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2014 Home Opener: Hamilton hosts Fort Wayne

April 15th, 2014

Hold onto your hats, Hamiltonians, and if you don’t have a hat, get one because HCRG is set to kick off its 9th season with a double-header on May 3, 2014. It’s going to be an explosive night of derby action on the flat-track.

Fort Wayne, Indiana is offering up its best and brightest as the Hammer City Eh! Team takes on the Fort Wayne Bomb Squad and the Hammer City Harlots face off against the Fort Wayne S.W.A.T. Team. Come on out and watch the Hammer go BOOM!!

Dave Andreychuk (Mountain) Arena, 25 Hester Street in Hamilton is the place to be on May 3, 2014 to see it all go down. Doors open at 5:00 pm with the first game set to start at 6:00 pm and the second at 8:00 pm.

Get your tickets online and save $2 off the door price
Adults – $13 advance / $15 door | Kids under 13 years – Free

Tickets will also be available at local outlets – stay tuned for locations.

Essential info:
* The arena floor is licensed. Sit trackside with a beer in hand!
* Concession stand will be open and selling delicious treats
* Bring a lawn chair to sit in our suicide seating (trackside)
* Kid-friendly event, with a special activity table to keep the little ones busy (and hopefully tire them out)
* Awesome HCRG swag will be available to purchase. Buttons, t-shirts, stickers, oh my!!

The after-party will be held at This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St N. Meet your favourite HCRG skaters in all their post-bout, sweaty glory!

HCRG has more home bouts throughout the summer on the following dates:
* June 7
* July 12
* August 9 (Maple Stir-Up All-Canadian Tournament – all-day event)

If you’re into saving money, buy a season ticket and save $20 off the admission price over the course of the season.
Buy season’s tickets here!

A big thank-you to HCRG’s proud and loyal sponsors: Mill St. Brewery, Copy Dog, Varnetta, Monster Muffin, Where Heads Meet, Neon Skates, Rollergirl.ca, and Wicked Skatewear.

Announcing our 2014 Home Season Schedule

April 2nd, 2014

HCRG is set to dazzle Hamilton yet again with another full-season of full-contact competitive derby action. We kick off our ninth year with a double header on Saturday, May 3 at Dave Andreychuk Arena, as both the Eh! Team and the Harlots take on teams from the Fort Wayne Derby Girls of Indiana, USA.

HCRG keeps on rolling with double headers in June and July, and will host its first ever tournament in August. The Maple Stir-Up invitational will be the first tournament to feature an all-Canadian, all-WFTDA line-up, consisting of 6 teams and 5 bouts in 1 full day of action.

HCRG is coming off its most successful season yet, with winning records for both the Eh! Team and Harlots. The chartered Eh! Team picked up five sanctioned victories and rose a phenomenal 49 spots up the rankings of WFTDA leagues worldwide to finish 2013 at #83.

Mark the following dates on your calendar – you don’t want to miss any of the hard-hitting action!

Saturday, May 3
HCRG welcomes Fort Wayne Derby Girls (Fort Wayne, IN)
Harlots vs. SWAT Team
Eh! Team vs. Bomb Squad (WFTDA Sanctioned Bout)
Dave Andreychuk (Mountain) Arena, Hamilton

Saturday, June 7
HCRG welcomes Roc City Roller Derby (Rochester, NY)
Harlots vs. B-Sides
Eh! Team vs. Roc Stars (WFTDA Sanctioned Bout)
Dave Andreychuk (Mountain) Arena, Hamilton

Saturday, July 12
HCRG welcomes Ithaca League of Women Rollers (Ithaca, NY)
Harlots vs. Ithaca B-Team
Eh! Team vs. SufferJets (WFTDA Sanctioned Bout)
Dave Andreychuk (Mountain) Arena, Hamilton

Saturday, August 9
Maple Stir-Up Invitational Tournament
Participating teams: Calgary Roller Derby Association All-Stars (Calgary, AB), Forest City Derby Girls Timber Rollers (London, ON), Rideau Valley Roller Girls Vixens (Ottawa, ON), Tri-City Roller Girls Plan B (Kitchener, ON), Hammer City Eh! Team, Hammer City Harlots
J.L. Grightmire Arena, Dundas

Season tickets are available now for only $40. You save $25 off the single game door price!

Roller Derby Art Crawl, BBQ & Bake Sale

April 1st, 2014

Are you curious or fascinated by imagery that the revolutionary roller derby revival inspires?

This Ain’t Hollywood and the Hammer City Roller Girls are hosting an Art Crawl that will feature artistic interpretations of the sport of roller derby, the women who play it and the officials that keep it rolling safe.

Fast skates, hard hits, rink rash and great feats of female athleticism are all part of this sport that’s taking the world by storm and spinning through all aspects of pop culture.

Featuring art by HCRG skaters past and present, and their supporters!

The Hammer City Roller Girls will be on hand for the James Street North Art Crawl event, just ahead of their May 11 home season opener. In addition to seeing fantastic art, you’ll be able to pick up HCRG merchandise, and FILL YOUR BELLY! Scrumptious homemade baked goods and BBQ hot dogs will tempt your tastebuds. Funds raised will help with our travel costs this season.

Date & Location of Exhibit:

Friday April 11th, 2014
7 pm – 11 pm
This Ain’t Hollywood
345 James Street North
Hamilton, Ontario

RSVP on Facebook

Learn to Play Roller Derby

March 31st, 2014

The Hammer City Roller Girls are looking for new skaters just like you! We are a super friendly league that welcomes fresh meat of all shapes, backgrounds, and abilities.

Come on out to our no-obligation Meet & Greet Night on April 27 to learn more about joining our league through our proven Derby 101 program. Meet experienced skaters in a relaxed setting, learn more about our training program, and pick up some lightly-used second-hand roller derby gear. Most importantly, you will have an opportunity to talk to skaters who have recently completed Derby 101. They are in the best position to give you an idea of what you’ll experience.

Meet & Greet Night
April 27, 2014
7:00 pm
This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. North, Hamilton
Meet current skaters, learn more about the program, and determine if derby is right for you. You can also register for Derby 101 at the meet ‘n’ greet if you wish (please bring ID and a cheque).

The Derby 101 program starts on Wednesday, May 14 at Coronation Arena in Hamilton, and is open to beginners 18 years+ who want to learn the game of flat track roller derby. It’s the first step towards becoming a Hammer City Roller Girl. No experience? No problem! During the 9-week program our trainers will teach you the skating and derby skills you’ll need to learn. Our program is specifically designed to help you build your roller derby know-how and skills in a safe and supportive environment.

Once you graduate from Derby 101 you will be eligible to join Smash Squad where you will continue to hone your derby prowess while working towards becoming an HCRG league skater.

If you want to come to our Meet & Greet night, join Derby 101 or have any questions, complete our online skater intake questionnaire and we’ll get back to you.

Click here for more details regarding our next Derby 101 session and the Meet & Greet night.

Roller Derby Boot Camp With DNA Coaching

March 6th, 2014

Looking to take your roller derby to the next level? Join Philly Roller Girls’ Antidote and Shenita Stretcher (also of Team USA), plus Charm City’s Merry Khaos through a full day of conditioning, skills and drills focused on both offensive and defensive strategies and techniques. Get ready to sweat, work hard, and become a better derby player!

Also, with a bonus black and white scrimmage, you can put your new skills to use right away!

COST: Skaters $60 / Spectators $15

Registration: 8:30 am
Morning Classes: 9:00 – 12:30
Lunch/Q&A: 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Afternoon Classes: 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Black and White Scrimmage: 5:00 pm

Space is limited to ensure that skaters get individual attention. Register as early as you can, in order to ensure your spot.

Note that different skill levels are welcome, but you must have passed the WFTDA minimum skill requirements.

Coach/spectator passes are also available for $15 each.

Please bring: black and white shirts with your number clearly displayed, a water bottle/sport beverages, and snacks.

LUNCH – SUB BAR! Make your own sandwich from our buffet of fixin’s, plus dig into assorted sides and treats. Vegan/vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available. All this for only $10! Add the “lunch” option during online checkout. All lunches must be pre-paid with registration, no exceptions. You are welcome to bring your own lunch if you like.

Purchase tickets online

RSVP on Facebook

Learn more about DNA Coaching

Can You Help Us Find a Home in Hamilton?

February 12th, 2014

Did you know that the Hammer City Roller Girls have been skating without a permanent home in Hamilton since our inception in 2006? Let’s make 2014 the year we change this.

Every September to April, we are shut out of city arenas as ice hockey takes over, and we take our practices to Caledonia 30 minutes outside of the city. CBC recently braved the chill and attended one of our practices in our unheated venue, which prompted them to brand us as the city’s “toughest cold weather warriors.” Read the article here.

Do you know of a suitable venue in the Hamilton area? If so, we’d love to hear from you.

Respect The O!

January 20th, 2014

For all the derby skaters and refs in the know
Here’s the perfect shirt to remind friends and foes
That thou shalt always respect the mighty O

We love awkwardly awesome derby shirts, and a wee bit of the sales goes towards helping to reach our league goals this year.

Pick one of these limited-edition shirts and be the envy of all your derby friends. It’s available on men’s and women’s tees, long-sleeved tees, and hoodies.

We need to ‘sell’ at least 50 shirts by February 10 in order for this shirt to get printed. You won’t get charged (and you won’t get this shirt) unless we hit that goal. If you can’t purchase at this time, no worries at all – we could sure use your support in spreading the word about this shirt!

Maple Stir-Up 2014 Invitational Tournament

January 3rd, 2014

Maple Stir-Up

It’s time to see who brings home the Canadian bacon.

The Hammer City Roller Girls are thrilled to announce Maple Stir-Up, a brand-new annual invitational tournament in Hamilton, Ontario, and the first to feature an all-Canadian, all-WFTDA line-up.

On Saturday, August 9 prepare for beaver fever to hit an all-time high as four travel teams battle it out in a jam-packed day of action that also includes a bonus B-team bout. With the number of WFTDA leagues in the country now at 10, we’d be downright loonie not to hold this event.

Established in 2006, HCRG is Canada’s first all-female, flat-track roller derby league and in 2009 became the second international member of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association. We are a proud Canadian league and couldn’t be more excited to bring competitive, top-quality derby to fans in the Hamilton area.

Team Applications Now Open
We are now accepting team applications for the inaugural Maple Stir-Up. You are guaranteed two WFTDA-sanctioned games, plus our excellent hospitality and that tingly feeling from being part of Canadian roller derby history.
Click here for team application

Officials, Volunteer applications open soon.

Questions? E-mail maplestirup@hammercityrollergirls.ca

Want to be a Hammer City Roller Girl?

January 1st, 2014

The Hammer City Roller Girls are looking for new skaters just like you! We are a super friendly league that welcomes fresh meat of all shapes, backgrounds, and abilities.

Come on out to our no-obligation Meet and Greet and Gear Sale Night on January 19 to learn more about joining our league through our proven Derby 101 program. Meet experienced skaters in a relaxed setting, learn more about our training program, and pick up some lightly-used second-hand roller derby gear. Most importantly, you will have an opportunity to talk to skaters who have recently completed Derby 101. They are in the best position to give you an idea of what you’ll experience.

Meet N’ Greet Night
January 19, 2014
7:00 pm
This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. North, Hamilton
Meet current skaters, learn more about the program, and determine if derby is right for you. You can also register for Derby 101 at the meet ‘n’ greet if you wish (please bring ID and a cheque).

The Derby 101 program starts on January 29, and is open to beginners 18 years+ who want to learn the game of flat track roller derby. It’s the first step towards becoming a Hammer City Roller Girl. No experience? No problem! During the 9-week program our trainers will teach you the skating and derby skills you’ll need to learn. Our program is specifically designed to help you build your roller derby know-how and skills in a safe and supportive environment.

Once you graduate from Derby 101 you will be eligible to join Smash Squad where you will continue to hone your derby prowess while working towards becoming an HCRG league skater.

If you want to come to our Meet and Greet night, join Derby 101 or have any questions, complete our online skater intake questionnaire and we’ll get back to you.

Click here for more details regarding our next Derby 101 session and the Meet and Greet night.

Holiday Craft & Bake Sale

December 10th, 2013

It may technically be our off-season, but the Hammer City Roller Girls have busy crafting and baking up a storm! During the James St North Art Crawl on December 13th, we’ll be rolling out a Holiday Craft & Bake Sale with all proceeds going to the St. Matthew’s House Adopt-a-Family program. From great gift ideas to homemade ornaments to delicious cupcakes to piping hot chocolate, we have all the goods you need to keep you going along the Crawl route AND to have a very merry Christmas this year.

We’ll be setting up tables near the corner of Robert St. and James St. North, and outside This Ain’t Hollywood at 345 James St. North, from 8-11pm.

We skate AND bake. We whip AND stitch.We give hits AND give back. Help us support families this holiday season. See you this Friday!