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2016 BAD Travel Team

Photo Credit: Bob Ayers
Photo Credit: Bob Ayers

Bay Area Derby’s Travel Team is composed of a skaters who represent BAD in interleague play, comprised of All-Stars on our WFTDA charter and B-level skaters on Team Gold. Team Gold put up a 3-5 record during a season that culminated with an appearance at Full Metal Bracket in Austin, Texas – a seeded bracketed tournament representing the “championship” for B-Team tournaments.

BAD’s All-Stars fought through a season last year packed with strong competition. Their regular 2015 record ended up 3-6 between May and August, across 3 multi-game weekends. The groundwork for their eventual strong showing at Division 1 WFTDA Playoffs (Tucson, AZ) and Championships (St. Paul, MN) was laid by the intense competition they faced along the way. “We definitely got stronger as the year went on, and the team had a chance to solidify,” said coach Murderyn Monroe, noting their performance against Denver and Rose City at Champs as indicators of that gain.

It is that same adversity and high level of competition that enables skaters to fine-tune their skills and make the roster as part of the All-Star team. Long-time BAD fans may notice some familiar faces who are new to the All-Stars charter this year after working their way up: Mean Burrito (89) is a regular on the jammer line for the San Francisco ShEvil Dead and is returning to the All Star team after a year on Team Gold. Lightning quick with seemingly endless spring in her step, this skater could definitely contribute some clutch jams with the star when called upon this season. Newly tapped for duty are Biggie Brawls (77) and Sterling Archer (925), who can often be spotted walling up together for the Wrecking Belles, as well as Dirty Lil Trick (405), a dynamite blocker and coach for the Berkeley Resistance – all three also played with Team Gold in 2015.

On the flip side, BAD’s All-Star team said goodbye to some of their BADdest skaters, some who spent a brief time on the team while others retired after years of service: belle RIGHT hooks, Lulu Lockjaw, Steely Jan, Kid Ace, Nurse Lithium, Amanda Jamitinya, Dolly Rocket, Sweet Sherry Pie, and Fluezy will be watching this year’s team from the sidelines with the beverage of their choice. (Cheers!)

Along with games against Victoria (2), Denver (8), and Texas (5) at the Big O, the All-Stars are headed to LA to meet up with Angel City (7) in early June for PAC Destruction, where Team Gold will also be playing. The season is shaping up to offer formidable competition again, and the coaches are hoping to turn that adversity into greater gains this time around.

#410 Ames to Maim || #23 April Bloodgate || #77 Biggie Brawls || #888 Brawllen Angel || #1217 Chasing Amy || #000 Demanda Riot || #405 Dirty Lil Trick || #09 Domme Juan || #333 Dreadzilla || #29 Dual Hitizen || #42 Esteemed Bun Bun || #20 Eva Menace || #31 Frightmare || #86 Gretchen Vomette || #10 Huck Sinn || #17 Korn Holy-O || #1 Liza Machete || #4 Mad 4 Gravy || #89 Mean Burrito || #7 Murderyn Monroe || #242 Pomba || #61 Pressure Cooker || #36 Skatelyn || #5 Skrappie || #925 Sterling Archer

Players’ Corner: belle RIGHT hooks & 2015 All-Stars

In preparing for this blog post, I did a little digging. I found an old interview from one of my early seasons with B.A.D. In it I was asked my ‘greatest accomplishments,’ to which I answered, 

“I have grown, fundamentally as a person as a result of participating in a team. There is something inherently radical about being an adult and taking up a sport.”

Many seasons and achy bones later those words still feel true. For over ten years, twenty plus women pledge to work, support, train with and fight for each other each season. We experience the highs of winning and the complicated lows, but usually not too low, of loss.

This season in particular has been marked by radical women stepping up despite personal obstacles. My former teammate Kristi Yamagotcha, in spite of great physical challenges, supported the Golden Girls as coach during the beginning of our season; Chantilly Mace and Pink Ranger have jumped in to close us out. Several folks – Eva Menace, Fluezy, Lulu Lockjaw, Amanda Jamitinya, Nurse Lithium (an actual nurse!), Dirty Lil Trick – have multiple hour treks to our West Oakland practice space but still make the journey three nights a week! Our team includes mothers, educators, electricians, designers, dog walkers, and maybe a secret spy. . .

Photo credit :: Tobias Wettstein
Photo credit :: Tobias Wettstein

Some folks have erroneously called our 2015 season a “rebuilding year,” I prefer to think of it as adding new exciting ingredients to the stew that is B.A.D.. The proof is in the meaty pudding because the All-Stars placed second at WFTDA Division 1 Playoffs in Tucson! The next stop for the us is the WFTDA International Championships in St. Paul, Minnesota November 6 – 8.

We’ve put in thousands of hours of training, but need your help to take the final step! We’ve raised funds by hosting blocker and jammer specific training camps and we’ve also got our scary-fun Spooktacular Scrimmage, Sunday October 25 (I’ll be dressed as a Skittle #RIPLime). Still, we need your help to fund our hotel and group travel to the lovely Twin Cities.

Where does your donation go?

  • $250 flies one All-Star to & from the Championship weekend.
  • $100 covers one All-Star’s hotel room to rest up for the next competition.
  • $50 gives the team an ice bath which is a recovery tactic used to prep for the next round of intense physical play.
  • $25 means EXTRA GOLD – there’s never enough glitter when the B.A.D. girls are in town.
  • $10 helps the team get around St. Paul’s via public transportation.

Ballin’ on a budget? Give what you can and don’t forget to also check out the BAD All-Star Team’s limited edition merchandise!

Muscle tanks, comfy tees, and autographed helmets on our Etsy!