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

Executive Director

With a background in competitive rowing, Ears started skating with BAD’s recreational program in Fall 2017. A passion for team development, a lens for inclusivity, and a clear sense of purpose drives Ears’ commitment to supporting the success of BAD’s leadership team.

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