NorCal Derby Fire Relief

In only four days, the Butte County Camp Fire surpassed all other Golden State fires to become the most destructive fire in California history, burning 125,000 acres, obliterating 6,453 homes, taking 48 lives, and over 200 people still missing.

Here in the Bay, we’re only dealing with smoke. But many of our close California families, roller derby friends NOR CAL ROLLER GIRLS​, and neighbors have been devastated by wildfires to the north and south. If you can help by donating even a little bit, we can help to relieve some of the pain and loss.

Thanks for your support! Links and different ways to help below.

NorCal Derby GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/norcal-roller-girls?fbclid=IwAR1GKlVDH-s7P5ySuzQ5N8w7Lt-hNlu1UekGbC2YJp5Too1pAbaWaSiiWL0

Other ways to help:
Red Cross: Monetary donations can be made to the American Red Cross by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

California Community Foundation’s Wildfire Relief Fund: Supports victims by helping to rebuild homes and providing financial assistance to those who need medical and mental treatment. https://connect.calfund.org/give/wildfirerelief

Donate housing through AirBnb:
https://www.airbnb.com/welcome/evacuees/buttecounty?irgwc=1&irclid=2Br0sbRUHXeNTypXbyXQnw4lUkgyWd1sv3QUzQ0&ircid=4560&c=Skimbit%20Ltd._290446&sharedid=content&af=126295512

Friends and Family from BAD:
https://www.gofundme.com/camp-fire-escapee-my-dad?fbclid=IwAR3UZiPMKNumpoAASwMOxyTjvuv1EjMlSRpYk2An54-Nnh1lyCIRREyy92s
https://www.gofundme.com/paradise-fire-devestation

Our Champion Officials

Our officials are so amazing that two of them were invited to officiate at the WFTDA International Champs this year in New Orleans! Congratulations to Danger Muffin and Bruise Almighty. Thank for your unflagging commitment to improving your officiating skills and for enabling us to safely play the sport we love! We couldn’t roll without you, and neither could the teams playing in Champs this weekend! #WFTDAChamps #GoTeamZebra #NSONovember

Additionally, our very own Kate Silver has journeyed to New Orleans to help PRODUCE for the amazing WFTDA.tv feed! Kate is an awesome announcer and all-around knowledge source for WFTDA and roby doby!  Thanks for representing us in NOLA, Kate! #KateIsGr8

Golden State Skate

Book Today

November 24th-25th
12:00 – 5:00 pm
(11am registration and warm up).

BAD Park is starting our guest coach series with Estro Jen!

Estro Jen, Dita de los Muertos, Kid Ace will be stopping by the BADPark with a full sizing range for Jack boots to help you choose the perfect pair.

In addition, they will be lending their skate knowledge to help you add more tricks and dance to your toolbox. 2 days, 6 hours of skating – Learn Ramp and Skate Dance from the best.

November 24th-25th from 12:00 – 5:00 pm (11 am registration and warm up).

$35 for one day, $60 for the weekend, limited tickets.

Mark you calendars and sign up here.

2019 BAD Tryouts

REGISTER NOW

December 8th
1pm – 5pm

BAD HQ
2635 Peralta Street
Oakland, CA

 

Our tryouts for the 2019 season are December 8th!

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

  • Skate comfortably and safely with others around you
  • Stay active for up to 4 hours at a time
  • Exert yourself physically and mentally throughout the session

Tryouts will be held at BAD HQ in West Oakland. Address will be provided upon registration.

To participate, you will need the following:

  • Registration completed & paid online in advance
  • Quad roller skates with appropriate indoor wheels
  • Protective gear (helmet, wrist guards, elbow pads, and knee pads, mouthguard)

Skates and protective gear (aside from mouthguard) are possible to borrow at our practice venue. We cannot guarantee your size. We highly recommend purchasing your own protective gear for cleanliness and safety. You MUST provide your own mouthguard.

Want to warm up your wheels before tryouts?

Drop in on our Reckless Rollers program to get some practice on skates – your first session is free! https://www.bayareaderby.com/reckless-rollers

Questions? Email coaching@bayareaderby.com

 

We’ll see you on the track!

2018 SPOOKTACULAR

Saturday, Oct 20th 1PM

PRICE
$20 to register
Spectators $5 (cash at door)

REGISTER NOW

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Come enjoy a Halloween-themed fun afternoon of roller derby with Bay Area Derby. This year’s SPOOKTACULAR is a mixed-level Halloween roller derby scrimmage featuring:

Creeptastic Creatures (green)
Jumpin’ Jack-o-Lanterns (orange)
Ghoulish Ghosts (white)
Wicked Witches (purple)

This is a mixed-level scrimmage, but in order to participate you must be an active member of a roller derby league, 18 years or older, and cleared for contact/scrimmage. If you’re a new skater interested in roller derby we encourage you to check out our Reckless Rollers program or Beginner Skater Clinic.

Bay Area Derby skaters will be your bench coaches for the afternoon—so no need to worry about helmet covers or support staff. Dressing in theme is encouraged (but not required). There will be awards for the best costume on each team!

Registration ends October 7 and/or we have reached the maximum number of 15 skaters per team. Then you will be sorted onto 1 of the teams by BAD staff. We will email you by October 8 to let you know what team you’re on so you can get your shirts and costumes ready!

SCHEDULE
1:00 – 1:30 Check-in
1:30 – 1:55 Warm-up/Open track time for all
1:55 – 2:25 G1: Ghoulish Ghosts v. Jumpin’ Jack-o-Lanterns
2:25 – 2:30 5 min break
2:30 – 3:00 G2: Creeptastic Creatures v. Wicked Witches
3:00 – 3:10 10 min break
3:10 – 3:40 G3: Creeptastic Creatures v. Jumpin’ Jack-o-Lanterns
3:40 – 3:45 5 min break
3:45 – 4:15 G4: Ghoulish Ghosts  v. Wicked Witches
4:15 – 4:25 10 min break
4:25 – 4:55 G5: Ghoulish Ghosts v. Creeptastic Creatures
4:55 – 5:00 5 min break

2018 BAD Beginnings

12 SESSIONS:
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.

 
BOOK TODAY!

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!

WHAT TO EXPECT

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.

PRICING
Skate Clinic Pass $199

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

REQUIRED GEAR

  • 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 bootcamps@bayareaderby.com

We’ll see you on the track!

BAD to Good to Great: A WFTDA Clinic

Join WFTDA Officiating Instructors Nora Leif (of Windy City Rollers) and Marriedjuana (of Sacramento Roller Derby) for a two-day officiating clinic held in Oakland, CA at Bay Area Derby’s practice space. Nora Leif is a Level 4 NSO and represents all of officiating to the WFTDA Rules Committee. Marriedjuana is a Level 2 SO, a language lead for the WFTDA, translating WFTDA documents into Spanish, WFTDA Clinic Instructor (5 years), and Former Head Referee of Sacramento Roller Derby.

Unlike many WFTDA clinics, this clinic is geared at mid-career officials, with plenty of experience, who are looking to make the “next step” from Good to Great. We expect all officials (including newer, early-career officials and perhaps even some advanced officials) to benefit. Specific skill sets include:

• Focus: Are you focusing too narrowly or too broadly? What needs your attention RIGHT NOW?
• Distractions: How to keep your mind from straying?
• Complex rules scenarios: How to handle them effectively at a moment’s notice, including star passes, jammer swaps, and more.
• Communication: How to talk to other officials, skaters, and coaches.
• Presence on the track: What do “Calm” and “Professional” really look like?
• Self-Assessment: Tracking and managing your own growth when you’re the most advanced official around
• Helping others grow: Are you the local mentor, and not sure how you got there? Tips for coaching other officials, including how to give and receive feedback
• Pursuing Certification: What the whole path looks like, and do you even want to?
• Footage Review: How to watch a game and find the things that matter

This clinic runs from 10am-2pm on Saturday, July 21, and then picks up again from 10am-5pm on Sunday, July 22. Snacks are provided, plus a lunch is provided on Sunday. Bay Area Derby has a public game on July 21; officials may sign up to work the event here: (form), or tickets may be purchased separately. Footage from this game may be reviewed on Sunday as part of the clinic. The cost to attend some or all of the clinic is $75. Register today!

Be BAD. Then get good. Now get better.

Gio’s Pizza & Bocce Fundraising Night

Can’t wait until July 21st to see your favorite derby skaters again?  On Sunday June 10th, Bay Area Derby skaters will be hanging out at Gio’s Pizza & Bocce in Berkeley, playing Bocce and fundraising with pizza orders!  Gio’s is helping BAD by donating 10% of To-Go and Dine-In orders (no delivery) between 5 and 10 PM! Help us earn some cash by eating some excellent pizza!

Additional Information
Time: 5-10 PM on June 10, 2018
Location: Gio’s Pizza & Bocce 2420 Shattuck Ave Berkeley, California 94704
Cost to attend: Free!  But order some pizza, salad or drinks while you play Bocce ball with us!

20SkateTeen BOUT 1 recap: San Francisco ShEvil Dead v. Berkeley Resistance

BAD’s opening home bout of the #20SkateTeen season pitted the Berkeley Resistance against the San Francisco ShEvil Dead in a hard-hitting test of endurance and stability, resulting in victory for the zombies, 172-99.

BAD’s teams took the track at San Francisco’s historic Palace of the Fine Arts under the gaze of two ominous angel statues and a triumphant crowd of about 700 fans.  The starting jammers–Eva Menace for the Resistance and Danymite for the ShEvil Dead–crashed into the pack of skaters, with Dani taking a quick lead and forcing Eva to pass the star to her pivot, Raven Evergore, while Dani continued on to score five points and call off the jam.

The first half of play saw the teams trading low-scoring passes and calling off the jam.  It seemed as though both teams were working more towards stability on the slick track than on elaborate strategy. Both teams used up their official reviews in the first half of play, requesting the officials to call cut track penalties on the opposing team’s jammers.  The officials stood by their decision in both cases, and both teams lost their official reviews.

At halftime, ShEvil led the Resistance with a score of 89-45.

The Resistance came back swinging, however, taking on a two-wall of ShEvil blockers and scoring a quick five points.  The next jam, too, saw Berkeley’s Smother Mary break through a full contingent of zombie blockers, leading to yet another star pass from ShEvil’s Sterling Archer to pivot Stefanie Mainey.  

Berkeley’s momentum was not to last, even as the Resistance and ShEvil both solidified their defensive strategies in the second half of the game.  With just over ten minutes left on the clock, Berkeley completed a star pass right off the line to Raven Evergore. But ShEvil’s jammer, Tifa Knoxhard, followed closely behind out of the pack and into her scoring pass.  After two passes the ShEvil blockers were able to clear the penalty box and, with Stefanie Mainey bracing a wall of three, shut down Raven Evergore and allow Tifa Knoxhard the time to break through the Resistance tripod, all while running down the game clock.

From then on, the half saw multiple scoreless jams, including one with only 8 minutes left on the clock, where the tripod walls for both teams held the jammers for a full two minutes–a testament to both teams’ strength and communication.

At the end of the night, the ShEvil Dead emerged victorious, with a score of 172-99.  The Resistance have another chance to prove themselves in their upcoming fight for the East Bay against the Oakland Outlaws on April 7th, again at the Palace of the Fine Arts.  Which team will own the Bay?

Photography by Will Toft.

FINAL SCORE

San Francisco ShEvil Dead: 172
Berkeley Resistance: 99

Featured image by Mark Nockleby.

BAD Skater Diaries: Hines

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Who makes BAD run? SPOILER: all the skaters volunteers. Hines is one of our best slashies!

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