Wednesday May 11, 2011
Skating Over Cancer
Valley Vixens double-header
Submitted by PR Reign Valley Vixens
bbotsford's own Reign Valley Vixens hit the floor rolling on May 28th with the Second Annual Battle for Boobs flat track roller derby bout. Once again they will be raising funds and awareness to fight the battle against breast cancer.
The Vixen Veterans will defend their home track in game one against Edmonton's Oil City Tanker Girls, while the Vixens' Smash Test Betties take on the Sunshine Coast Roller Girls in game two at Abbotsford's MSA Arena.
The Vixens will be auctioning off one-of-a-kind shirts that they will be wearing for this event only, as well as a set of custom-made helmet covers donated by the talented ladies at Derbyskinz.com. Proceeds will be donated to The BC Cancer Foundation.
The Facebook page Rolling Over Cancer has been established for both the skaters and the community to share their personal stories of why this cause means so much to them: www.facebook.com/pages/Rolling-Over-Cancer/107101182712002
Remaining bouts for this season will be played at the MSA Arena in Abbotsford.
June 25th Rollin' Thunder
July 23rd Wheels of Justice
Tickets: $12 at the door, or $10 with a non-perishable food donation to the Abbotsford food bank. Children under 12 are FREE.
For more information on the league and the Vixens visit: www.rvvrd.com
Background on the Vixens
The Reign Valley Vixens began in 2007 with a small group of ladies with a dream to build a flat track derby league in the Fraser Valley. They are based in Abbotsford, but their members span from Surrey/Aldergrove/Langley to Maple Ridge and Mission. They are now into their third season and ready to bring their family-friendly rock concert-style roller derby bouts back to Abbotsford's MSA Area until the ice returns!
Roller Derby 101
The game is played in two thirty-minute periods made up of numerous two-minute races that are called 'jams'. Each jam starts with five women from both teams on the track. Each team has four 'blockers' and one 'jammer'. The 'pack' is made up of all the blockers. Two jammers stand twenty feet behind the pack. Once the pack begins to move, the jammers attempt to make their way through the pack. Their own blockers try to help them though while the opposing blockers try to stop the jammer from passing them. On the second pass through, the jammer gets one point for each opposing blocker she passes legally.
There are five to seven referees who enforce the rules of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), although most fans are delighted to witness many hard hits, skating mishaps and trips to the penalty box. At the end of the second period, the team with the most points wins.
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