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July 6 Home Game

Posted: 06/16/2014 by PVRD

After a successful season debut for the 2014 Quabbin Missile Crisis, with nine skaters playing in their first game ever, we're gearing up for our next home game on Sunday, July 6, with the Quabbin Missile Crisis facing off against the R.I.P. Tides of Maine Roller Derby.

When these two teams met last season, the R.I.P. Tides pulled away for a three-point win in the final jam of the game. With an entirely new roster this season, will Quabbin be able to reverse that fate? Come find out on July 6!

General admission tickets are $10. Door admission for kids 12 and under is $5 with a paying adult, and free for kids 6 and under with a paying adult.

Doors at 1 PM, game at 2 PM. We encourage you to bring your own camping chair to sit close to the action!


Junior Roller Derby Summer Session

Posted: 06/13/2014 by PVRD

Get ready! Pioneer Valley Roller Derby is offering another Junior Roller Derby session starting on July 2nd, 2014. This is a wonderful opportunity for youth aged 13-17 of all skating abilities who want to learn the sport of roller derby in a fun, safe, and supportive environment.

Our Juniors' summer session will run every Monday and Wednesday between 5-7 PM from July 2nd through August 20th in Florence, MA, with a two-week mid-summer break in between.

Registration costs $120 for the summer session, with an additional $50 for loaner equipment (excluding self-provided helmet and mouthguard) if needed.

Read more and register online today!


Exciting News!

Posted: 06/10/2014 by PVRD

As of early 2014, Pioneer Valley Roller Derby is now a non-profit organization!

We operated for eight years as a skater-owned LLC. Our legal business structure may have changed, but our mission is still exactly the same—to foster the growth of the sport of flat track roller derby in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts and to continue to set a precedent for inclusion of everyone and anyone who wishes to play the sport.

We continue to build our sport from the ground up and teach our members how to skate and how to play flat track roller derby in a safe and supportive environment. Our athletes come from various skating backgrounds, from zero experience to skating for years, and our training curriculum builds skills, teamwork, and strategy for those who regularly attend weekly practices.

We continue to support local causes in our community, as we have done over the last eight years, through donating portions of game proceeds to organizations like the Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society and the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, volunteering annually at events like the Hot Chocolate Run for Safe Passage and Monte's March, and otherwise giving back to our friends and neighbors.

Thank you everyone—our fans, local businesses, volunteers—for your support over the years. We pledge to continue working in our community and putting on great roller derby!


2014 Season Opener

Posted: 05/11/2014 by PVRD

On Saturday, June 7, Quabbin Missile Crisis will be taking on the Bloody Bordens of Mass Attack Roller Derby.

General admission tickets are $10. Door admission for kids 12 and under is $5 with a paying adult, and free for kids 6 and under with a paying adult.

Doors at 3 PM, game at 4 PM.


2014 Season Preview

Posted: 05/01/2014 by PVRD

Pioneer Valley Roller Derby has been training hard towards our eighth competitive season. 2014 is sure to be an exciting year as we debut many new skaters on both the Quabbin Missile Crisis and the Dirty Dozen.

Our home games this season will take place on Saturday, June 7; Sunday, July 6; Saturday, September 6; and Saturday, October 4, in Florence, MA.

Since September, we have had a steady stream of new recruits eager to learn and dive right in. Folks give their all each and every practice, and the progress they have made in such a short time has been incredible. Their positive energy is absolutely infectious and helps to buoy the entire league. Our dedicated bench coaches have been steady in their involvement in both skater and team development, setting high goals that we've risen to meet.

Quabbin Missile Crisis scrimmaged a few times in the early months of 2014 with and against a handful of other New England teams, giving much-needed on-track experience to our trainees. This season, on home turf, Quabbin will be facing off against the Bloody Bordens of Mass Attack Roller Derby, the R.I.P. Tides of Maine Roller Derby, the Beat City Bedrockers of Hartford Area Roller Derby, and Monadnock Roller Derby.

Members of the Dirty Dozen have been hard at work doing continual scrimmage self-review and are gearing up to play friends both old and new this year, including the Dow Jones Average at home on September 6. With a good mix of veterans and rookies, the Dozen are more than ready for new possibilities and challenges while remaining true to their scrappy beginnings.

Our solid officiating crew, J.A.G. Corps, has made considerable effort to ensure smart and safe gameplay on the track, including revamping tools for facilitating proper rules knowledge among league skaters, and continues to invite visiting skating and non-skating officials to PVRD's practice space for dedicated roller derby officials' practice on a monthly basis. Members of J.A.G. Corps most recently officiated at the Beach Brawl tournament in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Quabbin Missile Crisis is playing a few away games this season in addition to the home games listed above, including a repeat match against the Bloody Bordens, and games against the Rock Coast Rollers' Breakwater Blackhearts and Central Vermont Roller Derby. The Dirty Dozen is currently slated to travel to play the Quadfathers of Utica, NY and Vermont Men's Roller Derby.

We look forward to continuing to connect with our fans, friends, and supporters this year both on and off the track. Onward!

Interested in sponsoring Pioneer Valley Roller Derby? Please email sponsor@pioneervalleyrollerderby.com for more information.


PVRD Flea Market & Craft Fair

Posted: 04/15/2014 by PVRD

Pioneer Valley Roller Derby is hosting a Flea Market & Craft Fair on Sunday, May 4!

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12pm-5pm at the WWII Club
50 Conz St, Northampton MA
Free parking and admission

Featuring gently used cool things to buy, crafts made by local artists, snacks, coffee, tea, and your favorite PVRD roller derby folks and merch.

Come hang out, peruse goods, eat, and buy things to support local artists and our upcoming season!


Junior Roller Derby is BACK!

Posted: 01/23/2014 by PVRD

Our first Junior Roller Derby program, which ran this past fall, was a wonderful experience for all involved. It was so nice, in fact, that we're doing it twice! Whether you missed out on the opportunity to learn to play roller derby the first time around, or whether you participated and just can't wait for more, now's your chance! The second session is open to skaters of all skill levels, whether you participated in the first session or not.

This session starts on February 26th and will run every Wednesday, 5-7 PM, except for April 23rd, at our private practice facility in Florence, MA. This program is open to youth aged 13-17 of all skating abilities who want to learn the sport of roller derby in a fun, safe, and supportive environment. We'll teach them how to skate!

Registration costs $120 for the 12-week program, with an additional $50 for loaner equipment if needed.

Read more and register online today!


Upcoming Recruitment Nights

Posted: 01/20/2014 by PVRD

Pioneer Valley Roller Derby is looking for new recruits!
Are you interested in becoming a skater, official, or volunteer?
Fresh Meat Night is your opportunity to strap on some skates and find out more.

We have three upcoming Fresh Meat Nights on February 5, March 5, and April 2.

All skill levels, genders, 18+ folk welcome!
We'll teach you how to skate.
We'll train you how to derby.

Bring your own quad skates/helmet/mouthguard/pads, if you got 'em.
Skate rentals available ($5 rental fee) and limited helmet and pad rentals available at no charge.

Find out more and register online.

After-party/meet&greet event to follow at Packard's.
Get to know your fellow recruits. Mingle with PVRD skaters and officials.

Not 18+?
You're looking for our Junior Roller Derby program!

 


PVRD 8th Anniversary Skating Party

Posted: 01/10/2014 by PVRD

We're turning eight years old and we want you to celebrate with us!

On Saturday, January 25th, come to Interskate 91 North in Hadley between 6:30 - 10:00 pm with your glow sticks, wacky outfits, dancing feet, etc. and get ready to boogie... on skates!

Advance tickets are $7.50 and can be purchased from any PVRD member, or online with a small surcharge via PayPal. Quad and inline skate rental is not included. $9.00 tickets are available at the door, but a portion of all advance tickets helps benefit the league.

At the event, come talk to us about our upcoming recruitment nights and Junior Roller Derby program.

Bring a friend. Bring ten friends. Bring your kids! We can't wait to see you.


2013 Season Summary

Posted: 09/20/2013 by PVRD

After celebrating our 7th anniversary in January, we had a busy year with six home doubleheaders and six combined away bouts for our men's team, the Dirty Dozen; our women's A-team, Western Mass Destruction; and our women's B-team, Quabbin Missile Crisis. We are grateful to have continued our relationship with the Williston Northampton School via usage of their facilities for our bouting venues, and are thrilled to have had the chance to skate in the 10,000-seat Mullins Center at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

For our fans who used to cheer on our women's home teams, the old Quabbin Missile Crisis and the Florence Fightin' Gals, 2013 saw a structure change on the women's side of PVRD. Previously, league skaters and players on Western Mass Destruction were rostered on two teams that only played each other locally. In 2013, we switched to an A- and B-team setup, with Western Mass Destruction and the revamped Quabbin Missile Crisis each playing teams from other clubs, in order to allow for more growth opportunities for our skaters in competing against a variety of opponents.

Quabbin Missile Crisis had great success in its debut interleague season. Led by captain Cali Burr, the Quabbins, mostly made up of skaters in their first or second bouting year, skated their way to a 3-1 season record with strong showings throughout. QMC logged a lot of hours in extra team practices, and the time and effort paid off in spades.

Western Mass Destruction saw much roster turnover in 2013 as graduate school and job opportunities led a few PVRD veterans to other parts of the country, but under Legend of the Hit 'n Trample's strong leadership, the WMDs were 3-1 at home and gained invaluable experience playing away bouts against tough teams such as the Boston B Party, Charm City Roller Girls' Female Trouble, and DC Rollergirls' National Maulers.

The Dirty Dozen, captained by Snidely Rinkrash, struggled this season with only a handful of skaters, but devoted energy to training their new recruits well and sought assistance from new and longtime friends in the derby community to field fuller teams for games. With several recruitment nights this off-season, the Dozen are looking for fresh new talent to take 2014 in a new direction.

Our officiating crew honed their skills all season by staffing bouts and scrimmages nearly every week in various capacities, in and around New England, and continue to train and network when officiating opportunities arise. They, too, are looking for new recruits.

2013 was a year of many firsts, including our debut roller derby appearance at the Mullins Center, interleague bouts for the Quabbin Missile Crisis, a monthly open mixed co-ed scrimmage, and our brand new Junior Roller Derby program for youth aged 13-17. The Juniors' inaugural practice took place September 18 and the participants progressed quickly through several foundational skating skills. We can't wait to see where they end up!

That said, the year's not yet over for us; we have another recruitment night coming up on November 6, a ref clinic for officials in their first year on September 29, and the first-ever Late Nite Derby Affair on October 4, with multiple round-robin scrimmages running all night and a party thereafter.

We'd like to thank our many sponsors, fans, friends and family, officiating crews, volunteers, and competitors on the track for making this spectacular year possible. Onto the next!


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