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February 20, 2010

After a multi-decade hiatus, Roller Derby returns to Richmond. In the 1970s, the Richmond Memorial Auditorium was a venue for Roller Derby. Today, it is the magnificent Craneway Pavilion.


The Bay Area Derby Girls – A Real Roller Derby at the Craneway in Richmond! Mark your calendars!

Richmond Wrecking Belles vs. Sac City Rollers
Date: Saturday, March 6th
Time: Doors open at 6:30; derby starts at 8:00 pm
Children are welcome, and kids under 5 are free! Fun for the whole family!

Read more about the Bay Area Derby (BAD) Girls...

We are very excited about the Richmond event!
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The Bay Area Derby Girls are back and badder than ever.

The Richmond Wrecking Belles take on the Sac City Rollers. All Women's Full Contact Flat Track Roller Derby is back in the East Bay at the fabulous Craneway Pavilion in the Richmond Marina District!

Join us for our 2010 season opener!

We are bringing roller derby back to the East Bay. Come check our 2009 BAD champions The Richmond Wrecking Belles take on the Sac City Rollers. This event is the first to come in an action packed season of Women's Full Contact Flat Track Roller Derby.

Our events are all ages children under 5 get in free. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Special rates apply to groups of 20 or more. See our website for details.

Doors open @ 6:30pm the action starts @ 8pm. Check out our vendor village showcasing some of the best local businesses and organizations in the Bay Area. Purchase raffle tickets to win a VIP couch with a round of beers on us or one of the many featured prizes donated by our sponsors. Enjoy our blue collar drink special; $5 for a shot of Makers and your choice of Pyramid and Lagunitas micro brews.

Best of all, check out some of the nations best skaters in Womens Flat Track Roller Derby.

A little bit about us...

The Bay Area Derby Girls are a DIY collective of women and men that work hard on and off the track to promote Women's Flat Track Roller Derby. It all started with a couple of ladies that wanted to hang out and do something AWESOME. Well they did, and here we are today a 501c3 non-profit, 100+ strong volunteers and skaters that dedicate their blood, sweat and tears to derby. it is more than a hobby for us this is our way of life. We are professionals, mothers, students, wives, sisters, nurses, teachers, coaches, mentors, friends, volunteers but best of all we are BAD!

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See what the roller derby beginners, or "rinky dinks," are getting themselves into. (Produced by Alexa Vaughn)
By: Carah Herring | November 28, 2009 – 6:00 am | Filed Under: Front, Richmond Faces, Sports Glance | Tagged: Richmond Wrecking Belles , Roller derby
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A group of Richmond women is enjoying bragging rights over Oakland, because they are the reigning 2009 champions of the Bay Area Derby Girls league. The Richmond Wrecking Belles skated to a perfect 4-0 season, beating the Oakland Outlaws in the fall showdown at San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center.
The derby girls’ victory has put a little known women’s sport in the limelight. But did you know Richmond even had a roller derby team? And what the heck is ‘roller derby’? Is it just a catfight on wheels?
Who are the Richmond Wrecking Belles?
The Richmond Wrecking Belles have been tearing up Bay Area roller rinks since 2006. The squad’s membership fluctuates from 14 to 22 women, who are teachers, coffee shop baristas, therapists and veterinary technicians by day. They each have sometimes clever, sometimes intimidating nicknames, ranging from Luda Kris and Golden Skate Warrior to Maura Gressive and Nina Beretta. None of the Wrecking Belles live nor work in Richmond, although one team member is from El Sobrante. The team doesn’t
The Wrecking Belles celebrate their second B.A.D. league championship on Oct. 24 in San Francisco. The team's first championship was in 2007.
The Wrecking Belles celebrate their second B.A.D. league championship on Oct. 24 in San Francisco. The team's first championship was in 2007.
practice in Richmond, either.  But what the heck? The New York Giants play and practice football in New Jersey. The Oakland Athletics may wind up playing in Fremont. The San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara.
The Wrecking Belles are a part of the B.A.D. Girls league. ‘B.A.D.’ stands for Bay Area Derby. It’s an all-female league with bouts played on a flat-track (not the sloped track a.k.a. banked track roller derby, which you may see in movies or with the area’s other legendary derby team, the San Francisco Bay Bombers). The two other league teams are the San Francisco ShEvil Dead and the Oakland Outlaws. The teams practice at the Dry Ice Hockey Arena in Oakland and play at San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center.
What is roller derby?
Type the term “ROLLER DERBY” into Google and YouTube. You will definitely get a bevy of results. Or click on the video above.
Is it the equivalent of the United Fighting Championship on wheels?
Though roller derby is a full contact sport, you won’t see any clothes-lining or all-out brawls in the B.A.D. Girls league. The League rules stipulate that players are not able to impact play by grabbing, hitting or kicking opponents. But you’re still guaranteed to see some excitement around the rink, according to Jen Atherly, the league’s head of public relations.
“I think [the UFC example] is a good parallel,” said Atherley, who also plays for the Oakland Outlaws. She goes by the nickname ‘Jane Hammer.’ “Actually our league is known for the hard hitting action.”
Where can you catch the Wrecking Belles in action?
Following the championship match in late October, the season has ended for 2009. League action kicks off in Winter of 2010. But for now, you can visit BayAreaDerbygirls.com