Mission City Roller Derby

WFTDA flat-track roller derby team in SB, CA
Recruiting new members of all genders & skill level 18+ Hard-hitting action on quad rollerskates!

Mission City Roller Derby presents Santa Barbara's own full-contact roller derby team.

Operating as usual

06/21/2024

☀️Happy Summer Solstice everyone!🌞 The Betties can't wait to celebrate the changing of the seasons with this weekend!

Kick off the full weekend of festivities with us during Saturday's parade, starting at noon near the intersection of Ortega St. and Santa Barbara St. in downtown Santa Barbara.

Then be sure to continue the party at Alameda Park for the Summer Solstice Festival where the Betties will be enjoying live music all weekend long.

See you there!

06/20/2024

What would you do if you missed out on our high energy, good vibes, and q***r pride at our recent season opener and found yourself withering away with a bad case of FOMO?

COME TO OUR NEXT BOUT, DUH! Don’t despair, derby’s in the air! There are plenty more opportunities to catch your favorite roller derby team (💁) on the track. Check out our action-packed schedule for the rest of the 2024 season! Keep an eye on our social media for more information on securing your tickets as we get closer to these bout dates.

WHO’S GOT THE BEST FANS THIS SIDE OF THE MISSISSIPPI? WE DO! LOVE Y’ALL! See you at the next bout 😎🥰

Photos from Mission City Roller Derby's post 06/13/2024

Did you know that roller derby bouts would not exist without a dedicated crew of skating and non-skating officials?! We are so deeply grateful and proud of this group for their hard work, bravery (have you ever ref'd a sports event before? Terrifying), and their immeasurable commitment to the game we all love.

Without their support, this game would not have been possible. The Betties ❤️ Derby Justice League!

Interested in putting us in our place? DM us to learn how to start reffing!

Photos from Mission City Roller Derby's post 06/11/2024

In case you missed it (but honestly, how could you?)--we hosted our first home game of the season on Saturday to celebrate Pride Month! Huge thanks to Angel City Derby's Road Ragers for bringing the good vibes and hard hits as our opponents for the evening!

We are so grateful to all of our sponsors, vendors, volunteers, officials, coaches, visiting skaters, fans, and everyone who made Saturday night possible--the good time would not have been so sweet without y'all. Home bout production is always a massive effort and we are forever in awe of our community for making it happen--and having fun while doing it!

Congratulations to our skaters who have been working so diligently to pull off this nail-biter of a win! Angel City did not make it easy and we look forward to a rematch someday soon.

'Til then!
XOXO - The Fun Team

Photos from Mission City Roller Derby's post 06/08/2024

VENDOR & RESOURCE TABLE ALERT!! Swipe to get your first glance at who will be tabling at our home bout today!

Twisted Sewing with Love creates beautiful bespoke items with enough personality to knock any jammer off the track! We absolutely adore their box bags as skate tool bags and their custom headbands to keep us looking good even after wearing a helmet all day.

All for Love Animal Rescue is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit group dedicated to saving dogs from shelters in Southern California. If you get to the bout early, you might just get to meet some adorable adoptable dogs!

Paul’s Puzzles of Loubud Wines creates mesmerizing hand-cut wooden puzzles! Word on the street is that Paul created a custom roller skate puzzle just for tonight! You won’t want to miss it.

Xanadu Skate Boutique is Santa Barbara’s only roller skate shop made by skaters for skaters! Check out their table to pick up some replacement skate parts, deck out your skates with cute laces or toe caps, and learn more about how to get involved with our broader skate community!

ZAMPKAMP—the pretty boy industrial rock project from Zackary Cramp—is not only performing during our halftime show, but will also have plenty of merch for us fans to stock up on!

SBTA is our community’s teachers union fighting for safe and sustainable working conditions in our local schools! Be sure to drop by their table to learn about more ways to support their goals of attracting and retaining quality teachers for our kids.

Check out all of these vendors and resource tables TONIGHT! See you there!

06/06/2024

The Brawlin' Betties stand in solidarity with the Santa Barbara Teachers Association. Santa Barbara teachers are the lowest paid teachers as compared to the cost of living in California. Other less resourced communities manage to value their teachers more than SBUSD. Over the past 2 years, SBUSD has lost 200 teachers to neighboring communities who pay their workers a better wage, offer better healthcare, and support student centered proposals from their teachers’ unions. If you want to support educators in Santa Barbara so that they can stay living in SB, find several ways to get involved via SBTA's Community Toolkit: https://conta.cc/3Vxpxmb

We are honored to have members of the SBTA blow the first whistle at our upcoming home bout -- this Saturday, June 8th! They will also have a resource and information table set up to share more details about their purpose.

But you don't have to wait until Saturday to connect with SBTA and take action to improve the working conditions of our community's teachers! Here are actions you can take TODAY to support the teachers union (all referenced resources are linked in the SBTA Community Toolkit, linked above!):

1. Familiarize yourself with SBTA's 21-Point Platform
2. Sign the Open Letter in Support of SBTA Salary Proposal
3. Pledge Your Support in the Event a Strike becomes Necessary
4. Sign the Community Petition to support Santa Barbara Teachers
5. Display a "WE SUPPORT SB TEACHERS" sign in your local business (email [email protected] to get yours today!)
6. Attend, and speak, at a school board meeting in person or on zoom (next board meeting is June 11)

SBTA is focused on improving teacher working conditions in order to provide students with the best learning environment possible. Teacher working conditions are student learning conditions! Let's work together to attract and retain qualified teachers for our community.

06/05/2024

Nothing gets us more pumped up to smack down than ZAMPKAMP's pretty-boy industrial beats! And guess what? The multi-instrumentalist producer behind ZAMPKAMP's loud, frenzied, and explosive project--Zackary Cramp--will be performing during halftime at our upcoming Pride Home Bout! Come for the derby, stay for the tunes 😎

Don't forget to purchase your discounted presale tickets at linktr.ee/brawlinbetties! Join us THIS SATURDAY for a hard-hitting, fast-paced, and expertly soundtracked game of live roller derby at the Earl Warren Showgrounds!

Check out ZAMPKAMP's debut EP on his website--zampkampmusic.com--and hear it live THIS SATURDAY! See you there!

06/04/2024

Considered Coffee will be slangin' 'spro (we hear that's coffee speak for serving espresso) and other delicious treats at our upcoming Pride bout on June 8th! We love this badass group of wildly capable women who have dreamed up new and exciting ways to do coffee differently. It's been an absolute pleasure (and a major hit!) to have Considered at our events, you won't want to miss them!

Check them out at their website consideredsb.co ☕️

Be sure to get your discounted presale tickets on our website brawlinbetties.com/event/pride-bout to ensure you get to experience Considered Curbside Coffee!

06/03/2024

Wow! We are so excited to share that Above All Aviation () continues to support the Betties as one of badass sponsors. Above All is Santa Barbara’s #1 flight school, only private plane scenic tour company, premier maintenance facility, and charter flight operator. When you choose to fly with Above All you join a thriving community of passionate aviators. Check them out today!

Sponsors like Above All Aviation get sweet perks including free entry to our upcoming home bout on June 8th! Interested in becoming a sponsor? It’s not too late! Check the link in our bio or email [email protected].

Haven’t snagged your ticket yet? Presale is still live on our website: brawlinbetties.com 🫵❤️🎉

Want more ways to get into our bout for free? Consider volunteering! DM us 👀

05/27/2024

We are so excited to share that Santa Barbara's only roller skate focused boutique, XANADU SKATE BOUTIQUE () has joined us as a sponsor for our upcoming Pride Bout on June 8th!

We are so grateful to Val Selvaggio, owner and fellow roller skater, for providing this much needed resource for all skaters of the Santa Barbara area. Val and her team are incredibly passionate, knowledgeable, and driven in their pursuit of providing superior service and personalized attention to their customers.

Whether you need to step up your style or step into new skates, Xanadu has something for you. Check out their Instagram profile and the link in their bio (that’s xanadusb.com) for all your roller skate needs!

05/24/2024

We are so excited to share that The Santa Barbara Independent () returns as a league sponsor for our upcoming Pride Bout on June 8th!

We are so grateful for their consistent and generous support of our league over the years. The team at the Indy provides essential reporting, expansive arts & culture coverage, and critical community resources in their weekly print publication as well as daily online content at sbindependent.com.

Snag your copy of The Santa Barbara Independent every Thursday at over 700 locations in the greater Santa Barbara area.

Our favorite article? Well, our sports highlight of course 😉 link in bio (linktr.ee/brawlinbetties) to read in full!

05/23/2024

Please give a warm Santa Barbara welcome to our upcoming opponents, Angel City Roller Derby's Road Ragers! Hailing from Los Angeles, the Road Ragers are a force to be reckoned with on the track and--if their name is any indication--on the screamin' highways of Southern California too!

Regardless of the wheels you roll on, you won't want to miss this high energy showdown.

June 8, 2024
Doors open at 5:00PM | First whistle at 6:00PM
$15 presale tickets | $20 at the door
All ages welcome! Children under the age of 5 get free admission

After party to follow the last jam at Rusty’s Pizza Parlor (4880 Hollister Ave)!

P.S. Volunteer with us for free admission to the bout! Sponsors get sweet perks too! Check out all the details at the link in our bio (that’s linktr.ee/brawlinbetties).

05/21/2024

Our Pride bout is June 8th and we need YOUR help to make it happen! Show up, show out, and help us throw a Pride celebration worthy of all the Queens and Kings!

Volunteers will get free admission to the bout as well as water and snacks throughout the day. Visit the link in our bio to learn more and sign up for volunteer roles. Slide into our DMs if you have any questions.

05/19/2024

What better way to celebrate Santa Barbara’s Pride Month than with the q***rest sports team in town?!

Bring your truest and most authentic self to join the Brawlin’ Betties in their first home bout of the 2024 season! Come cheer on Santa Barbara’s ONLY roller derby league as they battle Angel City Roller Derby’s Road Ragers for victory on the track.

And don’t forget to Be Gay, Play Derby!

The Betties’ Pride Bout is presented by Above All Aviation, Xanadu Skate Boutique, and the Santa Barbara Independent.

Doors open at 5:00PM | First whistle at 6:00PM
$15 presale tickets | $20 at the door
All ages welcome! Children under the age of 5 get free admission

After party to follow the last jam at Rusty’s Pizza Parlor (4880 Hollister Ave)!

P.S. Volunteer with us for free admission to the bout! Sponsors get sweet perks too! Check out all the details at the link in our bio (that’s linktr.ee/brawlinbetties).

Photos from Mission City Roller Derby's post 05/16/2024

Our captains planned an amazing team bonding weekend for our league at Lake Cachuma 💖💖 Nature, hammocks, games, s’mores, and derby pals—it doesn’t get any better than that!

05/04/2024

The Brawlin’ Betties unequivocally call for:

- an immediate and permanent ceasefire in Gaza;
- the right of return for all Palestinians;
- the divestment of US funds, weapons, and support for genocide;
- and the removal of all illegal Israeli settlements and IOF military operations in the West Bank, Gaza, and all of the illegally occupied Palestinian lands.

To our fellow roller derby leagues: it’s beyond time to stand in solidarity with our Palestinian kin. Join us in our call to free Palestine!

Visit linktr.ee/brawlinbetties to donate to PCRF, UNRWA, Palestinian families via Operation Olive Branch, and the UCSB Gaza Solidarity Encampment.

If you’re local to our area: join, support, and uplift the demands of students, faculty, staff, and community members in their call on UCSB to divest from genocide. If you’re following us from afar, support your local student movement to pressure universities to do the same.

Follow , , and on Instagram for more ways to locally and globally bring forth the end of this genocide.

FROM THE RIVER, TO THE SEA, PALESTINE WILL BE FREE! 🇵🇸

Photos from Mission City Roller Derby's post 03/31/2024

Today is Trans Day of Visibility and we want to share some moments of trans joy in roller derby, on and off the track! 🏳️‍⚧️🤩🏳️‍⚧️

We love our trans league members and we are proud to be an all-gender team. Derby is nothing without trans people! If you’re interested in roller derby but thought you wouldn’t be welcome because of your gender, please reach out to us! We would love to have you 🩵🤍🩷

03/29/2024

Due to the forecasted rain and the recent flood watch, we have made the tough decision to prioritize safety and cancel the bout on Saturday. Presale tickets are good for any other home bout this year -- June 8th and November 16th. Thank you all for your support and understanding, hope to see you at a Betties event soon!

03/28/2024

Welcome back to our favorite coffee cart partner, Considered Curbside Coffee! Served out of a vintage VW bus, their delicious coffee, tea, and espresso drinks will not disappoint. We love a badass woman-owned business! Come early on Saturday to settle in with a warm beverage before the bout ☕️

Tickets are available for $15 presale (https://conta.cc/3ISOQcc) or $20 at the door.
Doors open at 5pm, first whistle at 6pm.
Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara

03/27/2024

We love partnering with our local skate shop! The qualified team at Xanadu Skate Boutique provides superior products and services with their personalized attention by skaters, for skaters. Check out their vendor table at our bout or go to their website at www.xanadusb.com for all your roller skate needs. And get ready for a special performance at half-time from their skaters!

Tickets are available for $15 presale (https://conta.cc/3ISOQcc) or $20 at the door.
Doors open at 5pm, first whistle at 6pm.
Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara

03/26/2024

We are thrilled to announce our food truck partner for this bout: Dave's Dogs!
Dave's Dogs is our go-to spot to refuel after a hard practice, and his creative, elevated comfort foods have been a local favorite for almost 10 years. Be sure to arrive early on Saturday so you have plenty of time to grab a hotdog before the game starts, you don't want to miss out! 🌭

Tickets are available for $15 presale (https://conta.cc/3ISOQcc) or $20 at the door.
Doors open at 5pm, first whistle at 6pm.
Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara

03/26/2024

IT'S BOUT WEEK! Come cheer on the Betties this Saturday as we face off against Infinity Roller Derby in our first home bout of the season! Doors open at 5pm, first whistle at 6pm.
Tickets are available for $15 presale (https://conta.cc/3ISOQcc ) or $20 at the door. See you there!!

03/12/2024

Join us at Earl Warren on March 30th for our first bout of the season where we’ll be playing against !
Doors open at 5pm, first whistle at 6pm. Tickets are $15 presale, $20 at the door, free for volunteers.
Keep an eye on our social media for more info to come!

03/05/2024

Our first home bout of 2024 is fast approaching and we need YOU to help make it happen! Show up, show out, and help us throw the best bout this sport’s ever seen!

Volunteers will get free admission to the bout, water and snacks throughout the day, and a special merch item to commemorate their contributions to pulling off bout day. Visit the link in our bio to learn more and sign up for volunteer roles. Slide into our DMs if you have any questions.

Photos from Mission City Roller Derby's post 02/29/2024

Black History Month is coming to an end, but we’re here to remind you that the history of rollerskating IS Black history.

- 1930s-1950s: The first campaigns to desegregate roller rinks began. Black activists used picket lines, boycotts, law suits, and stand ins (using their bodies to block the entrances) to target segregated rinks.
- 1957: Bill Butler (the “Godfather of Roller Disco”) brought the dance skating moves he learned in Detroit to New York City. He pushed roller rinks to hire DJs and play R&B, jazz, funk, and eventually disco music.
- 1958: Darlene Anderson became the first Black woman to play professional roller derby at a time when few Black athletes in any sport were allowed to compete alongside white athletes.
- 1962: Black teenagers in Illinois began a series of sit-ins at their local roller rink to protest segregation, garnering national attention. They succeeded and the roller rink was desegregated.
- 1963: Ledger Smith skated 685 miles from Chicago to Washington, D.C. to attend Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. He wore a sign that said “I’m skating to Washington for Civil Rights.”
- 1970s: Roller disco was widely popular. Bill Butler trained generations of skaters in NYC and worked as the skating director on films like Xanadu. Black skate communities across the US developed their own distinct skating styles.
- 1980s: When more established music venues refused to book Black artists, early hip hop artists and rappers like N.W.A. performed at roller rinks instead.
- 1990s-present: Roller rinks continue to be important gathering places and outlets of self-expression for Black communities, even as many rinks close due to lack of profitability.
- 2019: Ganesa Ferguson, Samantha Mack Lopez, and Marquishia Winters began building Black Diaspora Roller Derby, a roller derby team and community for Black skaters. Their goal is to create a safe and empowering space for Black skaters, provide more opportunities for Black skaters to compete at high levels, and increase representation in our sport.
- 2024: Black Diaspora Roller Derby won the Y’Allstars Southern Skate Showdown for the second year in a row 🏆

Sources:
"United Skates" (documentary, 2018)
https://www.vice.com/en/article/8xy8wk/the-overlooked-history-of-african-american-skate-culture
https://medium.com/the-brothers/back-when-roller-rinks-were-the-original-rap-concert-halls-bcae590f2603
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/30/arts/dance/bill-butler-empire-rollerdrome.html
https://www.dreamdeferred.org.uk/2016/06/rollerskating-and-the-us-civil-rights-movement/
https://www.derbydolls.com/news/2021/3/1/p8r5i8n7k1w45o53zyqom3451lyuha
https://www.actiivst.com/blogs/stories/skating-while-black

Photos:
1. Picketers outside a segregated Chicago roller rink (Chicago Historical Society)
2. Darlene Anderson skating in a roller derby bout (Darlene Anderson)
3. Ledger Smith posing on skates with his sign in Washington DC (Baltimore Afro American)
4. Bill Butler skating with Cher in 1979 (Ron Galella)
5. Poster advertising a performance by Eazy E and N.W.A at Skateland in Compton, CA (Craig Schweisinger)
6. Black Diaspora Roller Derby team photo after winning the Y’Allstars tournament in 2024 ()

Photos from Mission City Roller Derby's post 02/06/2024

Introducing your 2024 captains of the Brawlin’ Betties: Starry Blight and Chi-Berian Tiger!! We are thrilled to be led by these two dedicated and fun-loving skaters this year 🤩

In addition to their new position as co-captains, Blight and Chi both serve on our board of directors and play important roles on multiple committees such as Membership, Team Management & Gaming, Merch, Grievance, and JEDI. They are both deeply invested in the growth of our individual skaters and our league as a whole. We are grateful for their leadership, positive attitudes, and goofy jokes on and off the track 💖

01/31/2024

Mark your calendars, the Betties have a packed schedule this year! And yes you’re reading that right—we are planning 3 home bouts in Santa Barbara in 2024 🤩

Photos from Mission City Roller Derby's post 01/27/2024

January is coming to an end but we are just getting started! Check out some of our skaters’ derby resolutions for 2024 🛼💕 Are you going to join our pack this year? DM us to get started 😎

Spaghetti & Meanbrawls
1. Get more jukey & agile
2. Nail the hockey stop
3. Improve awareness & communication for offensive strategy

Sailor Doom
1. Work on being stronger with my 1v1 blocking.
2. Improve my jamming skills so when I pivot I’m also successful at the jamming part.
3. Endurance so I don’t feel like I’m dying when I’m jamming.
4. Become a triple threat!

Silver Slapdragon
1. Strengthen my stops and edge work
2. Improve my footwork and agility as a blocker
3. Catch and control those jammers!

Cherry Garcia
1. Improve agility and lateral movement
2. Stay on top of endurance training on and off skates
3. Hit with my hips more than my shoulders
4. Accept the jammer panty, embrace the jammer panty, love the jammer panty

Ti Fighter
1. Get back on skates
2. Feel more comfortable with transitions
3. Practice falling

Cinco de Mayhem
1. Do 45’s more often while jamming instead of skating backwards to create space
2. Be more explosive with my movements and less centered
3. STOP SKATING BACKWARDS
4. Give it 100% every time, every practice

Photos from Mission City Roller Derby's post 01/25/2024

2024 is going to be a big year for the Betties! Swipe through to see some of our skaters’ New Year’s resolutions 🎆 Is learning to skate one of your resolutions? DM us to get started! 🤩

Rebel Bowie
1. Work on being less timid
2. Strengthen plough stops and C-cuts
3. Get low get low get low

Starry Blight
1. Regain confidence on the track
2. Do strengthening outside of practice time to prevent injuries
3. Play in my second bout!
4. Drill skills while going opposite derby direction more often

Strawberry Switchblade
1. Up my endurance & stamina
2. More strategic footwork & explosive jukes to break through the pack
3. Giving/taking bigger hits with stability
4. Don’t be afraid of jumping the apex!

Ultra Violet
1. Improve my balance
2. Get more comfortable on my skates
3. Start learning jumps

Feytality
1. Get more comfortable using my edges
2. Trust that I’ll be able to get my feet back under myself if I put my weight somewhere weird
3. Don’t be too hard on myself when I’m not progressing at the rate I think I should be
4. Learn to get lower without sacrificing mobility

Chi-Berian Tiger
1. Get more stable
2. Play more games
3. Increase my footwork skills

01/10/2024

Alright skaters, it’s time to take the track for your first scrimmage of the year: which Bettie are you??
A. Feytality
B. Strawberry Switchblade
C. Guilly Guillotine
D. Sailor Doom
E. Horns
F. Ultra Violet
G. Toothless Terror
H. Cherry Garcia
I. Cinco de Mayhem
J. Marcenary
K. Bumi Boomswing
L. Silver Slapdragon
M. Spaghetti & Meanbrawls
N. Bruiseberry Muffin
O. Rebel Bowie
P. Chiberian Tiger
Q. Lady Faga
R. CroShay
S. Robo Gogo
T. Starry Blight

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