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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

BAD Home Bout: Oakland v San Francisco

Oakland Outlaws will be facing the San Francisco ShEvil Dead in the third 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:

Silver Cloud
Restaurant and Karaoke Bar
1994 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA 94123
“Come eat and sing your heart out!“”
Kitchen will be open super late for us!!

Schedule

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

Questions? Please email events@bayareaderby.com

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

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 Season Preview: Oakland Outlaws

As the 2017 BAD home team season commences, the Oakland Outlaws’ “#girlgang” motto is in full effect as veteran coaches prepare to “bring on and bring up” their recent draftees.  The new roster additions provide raw talent to the Outlaw family whose team goals for 2017 include winning, training, and skating 110%—while mixing in comedy and laughs!

2016 Record: 3-1

All-time League Record: 19-14

Player Losses: #5678 Bully Elliott, #72 Chop Ramen, #29 Dual Hitizen, #40 Val Hella, #33 Vee, #777 Jane Hammer, #82 Brute E. Pie

Player Additions: #85 ButtN MashHer, #45 Lethally Blonde, #49 Raven Evergore, #246 Sinnabar, #313 Smother Mary

Photo Credit: Lucas Saugen
Photo Credit: Lucas Saugen

Coach Huck Sinn notes, “it is always rewarding to be part of a teammate’s first year with the Outlawsto experience the pride and bonding within the team as the season unfolds.  The Outlaws’ 2017 goals are to tailor the game focus around the new squad.  The Outlaws are known as the team who raises the bar together, achieves goals set together all with accountability. . .together.”

Roster additions include:  Raven Evergore, a recent transfer from Rat City, bringing a high level of game play with a passion for margherita pizza.  Sinnabar demonstrating tenacity and drive.  Butt’N MashHer and Smother Mary both bringing new energy.  Rounding out the draft is the uplifting Lethally Blonde, rejoining the Outlaws after a four season hiatus.  The stars have finally aligned for veteran BAD skater, Huck Sinn, allowing her to shift from jamming and introduce her alter-ego “Tiger Beat” as a blocker for the 2017 home team season.

Coach Bunn reinforces the newness of the team by stating, “roster turnover is exciting, allowing veteran skaters the chance to mentor new skaters allowing empowerment within the team to work together and lead by example.”  The 2016 Outlaw roster losses include:  Bully Elliott, Chop Ramen, Dual Hitizen, Val Hella, Vee, and most noticeably Jane Hammer.

“Losing Jane Hammer as a key blocker for the Outlaws is a huge loss on the track.  Hammer, a founding member of the Outlaws, provided an amazing sense of calm on the track,”  according to Huck. The good news is that Hammer will anchor the team from the sidelines as their bench coach and help support growth of the new Outlaws.

The Oakland Outlaws play their first game of the year against San Francisco ShEvil Dead at the BAD Season Opener March 18 at the Station (historic 16th Street Station) in Oakland.


#7 Murderyn Monroe || #10 Huck Sinn || #27 Red Card || #42 Esteemed Bun Bun || #45 Lethally Blonde ||  #49 Raven Evergore || #63 Imelda Snarkos  || #64 Mary Prankster || #85 Butt’N Masher || #99 Pizza Party || #215 Isabella Bruisellini || #246 Sinnabar || #313 Smother Mary || #333 Dreadzilla || #410 Ames to Maim || Bench Coach: Jane Hammer

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.

6/25 Bout Recaps: Oakland Outlaws vs Berkeley Resistance

In a rematch of the 2015 BAD League Championship game, the Oakland Outlaws faced a depleted Berkeley Resistance squad and came away with a resounding win thanks to their veteran blockers and an overworked Berkeley jammer rotation.

At the first whistle, Oakland opened the scoring with #33 Vee putting up 14 on her way to being the game’s high scorer with an impressive 82 points. Berkeley got on the scoreboard soon after but then their offense went cold for eleven jams allowing Oakland to go on a 32-0 run. The Resistance responded with two strong jams from #888 Brawllen Angel and #1217 Chasing Amy, but were unable to gain ground on the Outlaws. Berkeley would settle at 63 points to Oakland’s 106 at the half.

The real story for Berkeley was their diet roster of only 11 skaters who labored valiantly to match the Outlaws horde. #86 Gretchen Vomette skated in ten of the first eleven jams as well as the Resistance captain, #405 Dirty Lil Trick, skating in nine consecutive jams at one point. Berkeley’s offense struggled to stay even with Oakland in the second half with reserve jammer #434 Shenghis Khan getting caught up in a whirlwind of penalties over three jams leaving Oakland jammers #10 Huck Sinn and #333 DreadZilla able to capitalize. Stifling defensive blocking from Outlaws veteran #7 Murderyn Monroe and relative newcomers #410 Aims to Maim and #29 Dual Hitizen put Oakland in the driver seat after halftime. The most recent addition to the Outlaws jammer line up, #99 Pizza, was able to break off an 18 point jam – her share of 99 total second half points for the Outlaws.

Credit: Nocklebeast
Credit: Nocklebeast

Ultimately, Oakland outlasted Berkeley, taking control of the game by grabbing Lead Jammer status 25 times out of 43 total jams and taking advantage of a Resistance corps that barely had time to catch their breath in the second half.  The final score was Oakland Outlaws 205 to Berkeley Resistance 168. With their win the Outlaws go to 2-0 for the season. Berkeley adds a loss to their one win and now stand 1-1.

Both of these teams have different opponents on July 23. For the first bout, Berkeley will face off against the upstart zombies of the San Francisco ShEvil Dead. In the second bout of the evening, Oakland will go up against their longtime rivals the Richmond Wrecking Belles.

 

2016 Season Preview: Oakland Outlaws

Long-standing Oakland fans know that defeat is fuel for the Oakland Outlaw’s fire, which will rage again in the 2016 season. After defeating their strongest challengers, the Berkeley Resistance, in August of 2015, the Outlaws looked like the easy pick to take the BAD home-team championship this past October. But, in a grueling second half, Berkeley proved the stronger team, landing Oakland as BAD’s second place team in 2015. Find out what is changing this season, and what Oakland’s prospects are for getting back on top!

2015 Home Record: 3-1, 2nd place

All-time League Record: 16-13

Losses: #8380 Hazel-Raw, #45 Colt, #320 Sheer Luxe, #8 Fatal Dreidel, #105 Strawberry Killz, # 243 Scratcher in the Eye

Additions: #72 Chop Ramen, #27 Red Card, #82 Brute E. Pie

Photo credit: Mark Nockleby
Photo credit: Mark Nockleby

When asked what has changed during the off-season, player-coaches, Val Hella and Huck Sinn are quick to point to Chop Ramen as a key addition to the Outlaw brigade. Chop started playing roller derby in the Seattle area as part of the Junior Roller Derby Association (JRDA) 2015 champions, the Seattle Derby Brats’ Galaxy Girls,  and came to Oakland with five years of roller derby experience already. Her Oakland coaches tell us she’s a sturdy skater who will eventually mix into their jammer rotation.

When pressed for more information about which skaters would be likely to don the star Coach Huck Sinn was hesitant to offer too many hints. Based on 2015, it will come as no surprise to see 2015 rookie of the year, Dreadzilla, and veteran Vee as foundational to the Outlaw jammer crew. Also, look out for sturdy hybrid blockers, Ames to Maim, Esteemed Bun Bun, and team captain Dual Hitizen to take the star. When asked if Coach Sinn would be jamming, she replied with a wry grin, “It would nice if I could learn how to block this season.”  It remains to be seen if Huck Sinn’s team will let her block or not — when stars align, you won’t want to miss it!

True to form, a few hard hitters will be missed this year. Despite having lost fewer skaters than some of BAD’s other home teams, Oakland coaches pointed out, “Yes, but Hazel left and she’s equal to about 9 blockers on her own.” Certainly, Hazel-Raw has left some huge skates to fill. Helping to bridge that gap will be 2016 rookies, Red Card and Brute E. Pie. Red Card honed her blocking skills and knowledge of the game as a part-time official and on the Reckless Rollers, BAD’s rec league, while Brute E. Pie transferred from the Peninsula Roller Girls.

“Our goal last year was to innovate and try out new strategies. Our goal this year is to really hone those new strategies and apply them during games.”

With Murderyn, fellow BAD All-Star Dual Hitizen, and veteran pivot, Jane Hammer, the Outlaws have strong anchors to their blocking corps. Oakland describes their defensive ambitions, “Our goal last year was to innovate and try out new strategies. Our goal this year is to really hone those new strategies and apply them during games.” With three formidable track leaders, the hybrid jammer-blockers, and returning blockers Val Hella, Bully Elliott, Mary Prankster, Bella Bomber and Imelda Snarkos, it will be tough for the other teams to find a chink in the Outlaws’ armor.

Oakland has already played an early game this year, helping the Humboldt Redwood Rollers open their season on January 30th. The Outlaws nailed the win, 280-75. “It enabled us to gel as a team, reassure ourselves that we still knew how to play derby after the off season and to bring new teammates into the fold,” says the captain, “We were able to execute strategy and test some new communication styles as well as have fun with our team given the low pressure of an away game.” That pressure will ratchet back up in March as the home season opens with the Outlaws facing a revamped ShEvil Dead team.


#410 Ames to Maim || #215 Bella Bomber || #82 Brute E. Pie || #5678 Bully Elliot || #72 Chop Ramen || #333 Dreadzilla || #29 Dual Hitizen || #42 Esteemed Bun Bun || #10 Huck Sinn || #63 Imelda Snarkos || #777 Jane Hammer || #64 Mary Prankster || #7 Murderyn Monroe || #27 Red Card || #40 Val Hella || #33 Vee

The 2015 Season Preview: The Oakland Outlaws

In our penultimate preview of the 2015 season home teams, we bring you The Oakland Outlaws, who finished last year 2nd overall in league play after what was arguably the most exciting game of the 2014 season.  With the new season here, Oakland is looking to dig deep and leave their very best on the track.

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It’s been a topsy-turvy couple of years for the Oakland Outlaws. Winless in 2012, then undefeated in league play in 2013 (and nearly undefeated overall), Oakland came into 2014 with guns a-bangin’. First up was perennial powerhouse Richmond, but the Wrecking Belles were coming off of a rare off year and looking to return to form. Richmond won a doozy of a game by three, ending the Outlaws’ winning streak. The ladies in black bounced back, though, and ripped off another impressively dominating season, losing only a 19-point game to Sin City. Oakland charged back into the League Championship game, a rematch against Richmond…..and again lost by three.

I spoke to Outlaw coaches #10 Huck Sinn and #40 Val Hella about that rematch, the off-season changes to the team, including the loss of some critical components, and how they got their 2015 slogan: Dig Deep.

Oakland Outlaws

2014 Record: 2-2, 2nd place

All-time League Record: 13-12

Key losses: #013 Thrasher, #4×8 Bricktator, #505 Dorato, #51 Cass Warfare, #9 Cat Scrap Fever

Key additions: #243 Scratcher in the Eye, #29 Dual Hitizen, #45 Colt 45


“Oh, so sad when you think about it,” said Huck, of that final game of the season. “Losing to your rival twice by three points is really hard to stomach.” It was hard to watch, too. In the first game, Oakland led for all but twelve of the game’s 49 jams. There were seven lead changes, including one in the last jam, where Richmond turned a one-point deficit into a three-point win. In the rematch, however, Richmond led most of the way. Oakland made a spirited comeback, bringing some excitement to the proceedings and drawing the crowd back into the game, but the Belles held on to retake the league title.

“The first game was a damn fine game, and they got it at the end. Champs was theirs the whole time.” Huck Sinn

So how are the Outlaws bouncing back from that? “We want to get back to basics,” said Huck. “We’re gonna try some new things, try some new defensive strategies, some new skating skills. We’re really evolving into a more 360 style,” taking a page from some of the more successful teams from the WFTDA playoffs last season.

They’re also working this offseason to fill some notable holes. Gone from the team are All-Stars #505 Dorato, a powerful blocker (“cool calm demeanor, huge skates to fill,” said Huck) and #4×8 Bricktator, an unparalleled jammer (“an impossible jammer hole to fill, and a really positive person”).  The roster has also lost team mainstays, #9 Cat Scrap Fever, jammer and blocker (“verbal force on the track, good communicator”), #51 Cass Warfare (“a beautiful combination of skill and heart,” says Hella), and #013 Thrasher, a slippery jammer with good speed,  who is recovering from an injury. “We’re not as deep, with some last-minute retirements,” says Huck.

But they’re not bereft. This off-season has brought a number of transfers to the Bay Area Derby Girls, and three of them have found their way onto the Oakland roster. Your newest Outlaws are #45 Colt 45, a jammer from Sacramento’s Sacred City Derby Girls, #29 Dual Hitizen, a jammer/blocker hybrid from DC Rollergirls, and #243 Scratcher in the Eye, a jammer from Portland’s Rose City Rollers. “We’re super excited to have three experienced, powerful, smart, aggressive, dynamic players like these,” says Hella. She adds that she’s “intrigued by this huge pool of skaters we’ve got coming up for draft in March.” There’s always room for more.

These new skaters are now being added into the mix. The jammer rotation is currently expected to include Huck, maybe #64 Mary Prankster, #42 Esteemed Bun-Bun, #777 Jane Hammer… “Maybe Dual, maybe Colt, maybe five or six other people…we’re still working it out,” says Huck. And who’ll be their go-to jammer, when points are needed? Both coaches are in agreement: it’ll be Huck. But whereas Coach Huck is reluctant – almost sheepish – to name Skater Huck as her go-to, Coach Hella is not so reserved. “This is her year,” she says. “She’s a neutron bomb.”

When it comes to the packs, both coaches make one point clear: The Outlaws run deep. When asked about their most dependable pack, the one they’ll turn to in a pinch, several names were tossed out: #8 Fatal Dreidel, #320 Sheer Luxe (who will also be the captain on the track), #105 Strawberry Killz, #7 Murderyn Monroe, #8380 Hazel-Raw, Scratcher, Dual, Hammer… Says Hella, “Trying to jam your way through Murder, Hazel, Fatal and Hammer is much like trying to skate through a brick wall. Berry and Luxe are understated ninjas – they’ll knock you the [heck] out when you least expect it. When they’re not jamming, Bun, Dual, and Scratcher will easily hand you your ass on a platter.”

Huck singles out Hazel in particular for praise. “Hazel’s got swing, she has swagger, she’s fun to watch one-on-one. As her jammer, you feel so good and so protected.” On the line, before the jam starts, “she gives you a wink and her chin goes up…if you want anyone looking out for you, it’s Hazel-Raw. We missed her at champs.”

“Work hard. Dig deep. Play good derby.” Val Hella

Keeping everyone in control on the track will be Murderyn Monroe. “It’s in her blood,” Huck says. “Murder says a lot. You don’t really hear her [from the stands], she speaks under the noise. She IS a leader, whether she tries to be or not.”

The coaches plan to rely heavily on her and these blockers as they enter home team play. They think they’ll have their work cut out for them this season. When asked who they’re looking out for among the other home teams, which matchup they’re most anticipating, the coaches were circumspect. “Berkeley is coming on hot,” says Huck. “It’s their time to rise to the top, and they’re positioned correctly for it. ShEvil have been rebuilding. They’re going to evolve a lot and it’ll be good to see what they become.” As for Richmond, against whom the Outlaws once again open the season? “It’s hard to say,” she says. “Meeting Richmond in March is different from meeting them in July.”

And when all is said and done, Hella says their goals as a team come down to something quite simple. “Work hard. Dig deep. Play good derby. We do that, we will have had a successful season.” Huck elaborated by telling the story of a trip to Los Angeles last season, where the Outlaws played three full-length games in a single day. “We had to dig so frickin’ deep that day. I saw people pull something out of them they hadn’t pulled out before. I would like to see something like that for 2015. It’s not necessarily the win, it’s that we did everything right and buckled down and dug deep.”

The 2015 Season Starts NOW!!

In exactly one week, all four home teams for the B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls will take the track at The Craneway Pavilion for the first double header of the 2015 season. In what can only be described as a much-anticipated rematch of the 2014 Championship, The San Francisco ShEvil Dead will once again face The Berkeley Resistance in game one, and The Oakland Outlaws will battle The Richmond Wrecking Belles in game two.

B.A.D.’s very own Rex Blocker sat down with the team coaches, and over the next week, we’ll be introducing you to the teams, featuring interviews and key roster changes, and sharing the drive, heart and passion of your favorite B.A.D. skaters.  First up, The ShEvil Dead.

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After finishing nearly every season in the league Championship game, The San Francisco ShEvil Dead started the 2014 season with two huge holes in the jammer rotation and the loss of a formidable blocker from the pack due to a number of skaters withdrawing from home team play to focus their efforts on the All-Star team. Rebuilding was the name of the game. While San Francisco went winless in league play for the first time since 2009, they did find ways to fill those holes, and eked out wins against some non-league opposition, including taking two out of three in the Shore Shots Round Robin tournament in Los Angeles.

And now 2015 dawns, with still more losses among the zombie ranks. I talked to coach Miss Moxxxie about all the feelings from 2014, and what the Dead will be doing to return to form.


San Francisco ShEvil Dead

2014 Record: 0-4, fourth place

All-time League Record: 7-18

Key losses: #318 Mae K. Haste, #360 Trixie Pixie, #52 Kid Ace, #616 Silver Foxxy, #713 Sherlock Home Slice

Key additions: #55 Bobby Dazzler


Longtime fans of the Bay Area Derby Girls know the San Francisco ShEvil Dead as the league’s most venerable, consistent team. Several All-Stars have skated in green; the team has won and lost, but has always been in it at the end. They’ve shown poise and a bit of brute force, and have always had a loud and loyal fan base.

So last year had to be a bit trying, as so many freshly Dead skaters figured out on the fly how to work together to own the track. There was a lot of exuberance, though, and smiles on the skaters’ faces, and as coach Moxxxie says, there were “feelings. Lots of them.” The Dead may have had trouble getting past Richmond, Oakland, and Berkeley, but that didn’t seem to dampen their spirits. They’re Dead, not down.

2015 brings another round of roster losses, however, as five zombies from last season have retired, including All-Stars #52 Kid Ace (who’ll stay on as a non-skating coach) and #713 Sherlock Home Slice. Also gone are jammers #318 Mae K. Haste (who will still serve the league as a non-skating official) and long-time veteran #360 Trixie Pixie, and blocker #616 Silver Foxxy. They’ve regained the services, however, of jammer/blocker hybrid #55 Bobby Dazzler, back from Australia.

“We are starting the season with only two skaters with all-star experience on our roster.  This means we will be working hard to get the rest of the team up to speed, and quickly!”  Coach Moxxxie

But Moxxxie is confident. “Some of the newer Dead are looking pretty great,” she says. The jammer rotation is expected to depend on some of the more experienced skaters, including #89 Mean Burrito and #212 Xpress Lane Jane. For the packs, “we turn to our veteran skaters to lead this charge. #47 Kimfectious, #0 Slaybia Majora, and #140 Nurse Lithium are our pivots, the vocal backbone of the team.” Kimfectious and Lithium will also be sharing the on-track Captain duties this season.

Still in a rebuilding mode, Moxxxie isn’t looking towards any one bout, or for any specific result for the 2015 season. Asked which bout she was looking forward to, she was diplomatic. “Every bout when our team exhibits focus, precision, intensity, communication and calm.” She added, “We plan to play our game.”

That game will rely, as always with ShEvil, on small, wily jammers, mixed in with a little power every now and again. As for defense, it looks like San Francisco won’t be aiming for the blockbuster hit to exert control over the pack. In a discussion about the team’s heaviest hitter, Moxxxie wasn’t about to single anyone out: “We have a handful, but are working more on our controlled, positional game.”

But as Yogi Berra allegedly said, “Ninety percent of this game is half mental,” and ShEvil are working on that aspect, too.

“ShEvil’s team goal for this season is to work on our mental toughness.” 

It’s not all work with this team, however, not when they have a tradition to uphold of the most blood-spattered, outlandish team photo session in all of roller derby. Moxxxie described it as “a sticky, hilarious, fake-blood-filled blast,” and one that went a long way towards team building.

Any time a team is coming off a winless season, it is an uphill battle, but several experienced skaters from other leagues joined B.A.D. this off-season, forming a deep pool of draftable skaters from which Moxxxie can select. “We’re very excited about a number of transfers,” she says. “Lots of great prospects!”

Early returns do show an improvement in the ShEvil Dead, despite a 29-point scrimmage loss to Shasta early on. Other teams are watching how ShEvil will grow and change this season, and feel confident the team will come back as strong as ever, with their howling fans behind them. And what will Moxxxie point to as a sign the team is back among B.A.D.’s elite? “If our team can collectively improve upon and exhibit that mental toughness,” she says, “this will be a great season.”