Since the revival of roller derby in Austin, Texas, in 2001, the amateur sport has risen from an underground subculture to a pop culture phenomenon. The roller derby revolution has far exceeded anyone’s expectations and has been called “the fastest growing sport for women” (USA Today). No other league has grown faster, stronger, and harder than the Bay Area Derby.


Established in 2004, Bay Area Derby is a full contact, women’s flat track roller derby league located in Oakland, CA consisting of four home teams, two competitive travel teams, a recreational program, skating and non-skating officials, and many dedicated volunteers. BAD’s community involvement has included participating in the San Francisco PRIDE Parade, skating in the Piedmont Fourth of July Parade, and supporting various fundraisers for other non-profits around The Bay.


As proud members of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), the official governing body for modern roller derby, Bay Area Derby is a non-profit 501(c)(3), fully volunteer-driven, skater-owned-and operated organization that gives back to the community that has supported it since 2004. Our driving mission includes providing amateur athletic entertainment and playing roller derby competitively at all levels – local, regional, national, and international.

BAD Executive directors

Baby Face Hellson
Executive Director

Fresh to the Bay Area, Face started skating with BAD in Spring 2019 and is now a member of the Berkeley Resistance. A lawyer by trade, she brings with her a strong drive for business and organization, along with her strong love for the league. 

Red Card
executive director

Red Card started her derby career in 2014 at one of BAD’s Reckless Rollers Camps, looking a lot like Bambi on ice. Since then, Red has worked as a BAD Bar Manager, the Sponsorship Committee Manager and is now serving her second year as one of BAD’s Executive Directors. Currently, Red Card skates with Berkeley Resistance and throws down on BAD’s All Star Team, too.