Since 2007, San Jose Skate has been the home of the Silicon Valley Roller Girls, the South Bay's only flat track roller derby league. And on May 31, San Jose Skate will be closing its doors permanently.
So before the lights go out, the Silicon Valley Roller Girls will hold one last Black and White Scrimmage at San Jose Skate -- on Tuesday, May 13 at 8 p.m.
Unlike other roller derby matches, Black and White Scrimmages are co-ed and comprised of teams of various levels, making Black and White Scrimmages a popular event among the assorted roller derby teams in the area. Skaters from nearby leagues -- Bay Area Derby Girls, Santa Cruz Roller Derby, and several others -- frequently come by to participate as well.
SVRG has three teams, the Dot.Kamikazes (which travel all over the Bay Area competing against other leagues), the Hard Drivers, and the Killabytes.
As a non-profit organization, SVRG is owned and led by the skaters themselves. Every participating skater, referee, and official has their own volunteer job that's instrumental in keeping the league running.
Spectators are encouraged to come watch the last Black and White Scrimmage. Admission is $5. Skaters from nearby leagues who wish to participate may do so for $10.
Also, SVRG is raising money to afford a new venue so they can continue to practice and hold scrimmages. Visit their fundraising page to help them reach their goal.