Sorry to disappoint, everyone, but tomorrow’s bout with Star City has been cancelled. The bout location sadly lost power in yesterday’s storms. This just means that we’ll be at the rink training extra hard for when we take them on August 24th at the Salem Civic Center. Have a great Father’s Day weekend. We’ll be ready for you on the 24th, Star City.
The Blackwater Rollers have a busy summer ahead of us. Coming up June 15th, the Rollers will be taking on the Star City Rollers at the Icimani Adventure Center in Roanoke. This is Star City’s last home bout of the season and we couldn’t be more excited to strut our stuff. We’ve been in the rink working hard and breaking a sweat. The proceeds go to support tornado relief in Oklahoma, so come make the short drive to see some great derby and support a great cause.
Can’t make the drive to Roanoke? Click the link to give a donation. Anything helps!
Star City Rollers will also be donating a dollar for every like they get on their Facebook. So come on, exercise those pointer fingers and click the “like” button. While you’re at it, don’t forget to hop over to the Blackwater Facebook page and click the “like” button to support your favorite Lynchburg derby team.
As if that wasn’t enough, the Rollers will also have a bout on June 23rd against the NRV Bruisin’ Burgs. After a tough loss to NRV earlier this year, we’re hungry for revenge. We’ll be traveling to their home rink in Christiansburg to avenge ourselves and win the Battle of the Burgs.
Heading into July, Blackwater will be hosting the Greenbrier Roller Vixens straight out of the “Wild and Wonderful” West Virginia on the 20th. This one will be a sight to see, folks. This is the only home bout of the Summer, so take a seat in the air conditioning at AJ’s Skateworld, grab an ice cold drink, and watch someone else work up a sweat for once. Be sure to watch for additional details closer to the time of the bout.
Oh yeah, and remember that rematch we mentioned before? Well Blackwater will most likely be taking on the Blue Stone Rollers in a co-ed rematch on August 11th. Be sure you don’t miss the Blackwater men in their second bout of the season. Watch out Blue Stone, we’re comin’ for you!
If co-ed derby action just isn’t enough for you, we’ll be taking part in a double header in Roanoke on August 24th. Star City will be hosting both Blackwater and NRV in a double-header doozy. Star City will open against Blackwater followed by NRV. It’s going to be an all out battle for the Central Virginia derby crown, and we couldn’t be more excited to try and steal it.
Don’t forget that Blackwater is still recruiting. We’ll be at Aj’s Skateworld in Appomattox every Tuesday and Thursday 6:15 – 8:30. No equipment or skills necessary and the first practice is free. We hope to see you there!
Fear swimsuit season no more!
Blackwater is recruiting new skaters, men and women, all summer long. It’s a great way to have fun, stay in shape, and meet some wonderful,strong women in the process, if I do say so myself. The first practice is free! So you have nothing to lose. The Rollers meet every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:15- 8:30 at AJ’s Skateworld, just a short drive away in Appomattox. Don’t have equipment? Not a problem. The Rollers have all the gear you’ll need to be derby ready for your first practice. Everyone of all skills levels is welcome.
Ten Reasons to Derby:
1. Get a bangin’ beach body
2. Develop your own alter ego
3. Meet men and women from all walks of life
4. You know you want more excuses to wear fishnets
5. Blow off steam from work or school
6. Hitting people is LEGAL. How awesome is that?
7. Getting involved in the Lynchburg and Appomattox community
8. Let’s be honest, you look good with a bruise or two.
9. Escape your regular, boring evening routine for two nights a week
10. Help support Lynchburg area non-profits
Don’t forget the first practice is free. Five dollars a practice after that, but no more than $30 a month. That’s two practices a month for free, folks. We look forward to seeing you there. For more information check out our Facebook page or Twitter. If you want to try getting on your skates again before you try derby, make sure to check out adult skate at AJ’s every third Wednesday night of the month.
Last Saturday Blackwater took on the veterans of Blue Stone Roller Derby in a co-ed head-to-head battle. Blackwater started the first jam with an early lead, but several Blue Stone power jams would ultimately propel Blue Stone ahead of Blackwater leading to a final score of 212 to 119.
By the end of the bout the teams we bruised, beat, tired, and ready for more! Both teams had a fantastic time in their first co-ed bout of the season and were asking for more by the end. MVP awards were given to Appomattox’s own Mighty Mouse and Art Vandelay for their stellar performances jamming and blocking. The night was also special for another reason; the rollers celebrated the birthdays of Dangerazz and Luci van Damsel during half time and again after the bout at El Cazador. Blackwater wants to give a big thank you to the El Cazador staff for being great hosts for the after party!
A portion of all proceeds went to help Lynchburg Grows, an urban sustainable farm in Lynchburg. Thank you fans for helping us continue to support Lynchburg area non-profits as well as supporting local roller derby. Blackwater continues to open recruitment to all who are interested. Practice is Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:30 to 8:30 at AJ’s Skateworld in Appomattox. The first practice and free and the gear is provided so what do you have to lose? If you have any questions contact us on our Facebook page or email!
Keep calm and derby on!
Hello, derby fans! The Rollers have another bout right around the corner, but this time, we’re letting the boys play. April 6th at 7:00, the men of the Blackwater Rollers will make their season premier against Blue Stone Roller Derby. Don’t worry, you’re favorite female skaters will still be there getting rough with the boys. A portion of all proceeds will go to Benefit Lynchburg Grows. Tickets are $6 in advance and $8 at the door. They’re on sale now at Aj’s Skateworld in Appomattox, drop by or contact a skater to get yours. We hope to see all of you there for our co-ed team season debut!
Blackwater Rollers had a fabulous time bouting the lovely NRV Bruisin’ Burgs for March Attacks this past weekend! We were so pleased to see so many familiar faces, new fans, and even some of our retired Blackwater friends in the audience like Prudence, Zombi, Naughty Nini, Meryl Shreik, and Parabellum! Special thanks to Star City Rollergirls’ Sophie Nominal, Ms. B. Haven, DeviousDee and All Up Anya for their help battling it out on the track. We were particularly pleased to welcome Hell-ga back from retirement for this bout. Although we ultimately were not able to make a comeback in the second half, anyone who was there was able to witness some phenomenal power jams by both teams, including a record 41 points by Pizazz!
A lot of folks may have been wondering at the stopped skaters on the track – this is a newer strategy brought on by the updated WFTDA ruleset that has harsher penalties for destruction of the pack. This is because if both teams are more than 10 feet apart, there is “no pack” and the skaters may not engage opposing skaters including the other jammer. Therefore, if one team stands in place so their jammer can run round and round to score for a power jam, the other team can’t chase her more than 10 (or 20 feet ifthe team “bridges” with a single skater) without being called on a destruction of pack penalty. Additionally, you may have noticed skaters hitting each other out and skating backwards – this is because if you are knocked out by a skater who stays in bounds and upright herself, you have to come in behind her. If you don’t, a cutting track penalty is given. Thank goodness we had NRV’s own Slingin’ Gritz announcing to help explain all these technicalities!
By the end, the score showed 347 - 206 in favor of NRV. However, a good time was had by all, and it can be argued that Blackwater won the afterparty at El Cazador’s!
Please join us for some Co-Ed action in less than two weeks, for Skating with the Stars, April 6th! Although the final rosters are not in, you will definitely be seeing some of Blackwater’s referees in on the game….as well as such derby legends as Groper Cleavage, Art Vandelay, Slingin’ Gritz, Highwayman, and maybe even Luv At First Fright and our hometown hero, Mighty Mouse! A portion of the proceeds will benefit Lynchburg Grows, so be sure to get your pre-sale tickets early from AJ Skateworld to reserve your seat and help a great cause! We’ll see you on the track!
The snow is melting, the sun is shining, and derby season is getting into full swing. We’ll be having our second home bout of the season Saturday March 23rd. We’ll be taking on the Bruisin’ Burgs, hailing from Blacksburg/Christianburg. Tickets are $6 in advance at Aj’s Skateworld and $8 at the door. Tickets are already on pre-sale, so get into AJ’s or contact your favorite derby girl! Don’t forget that part of the proceeds goes to a good cause; Blackwater will be donating a portion of the proceeds to the Lynchburg Daily Bread. We’re looking forward to seeing all of your beautiful faces. Derby on!
Always wanted to try derby? Interested in learning to ref or volunteer? Make sure to contact us on our facebook or at Blackwaterrollers@yahoo.com