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Learn to Play Roller Derby

August 30th, 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 upcoming no-obligation Meet & Greet to learn more about joining our league through our proven Derby 101 program:

Meet & Greet Night
Wednesday, September 17, 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 if you wish (please bring ID and a cheque).

The Derby 101 program starts on Wednesday, October 8 at Caledonia Fairgrounds, 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 10-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.

Brawl by the Bay: Hammer City’s Free Annual Free Outdoor Bout

August 27th, 2014

One of Hammer City Roller Girls’ most anticipated events returns for the fifth year.

For the first and only time this season, the league’s skaters will divide into two squads and face off against each other in an epic, full-length, full-contact roller derby battle on the outdoor flat track.

This bout will pay tribute to Hamilton and all the wonderful things that make this city great – from the Hamilton Waterfront Trust’s amazing skate pad locale, to the team names, and to YOU, the fans! As our thank you for your continued support, admission to the game is FREE. We encourage you to bring non-perishable food items, as we will be collecting to benefit local families.

This will be your only chance to see Hammer City skaters play against each other this year. Watch cagey vets, breakout stars, and daring rookies all mix it up. Don’t miss out on this very special bout!

Sunday, September 7, 2014
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Hamilton Waterfront Pier 8 Skate Pad (behind Williams Fresh Café)
47 Discovery Drive/End of James Street North
Bring a lawn chair and arrive early to secure a spot

* Family friendly / Dog friendly
* Fan Shop: we will have HCRG swag for sale
* Free parking
* Easy access by transit: The Bayfront Bus #4 stops a couple of blocks away
* Concession stand

Maple Stir-Up is Tomorrow

August 8th, 2014

O Canada! Our home and native land may be synonymous with many things – hockey, snow, and saying sorry to name a few – but did you know that the Great White North is home to a growing community of truly exceptional roller derby leagues and teams?

It is with true patriot love and spirit that Hammer City invites you to the Maple Stir-Up Invitational roller derby tournament, happening tomorrow!
It’s the first-ever roller derby tournament to feature an all-Canadian roster of Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) teams (Calgary Roller Derby Association, the Forest City Derby Girls, the Rideau Valley Roller Girls, Tri-City Roller Derby, and us!).

VENUE ALERT: Please note that the tournament will take place at Morgan Firestone Arena, 385 Jerseyville Rd W in Ancaster. Some of our previous communications have the old venue listed. Doors open at 9 am with the first bout at 10 am.

SCHEDULE:
10am – Calgary vs Rideau Valley
12pm – Hammer City vs Forest City
4pm – Forest City vs Calgary
6pm – Hammer City Harlots (B) vs Tri-City Plan-B
8pm – Hammer City vs Rideau Valley

Discounted tickets are available online until midnight tonight. ($17 for full day/$13 for last 2 bouts only)

Tickets will also be available at the door for $15/20. Kids 12 and under are free.

The event is licensed. There will be limited food concessions.

The after party will be at This Ain’t Hollywood. Free admission with your ticket/wristband.

Thank you to our tournament sponsors: Riedell Skates, Monster Muffin, Cake and Loaf Bakery, plus Mill St. Brewery, Copy Dog, Varnetta, Community CarShare, Where Heads Meet, Gym on Locke, Neon Skates, Rollergirl.ca, and Wicked Skatewear.

Can’t make it in person? You can watch the boutcast.

Tweeting the event? Use #maplestirup in your tweets.

Free Summer Scrimmage & Pool Party

July 26th, 2014

Hi skaters! The Hammer City Roller Girls are hosting a free summer scrimmage & pool party during the August long weekend, and we’d love to see you there!

Coronation Arena, 81 Macklin St N, Hamilton on August 3rd at 12noon.

Here are the details:
- Open to anyone who has passed the WFTDA minimums skills assessment, and has valid roller derby insurance
- All skaters should bring a black and white shirt, with their numbers in high contrast at least 4 inches tall
- Bring a water bottle, snacks, and a bathing suit and towel

Schedule:
11:45 – Venue arrival time
12:00-12:15pm – Open skate time
12:15-12:25pm – Group warm-up
12:25pm – Pad check
12:30pm – First whistle
**there will be three 30 minute periods

Sign up here to claim a spot:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1bl4JP2Dq719P5RX-gVn17Nf9urMUtZfLCUaqmRmK6mE/viewform

Facebook event (but sign up at the Google Doc link above or your spot is not guaranteed):
https://www.facebook.com/events/691784137574260/

NOTE:
All skaters will be asked to sign a Roller Sports Canada (RSC) insurance waiver before skating. We’ll ask for your legal name, skater name, insurance number and signature.

If you have any questions, or need to cancel, please email:
interleague@hammercityrollergirls.ca

Less Than One Month Til Maple Stir-Up

July 13th, 2014

Maple Stir Up Roller Derby Invitational Tournament PosterGet ready, Canadian derby fans! We’re less than one month away ’til Maple Stir-Up – the first ever, all-Canadian WFTDA derby invitational tournament.

On Saturday, August 9 beaver fever will 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.

The action kicks off at 10 am and goes right up until the final bout at 8 pm – a total of five intense bouts.

Tickets:
An all-day pass is only $17, while a $13 headliners pass gets you in for the 6pm and 8pm bouts.
Kids 12 and under are free
BUY TICKETS ONLINE

Location:
Morgan Firestone Arena, 385 Jerseyville Road W, Ancaster, ON

For a full schedule and updates, visit our Maple Stir-Up page.

July 12 Double Header: Hammer City vs Ithaca

June 17th, 2014

July 12 2014 Hammer City vs IthacaCatch both Hammer City Roller Girls teams in their next home date vs. the Ithaca League of Women Rollers, hailing from Ithaca, NY. The chartered Hammer City Eh! Team will take on the SufferJets in a WFTDA sanctioned bout, while the Harlots battle the BlueStockings.

This double header derby action goes down on Saturday, July 12 at Dave Andreychuk (Mountain) Arena, 25 Hester Street in Hamilton. Doors open at 5:00 pm with the first game 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 13 and under – Free

Tickets are also available from HCRG skaters and at these local outlets:
This Ain’t Hollywood
Dr. Disc
Hammer City Records
Varnetta
Crash Landing
COMPASS at McMaster
Munchies Coffee House & BARKery

More reasons to come!
* Sit trackside with a Mill Street beer in hand
* Concession stand
* For up-close-action, bring a chair and sit trackside
* Kid-friendly event, with a special activity table just for them
* Awesome HCRG swag for sale
* The after-party will be at This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St North, Hamilton. Meet your favourite HCRG skaters!

Our final 2014 home date:
* August 9 – Maple Stir-Up Invitational tournament

R.S.V.P. on Facebook

June 7 Double Header: Hammer City vs. ROC City

May 8th, 2014

June 7 Hammer City vs Roc City

Our home season keeps rolling with a double header against ROC City Roller Derby of Rochester, New York. The chartered Hammer City Eh! Team will take on the Roc Stars in a WFTDA sanctioned bout, and the Hammer City Harlots will battle the B-Sides.

This action of internationally epic proportions takes place on Saturday, June 7 at Dave Andreychuk (Mountain) Arena, 25 Hester Street in Hamilton. Doors open at 5:00 pm with the first game 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 13 and under – Free

Tickets will also be available soon from local outlets.

Good stuff to know:
* Sit trackside with a Mill Street beer in hand
* Concession stand
* For up-close-action, bring a chair and sit trackside
* Kid-friendly event, with a special activity table just for them
* Awesome HCRG swag for sale
* The after-party will be at This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St North, Hamilton. Meet your favourite HCRG skaters! Admission is free with your bout ticket.

Our other 2014 home dates:
* July 12 Double Header
* August 9 – Maple Stir-Up Invitational tournament

R.S.V.P. on Facebook

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

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