SMRD Supports Warrior Dash

SMRD Supports Warrior Dash

SMRD Members and Friends are supporting the 2016 Warrior Dash in Mechanicsville, MD!  We’ll be volunteering around the event, so stop and say hi if you see us!

Warrior Dash is the obstacle course race that anyone can start and everyone can finish. With over two and a half million participants worldwide since 2009, we’ve reinvented the concept of a 5k run and created a revolution: Warrior Nation. Whether you’re an elite athlete or just beginning the challenge, you’ll conquer 12 world-class obstacles like Goliath and Fisherman’s Catch, wade across wooded lakes, and venture through mud-caked backroads as you make your loop to the finish line. You’ll be rewarded with a finisher medal (that doubles as a wall-mountable bottle opener), a sweet t-shirt, fuzzy Warrior helmet, and ice cold beer. Head to the post-race party to relive the course with friends, dance to music, and celebrate your decision to leave your normal weekend in the mud.

Want more info?  Visit https://www.warriordash.com/

Two SMRD Members Join Team Maryland

Two SMRD Members Join Team Maryland

We are very proud to announce that two members of Southern Maryland Roller Derby, Carbomb Kelly and Princess Sleia, have officially been rostered on Team Maryland’s 2016 Charter! Both members attended and played their hearts out at Team Maryland’s tryouts the morning of Sunday, March 13th. We want to congratulate them for their hard work and representation of SMRD!
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SMRD joins WFTDA

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 11, 2016

Southern Maryland Roller Derby Joins Women’s Flat Track Derby Association

AUSTIN, TEXAS – The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) is proud to announce today that Southern Maryland Roller Derby has been accepted as a full member of the WFTDA, the international governing body for the sport of women’s flat track roller derby and a member organization for leagues to collaborate and network.

As a new member of the WFTDA, Southern Maryland Roller Derby joins the ranks of 355 all-female, skater-owned-and-operated leagues worldwide that have united to lead the sport of women’s flat track roller derby. After successfully completing the WFTDA Apprentice Program, they can now enjoy the benefits of full WFTDA membership, including the ability to compete in sanctioned games that qualify for WFTDA ranking. Southern Maryland Roller Derby will begin their WFTDA membership a Class C member.

Media Contacts  

Jenna Cloughley, Marketing and Communications Manager jenna@wftda.com

Kali Schumitz, Public Relations Manager – press@wftda.com

Southern Maryland Roller Derby, Inc. (SMRD), was officially formed January 2012 but was originally conceptualized SMRD_CrabCircleFlag_transparentApril 2011.  At that time, the closest league was in Washington, D.C.  Southern Maryland was severely lacking derby!  The initial online recruitment query was posted in June 2011. From those that responded, a core group of founders went on to develop the non-profit business structure and democratic policies we operate by.  We are a 501(c)(3) organization. No one gets paid here. In fact, we pay to play. Practice is held several times per week and regular attendance is required to make sure you are safe to skate and have the skills to play. The individuals that have set out to form the first women’s roller derby league in southern Maryland know how positively this sport has affected our lives.  It takes a team to work together both on and off the track. Each person is helping the league succeed by performing tasks and duties. Our goal is to bring the same camaraderie, joy and love of the game to other women while being role models to youth and giving back to the community.

WFTDAlogoNoText10_1About the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association

Founded in 2005, the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association is the international governing body for the sport of women’s roller derby and a membership organization for leagues to collaborate and network. The WFTDA sets standards for rules, seasons and safety, and determines guidelines for the national and international athletic competitions of member leagues. There are currently 302 WFTDA member leagues and 71 leagues in the WFTDA Apprentice program globally. The WFTDA a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization is governed by a five-member, volunteer Board of Directors.

26 new WFTDA Member Leagues

26 new WFTDA Member Leagues

WFTDA released a list of the 26 apprentice leagues that have been upgraded to full WFTDA membership status.  Looking at the list you will notice a very familiar team on there.

 

 

SOUTHERN MARYLAND ROLLER DERBY IS AN OFFICIAL WFTDA MEMBER LEAGUE!

 

Thank you to all of the people, officials and leagues who have helped us meet our milestones along the way on this two year derby journey!

Meet and Greet

Meet and Greet

 

Want to learn more about roller derby? Want to be a part of the team? Of course you do because EVERYONE DOES!

Come to our Winter Spring Meet & Greet to learn all there is to know. Ask questions, and meet the team! We will have bootcamp flyers and examples of derby gear for you all to see. Our Meet & Greet is during our league practice so you can see how we do things.

When: January 7th
Time: 7pm-9pm
Where: Waldorf Skate Center – 3410 Leonardtown Rd, Waldorf, Maryland 20601

Can’t make it? We have two more of these coming up on January 14th and 21st!

 

 

SMRDer Mystery Scrimmage

SMRDer Mystery Scrimmage

 

Southern Maryland Roller Derby is proud to host our first open scrimmageThe SMRDer Mystery! By the end of the day we’ll all find out who committed the crime, with what weapon, where and why!

Spectators of all ages are welcome! Enter the 50/50 bracket raffle to predict the mystery and win cash! Check our awesome Silent Auction items! Help Southern Maryland Girl Scouts by bringing in a non-perishable food item! Visit the SMRD merchandise table and our other amazing vendors! Wanna donate products, services or gift cards? Fill out this form!
Was it the The Showboat with The Smelly Gear in The Penalty Box because She Stole My Derby Wife or was is The Biased Official with The Skate Tool at The Afterparty because She Looked Better in Her Booty Shorts? Come play OR watch derby with SMRD to find out!

When:
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Doors open to skaters at 11:30 AM
Doors open to spectators at 12:00 PM
First game begins at 12:45 PM

Where:
Capital Clubhouse, 3033 Waldorf Market Place, Waldorf, Maryland 20603

SKATER INFO
Four 30-minute WFTDA ruleset SMRDer Mystery-themed scrimmages (“The Who”, “With What”, “Scene of the Crime”, and “Why”)
Teams will be sorted based on skill levels of participants
Price – $15.00 (1-3 scrimmages based on skill level and number of attendees)
Scrimmage-ready (Skaters who are cleared to scrimmage by their league) WFTDA, MADE, or USARS skaters
Skating surface is sport court

You will need:
– Your human ID
– Black and white scrimmage tops with your skater name and number
– Arm bands or sharpie!
– All your gear! (helmet, mouth guard, wrist guards, elbow pads, knee pads, skatesyou know the drill)
– Non-perishable items or cash donations for our Girl Scout troops’ food drive

PLEASE complete the Registration Form and buy your tickets here.

SPECTATORS
Watch derby, fill out your bracket to figure out whodunit, where, the weapon and why.
Price – Bring a non-perishable food item (cash donations will also be accepted) as your entry fee to help local Girl Scouts with their food drive!

You will need:
– Cash for vendors and raffles and silent auction!
– Chair or Blanket
– A camera, because there will totally be a unicorn therejust sayin’.

Tentative Scrimmage Schedule
11:30 Doors open to registrants, get with your first teams, off skates warmup on your own
12:00 Doors open to spectators
12:30-12:45 First warmup
12:45 Bracket turn in (by first whistle)
12:45-1:15 “The Who” Scrimmage
1:15-1:30 Second game warmup
1:30-2:00 “With What” Scrimmage
2:30-2:45 Third game warmup
2:45-3:15 “Scene of the Crime” Scrimmage
3:15-3:30 Fourth game warmup
3:30-4:00 “But Why?” Scrimmage
4:00 – Winner(s) of bracket challenge announced
4:00-5:00 Cool down/stretch and breakdown
5:00 PEACE OUT!

SMRD v NOVA rematch

SMRD v NOVA rematch

Today was unlike most Sundays for some people throughout Southern Maryland. For many, it was a day of watching sports or other activities that come with the seasonal tide. However, there were no sports today that can compare to the heart and fervor that happened at Capital Clubhouse between Southern Maryland Roller Derby and NOVA Roller Derby; both teams competed on a level that rivals the championship series.  The lead throughout the game changed hands back and forth making it an exciting game for the skaters and the crowd.  In the end NOVA was able to eek out a win with everything coming down to the last jam.

 

Congratulations, SMRD, on a great final game in 2015. You deserve every minute of praise.

 

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Skating with the Girl Scouts

Skating with the Girl Scouts

One of our favorite events that we do periodically is teaching and skating with local Girl Scouts.  This night was no exception and we had a wonderful time rolling with these adorable and energetic young girls and maybe – hopefully – future Derby skaters!

 

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