Spellbound in NOVA!

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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:

NEDC

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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This Saturday = Bouterday!

This Saturday join us for a mixer that pits the Plastics (white) against the Burnouts (black) –  this spectacular bout will feature the Supernovas, guest skaters who we know and love, as well as NRD home team skaters.  Unfortunately, Chesapeake Roller Derby was unable to join us this weekend and due to circumstances beyond our control we are unable to host the two bouts originally planned.  However, we are very excited to play in this mixer and can’t wait for Saturday!  This month, we’re collecting beef jerky for Boulder Crest Retreat, which provides free respite, activities, and programs for seriously wounded military and veteran warriors and their families. Remember to bring a package or two of jerky to the bout!

Then on Sunday, join us at the Spring Spectacular Car, Truck and Tractor show fundraiser hosted by Fauquier High School Band. We will have a booth and will also be car-hopping to deliver food on roller skates. There will be some gorgeous cars, trucks and tractors, as well as music and delicious barbecue – it should be a fun family event!

May 2014 Booty Camp

May 2014 Booty Camp

We’ve had a busy few weeks; we  had a great turnout for Booty Camp this past Saturday! Tryouts for our fresh meat program will be held May 30. The event is free, but you need to register via Brown Paper Tickets  if you plan on attending.

On May 3, Danika Madchick and Sleigher helped American Legion Post 150 during their 3rd Annual Poker Run at Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern  they had a great afternoon!

American Legion Post 150 Poker Run at Jimmy's Old Town Tavern

American Legion Post 150 Poker Run at Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern

A large group of us are looking forward to Northeast Derby Convention, which takes place over Memorial Day Weekend in Providence, Rhode Island. We hope to see many of our derby friends there and are sure to make some new ones while we level up our derby game! We’d love to hear from you if you’re going – find us on Facebook or tweet us if you are!

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It’s Time for Booty Camp!

Photo Courtesy Karl Haase

Photo: Courtesy Karl Haase

Have you ever wondered if you have what it takes to be one of the hard-hitting, fast-skating members of NOVA Roller Derby? Now’s your chance to find out. On May 10, we’re holding Booty Camp at Michael And Son Sportsplex at Dulles. This event allows you to strap on some skates and learn the basics of roller derby in a low-pressure and fun environment. Learn from some of the best skaters in the league as they demonstrate skating form and the basic stops and falls that you’ll need to show off during Fresh Meat tryouts on May 30. Haven’t been on skates since you were a kid? No problem; that’s how a lot of us started! Be sure to RSVP to the Facebook event, and we’ll see you on May 10.

If you’d like a chance to meet and mingle with NRD’s skaters, refs and volunteers, be sure to come to The Alamo Drafthouse at One Loudoun on Monday, May 5 at 6:30 p.m. for a derby takeover! We’ll be showing the 70s exploitation film, The Unholy Rollers. After the movie is over, join us in the theater bar, Glass Half Full, as Lost Rhino joins us as we take over the bar. You can get more info about the league and ask any questions you have about booty camp or other upcoming events– all while drinking some tasty locally-produced beers. Seats are filling up fast, so be sure to buy your tickets soon!

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Walt Hitman, Marry Kill, Loudoun Dirty and Cinnamon Burn

NOVA’s travel team season is well underway, with a co-ed game in April against South Jersey Roller Derby pitting the two rival teams together on our home turf. It was a fast and brutal game that lead to the SuperNOVAs eventually overtaking South Jersey 80-38. SJDG’s Marry Kill won a well-deserved MVP Jammer, after zipping through the pack to score a large share of her team’s points. She was assisted ably by MVP Blocker, Walt Hitman, who lived up to his name as he sent several of the SuperNOVAs flying across the track. Team Captain Cinnamon Burn was named MVP Jammer for the SuperNOVAs. Burn’s aggressive jamming style that includes a lot of hard hits of her own, helped propel her team to victory. Her MVP Blocker was Loudoun Dirty, who proved to be an immovable force in the front of the pack. Congratulations to all of the MVPs and to everyone who played in this fun and entertaining bout.

You can see the SuperNOVAs in action again this month, on May 17. They’re back at Michael and Son Sportsplex, and this time they’re facing the Baltimore-based Chesapeake Roller Derby. This bout is part of a double header and will be preceded by a league mixer with a Mean Girls theme: Plastics vs. Burnouts. Doors open at 1 p.m.,  and first whistle is at 2. Be sure to bring your chairs and get there early to get the best spot! The SuperNOVA’s bout will begin at 4:30. Check out the event page on Facebook and check out Brown Paper Tickets to get in for a discounted rate. As always, children 6 and under are free, so bring the whole family!

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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!

DebutanteBrawl

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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