of my My Bloody Valentine. This event will be a Valentine twist on the Shocktober Halloween event in Leesburg, where you can visit a real Haunted Mansion if you are brave enough to enter. All proceeds from Shocktober events go to Paxton Campus, a Loudoun nonprofit that helps children and adults with disabilities. If you dare to come, please look out for NOVA Roller Derby, who will have a table outside with hot chocolate to warm you up after your chilling tour.

On February 28th, we have a fun-filled day planned. During the day, we will be participating in our third annual Polar Plunge at Tim’s River Shore to benefit the Special Olympics of Virginia. Several of our skaters and members will be taking the plunge. If you would like to donate to this wonderful cause, please visit our team page. If you have never experienced a Polar Plunge, there is a lot of excitement to come out and watch even if you’re not participating. Many of the teams and plungers have dressed up in costume, and it’s fun to watch everyone take the Plunge into the icy Potomac.

Our motto at NOVA Roller Derby is to “Skate Hard, Give Back”, so we are always looking for unique ways to participate or contribute to our community.

Bring the family to Bush Tabernacle Skating Rink for a Family Fun Night on February 28th from 7-9pm. There will be several games and activities for the kids, including a scavenger hunt, limbo and stretch, as well as a raffle and chance to win great prizes. NOVA Roller Derby will also hold a safety discussion and a derby demo. If you are also thinking about trying roller derby, it will also be a great opportunity to meet some of our skaters and learn more about the opportunities to get involved with our fantastic league.

Of course, the highlight of the month will be the Season Opener at Rollerworks Family Skating Center in Bealton, Virginia. Come down to see league history being made as the WFTDA SuperNOVAs play their very first bout on February 22. Doors open at 7:00 PM and the first whistle is at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $10 if you buy them in advance and $12 at the door. As always, children 6 and under are free, so make sure you bring the whole family! Seating is limited, so bring your own chairs and arrive early for the best seating options. Food and drinks are available for purchase at the venue. Additionally, there will be a bake sale fundraiser with lots of yummy treats.

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It’s a New Era: NOVA Roller Derby’s WFTDA Team Set to Play its First Bout

nova vs 301 feb 22 roller derbyNOVA Roller Derby was formed in April 2011 as a MADE league, but 2015 is bringing a number of exciting changes. One of the biggest is the addition of a WFTDA travel team. This team is made up of some of NRD’s best players who are ready to take on a new challenge. Along with different rules, these women are learning a whole new set of skills and moves, and will be taking on teams they’ve never played before. First up: the 301 Derby Dames out of Southern Maryland– and you can be a part of the action.

Come down to Rollerworks Family Skating Center in Bealton, Virginia to see league history being made as the WFTDA SuperNOVAs play their very first bout on February 22. Doors open at 7:00 PM and the first whistle is at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $10 if you buy them in advance and $12 at the door. As always, children 6 and under are free, so make sure you bring the whole family! Seating is limited, so bring your own chairs and arrive early for the best seating options. Food and drinks are available for purchase at the venue.

NOVA Roller Derby’s motto is “Skate Hard, Give Back,” and in that vein, we are please to announce that our February charity of the month is Fauquier SPCA. They will have a table at the bout and are looking for donations of canned pet food and rawhide dog treats. Stop by, say “hi,” and learn about this important organization.

We’re a social league, and we love it when our fans participate. If you’re on Twitter or Instagram, make sure to tag your posts with #NRDSuperNOVAs so we can see your favorite parts of the bout! As always, make sure to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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Hello, 2015!

nrd golden skate 2014

NOVA Roller Derby had quite a journey in 2014. One of our most notable achievements was officially becoming a 501(c)3 non-profit organization! Our very own Madam President, Mary Lou Wreck’Em made Leesburg Today’s list of 40 Under 40 of “up-and-coming community leaders,” for helping our league make such an impact on Northern Virginia. We also rebranded our league with a fresh, new logo to more accurately represent NOVA’s ongoing presence both on and off the track.

The Vineyard Vixens took home the Golden Skate at league championships, making them the champions three years running. We created two new teams, the Metro Misfits, which will be playing home bouts, and our Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby (WFTDA) travel team, the SuperNOVAs, which will be joining our MADE co-ed travel team of the same name.

There have been several bouts in the past where NOVA Roller Derby’s travel team has played WFTDA ruleset games at Michael & Son’s Sportsplex. With the onset of interest in WFTDA, NOVA Roller Derby has created a travel team solely dedicated to playing WFTDA. This will allow our skaters to travel for more games and allow for more teams to visit us. The rules and strategies are quite different in WFTDA, but don’t let that prevent you from coming out to support your favorite derby league in Northern Virginia!

Our home teams, the Vineyard Vixens, Beltway Betties and Metro Misfits, will continue to play under the MADE ruleset. Unfortunately, we have had to temporarily disband the Backwoods Rollers until further notice. Fear not! You will still see many of the Rollers on other teams.

We have had several high level skaters provide us with skate clinics such as Teflon Donna and Devoida Mercy from Philly Roller Girls and Estrogeena Davis from Boston Derby Dames. We are eternally grateful that such fantastic athletes took the time to drop some of their knowledge in Northern Virginia.

Many of our skaters came together for St. Baldrick’s Foundation, raising over $14,000 for childhood cancer research and shaving their heads, which has been one of our most massive events so far.

We’ve had numerous skaters representing NOVA around the country and around the world; we welcomed you into our homes for the holidays with pictures of our celebrations, and gave you a glimpse of our pets wearing our derby gear! As always, thank you so much to our sponsors, fans, and families for sticking around with NOVA Roller Derby as we continuously grow and evolve into a bigger and better league each season. As a league, we are forever humbled by the outpouring support we receive from our community in helping us be the best we can be. Stick around for more hard skating and giving back! See you on the track!

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Season 3 Championship This Saturday!

Our Season 3 Championship bouts are this Saturday, November 15 at the Michael and Sons Sportsplex at Dulles, doors open at 2:30, first whistle is at 3:30. If you haven’t purchased tickets yet, we highly recommend you get them now to ensure you’re admitted and to avoid a long line at the door – we typically sell out our season championship.

First, the Backwoods Rollers take on the Metro Misfits to determine the 3rd and 4th place spots for 2014. Their October bout was very close, ending in sudden death over time with the Misfits pulling off the win. This final bout for these 2014 teams will have you on the edge of your seat!

Next, the undefeated Vineyard Vixens are challenged again by the Beltway Betties. This is the second time these teams have gone up against each other in the championship bout, but the Betties are a much different team than they were in season 1. Also, the Vixens won the October bout, but the Betties may have some tricks up their sleeve! Will the Vixens keep their title and squeaky clean win record? Join us Saturday to find out!

Full bout details are on the event page.

We’re also pleased to be able to offer a one-time deal on discounted 2015 season passes available only at Saturday’s bout!



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Bout Day Only Comes Once A Month!

This Saturday, make sure you come out to Michael and Son Sportsplex to see NOVA Roller Derby home teams go at it again! The first bout, at 3:30, will be the ever victorious Vineyard Vixens against the boisterous Beltway Betties. Stick around for the next bout at 5:30pm to witness the Metro Misfits and the Backwoods Rollers match up for the first time! As always, bring your own seats for optimal comfort and for best seating, doors open at 2:30pm.

In the spirit of the best holiday ever, go ahead and wear your Halloween costume! We will be holding a costume parade and a contest during the first bout’s half time, so make it count! During the second bout’s half time, we will be graced with the presence of the ladies from Prism Hoops! It’s going to be a great day of derby and fun!

But that’s not all! This month NOVA Roller Derby is supporting Project  Horse! Project Horse is a local 501(c)3 organization that provides therapy for both adults’, children, and couples’ challenges such as ADD/ADHD, eating disorders, PTSD, social skills, and many more.  You too can help support them by bringing gift cards for businesses such as Home Depot, Costco, and Target.


If you’ve cleared your whole evening for us, you can join us for the AFTER PARTY at Mahalo Cove!
46300 Mcclellan Way
Sterling, Virginia 20165

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Calling All Coaches, Skaters, Fans, and Supporters!

I have so much to tell you about what’s going on at NRD it’s hard to know where to begin!

Did you know that next year we’re fielding 3 travel teams, including one that will follow Men’s Roller Derby Association (MRDA) rules? We’re also adding a women’s WFTDA team and our co-ed MADE travel team will be entering it’s 4th year and yes, our home teams will also continue playing next year.  We always welcome new players to join us either by transferring or by completing our Essential Skills program, but we’re actively looking for travel team coaches. We offer conditioned and committed athletes, but WFTDA and MRDA are new to us and while we can train ourselves, we would love to have coaches with more WFTDA/MRDA experience and could always use help honing our MADE skills. More details, including how to apply, are on our Travel Teams page.

In addition to our Home Team Double Header on October 25 and our Season Championship November 15, we have several other events coming up:

We would love to see you at a bout or any of these events before the home team season is over with the 2014 League Championship on November 15! And if you’d like to join in the fun as a league member, there are so many ways to do so – more information is on our Join Us page!

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