Season 3 Opener Saturday!

Everyone at NRD – skaters, our zebras, NSOs, and volunteers – is looking forward to seeing our fans and kicking off the 2014 season with a doubleheader on Saturday! The event starts with the Battle for the Iron Throne, a league mixer with two teams of skaters from all of our home teams. Then Penn Jersey’s She Devils take on the Skate Troopers. We have a fantastic half-time show lined up between the bouts: UniStars Unicycling Showtroupe will be performing! We are also collecting new socks, underwear, and travel size toiletries to support New Hope Housing, which offers award-winning services to homeless men, women and children that help them change their lives. #skatehardgiveback

There are so many ways to get tickets for this event! There are the usual ways – get them online in advance from Brown Paper Tickets, stop at our sponsor, Alpine Ski Shop, for paper tickets or ask your favorite skater for them, or just get tickets for the entire Season Passes at a great cost savings – 8 bouts for just over the price of 6! You can, of course, get them at the door for $12 also.

If you are you Active Duty Military or an honorably discharged Veteran from any branch of service US military service, you may be able to get free tickets to our bouts; we partner with Veteran Tickets Foundation (VetTix), a group that provides free and discounted admission to a variety of events – including all ticketed NOVA Roller Derby events! For  details, visit VetTix and their page for our Season Opener - and thank you for your service!

You could win a Season Pass for all the NRD 2014 home bouts if you are on Facebook! When our Facebook page hits like #3333 (we are just over 3000 at the moment) we’ll do a drawing for the pass. How do you enter, you ask? First, like our page and this post on Facebook – that’s your ticket into the contest – then invite your friends and share our page so that we get to 3333 as quick as we can!

Speaking of all those likes, did you know that we can help promote your business? We’re looking for sponsors for our 2014 season and offer several sponsorship packages  with different levels of promotion for your business. Just last weekend we had a successful event with Catoctin Creek Distillery. Our favorite after party spot, Mahalo Cove, has also become a sponsor this year, along with Hess Plastic Surgery and our returning, long-time sponsor, Alpine Ski Shop. Talk to you favorite skater or get in touch with us about what we can offer you!

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February: Shove is in the Air at NRD

NRD gave rookies and fans a special Valentine last Saturday at the Debutante Brawl. This free event was quite the debut for our NRD rookies who were joined by rookies from the Ashland Assassins.

The Debutantes

Photograph by Jack Tomlinson

These skaters overcame candy heart withdrawal and their pre-bout nerves to had a great time – photographer Jack Tomlinson even captured them doing a whip.

A little help here, please

You can find more photos of this debut on our Facebook page, the Facebook event page, and on flickr (NRD’s flickr group page, Jennifer Garnett’s photo set, and more photos from Jack Tomlinson). A big thanks to Rollerworks Family Skating Center and everyone who came out to watch! We heart each of you!

Some of our skaters missed the bout to deliver a Valentine of a different kind to our sponsor, Catoctin Creek, by volunteering at the Loudoun Grown Expo. This was our third year helping with this event and it went so well that Catoctin Creek invited us to their Purcellville distillery for the afternoon on March 16 – come for a tour and stayed for an NRD-poured tasting!

If you also missed the Debutante Brawl, we have several bouts coming up—shove is in the air, after all—including our season opener on March 22 at the Michael and Sons Sportsplex at Dulles. Our all-star travel team faces Penn Jersey Roller Derby’s She Devils after the battle for the Iron Throne, a league mixer that pits Lannister against Stark. Complete details for the bout are on the event page. This year our bouts will be starting a bit earlier; doors will open at 1pm for this double header and the first whistle of the mixer will be at 2pm. Season passes for all of our home bouts are also available – save even more on all of our bouts by getting yours today!

If you can’t wait until next month for a bout, never fear: the travel team has two bouts coming up. First, this Saturday, the Skate Troopers will be skating in Richmond in the Ashland Assassin’s first bout – an exhibition bout dubbed Block N Roll. Then March 8 they will be playing the Atlantic Coast Rollergirls Hurricane Janes in their season opener in Sewell, NJ.

The league is also doing a lot to fulfill the second part of our motto, Skate Hard, Give Back—our Valentine to the community. While the Troopers are tearing it up in Richmond this Saturday, a group of dedicated skaters will be taking a dip in the icy waters of the Potomac to raise money for Special Olympics Virginia. There’s still time to support us with a donation and get us above the $4,000 mark!

On March 13, some of our skaters, their partners, and children will be participating in a St. Baldrick’s Day event, either shaving their heads or volunteering at the event to raise money for childhood cancer research and awareness! Join us or donate and be sure to come out to support these brave and giving folks!

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It’s a bout time: roller derby is back in NOVA!

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Join NOVA Roller Derby today for the Debutante Brawl at Rollerworks Family Skate Center in Bealeton, VA. This is the first bout of the 2014 season and is the chance for NOVA Roller Derby’s newest skaters to come to the track and show you what they can do. The event is free and family friendly. NRD 2014 Season Tickets will be available for sale as well, although this event is free. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., and the first whistle blows at 5:15 p.m.

The Debutante Brawl will consist of two teams: the Savvy Socialites and the Classic Curtsies. The skaters have all completed and passed the league’s Fresh Meat program within the past 6 months and will be joined by rookie skaters from a few other local leagues, and for many it is truly their debut bout. President of the league, Julia Bergeman, believes, “The Debutante Brawl will be a great opportunity for our newest skaters to debut the skills they’ve worked so hard to develop this off season.” The league president, known in the derby world as Mary Lou Wreck’em, says, “We can’t wait to show off the awesome we have in store for the 2014 season!”

The skaters making their debut share her sentiments. “I think we will surprise everyone with what we bring to the track,” said Alex Massey, who skates as Jackson Villian.

Every month, NOVA Roller Derby supports a charity. This month, NRD is proud to be working with Neighbors Foundation as our charity of the month. The Neighbors Foundation provides care packages to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Please bring items (beef jerky, coffee, protein bars, gum, candy, drink mix, toiletries, or something from their full list) to include in care packages to the Debutante Brawl on February 15, and help Neighbors Foundation bring a little piece of home to our troops serving abroad.

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Welcome to NOVA Roller Derby (NRD)’s new look and feel!

NRD has grown and changed since its initial inception in 2011. We have more skaters, more volunteers and more fans. We’ve worked with more charities and community organizations and made more friends throughout Northern VA. We’ve improved our skills as skaters and we’ve steadily put on better bouts and events as we’ve expanded. After a survey of the league members, the Board of Directors decided it was time to rebrand the league to reflect this evolution and embrace NRD’s present and future.

The board and the league membership wanted a brand that would communicate what makes NRD unique and meaningful to its members and fans: the league’s inclusive and friendly spirit, the athleticism and dedication of its skaters and its involvement in the community. They didn’t want the typical pinup girls, skulls, skates and wheels that showed up in dozens of roller derby league logos, and instead, sought imagery that would emphasize sport over spectacle. We engaged a designer to take these complex concepts and create a brand that would bring them all together.

Many roller derby leagues center their brands around their geographical area. In a place as diverse as Northern Virginia, that’s difficult to do. Our designer instead chose to take a more symbolic approach, basing the logo design on a supernova’s exploding ring, which conveniently resembles a roller derby track. The supernova/track represents both the NOVA area and the sport of roller derby. The derby helmet with jammer star also represents the sport, and concept of a star going supernova. The words NOVA Roller Derby are both inside and outside the track symbolizing our league’s strong community both on and off the track, as well as the organization’s inclusiveness. The designer also kept to the spirit of inclusiveness by keeping the logo gender-neutral.

Like everything our league produces, NRD’s new logo is the result of a league wide collaboration from beginning to end. We’re very excited to share it now with our friends, fans and sponsors, and we can’t wait to share even more with you as the season goes on.

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2014 Season Tickets & Schedule

2014 Season TicketsNOVA Roller Derby’s 2014 season has been underway for skaters for several weeks with league and home team practices well underway. We’ve also been hard at work behind the scenes getting ready for this season and have 2014 Season Tickets available. You can order them online at Brown Paper Tickets or pick some up in person at the Debutante Brawl, a rookie mixer at Rollerworks Family Skate Center in Bealeton, VA on February 15. The Classic Curtsies will playing the Savvy Socialites as these skaters make their derby debuts. Admission to this event is free – see the event page for details!

NOVA Roller Derby 2014 Bout Schedule

February 15: Debutante Brawl
February 22: Ashland Assassins vs. Skate Troopers
March 8: Atlantic Coast Roller Girls All-Stars vs. Skate Troopers
March 22: League Mixer (Lannister vs. Stark), Skate Troopers vs. Penn Jersey Roller Derby
April 5: Skate Troopers vs. Iron Mountain Roller Girls
April 26: Skate Troopers vs. South Jersey Roller Derby
May 17: Mean Girls Mixer and Skate Troopers vs. Chesapeake Roller Derby
June 21: Skate Troopers vs. Man’s Ruin
July 19: Good vs. Evil Regional Mixer
August 16: Vineyard Vixens vs. Backwoods Rollers, Beltway Betties vs. Metro Misfits
September 13: Backwoods Rollers vs. Beltway Betties, Metro Misfits vs. Vineyard Vixens
October 25: Vineyard Vixens vs. Beltway Betties, Backwoods Rollers vs. Metro Misfits
November 15: League Championship Double Header

It’s going to be a great season with lots of exciting derby action – get your season tickets before they sell out!

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NOVA Roller Derby Reaches Out to Troops in Afghanistan

Susan B. Animosity collected items at our holiday party to send in a care package to some very special troops in Afghanistan. We included some sweet NOVA Roller Derby t-shirts, lots of books, movies, snacks & treats, and lots of other goodies. We are honored to be able to thank these guys for their service and will welcome them with open arms at a bout on their return stateside. Here are the guys, rocking our tees in Kandahar:

Care package recipients rock our NRD t-shirts.

Care package recipients in our NRD t-shirts.

#skatehardgiveback

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2013: Year In Review

During 2013 NOVA Roller Derby hosted two fresh meat training programs, four intra-league bouts between our home teams, three intra-league mixers, and our first annual Good VS. Evil Regional Mixer.

Thanks to an influx of transfer skaters and fresh meat graduates, the league added one new home team, the Metro Misfits.

The Skate Troopers, NOVA Roller Derby’s travel team, played two home games and two away games ending the season with a three and one record.

NOVA supported 12 very deserving charities and was supported by four sponsors and many community partners.

NOVA Roller Derby held numerous events including a family fun fair, a silent auction, Halloween Costume Party, and our famous Wet Hot American Car Wash.

NOVA Roller Derby MVPs for the 2013 Season were:
Beltway Betties:
Blocker – Rae Veness
Jammer – Swede Demon
Pivot – Hot Wings
Overall – Punchin’ Pie

Backwoods Rollers:
Blocker: Steeltown She-Ra
Jammer: Calamity Pain
Pivot: The Flying V
Overall: Manassacre

Vineyard Vixens:
Blocker: Susan B. Animosity
Jammer: Slammer Delaney
Pivot: Loudoun Dirty
Overall: Slammer Delaney

League wide:
Blocker: Steeltown She-Ra
Jammer: Slammer Delaney
Pivot: Loudoun Dirty
Overall: Slammer Delaney
Rookie of the Year: Bacon Lettuce Torture
Volunteer of the Year: Chemical X
Official of the Year: Rolldemort

Overall it was a great year and we can’t wait to see what next year will hold!

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Fall is in the Air

… 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!

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September 14th Bout: Beltway Betties vs Vineyard Vixens!

558170_599927590030705_99670005_nThe 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:
Mahalo Cove
46300 McClellan Way
Sterling, VA 20165

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See Us at AARP’s 12th Annual Classic Car Show!

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!

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