Beat Me Half Way

2015

Presented by

Turn Left Skatepro

©Photos by Randy Pace

What is Beat Me Halfway?

NOVEMBER 13-15, 2015

We are the premier roller derby training event in the Midwest! Offering scrimmages and classes lead by some of the top skaters in the world at a centralized location! The mission of Beat Me Halfway (BMH) is to provide all skaters, regardless of gender, a fun and safe place to learn and grow their skills, as well as a location that is "Halfway" through the States and convenient as possible for everyone.

Registering for BMH is complicatedly simple!

Follow these steps:

  1. Click register and complete the steps
  2. Go to Brown Paper Tickets and buy a ticket
  3. Return to the site, and verify your ticket number
  4. Sign up for classes and scrimmage bouts
  5. Show up and have a blast!

What's in store for 2015?

  • 50+ on and off skates classes with some of roller derby's best skaters and coaches including Team USA skaters Cory Pain, V-Diva, Wild Cherri, Magnum P.I.M.P, Quadzilla, Baller Shot Caller and more!
  • We are bringing back officiating clinics! Lead this year by Umpire Strikes Back who is a Level 5 Certified Referee and the Officiating Education Program Director for the WFTDA. He is also a member of the WFTDA Rules Theory Committee.
  • All Co-Ed scrimmages, where you are guaranteed to play! Unlike other events where scrimmages can be hard to get into, every registrant gets equal playtime at BMH!
  • Games in your level of play! You won't take the track and be uncomfortable with skaters above your level, register for the level of play you are ready for with others just like you!
  • Annual Zebra Ball! It is a black and white attire event hosted in honor of dedicated roller derby officials. We can never show enough gratitude to those who make our sport possible, but a big party is a place to start!

Clinics

Schedule
Baller Shot Caller - Booty Blocking

Using the butt to take care of business.

Fri 09:30 AM - On Skates Clinic - Track 4
Baller Shot Caller - Legs, Legs, Legs!

strengthening those leg muscles you need to be an excellent derby player

Sun 09:30 AM - Off Skates Clinic - Workout Room
Baller Shot Caller - Making Holes

Creating your own holes to get through solid walls

Sat 08:00 AM - On Skates Clinic - Track 3
Bled Zeppelin - Bro, do you even backwards block?

*class requires you to be comfortable with backwards skating This class will teach the fundamentals of backwards blocking. This includes walking through the basic steps of footwork for effectively making the block, learning the correct timing of your block, and knowing when backwards blocking is not the best option. Learn different variations on how to utilize your backwards positioning.

Sat 09:30 AM - On Skates Clinic - Track 4
Bled Zeppelin - Finish him! Mortal combat 1v1

Intermediate to advanced Want to learn how to be a hero by keeping the jammer in the pack as the last bridge? The focus of this class will be to polish your one on one blocking by learning how to use the entire width of the track, by yourself. There will be a heavy focus on utilizing stops and transitions to slow down the jammer and make the vital soul crush.

Sun 09:30 AM - On Skates Clinic - Track 4
Bricktator - Abs & Ass

Derby requires a strong core and glutes so let's make them stronger. You'll feel it tomorrow.

Sun 11:00 AM - Off Skates Clinic - Workout Room
Bricktator - Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose

Having a clear vision and special bond with your teammates is essential to winning. Learn mindsets and drills that bring everyone together.

Sun 08:00 AM - On Skates Clinic - Track 4
Brictator - Partner Workouts

Working out with a partner can help keep you motivated and push your limits. This class will incorporate cardio, strength-building and stretching. Bring a friend or make a friend in class.

Sat 08:00 AM - Off Skates Clinic - Workout Room
Chuck Taylor - Blocking Do's and Don'ts

Blocking strategy

Sun 05:00 PM - On Skates Clinic - Track 4
Chuck Taylor - Blocking Smarter, Not Harder

Blocking Smarter not harder

Fri 08:00 AM - On Skates Clinic - Track 3
Chuck Taylor - Your Blocking is Offensive

Offense blocking Class`

Sat 08:00 AM - On Skates Clinic - Track 2
Cory Pain - Footwork & Form Drills for Better Skating

Footwork & form drills for better skating

Fri 09:30 AM - On Skates Clinic - Track 1
Cory Pain - Individual Blocking Techniques

Individual Blocking Techniques

Sat 08:00 AM - On Skates Clinic - Track 1
Cory Pain - Team Blocking & Line Start Techniques

Team Blocking & Line Start Techniques

Sun 01:00 PM - On Skates Clinic - Track 4
Davey Blockit - Blocker One on One

How to contain a jammer or goat a blocker by yourself

Fri 09:00 PM - On Skates Clinic - Track 2
Davey Blockit - Partner Blocking

Footwork & body work with a partner in a wall. Different scenarios: Down a blocker, reforming with your partners, Jam starts with partners in the box

Fri 11:00 AM - On Skates Clinic - Track 3
Freight Train - Endurance is Awesome!

Endurance class

Sat 07:00 PM - On Skates Clinic - Track 4
Freight Train - Push it, Push it Real Good

Freight Train - Push it, Push it Real Good

Sun 09:30 AM - On Skates Clinic - Track 1
Great Wall Of Gina - Marketing Matters

League Marketing class

Sun 02:00 PM - Classroom - Small Classroom
Jenatease - "Take 'em Out!"

How to send your opponent off the track or to the ground. - Hitting class

Fri 11:00 AM - On Skates Clinic - Track 2
Jes Rivas - A Pivotal Moment: how to be a good pivot

Learning how and when to help your jammer. Understand where to be and how to postition yourself to complete an effective star pass. Review the rules that surround how and when you can touch the jammer cap and practice several common and uncommon scernarios!

Sun 07:00 PM - On Skates Clinic - Track 4
Jes Rivas - Can't Touch This: Withstanding Offense.

Step through different tactics and body positions to keep offense from winning moments.

Sat 09:30 AM - On Skates Clinic - Track 3
Jes Rivas - Wall Work: Effective Defensive Formations

Learn hte foundations, nuances and tips behind several effective defensive wall formations, including reforming walls and moving walls without letting jammers through.

Fri 08:00 AM - On Skates Clinic - Track 4
Jett - Beginner Hockey Stops

Still trying to get that hockey stop down? Take this class to get tips and tricks to break down the hockey stop and get on your way to mastering it!

Fri 04:00 PM - On Skates Clinic - Track 4
Jett - Coaching Beginners

Coaching Class

Sun 01:00 PM - Classroom - Large Classroom
Jett - Derby, Year One

Derby Basics class for skaters in their first year of derby

Fri 03:00 PM - On Skates Clinic - Track 4
Kenbo Slice & Vicious Van GoGo - Apex Jumping

Apex Jumping

Sun 11:00 AM - On Skates Clinic - Track 2
Kenbo Slice - Agility & Quickness, Soccer Style Training

Agility & Quickness, Soccer Style Training

Fri 11:00 AM - Off Skates Clinic - Workout Room
Kenbo Slice - Catching a Jammer

Starting positions and catching areas. Finishing techniques after catching.

Sat 11:00 AM - On Skates Clinic - Track 1
Kenbo Slice - Jamming like a Soccer Player

Starting off with basics, leading to latteral movement and moving on to juking

Fri 08:00 AM - On Skates Clinic - Track 1
Loren Mutch - How to Deceive Blockers

Jamming Class, Ability & Pick up Speed - Deceive blockers

Sat 03:00 PM - On Skates Clinic - Track 4
Loren Mutch - SUN TBA

TBA

Sun 03:00 PM - On Skates Clinic - Track 4
Magnum - Blocking Fundamentals

Blocking Fundamentals

Sat 01:00 PM - On Skates Clinic - Track 4
Magnum - Footwork Class

Footwork Class

Sun 09:30 AM - On Skates Clinic - Track 2
Magnum - How to Run a Complete Practice

Coaching Class

Sun 04:00 PM - Classroom - Large Classroom
Phillip Stout - How your league can make more money from merch

How your league can make more money from merch

Fri 03:00 PM - Classroom - Large Classroom
Pixie Hulk - Center Your Blockra (Beginner)

Beginner Level - A strength-building and stretching yoga sequence to compliment your derby practice. No yoga experience necessary! Feel free to bring a yoga mat or beach towel, but not needed

Fri 01:00 PM - Off Skates Clinic - Workout Room
Pixie Hulk - Center Your Blockra (beginner)

Beginner Level - A strength-building and stretching yoga sequence to compliment your derby practice. No yoga experience necessary! Feel free to bring a yoga mat or beach towel, but not needed

Sat 10:00 AM - Off Skates Clinic - Workout Room
Pixie Hulk - Center Your Blockra (Intermediate)

Intermediate level - A strength-building and stretching yoga sequence to compliment your derby. No yoga experience necessary but this class will be a workout! Feel free to bring a yoga mat or beach towel, but not needed.

Sun 08:00 AM - Off Skates Clinic - Workout Room
Quadzilla - One on One Blocking Mechanics

One on One Blocking techniques

Sat 11:00 AM - On Skates Clinic - Track 3
Quadzilla - Spinning is Winning

How to use spinning and turning to your advantage for blocking and being elusive

Fri 09:30 AM - On Skates Clinic - Track 2
Quadzilla - You're Backwards! Now What?

Effective Backwards blocking moves

Sun 08:00 AM - On Skates Clinic - Track 1
Ramp Skating with Bambi Bloodlust and Sarah Hipel

Attend a 2 hour private session at a nearby indoor skatepark!

Fri 11:00 AM - On Skates Clinic - Ramp Riders
Ramp Skating with Bambi Bloodlust and Sarah Hipel (repeat)

2 hour private session at a nearby indoor skatepark

Fri 02:00 PM - On Skates Clinic - Ramp Riders
Reftacular - M.A.D.E. Class

M.A.D.E. Class. Learn all about MADE from Rules to officiating to strategy and gameplay.

Fri 01:00 PM - Classroom - Small Classroom
Sarah Hipel - Catching

Learn to use you body in a safe and effective way to stop a speeding bullet. Catching will cover positioning and timing for both forward and backward facing catches.

Fri 09:00 PM - On Skates Clinic - Track 4
Sarah Hipel - Lines

Using Edges and Arcs for hard hits to move opponents out of the way

Sat 11:00 AM - On Skates Clinic - Track 4
Sarah Hipel - Scoring Strategies

Discussion of the rate at which teams score relative to their lead %, with a treatment of modeling possible points in a given amount of time.

Fri 05:00 PM - Classroom - Large Classroom
Sarah Hipel - Traveling

Developing spatial relation to the track from front to back, as well as inside to outside will help bring depth and consistency to your individual blocking skills - while providing predictability for blocking unit. Traveling will give develop skills to cleanly traverser the track, and stealthily execute once you're in position.

Sun 08:00 AM - On Skates Clinic - Track 2
Shaina Serelson - Backwards Blocking: Footwork & Body Placement

Learn the footwork and body placement to catch, hold and force a jammer out while skating backwards

Fri 08:00 AM - On Skates Clinic - Track 2
Shaina Serelson - Just the Two of Us

Learn the technique and strategies to win moments with just two people on the track

Sun 11:00 AM - On Skates Clinic - Track 1
Shaina Serelson - Offensive Strategies & Techniques

Learn the fundamentals of offensive techniques and strategies

Sat 11:00 AM - On Skates Clinic - Track 2
Shane Darby - Coaching & Bench Management

Coaching Class - Coaching and bench management. The difference between the two and what's expected

Sat 03:00 PM - Classroom - Large Classroom
Shane Darby -Soul Crushing 101

The how, when and why. Blocking techniques used to accomplish the crush, what to do after you hit them out and why is this all important!

Fri 07:00 PM - On Skates Clinic - Track 4
Star-Spangled Hammer - Announcing Class

Announcing tips

Fri 11:30 AM - Classroom - Small Classroom
Steve Sweat - It's Jam Skating, Not Roller Disco

TBA

Fri 11:00 AM - On Skates Clinic - Track 4
Steve Sweat - Recycling & Which Bin to Use

Recycling & blocking Formations

Sat 05:00 PM - On Skates Clinic - Track 4
Steve Sweat - Supersize me!

Ever heard you were too small to be a blocker? Think again! Learn how to use your size to your advantage and how you block just as efficiently as any big blocker!

Sun 11:00 AM - On Skates Clinic - Track 4
The Smacktivist - Hockey Stops+

So you think you can hockey stop, huh? In this class, we’ll double-check the fundamentals of hockey stopping and then we’ll cross-over right on into technical combo-skills drills. We’ll talk about when it’s the best time to use a hockey stop, the best ways to power out of the stops, and ways we can tweak our hockey stops to maximize efficiency. Backwards, forwards, laterally, you name it - we’ll do it. This is all about dialing in your hockey stops and getting more confident in using them.

Fri 09:30 AM - On Skates Clinic - Track 3
The Smacktivist - Jammer Defense

We all know it’s a jammer’s job to score points. But as a jammer, we have an awesome ability to switch back and forth between blocking as a 5th man and scoring points. In this class we’ll discuss when the best times to go D are and how we can be effective as reinforcements with our pack. We’ll learn how to shut down the opposition with smart jamming technique to give us more time to get out, get lead, and score points.

Sat 08:00 AM - On Skates Clinic - Track 4
The Smacktivist - Power Skating. Stability & Edgework

Power Skating. Stability & Edgework

Sun 08:00 AM - On Skates Clinic - Track 3
Tink - TBA

TBA

Fri 09:00 PM - On Skates Clinic - Track 1
Umpire Strikes Back - Officiating SAT-11

Umpire Strikes Back - Officiating

Sat 11:00 AM - Ref Clinic - Large Classroom
Umpire Strikes Back - Officiating SAT-8am

Umpire Strikes Back - Officiating

Sat 08:00 AM - Ref Clinic - Large Classroom
Umpire Strikes Back - Officiating SAT-9:30

Umpire Strikes Back - Officiating

Sat 09:30 AM - Ref Clinic - Large Classroom
Umpire Strikes Back - Officiating SUN 11

Umpire Strikes Back - Officiating

Sun 11:00 AM - Ref Clinic - Track 3
Umpire Strikes Back - Officiating SUN 8

Umpire Strikes Back - Officiating

Sun 08:00 AM - Ref Clinic - Large Classroom
Umpire Strikes Back - Officiating SUN 9:30

Umpire Strikes Back - Officiating

Sun 09:30 AM - Ref Clinic - Large Classroom
V-Diva - Advanced Jamming with power

Advanced Jamming Class

Fri 01:00 PM - On Skates Clinic - Track 4
V-Diva - Baiting Blockers

Baiting Blockers as a jammer. Making your own holes.

Sun 09:30 AM - On Skates Clinic - Track 3
Vicious Van GoGo - Driving & Breaking Through Walls

Techniques of driving with your side and using spins along with breaking slow walls

Sat 09:30 AM - On Skates Clinic - Track 1
Vicious Van GoGo - Jamming Using the Line

Footwork and Agility to get through tight spaces on the line

Fri 11:00 AM - On Skates Clinic - Track 1
WFTDA Referee Cert Review

WFTDA Referee Cert Revie and Test. 2 Hours of review.

Fri 08:00 AM - Ref Clinic - Large Classroom
WFTDA Referee Cert Testing

WFTDA Referee Cert Revie and Test. 2 hours for testing.

Fri 10:00 AM - Ref Clinic - Large Classroom
Wild Cherri - Bring Your Roll to a Stop

Lateral work

Sat 09:30 AM - On Skates Clinic - Track 2
Wild Cherri - Fast Feet: Figure skating skill applied to derby

Fast Feet: Figure skating skill applied to derby

Fri 05:00 PM - On Skates Clinic - Track 4
Wild Cherri - Train the Trainer

Coaching Class

Sat 01:00 PM - Classroom - Large Classroom

Coaches

Lodgings