Summer Skate Camps

Skate Like a Girl

Summer is the perfect time to discover a new hobby! Join people of all ages and genders and find your passion through our Bay Area Derby and Skate Like a Girl SF Summer Skate Camps!

Throughout the summer, SLAG is hosting numerous full-day and half-day camps for kids (ages 6-12), teens and adults! In addition to skateboarding camps, you can learn QUAD roller skating in our week 4 camp at the end of July. Why walk when you could roll?

Check out SLAG’s website for more information or the form below for camp times, dates, scholarship information and how to request loaner gear! Take your first step and fill out the interest form: https://form.jotform.com/90655207937161

Get out of the house and onto eight wheels!

2019 GAME 2 Recap: Oakland Outlaws vs. Berkeley Resistance

The second bout of Bay Area Derby’s 2019 season saw the Berkeley Resistance, armed with a fresh roster of new faces amongst longtime teammates, take on the Oakland Outlaws, the 2018 Champs and season opener winners. With teams this evenly matched, it was anyone’s game. The buzzing energy of the crowd gave way to rousing cheers that rang through the Palace of Fine Arts as the skaters took to the track, with everyone excited to see how these teams would compete and who would take home the win.

The first jam pitted Oakland’s Legs//Cité against Berkeley’s newly-transferred Kate Silver, who made her new teammates proud with a two-pronged attack of hard hitting and strategic footwork to push her way to lead jammer status. Slam Chowder was up next and gained lead for her team again with some well-placed hits to clear her path through the pack. The next lineup of blockers, each determined not to give up any points, pushed both jammers backwards once the whistle blew. Berkeley’s Big Perm broke away to land several quick, hard hits on the opposing blockers, and created just enough space for the lightning-quick jammer Hell or High to dart through and take the lead. Berkeley jammer Harmageddon continued Berkeley’s streak with a soaring apex jump, but received a penalty when her skate grazed the inside of the track upon landing. This gave Oakland jammer Blood, Sweat, and Ears the opportunity to score the first points of the game for their team.

Oakland continued to catch up with Berkeley during the remainder of the first half, switching to more deliberate offense once an opposing jammer had been caught by a wall of Oakland blockers – among them the impenetrable Hieronymus Bash, Ripley Effect, and Lethally Blonde. Veteran skaters Grim Reeba, Esteemed Bun Bun and Eris Jordan, along with brand-new Outlaw Maya, all found opportunities to break up even the most powerful Berkeley formations. The first strategic star passes of the game came from Berkeley to pivots Red Card and The Boonvillain, who each took their jammer’s helmet cover and raced off to start scoring points. By the end of the first half, Oakland led 71-45.

The second half saw a breakout-success power jam for first-time Oakland jammer Peter Panic, who drew roars from the crowd as they racked up points for their team. Berkeley responded by upping offensive moves from Dixie Did It, Red Card and Knockout, while tightening up their defensive play with HOS, Missy Misdemeanor, Psi, and Attila the Hut locking together to create obstacles that even the strongest Oakland jammers had trouble breaking through – although sneaky ones like Snatch managed to dash around on the outside line. Both teams continued to fight head to head with Oakland eventually pulling away and ending with a well-deserved win, 178 – 118.

Bay Area teams return to the Palace of Fine Arts on July 13th, with the Resistance taking on the San Francisco ShEvil Dead. It’s not too soon to grab your tickets and see who will emerge victorious!

FINAL SCORE
Oakland Outlaws: 178
Berkeley Resistance: 118

Photography by Mark Nockleby.

2019 Summer Reckless Beginner Skate Camp

Bay Area Derby presents Reckless Skate Camp, a progressive skating clinic aimed at getting beginner skaters ready for entry-level roller derby starting July 9, 2019 and running through August 17th, inclusive of and optional tryout for the league on August 17, 2019.

During classes, we will teach a structured agenda starting from the very beginner level skills and building up to the minimum skills required to join a roller derby league as a new skater with the goal of preparing skaters for league tryouts.

The Bay Area Derby Reckless Skate Camp 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, laterals, 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.

  • Tuesday 7/9 6:30-8PM
  • Saturday 7/13 9-11AM
  • Tuesday 7/16 6:30-8PM
  • Saturday 7/20 9-11AM
  • Tuesday 7/23 6:30-8PM
  • Saturday 7/27 9-11AM
  • Tuesday 7/30 6:30-8PM
  • Saturday 8/3 9-11AM
  • Tuesday 8/6 6:30-8PM
  • Saturday 8/10 9-11AM
  • Tuesday 8/13 6:30-8PM

Saturday 8/17 9-11 AM TRYOUT

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 flat track roller derby under the WFTDA ruleset. You must have a basic ability 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 35 skaters in order to provide each participant quality instruction and individual feedback.

Register today to save your spot!

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

PRICING
Skate Camp Pass $199

Skate Camp Pass holders may also attend Sunday’s Dudes practice and Friday Open Skate for free throughout July and August.

REQUIRED GEAR

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

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

Questions? Email recklesscamp@bayareaderby.com

We’ll see you on the track!

BAD and Frameline43 Present: “Océan” & “Gender Derby”

Frameline43

Bay Area Derby is proud to co-present two films with Frameline43’s San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival!  Please join us in celebrating these unique stories!

“Océan” & “Gender Derby”

Total Running Time: 86 min

In French and English with English subtitles

Thursday, June 27 at the Landmark Theaters Piedmont at 7PM

This exciting pair of French DIY episodics explore gender and activism in the arenas of sports and filmmaking. In Océan, we follow Parisian activist and filmmaker Océan as he travels to San Francisco to promote Kiss Me! at Frameline after coming out as trans. In Gender Derby, meet non-binary artist and roller derby star Jasmin and their friends as they discuss and celebrate their community on and off the track.

https://www.frameline.org/festival/film-guide/ocean-and-gender-derby

Bay Area All Stars 2019 Private Training Sessions

Bay Area Derby All Stars Private Training

Ready to step up your game?  BAD All Stars are here to help!  Are you interested in derby skills for yourself or your team? Or learning how to train off-skates or shred the ramps? We have trainers to fit all of your needs!

Available Trainers:

  • Brawllen Angel (derby skills, off-skates workouts, ramp skating)
  • Big Perm (derby skills, blocking)
  • Blood, Sweat, & Ears (jammer skills)
  • Bun (derby skills, blocking)
  • Eva Menace (derby skills, off-skates workouts)
  • HOS (basic beginner skills, stops and lateral movement)
  • Kate Silver (off-skates workouts)
  • K.O. (stops, blocking, stride, backwards skating)
  • Legs//Cité (derby skills)
  • Neuralize HER (derby skills, off-skates workouts)
  • Stef Mainey (derby skills, off-skates workouts)

Pricing:

  • Single session- $50

Bundles (buy more than one lesson, for a discount):

  • 2 for 90 ($10 off, $45 each)
  • 3 for 120 ($30 off, $40 each)
  • 4 for 140 ($60 off, $35 each)

Please contact Ripley (ripley@bayareaderby.com) or HOS (hos@bayareaderby.com) for more details or fill out the Interest Form.  

Roller Derby Game 3: San Francisco ShEvil Dead vs. The Berkeley Resistance

Date: July 13, 2019
Where: The Palace of the Fine Arts
Cost: $20 – $30
Doors open: 5:00 PM
Game starts: 7:00 PM

The Berkeley Resistance are charging across the East Bay to do battle with the San Francisco ShEvil Dead in an epic show of endurance, skill and strategy!

The #20ShineTeen season is winding down, and the August Championship bout looms large on all teams’ horizons. Which two teams will be contenders for the golden trophy? Hopes are still alive for both the ShEvil Dead and the Resistance. Who will continue on and claim the title of Champions? Only the results of this game will tell!

Where: The Palace of the Fine Arts Venue
When: July 13, 2019
Doors Open: 5:00 PM
First Whistle: 7:00 PM
General Admission: $20 (Kids 7 and under free)
VIP Admission: $30

Outside food and alcohol are not permitted but there will be food, beverages and alcohol available for purchase. Bars are cash only. There is an ATM on site.

General admission includes:

Bleachers, floor trackside seating (bring blankets, pillows, support cushions), and standing room areas. NO outside 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.

Entrance to the venue:

The doors to the event are on the inner portion of the building, near the famous rotunda.

For parking and public transportation information, visit SFMTA websites:

Short Term Parking Permits: https://www.sfmta.com/sites/default/files/reports-and-documents/2017/09/rpp_temp_permit_app_fy18_eng_v5.pdf

Public Transportation: https://www.sfmta.com/getting-around-san-francisco

BAD events at the Palace of the Fine Arts Venue are ADA accessible.

After party hosted by Silver Cloud Restaurant and Bar in San Francisco

Questions? Please email events@bayareaderby.com

Ramping up to Community: Skate Like a Girl and Dykes with Drills join Bay Area Derby to expand indoor skatepark

Over the March 30th weekend, Skate Like a Girl and Dykes with Drills came together at the Bay Area Derby warehouse to help the league assemble a new section of their indoor skatepark, known as BADPark. An installation of skate ramps and obstacles, BADPark started as a few mini half-pipes next to the derby track on which skaters could cross train. The first major build at the warehouse was in 2018, which brought the park up to three half-pipes, measuring 2, 4, and 8 feet tall. In the last year, the league has gradually collected and assembled other pieces found throughout the Bay Area. “A lot of BAD skaters spend their weekends at the skatepark, and we wanted to bring the park inside where it (usually) doesn’t rain,” explains BADPark coordinator Smother Mary.

Currently, BADPark is used for cross training between derby practices, and roller skating and skateboarding clinics with Skate Like A Girl Bay Area (SLAG). The collaboration with SLAG has brought in street skating obstacles like two quarter pipes, grind rails, and movable platforms. For the last few months, head of BADPark Brawllen Angel and park coordinators Ripley Effect and Smother Mary have worked with SLAG to further expand and diversify the park.

Last weekend, BADPark partnered with Dykes with Drills (DWD) to build a new section of the park. As a nonprofit that teaches women, queer and non-binary volunteers how to use power tools, DWD builds amazing projects that benefit the communities in which they exist.

Around 30 volunteers spent over 15 hours disassembling old park pieces, reworking the 4-foot half-pipe, and building out the frames for several new features, including a spine between two new ramps, a platform with a banked drop, and a roller. Next steps for the park are finishing out the frames, installing the roller, covering it with plywood, adding metal coping and rails, and painting a mural on the biggest ramp.

For Bay Area Derby, BADPark is an undeniably fun way for skaters to train outside of their regular derby practices. It is also a space for members of the skating community to come together and shred in a secure, indoor space that welcomes all folks. Partnering with like-minded organizations such as Skate Like A Girl and Dykes With Drills helps to build community connections, empowering us all to become stronger, more confident and supportive of one another.

BADPark staff can be reached at badpark@bayareaderby.com

4/20/2019 San Francisco ShEvil Dead v. Oakland Outlaw Game Recap

While winds raged outside the Palace of Fine Arts, crowds gathered inside to witness the opening bout of Bay Area Derby’s 2019 season. It was the newly-zested zombies of San Francisco ShEvil Dead playing against the outstanding Oakland Outlaws (champs of the #20SkateTeen season). Fans feasted on hotdogs and nachos to sustain their raucous yells as music from the Silk Road Truckers raised heart rates and anticipation — which team would come out on top?

Legs//Cité of Oakland took the line against Neuralize HER of the ShEvil Dead. A piercing whistle marked the start of the game, and the jammers were off! Legs//Cité pushed through the pack as lead jammer, scoring the first two points of the game. Next on the line was Snatch of the Oakland Outlaws, who pirouetted her away down the outside line and away from the pack. ShEvil’s jammer, Disco Brawl, kept pace with a brilliant star pass to the ShEvil pivot, Snakes Anna Plane, a pattern that would continue throughout the game. The first point for the zombies came when Red Hot Chilli Wrecker of ShEvil was able to get lead jammer status against Blood, Sweat, & Ears of the Outlaws and quickly call off the jam.

Throughout the first half of the game both teams struggled to skate on the slippery track. Oakland demonstrated solid footwork on the line and smart gameplay by scoring several points, then calling off the jam to prevent ShEvil jammers from scoring. Meanwhile, ShEvil experienced success in the last fifteen minutes of the first half, driving hard through the center of the pack and avoiding being hit out of bounds. Nonetheless, at halftime, Oakland led against the ShEvil Dead with a score of 106 – 42.

The Outlaws sustained their winning momentum in the second half, and were able to lock down their defense as skaters adjusted to the slick track. In the first few jams of the second half, blockers Lethally Blonde, Grim Reeba, Eris Jordan, and pivot Esteemed Bun Bun each played effective offense against ShEvil, creating opportunities for their jammer to pass by on the line and earn points. ShEvil Dead blockers Danger Dre and Brick Houser provided notable defense against Oakland, especially as they dealt with a power jam for the Outlaws in the first five minutes of play, and Stomping Hound scored ShEvil’s first points of the second half shortly thereafter. ShEvil jammer Neuralize HER came out hot after a team time out ten minutes into the second half, and scored seven much needed points for the zombies.

Throughout the second half fans saw more official and team timeouts and exciting power jams for each team. The last six minutes of play exemplified the game, with powerful play on both sides, and high-scoring jams for Oakland. In the nineteenth jam, Legs//Cité ran on her toes along the inside line to make the initial pass through the pack, while Hieronymus Bash and Ripley Effect provided relentless offense for the Outlaws. Wicked Bruisah of ShEvil made a powerful hit on Legs//Cité, knocking her out of bounds, although she was quickly back on the track scoring points.

The Outlaws sustained a victory of 267 – 95, and will return to the Palace of Fine Arts to defend their title against the Berkeley Resistance on June 1st. The hardworking zombies aren’t returning to their graves just yet, and will have another chance to triumph against the Resistance on July 13th. You won’t want to miss the action!