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Monday, December 5, 2011

Cadettes bout 12-3-11

The San Diego Skateworld Cadettes played their final bout of the season on 12-3-11.  The kids have been improving rapidly due to the great coaching of Skaterbuilt and Bully Julie.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

SDRD's December Charity



San Diego Roller Derby is proud to work with The Princess Project Sparkle Plan for the AfterShock's very first home bout at Skateworld we are excited to do something different for our community. Every year, The Princess Project seeks and receives thousands of beautiful new or nearly new dresses and accessories in EXCELLENT condition from individual donors and corporate partners.


Hundreds of volunteers accept and organize these dresses and accessories to run an exciting giveaway event in the early spring for individual high school girls. Each year, hundreds of girls attend the dress giveaway to find that new prom dress and those perfect accessories to make their high school prom a reality. And it’s all FREE!
Since 2002, The Princess Project has served over 15,000 girls through the dedication of more than 700 volunteers and the generous start-up support of Coro Northern California.


Please support San Diego Roller Derby and The Princess Project San Diego Sparkle Plan...go through your closet and find your old-but newly used prom dress and/or accessories so YOU can help make our first Men’s roller derby game a “Win” for the young ladies in our community.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Rockettes vs OCRG Pulp Friction

this is the complete Rockettes bout from 10-22. thanks to OCRGVideoJunkie for providing it for our viewing pleasure!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

SDRD's November Charity

words alive home

November 12th is the Rockettes last home game at Skateworld and we are proud to have Words Alive as our charity. Words Alive exists to inspire children, young adults and families to be passionate about reading in order to unlock their imagination and to be better prepared for the future.

Did you know that less than one-third of 13-year-olds read for pleasure? Words Alive is a dedicated team working hard every day to create and provide solutions to this very serious issue. They are advocates for reading.

They focus on underserved communities and at-risk youth. Sessions develop cognitive and verbal skills, instill a love of reading and books, and enhance self-esteem. They also allow young readers to understand their own personal experience and how it relates to a larger context. They demonstrate that reading can be a dynamic, magical, and fun part of life, and that a commitment to reading contributes to personal and professional success.
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Words Alive was established in May 1999 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization by founder Leslye Lyons, a voracious reader and professional book group facilitator. After scanning San Diego’s literacy landscape, she found that while there were numerous programs providing one-on-one literacy tutoring teaching functionally illiterate individuals how to read, there were few programs that demonstrated that reading could be fun and enjoyable.

Today, Words Alive serves more than 1,000 at-risk, undeserved, low-income children, teens and adults with its innovative, integrated programming approach. Our programs complement school curricula designed for children and youth who have become disengaged from school, are not learning in traditional school programs or do not meet public school performance guidelines. Programs also support parents and caregivers in their efforts to encourage a love of reading and books in their children.

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Words Alive believes that reading is a fundamental skill that can be enjoyed for a lifetime. By going into classrooms, meeting parents, and working with book groups, they bring the written word to children and students who have not been exposed to or have lost interest in reading.

Donations: We invite you to consider making a tax-deductible gift in whatever amount you can afford. Each dollar you donate to our programs and services is an investment in the education and future of a child. Donations can be mailed to the following address:

Phone: (858) 274-WORDS (9673)
Fax: (858) 274-9675
Click here to e-mail Words Alive
5111 Santa Fe Street, Suite 219
San Diego, CA 92109

SDRD vs OCRG

Friday, October 7, 2011

Rehab United Bike MS Team

Bike MS - Bike to Create a World Free of MS


In support of our community San Diego Roller Derby's charity of the month is the MS Bike Bay to Bay (Rehab United Bike MS Team) on October 22nd during our game vs. the OC Roller Girls.
The Rehab United Bike MS Team began in 2005 with 6 riders - since then has grown to nearly 40 riders annually and raised over $100,000! Riding 100-150 miles is nowhere near as difficult as confronting a lifetime with multiple sclerosis. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society gives us all reason to hope, though; in addition to supporting novel research projects around the globe, they provide much needed education, programs, and services to everyone who is affected by MS - including the diagnosed, their friends and families, and the healthcare professionals who work with them.
Bike MS Bay to Bay tour supports the National MS Society's mission to create a world free of multiple sclerosis, the most common neurological disorder leading to disability in young adults. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 450,000 people in the U.S., and 2.5 million worldwide.

Visit
http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Bike/CASBikeEvents?px=10248488&pg=personal&fr_id=17111to support this great cause! Any amount helps!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

SDRD Starlettes vs VCDD Vendolls

This past September 24th, SDRD’s Starlettes met with the VCDD Vendolls, yet again. Both teams battled it out on the track recently (June, 2011) at the Vendolls home in Ventura, CA, ending in a win for the Starlettes.


The evening began with a 30 minute bout with players from our men’s team, the Aftershocks, our B team, the Rockettes, and also included returning veteran skater, Sweet Pain. Both teams played as Black vs White featuring up and coming blockers such as Skaterbuilt, Bones Thugs and Disharmony and Bronze Vixen, and up and coming jammers, Iliac Attack, Soulrider and Tomikaze.


After the Black vs White game ended, the main teams skated onto the track for what would mark the second consecutive win for the Starlettes vs the Vendolls. It was a close, hard-hitting, action packed bout including, Marcy Slayground, Berle Scout and MVP of the night, Buns of Fury doing their best at blocking, together with the rest of the Starlettes blockers. The Vendoll’s players included many hard hitting ladies, like Vendetta Vixen and MVP of the night, Az Sassin. They most definitely posed a threat for the Starlettes, by playing a smart and strong game and building walls that seemed to be made out of bricks, literally.
Both teams put the best of their abilities and skills to work and fought hard but in the end, it was the Starlettes who took the win, with of close score of 147 Starlettes to 130 VenDolls. MVP jammer of the night went to Starlettes, Wonder Whoop’em and Vendolls Chronic Speed for getting through the pack with ferocity!


Our next bout will be taking place October 22nd, 2011 at Skateworld, the last standing roller rink in San Diego County. SDRD will be hosting another double header! This time around it’ll be against OCRG; Starlettes vs Wheel Housewives of OC and Rockettes vs. Pulp Friction. It’ll be the last game of the season for the Starlettes so please buy your tickets in support your favorite roller girl! For more event and ticket information, please visit www.sandiegorollerderby.com.

Photography by: George Medina (SoulCaptor)

Friday, July 8, 2011

This Month's Charity

This month, San Diego Roller Derby is honored to have The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society as our charity.  Donations and 50/50 raffle will support this nobel cause. The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society is a private non-profit charitable organization. It is sponsored by the Department of the Navy and operates nearly 250 offices ashore and afloat at Navy and Marine Corps bases throughout the world. The Society was incorporated in the District of Columbia and has its headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. It is managed by a Board of Directors whose members are active duty or retired members of the Naval Services, or spouses of active duty or retired members of the Naval Services. Their mission is to provide in partnership with the navy and marine corps, financial, educational, and other assistance to the members of the Naval Services of the United States, eligible family members, and other survivors when in need: and to receive and manage funds to administer these programs. I hope others will honor their military heroes by joining us in stepping up during these difficult economic times and aiding those who turn to this great organization when in need.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Starlettes vs Hard Corps




On June 18th, the Starlettes played one of the most anticipated games in the history of San Diego Roller Derby. Our guest this time around was the SDDD Hard Corps. It was a very exciting game, full of hip checks, jammers skating at the speed of light and most of all, lots of blocker on blocker action! The fans of roller derby in America ’s finest city came for a show and the teams sure did deliver.

The evening began with SDRD’s junior league, The Cadettes, who are coached by our very own Bully Julie and Coach B. Stang. All the Cadettes played skated to the very best of their abilities, but the most outstanding players this game were Booty Bumper and Rollin Angel. Their on skate skills bumped the evening to what would turn out to be a fast rolling night.
Shortly after the Cadettes thrilling game, the first whistle was blown by Rockettes’ Captain and sometimes Starlettes Ref, Nicci Two Skates. The Starlettes and Hard Corps began rolling on the track. The first line to go out was lead by Ortega Chile as pivot, Brigg Em’ Down, Marcy Slayground and I.B. Rascal. The second line was lead by pivot, Robyn Ur Pride, Sugar Britches, Bully Julie and Buns of Fury. With two solid lines covering the first half of this bout, jammer’s, Wicked Angel, Dee Troit and Icepax (captain) zipped around the track to score points leaving the Hard Corps behind by a 30 point difference.


By the second half, Ortega Chile decided her line needed something sweet, and she added some Rumble Pie to it. Sugar was the last thing from Rumble’s mind as she came to the floor dolling out thundering hits instead. Snow Bunny on Wheelz came in as a jammer, giving Wicked Angel a chance to go on Robyn Ur Pride’s line, and show off her blocking skills. Rumor has it that the word in the crowd was that “Wicked Angel was killing the opposing team” and indeed she was!! The Starlettes fought hard for every single point, as the Hard Corps were not easy to defeat. However, they skated strong and played as a true team. With the rowdy fans pumping up the energy in the rink San Diego Roller Derby took the win Starlettes 125- San Diego Derby Dolls Hard Corps 77.




SDRD would like to thank the SDDD Hard Corps for coming out to Skateworld. It was an absolute pleasure playing with you ladies! A big thank you to all of our fans for your continued support, we love you!
Get ready for our upcoming double header, taking place on July 16th, 2011 at Skateworld. We’ve invited the Undead Betties and Hidden City Roller Girls to play against out Starlettes and Rockettes! This will be a super exciting event and you don’t want to miss it!! Purchase your tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/145333 or from your favorite derby girl.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Double Win

San Diego Roller Derby was hosted, this past weekend, by the Ventura County Derby Darlins for a night of double header action. The drive up and home made for great Starlette/Rockette road trip memories.

The first bout was played by the Battalion of Skates against our Rockettes. This was the debut bout of Wreckliz Cherry, Catty Mojo, and Bone Thugs 'n Disharmony. The Battalion of Skates made it tough for the Rockettes during the first half, forming seemingly unbreakable walls. During the second half, the Rockettes began blasting those walls wide open making paths for our jammers to slip through. Even though they were one player down (apparently Berry Nasty was too Nasty) the second half proved to be their opportunity to score some major points ending in a win, Rockettes 113, Battalion of Skates 88. Congrats to our Rockettes!

By the time 6:45pm rolled around, it was the Starlettes’ turn to battle it against the VCDD’s Vendolls and the Rockettes turn to get rowdy for their league as their energy was still high from their earlier win. The Starlettes had the privilege of borrowing a few Rockettes, Snow Bunny on Wheels, Berle Scout and Split Endz as they were missing a few of their players this time around. With the help of the strong Starlettes lines, Snow Bunny on Wheels, Wicked Angel and Icepax shone, darting through the pack and showing their stripes as jammers to be reckoned with.

The score stayed close with the Vendolls coming out in front at the end of the first half. During a rousing second half, with an energetic crowd feeding the energy on the floor, the Starlettes rallied, earning their victory 137 -113.  Way to go Starlettes!

If you were not able to follow us on the road, make sure to stop by this Saturday, July 18th for our home bout held at Skateworld in Linda Vista. SDRD’s Starlettes will be playing against SDDD’s Hard Corps. This is the first time these teams have met in their home city and will go down in history. You don’t want to miss it! You can purchase you tickets online, from your favorite derby girl or at the door!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Rockettes vs IEDD

San Diego Roller Derby's May game was quite a special bout for the league. Not only was it the Rockettes first game of the season, but our very own junior Cadettes got to open the evening with their first 20 minute bout! The crowd seemed so pleased as they cheered on our juniors while they played a very entertaining game!

As the first game whistle blew, the Rockettes attempted to stay strong with a wall upfront. IEDD did a good job of breaking up walls and keeping the pack fast with strong hits but none the less, this made the Rockettes work harder as a team and stick together using solid walls and hits which did not allow the Derby Divas to pass the Rockettes 35 point lead. Right before the first half of the game came to an end, the Rockettes Captian Nicci Two Skates is down with an ankle injury, which left her out for the rest of the game. The score was 90 -45. 

When half time approached we were very proud to have our coach B. Stang and jam skate partner William Jackson back on the track entertaining the crowd with their infamous jumps, flips, and jam skate moves- their show always pleases our fans! 

As the second half of the game started,the Rockettes seemed to be a little shaken having lost their Captian in the first half. Inland Empire used this to their advantage and with 9 minutes left in the game, they had come back to only be down by one point, the score was 110-109! This left the Rockettes with no other choice but to step up their game, ending in a 40 point victory! The final score was 177-137 .

We could not have asked for a better game with such great sportsWOmanship. The Inland Empire Derby Divas had a blast hanging with us at the after party, laughing and recapping the game. IEDD chose Berry Nasty as MVP blocker of the night and TUTU TUFF as MVP jammer. Well deserved ladies!!

We hope that you will come support SDRD in our upcoming fundraising event to raise money for our trip to Idaho, as we are participating in a tournament hosted by Treasure Valley Derby Girls. Our fundraiser will be held at the Malt Shop located on Midway Drive in the Sports Arena area on June 17th.

Don't miss our next bout June 18th against the SAN DIEGO DERBY DOLLS HARDCORPS! This is going to be the best game of the season; it will definitely be an on the edge of your chair,nail biting, derby mania!!!. You don't want to miss out. You can purchase your tickets online or through your favorite derby girl.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Door of Hope

TLC Program
The Transitional Living Center offers homeless women and their children a safe and nurturing environment to rebuild a stable, productive lifestyle. They are counseled in parenting, anger management, and domestic violence. The TLC strives to help women discover their passions and talents and find ways to fulfill their dreams.
With extensive career counseling, the women find new, satisfying jobs; learn to budget, and are able to save 80 % of their income each month. The families may stay at TLC for up to one year and 85% of TLC residents move into independent housing after that time. It's not easy. The moms at TLC have tremendous courage. It is not easy to start all over. The Salvation Army loves and supports these moms and their children.
Nearly 1/4 of San Diego's homeless are mothers with children. Many have lost jobs or fled domestic abuse. Being homeless is a traumatic experience for anyone; just imagine what it is like for a child. The TLC program has been in operation since 1998 and continues to serve women and children in San Diego County.




THE HAVEN
The Haven Program is a long term residential treatment group home for pregnant and parenting teens and their babies. Here young women learn how to parent their infants while growing in personal, emotional, and spiritual strength. They learn structure and they thrive with their babies in this encouraging environment. Program activities and group sessions are conducted in a baby friendly atmosphere, where families, visitors, and guests are welcome. The Haven has two units with a total of 20 beds for pregnant and/or parenting teens and their children. The young women at the Haven are able to stay until they reach the age of 18, most of them have had a very distressing childhood and now for the first time they are able to thrive in a safe and comfortable environment. This Salvation Army program has been in operation since the 1930’s and continues to serve teenagers and their babies within the San Diego community.


Wish List Items:
Bath Towels and Wash Clothes
Twin Sheets
Baby Wipes/powder/cream/shampoo/wash
Shampoo/Conditioner
Body Wash
Toothpaste/brush
Gift Cards


For more information about the Salvation Army's programs in San Diego County, please visit - http://www1.usw.salvationarmy.org/usw/www_usw_sdm.nsf

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Pizza viewing party Saturday May 14th!

San Diego Roller Derby is holding a viewing party at Joe's Pizza in Clairemont Mesa! Join us today, Saturday May 14th as we cheer on our teammates while watching them bout on the big screen at Joe's! We will be streaming the event LIVE via Derby News Network. Get your friends and family together and head on down for pizza, beer and roller derby!
Joe's Pizza
5583 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
San Diego 92117

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Renegade Roller Derby bout...

Last night I went down to National City with several compadres from SDRD to watch a "Renegade Roller Derby" bout. The promise of "no holds barred" bout was something to think about.


It certainly was something else.  As the program says, there are no penalties.  There are rules of some kind,  but what's the point?  Anyway,  there are three 15 minute periods, no timeout (except for injuries) and no refs.  The jams last one minute and can't be called off.  The jammer makes it through the pack and then she scores three points for every time she laps the other teams skaters. The place had a nice track for the bout and they certainly had a fair share of vocal fans.


The skaters can do anything they want, cut the track, use elbows or even take downs.  This results in some fighting here and there.  Then there are three or four guys in the middle who come over to separate them.  The jammers and the blockers all started at the same whistle,and the track was about a third smaller than the WFTDA one.



It really wasn't my kind of show, overall.  I like spectacles, but here it didn't quite feel as if there was a flow.  The skaters did their best to entertain the crowd, for sure, it was just lacking either the all out sports entertainment aspect or a more athletic contest.  These things can probably coexist within the same sport, but it's not been my experience to see it.


It was still  a fun evening overall and I really enjoyed the company.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Please help us find a missing derby husband!

The husband of one of our derby sisters has been missing since Tuesday, May 3rd. Nic Hamilton is an active duty Navy sailor who has been suffering from PTSD in recent months. His family needs our help in finding him.





UPDATE: Nic has been found! San Diego Roller Derby would like to thank everyone in their efforts this week to bring Nic home. We are happy to be "whole" again. Please continue to pray and keep Nic and Amanda Hamilton in your thoughts as they get Nic the care he needs.

The San Diego Audubon Society will be the charity for the next bout!

That's right! The San Diego Audubon Society will be the charitable group being promoted at this month's San Diego Roller Derby bout! SDRD helps out a local charitable cause at each of their home bouts - and this month it's the San Diego Audubon Society! You will not want to miss this event! Not only will you enjoy some great roller derby, but there will also be opportunity drawings where you have a chance to win some great prizes!


San Diego Audubon Society will also have a booth set up at the bout where you can get more information about how they are working to protect birds and other wildlife through education, while advocating for a cleaner, healthier environment. Pick up info on upcoming San Diego Audubon events and how you can get involved. All the action happens on Saturday, May21st. Tickets are $12 general admission and children 5 and under are FREE! Your ticket also gets you entry to the open skate session following the bout, so you can stay and skate afterward (skate rental is an extra $4). If that's not for you, then be sure to check out the after party where you can have a chance to hang out with all the derby gals at the High Dive.


If you want to learn more about the San Diego Audubon Society you can check out their website at www.sandiegoaudubon.org or like them on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/sdaudubon

Monday, April 25, 2011

Hip checks, rock blocks and a close score, oh my!

On Saturday April 16th, Skateworld opened its doors to its beloved San Diego Roller Derby fans for the 3rd game of the 2011 season. This time around, the SDRD Starlettes had their eyes on Sac City Roller Girls; both teams had played against each other 3 weeks earlier in the 2nd Annual Dustbowl Invitational: How the West Was Won hosted by Derby Revolution of Bakersfield. You must have read about our loss against Sac City at the tournament which landed us in 4th place. So, if you know the Starlettes, you probably know that they were more than ready for sweet revenge. Would you like to know how this game ended? Keep reading!
Our Black and White team kicked off the night with a game lead by White Team Pivot, Nicci Two Skates and Black Team Pivot, Coach B. Stang. They played a tight 30 minute game that allowed our crowd to see just how much jammers Snow Bunny On Wheelz and Tutu Tuff have improved their skills, nothing stops these girls from getting through the pack! There were also some new faces to see, including Catty Mojo and NeuralizeHER. It seems like these teams just really like to be nice to each other. Black vs White have played each other three times this season. The first game was won by Black, second by White and last Saturday, Black took the win again.
The Starlettes and Sac City Roller Girls laced up their skates and were ready to hit the floor by 6:00 pm. The game started off with jams lead by Icepax for SDRD and Spankenstien from SCRG. Both teams strategized well and played a hard 60 minute game, keeping the score close the entire time. The win could have gone to any team, but SCRG jammer got herself a major penalty towards the end and was sent to the box; this gave MVP jammer of the night, Dee Troit a chance to score some major points. Although the game never ended as a result of it being called off by the head referee, Tomikaze, the score ended at 130-113 Starlettes. Congrats to MVP Blockers, Team Captain Lady Diesel and Robin Ur Pride and MVP jammers, Dee Troit and Wicked Angel. You ladies made us proud!
Did you miss all the action last Saturday? Not to worry! You can follow SDRD on the road to Ventura. We are preparing and training hard to participate the Battle of the Coast 2011 hosted by the Ventura County Derby Darlins. This will be a full weekend of roller derby fun taking place the weekend of May 14, 2011. SDRD’s Rockettes will also be hosting their first game of the season at Skateworld on May 21, 2011. Don’t miss it!! Tickets are available right now through your favorite derby girl, online or at the door the day of the bout.
Thank you fans for attending our game and supporting our charity of the month, Hogar Infantil La Gloria. We would also like to thank our vendors and a very special thank you to Coach and roller derby legend, John Hall for being our announcer. 

Sunday, April 3, 2011

How the West Was Won... Almost

On March 26th and 27th, 2011, San Diego Roller Derby participated in the 2nd Annual Dustbowl Invitation, How the West Was Won, hosted by Derby Revolution of Bakersfield. The tournament started out with 12 teams, and by Sunday was narrowed down to the final 4, including San Diego Roller Derby.

We played 4 30-minute in bouts against San Francisco Shevil Dead, Treasure Valley Rollergirls (Idaho), SS Rodeo (Canada), and Humboldt. Our final full-hour bout was against the Sac City Rollers, who won by just a few points. We landed 4th place in the tournament, and we are looking forward to a rematch aginst Sac City on April 16th! Congratulations to our very own Buns of Fury, who won MVP of the tournament!

Visit our Facebook page to see great pics from the tournament.