Join our Fresh Meat Intake - Learn to skate & play sessions start Sun. Sept. 18

Wanna roller derby with the Brick House Betties? We'll teach you to skate & play.
Sign up for 10 Sundays of fun & fitness from Sept 18 - Dec 11 (no sessions Oct 2, 30 or Nov 27).
All sessions at the CRI, 9:15 – 10:45 AM. $120 cost covers insurance & gym drop-in fees.
All welcome (18+), no experience needed. Enjoy learning from the funkiest team around!
Need to borrow gear temporarily? Contact our Facebook or website. Required: helmet, wrist guards, elbow & knee pads, quad skates. We can probably loan gear to try & then help you order your own.
Wear gym clothes, bring a water bottle, a mouth guard & the funk!

Register for Fists & Feathers Champs Camp - April 16 & 17

Fists & Feathers Champs Camp - April 16 & 17 - Comox Valley Sports Centre

Featuring 2 amazing skate coaches & 2 incredible officiating coaches, your Brick house Betties are proud to host the first boot camp of this calibre in the Comox Valley! Register by 10 AM on April 11.
Event details and registration link on the Brick House Betties team Facebook page (& below).


SKATE CAMP
Learn to jam like an eagle & block like a champ at this 2-day bootcamp. The Brick House Betties invite you to bust a move with WFTDA 2015 CHAMPS Scald Eagle & Brawn Swanson!
Benchmarked skaters & juniors 16 and older may register to skate in the camp, and an officials training camp will take place at the same time. This camp will contain skill sessions, scrimmaging, rules, and off-skate training -- covering all the derby things.

Registration is for 2 days only (single day tickets will not be sold). Fees:
Skaters (90 spots) $150
Officials (20 skating spots; 15 non-skating spots) $30
Non-skaters (coaches, & non-benchmarked & injured skaters) $50

Coach bios - Both skaters are members of Portland's Wheels of Justice & the 2015 Champs team

  • Scald Eagle - A former hockey player gone derby, she's a jammer for Rose City's travel team, Wheels of Justice, a member of Team USA and a 2015 WFTDA Champ. She also loves coaching!
  • Brawn Swanson - A fabulous and feisty blocker, skater and 2015 WFTDA champ!

OFFICIALS' CAMP
Come learn from the Island's most experienced WFTDA-level officials: Plenty O'fficial and Book'er! Learn all aspects of officiating, on and off skates, and have your questions answered. Then put your skills to the test by officiating the scrimmages. Great experience, all levels welcome!

Officials camp leader bios - Both bring a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to our sport

  • Book'er is a MRDA recognized, WFTDA level 2 certified skating official. In the past 5 years has worked as a skating official throughout the pacific northwest and has been given opportunities to work as tournament crew head and tournament head official. In his spare time he enjoys discussing roller derby rules scenarios, complaining about hoppy beer and shaking his fist at zebra huddle.
  • Plenty O'fficial - is in her sixth year of officiating roller derby. She is a level 2 certified NSO, and became a WFTDA Clinics instructor in 2014. She has attended over twenty tournaments as crew member, crew head or tournament head, and this year will be Tournament Head NSO for the WFTDA-recognized Spudtown Knockdown. One of the founders of the Coastal Call Monitors and devoted to the growth of Canadian officiating, her focus is always on communication and game flow. You can call her Plenty O. She takes her coffee black.

Enjoy 2 full days on the track with derby champs AND a burger & beer social on Saturday night!

The Betties thank Discover Comox Valley, whose generous grant helped make the camp possible.

TRY ROLLER DERBY with the Brick House Betties - Oct. 18, 19, 24 & 26, 2015

Ever wanted to try out roller derby? Ya, you do!
Join the Brick House Betties on ANY OR ALL of these DATES to give it a try & see what roller skating & the dynamic sport of roller derby are about!
Sun. Oct. 18 @ 9:00-10:30 AM
Mon. Oct. 19 @ 7:30-9:00 PM
Sat. Oct. 24 @ 9:00-10:30 AM
Mon. Oct. 26 @ 7:30-9:00 PM


Wear athletic clothing & bring your own water bottle & mouth guard. Don't forget your positive attitude! (Must be 18+). All skating levels welcome; no experience necessary; we'll teach you.
What can you learn at Fresh Meat practices?
Skills like how to stop, how to fall safely, backwards skating, weaving, jumping, & skating in a "pack."

Need to borrow gear? Use this form & we'll try to find loaners for a few sessions: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1O7ls8dwWaRmA1RgoDadZ_JB69UWwnYYQdkllDyCN9F0/viewform?c=0&w=1
Required: a helmet, wrist guards, elbow & knee pads, & quad skates.
If you know derby's your thing & are ready to order your own gear, check out www.rollergirl.ca for Fresh Meat packages or ask to join @Used Derby Gear Vancouver Island on FB.

Not sure playing roller derby is for you but still keen on the sport? Come talk to us anyway & we'll put you in touch with our incredible Island Officials (referees & non-skating officials), aka: @Coastal Call Monitors.

The Brick House Betties are as much about fun as we are about competition. Our team works hard on & off the track, & we always have a funky good time! Check out our site & Facebook page.
Have more questions? Get in touch! Message the Betties team FB page or email www.brickhousebetties.com/contact-us

See you soon -- at the Cumberland Recreation Institute (2665 Dunsmuir, Cumberland; $4.20 drop-in fee to CRI per visit).

2015 Best Brick House Betties Season Yet

Miss Brown Smackdown of the Betties (yellow) moves to block the Squamish jammer.The Brick House Betties roller derby team enjoyed their best season yet this year, with a 4–2 result. Two home games were held at the Comox Valley Sports Centre on April 18 and May 9. The team travelled to Chilliwack, Squamish, and a tourney in Richmond, BC to play the rest.

April 18: Brick House Betties vs Rink Minx Roller Girls (of Campbell River) 138–217

May 9: BHB vs Black Diamond Betties (of Whistler) 196–153

May 16: BHB at NWO Rollergirls (Chilliwack) 160–205

June 13: BHB vs Pistoleras (of Penticton) at Summer Slam Tournament 159–127

June 13: BHB vs The Wreckers (of Kamloops) at Summer Slam Tournament 198–120

June 27: BHB at Sea to Sky Sirens (Squamish) 212–108

The Betties continued to concentrate on teamwork and strategy this year. Roller derby is a complex game and a key goal for the Betties’ season was to switch more quickly between playing offense and defense. Twice-weekly practices from September to June, winter scrimmages, and training camps contributed to the team’s success.

“We have worked hard for the past four years to build up a team and improve our skating and strategy,” said team co-Captain, Ruby Whipper. “Our team’s primary objectives are to have fun and support each other. Winning is icing on our cake.”

The Betties’ season began with a double-header at the CVSC on April 18. The Stone Cold Stellas, a local junior team (skaters ages 12–17) coached by Betties Wright Krazy and Icesis, took on Nanaimo’s junior team (the Candy Crushers) in a rematch from last season. Despite a 397–175 loss, the Stellas were pleased with their game. The event also featured a children’s bouncy-castle and Gladstone Brewing refreshments. The Betties played the headliner against local rivals, the Rink Minx Rollergirls. It had been two years since the two teams faced off and the Minx won the much-anticipated match-up. On May 9, the Betties hosted Whistler’s Black Diamond Betties at the CVSC in a spirited “Battle of the Betties.” The team has also enjoyed participating in recent community events, such as the Motorcycle Ride for Dad and local parades.

The Brick House Betties and the Stone Cold Stellas thank their generous sponsors: The Eagle 97.3, Addictive Sportswear, Bayview Chiropractic, RollerGirl.ca, SURE Copy Courtenay, Thermotec Mechanical, and Walmart (Courtenay). Community supporters deserve appreciation: Artform Photographics, Bonner Photography, Comox Valley Sports Centre, Cumberland Recreation Institute, Daryl Robbins CGA, Geoff Greenall Financial Advisor, Gladstone Brewing Company, Quality Foods, Re Bastion Photography, St John Ambulance, Takahashi Design, Val Wright Realtor, Victor Anasimiv, and WJL Enterprises. The Betties also thank the Referees and Non-Skating Officials of the Coastal Call Monitors, teams that travelled, and the fans who like watching roller derby and seeing the Betties “dish out the hits 70s style.”

“We played our best season yet against amazing opponents,” said Manic Attack, a Bettie and member of the coaching committee. “What stands out is the positivity our team brings, on and off the track. We always find a way to lift each other up to personal bests and have fun.”

Brick House Betties skaters (yellow) play defense against the Squamish jammer at the same time they create offense for their own jammer to score points.

The Brick House Betties’ 2015 roller derby season is over, but the team will skate at the Courtenay Airpark and the Campbell River Seawalk in the summer.

Want to try roller derby? The Brick House Betties invite you to try a practice at the CRI (2665 Dunsmuir, Cumberland), starting in September. Bring a positive attitude, learn to roller skate, and join the dynamic sport. Need to borrow quad skates or safety gear? Contact the Betties in September. Join the Brick House Betties on Facebook, or email: info@brickhousebetties.com

Photo Credit: John Bonner, www.bonnerphotography.com

LOCAL ROLLER DERBY SEASON STARTS

Brick House Betties Roller Derby Photo credit: Paul Wenger, www.artformphotographics.com

The Brick House Betties will get the local roller derby season rolling on Saturday, April 18 at the Comox Valley Sports Centre with a double-header event. The first game (6 PM) will be played by two junior derby teams made up of skaters ages 12-17. The headlining game (8 PM) has hosts Brick House Betties taking on Campbell River’s Rink Minx Rollergirls.

Families are invited to have a fun night out at the roller derby. As well as the chance to watch a fun and competitive contact sport, there will be a bouncy castle for the kids, a concession, and merchandise tables, as well as Gladstone refreshments available for the adults.

The Junior game will see local Stone Cold Stellas play against Nanaimo’s Candy Crushers. The two teams debuted junior derby to the Comox Valley last season. Juniors are learning to play a contact game. Two veteran Betties’ skaters, Icesis and Wright Krazy, coach the Stone Cold Stellas.

"We have a lot of new Juniors this season,” said Coach Icesis, “so it will be awesome to see them play their first official game." Coach Wright Krazy added “I love the hard work the kids bring to practice all year.”

The Brick House Betties will skate the headline game against the Rink Minx, another well-established local derby team. Although individual skaters occasionally participate in scrimmages, boot camps, or other practices together, it has been two years since these teams met on the track. Fans were treated to an intense bout when the Betties and Minx last squared off in July 2013, ending 276-246 in the Minx’s favour. "The Minx are pumped to go head-to-head against the Betties again,” said Lita Riot of the Rink Minx. “We were pretty evenly matched last time, so this game promises to be really exciting."

The Minx are known as a tough team, but local derby fans enjoy seeing the Betties “dish out the hits ‘70s style” too. “The Brick House Betties are looking forward to our rematch against the Rink Minx. They are a definitely a force to be reckoned with. Our team has been training, practicing our strategies and teamwork in preparation for this,” said Ruby Whipper, co-Captain of the Betties.

Doors open at 5 PM for the April 18 event at the CVSC. Tickets are available at the door (cash) only: Adults $10, Youth (6-18) $5, Kids 5 and under free. The Juniors’ game starts at 6 PM and the Betties take on the Minx at 8 PM.

The Brick House Betties’ other home event this season is at the CVSC on Sat. May 9 when the local Betties host Whistler’s Black Diamond Betties. The two teams played a close game in Whistler last season when local Betties came home thrilled with a hard-fought 206-175 win. The two teams also played a pre-season scrimmage at the CRI in Cumberland this March to prepare for the upcoming derby season.  

Interested in volunteering, sponsoring the Betties, or trying out roller derby? The Brick House Betties invite you to get involved in this dynamic sport. FMI: visit www.brickhousebetties.com, email: info@brickhousebetties.com, or follow the Brick House Betties on Facebook.

Photo credit: Paul Wenger, www.artformphotographics.com

BRICK HOUSE BETTIES ROLLER DERBY TEAM RECRUITING

Date: 
Sep 28 2014 - 9:00am - 10:30am

Brick House Betties Fresh Meat Roller Derby Recruitment Sunday Sept. 28, 2014 9:00am to 10:30am

Want to try roller derby? The Brick House Betties will host a Fresh Meat Recruitment on Sunday, September 28 from 9–10:30 AM at the CRI (2665 Dunsmuir, Cumberland). Learn to roller skate and join the fastest-growing, most fun sport on the Island. Bring quad skates, a water bottle, safety gear (helmet, mouth guard, elbow/wrist/knee pads), and a positive attitude. Come one, come all! Wear sports-comfortable clothing and bring a $4.20 CRI drop-in fee. Need gear or can't make the date? Contact the Betties on Facebook, or email ahead: info@brickhousebetties.com

Fresh Meat is a term used in roller derby for newcomers learning to skate and play the game. Seasoned players coach skills such as improving skate stride and falling properly. New skaters also learn off-skates fitness to build the strength and endurance needed for this dynamic sport. Women age 18+ of all (or no!) skating abilities and fitness levels are invited to try roller derby with the Betties. Many new skaters find the activity to be rewarding and empowering. Fresh Meat skaters must pass a “benchmarking,” or basic skills test in order to scrimmage or play competitively. This helps keep all skaters safe on the track. Brick House Betties run Fresh Meat practices at the CRI twice a week: Sundays from 9–10:30 AM, and Mondays from 7:30–9 PM. FMI: visit www.brickhousebetties.com

BRICK HOUSE BETTIES ROLLER DERBY ENJOYED CHALLENGING SEASON

Wright Krazy blocks jammer Franks Red Hot of the Margarita VillainsThe Brick House Betties roller derby team’s 2014 season is done, but their skaters will still be seen out for a fun roll at the Courtenay Airpark or the Campbell River Seawalk this summer. With two of their five games hosted at the Comox Valley Sports Centre, the Betties had a busy and successful season, resulting in a 1-4 record:

May 10: Stone Cold Stellas vs Candy Crushers (Juniors) 203-447

Brick House Betties vs BKDD (Nanaimo) 217-220

May 31: BHB at Black Diamond Betties (Whistler) 206-175

June 7: BHB vs Belles of the Brawl (Victoria): 165-201

June 21: BHB at Harbour City Rollers (Nanaimo) 159-188

June 28: BHB at Margarita Villains (Victoria) 142-230

In its three years, the team has worked to increase its number of skaters and was pleased to field a full Betties roster for 4 of its 5 games this season, including both home events. Skaters for the Brick House Betties come from Campbell River, Nanaimo, across the Comox Valley, and one from Victoria. The team’s mandate is to focus on positivity and teamwork. This season, the Betties concentrated on strategies involving stronger defensive walls and patient jamming. As well as twice-weekly practices from September through to bouting season, the Betties hosted learning scrimmages during the winter and its skaters travelled to training camps.

DOUBLE HEADER - Brick House Betties vs Belles of the Brawl and Brass Knuckle Derby Dames vs Loganettes

Date: 
Jun 7 2014 - 5:00pm - 11:30pm

The Brick House Betties invite all 19+ ROLLER DERBY FANS to a double-header SAT. JUNE 7 at the CVSC (arena 1)! Don't miss our last home event of this season.

5 PM - Doors
6 PM - Game 1
The Loganettes VS Brass Knuckle Derby Dames (Nanaimo)
8 PM - Headline game
Brick House Betties VS Belles of the Brawl, West Coast Style (Victoria)

Burlesque performers! 50/50 draws & raffle!
19+ refreshments (please bring ID).
Merch tables, concession & ATM on-site.

TICKETS available at the DOOR ONLY (cash). 19+ Admission - $10

Check out the action-packed, athletic SPORT of ROLLER DERBY. Your Betties will dish out the hits, 70s style!

Need MO' FUNK?
Join the skaters, officials, volunteers, & fans on the arena floor after the games for our Mo' Funk AFTER-PARTY with a special performance by Sweet Tease Burlesque!

Facebook Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/events/243802899159205/?ref=22
 

DY-NO-MITE Family Nite! Sat. May 10

Date: 
May 10 2014 - 5:00pm - 9:30pm

The Brick House Betties' 2014 roller derby season opens SAT. MAY 10 with a DY-NO-MITE FAMILY NIGHT! Join us for a family-friendly double-header event at the Comox Valley Sports Centre (arena 1).

5 PM - Doors
6 PM - Juniors (under 18)
Stone Cold Stellas VS Candy Crushers
8 PM - Headline
Brick House Betties VS Brass Knuckle Derby Dames

Face painting! Bouncy Castle! Raffle & 50/50 draw!
Half-time entertainment by QUEST drum line!
Merchandise tables. Concession & ATM on-site.

TICKETS available at the DOOR ONLY (cash).
Adults $10 / Youth (6-18) $5 / Kids 5 & under - Free!

Check out the action-packed, athletic SPORT of ROLLER DERBY. Your Betties will dish out the hits, 70s style! And cheer on the Island's next generation of roller derby players! Stone Cold Stellas JR. Roller Derby & Candy Crushers Junior Roller Derby will debut JUNIOR derby in the Comox Valley.

Join the skaters, officials, volunteers, & fans at Boston Pizza (2633 Cliffe Ave, Courtenay) from 9:30, after the games.

The Brick House Betties' next double-header is a 19+ (adult-only) event on June 7.

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