The mission of Belles & Chimes is to provide a fun, social environment for women to play pinball together.
Belles & Chimes is exclusively open to women players. There are no requirements relating to pinball skill or playing experience. We welcome women of all levels, including total beginners!
Five10 is conveniently located two blocks from either the 12th Street or 19th Street BART stations, and one block from most of AC Transit's major bus lines.
During league meetings, Belles & Chimes has exclusive use of the upstairs pinball area. There are two pinball machines downstairs in the bar area where friends and guests can play.
Season dues to play in Belles & Chimes are $20, and should be paid at the first league night. This money goes towards paying for league t-shirts, awards and prizes.
Players will also be responsible for the cost of games played during league nights. Hi-Life has a change machine that takes $1, $5, $10, and $20 bills.
New players trying out the league or visitors from out of town are welcome to come play as a guest at any meeting for $10. If a guest decides to join after visiting, their guest fee will be credited towards membership dues.
We hold 8 meetings per season. New members are welcome to join at any point, just show up to a meeting!
All players who attend at least three regular season meetings and pay the $20 dues fee will receive the season's league t-shirt. Each season's t-shirt is exclusively available to qualified players.
We also hold a tournament and party at a location other than Five10 following the completion of each season. In order to be invited to the party, players must have attended at least three Belles & Chimes meetings during the league season.
The short version is that we get together every other week, hang out, and play a bunch of pinball!
We do keep score, but the emphasis is on being social rather than competitive. Our league includes all types of players - we have members ranked in the top 100 of pinball players worldwide, we have members who had never touched a pinball machine before joining, and everything you can imagine in between. It's just about having fun playing a game we all love together.
Belles & Chimes meetings last roughly two hours.
At league meetings, players are divided randomly into groups of 3 or 4. Each group plays multiplayer games on five machines.
For each game, the player with the highest score receives 4 points, the second highest score gets 3 points, third gets 2 points, and fourth receives 1 point. In a 3-player group, the highest score receives 4 points, lowest score receives 1 point, and the middle score gets 2.5 points.
At the end of the night, each player's scores are added up for their nightly total.
All players who attend at least three of our eight regular season meetings and pay the $20 dues fee are considered a qualified member for that season.
Qualified members will receive an exclusive Belles & Chimes t-shirt, available only to players who qualify in league each season. We have a different shirt every season!
Following the completion of each league season, we celebrate with a party and tournament at a different pinball destination somewhere in the Bay Area. For refreshments, players bring food and drink potluck style.
At the party, we distribute awards and prizes for performance during the league season. We have awards for first through third place in both A and B Division, as well as for the best performing new player and most improved player from the previous season.
Currently, the game lineup upstairs at Hi-Life is: Game of Thrones (Stern 2015), Wheel of Fortune (Stern, 2007), The Simpsons Pinball Party (Stern, 2003), Medieval Madness (Williams, 1997), The Shadow (Bally, 1994), White Water (Williams, 1993), The Addams Family (Bally, 1992), Swords of Fury (Williams, 1988), Future Spa (Bally, 1979), and Melody (Gottlieb, 1967)
We play two eight-meeting seasons per year, Fall and Spring, and one four-week mini season during the summer.
You can also subscribe to our Google calendar to get reminders about meetings.
League meetings start promptly at 7:30pm.
We're still working on securing a venue for our Spring 2017 party, but targeting May 7th for the date.
Get in touch with us by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are so lucky to have a fantastic pinball scene in the Bay Area! In addition to Belles & Chimes, we have several co-ed pinball leagues and frequent tournaments.
The best way to learn about our many pinball opportunities is to visit Hella Heart Pinball, where you will find a list of Northern California pinball leagues and all the currently scheduled pinball tournaments in the area. You can also sign up for monthly e-mails listing upcoming pinball events.
Since Belles & Chimes started in 2013, we've seen an explosion of women-only pinball events all over the US (and beyond)! Below is a list of all the currently active women's leagues, regular tournaments, or events that we are aware of. If you know of one that isn't on the list, please shoot us an e-mail at email@example.com and we'll get it added. Always excited to hear about more women's leagues!
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. Link for the 2016 tournament will be added when available, but the expected date is Saturday, May 21st.