On October 1, the skaters of Loudoun County’s NOVA Roller Derby will offer their first public exhibition at Dulles Sportsplex in Sterling, VA. Hosts, The NOVA Skates Troopers will battle it out with the Black Eyed Suzies of Free Skate Roller Derby of Rockville, MD. at 5;30p; doors open at 4:30p. This “Battle of the Beltway” introduces the two newest roller derby leagues in the region. The NOVA Roller Derby currently has over 30 league members.
Cynthia Cashwell, Skate Troopers team member and media contact, remarked, that the league was founded in April 2011. “We had a vision to create more opportunities for roller derby in northern Virginia, while serving our community,” Cashwell stated. “We stand behind our motto of skate hard, give back. We seek out a charity every month to support.”
The league’s charity of the month for October is the Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter (LAWS). League members encourage fans to bring at least one 5-ounce cans of Play-Doh of all colors to support LAWS youth and children’s services.
Betty L. Simpson, who lives in Washington, D.C., is a former resident of Loudoun County and once received assistance from LAWS. “The work the Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter helped me get myself together after ten years in a very abusive relationship. I thought I didn’t have the power to get out, and my long-term boyfriend made me believe my beating was my fault.” Simpson said after her boyfriend left a bruise on their six year old son, that’s when she said she finally had enough. She left him and took solace in the services LAWS provided.
She and her son now live and work in the District. “I want to raise my son to be better than his father and respect women regardless the circumstances,” she added.
You can still buy advance tickets online for $10 at www.brownpapertickets.com, or pay $12 at the door; all tickets are general admission so you can get up close and personal with all the action. Kids under six are admitted free. You’ll get a lot of derby for your buck. The bout will be played following the official rule set of Modern Athletic Derby Endeavor (M.A.D.E.); a national affiliation of leagues promoting fair, skilled competition. The Dulles Sportsplex is located at 21610 Atlantic Boulevard in Sterling, Va.
To find out more about the event and future matches, NOVA Roller Derby, Cynthia Cashwell, p: (571) 269-8109 or via email at Media@novarollerderby.com. You can also follow the league on Facebook and Twitter
Also you can contact Cashwell if you are interested in joining the league. “We are holding tryouts for our next round of “fresh meat” next month.
The growing NOVA Roller Derby family, which today includes skaters, referees and volunteers, was founded in April 2011. The league is an active member of Modern Athletic Derby Endeavor (M.A.D.E.). Through strong community partnership, the league focuses on serving our local Loudoun community through volunteerism. To learn more about NOVA Roller Derby and how to become involved, visit www.novarollerderby.com.
Roller derby is a fierce, full-contact women’s sport not for the faint of heart. The object of the 60-minute game is to score the most points by lapping opposing team members on an elliptical track. The jammer scores the points; the blockers play defense; and the pivot calls the shots from the back of the pack. The pivot and blockers try to prevent the opposing team’s jammer from breaking through the pack to lap and score — a job done by strong pushes with the shoulder. The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, the governing body for flat track derby, established rules stating no team can have more than 20 players.