NOVA Roller Derby is Playing WFTDA and MADE in August


Photo Courtesy: Jack Tomlinson

This is NOVA Roller Derby’s first season with a WFTDA travel team, and we’re bringing the action home to Michael and Son Sportsplex as the WFTDA SuperNOVAs take on SoVA Roller Derby. Those of you who have only been to our MADE bouts will be in for a treat, as the WFTDA rule set shows a completely different side of these talented skaters. Not sure about the rules? We’ll have plenty of volunteers with “Ask a Roller Girl” signs who will be more than happy to explain what’s going on.

The SuperNOVAs play SoVA this Saturday, August 1st, so get your tickets now! They’re only $10 on Brown Paper Tickets if you buy them ahead of time. You can also get tickets through our Living Social deal and receive $10 toward a shirt! Support NOVA Roller Derby or rock the colors of your favorite home team. Doors open at 2:30 and first whistle is at 3:30. As always, bring your own chairs for the best seating options. NOVA Roller Derby is family friendly, so be sure to bring the kids! Children 6 and under always get in free.

Each month we are proud to support a different charity that has an immediate impact on the community. This month we are proud to sponsor, A Place To Be. A Place To Be uses the awesome power of music, theater, and art to give people the tools to thrive and prosper in an ever-changing, beautiful, but sometimes imbalanced world. Their mission is to help people face, navigate, and overcome life’s challenges using the therapeutic arts.
They will be collecting regular and gluten-free snack foods.

Photo courtesy: Jack Tomlinson

Photo courtesy: Jack Tomlinson


Two weeks later, on August 15, we open the doors again at Michael and Son Sportsplex for our first rematch of the season, with The Metro Misfits vs The Beltway Betties. The Misfits defeated the Betties in the first home game of the season, but then the Betties came back and defeated the Vineyard Vixens in their next bout, so this is sure to be a close one. Both teams have recently faced shakeups in their rosters, so in the race to the championships, it’s anyone’s game. Buy your tickets ahead of time for $10, or $12 at the door.

At this bout, we will be supporting Stillbrave Childhood Cancer Foundation “Strength for the Strong”! They will be collecting cash donations or gift cards to places such as Giant or Shell. Learn more and donate to this wonderful local organization and the brave children for whom they are fighting.

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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Parades, mixers and the fair…

Leesburg Independence Day Parade

July is NRD’s off-month where we take a break from our bouting season so that skaters can vacation and enjoy time with their families.  For an off-month, we still have lots of great events planned.

Decorate yourself, your strollers, your kids and your friends and come join us at the 25th Annual Independence Day Parade in Leesburg on July 4th.  The parade starts at 10am at Ida Lee Park and goes through historic Leesburg down King Street, ending at Fairfax Street.  NOVA Roller Derby will be skating in the parade joined with some of our kids walking.  Come join us!

Later this month, NRD’s 3rd annual summer Good vs. Evil Mixer is strong in the ways of the Force!  On Saturday, July 19th, we are hosting a fun co-ed mixer with skaters from all over the northeast. The theme is “Derby Wars” with Jedi vs. Sith in a battle worthy of the Force!  In addition, we will be hosting a mini rookie bout! Some of our newest skaters who just passed assessments will be playing for the first time. The bout is free for spectators, but we ask that you bring a donation for our charity of the month.  We are partnering with One Love Loudoun, who will be collecting kitty litter and dog food on behalf of the Homeless Animals Rescue Team (HART).  Please bring chairs for best seating options. The after party will be held at Old Ox Brewery in Ashburn.

At the end of the month, we are partnering with the Red Knights Motorcycle Club to assist with the Loudoun County fair. While we will only be assisting with parking cars at this event, there is so much to do for the whole family at the fair. We hope to see you there!

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Roller Derby Double Header: Misfits v Vixens; MADE SuperNOVAs v Empire State

The Vineyard Vixens take on the Metro Misfits on June 13

The Vineyard Vixens take on the Metro Misfits on June 13

Michael and Son Sportsplex at Dulles is going to be jammed-packed with action on June 13, as NOVA Roller Derby takes over for a double header. First up, is a home team bout, with the Metro Misfits taking on the Vineyard Vixens. The Vixens have only played the Misfits once, in which they took home a decisive victory. The Misfits, however, are coming off of a win against the Beltway Betties, so this is anyone’s game.

Next up is the MADE SuperNOVAs final game of the season, against Empire State Roller Derby. The MADE SuperNOVAs are coming off of a win against South Jersey Roller Derby, in which Slammer Delaney and Surly Temper were named MVPs. Last year’s bout against Empire State was close, and they’re a notoriously hard-hitting team, so this is sure to be an exciting match-up.

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MADE SuperNOVAs vs South Jersey Roller Derby

Tickets to both bouts are only $10 if you buy them online at Brown Paper Tickets, or $12 at the door. NOVA Roller Derby is family-friendly, and we love it when kids come to watch us. Children 6 and under even get in free!

Doors open at 2:30, with the first whistle, for Misfits v Vixens, at 3:30. SuperNOVAS v Empire State will follow at 5:30. As always, bring your own chairs for the best seats.

NOVA Roller Derby’s Motto is, “Skate Hard, Give Back,” and this month, NOVA Roller Derby is proud to be partnering with LBHN – Loudoun Breast Health Network. They will be collecting gas and grocery gift card to benefit breast cancer patients and families in Loudoun County.

Our WFTDA travel team has been busy learning a new rule set. Recently, they drove up to Philadelphia to take on the indomitable Philly Cheeseskates. Though they lost, the SuperNOVAs were pleased that they achieved their personal goals, which included getting fewer penalties!



The big question on all of NOVA Roller Derby’s home team skaters is, “who’s going to win the championship this year?” The Vineyard Vixens had won every single game they’ve played, but that all that changed in May when The Beltway Betties defeated the Vixens. Dr. Frank N Hurter and Sewciopathic Stitch were named Vixens MVPs, while Maimy Pond and Bruise Lee were named MVPs for the Betties.

Vixens and Betties MVPs

Vixens and Betties MVPs

Will the Vixens come back and defeat the Misfits, or will the Misfits continue their winning streak that began at the end of last season? Find out this Saturday!

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Roller Derby Demo tonight!

Herndon Festival

Summer’s not here yet, but it sure is getting hot! If you’re looking for some activities to enjoy this nice weather, you’ll have to check out our event calendar for the next couple months. This week, we will finish May with some fun times at the Herndon Festival. If you haven’t been to the festival before, it’s a great time for the whole family! The festival kicks off on Thursday night with carnival rides, entertainment, food, drinks and fireworks. In addition, NOVA Roller Derby will be holding a roller derby demonstration at 7pm. Herndon Festival will continue all weekend with additional events including an arts and crafts festival, 5K and 10K races, and a children’s hands-on art area. NOVA Roller Derby will have a booth at the festival on Saturday and also assisting with the event. If you’re interested in learning more about roller derby, we’d love for you to stop by the booth and learn how you can get involved with our fantastic league.

On June 13th, NOVA Roller Derby continues our 4th season with another Double Header that will kick off with Home Teams, followed by the NRD’s MADE All star SuperNOVAs last bout of the season. At 3:30pm, the home teams will start with the The Vineyard Vixens playing the The Metro Misfits. The Metro Misfits have been undefeated all season, so it will be exciting to see if they can keep their winning streak against the 2014 Home Team Champions. At 5:30pm, the NRD’s MADE All star SuperNOVAs will play Empire State Roller Derby for what is expected to be a very close game.

If you’ve decided that roller derby is something you’d like to try, we have a great way to let you try it out without a huge commitment. On Saturday, June 20th, we have a Booty Camp from 5-7pm where we’ll teach you some basic derby skills in a low-pressure and fun environment. Haven’t been on skates since you were a kid? No problem; that’s how a lot of us started! Come join us!

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Could Junior Roller Derby Come to Northern Virginia?

unior derby nova roller derby

Roller derby is pretty amazing. Specifically, and we may be biased here, NOVA Roller Derby is pretty amazing. So what could make NOVA Roller Derby better? If you said lasers, you are correct, but that’s clearly a horrible idea. The answer we’re looking for here is, kids!

That’s right: NOVA Roller Derby is exploring the possibility of starting a junior roller derby league. Like adult roller derby, junior roller derby is played around the country, and teaches the same athleticism, self-confidence and camaraderie that we adult players have come to love. It is open to boys and girls ages 7-17. In addition to learning a new sport, players will be empowered by developing teamwork and athletic ability while embracing individuality within a culture of integration, encouragement, and service to others. If we have enough interest to proceed with a junior derby league, we will follow junior derby guidelines and procedures as outlined by the Junior Roller Derby Association.

So how do we determine if we have enough interest? That’s where you come in. We’ve created a survey so we can find out if this is something our supporters are interested in. If you have a kid who has watched roller derby and said, “I want to do that,” now’s their chance. Fill out the survey here and help bring junior roller derby to Northern Virginia.

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WFTDA Comes Back to NOVA

NOVA Roller Derby takes on Southern Maryland on April 11, 2015

April brings more hard-hitting WFTDA action to Northern Virginia, as the NOVA Roller Derby WFTDA SuperNovas play Southern Maryland Roller Derby at home. The SuperNOVAs won their first game against the 301 Derby Dames, so let’s see if their luck will hold! Catch all of the excitement and cheer for your favorite derby girls on April 11 at Michael & Son SportsPlex. Tickets are available now for $10 online, or you can buy them at the door for $12. As always, children 6 and under are free, so bring the whole family! Doors open at 4:30, so be sure to bring your chair to make sure you get the best spot.

This month’s charity is Women Giving Back. Women Giving Back is a HomeAid Northern Virginia program that distributes new or like-new clothing to women and children who are in transition or crisis. We will be collecting accessories such as Handbags, Jewelry, Unused Makeup, and Scarves. Do a little spring cleaning and help out some women in need. 

Betty T Kayo, MVP Blocker; Slammer Delaney, MVP Jammmer

Betty T Kayo, MVP Blocker; Slammer Delaney, MVP Jammer

The WFTDA travel team isn’t the only travel team that’s keeping busy: The MADE SuperNOVAs traveled to New Jersey last weekend to take on South Jersey Roller Derby. It was a hard-fought game, but South Jersey took home the win, with a final score of 109-82. Betty T Kayo took home MVP Blocker at the bout, while Slammer Delaney was honored with MVP Jammer.

Bull Lee, Misfits MVP Blocker; Shevil Dead, Misfits MVP Jammmer; Dulce de Muerte, Betties MVP Blocker; Maimy Pond, Betties MVP Blocker

Bull Lee, Misfits MVP Blocker; Shevil Dead, Misfits MVP Jammmer; Dulce de Muerte, Betties MVP Blocker; Maimy Pond, Betties MVP Blocker

NOVA’s home teams also kicked off their season recently, with the Beltway Betties vs. the Metro Misfits. The two teams have only played once before; in the first game of the 2014 season. While the Betties walked away with a victory then, this highly-anticipated rematch ended with the Misfits winning with a final score of 46-32. It was a close game all the way through, as these two teams duked it out on the track. MVP Blocker for the Betties was Dulce de Muerte, while MVP Jammer was awarded to Maimy Pond. Bull Lee took home MVP Blocker for the Misfits, while Shevil Dead was named MVP Jammer. The next home game is in May, with the Beltway Betties vs. the Vineyard Vixens. Stay tuned for more information on that.

SuperNOVAs MVP Blocker, Dr. Frank N Hurter; MVP Jammer, Punk

SuperNOVAs MVP Blocker, Dr. Frank N Hurter; MVP Jammer, Punk

The March bout was a double header, with MADE SuperNOVAs vs. Penn Jersey Roller Derby following the Betties/Misfits bout. This was a unique bout, as there were several NOVA players who played back to back. Seeing these tough ladies skate their hearts out not once, but twice, was truly inspiring. The MADE SuperNOVAs took a commanding lead early on and ended up winning handily with a score of 121-34. Punk was awarded MVP Jammer, while Dr. Frank N Hurter was named MVP Blocker.

Make sure you keep up-to-date with all of NOVA Roller Derby’s happenings by liking us on Facebook, and following us on Twitter and Instagram. Season passes are also still available, so you can make sure you don’t miss a second of this already exciting season.

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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

Photo ©pablo raw

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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