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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)

 

 

 

Jan 042017
 

First and foremost, SDRD would like to extend our gratitude to all of our supporters. So thank you all for keeping us afloat so we may start our 2017 season!

Against all odds, SDRD is persevering, growing, and recovering from our 2016 season. We unfortunately have had several extremely tough losses that we have had to endure from last season; but now more than ever, we are continuing the fight to keep our league running smoothly and effeciently.

SDRD’s vision for this season is to continue to be all inclusive. What this means is no matter what you personal or athletic background is, we would love to have anyone willing to put in the effort to learn and grow with us as we strive to remain San Diego’s “golden girls”.

With that being said, if you are interested in joining our league, please keep checking our website and Facebook for updates. We are planning our new skater recruitment in the VERY near future, and SDRD would be more than happy to answer any questions!

You stay classy, San Diego!

-Zombie Bait #224

Apr 112014
 
With the excitement and cheers still echoing in our ears from game # 1, SDRD had their work cut out for them to bring it for game # 2. Would we be able to match and exceed the level of excitement and attendance? Would fans come back for the next game? Of course they would! With such a season kick off, team loyalties have already started and the competition is kicking up a notch.

The evening kicked off with a pre bout by our amazing Cadettes! Many of our juniors, who are coached by our own SDRD players, are really stepping it up a notch this season! If you haven’t seen them play yet this season, make sure you come out to their next game and give them a shout out!

Game # 2 showcased the Coastbusters vs. our game # 1 winners, the Rollin’ Ninjas. The Ninjas showed up with masks and rubber ducks, ready to kick some booty. The Coastbusters, however, didn’t disappoint, showing up with their mascot, The Coastbuster! He helped them warm up on the track and got the crowd cheering.

The first half kicked off with a bang and the Ninjas did not let their fans down, throwing the first 4 points up on the board. The Coastbusters pushed back and managed to tie the score back up by the 5th jam. The tie didn’t last long though as the Ninjas pulled ahead and managed to stay there, ending the first half 28-47.

The second half saw the Ninjas holding there lead, the Coastbusters struggling to put some more points up. Tempers began to flare and hits grew harder as players struggled to assist their jammers. The Rollin Ninjas Mistress Doom was ejected during jam 30. It seems she forgot to leave her naughty words at home. Although the Coastbusters scored some more points, it was not enough to take the lead and the Ninjas won their second game, 61-100.

One noticeable difference in this game were the jaw jarring, bone slamming hits!

With the Rollin Ninjas holding the first place position, the next game, RRA vs. Coastbusters, will determine who the second place team is so far this season. This game is sure to be intense!

Thank you to Skateworld, the NSOs, Refs, and all others who make this league and season possible.

-Erin Gassaway
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