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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Bout Day: The Only Day Better Than Rex Manning Day!

Hello, Northern Virginia! It’s Bout Day for your fantastic NOVA Roller Derby at Michael and Sons Sportsplex at Dulles! Last month we saw a win for the Beltway Betties against the Metro Misfits and a win for the Vineyard Vixens against the Backwoods Rollers. Today’s first bout will be at 3:30p with the Betties taking on the Rollers. Directly after that, we will see the Misfits play against the Vixens.

Make sure to make some signs to show your undying, never-ending, fan-crazed love for your favorite derby league on this side of the Eastern seaboard. Be sure to also bring a puzzle to help us support the Aurora School who serves students 2-22 years old with autism, developmental delay, intellectual disability, multiple disabilities, other health impairments, severe disabilities, speech language impairment, and traumatic brain injury.

Remember to bring your own chairs unless you fancy parking it on the skate court! Food and drinks may be purchased inside the Sportsplex. Come early for the best parking!

As always, the after party will be held at Mahalo Cove. Bring your wrist band and come hang out with the wonderful skaters, volunteers, and officials of NOVA Roller Derby!
Mahalo Cove
46300 McClellan Way
Sterling, VA 20165

One last thing before you go! If you haven’t already seen our promo created by one of our very own skaters, take a look now and feel free to share it!

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NOVA’s Third Home Season Opener!

NOVA Roller Derby’s home season kicks off tomorrow with some new, hard-hitting action from our newest home team, the Metro Misfits! They will have their debut bout against the Beltway Betties on the first whistle at 3:30pm. Next up is the classic face-off between the Backwoods Rollers and undefeated champs, the Vineyard Vixens at 5:30p! Remember to bring your own chairs for optimal comfort and a sign or two for your favorite teams or skaters! If you can’t make it, you can always head over to our Twitter feed for our LIVE coverage!

This month, NOVA is collecting donations for the Loudoun County Fire Department to help with their Fill the Boot campaign. Contributions benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s research efforts, you summer camps, and medical equipment.

After the bout, be sure to head over to Mahalo Cove to help NOVA Roller Derby celebrate their third season of bouting! This is the best time to get up and personal with your local derby celebrities! Musical guests Gonzo’s Nose will also be playing later in the evening. Make sure to get an after party  wristband when presenting your ticket at the Sportsplex!

Mahalo Cove
46300 McClellan Way
Sterling, VA 20165


If you’re looking for more one-on-one time with NOVA Roller Derby,  join us while we take over the Ashburn Pub on September 8th. Skaters will be guest bartending from 8pm-11pm so have your drink orders ready! We will be passing around a skate boot (no promises if it’s been used or not!) to collect donations. If those aren’t enough to get you in the door, we will also be running a raffle!!! We can’t spoil the prizes just yet but some of our skaters are hard at work in their crafting rooms…

So come on out and celebrate the end of summer with some derby!

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Spellbound in NOVA!


July may be NOVA’s vacation month but we certainly never stop the derby business. On the 4th, we made our annual appearance in the Leesburg Independence Day Parade and even had a float! We are always proud to help represent Leesburg especially on our national day of FREEDOM!

Good vs Evil mixer 2013

Good vs Evil mixer, 2013

On July 19th we will be holding our 2nd annual Good vs Evil mixer. This year’s theme is everybody’s favorite: Harry Potter! And you know what a themed bout means: costumes and fun names!

First we have an all-women’s bout: Gryffindor vs Slytherin and then a co-ed bout: Order of the Phoenix vs The Death Eaters. This particular bout is less of a production for fans and more of an opportunity for skaters from the region to play together all at once! There will be no half-time show, no merchandise table – just pure roller derby and Harry Potter fun! And because it will be such a low-key and low production bout so it’s free to fans! Be sure to bring a chair and feel free to get into the spirit and dress up as well.

At the bout we will be collecting back to school supplies for Northern Virginia Family Services, such as backpacks, 12″ rulers, calculators, glue sticks, and wide-ruled composition books. For a full list of items that the NVFS is in need of, click here.

After the bout, make sure you come out to Mahalo Cove to help NOVA not only celebrate but to support a great sponsor of ours!

Looking ahead, on August 2nd we will be stationed outside of Office Depot in the Potomac Run Plaza to collect school supplies for Operation Homefront. We will spend that Saturday from 8:30am to 3:30pm. Operation Homefront is an organization that helps military families by providing essential home items, financial assistance and many other services. So stop on by during your tax-free weekend shopping to help support military families in need.

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Summertime MADness!

We can’t believe it’s June! The weather is heating up, and so are things at NOVA Roller Derby!

We ended May on a high note! Our participation at the St. Baldrick’s Foundation event was a huge success. We raised over $14,000 for childhood cancer research and some of our brave skaters and their families shaved their heads in support of the organization.

Our bald beauties!  Photo: Courtesy Ky Quan

Our bald beauties! Photo: Courtesy Jennifer Garnett

Our all-star team, the SuperNOVA’s, are gearing up for their final bout of the season against the New York based, co-ed league, Empire State Roller Derby. Join us this Saturday, June 21 at Michael and Son Sportsplex for some hard hitting action! Doors are at 3:30 pm and first whistle is at 4:30! Be sure to bring your own chairs and get there early to get the best spot! Check out the event on Facebook and get your tickets early at a discounted price on Brown Paper Tickets. Children ages 6 and under get in for free!

Don't miss the SuperNOVA's on June 21. Photo: Courtesy Karl Haase

Don’t miss the SuperNOVA’s on June 21 at Michael and Son Sportsplex.
Photo: Courtesy Karl Haase

Calling all local leagues! Registration for our second annual Good vs Evil Regional Mixer on July 19 is still open! Limited spots are available and registration closes on July 1, so don’t wait and miss the chance to skate in this fun filled mixer with a Harry Potter theme! Sign ups are available on Brown Paper Tickets.

On July 4th, NOVA Roller Derby will once again walk (and skate!) in the Leesburg Independence Day parade! The parade begins at Ida Lee Park and travels down King Street, ending at Fairfax Street. There will be a fife and drum corps performing at kickoff, as well as many other great organizations participating in the event.


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Everything is AWESOME!!!

NOVA Roller Derby’s end of May theme song could (and probably should) be the hit from The LEGO® Movie: Everything is AWESOME!!!

Today is the long-awaited St. Baldrick’s Day event, in which a group of us are shaving our heads in solidarity with children cancer and to raise money for childhood cancer research. The shavees and other volunteers, some of whom raised donations to not shave their heads, have raised over $12,000 for this event so far – there is still time to donate!

Tomorrow, we have our 2014 Fresh Meat Tryouts! Tryouts are free and registration is still open! We welcome skaters of all skill levels and abilities: everyone has something to offer on the track and you won’t find a better way to get fit, make friends, and give back to your community.  We also are always looking for volunteers to help referee, NSO and, run our bouts – get in touch with us if you’re interested in getting involved that way too!

We had a great bout May 17, a mixed scrimmage with guest skaters from the Ashland Assassins, Battlefield Roller DerbyDC Roller Girls, and the Freedom Belles. The theme was loosely based on the movie Mean Girls, with the Plastics (white) facing the Burnouts (black). The Burnouts pulled ahead early in the bout and won, 99 to 38.  MVPs were Lap’er Faster (blocker) and Cinnamon Burn (jammer) for the Plastics, Susan B Animosity (blocker) and yours truly (jammer) – congratulations everyone! 

May 17 Bout - Mean Girls Mixer

This was truly a fun bout to skate in with our derby friends from other leagues in the area. If you’re a skater and wished you’d been able to participate, don’t fret – registration is open until July 1 for our second annual Good vs. Evil Regional Mixer on July 19.

Last weekend, over 30 of us traveled to Providence, Rhode Island for Northeast Derby Convention 2014. Every year since our founding, we’ve grown and every year since 2012 we’ve had more skaters at NEDC—this year we even had several people there off-skates—learning new skills from some of the best coaches and skaters in the derby world. Here we are at the end of a long incredible day taking over part of the stands for the All Star scrimmage:


One of the most enjoyable events we’ve participated in since last year’s Herndon AARP Classic Car Show was the Fauquier High School Car, Truck and Tractor show to benefit the FHS Falcon Band Organization. A group of skaters from NOVA Roller Derby wore 1950’s-style dresses and wore skates to car hop for the car owners. We also helped hand out awards at this event and very much enjoyed this chance to wear floofy dresses.

FHS Car Show

This Saturday, we’ll be at Herndon Festival. We have a booth and will also be helping the organizers run the event: come find us! We’ll be in our derby-finest and some of us will even be on skates!

Everything *is* awesome!

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