Category Archives: BAD Volunteer of the Month

Mae K. Haste

For July, we had two volunteers of the month voted in by our league members! This dedicated volunteer used to be a skating league member . . .

Time and time again, Mae K. Haste has shown her incredible dedication to BAD. When she was a league member, she held the position of co-manager of Events in which she helped orchestrate and make the magic of bout day happen. The amazing quality of our Event production was a direct result of her passion, hard work, and organizational skills. We miss Mae as a skater but thrilled to still have her around as a BAD volunteer and fan!

Photo credit: Lucas Saugen

Name: Mae K. Haste

If you have a derby name what is it & what’s the story behind it?

Mae K. Haste – my middle name is Mae, and I do everything with haste!

How long have you been with B.A.D.? What brought you to B.A.D.?

Since March 2012 – started as a Reckless Roller, and also started officiating around that time.  Discovered Roller Derby in Santa Cruz, and after going to a few bouts there, realized that BAD existed, and started attending bouts in 2010.

When you’re not supporting our league – what else do you enjoy doing?

Spending time with family and friends, exploring the Bay Area, snuggling with my corgi.

What do you love about roller derby?

The culture – it’s a world all in its own.

Share your favorite derby memory/moment from 2015.

Watching the Berkeley Resistance win the championship game.  When I first started watching BAD, I was a Resistance fan, so it was fantastic to be able to see them take the win!

Share one of your favorite motivational quotes with us.

“Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.” – Albert Einstein

Red Card

In the Merry Month of May, our B.A.D. Volunteer of the Month is another one of our officials, Red Card! Red is one of our newer NSOs, and has already demonstrated an
ability to quickly pick up a new skill, and is becoming one of our more reliable officials. A fellow official says of her, “She is super eager to learn about how the game works from every angle. Always willing to hop in and help with anything that the league needs.”

And what does the league need? Well, sometimes we need someone handy with metalworking tools. And as someone pointed out, Red “makes things with metal and fire, and that's pretty [darn] cool.” And that skill is what earned her this nomination, for her work leveling the floor in our practice space, spending hours grinding down various bits of metal that made our floor lumpy and adventuresome. Red has also worked with our Facilities manager on other livability projects, including pigeon mitigation. 'cause nothing makes skating more unpleasant that pigeons and…well, just, pigeons.  

For being willing, skilled, handy, and for seemingly always wanting “to learn a smarter, better, more efficient way to do a job if she see's that one of us has one,” we honor Red Card as this month's B.A.D. Volunteer of the Month!

What’s your gubmint name (the one on your birth certificate)?

Brittnee Jones

Do you have a derby name? How’d you get it?

Yes, Red Card.  I was always Red growing up in soccer camps as it was easy for

everyone to remember (given the red hair), so I was definitely using that.  And my

partner suggested “Red Card” as a tribute to soccer.   It immediately stuck.  Plus it’s fun

to be Red Card as an NSO.  

What do you do when you’re not supporting the Bay Area Derby Girls?  

Sciencey things for my day job. And I work on big crazy flaming metal art stuff in any

other free time. (Yes, for burning man but for other things too). I’ll throw a plug in for the

Flaming Lotus Girls!  I love ’em!

How did you become involved with our league? How long have you been with us? 

My partner got me to go to some bouts last season. I immediately realized these are my

people: highly motivated warehouse athletic types. I was enamored.  

Do you have a favorite derby moment or one thing you are most proud of? 

Um, not really. I’m a super newby, so I’m still earning my stripes. 🙂

If you had one super power what would it be? Would you use it for good or evil? 

Right now, I’d wanna be able to control the weather. Team California needs rain. 

Where would you love to live, if not in the Bay Area?

I’ve done my fair share of traveling for work, and it made me realize this is really home.  I

have no idea what’s next but there really isn’t a place I would love to live right now

except here.  When there is, I’ll move there.  

Who’s your derby crush?

Prolly (former ShEvil #52) Kid Ace.  She’s an amazing trainer and super great human all

around. And she somehow magically has that wind blown hair look after killing it in a

bout.  

What’s your personal goal for 2015 (derby or otherwise)?

Hopefully my knee will heal and I can make the league.  That’s the dream.

Sexy Beast

This BAD Volunteer of the Month may be given recognition from the league back in May 2015, but he continues to give many hours of his time and energy to BAD each month.

“SEXXXXXXXY BEAAAAAAAST” can be heard echoing across the track when the lovable, 6’4” Sexy Beast enters the room. From announcing, to reffing to producing some of the best boutfits this side of the Rockies, he’s an overall awesome person. Beast also helps keep our practice space up and running, from implementing a zero waste program to the ever glamorous light bulb changing. He’s got a heart of Gold and has been a great help with our Skater Tots program –  teaching local kids the love of skating.

Photo credit: Michael Dunn Photography

Name: Sexy Beast

If you have a derby name what is it & what’s the story behind it?

Sexy Beast. It’s from my favorite movie of the same title, a classic English crime film starring Ray Winstone and Ben Kingsley. As something of an unorthodox participant in derby way back when I started (2007) I wanted the name to amuse, entertain as well as to challenge conventional taboos about what was ‘sexy’.

How long have you been with B.A.D.? What brought you to B.A.D.?

I was connected with the then Head Ref for B.A.D. by a mutual acquaintance. My first bout was 2007 B.A.D. Champs (Richmond vs.ShEvil at the San Jose Civic). I was a scorekeeper for Dirty D!  I knew immediately that this was something I had to be involved with.

It has been an amazing 8 seasons with no need nor intention of stopping!

What do you love about roller derby?

The Community: skaters, officials, volunteers and fans united in their love and appreciation of the sport and those who participate in it. The global reach of our community is evident daily and growing stronger every season.

Share your favorite derby memory/moment from 2015.

Easily my favorite derby moment of 2015 was getting to announce the Championship Game between Berkeley and Oakland. It was a compelling rematch between the gritty Oakland Outlaws and the upstart Berkeley Resistance, a “no holds barred, adrenaline fueled thrill ride” of a contest culminating in a heart-stopping finish. It was super exciting to see our league put on an event of that caliber and it was a treat to see the Berkeley Resistance achieve their first B.A.D. Championship.

Share one of your favorite motivational quotes with us.

My Father’s favorite analysis of a job well done was always:

“Sufficient unto the Day is the Evil Thereof.”

And my other most favorite quote, reflective of most of the fun I had as a younger man is from Earl Warren who said:

“Everything I did in my life that was worthwhile, I caught hell for.”

The Bomb Squad

So the last time we sat down to talk about our amazing volunteers and those who support the B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls, we asked each other whom we should honor next as Volunteer of the Month, and there arose a great cry from the assembled body. “OMIGOD ABOMB'S PARENTS!” they all shouted. For yea did we all agree that, man alive, these are some PASSIONATE fans, and support our league and skaters like few others.

Whether it's buying every raffle ticket in the place to win the coveted Gold Chair for an entire doubleheader, or stealing the show at the half-time dance-off at WFTDA Playoffs in Sacramento, Momma and Poppa Bomb just bring joy to everyone who sees them in the crowd. When Momma Bomb starts dancing, you KNOW the party's been brought.

Ladies and gentlemen, your B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls Volunteers of the Month, Tom and Patricia Shelby, The Bomb Squad!!

How did you become involved with the league?

Tom and I first saw Bay Area Derby Girls skate at the Sacramento regional championships some years ago, I think in 2010. [We] both fell in love with the sport and saw the potential it could grow into and become more athletic and even more competitive. I (Pat) had grown up watching the Bay Bombers with players like Joni Weston, I never thought my kid would like to get hit and hit people especially this particular one, she was a big softy. We started our involvement when [ABomb] moved from Oahu back to the mainland and requested to join BAD in 2012. We became regular attendees at open practices and all home games. Eventually we figured out that we should just buy season tickets and all of the other special events like Golden Bowl. 

Do you have derby names? 

Yes we do, a few in fact…
a.) We made our own tee shirts that say “BAD PARENT”  I was once asked by a stranger if the court Judge had made me wear that in public. 
b.) Since our daughter is commonly called a shortened version of her derby name “Abomb” we started being called Momma Bomb and Poppa Bomb by some of her teammates on the Richmond Wrecking Bells. It took and we love it. I have a black, white and gold outfit with Momma Bomb and BAD Parent on it and I proudly represent Bay Area Derby when I go to tournaments or to Travel team events.
c.) We are also known as The Bomb Squad — we bring noise, laughter, a bit of groove and some dance moves to the games. We are open to all who love the game and love to cheer for Bay Area Derby Girls.

When not bringing the Noize and Funk what do you do?

Tom is an awesome computer-nerd type working as a software architect analyst and Pat works in human services teaching employment services skills. We have five wonderful daughters, seven fantastic grandchildren and have been happily married for nearly 36
years.

Do you have a favorite Derby moment or one thing you are most proud of?

When our girl “Abominatrix” rolled out onto that floor for the first time at Craneway Pavilion as a member of the Wrecking Belles it gave us goose bumps.

What is your favorite part of being involved with Bay Area Derby or derby in general?

Pat: My favorite part is feeling like I am a league Mom. Not a mom just to my own kid but to all of my girls, as I call them. I like giving out the hugs and encouragement.

Tom: Being father of all girls has made this derby adventure for even more enjoyable because this is a sport that showcases the strength, athletic abilities and determination of women so beautifully. I have met other fathers and we share a bond of believing in and support strong women, that is so very cool. As a man I want to see it grow to give even more girls and women an opportunity for sport in the future.

We both have enjoyed the camaraderie and friendships we have developed within the derby community in the league and among our competitors. We are excited to see where Bay Area Derby will be 10 years from now.

My Derby Crush? 

Pat: Poppa Bomb (My rhythm and heartbeat)     

Tom: Momma Bomb (She gives me courage)

Our Derby Crush?

Abominatrix #140 of the RICHMOND WRECKING BELLES

Big League Chew

Chewie has been officiating roller derby and supporting BAD in various other volunteer roles since 2010. Her teaching experience in her professional life has brought her a generous helping of both patience and poise to the derby track, along with a studious understanding of the rules. While she is hanging up her stripes for the time being and will be sorely missed at game time, BAD is thankful for Chewie's continued contributions to the league with the Events and PR committees and super proud of her work with the Prison University Project.

Photo credit: Michael Dunn

Name: Big League Chew

If you have a derby name, what is it & what’s the story behind it?

I’ve been called “Chewie” since I was in middle school due to my last name and first initial (Chu, E.) When I joined roller derby, I wanted a more “formal” derby name since I figured Chewie was a common nickname. My housemate at the time liked making new puns on my name and “Big League Chew” stuck.

How long have you been with Bay Area Derby? What brought you to BAD?

I officiated with BAD for five years as both a skating referee and non-skating official (NSO). I just retired, but I am staying around to help out with tasks and projects to keep the league running.

I came to BAD after I went to a bout in 2010, decided to give this roller derby thing a shot, sent a few emails to BAD and showed up.

When you’re not supporting our league – what else do you enjoy doing?

My paying occupation is teaching general chemistry at local universities and colleges as an adjunct instructor. Despite how tiring it is, I really enjoy it and I hope to one day be a full-time instructor.

The main reason I retired from officiating recently was to devote more time to teaching math and biology at San Quentin Prison as a volunteer instructor for the Prison University Project. It’s one of the few programs in the US in which incarcerated individuals have opportunities to take in-person college credit classes. Many go on to earn their Associate Degrees, even while still in incarcerated.

Outside of teaching, I take yoga classes, I’ve started running and I have a subscription to the San Francisco Ballet. I’m really excited for Swan Lake and Coppelia this season.

What do you love about roller derby?

The community! That’s why I’m staying around to help out, even with my crazy schedule.

Share your favorite derby memory/moment from 2015.

I decided to step up and take on new and challenging tasks for the league. I’ve learned to be more effective at communication and organization.

Share one of your favorite motivational quotes with us.

I’m not really into motivational quotes. Currently, “Live in the Present” is in my head, but I blame yoga for that.

Mindiannapolis500

Mindiannapolis500 has been an integral part of the B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls almost since its inception. She was a skater from 2004-2007 and has coached ever since. Since her retirement as a skater, Mindi has also served in several leader ship roles and is constantly going above and beyond to help make BAD better. One of her more recent projects was the creation of our Reckless Rollers program. Now skaters who have never skated, or haven’t skated sine their rink rat days, can learn basic – intermediate skills and ready themselves for BAD tryouts. The break down of skills and techniques makes roller derby easy to understand and her practices are always so much fun. We are so lucky to have you Mindi!!

What is your name outside of derby?
Mindi Ann

What do you do for non-derby work?
I count different things then staple things to other things after I add up what I counted. Some times I just sort things and put rubber bands around them.

How did you become involved with our league? How long have you been with us?
I started as a skater with BAD in December of 2004. I saw a copied hand written note that skaters were needed for derby at my local bar. I showed up at my first practice, back when it was a 10PM start time at the Bladium, where we used to practice. If you had skates and could roll, you were in! I have been retired from skating since 2007 and have been coaching full time since.

Do you have a favorite part of being involved with BAD or derby in general?
I love to watch the progress of our skaters, not only as athletes, but as people in general. A lot of our skaters start derby when things in their personal life are amok. The confidence and strength that builds from inside and out is amazing to watch. Derby really does save some souls. The game has evolved into such a beautiful sport to watch and i’m proud to be a member of a league that is so cohesive, cooperative, smart and directed.

Do you have a favorite derby moment or one thing you are most proud of?
I have run a lot of beginner boot camps over the years and I love to watch skaters go from barely being able to stop, to being a Travel Team All-Star. I feel good knowing that I got a chance to be a part of their beginnings. Every new “Bambi” that comes to one of my classes could be our next All Star. I always try to remember that! Not everyone starts off amazing and the work and perseverance of some of our skaters is awesome.

How did you come up with your derby name?
I used to use the ID “Indiann” when I first started playing with online social networking. One of my online buddies, suggested mindiannapolis500 and it just seemed perfect. When I was skating, I sometimes used Panic Attack, but that was more or less due to my unfortunate anxiety over traveling! No, I don’t like NASCAR.

If you had a superpower what would it be and would you use it for good or evil?
I think superpowers are overrated. I’d rather be super smart, or super funny. I’d find that more useful than leaping tall buildings.

Danny Martines

It is only her first year volunteering, but Danny Martines has quickly learned the ins and outs of what it means to be a B.A.D. Volunteer. Sometimes it takes a while for volunteers to learn the ropes, but for Martine roller derby was love at first sight. We are so grateful that she has jumped in with both feet and gives her all to NSOing, helping load and unload our truck and is amazing in times of need. Thank you Danny for loving derby as much as we do!

What is your name outside of derby?
Danny Martines

What do you do for non-derby work?
I am an Elevator Mechanic. I work for ThyssenKrupp Elevator.

How did you become involved with our league?
I was introduced to the wonderful world of Roller Derby by a friend, and fell in love with the sport immediately.

How long have you been with us?
This is my first season with B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls

What do you do when you volunteer with us?
I do whatever is needed, ie. load/unload the truck in preparation for bouts, being a part of our awesome Track Stars, and NSOing with the best crew around!!

Do you have a favorite part of being involved with BAD or derby in general?
I like it all… Volunteering, NSO’ing, the camaraderie, and learning how to skate.

Do you have a favorite derby moment or one thing you are most proud of?
Being able to help this awesome league makes me very proud. My favorite moment was Penalty Box Timing for the June 15th double header. It was my first bout officiating.

How did you come up with your derby name?
I am currently using my last name but I am open for suggestions.

If you had a superpower what would it be and would you use it for good or evil?
Batman, because even though he has no superpowers, he can do incredible things.

Pink Ranger

Ranger stepped into a critical role his first season with BAD, joining the coaching staff of the Golden Girls All-Star team.  As a student of the sport, Ranger relishes the depth of strategy that roller derby provides, and brings that attitude to practice where his intensity is infectious. And when it comes to the big game, Ranger’s rock solid support on the bench helped laid the groundwork for his players to execute on the track. We recognize Ranger as Volunteer of the Month for November 2015.

Photo credit: IGP Photo

Name: Pink Ranger

If you have a derby name, what is it & what’s the story behind it?

My full derby name is Pink Ranger, which has absolutely NOTHING to do with the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. I served four tours overseas as an Army Ranger, which explains the Ranger part. The pink comes from the flamboyant outfits I would wear to Silicon Valley Roller Girls practices. And the coach at the time, Pandamonium, named me Pink Ranger

How long have you been with B.A.D.? What brought you to B.A.D.?

I just finished my first humbling, educational and amazing season with Bay Area Derby. I was introduced to derby about four years ago and began stalking B.A.D. immediately, I gained a lot of respect for B.A.D. as a league and once I was done with Silicon Valley Roller Girls it only made sense to inquire about coaching with all of these amazing people.

When you’re not supporting our league – what else do you enjoy doing?

I LOVE playing with my cats and hanging with my wonderful girlfriend Apryl-Joy Pascua. Complaining about technology and its effect on society, especially our youth, grabbing hold of every conspiracy there is and being a general curmudgeon.

What do you love about roller derby?

The game itself is incredibly organic, the situation on the track near fluid and the challenge the environment provides a coach is quite motivating. I know as a male amateur contact athlete my opportunities to compete after high school became seriously limited; contact sports for women are much more scarce. I respect the opportunity derby provides for the female warriors of our current society.

Share your favorite derby memory/moment from 2015.

My most memorable experience was beating Denver at Champs, quite gratifying beating a team who we had lost to previously. My favorite moments have been the feeling following a good practice, and experiencing the depths to which skaters are willing to push themselves. Practice is where the magic happens.

Share one of your favorite motivational quotes with us.

“Perfection is not attainable, but if we (tirelessly) chase perfection, we can catch excellence.” – Vince Lombardi

Shellcat

Shellcat is one of our very dedicated NSOs who recently became an official league member! She is totally dedicated to BAD and her NSO crew, showing up at scrimmages and games all over the Bay Area to hone her amazing NSO skills. For folks new to derby, NSO means Non Skating Officials. They are our awesome ladies and dudes you see sitting around the track and behind the penalty box. They do crucial things like track penalties and keep score. We love them and are so, so grateful for all their hard work. Thank you Shellcat!!

What is your name outside of derby?
Shelley

What do you do for non-derby work?
Data Analyst/Fraud Specialist

How did you become involved with our league? How long have you been with us?
I started out as a BAD fan, became a BAD volunteer on a very small scale (pouring beers at a few bouts) in 2010, took 2012 off to be a fan again and came back as a volunteer and NSO for the 2013 season.

Do you have a favorite part of being involved with BAD or derby in general?
I think the best part of being involved with BAD and with derby in general is the amazing people I have met over the last year. Derby truly is a family and our league boasts some of the best skaters, officials and volunteers in all of derby (IMHO), I am so very proud to be a part of it all and I am so grateful for the opportunity that being a BAD official has given me to travel and work with people from other leagues as well as forging friendships with people in our league.

Do you have a favorite derby moment or one thing you are most proud of?
I recently passed the officials rules test to become a BAD league member, I was pretty darn proud of that! I am a new(er) official and leaping that hurdle actually meant a lot to me.

How did you come up with your derby name?
I came up with a short list and asked my friends on FB to vote. =)

If you had a superpower what would it be and would you use it for good or evil?
Telekinesis – I would use it for good (like laying down and picking up the track at our venues!)