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06/01/2019 Roller Derby Game 2: Oakland Outlaws vs. The Berkeley Resistance

Date: June 1, 2019
Where: The Palace of the Fine Arts
Cost: $20 – $30
Doors open: 5:00 PM
Game starts: 7:00 PM





After a riveting game against the ShEvil Dead in April, the Oakland Outlaws must now face-off against the fearsome Berkeley Resistance! 

The Resistance arrives this season on the hunt for a return to their status as league champs, but the Outlaws are determined to defend their 2018 title!  This bout is sure to be full of big hits, powerful jammers, and nonstop fun for all!

Where: The Palace of the Fine Arts Venue
When: June 1, 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

2019 Berkeley Resistance Team Preview

Coaches: Dixie Did It and Kate Silver

It’s been a time of evolution for the Berkeley Resistance, who roll into #20ShineTeen with a strong new set of skaters, freshly honed strategy, and drive for redemption.

While fourteen skaters and bench manager La Rude have moved on since the end of last season, Berkeley sees numerous returning skaters, and various new additions–such as Slam Chowder (#33), Kate Silver (#538), Harmagedon (#11), the Boonvillain (#128), Grizzy Borden (#187), Jesus Chris (#16), Psi (#317), and Big Perm (#404)–to its powerful lineup. Bench coaching this season are Smother Mary, who won’t let injury keep her far from this season’s derby action, and Beaver, who doubles as both an “amazing jammer coach” and “whole team pumper upper”.

Last season, the Resistance withstood a series of injuries and skated through difficult scenarios, but ultimately finished behind the Oakland Outlaws and San Francisco ShEvil Dead. The time since has been a period of growth for the team, and they’ve leveraged lessons learned last year into a smarter, stronger training strategy.

Coach Dixie Did It (#804) is optimistic about the payoff for the team’s hard work, and says: “Every time we skate together, we get stronger. Every obstacle we overcome, our trust, understanding, and respect for each other grows deeper. Every moment we spend training together, our communication gets tighter. I am very proud to say that we have developed an encouraging, motivating, and overall genuinely supportive environment on our team”.

They enter this season as a united front with grand aspirations, which is fitting for the work they’ve put in. After months of learning and growing, strategizing, sweating, and pushing themselves and each other to be stronger, all hearts of the Resistance are set on taking the title of League Champs in 2019.

Current team roster:

Attila The Hut (#3787) || Big Perm (#404) || Dixie Did It (#804) || Grizzy Borden (#187) || Harmagedon (#11) || Hell or High (#971) || HoS (#718) || Jesus Chris  (#16) || Kate Silver (#538) || KnockOut  (#0) || MissFists (#138) || Missy Misdemeanor (#4815) || Psi (#317) || Red Card (#27) || Slam Chowder (#33) || Smother Mary (#313) || The Boonvillain (#128)

BAD Home Championship Doubleheader

As the #20skateteen season comes to an end, Bay Area Derby plans to go out with a bang!  We’ve got TWO amazing games scheduled for August 25th at the Palace of Fine Arts, so bring your friends and families for one no-holds-barred night of hard-hitting roller derby!

In the first match-up at 5 PM, the Berkeley Resistance will take on Sonoma County Roller Derby.  Immediately after, at 7 PM, is the title bout — the Oakland Outlaws versus the San Francisco ShEvil Dead. Oakland seeks vengeance after SF narrowly took the win in July while San Francisco wants to close out the season undefeated.  Which team will gain the title of BAD Champs for 2018? You’ll just have to come and find out for yourselves.

Be sure to get there early and have cash ready to buy tickets for our fan-favorite raffle and wheel roll!

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.


Buy Tickets

General admission includes:

  • Bleachers and floor trackside seating (bring blankets, pillows, and 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.
  • Season tickets include:
  • General admission seating for all four games plus VIP bar line access.

Parking:

There are a limited number of free parking spaces at the Palace of the Fine Arts available on a first come, first served basis. There is also limited street parking available as well. As always, be sure to obey all posting parking signs and lock up any valuables.

We strongly encourage carpooling and using public transit to our games.

Public Transportation:

The Palace of the Fine Art has access by San Francisco Muni buses #30, #43, #28, and #29. Muni bus lines #22, #41, and #45 also stop in the vicinity. From Fisherman’s Wharf take the #30 Stockton bus. For more information, call Muni at (415) 673-6864 or check the SFMTA trip planner. https://www.sfmta.com/getting-around-san-francisco

If you’re taking BART, get off at the Montgomery Street station, walk one half-block up Market Street to Third Street, and catch the #30 Stockton bus on the corner.

After Party:

TBD

Schedule

Game 1: Berkeley Resistance v. Sonoma County Roller Derby
First Whistle: 5:00 PM

Game 2: Oakland Outlaws v. San Francisco ShEvil Dead
First Whistle: 7:15 PM

Questions? Please email events@bayareaderby.com

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 Home Bout: Oakland v Berkeley

Banner photo by Mark Nockleby.

Bay Area Derby CONTINUES! April 7, 2018

On April 7, our action-packed #20skateteen season continues with the Oakland Outlaws going head to head against The Berkeley Resistance. Who will stick it to the man worse?  The new band of Outlaws with something to prove? Or the organized Resistance disrupting the opposition? When these two teams meet on the track it’s sure to be an all-out uprising!

Where: The Palace of the Fine Arts Venue
When: Saturday, April 7, 2018
Doors Open: 5:00 PM
First Whistle: 7:00 PM
Who: Oakland Outlaws vs The Resistance
General Admission: $20 (Kids 7 and under free)
VIP Admission: $30
Season Tickets: $100

Get your tickets here!

Be sure to get there early and enjoy our pre-show entertainment by a roller skating dance troupe! And have cash ready to buy tickets for our fan-favorite raffle and wheel roll.

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.

Season tickets include:
General admission seating to all four games plus VIP bar line access.
For parking, ride share and public transportation options:

Parking:
There is public parking in and around the Palace of the Fine Arts as well as a few lots in the surrounding area.

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

Public Transportation:
The Palace of Fine Arts Theatre has convenient access to public transportation. We are accessible by San Francisco Muni buses #30, #43, #28, and #29. Muni bus lines #22, #41, and #45 also stop in the vicinity. From Fisherman’s Wharf take the #30 Stockton bus. For more information, call Muni at (415) 673-6864 or check the SFMTA trip planner.

If you’re taking BART, get off at the Montgomery Street station, walk one half-block up Market Street to Third Street, and catch the #30 Stockton bus on the corner.

Virtually all downtown-bound Golden Gate Transit buses stop nearby the Theatre. Ask your driver for directions or call Golden Gate Transit Information at 511 (toll-free) or 415-455-2000 (outside the Bay Area).

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

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

PresidiGo
You can also take the PresidiGo for free on weekends from Embarcadero BART to Letterman Digital Arts Center, only a half mile from the venue!

Ridevu
Check out our Ridevu page to connect with other fans and request rides, as well as share a taxi to the event!

Questions? Please email events@bayareaderby.com

2018 Berkeley Resistance Team Preview

Coaches: Jerk Jar Wrecks and Smother Mary
Captain: Banshee-ra

As our world becomes darkened with increasing political absurdity and polarization, a beacon of hope shines from the Bay Area Derby headquarters to tell us that there is a Resistance and that it stands united. As they take to the streets to spray paint their DIY scrimmage jerseys, members of the Berkeley Resistance answer almost in unison: the most important element of their 2018 season will be togetherness.

They are sticking together, not only in team-building crafting days, but also on the track with a focus on learning to communicate and support each other, socially and physically. Their togetherness becomes even more literal where the blockers are concerned. They are focusing on “getting full body on each other” according to team captain JJ “Jerk Jar” Wrecks (#12), as well as “trying new things outside of traditional Bay Area flat wall”.

Other new aspects of the Berkeley team include coach Smother Mary (#313)–who promises to “teach you to be young again,” having risen meteorically out of the Reckless Rollers program and onto the Travel Team and Berkeley captainship as a jammer–along with fellow Berkeley jammers Xpress Lane Jane (#212), Frightmare (#31) and Eva Menace (#20).

But Smother Mary isn’t the only new thing to come to the Resistance this year. In fact every skater currently on the roster, with the exception of one Shenghis Khan (#434), skated with different home teams during the previous season. Their team color even reflects this year’s blank slate — the teal color scheme has never previously been seen for Berkeley.

The Resistance’s new logo also represents new growth: a rose on a lightning bolt echoes the team’s “pretty but gritty” aesthetic and evokes the old activist proverb: “they tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds”. Taking on the challenge of “creating a cohesive team with players coming from a variety of backgrounds,” as Smother Mary puts it, the Resistance intends to grow, like a bramble of roses: strong and inseparable.

The Berkeley Resistance have hit the ground skating. In February, they defeating Visalia Roller Derby’s V-Town Derby Dames and in March narrowly lost in Seattle to Rat City Roller Derby’s Derby Liberation Front. For the BAD Season Opener, they were defeated by SF ShEvil Dead. They look to #bringtheresistance to Saturday’s bout when they take on the Oakland Outlaws in BAD’s second home team game of the season.

Current team roster:

#410 Ames to Maims|| #3787 Attila the Hut || #133 Banshee-Ra || #323 Chiquita Bonanza || #45 Dollface Killah || #804 Dixie Did It || #20 Eva Menace || #31 Frightmare || #971 Hell or High || #157 Hott Box || #12 JJ Wrecks || #0 KnockOut || #1 Liza Machete || #22 Merry Povich || #4815 Missy Misdemeanor || #49 Raven Evergore || #27 Red Card || #434 Shenghis Khan || #246 Sinnabar || #313 Smother Mary || #212 Xpress Lane Jane

BAD Home Bout: Berkeley v San Francisco

Our exciting #20skateen season opens with San Francisco ShEvil Dead taking on The Berkeley Resistance. Announced at the beginning of the year, BAD teams have been consolidated to three home teams with skaters shuffled between them, meaning you’ll see a lot of familiar faces but not all on the teams you remember. Will this new horde of zombies be all guts and glory? Or will the new Resistance fight for victory? The competition is fierce, and this one is sure to be a nail biter!

The Berkeley Resistance will be facing the San Francisco ShEvil Dead in the first BAD home bout of the season.

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.


Buy Tickets

General admission includes:

  • Bleachers and floor trackside seating (bring blankets, pillows, and 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.
  • Season tickets include:
  • General admission seating for all four games plus VIP bar line access.

Parking:

There are a limited number of free parking spaces at the Palace of the Fine Arts available on a first come, first served basis.  There is also limited street parking available as well. As always, be sure to obey all posting parking signs and lock up any valuables.

We strongly encourage carpooling and using public transit to our games.

Public Transportation:

The Palace of the Fine Art has access by San Francisco Muni buses #30, #43, #28, and #29. Muni bus lines #22, #41, and #45 also stop in the vicinity. From Fisherman’s Wharf take the #30 Stockton bus. For more information, call Muni at (415) 673-6864 or check the SFMTA trip planner.  https://www.sfmta.com/getting-around-san-francisco

If you’re taking BART, get off at the Montgomery Street station, walk one half-block up Market Street to Third Street, and catch the #30 Stockton bus on the corner.

After Party:

After the bout, head over to Stock in Trade for the official after party! BAD gets 10% of the bar proceeds so be sure to buy a few drinks for you and your friends. Or make some new pals by buying them a drink as well. (Please drink responsibly.)

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

Schedule

Doors: 5:00 PM
First Whistle: 7:00 PM

Questions? Please email events@bayareaderby.com

Three Home Teams for 2018

As mentioned in our season announcement, Bay Area Derby has consolidated from four home teams to three. Over the past couple of years, BAD’s membership has decreased with our number of retirees being greater than new recruits and transfers. This trend is not unique to BAD. Our governing body, the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) has seen a decrease in the number of new leagues joining, some leagues merging due to declining numbers (e.g. Sacred City & Sacramento City), and some even losing their practice spaces.

In 2011, when BAD introduced a fourth home team —The Berkeley Resistance— we had a membership count of over 100 league members. At the end of 2017, we had 56 league members. For the safety of our skaters and to help continue to produce competitive and entertaining events for the public, the entire league membership voted to temporarily go back down to three home teams until we can drive our member numbers back up.

With the change in the number of teams, the league took this opportunity to reshuffle skaters in order to create new, closely-matched teams. This also made it so the skaters from the one eliminated team would not have to try to integrate into already formed/bonded teams. The Coaching Committee essentially picked names out of a hat and placed skaters on teams 1, 2 and 3, then evaluated each team to make sure they were even, followed by selecting team names from the hat.

The decision on which team names to keep was not an easy one to make. There was no question about maintaining the Oakland and San Francisco team names — they were the first teams of the league, both have a rich fan base, and are the cities where most of our league members and fans live, in addition to Oakland being the location for our headquarters.  While the Richmond Wrecking Belles were the third established team in the league and held the “Most Winningest Team” title, after careful consideration and deep deliberation, it was decided to keep the Berkeley team name. Berkeley won the last two BAD Championship bouts, we recruit several skaters from Cal and it’s in closer proximity to our headquarters.

BAD is so thankful to the City of Richmond and its incredible fans who came out to our games at The Craneway Pavilion. And we are especially appreciative of our Super Fans who traveled from Los Angeles to support the Belles. While this situation was not ideal, we want to emphasize that we are working hard to make this a short-term solution. The Belles will be back! And it’s already looking encouraging — we just picked up over 20 new skaters during our last tryout session. Continue telling your friends about roller derby and encourage them to come check out BAD!

If you have any questions regarding the reshuffle, please do not hesitate to reach out to Eva Menace at pr@bayareaderby.com.

2017 Team Preview: Berkeley Resistance

Despite unfortunate player injuries and mid-season retirements, the Berkeley Resistance persevered with a smaller roster and took the title of BAD Season Champs for the second year in a row. In 2016, skaters stepped into new roles and pushed themselves individually. In 2017, the team plans to build upon those skills and hone a team culture filled with hard work and derby love. One thing is for certain– no one is underestimating Berkeley this year.  

2016 Home Record: 3-1, 1st Place

All-time League Record: 11-12

Player Losses: #4 Joss Hole, #10 Foxy Throwdown, #30 Mad M. Barbrawl, #31 Frightmare, #43 Jambee, #137 KillA Beezy

Player Additions: #13 Stef Mainey, #707 Killer Kapowski, #785 Yosemighty

Resistance 2017 Team Photo
Photo Credit: Lucas Saugen

Berkeley saw a few changes in their 2016 roster, including the loss of six skaters. Due to commitments outside of derby (there’s life outside of derby?) longtime Berkeley skaters, Joss Hole and Mad M. Barbrawl, both took leaves of absences which transitioned to retirements. The ever acrobatic and smiley blocker, Jambee, took some time away from roller derby to focus on other pursuits. Foxy Throwdown and KillA Beezy, two tall blocking forces, also took their BAD departure after the 2016 championship. The Resistance’s only hit to their jammer rotation was losing Frightmare, former Berkeley coach, first to a mid-season injury last year and then, this year, to ShEvil Dead. According to Dirty Lil Trick, “Frightmare is Dead to us.” #dadjoke

This year, co-coaches Pomba and Dirty Lil Trick plan on leading the team to a third successive league championship by pushing the team to new heights with advanced strategy while reinforcing the importance of fundamentals and team culture which the Resistance spent the past few years developing. That means fans will still see unrelenting defensive packs led by pivots, Pomba and Dirty Lil Trick, rounded out with solid blockers such as veteran Gretchen Vomette, Shenghis Khan, Illuminaughty, Rosie Cheeks, and Hines. Stef Mainey, new to BAD but not new to derby (so we’ve heard), joins the Resistance as a blocker who could possibly don the pivot or jammer hat if needed. Killer Kapowski is also a new addition to the team and while she may not be as experienced she makes up for it with determination, hard work, and an eagerness to learn.

The usual three pink-clad suspects will be wearing the star: experienced and powerful seam buster Brawllen Angel, wily and constantly evolving April Bloodgate, and ever patient and sneaky Chasing Amy. New draftee Yoesmighty is joining Berkeley’s jammer rotation and will no doubt pick up some tips and tricks from her talented teammates.

Despite not even filling out a full game roster of fourteen skaters, the Berkeley baker’s dozen is a strong team jam-packed with skill and determination. “This group feels like family and we all skate for each other,” Pomba confirms. Continuing a trend from years past, the Resistance does not believe they have one star player but rather their success is drawn from each and every player who brings something different to the track. Their individual skills cannot be denied but the team focuses on working as a cohesive unit.

The Berkeley Resistance is putting plenty of track time in before their first BAD game for the 2017 team to gel. March 11, they traveled to Santa Cruz to take on the Boardwalk Bombshells and April 8-9 they can be seen in down in LA playing three games in Angel City’s Tinseltown Showdown. They play the Richmond Wrecking Belles in a closed bout at BAD HQ on April 22 which fans can follow along via BADtv or Twitter.  Come out and cheer for Berkeley at their next public bout on May 13 against the Oakland Outlaws at the Station. Check out the discounted BAD Deal which gets you general admission access to all remaining games at the Station (Oakland) AND Champs at the Craneway Pavilion (Richmond).


 #6 Rosie Cheeks || #13 Stef Mainey || #23 April Bloodgate || #57 Hines || #86 Gretchen Vomette || #242 Pomba || #405 Dirty Lil Trick || #434 Shenghis Khan || #701 Illuminaughty || #707 Killer Kapowski || #784 Yosemighty || #888 Brawllen Angel || #1217 Chasing Amy

Get drafted to a BAD home team!

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Our season is about to start with the Battle of the Bay on March 18, a match up between the Oakland Outlaws and San Francisco ShEvil Dead. Who should you cheer for? Let this quiz help you decide!

Put on our digital sorting hat and find out which Bay Area Derby home team YOU should be on.

 

You might belong in the Resistance,

Where dwell the bros at heart,

Back-to-back champions and pink uniforms,

Set the Berkeley team apart;

You might belong with the Wrecking Belles,

Where the winningest team dons yellow and blue,

The Richmond team is determined to win,

With defense and destructive offense, too;

Or yet with the tough ol’ Outlaws,

If you’re ready for the grind,

Where those of Oakland dig deep,

Most fierce on the track their opponents find;

Or perhaps with the unrelenting ShEvil Dead,

The San Francisco team in green so bright,

Those zombies work hard off and on the track,

Always ready to put up a good fight.

So take this quiz and don’t you worry,

There’s no risk of getting bruised,

Submit your email for a chance to win tickets,

And at the least be most amused!


After you take the quiz, follow the link in the result to enter our contest for a chance to win 2 season tickets. Contest runs from February 22, 2017 to March 8, 2017. Terms and conditions apply.