2020 Bay Area Derby Season Opener: Battle of the Bays

Bay Area Derby’s 2020 season opens with a fresh fight between the ruthless Oakland Outlaws and the terrifying ShEvil Dead in an epic BATTLE OF THE BAYS. Last year Oakland walked away with the championship trophy, scoring a win for the East Bay. But ShEvil is scheming to upturn the Outlaws’ winning and snatch a victory for San Francisco! Will Oakland remain undefeated, or will the ShEvil zombies break their walls and their shriveled hearts? ONLY ONE CAN WIN!

Where: Fort Mason Center, Festival Pavilion, 2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco, CA
When: Sunday February 16th, 2020
Doors Open: 5 PM
Game: 7 PM
General Admission: $18 (Kids 7 and under free)
VIP Admission: $30

General admission includes:  Floor trackside seating: bring blankets, pillows, support cushions, or soft back chairs. NO hard back chairs allowed

Accessible seating is also available.

VIP Admission Includes:
Limited VIP seating in prime viewing area (along the start straightaway and into turn 1), and dedicated line at the bar.

There will our traditional mid-game raffle, and Bay Area Derby official merchandise available for purchase.

Outside food and alcohol are not permitted but there will be food trucks, beverages and alcohol available for purchase (with all proceeds from drinks sales going to Bay Area Derby!).

***Bars accept cash or card. There is an ATM on site.***

GAME 2 POSTPONED

After close consultation with our venue, Fort Mason, Bay Area Derby has decided to postpone Game 2 on Saturday, March 7, 2020 due to growing concerns about COVID-19. 

Having spent a great deal of time and effort preparing for the game, we are incredibly disappointed to not be able to hold the event, and we know our fans are as well. However, ensuring the wellbeing of our community is our top priority, and we believe rescheduling the game is the best way to do that.

The new date for this game will be announced in the coming weeks. If you have already purchased tickets on Eventbrite for the 3/7 game, the cost of your ticket can be applied to a future game or refunded altogether. You’ll receive an email with details regarding refunds and transfers shortly. 

BAD intends to hold games on May 9th and May 30th at Fort Mason, as planned.

We want to thank all our fans, volunteers and partners for your continued support. We look forward to seeing you at the next game. 

Season 2020 – Game 2 – San Francisco ShEvil Dead vs. Berkeley Resistance

Can’t wait for more derby? You don’t have to! Bay Area Derby’s second game of the season is just around the corner. 

The season heats up as the ShEvil Dead try to bust-up the Berkeley Resistance. Last year, Berkeley issued San Francisco a crushing defeat, but the army of the dead has risen again and is hungering for victory. Will Berkeley be able to counter ShEvil’s undying attacks? Can the Resistance find a weakness in San Francisco’s defensive walls and blow them apart?

Find out for yourself on Saturday, March 7 at the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion. First whistle at 7pm. For details and tickets, follow the link below. 

Where: Fort Mason Center, Festival Pavilion, 2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco, CA
When: Sunday February 16th, 2020
Doors Open: 5 PM
Game: 7 PM
General Admission: $18 (Kids 7 and under free)
VIP Admission: $30

General admission includes:  Floor trackside seating: bring blankets, pillows, support cushions, or soft back chairs. NO hard back chairs allowed

Accessible seating is also available.

VIP Admission Includes:
Limited VIP seating in prime viewing area (along the start straightaway and into turn 1), and dedicated line at the bar.

There will our traditional mid-game raffle, and Bay Area Derby official merchandise available for purchase.

Outside food and alcohol are not permitted but there will be food trucks, beverages and alcohol available for purchase (with all proceeds from drinks sales going to Bay Area Derby!).

***Bars accept cash or card. There is an ATM on site.***

Season 2020 Game 1 recap

The 2020 Bay Area Derby season got off to a bang on February 16th, with an exciting bout overlooking the San Francisco waterfront in the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion. With the bleachers full of fans enjoying food trucks eats and a few cold brews, the San Francisco ShEvil Dead lined up against last year’s undefeated champions, the Oakland Outlaws.

The Outlaws sprinted to a lead in the first half, with veterans Esteemed Bun Bun, Grim Reeba and Spiller alternating jams with Luna Shovegood, along with two new draftees, Maeve of Mutilation and Rolling Thunder. The ShEvil squad countered with jams led by The Freak, Stomping Hound, and Demoraliza along with multiposition powerhouse Neuralize HER and a fresh face, new jammer Atomic Bombshell. The bout rolled into half time a close game, the Outlaws leading ShEvil 102 to 90.

Photo by Will Toft

By jam 19 in the second half, Oakland was still holding onto the lead, but they had two blockers in the penalty box at the end of jam. With only three Outlaws on the track, ShEvil put Neuralize HER in wearing the star. With Kitty Killa heading up a strong offense, Neuralize HER was able to take control and bring ShEvil into the lead with 172 points to Oakland’s 167.

Photo by Will Toft

With a minute left in the game, Spiller came in to jam for Oakland, facing off against Demoralizer on the ShEvil line, and fought back to tie the game at 176-176. With only one second left on the clock, the Outlaws called a timeout, squeezing in just one more two-minute jam that would decide the thrilling bout. Grim Reeba wore the star for Oakland, while Neuralize HER toed up for the SF squad. Neuralize HER broke out of the pack to take lead jammer, while Grim Reeba was forced to visit to the penalty box. Neuralize HER took full advantage of the power jam to push ShEvil into the lead with 180 points. With only fifty seconds left on the jam clock and in the entire game, Grim Reeba sprinted out of the box and lapped the field to put points on the board, while Neuralize HER fought her way to more earned passes in the final seconds. When the dust cleared, the San Francisco ShEvil Dead had 187 points against the Oakland Outlaws’ 184, toppling the 2019 Bay Area Derby home team champ.

Fresh off their victory, ShEvil will return to the arena on March 7, taking on the Berkeley Resistance. Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bad-home-bout-2-tickets-88168794237 to buy tickets today, and see bayareaderby.com for more details, including information about pre-bout junior roller derby training clinics!

2020 Bay Area Derby Home Team Records:
San Francisco ShEvil Dead: 1 – 0
Oakland Outlaws: 0 – 1
Berkeley Resistance: first game on March 7

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Bay Area Derby Live Stream – ShEvil Dead vs Outlaws – 2/16/2020

Won’t make it to Fort Mason for the all the action? We’ve got you covered. Catch the first game of the 2020 season TODAY, February 16th on live stream. In this evening’s EPIC Battle of the Bays, the Oakland Outlaws take on San Francisco Shevil Dead at the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion. Video coverage will begin at 7pm, at first whistle.  

With a new year, comes new teammates, new strategies and in the end, new champions. Don’t miss a second of it.

2020 Reckless Skate Camps Announced

Reckless Rollers Skate Camp is a progressive skating clinic aimed at getting beginner skaters ready for entry-level roller derby. Below are some important details to get you started

We are excited to announce two camps for the 2020 season! July 20th- September 12th, 2020 and September 28th- November 21st, 2020. Each camp will hold practices on Monday 7-9pm and Saturday 10am-12pm. On the last Saturday of each camp BAD will hold league tryouts, which are included in your camp package, giving you the opportunity to show us all that you’ve learned and continue on your journey to join our league.

During practices, BAD Reckless Roller Coaches will teach a structured agenda starting from the very beginner level skills and building up to the minimum skills required to join a WFTDA roller derby league. This camp works to prepare new skaters for league tryouts.

The Bay Area Derby Reckless Skate Camp will teach you the basics of the flat track roller derby environment. We’ll break down essential skills, such as proper derby stance, stopping techniques, fluid movement on the track, laterals, jumping and weaving. During class, we will also focus on essential aspects of the game, including partner and pack work, blocking and hitting.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Open to women and gender expansive people who are at least 18 years old, and interested in learning how to play flat track roller derby under the WFTDA ruleset. Before you begin camp, you must be able to:

  • balance/roll on skates with no outside assistance
  • 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, including for missed sessions or drop-outs. We are limiting the camp to 40 skaters in order to provide each participant quality instruction and individual feedback. Register today to save your spot!

We encourage new skaters to join the Reckless Rollers Facebook group to connect with other skaters currently enrolled in the program, as well as to stay up to date about any potential Friday open skate cancellation.

PRICING

Skate Camp Pass $199

Skate Camp Pass holders may attend Sunday BAD Dudes practice and Friday Open Skate for free for the duration of the skate camp. You’ll also have access to the BAD Tryouts immediately following the camp.

REQUIRED GEAR

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

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 or quality of equipment. We highly recommend purchasing your own protective gear for cleanliness and safety. You MUST provide your own mouthguard.

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

Quad Republic Skate Co. (https://www.quadrepublicskateco.com/) is a skate shop located in El Cerrito, CA and is able to help with any equipment needs. They are offering a 10% discount to Reckless Camp participants.

Questions? Email recklesscamp@bayareaderby.com

2020 RECKLESS ROLLERS CAMPS

Film Screening: Derby Crazy Love

Join us as we celebrate Women’s History Month with an insider’s view of the adrenaline-filled world of women’s roller derby followed by a post-film discussion with Bay Area Derby team members.

DERBY CRAZY LOVE accompanies Montreal’s top team, New Skids on the Block, on its exhilarating journey to regional championships, where they face off in a pitched battle against U.K. powerhouse, London Rollergirls, and reigning world champions, New York’s Gotham Girls. Deftly tackling issues of masculinity, femininity, aggression, body image, queer identity and gender norms, this fast-paced yet reflective film captures the spirit of community, inclusiveness, and sisterhood at roller derby’s core today. Directed by Maya Gallus and Justine Pimlott, of Red Queen Productions

Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Bay Area Derby, Northern California’s premier women’s flat-track roller derby league. Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/193498808690620/

Gold Nuggets Junior Roller Derby Clinic – 2/16/2020

Excited about skating? Want to delve into the world of roller derby!? Now is the time! Experience high level training from some of Bay Area Derby’s finest skaters. Skater passes include 3 hours of on skates training each day plus free admission to our adult home team game on 2/16. This training will focus on skills and group work for beginners, and skaters will be grouped based on age and previous skating experience. Participation in contact drills will depend on each skater’s previous experience and their comfort executing basic roller derby skills. For those not ready for contact, alternate skill drills will be available! 

The Gold Nugget Clinic is intended for youth skaters who are 7 – 17. You don’t have to have roller derby experience to participate but you do have to be able to skate by yourself and have all required protective gear.

Skater participants are encouraged to assess their own skill level. BAD recommends using the following guidelines:

  • New: You have not played roller derby but can roller skate without the assistance of anyone or anything.
  • Beginner: You have passed JRDA minimum skills, have skated in some scrimmages and/or games, still have a lot to learn on and off the track but are excited for new challenges.  
  • Intermediate: You have passed JRDA minimum skills, can confidently skate and scrimmage, may be on your league’s B-team but are looking to progress to the next level.
  • Advanced: You have passed JRDA minimum skills, can skate confidently forwards and backwards and are on your league’s A-team.

If you need skates and protective gear (helmet, wrist guards, elbow pads, knee pads, & mouth guard) visit Quad Republic Skate Co. online or at 9925 San Pablo Ave in El Cerrito – a Bay Area based skate shop run by our very own Brawllen Angel and Stef Mainey.

For more details and participation requirements, please visit the ticket site.

SCHEDULE

Sunday February 16 || 2-5 PM

PRICING*

Single Day: Skater Pass $50

QUESTIONS?E-mail juniors@bayareaderby.com.

BAD Beginner Officiating Clinic – 2/22/2020

Do you like roller derby, but haven’t been sure how to get involved? Or are you already involved in roller derby at a beginner level and want to take your knowledge of the game to the next level? Join us for this Beginner Clinic to learn the foundations of roller derby officiating. Not sure what an official is or does? This is a perfect event to learn.

THIS CLINIC WILL COVER:

  • The Rules: a quick jumpstart overview
  • Officiating Roles: whatchy’all doing out there?
  • Officiating Paperwork: for those who love it and those who don’t
  • The Derbyverse: league membership and beyond

DETAILS

The clinic will take place from 10am-5pm on February 22, 2020 at BAD HQ (2635 Peralta St., Oakland) with a one hour independent lunch break.

The cost of the clinic is $40 and is free to league members. Please RSVP via Wellness Living. Visit our Officials Page for additional information on officiating with BAD.

See you there!

Acknowledging Indigenous Erasure: Bay Area Derby Contributes to Shuumi Land Tax

Bay Area Derby strives to respect and value all members of our community. In that spirit, we wish to acknowledge that we occupy the land of the Ramaytush and Chochenyo Ohlone. We recognize the exclusion and erasure of indigenous peoples; to contribute to the repair of this injustice, BAD will be paying a Shuumi Land Tax to support the Sogorea Te’ Land Trust, which works to restore portions of Ohlone territory to Ohlone stewardship. While we understand that no amount of money can undo the damage that’s been done, we invite you to join us in supporting the self-determination and sovereignty of current and future Ohlone people.

For additional information, visit the Sogorea Te’ Land Trust website and the Indian People Organizing for Change website, and watch Beyond Recognition, a local film about the first women-led, urban indigenous land trust.