We, SDRD, have just got to say this will probably be our favorite post ever!
As many of you know, we’ve been through more than our fair share of changes since the 2016 season that would have ended most leagues. But, just because the odds were against us did not mean we were going to roll over and die. We have fought hard to find venues that allow roller skates on their floors, outdoor venues obviously depend on weather conditions, and a few venues that were excited to have us found out their insurance doesn’t cover “violent sports” and they were devastated to have to break the news to us. However, the past several months, we have pulled together and have found our practice areas, made practice schedules, have been involved in a bunch of scrimmages….and now?
Now, WE’RE BACK!
We officially have ended our hiatus; we have rebuilt, restructured, and persevered. Yesterday (Oct.21,2017) we held our very first event for the 2017 season! Our annual “Monster Smash” had an open sign-up for skaters to join in, and we had skaters from every corner sign up. Players from Hidden City Roller Derby, San Diego Aftershocks, 5C Roller Derby, SoCal Derby, Dirt City Roller Rats, and San Diego Derby Dolls made an appearance to support us, and we can tell you we have NEVER had such a large roster!
We also had some great referees from other local leagues volunteer to help us out so we can have a safe event and without them we would not have been able to have a game.
(Thank you Griffin, Paffendorf, , Insubordin-Amy, and Hula (all in stripes) and our non-skating officials Bruja, Alma Mauler, Woody, Scoby-Wan, and Melon O.M.A)
Monster Smash was SUCH a great experience for our rebuilt SDRD. For two of our newbies, it will probably be the most rewarding memories of their derby careers. Wound-Her Woman brought home an MVP Jammer award and Amefyst an MVP Blocker award. MVP’s are voted for by the opposite team in the roller derby world, and these two hard working women literally just started roller skating in general this season. This was their VERY first scrimmage ever, and their hard work just proves that anyone can become their own heroes as long as you continue to push yourself out of your comfort zone and try new things. Ladies, SDRD is so proud of you and excited about your derby career future. Keep working hard because those MVP awards are not just handed out to anyone and you both earned it!
As the 2017 derby season is nearing to a close, we just want to say thank you to ALL of our supporters, whether you are skaters and officials from other leagues, our patient fans that keep rooting for us on, or someone who has just discovered us. We still just cannot find the words to express how grateful we are for each and every one of you! And just because it’s the end of the derby season, it does not mean we will not have events in the near future. You will see us jumping into some holiday events as well, so keep an eye out for announcements! And thank you from the bottom of our heart for keeping us strong. Get ready for us next season!!