Beat Me Half Way

2014

©Photos by Randy Pace

What is Beat Me Halfway?

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!


BEAT ME HALFWAY REGISTRATION – NOVEMBER 14-16, 2014

Skater Pass

Has full access to all Clinics, Scrimmages and Social Events.

  1. Early Bird Special: Cost is $90 Available until September 25. PROMOcode: ERLYBD
  2. Standard Pass Sales: Cost is $125. Available September 25 – October 31
  3. Last minute signups: Cost is $150. Available November 1 – November 13.
Skater/Volunteer Pass - $50

Has full access to all classes, scrimmages and social events outside of work assignments.

Referee Clinic Pass - $50

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.

Volunteer Only – FREE!

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.

Spectator/Coach Pass - $50

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


Registering for BMH is complicatedly simple!

Follow these steps:

  1. Click register and complete the steps.
  2. Pay for said registration.
  3. Follow the links and instructions you are emailed
  4. Sign up for classes and scrimmage bouts
  5. Show up and have a blast!

What's in store for 2014 you ask?

  • 40+ classes with some of roller derby's best skaters and coaches including Team USA skaters Wild Cherri, Magnum P.I.M.P, Quadzilla and Tink!
  • New this year our first Officiating clinic! Lead by WFTDA Officiating Chair, Sir Osis, referees have access to top of the line training!
  • 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!
  • •Zebra Ball! Where officials being celebrated like celebs, this social event is entirely in honor of our dedicated officials who make our sport possible! Dress code of black and white attire, you can take on your own creativity from there! Be ready to dance the night away after we acknowledge our deserving officials get ready to dance the night away to beats by a professional club DJ spinning the music to make you twerk inappropriately!
  • Derby photography, announcing and NSO classes!
  • Do we really need to continue? Just get here!

Clinics

Schedule
Advanced game of S.K.A.T.E.
Bambi Bloodlust

Join us for the International Game of Roller Skate (IGORS) but IRL! Players take turns setting a trick while the other players attemp to match it. Skaters who don't complete the trick must take a letter, once you spell out S.K.A.T.E. you're out!

requirements: Advanced ramp skating skills
gear: Full gear and skates
Advanced Jamming
Shane Bower, aka Shanego Fett

Advanced jamming skills

requirements: No timid jammers here!
gear: Full gear & skates
All things M.A.D.E.
Ref Tacular

Do you have questions about M.A.D.E., or are you just curious about what the heck it is? Well come to this class, and Ref Tacular will clear everything up. Every aspect of a MADE game will be discussed. Learn the rules. Learn the basics for reffing M.A.D.E. Find out about this fun fast way to play Derby! It does not matter if you are a first year skater or a 10+ year vet, just thinking about reffing, or a Head Ref, everyone is welcome to this class! This class is almost a "must" if you plan on skating, reffing, or being an NSO for any of the M.A.D.E. scrimmages at BMH!

requirements: none
gear: N/a
Backwards Beast, Positioning & Hitting
Bled Zeppelin

Want to become that blocker that dominates jammers while blocking backwards?This class will break down the fundamentals of how and when to block backwards. From learning to positioning to shoulder hits that will lay out opposing players. Take this class and get the tools to become a blocker that no matter the situation you will face you will be ready.

requirements: Ability to skate backwards comfortably. Full Contact Class.
gear: Full gear and Skates
BLUE 42! Offensive Starts & Adjustments
High Altitude Training

Absorbing the initial hit at the start and what to do when the offense comes to attack

requirements: Game Ready
gear: Full Gear and Skates
Complete Jamming Tool Belt
Magnum p.i.m.p

Equip yourself with the tools you need to succeed at jamming. This class will touch on and cover the major skill sets involved with jamming. -Set ups, footwork, guidelines, communication with teammates & tips and tricks.

requirements: Game Ready
gear: Full gear & skates
Creative Transitions & Balance Acts
High Altitude Training

All fun ways to transition and a few good ways to practice them when getting hit and staying balanced during it all!

requirements: Game Ready
gear: Full Gear & Skates
Eat Big, Play Big
Merry Khaos

Off Skates: Athletic nutrition is a hot topic in roller derby. Learn about the importance of an athletic performance diet (and what the hell that actually means). We’ll go over macros, metabolism, protein, when to eat, why to eat, and the myths of nutrition (beer at after parties and the Dirty Bulk will not be spared!). Eat big so you can PLAY BIG.

requirements: none
gear: none
Fancy Football Footwork
Merry Khaos

Off Skates: Feet, feet, feet! Spins, cuts, hops! Add in ladders and hand-eye coordination and you’ve got a football footwork workout that will condition your legs to be faster, sharper, and stronger than your competition.

requirements: N/A
gear: Good workout shoes!
Footage Review and How-to
Sir Osis

Referees Only -- Osis is one of the earliest adopters of footage review and a tireless proponent of its’ effectiveness at improving your understanding of the game and the accuracy of your calls. Lets watch tape and discuss the best way to make use of footage to better your crew and self.

requirements: Referee Clinic Registration
gear: None
FUN in Fundamentals
Merry Khaos

Footwork, stops, speed control, communication, awareness, avoidance; all skills necessary in roller derby [and all skills that can be boring to practice]… until you add dodgeballs… or Frisbees… or other games that takes off the pressure and puts the friends and fun in front.

requirements: Passed MSR
gear: Full gear & skates
Game Management for Bench Coaches
Quad Almighty

Tips for mastering the game clock, managing your bench, working with officials, and getting the most out of every lead jam.

requirements: N/A
gear: N/A
How to stop worrying and love the mic

Star-Spangled Hammer of the St. Louis GateKeepers guides you through the world of becoming a Derby Mouth.

requirements: Have a voice
gear: N/A
Int/Adv Ramp Skating
Bambi Bloodlust

Ok, so I can drop in, now what? This class ventures deeper into ramp skating covering stalls and stall variations, airs, grabs, and other fun tricks. This class will be part instruction and part workshop. Let's send you home with some new tricks in your bag!

requirements: Intermediate - Advanced Skating skill
gear: Full gear and skates
Intro to Ramp Skating
Bambi Bloodlust

This class will cover the very basics of ramp skating. This includes rolling forwards and fakie, pumping, jump turns, dropping in, how to bail, and more! Skaters participating should be confident on their skates and comfortable with jumping and backwards skating.

requirements: Intermediate-Advanced Skating skill
gear: Full gear and skates
Jam Like a Rhino!
High Altitude Training

Make your own path! Jamming with a power push, hitting first, baiting and jumping, and chest pushes! Come find out why these all sound so fun!

requirements: Game Ready. Full Contact Clinic!
gear: Full Gear & Skates
Last Line of Defense, Hold Your Ground!

Focusing on footwork and control to take the jammer's speed away. How to transition and bring them to a stop or slow them down until help arrives.

requirements: Game Ready
gear: Full Gear & Skates
Official Reviews and You
Sir Osis

Referees Only -- How to manage and maintain effective and controlled official reviews. This seminar is appropriate for Coaches, Captains and Alternates and of course officials of all levels.

requirements: Referee Clinic Registration
gear: None
Pack Definition
Sir Osis

Referees Only -- Tricks and tips of the trade for excellent pack management skills. Learn the core concepts of pack definition and techniques to anticipate action on the track. Get your pack calls right, fool. (On Skates)

requirements: Referee Clinic Registration
gear: Gear and Skates
Penalty Scenarios
Sir Osis

Referees only -- Small group analysis of complex calls. If you cant get these right with pen and paper, you're gonna struggle on the track.

requirements: N/a
gear: N/A
Pick Things Up and Put Them Down
Merry Khaos

Off Skates: Learn the basics of weight lifting and programming and how it applies to training for a contact sport. We’ll walk through form and technique for the most popular Olympic and power lifts, talk about how to test a one rep max, and give you the tools you need to build a training program for roller derby to build strength, explosive power, and endurance.

requirements: N/A
gear: None
Push it. Push it real good!
Freight Train

(power/ strength/endurance class) In this class we will be learning how to prepare, move, and push ourselves through the mighty 4 man wall. The first part of the Drills are designed to help to discover what stance and/or amount of strength you need to simply just get the wall moving. The second half will be more real world. We will be challenging ourselves so expect sweat and for your heart to be pumping hard. I promise it's for you own good.

requirements: Passed MSR
gear: Full gear and Skates
RT - Events & Promotions
High Altitude Training

Round table discussion style. Ideas and tips about planning events, promoting your league and boosting attendance at games.

requirements: N/A
gear: N/A
RT - Fundraising & Sponsorships
High Altitude Training

Round Table Style discussion. Tips and ideas for for fundraising and gaining sponsorship for your league and/or skaters.

requirements: N/A
gear: N/A
RT - Marketing

Round Table style disscussion with tips and tricks of the trade. How to Market your League.

requirements: N/A
gear: N/A
RT - Recruiting
Shane Darby, aka Coach Spanx

Round table style discussion. Ideas and tips for recruiting and maintaining skaters in your league.

requirements: N/A
gear: N/A
RT - WFTDA Calculator & Scheduling
Jaims Maims

Ask away! Many have trouble understanding the new WFTDA Calendar. This class we will answer any questions you may have and provide you with some tricks and tools to aid you in making a "Smart Schedule" for your travel team.

requirements: Members of the WFTDA who have signed the 2014 WFTDA NDA. (yes, we will check!)
gear: Laptops or tablets would be very helpful in this class!
RT-Track Setup

Tips and secrets of track set up for games. What is most efficient.

requirements: NA
gear: NA
Rules Discussion
Sir Osis

Referees only -- We'll move through the foul sections individually and discuss the most common misconceptions, how the impact spectrum relates to each and how complex calls play out.

requirements: N/A
gear: N/A
Skater-Official communication
Sir Osis

Tips for Skater-Official relationships. How to and not to talk to each other. Gain a better understanding for communication with each other.

requirements: N/A
gear: n/a
Spinning is Winning
Mo Sanders, aka Quadzilla

Improving your position, making and keeping opposing players blocked and trapped, one on one, by turning and spinning

requirements: Bout Ready
gear: full gear and skates
Stop Blocks, the Good Kind
Jaims Maims

Breaking down to the basics of how to improving your plow stops & hockey stops so you can master how to stop your opponent in their tracks. When, where and how to use them to as a blocker.

requirements: Game Ready
gear: Full gear and skates
Stop, Run, Jump, Spin
Mo Sanders, aka Quadzilla

Using these four elements to be agile and elusive.

requirements: Bout Ready
gear: Full Gear and skates
Stuck in the Middle with you
Merry Khaos

What does it mean to be a TRUE intermediate skater? Depending on the size of your league, once you pass ‘beginner’ you may get relegated to ‘vet and coach’. Otherwise, you may slip through the gaps completely – not quite fitting in with the all-stars, but beyond the challenge of skater tot. This class is a collection of skills and drills that helped me get from true intermediate to an advanced skater.

requirements: bout ready - Intermediate level
gear: Full gear & skates
That's what friends are for
Mo Sanders, aka Quadzilla

Using your teammates to aid in blocking, containing, and getting opposing players to cut.

requirements: Bout Ready
gear: Full Gear and skates
The 101 Habits of Effective Officials
Sir Osis

Referees Only -- Expectations and etiquette for effective officiating, crew and skater interactions and personal and professional growth.

requirements: Referee Clinic Registration
gear: none
Think Like Tink
Mark Weber, aka Tink

Learn how to control the front of the pack backwards! -The proper moment to transition -how to brace your 4 wall, 3 wall, 2 wall, and even 1 on 1 -how to flip on a jammer while your trying to recycle them back into a pack. -Stance while blocking backwards and lateral movement to make yourself solid and hard to knock over -How to absorb a jammer or a blocker coming at you. -Most importantly, how to TInk other skaters..

requirements: Game ready, High Contact Class!
gear: Full gear and skates
Think Outside the Box-Defense Strategies
Davey Block-it

Derby is all about who has the best wall. The question is when to use which formation. Do you use the T the V the soft T the Flank the Half Flank, or just a plain 4 wall We'll go over what Gotham has found to work & what doesn't work and when are the right times to do which formation. Please bring black & white shirts for scrimmage purposes & be ready with gear on already stretched & ready to use those plowing muscles.

requirements: Bout Ready
gear: Full gear and Skates
This Chest was made for Blocking
Mo Payne

We will look at Chest Blocking from backwards skating skills and drills to advanced chest blocking skills. We will also go over butt punching a chest blocker to get them out of your way.

requirements: Game Ready. Full Contact Clinic!
gear: Full Gear & Skates
Toe Stops aren't for Stopping, They're for Going!
Mo Payne

Footwork and agility are the key to being a step ahead of your competitor at all times on the track. Whether blocker or jammer it is important have quick, agile footwork. “Toe stops are not for stopping they are for going.” -Mo Payne

requirements: Passed Minimum Skills Requirements
gear: Full Gear & Skates
Track Terrorist
Whip'lash

Learn to use your body in the most effective way possible to stop and recycle jammers. Focus on quick stops, hockey stops and team swarm "beehive" mentality.

requirements: Game Ready. Full Contact Clinic
gear: Full Gear & Skates
Unleash Your Beast
Assaultine Cracker Jackers

Off Skates Agility and Strength Training -focus: quick feet, agility and skating strength all off skates

requirements: N/A
gear: Good workout shoes
Use your Noodle!
Jenatease

Strategy class. Learn how to be the brains on the track! We will go over smart Bridging, offense in powerjams, knowing when, how and who to send in to help your jammer. -Teaching jammers to help create offense and other tips and tricks!

requirements: Game Ready
gear: Full Gear & Skates
Where to Be and How to Be There
Magnum p.i.m.p

Blocking is a dynamic position that requires constand adjusments on the fly. This class will help you stay a step ahead of opposing jammers and blockers. -Wall work, unsettled play, guidlines, setups, tips & tricks

requirements: Passed MSR
gear: Full Gear and Skates

Coaches

Lodgings

Days Inn

$60-$65

12 Commerce Drive,
Collinsville, IL 62234
618-345-2000
RSVP code: Beat Me Halfway
Amenities: Indoor pool & breakfast
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Comfort Inn

$77

8 Commerce Drive,
Collinsville, IL 62234
618-346-4900
RSVP code: Beat Me Halfway
Amenities: Indoor pool, Breakfast
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Super 8

$66-$73

2 Gateway Drive,
Collinsville, IL 62234
618-345-8008
RSVP code: ROLL
Amenities: Breakfast
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Hampton Inn

$82

7 Commerce Drive,
Collinsville, IL 62234
618-346-4400
RSVP code: Beat Me Halfway
Amenities: Indoor Pool, Breakfast
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Doubletree Hotel

$109

1000 Eastport Plaze Drive,
Collinsville, IL 62234
866-235-4657
RSVP code: Beat Me Halfway
Amenities: Indoor Pool. Is on Site!
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