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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

2016 Season Preview: San Francisco ShEvil Dead

After coming off a one-win season in 2015, things are looking up for the San Francisco ShEvil Dead! With the leadership of new coaches, Sweet Sherry Pie and Korn Holy-O (Pie-Hole for short) , and a scrappy crew of new draft picks, the Dead are aiming to scare the life out of their opponents in 2016. Rounding out the Dead’s coaching staff off-skates is Slaybia Majora, whose veteran presence during bouts will continue to be a major asset, especially for the hungrier zombies joining the Dead for their first year.

Photo credit: Mark Nockleby
Photo credit: Mark Nockleby

2015 Home Record: 1-3, 4th place

Losses: #55 Bobby Dazzler, #222 Fluezy, #104 Harsh Mello, #300 Humm Vee, #52 Kid Ace, #47 Kimfectious, #140 Nurse Lithium, #0 Slaybia Majora, #90 Pearl Bones, #999 Tarah Bishop, #555  Zia Later

Additions: #7 Butter & Jam, #3 Chili Con Carnage,  #68 Danymite, #804 Dixie Did It, #9 Domme Juan, #713 Global Warman and #404 permab&

ShEvil drafted seven skaters at the beginning of the season—a mix of transfers from other leagues and skaters new to roller derby: Butter & Jam (Sonoma County Roller Derby), Chili Con Carnage, Danymite, Dixie Did It (Sonoma County Roller Derby), Domme Juan (Sin City Rollergirls), Global Warman (Houston Roller Derby) and permab& (Resurrection Roller Girls).

The Dead are already on the right track, coming in an hour before their team practices to workout together off skates each week. Hole is optimistic about the start of the season, noting that the Dead “…are feeling super good! We have planned out lots of opportunities to skate together.” She added that some of the team’s new members already feel like they’ve gelled after having skated together prior to being drafted back in January.

With half their roster made up of newbies, expectations are high for the Dead’s returning skaters. Their jammers: Mean Burrito, Pressure Cooker, Xpress Lane Jane and Gori Spelling are all returning. It will be exciting to see if any more speedy zombies will join ShEvil’s point-scoring line-up.

“We truly believe you can be both a competitive team AND have fun playing derby.”

A stout foundation of blockers for the Dead include pivot Sweet Sherry Pie, Korn Holy-O, Erma Gerd — one of ShEvil’s newest bruisers (also from Houston Roller Derby) who was drafted toward the end of the 2015 season — and veteran Thea Pocalypse (formerly Thea Venger). Then there are versatile players, like Cassius May, Spiller, and Princess Peachka, who you may see blocking or jamming depending on the day.

When asked about the sentiments thus far this season, Hole replied, “We truly believe you can be both a competitive team AND have fun playing derby.” Stay tuned ShEvil fans! We know you are just dying to watch the evolution of your favorite zombies as the season unfolds in 2016!


#7 Butter & Jam || #71 Cassius May || #3 Chili Con Carnage || #68 Danymite || #804 Dixie Did It || #09 Domme Juan || #93 Erma Gerd || #713 Global Warman || #310 Gori Spelling || #17 Korn Holy-O || #89 Mean Burrito || # 404 Permab& || #61 Pressure Cooker  || #418 Princess Peachka || #29 Spiller || #201 Sweet Sherry Pie || #1 Thea Pocalypse || #212 Xpress Lane Jane

We’re Still BAD

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Photo credit: Mark Nockleby

OAKLAND, CA Today Bay Area Derby (BAD) drops the dots and ‘G’ effectively removing ‘Girls’ and the flourishy punctuation from their name. The change from “B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls” to “Bay Area Derby” is a key step in the evolution of the Bay Area’s premiere flat track roller derby league. The new name reflects the diversity of the community to include the wide variety of members and supporters who represent the league.

This change occurs as BAD rolls into their 11th season of determined, focused, and inspiring roller derby in the Bay Area. BAD has many exciting events lined up for 2015, including a BAD Hands Volunteer Army recruitment party on January 30 and the league’s first games of the season on February 27 at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, CA.

“It’s one of the steps we decided to take towards updating our overall league image,” says Frightmare, the 2016 BAD PR Manager. “Truthfully, being called ‘girls’ hasn’t resonated with many of the league members – skaters, officials and volunteers alike – for quite some time.” BAD’s updated gender policy, voted into action by the league at the end of 2014, additionally promotes broad inclusiveness based on self-identification of its skater members. The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, of which Bay Area Derby is a founding member, recently publicized broadened protections for athlete gender identity, emphasizing the importance of this sort of progressive policy and inclusive language.

As the league reaches for new heights of athletic excellence and continues reppin’ roller derby all over the world, they may have dropped the ‘G’, but they’re still BAD.

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For more information, e-mail PR@bayareaderbygirls.com.

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!

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

Thanks in advance and BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY AAAAAAAAAREAAAAAAAAAAA!!!

Team Gold has Arrived

Photo credit: Donalee Eiri, Photography by D.E. sign
Photo credit: Donalee Eiri, Photography by D.E. sign

Team Gold is our league’s B-Team! Formerly a group of hard-working skaters that scrimmaged weekly against and with the B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls All-Stars, for 2015 Team Gold has taken their game to the next level.

This year, the B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls decided to follow the example of other WFTDA top ranking leagues (including Gotham, Denver, Rat City and Rose City) and officially establish a B-level competitive travel team. Comprised of members of all four B.A.D. home teams (Berkeley Resistance, Oakland Outlaws, Richmond Wrecking Belles and San Francisco ShEvil Dead), Team Gold is led by captains Kimfectious (San Francisco) and Vee (Oakland) coached by Slaybia Majora (San Francisco) with mentor-ship from Golden Girls’ captains Brawllen Angel (Berkeley) and Murderyn Monroe (Oakland).

The 14-member roster is training not only to establish itself as a force within the derby community but to also dominate the Full Metal Bracket B-Team Tournament – the unofficial North American B-Team Championships – in Austin, Texas Oct. 16-18. While training can be physically demanding, traveling with a full roster has its own costly challenges. But B.A.D. fans can help! Each dollar you donate offsets Team Gold’s travel expenses so they can focus on adding more wins to their record.

We ask that you please consider donating to their fundraising efforts.


 

Roster

Abominatrix 140 (Richmond)

Biggie Brawls 77 (Richmond)

Esteemed Bun Bun 42 (Oakland)

Jambee 43 (Berkeley)

Kimfectious 47 (San Francisco)

Korn Holy-O 17 (San Francisco)

Little Miss Masochist 22 (Richmond)

Mad 4 Gravy 4 (Richmond)

Mean Burrito 89 (San Francisco)

Sterling Archer 935 (Richmond)

Taxi Scab 50 (Berkeley)

T. Wrecks T2 (Richmond)

Vile E. Coyote 91 (Berkeley)

Vee 33 (Oakland)

 

Record (2-2)

  • April 2015: Sacred City Derby Girls 146 v Team Gold 146
  • Aug. 2015: Sacred City Derby Girls 179 v Team Gold 185
  • Aug. 2015: Rose City Rollers Axels of Annihilation 217 v Team Gold 153
  • Aug. 2015 Rat City Rollergirls Rain of Terror 154 v Team Gold 151