Belles & Chimes is a nationwide network of women's pinball leagues, founded in 2013 in Oakland, California.

Our mission is to provide a fun, social environment for women to play pinball together.

About Belles & Chimes


Mission

The mission of Belles & Chimes is to provide a fun, social environment for women to play pinball together.

Chapters


Belles & Chimes currently has 10 chapters throughout the United States.

Belles & Chimes Oakland

Founded: 2013

Location: Oakland, CA

Meets at: Five10 Pizza

Website: bellesandchimespinball.com/oakland

Organizer: Echa Schneider

Contact: bellesandchimespinball@gmail.com

Belles & Chimes NYC

Founded: 2014

Location: New York, NY

Meets at: Pioneers Bar

Website: www.facebook.com/groups/bellesandchimesnyc/

Organizer: Jade Ang

 

Belles & Chimes PDX

Founded: 2015

Location: Portland, OR

Meets at: C-Bar

Website: www.bellespinballpdx.com/

Organizer: Jessica DeNardo

Contact: bellespinballpdx@gmail.com

Belles & Chimes Eugene

Founded: 2015

Location: Eugene, OR

Meets at: Blairally Vintage Arcade

Website: www.facebook.com/belles.n.chimes.eug

Organizer: Hayle McRadyen

Contact: belles.n.chimes.eug@gmail.com

Belles & Chimes OKC

Founded: 2016

Location: Oklahoma City, OK

Meets at: Cactus Jack's Family Fun Center

Website: www.facebook.com/OKCBellsChimes/

Organizer: Carolyn Dawson

 

Belles & Chimes CLE

Founded: 2016

Location: Cleveland, OH

Meets at: Happy Dog Euclid Tavern

Website: bellescle.wordpress.com

Organizer: Megan Brown

Contact: belles.and.chimes.cle@gmail.com

Belles & Chimes ANB

Founded: 2016

Location: Portland, ME

Meets at: Arcadia National Bar

Website: www.facebook.com/bellesandchimesanb/

Organizer: Theresa Nessel

Contact: bellesandchimesanb@gmail.com

Belles & Chimes PHX

Founded: 2017

Location: Phoenix, AZ

Meets at: various locations, including The Grid, Tilt Studio, and Starfighters Arcade

Website: playmorepinball.wordpress.com/belles-chimes-phx/

Organizer: Tracy Lindbergh

Contact: playmorepinballaz@gmail.com

Belles & Chimes Denver

Founded: 2017

Location: Denver, CO

Meets at: The 1UP - Colfax and Cuckoo's Nest

Website: facebook.com/bellesandchimesdenver

Organizer: Andrea Bastien

 

Belles & Chimes Chicago

Founded: 2017

Location: Chicago, IL

Meets at: Logan Arcade

Website: www.facebook.com/bellesandchimeschicago/

Organizer: Kate Porter

Contact: bellesandchimeschicago@gmail.com

Start a Chapter


If you're interested in starting a Belles & Chimes chapter in your area, get in touch with founder Echa Schneider by emailing bellesandchimespinball@gmail.com.

Belles & Chimes operates on the assumption that chapter leaders know best what works for their communities. Therefore, we do not require any specific format or frequency for affiliated leagues.

We are happy to provide suggested formats and technical advice whenever asked, but in general organizers are free to run their chapters as they please as, subject to the following rules:

1. Belles & Chimes events are women only.

2. Chapters should included a link to bellesandchimespinball.com as well as the following language on their website, "about" section of their Facebook page, and in any press release or media contacts about the league: "Belles & Chimes is a nationwide network of women's pinball leagues started in 2013 in Oakland, California."

3. Sexualized imagery should not be used on any promotional materials (posters, flyers, FB event photos, etc.) for Belles & Chimes events.

Contact Us


Get in touch with us by sending an e-mail to bellesandchimespinball@gmail.com.

Odds & Ends


PinPin Women's Tournament

Women pinheads should also all be aware of the annual women-only tournament at the Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas put on by Colorado-based pinhead Trailer Tom of PinPin Films.

Women from all over the country travel to compete in a one-day tournament for a brand new-in-box Stern pinball machine! It's always a great time, and a wonderful opportunity to meet lots of other women pinheads.

This year's PinPin Women-Only tournament will be held on Saturday, May 20th.

Belles & Chimes in the Media

  • A League of Their Own, East Bay Express, November 20, 2013
  • Oakland's Belles and Chimes is the first women's-only pinball league, Oakland North, December 2013
  • Best of the Bay: Best Pinball Wizardry, San Francisco Magazine, July 2014
  • Women's pinball league gives positive tilt to Bay Area scene, KALW Crosscurrents, November 11, 2014
  • Women take a place at the pinball table, Boing Boing, August 3, 2015
  • An Evening with Echa Schneider, Coast 2 Coast Pinball, December 3, 2015
  • Player 2, short documentary film about Belles & Chimes Oakland
  • The heartwarming camaraderies of a women's pinball league, The Meta, September 15, 2016
  • Regarding The Bay Area's Most Totally Wizard Pinball Leagues, SFist September 3, 2016
  • East Valley women challenge men for pinball wizardry, East Valley Tribune, January 25, 2017
  • Interview with Echa Schneider, founder of Belles & Chimes, Pinball Profile, February 1, 2017
  • Belles and Chimes - Women's pinball league, Met Media, March 8, 2017