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Nov 122017
 

Take Care of Your Tribe.

When mental anguish becomes too much to bear.

Take Care of Your Tribe.

When others are struggling to stay afloat in a demanding world

Take Care of Your Tribe.

When their poor decisions lead to worse decisions.

Take Care of Your Tribe.

When they over indulge and have no one else but you to watch after them.

 

No matter the reason, roller derby became the forefront of sisters and brothers watching out for each other; whether you are favorite teammates travelling to a new adventure or a stranger at an after party. Whether your teammate let’s loose and goes too far and out of control, or a stranger is showing signs of needing help with their mental state, or a friend making poor decisions and getting into trouble because you only live once….

…you ONLY live once.

Take Care of Your Tribe.

Oct 232017
 

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!!

 

Aug 072017
 

We are more than honored to have been a part of this year’s pride parade. Our sister league Renegade Roller Girls San Diego invited us to join them at the parade so we could celebrate unity and diversity that not only helps roller derby thrive, but also helps create peace throughout our community and worldwide.

This year, there were more than 200,000 people in attendance and 246 contingents and we got to be a part of that!

Pride Parade is not just about rainbows, unicorns, and just having fun, though. Pride Parade helps us kick off celebrating individuality and acceptance of allowing love to be love. Unfortunately, prejudice and acts of violence still occur to members of the LGBTQ+ community, and PRIDE has become more than marching down the streets in flamboyant get-ups. Most recently, Pride has expanded it’s international LGBT diplomacy efforts in partnership with the San Diego Diplomacy Council. This helps San Diego welcome delegates on an international level to help end the stigma of abuse toward our LGBTQ+ community and to help continue efforts in improving laws to help protect LGBTQ+ persons and even to help decriminalize same-sex/transsexual relations in other countries.

We may be few, but by accepting others for who they truly are or for who they love, we hope we will help set an example for generations to come. San Diego Roller Derby prides itself in being all-inclusive and we want to be known as allies in the world outside of roller derby.

Thank you EVERYONE that took part in something that is so much bigger than us all!

Jun 112017
 

 

Meet the Dudes behind the scenes! We are very fortunate to have Jeff and Faris at ‘Classics Malt Shop’ sponsoring us and continuing to allow us to join them on car show nights to help serve up some mad grub and sweet shakes and malts! We wanted to give them a shout out for their generosity in allowing us to swing by and help around the shop. They continue to invite our crazy selves to work with them and we ALWAYS look forward to it. In case you missed our event yesterday, you can typically find us there when car shows are happening!

Thank you again Classics for being our #1 sponsor!

Jun 092017
 

As SDRD is rebuilding this season, we are ECSTATIC at the turnout for our most recent “Fresh Meat and Greet”. Fresh Meat is the term used for new skaters joining roller derby. Once the Minimum Skills required by WFTDA are passed by a new skater, they become rookies, and eventually become our O.G. skaters.

If you happened to miss our Fresh Meet and Greet from this past Monday, no sweat! you are ALWAYS welcome to just drop by and join us at any of our practices.

 

FRESHIES: Good luck on your endevour to becoming a San Diego Roller Derby member, work hard, and have fun!

Jun 032017
 

SDRD is PROUD to be a league that not only supports, but welcomes diversity. We are always happy to to be all inclusive and welcome our LGBTQ+ community to share the love!

Have a happy and safe PRIDE month!

May 162017
 


When most people move to our beautiful city, the first thing in mind is a sunny beach day! When it comes to San Diego Roller Derby girls, we think GAME DAY! Although our 2017 season will compromise of us jumping in to “mash up bouts”, we’re still rollin’!
Last month, some of our girls joined Hidden City Derby Girls, Wine Town Rollers, North County Derby Alliance, and Cal Skate for one giant tournament hosted by HCDG! Many of us just show up with our assigned jersey color and meet our team mates sometimes for the very first time, and start playing!
Rainbow Round Robin is an annual event that typically is the kick off to all of San Diego County’s roller derby season. For SDRD, it was a great opportunity to get on our skates and play for the first time since last season.
We are excited to announce our leagues growth this season and our hard work on and off skates are paying off! We are currently preparing to schedule our first 2017 game after our annual “Leprecharnage” had to be unexpectedly cancelled. As rough as it has been to recover from an extremely difficult loss of one of our members, we just could not allow ourselves to let down the league she poured her heart and soul into. SDRD will continue on to better and greater things, and most of all, we intend on keeping roller derby fun for everyone joining our league!

Jan 172017
 

Most of us already doing the derby heard this saying multiple times when we first became interested in the sport and the person recruiting responded to our questions with “You’ll love this sport, it saved my soul!”

But, what does that mean?

Well, it means a lot of different things to each individual player. For me personally, I use it as my form of physical therapy. I had a major surgery 2 years ago that required some portions of my cervical spine to be removed along with a craniectomy. Yes: you read that correctly. No: this was not an injury related to playing the sport.

I worked hard to get my legs to reconnect communication to my brain, I had to relearn to feed myself, and I had to use a walker for some time until I could regain my balance on my own.

I had been skating for 1.5 years at that point and thought to myself “I will never be able to compete again”. I fell down into a dark place of anger and depression and I couldn’t even skate anymore to escape from these major life changes. Fast forward a few months to when I decided to make the move to San Diego. I felt maybe a change in scenery is all I needed, my then boyfriend (now fiance) had a great job offer here and I thought it was worth a try. But I was still in a dark place without knowing anyone here; I have no family here as I had left them all behind. So I got to thinking: if I could relearn to walk, I could try to relearn to skate! So the very next day I started looking up local leagues.

SAN DIEGO ROLLER DERBY popped up a few times, so I decided it was time to get back on 8 wheels. I worked for 8 months on my own before finally deciding to come down to drop in on a practice and start getting involved. Shy little me started to make a few friends and I started forgetting the darkness existed. I started to feel like myself again. My neck and back started to become stronger, I enjoyed getting my butt kicked from the exercise, and at this moment I realized “Why didn’t I come here sooner?”

I went from losing basic abilities and not being confident I my own footsteps to being an overall improved person with much more learning to go. I no longer feel like a failure because my spoon missed my mouth and landed on my cheek. I no longer feel that anxiety of learning to tie my own shoes again. BECAUSE OF ROLLER DERBY, I NOW KNOW I’VE HAD THIS STRENGTH IN ME TO FIGHT BACK AGAINST MY OWN BODY THIS ENTIRE TIME…..I just had to get pushed a little bit into figuring out my true self from my derby sisters; Derby sisters that continued to push me when I was giving up on myself, that continue to push me into working hard, that continue to push me completely outside of my comfort zone because my individual story is only a piece of the puzzle that helps create a team and a league.

Roller derby saved my soul from self doubt, it saved my soul from grief and loss of my old life, and it has helped create a new version of myself that I’m much happier with.

My name is Zombie Bait, I am a brain surgery survivor and Roller Derby Saved My Soul and helped me get my life back.

 

What will your story be?

(You can find out by joining our league! Contact us either here or on Facebook for details)

 

 

 

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