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Announcing our 2014 Home Season Schedule

Wednesday, 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

Tuesday, 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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Learn to Play Roller Derby

Monday, 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

Thursday, 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.

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Learn more about DNA Coaching

Holiday Craft & Bake Sale

Tuesday, 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!

Hammer City Holiday Scrimmage

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Hi skaters! The Hammer City Roller Girls are hosting a FREE holiday scrimmage, and we’d love to see you there!

Caledonia Fairgrounds
151 Caithness St E, Caledonia

Here are the details:
- Anyone who has passed the 2009 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

Schedule:
11:45 – Venue arrival time
12:00-12:15pm – Open skate time
12:15-12:25pm – Group warm-up
12:25pm – Head Ref & Captain’s meeting,and pad check!
12:30pm – First whistle
**there will be three 30 minute periods

Please bring:
- Water, food and small snacks to keep you hydrated and energized
- Black and white jersey, layer up

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

Boom! Roller Derby Bingo is Back

Friday, November 1st, 2013

This ain’t your grandma’s game anymore! The Hammer City Roller Girls are doling out another edition of its legendary ROLLER DERBY BINGO on Friday, November 22. Buy your bingo cards and dabbers from a skater to try your hand at winning cash and prizes, and don’t forget to pick up some sweet HCRG swag (Christmas gifts, anyone?). Then stick around for an amazing night of music featuring Cowlick, Wax Mannequin, Haolin Munk, Earth, Wind & Choir, Lee Reed, and Mother Tareka.

Friday, November 22
Doors at 8 pm | First game at 8:30 pm
This Ain’t Hollywood
345 James St. North, Hamilton
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Proceeds from bingo will help cover some of our league’s many operating costs.

For more information on the music acts, check out their Facebook event.

So dust off that rabbit’s foot, comb out that troll hair, and try your lucky hand at winning – good times guaranteed!

Sock, Hop and Roll!

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Join the Hammer City Roller Girls on Saturday, October 5 at This Ain’t Hollywood for a night with Johnny Cash and Elvis! Break out your leather jacket or poodle skirt and dance the night away to rockin’ tunes performed by renowned tribute artists. There will be games, raffles, prizes for best outfits, and more fun than you can twist to. Doors open at 9 pm and cover is only $7. Come on out for this FUNdraiser in support of your local roller derby league!

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Final Double Header of 2013 – August 17

Friday, July 26th, 2013

August 17 Final Double HeaderHammer City closes out its 8th season of roller derby action at home with an all-Ontario, no-holds-barred double header.

In the first bout, the Hammer City Eh! Team will battle the Border City Brawlers from Windsor, ON. These two all-star squads have never met – will the up-and-coming Brawlers have what it takes to stop the Eh! Team’s current win streak?

In the second bout of the evening, the Hammer City Harlots will take on the Chicks! Ahoy, a home squad from Toronto Roller Derby. The Harlots will be looking to close out their home season with a strong finish, but the Chicks will undoubtedly put up a good fight.

Get your tickets online and save $2 off the door price:
Click here!

Adults – $13 advance / $15 door | Kids 12 and under – Free
* Bring a non-perishable food item for a $1 discount at the door

ALSO – This is ALUMNI NIGHT! Calling all HCRG skaters! If you’ve ever played for Hammer City, we’d love to have you come out to this double header. Wear your jersey / HCRG shirt for FREE admission. There will be a special cheering section just for you, and a few other surprises (including perhaps a complimentary beverage, wink wink) in store.

Location:
J.L. Grightmire (Market St Arena), 35 Market St. South, in Dundas
Doors at 5:00 pm, first whistle at 6:00 pm

Tickets are also available at these local outlets:
* Dr. Disc
* Compass at McMaster
* Hammer City Records
* This Ain’t Hollywood
* Varnetta (Hamilton)
* Munchies Coffee House and BARKery

Good stuff to know:
* Licensed arena – sit trackside with a beer in hand
* For up-close-action, bring a chair
* Kid-friendly event
* Awesome HCRG swag for sale
* Pie a skater! For only a $1 a vote, you could be tossing your favourite HCRG skater at the end of the evening.

The after party will be at Club Absinthe (38 King William St, Hamilton, 19+) at 10:00 PM. Meet HCRG skaters and officials! Complimentary cover with your game ticket stub.

This is your last chance to see both teams in competitive action at home this year, so don’t miss it!

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Hammer City Roller Girls Comedy Night

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

HCRG Comedy Night August 24Prepare to laugh as hard as we hit! Come on out to HCRG’s Comedy Night and support your local roller derby team during an evening of hilarity and mayhem!

Tickets are only $10, and are available in advance from your favourite HCRG skater, and at the door. Laughs, prizes, and fun!

Saturday, August 24
Club 54 Nightclub
3345 Harvester Rd., Burlington
Doors open at 8 pm
Show starts at 8:30 pm

The show will be hosted by Ben Guyatt, as seen on CHTV and The Comedy Network. Having trained with “Second City” in Toronto and Hamilton’s Players Guild, Ben Guyatt began his career as a professional comedian in 1980. Ben has performed in many hundreds of club, corporate, and TV shows over the last 20 years. As a Master of Ceremonies there are few that can come close but unknown to many people, Ben Guyatt can also perform great stand-up comedy with his razor sharp tongue and hilarious interactive approach.

Admission to the Club 54 dance party afterwards is also included!

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