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 - Room 101
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 - Room 101
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
Bricktator - 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 - Room 101
Bricktator - 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 05:30 PM - Classroom - Room 105
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 - "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
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

Sat 03:00 PM - On Skates Clinic - Track 4
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
Debi England - Nutrition. Power to Fuel Your Derby Machine!

Medical professional advice and tips on best ways to feed your body as an athlete. Special recipes to keep your body going and aid in recovery!

Sat 03:00 PM - Classroom - Room 104
Freight Train - Endurance is Awesome!

Endurance class

Sat 07:00 PM - On Skates Clinic - Track 4
Freight Train - Off Skates Training

Freight Train - Off Skates Training

Sat 11:00 AM - Off Skates Clinic - Room 101
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 - Room 104
I Have an Injury...Now What?

Life after injury. Regardless how big or small, dealing with an injury as an athlete is nothing to take lightly. Take tips and training from a medical professional on how to approach your injuries in the manner to heal properly and as promptly as possible. Let's face it, its bound to happen to the best of us, and we want back on skates as soon as we can and good as new!

Sat 02:00 PM - Classroom - Room 104
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 - Room 105
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 - Room 101
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
Kenbo Slice - Wait, you want me to get low and catch?

Starting positions and catching areas. Finishing techniques after catching.

Sat 11:00 AM - On Skates Clinic - Track 1
Kiki Urhaz - Backwards Hitting...CANNONBALL!

Both attacking and defending are challenging situations when backwards. In this class we will learn a few techniques with levels, power and placement to add to your own basket of tricks!

Sun 08:00 AM - On Skates Clinic - Track 2
Kiki Urhaz - Mental Prep

Here we will work on how we can exercise our minds for the game and for the drama. How to keep your head in the game, what books to read and how to visualize your technique.

Fri 01:00 PM - Classroom - Room 105
Kiki Urhaz - Starts

In this class we will talk about how to stop a jammers momentum and keep in a strong wall. As jammers, we look at strong precise hits that reallly test a walls stability.

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

Blocking Fundamentals

Sat 01:00 PM - On Skates Clinic - Track 4
Magnum - Derby Strategy: X's and O's

Coaching Strategy Class

Sun 02:00 PM - Classroom - Room 105
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 - Room 105
Marketing is not Sports Marketing

Led by Fernando Regueiro. Applying traditional marketing concepts to your team efforts is a good start, but in order to create a passionate fan base you need more. Come to this session to learn about the relatively new discipline of sports marketing. Fernando Regueiro will walk you through the most important differences between traditional and sports marketing and will give you tips and advice on how to make your team's brand more appealing to your fans.

Fri 03:00 PM - Classroom - Room 104
Off skates power by The Smacktivist

Off Skates clinic for Power skating!

Fri 03:00 PM - Off Skates Clinic - Room 101
Officiating Clinics

Reserved for Officiating Clinics, See Referee Schedule tab

Sat 08:00 AM - Classroom - Room 105
Officiating Clinics

Reserved for Officiating Clinics

Sun 08:00 AM - Classroom - Room 105
Officiating Clinics

Reserved for on skates officiating training

Sun 11:00 AM - Classroom - Track 3
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 - Room 105
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

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 (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 - Room 104
Roller Derby for the Fans

Are you curious about different rulesets? Are you tired of playing slow derby? Have you noticed a decrease in your fan base? Come ask these and any other questions at our open forum and panel discussion about improving the fan and player experience. Our panelists have been part of different versions of roller derby and have experience performing several roles in the sport. Panelists: Amy "Aimageddon" Pascale (Player), Deanna "D'Fleured" Grieger (Player/Official), Dakota "Kola Loka" Prosch (Player/Trainer), Cheryl Cryer (Player/Manager) and Fernando Regueiro (Manager/Organizer)

Sat 01:00 PM - Classroom - Room 104
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 - Room 105
Shane Darby - The Art of Coaching

Coaching Clinic

Sun 03:00 PM - Classroom - Room 105
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
Sneaker Derby with V-Diva

You can imagine the fun you'll have here!

Sat 03:00 PM - Off Skates Clinic - Room 101
Spin Diesel - Official Reviews

Coaches/Captains class on mastering the official review. When to use them and when not to use them, what to look for, and how to approach them the best way to be most beneficial!

Sat 12:00 PM - Classroom - Room 105
Star-Spangled Hammer - Announcing 101

How I stopped worrying and learned to love the mic. Join Star Spangled Hammer, Announcer for the St. Louis GateKeepers as he starts you down the path of becoming a derby announcer. He'll explain the differences between doing in-house and stream calls, as well as going over the do's and don'ts of roller derby announcing. Q&A session included.

Fri 11:30 AM - Classroom - Room 104
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 Physics of Roller Derby

Ever thought to yourself that you are too small to take out someone twice your size? Well thank goodness for Physics! Knowing about your and your opponents center of gravity for example can be a big factor in how to throw them off balance. Learn about how to use motion, balance and leverage to gain advantage regardless of your size or shape.

Sat 08:00 AM - Classroom - Room 104
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 - It's Like Dancing

How to control the jammer while blocking backwards. "Leading" them toward the line.

Sat 11:00 AM - On Skates Clinic - Track 4
Tink - Olympic Style Training for Speed & Form

Olympic Style Speed skate training drills

Sat 01:00 PM - Off Skates Clinic - Room 101
Umpire Strikes Back - Officiating SAT-11

Umpire Strikes Back - Officiating

Sat 11:00 AM - Ref Clinic - Room 105
Umpire Strikes Back - Officiating SAT-8am

Umpire Strikes Back - Officiating

Sat 08:00 AM - Ref Clinic - Room 105
Umpire Strikes Back - Officiating SAT-9:30

Umpire Strikes Back - Officiating

Sat 09:30 AM - Ref Clinic - Room 105
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 - Room 105
Umpire Strikes Back - Officiating SUN 9:30

Umpire Strikes Back - Officiating

Sun 09:30 AM - Ref Clinic - Room 105
USARS Rules & their Philosophy

Have you noticed a decrease in your fan base? Hear insights and ask questions at our open forum and panel discussion about improving the fan and player experience. Our panelists have been part of different versions of roller derby and have experience performing several roles in the sport.

Panelists: Amy "Aimageddon" Pascale (Player), Deanna "D'Fleured" Grieger (Player/Official), Dakota "Kola Loka" Prosch (Player/Trainer), Cheryl Cryer (Player/Manager) and Fernando Regueiro (Manager/Organizer)

Sun 01:00 PM - Classroom - Room 104
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 NSO Certification Testing

Reserved for Certification Testing

Fri 08:00 AM - Classroom - Room 104
WFTDA Referee Cert Review

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

Fri 08:00 AM - Ref Clinic - Room 105
WFTDA Referee Cert Testing

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

Fri 10:00 AM - Ref Clinic - Room 105
WFTDA Referee Certification Testing

Reserved for Referee clinics

Fri 08:00 AM - Classroom - Room 105
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 - Room 105
ZEBRA SCRIMMAGE

Scrimmage for Referees only!

Sun 05:00 PM - Ref Clinic - Track 3
ZEBRA SCRIMMAGE

For Referee's only, register on referee tab

Sun 06:00 PM - Classroom - Track 3
ZEBRA SCRIMMAGE

Scrimage for referee's only, register on Referee Schedule tab

Sun 05:00 PM - Classroom - Track 3

Coaches

Lodgings

Drury Inn & Suites, Forest Park

$109 - $139

2111 Sulphur Ave, St Louis, MO 63139
1-800-325-0720
RSVP code: 2252617
Amenities: Free Parking, Free hot breakfast, WIFI, Free snacks and Happy hour beverages 5:30 - 7:00 pm daily! Soda & Popcorn 3 - 10 pm daily in lobby!
note: Primary Host Hotel

Holiday Inn Express (Boutique)

$109

2625 Lafayette Ave, St Louis, MO 63104
314.361.4900
RSVP code: Xtreme Roller Sports
Amenities: Free Parking
note: 2 miles from venue

Drury Inn & Suites, Brentwood

$109 - $119

8700 Eager Road Brentwood, MO 63144
1-800-325-0720
RSVP code: 2253862
Amenities: Free Parking, Free Hot Breakfast, WIFI, Free snacks & Happy Hour beverages 5:30-7:30pm, Soda & Popcorn 3-10 pm daily.
note: 9 miles from venue

Holiday Inn Express, Central West End

$129

4630 Lindell Boulevard, St Louis, MO 63108
314-361-4900
RSVP code: Beat Me Halfway
Amenities: Parking $5 a night
note: 3.75 miles from venue

Parkway Hotel

$119 - $129

4550 Forest Park Ave, St. Louis, MO 63108
314-256-7777
RSVP code: Beat Me Halfway Roller Derby
Amenities: Free Hot Breakfast, Parking $7 Day rate
note: 4 miles from venue

Hyatt Regency

$195

315 Chestnut Street, St Louis, MO 63102
314-655-1234
RSVP code: https://resweb.passkey.com/go/XtremeRollersports2015
Amenities: WIFI, 24 hr Gym
note: Walking distance from the venue