Welcome everyone to Beat Me Halfway (BMH) Co-Ed Derby Extravaganza! We are the premier derby learning event in the Midwest! Offering up heaping helpings of classes, scrimmages and fun!
Has full access to all Clinics, Scrimmages and Social Events.
Has full access to all classes, scrimmages and social events outside of work assignments.
Has access to 9 hours of high-level referee training by WFTDA Officiating Chair, Sir Osis.
Lots of live game experience including feedback from our experienced Head Referees!
May also participate as a skater in scrimmages outside of game assignments if desired.
Includes officials and NSO's who will be working scrimmages only and not attending any clinics. Also includes volunteers who assist with the event but will NOT be taking clinics or skating in any scrimmages.
Has full access to spectate any skater clinics, scrimmages and attend social events.
*Excludes the Referee Training Clinic.
*Day Spectator/Coach passes will be available at door of event for $20
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Bambi is a roller derby player with a thirst for thrill! She plays for the Prairieland Punishers and coaches the Capital City Hooligans. When she is not at derby practice she's in the skatepark pushing her quads to the limit. She is a member of the Moxi Skate Team and Chicks in Bowls International Skate Crew. Bambi loves all facets of aggressive skating. From fancy foot work and grinds, to flying high on vert ramps, to flowing a bowl, to getting creative on the street, Bambi does it all. She wants to encourage derby players to get out of their comfort zone and venture out to the skatepark and see what they can do!
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Doc Skinner is the Head NSO for the Kansas City Roller Warriors (WFTDA) and the Cowtown Butchers (MRDA). He is a WFTDA Level 2 certified NSO and a recognized MRDA Official. Doc has worked numerous tournaments as both a Crew Head and as Tournament Head NSO. He also has 20 years experience in the higher education classroom, teaching adult learners.
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I’m Tinisha aka Freight Train from Houston Roller Derby. I’m 23 and have about 21 years of jam skating experience. In my life, skating was a every weekend thing. My dad has been taking me since I was little and I’ve kept up the routine on my own as I’ve gotten older. You will often find me googling various skating rinks in whatever city/state derby takes me. With high hopes to skate there.
I discovered derby almost 4 years ago (2011). My dad told me about it and soon enough I popped up at practice. I usually play all positions (jammer, blocker, pivot) and hope to continue playing all positions because that’s all you become an all-around player. Which in my eyes, is an excellent asset to have. So far I've been slowly working my way up the derby ranks and trying to be the best player I can be for myself as well as my team. It’s been a rewarding journey.
Some other teams I’m a part of are: Team Sass, Team Texas, and just recently Team Atom.
As far as coaching experience I have mostly done small groups, private lessons, and jam skate dance stuff. So yes, this will be my first big event type of training/coaching experience thus far. I’m a pretty patience person and always try my best to break things down to help. With that said, I’m excited to learn, train, play, and meet all of you.
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We are High Altitude Training from Colorado Springs, Colorado. We specialize in bringing derby knowledge, training, gear, and skate maintenance to leagues around the world. Our coaching team is composed of Kiki UrHaz, Lil Miss Behavin', and Hazed & Contused. The coaches have been skating and coaching for a combined total of 21 years. They have skated for teams like the Mad Rollin Dolls of Madison Wisconsin, the Tent City Terrors of Arizona, the Denver Roller Dolls of Denver Colorado, as well as all star teams like Team Xtreme, Team Bionic. All coaches are currently skating for Pikes Peak Derby Dames and plan on taking over the world! We have a brand new set of training focused on leadership, basic skills, and learning to skate to your style. We're very excited about our new and improved way of boot camp teaching! We just opened our new roller derby store called Derby Supply High Altitude here in Colorado Springs, and we are going on a training tour to celebrate and spread the word. Ask us about our plans! Beat Me Half way is always one of the best events of the year, can't wait to meet you all!!!
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Jaims is a veteran roller derby player from Northwest Arkansas Roller Derby and competes with their All Star team. She has also been chosen to represent the state of Arkansas in the inaugural State Wars tournament in Florida this year and recently has been added as an Atom sponsored skater. Her experience in roller derby continues with training and coaching for the men's team Benton County Derby Demons and extensive skate knowledge from owning and operating her own skate shop Turn Left Skatepro. In addition to all of her on track accomplishments, she also functions as the WFTDA mothership administrator and is co-owner and co-organizer of Beat Me Halfway.
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I am Tink!! I skate for the Cincinnati Battering Rams, Team USA. I am a coach for the Cincinnati Rollergirls. I am also a BONT Quadstar and also sponsored by Pro Design Pads and Blood and Thunder. I started skating at the age of 8 and I haven’t stopped yet. I started to get coached as a speed skater at the age of 12 where I speed skated until my early 20’s. I started playing roller hockey at the age of 15 played that till about 26. So I have been skating my entire life I am 36 now. My derby career started at the age of 19 where I did that awesome TV show Roller Jam along with Sea Horses and Quadzilla. I been around flat track derby for about 8 years never really skating in any games or on any teams. My first game on a mens team was 2013 Spring Roll. I aslo made Team USA my first year as a official MRDA skater, and this was my second year and many more to come.
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Keepin’ it classy for the last five years, Khaos is a member of DNA Coaching and is a top Derbalife health coach. She has played in every division of the WFTDA (Harrisburg Area - D3, Dutchland Rollers - D2, Charm City & Tampa - D1). She’s played bank and flat track, female and coed. She's skated with the top teams, and top trainers. She refs. She has a derby radio show. She’s been writing, posting poorly produced training videos, and generally sticking her nose into the business of derby since she started. An athlete since childhood, Khaos pulls training experience from the worlds of softball, soccer, football, track, rock climbing, dance, and competitive powerlifting. You don't know who she is, but that's alright. After this weekend, she'll be one of your favorite coaches. Check out her exploits as a derby gypsy on KhaosTheoryBlog.com, DNAcoaching.com, and listen to her weekly show on WDRBY internet radio.
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Mo Payne’s mission is to be the best, positive thinking, hardworking, goal oriented, strong willed, courageous, roller derby player and coach, focused on making the sport of roller derby seen by everyone and helping as many charities as possible while doing this. Making a difference as a unique individual, who loves every minute of just being herself and an educated coach with the ability to inspire, lift and provide tools for individuals in the roller derby world. She has been skating over 6 years with the Sioux City Roller Dames. Traveling all over the world coaching bootcamps, teaching roller derby love and inspiring others to be the best athlete they can be.
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Quad Almighty is the head coach of the Cincinnati Rollergirls and captaing of the Cincinnati Battering Rams. He has coached in over 100 sanctioned WFTDA games and countless regulation WFTDA and MRDA games since 2007. An eight-year veteran of the sport, he has played with Midwest Men's Roller Derby, Harm City Homicide, Race City Rebels, Cincinnati Battering Rams, Team SeXY and Berzerker. When he's not practicing or playing derby, coaching derby or blogging about derby, he's getting older by the minute.
A 20 year U.S. Navy submarine veteran, Randy has photographed everything from polar bears at the North Pole and intelligence photography through a periscope, to everyday people and sights throughout the world. He has been a league photographer for the Kansas City Roller Warriors since 2008 and has photographed league bouts and tournaments all over the Midwest. “I can honestly say that photographing roller derby has made me a better photographer because of the unique challenges the sport presents such as speed, lack of light, and the ever-changing conditions.” Randy enjoys trying to find unique angles to his shots and is best known for his overhead photography (you might have seen him at last year’s BMH shooting from the overhead lift) for which one of his overhead photos of action taken at the South Central WFTDA Championships in 2011 won roller derby photo of the year. He also cites doing the head and group photos for Men’s Team USA at last year’s BMH as one of top derby moments. Randy is staple at the annual Midwest DerbyFest Tournament and this will be his second year teaching at Beat Me Halfway. “My class ranges from the beginner to the expert. It is interactive and we try to share the techniques, equipment, and ideas of how to photograph the sport. It’s also a great class to be in if you are in a Marketing role for your league as you can get/give ideas to improve your league’s public relations. Having or bringing a camera is not even necessary to attend the class!”
Ref Tacular is a certified Head Ref for the Modern Athletic Derby Endeavor (MADE). Ref Tacular is going into his 6th season of reffing Roller Derby. He has reffed rulesets including MADE, OSDA, MRDA, and WFTDA. Currently he is MADE's Midwest Head Ref Representative. He is an original member of Fountain City Roller Derby, (formerly Dead Girl Derby.) This is Ref Tacular's 3rd year at BMHW and he can't wait!
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In his 8th season as a skating referee, Sir Osis is a Level 5 Certified referee with IPR and Head ref endorsements. Since 2009 he has served in every skating role at WFTDA D1 playoffs including a CHR at WFTDA Championships. He is the chairperson of the WFTDA Officiating committee and served as the THR for the 2013 D1 playoff in Asheville NC.
As the current Officials Captain for Rat City Rollergirls, Osis has brought crew and self evaluation to another level using footage review, peer evaluation and in game feedback as primary tools for crew growth and performance. Osis has trained officials in Belgium, Mexico, New Zealand, Japan, and across Canada and the US as a freelance trainer and was recently added to the roster of WFTDA Officiating Clinic Instructors.
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Having been with the St. Louis GateKeepers since their inception in 2009, Star-Spangled Hammer has been announcing major derby events for the MRDA for five years now. He has announced over 100 bouts including 3 MRDA Championship tournaments and was Tournament Head Announcer for the 2012 and 2013 MRDA Championships. While mainly focused on MRDA play, he has announced many WFTDA bouts as well.
I started playing derby for st. Chux in march of 2011 and have been a blocker for them ever since. I was nominated to captain my 2nd season and have been for the past three season. I coach every Wednesday night practice for the league. Ninja Sass' Em, Kyle Stark, and I started Fleur De Lethals, a co-ed derby team that consists of all stars from around the St. Louis area, in 2013, which I also play for. I coached the Slammers, one of Gatekeeper's local leagues, this year. I am also a bench coach for Men's Team Missouri along with Knight Glider, and also made the Women's Team Missouri and will be competing in Florida come November.
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At the early age of 2, Cheri starting skating when a doctor recommended roller skating to help straighten out a slight pigeon toe. From elementary school through high school she was introduced to figure skating and started competing on the regional and national level and later returned a short time after college. In 2005, she was introduced to the world of roller derby and has had the benefit of skating with really great roller derby leagues and meeting some amazing people. She is proud member of Team USA and excited to skate in the world cup in December 2014 and also looks forward to leading the 2014 Dirty South Derby Girls, the All-Star team of the Atlanta Rollergirls in their next season.
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