Last Saturday, the B.A.D. Girls held their 2014 women’s flat track roller derby regular season championship. Roller derby has become a popular sport throughout the world. B.A.D. is one of the top leagues in the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, or WFTDA. The WFTDA lists leagues on their website.
I am an official photographer for the Bay Area Derby Girls. I really do not know why I don’t smile more often. After bouts, I post photos to my photo site (www.AflatTrackMind.com and to my little facebook site). I write blog posts here. I am going to write less this time and just post links and photos.
Derby fans are wonderful. They really care. The best derby fan is probably an eleven year old girl. She is just off to the right of this picture. You can find her in the photo gallery if you click the picture or go here. I feel that I photograph her at every Bay Area Derby Girl bout. If she is not there, the bout is not quite the same.
The championship bout between the Richmond Wrecking Belles and the Oakland Outlaws was decided in the final seconds. Every fan was yelling. Some fans were yelling at each other.
Once the final score had been declared, the celebration started.
And it continued into the night. The two teams battled, but the losers still seemed to win something. Do you think the fans who cheered stopped because they lost? Derby is not like that. The fans were still happy, even if some of the skaters forced smiles.
And what about the teams that played in the third place game? (Here are their photos) They did not seem to force smiles when they were through. So, why don’t I smile more? Maybe that will change.