2018 BAD Beginnings

Sat 10/6
Mon 10/8
Sat 10/13
Mon 10/15
Sat 10/20*
Mon 10/22
Sat 10/27
Mon 10/29
Mon 11/5
Sat 11/10
Mon 11/12
Sat 11/17

*October 20th is session is off-skates rules class & scrimmage viewing to learn the game of derby.


Bay Area Derby presents a 12 session clinic aimed at getting beginner skaters ready for entry-level roller derby starting October 6 and running through November 17. We will teach you the minimum skills required to participate in our roller derby tryouts on December 1st and 2nd.

The BAD Beginner Skate Clinic is geared towards beginner skaters who want to skate in a flat track roller derby environment. We’ll break down the basics of proper derby stance, work on building muscles to maintain that stance, stopping techniques, fluid movement on the track, lateral movement, jumping, and weaving. The latter part of the classes will focus on partner and pack work as well as game aspects, including blocking and hitting.

Saturday sessions are 1pm – 3pm. Monday sessions are 6:30 – 8pm. All Bay Area Derby Beginner Skate Clinic sessions will be held at BAD HQ in West Oakland. Address will be provided upon registration.

TRYOUTS for the 2019 season are December 1st and 2nd, 1-4pm Saturday and Sunday. Reserve your spot at tryouts when you register for the clinic and save!


Open to female-identifying and gender non-binary individuals who are at least 18 years old, and interested in learning how to play Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby. You must have a basic ability to:

  • balance/roll on skates with no outside assistance
  • to stay active for up to two hours at a time
  • exert yourself physically and mentally throughout the session

Attendance at every session is not required but highly encouraged as each class builds upon the previous one. No refunds will be given for missed sessions or drop-outs. We are limiting the clinic to 35 skaters in order to provide each participant with quality instruction and individual feedback.

Please arrive 15 minutes before sessions to warm up and gear up.

Skate Clinic Pass $199

Skate Clinic Pass holders may also attend unlimited Reckless Rollers sessions in October and November.


  • Quad roller skates with appropriate indoor wheels
  • Protective gear (helmet, wrist guards, elbow pads, and knee pads)
  • Well-fitting mouthguard

Skates and protective gear (aside from mouthguard) are possible to borrow at our practice venue each session on a first-come, first-served basis. We cannot guarantee your size. We highly recommend purchasing your own protective gear for cleanliness and safety. You MUST provide your own mouthguard.

Questions? Email programs@bayareaderby.com

We’ll see you on the track!