SERVICE in 2017. It's what we do.

#ServiceSunday

As a non-profit we give back to our community in so many ways. A portion of all of our door sales go to our selected Service Partner for each home game. We participate in local events and work with charities and now we are pleased to announce #ServiceSunday!

Every Sunday, SO Derby is featuring a local non-profit on our Facebook page. Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon was chosen as our first featured #ServiceSunday. Thank you to everyone who has printed a flyer and participated in the Much Gusto Fundraiser for YSSO! We hope you all get a chance to see these young, driven and very talented musicians at their winter concert series in February.

If you have a youth or women's organization that you would like to be selected for #ServiceSunday please contact SO Derby at president@soderby.org


Polar Plunge 2017

There really is no better way to kick off the year. Seriously, the Polar Plunge is our first team bonding event and it really sets the tone for the upcoming season. SO Derby never fails to please with our fun themed costumes and this year's gonna be outrageous. And...it may be the one time the entire team smells great.

Our league has a rich history of working with the Special Olympics. In February of 2011, SO Derby took their first Polar Plunge and dove into fun AND fundraising for Special Olympics Jackson County. Since our first giant splash into the icy pool we made a commitment to do this thing big! SO Derby has placed in the top ranks every plunge and we're the winners of the largest plunging team in 2011, 2015, and 2016!

Every year a portion of our door proceeds from the first bout of the season go to our local chapter. Turn three of our flat track is dedicated to Special Olympics Jackson County. Our local athletes, families, and partners all receive free admission to all of our home games. We couldn't have a better cheering section and some pretty awesome hugs too. We celebrated some wins, some losses, and some pretty cool birthday parties with these fans.

Over the years we have raised more than $16,500 in donations and in kind gifts for our local chapter. This money helps pay for them to participate in tournaments, pays for team members and coaches travel expenses, and make Special Olympics happen!

Please consider making a splash with SO Derby! Donate, join our team, or join us as we embark on one of our many fundraisers! This year SO Derby takes the plunge on February 18th at Jackson Aquatic Center. We hope to make the biggest wave possible but can only do it with the help of our awesome friends, fans, and family! #ONEOFUS #ONEOFUS

Project Greenway

As a league, we adopted two miles of the Greenway from Blue Heron Park to Talent and made a commitment to keep it green.

SO Derby has logged quite a few hours on the adopted part of our Greenway and plan to double those in 2017. Along the way, we have picked up 14 full bags of refuse. We had quite a few laughs and met really lovely Greenway users in the process.

We are profoundly grateful for the gift of the Greenway and are honored to be the caretakers of this stretch. Many thanks to the folks who help keep it clean and safe for everyone.

For more information about the Bear Creek Greenway and a downloadable map please visit the Friends of the Greenway Foundation

We have some VERY EXCITING SERVICE NEWS for the next newsletter!
We cannot wait to share!

SO Derby: Be Awesome. Stay Awesome.

You know what? 2016 was actually pretty freakin’ awesome for SO Derby. Scroll down and read all the old newsletters. You'll see it's been a pretty great season for our league.

Here's a brief summary of all the awesome in 2016 in case you really don't wanna scroll…

  • Voted Best Sports Team by the Rogue Valley Messenger Poll.

  • Naughty Maudie Voted Best Rollergirl by Rogue Valley Messenger Poll.

  • 3 WINS!!! AMIRITE?

  • New Logo, SMASHING rebranding by Amanda Denbeck aka Cyber Attack (Voted best Graphic Designer by the Rogue Valley Messenger Poll)

  • New website! Also very awesome.

  • No indoor practice space for 6 months. TEAM GREW. Yep.

  • We watched Champs IN PERSON. TOTALLY AWESOME.

So what's new? Well, quite a lot!

WE ARE BACK!

After a year of away games SODERBY is very excited to be back skating at home. Our season opener is on the horizon and we have tons of exciting news and some very important updates...keep reading!

Our home, the Medford Armory still needs some finishing touches. But do not fret, we have found a facility that can accommodate a WFTDA league!

Game day has been re-scheduled from mid-February to Saturday, March 4.  Our season opener will be held the Brammo Building in Talent, OR. Also known as the old Walmart.

Please join us as we return to the track with the travel team from Jefferson State Roller Derby and our opening day guests, Special Olympics Jackson County.

The deets: Doors open at 6pm. Game starts at 7pm. Advance tickets will be available from any SO Derby member, from select businesses, and online. $10 in advance $12 at the door. Kids 10 and under are free.

All the info you need is here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1890273704540212/

Meet and Greet: ONE OF US! ONE OF US!
Skaters, Referees, Non Skating Official wanted!

Thursday, January 26th, SO DERBY will host a meet and greet for anyone interested in learning what the empowering world of roller derby is all about and what you need to join!

Come watch a practice, meet skaters who have recently gone through our fresh meat program and ask ALL THE QUESTIONS!

In our 12 week comprehensive training program you will learn the basics of all the skills needed to skate competitively from dedicated coaches who have over eight years of experience.

When you join you will train with a group of new skaters who are also new to derby! You develop bonds, learn new skills and discover what it takes to be an athlete in Southern Oregon’s only WFTDA league. As your skating progresses, you learn the rules of the game and you will be safely integrated into drills and practices with our veteran skaters.

We really cannot wait to meet you! Please contact us at president@soderby.org to RSVP for the first Meet and Greet of 2017.

New Merch is ready to order!


New merch with the SO Deby logo is ready for you on our website! These items are available for a limited time to our fans and can only be ordered at the SO Derby Shop

Place your orders for these limited edition SO Derby sweats and T-shirts by February 14th and pick them up at the March 4th bout.

Don't miss this chance for these exclusive items. You are going to be sooooo derby on your comfy sweats!

The 2017 season is GOING TO BE AWESOME.

  • Home and Away games!

  • Exclusive Limited Edition Merch

  • Two Sanctioned WFTDA games.  

  • Return to the Medford Armory!

Keep checking the website for more updates regarding the season. We have a ton to share!

 

SO DERBY. EIGHT YEARS STRONG

BE AWESOME. STAY AWESOME.

LEAGUE. TEAM. SELF.

 

 

Happy Holidays from SO Derby!

While practices have continued at the Santos Community Center, cold weather has kept skaters indoors. We look forward to getting back on the Greenway in the spring!

Our annual holiday party formerly known as SORGies, now known as SODies, was a huge success!

We are proud to announce our newly elected 2017 Board of Directors:

President Madame Morticia

Vice President Mountain Mel

Secretary Cyber Attack

Treasurer DerbyMom

Calameity, Sadie HellCat, and Derby Mom

Calameity, Sadie HellCat, and Derby Mom

The training committee is also getting some new faces. The 2017 training committee includes:

Head Coach Naughty Maudie

Assistant Coach Mr. Morticia

Captain Mountain Mel

Alternate Captain Madame Morticia

BlashpeMoose

Pretty Awkward

Calameity, Mountain Mel, Klutz with Gutz, and Madame Morticia

Calameity, Mountain Mel, Klutz with Gutz, and Madame Morticia

We also celebrated excellence on and off skates with our traditional SO Derby trophies.

Best Jammer Madame Morticia

Best Blocker Calameity

Most Valuable Skater Mountain Mel

Most Valuable Off Skates Klutz with Gutz

Special thanks go to Madame Morticia for hosting the SODies and to everyone who brought delicious food and drinks to share.

Don’t forget to save these dates for SO Derby! 2017 is looking good and you won’t want to miss it!

Spotlight on AWESOME

#TeamworkTuesdays

Have you been following SO Derby’s #TeamworkTuesdays? They look a lot better this year, don't they? Cyber Attack has put her magical brand on this weekly favorite. She really captures the spirit of our league!

SO Derby vs. The Basin Bombers!

Saturday, December 10th SO Derby will head out to the Klamath Basin to take on the Basin Bombers! What better way to end the 2016 then cheering on two great teams? Join us in Klamath for a great night of flat track fun.

2017 Season

SO Derby is home again! You've missed us, right? Southern Oregon has a lot to smile about in 2017. We have a great season planned with both home and away bouts! There are plenty of opportunities to cheer on your local WFTDA team and welcome us back to our old digs. Please save these dates. Welcome home your team for our 8th year on the track and a season of derby you won't wanna miss!

New Merch!

With a new logo comes super cool new merch! Look here for all the cool things coming to you in 2017.

One of Us! One of Us!

Once you see us, you will wanna be us!

Interested in joining roller derby? We're your team! Time to fulfill that bucket list or make a new goal for 2017 and do it with the greatest group of folks you'll ever meet! Seriously, it's the best! Bring a friend and double that fun.

SO Derby Fall/Winter Update

It's been a great fall for SO Derby!  

With the Pride Parade, Harvest Festival, Greenway skating and the Annual Halloween Party we've been busy!

Mountain Mel took the top prize on Halloween with her homage to Marge Simpson, Pretty Awkward pulled into second as Little Red Riding Hood and T-Wrecks brought in third as Cruella DeVille.  Los Arcos provided food and drinks for an evening of fun. Many thanks to Madame Morticia, Sadie Hell Cat and Cyber Attack for the party preparations.

Indoor practices have resumed for our skaters at the Santos Community Center in October. We are so lucky to have a variety of places to skate while the Medford Armory finishes up construction. To our summer of outdoor practices at Lewis Park, we bid a fond farewell till 2017.

We kicked off November in style! Our training committee and skaters traveled up to WFTDA Champs in Portland for a world class weekend of derby to cheer on the roller derby elite. Every bout a nail biter. Every day something new to learn and critique. We all came away with new derby crushes and energized and  inspired to try new things on the track!

SO Derby with the famed Hydra!

The second week of November, SO Derby had the pleasure of playing our long time friends in Coquille. The Adventure Coast Roller Derby's Star Stompers hosted a great evening of extremely well matched derby. Both teams won the hearts of the crowd but SO Derby took home the win with one extra  point. 151 to 152. It could not have been a more sporting evening. Lead changes every jam, smiles and hard hits at every turn. Thank you  to the Star Stompers for all the fun!

This week we finished up building our 2017 season! With home games at the Medford Armory and away games on the books we are going to have a great year of derby for our fans! Check back next week for more news, we promise it's going to be awesome!