… and there’s a lot going on at NOVA Roller Derby as we enter the home stretch in our season! We have a bout, a costume party, and are going to be running in or helping out at the Ghosts, Goblins, and Ghouls 5k on October 26 and in November, just before the season championship, we’ll be running in or helping out at the Rhino Chase on November 2!
On Saturday October 12, follow the yellow brick road to the Michael & Sons Sportsplex at Dulles for a Wizard of Oz themed mixer that pits the Flying Monkeys against the Lollypop Guild! Doors open at 4:30, pre-bout activities (skater introductions, the singing of the National Anthem, and a roller derby demonstration) will begin at about 5:15, and the first whistle is at 5:30. Pre-sale tickets are $10 from Brown Paper Tickets or $12 at the door and as always, kids 6 and under are free. Come early for the best parking and bring your own chairs for the best seating options – limited chairs are available at the venue. Food and drinks may be purchased inside the Sportsplex.
Would you like to get in for free in exchange for volunteering? The Great and Powerful Oz is requesting munchkins to help build and tear down the Emerald City and all you need to do is sign up with this form!
This month, we are proud to be working with HomeAid Northern Virginia, which builds and renovates homeless shelters, transitional houses and other facilities that help homeless people gain stability and a roof over their heads. Please bring a small toy to the bout to support this great group.
Come mix and mingle with the skaters at the after party
in the Emerald City at Mahalo Cove!
Please also join us October 19 at Ashburn Pub from 8pm-midnight for our Halloween Costume Party! We will be holding a costume contest with prizes being awarded to the “Most Creative,” “Geekiest,” and “Best Over-All!” You could also be the lucky winner of some raffle prizes including (but not limited to) tickets to our season championship bout in November, something special from Ashburn Pub along with other exciting goodies!
The Beltway Betties are facing off for the first time this season against the Vineyard Vixens for a rematch of last year’s championship bout! Come on out to support some of your favorite local derby girls!
Join us at the Michael and Sons Sportsplex at Dulles (formerly Dulles Sportsplex), 21610 Atlantic Blvd, Sterling VA.
Doors open at 4:30pm and the first whistle blows at 5:30. Tickets are $10 presale on Brown Paper Tickets or $12 at the door. Kids 6 and under are free.
Bring your own chairs for the best seating options – limited chairs are available at the venue. Food and drinks may be purchased inside the Sportsplex. Come early for the best parking!
This month we will be supporting Blue Ridge Hospice - a compassionate nonprofit organization helping local communities with death, dying, and loss. They have over 200 healthcare professionals and collaborate with more than 600 volunteers to bring the best end-of-life care to families and individuals. We are happy to be helping such a great organization by holding a raffle at our bout!
Come mix and mingle with the skaters at our AFTER PARTY, right after the bout:
46300 McClellan Way
Sterling, VA 20165
On September 8th, come see NOVA Roller Derby in our best 50′s car hop outfits! AARP is hosting their 12th Annual Classic Car Show at 777 Lynn Street in Herndon from 10:30am to 3pm. There will be music by Retro Sounds, a swing dance demonstration, and door prizes, and car hop service for Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern! You also get to vote on your favorite car and at the end of the day the Mayor’s Trophy, Best of Show, and the Top 20 picks will be announced!
Registration for tryouts is now open! Please note that you must register (for free) via Brown Paper Tickets.
Tryouts for the NOVA Roller Derby meat program will be held on August 25th from 6-8pm. at the Leesburg Armory (41905 Loudoun Center Pl, Leesburg, VA, 20175).
We will be running you through the following skills:
- Derby stance and form
- Plow Stops
- One Knee, Rock Star & all four falls
- 5 laps in 1 minute
- 20 laps in 5 minutes
Please come prepared with the following:
- All of your gear. No loaner gear will be available for this event
- Proof of Health Insurance & a valid ID
Participants who pass this tryout will be invited to the Fall Fresh Meat program, where you will be taught all the skills you need to know to play the game of roller derby, and to pass the league assessments, which will be given in December, 2013.
This July, NOVA Roller Derby is proud to be working with the Neighbors Foundation as our charity of the month. The Neighbors Foundation provides care packages to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Please bring items to include in care packages to the Good vs. Evil Summer Mixer on July 27 and help the Neighbors Foundation bring a little piece of home to our troops serving abroad. This is our third year supporting this the Neighbors Foundation – please help by contributing some of their requested items:
- Beef jerky
- Protein bars
- Batteries – AA and AAA
- Non-dairy powder creamers
- Sugar, equal, and splenda
- Easy mac
- Hard candy
- Chai drink mix
- Fruit snacks
- Fruit in a cup
- Girl scout cookies
- Granola bars
- Hot apple cider mix
- Hot chocolate mix
- Pop tarts
- Powdered drink mixes
- Slim Jims
- Trail mix
- Tuna helper
- Sewing kits
- Dental floss
- Wet wipes
- Baby powder
There are only two more days until our Family Fun Fair at Dry Mill Winery and we have a really fun day planned for the whole family! NOVA Roller Derby is setting up a bounce castle and dozens of games, face painting, and balloon animals. At 12:30, the field day competition begins with sack races, tug o’ war, and other fun games. The Vineyard Vixens, Beltway Betties, and Backwoods Rollers will be auctioning off amazing custom baskets. GigOgraphy (gigObooth) will be set up, with tons of zany props, to capture fun photos of this great event.
And I haven’t even covered the delicious edibles and refreshments! Dry Mill Winery is setting up a bar down in the field so you can sample all their delicious wines. We will be serving fried Oreos and funnel cake from Kool Zone, along with Sno Cones (in your favorite derby team colors), popcorn, cotton candy, and delicious sammies from Urban Bar-B-Que Company in Ashburn. See you there this Saturday!
Are you a bout-eligible skater looking for some summer fun? Our Good vs. Evil Summer Mixer is July 27 and the deadline to sign up is fast approaching! There are only 8 spots left and only 3 days until registration closes on July 1. Sign up before it’s too late!
NOVA Roller Derby would like to invite you to participate in the Good vs Evil Summer Mixer on July 27, 2013. The event will take place at Michael and Son’s Sportsplex in Sterling, VA, first whistle at 4:30 PM. This will be a fun filled regional mixer of many leagues and skill levels. We will be playing one all women’s game (Pretty Princesses vs. Evil Queens) and one co-ed (Super Heros vs. Super Villains), which means fun for everyone!
If you are interested in skating in both bouts please record this on the registration form along with your first preference for team (All Women or CoEd). If there is space on a roster after registration closes on July 1, we will place these skaters on a second team on a first registered first placed basis. You will be asked to pay an additional $10 fee for your 2nd shirt if this occurs. Register here!
Registration cost is $20 for non NOVARD league members and $15 for NOVARD league members. Each skater will receive a mixer t-shirt. Teams will be assigned in advance and will include mixed skill and experience levels. Each game will consist of two thirty minute halves, played by MADE rules. (See www.skatemade.org for more information on the rules set.) Never played MADE before? Not a problem! Come ready to learn and have a great time!
Registration cutoff is July 1, and we will send out team assignments and additional information by July 15. Shirts will be mailed to one League contact for distribution prior to the event date. Shirts will not include name and number – each player is responsible for putting their own name and number on their shirt!
Interested in helping Ref/NSO/Bench Coach? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org!
Hurl Madgesty and Oh Miso Moni
Photo by Keith Citrenbaum
Thank you to all of the fans that came out to see the epic re-match of the Vineyard Vixens versus the Backwoods Rollers. If you recall from last year, the Rollers took a hard loss to the Vixens. However, this year was a much closer game! With only a 20 point gap, 72 – 52, the Vixens walked away as champions yet again! The Vixens nominated the Rollers’ MVPs as Pippi Punkerella and Calamity Pain as blocker and jammer. The Rollers nominated the Vixens’ MVPs as Ice Tease and Slammer Delaney as blocker and jammer.
We had an entrancing half-time show by Prism Hoops and had a guest appearance by Princess Tara! Some of our favorite sponsors were in the house: Alpine Ski Shop and Loco Crossfit! We also had a table for our friends at the Dandy Walker Alliance to help promote their 5k that a bunch of NOVA skaters participated in!
Stick around for more event info coming soon!
Next bout: June 15th!
Photo cred Mike Bryan
The Skate Troopers had an astounding win in their first home game of the season! Atlantic Coast Roller Derby’s Hurricane Janes traveled all the way from South Jersey to help the Troopers ring in their home season. The Janes rolled up with some super speedy jammers and pivots, excellent blockers, and all around great attitude.
At halftime, Troopers led with 63 points to the Janes’ 8. Steve Freeman of Shamrock Music Shoppe was awesome enough to come out and perform for all the skaters and fans! If you took a walk around during halftime, you would have had the pleasure to run into some of our phenomenal sponsors such as LoCo CrossFit, Alpine Ski Shop, and the National Guard.
Skate Troopers finished off the game with 119 to the Hurricane Janes’ 22. Pony Picante was nominated by NRD as Jammer MVP for the Hurricane Janes as well as Cuban Miss Crisis as Blocker MVP. The Janes nominated from the Troopers Calamity Pain for Jammer MVP and C. U. Next Tuesday for Blocker MVP.
The Janes were an incredible team to bout with and learn from! We hope to see you ladies soon!
Photo courtesy of ACRG
Stay tuned to Facebook for more emerging photos from the game!
Do you need a shirt with your name and number on it? Most of us need them to scrimmage and we sometimes need non-uniform shirts in specific colors for bouts, especially mixers. We showed you how to put your name and number on a helmet last year, but that technique won’t work on fabric.
Put down the safety pins and the duct tape, and walk away from the Sharpies and paint pens – with a little planning and about an hour of work, you can get great results without investing in a die cut machine (like Cricut, Cuttlebug, Sizzix, etc.) or learning how to screen print and without handing it off to a t-shirt shop. Let me introduce you to the magic of freezer paper.
What you need:
- Freezer paper. You might be able to find Reynold’s Freezer Paper at your grocery store, but you can also find it in 8 ½ x 11 sheets at fabric stores that have quilting supplies – it’s used for appliquès. You can also make your own or order it online. And it’s re-usable!
- Computer with a graphics program (even MS Word should work) or lettering skills for drawing your name and number free-hand.
- An X-acto knife, straight razor blade, or wee scissors and the ability to wield them well. I have a small swivel X-acto knife (that other thing by the X-acto knife in the picture) that’s very handy for this.
- Fabric paint or fabric-safe paint–you could probably even use screen print ink if you’re careful.
- Sponge brush, paint brush, or a sponge to apply the paint. I cut off a small rectangle of a kitchen sponge, dampened it with water, and used that because I forgot to get a sponge-brush.
- A t-shirt or tank top that’s been washed.
- Cardboard or an old magazine or something heat- & fabric paint-resistant to prevent the paint from bleeding onto the front and to help stabilize the shirt. Craft stores sell cardboard specifically for t-shirt decorating; I just used a cereal box (Lucky Charms are magically delicious and very handy to have around) with the print side folded on itself.
- An iron.
What you do with all that stuff:
- In the graphics program or word processor of your choice, type your name and number. I happen to have PhotoShop, but you could use anything that will allow you to apply a font and change the font size to a ridiculously high number.
- Select a font, apply it. Keep in mind that you’ll be cutting this out later and the refs & NSOs should be able to read it without too much trouble, so don’t choose anything too ornate or complex. I chose Goudy Old Style and fooled with the settings so it’s white & outlined in gray. If you have letters or numbers with closed counters (fully enclosed holes, like A, a, B, b, 6, 8, etc.) or accents or tittle (the dot over the i and j) choose a font with a heavier weight (thicker lines) so those typographic elements are easily visible at a distance and the stencil is easier to cut out.
- Make the font size larger. Check with your league to see how big the number should be; NOVA Roller Derby and the teams we play generally expect the number to be at least 4” tall, which is also in the WFTDA rules. Names are optional as far as I know (and are optional as per WFTDA), but I’ve rarely seen skaters with only their numbers on the back of their shirts.
My number is 473 points and my name is a little more than half that at 240 points. You could also calculate points to inches (1 point = 0.0138 inch) and not measure, but I’m more of a trial-and-error gal.
- In many graphics & wordprocessing apps, you can stretch the font vertically or horizontally or wrap it around a curve. Play with all of that but remember you’ve got to cut it out and it needs to be readable.
- Print a test sheet to see how it looks in person. Make adjustments if needed.
- Print the final version. If you have 8 ½ x 11 sheets of freezer paper, you can print directly on that, making sure that the ink goes on the plain/matte side of the paper and not the plastic/shiny side. You can also just use the final “test” paper, taping it over your freezer paper to keep it from moving while you cut.
- Cut out the lettering with your X-acto knife or other sharp edge. I have a self-healing mat to cut on so I don’t carve my name and number into the dining room table, but I’ve also used a cutting board, a layer of thick cardboard, and magazines as cutting surfaces.
If you have letters or numbers with closed counters (the holes!), cut them out carefully and save them.
- Slip the cardboard into your shirt, heat the iron up, turn the steam off, and position the stencil on your shirt. Iron it in place. If you’ve got counters (holes!) or dots, place & iron those on next. I’m re-using the stencil I used last time – I hope this works!
- Open your fabric paint, dip your brush in it a little bit, and lightly dab it onto the stencil. You can pour some of the paint onto a paper plate and use that as a palette; I also used it to mix my own color (red+blue=grape purple). You don’t want to get a lot of paint on the brush and blob it on the stencil & shirt all at once – the fabric will pucker and grow and you really don’t need that much paint. The idea is to layer the paint on, patting it over the same area several times until it’s even.
- Wait and remove the stencil after the paint has dried or if you’re brave, curious, or impatient, carefully and slowly peel the stencil off. Remember that it’s a little damp and any delicate spots will be more likely to tear, which will mean cutting a new stencil instead of re-using this one. But look: reusing the stencil worked! It came out pretty well!
- Follow the manufacturer’s directions to set the paint permanently. Both of the paints I have on hand have to dry/cure for 24 hours and then they need to be ironed at the highest possible setting on both sides.
Ta-da! Fancy shirt is fancy, costs less than most other options, and now you’re set up to stencil many more t-shirts: you have enough supplies for a lot of shirts now!