Belles & Chimes Oakland is a women's pinball league based in downtown Oakland, CA.

We are part of the national Belles & Chimes network of women's pinball leagues, founded right here in Oakland in 2013.

We are always excited for new members, and you can join at any point during the season - all you have to do is show up for a meeting! Our next meeting starts on Monday, September 18th. See the full schedule here.

Keep up to date with Belles & Chimes Oakland news and get reminders about upcoming meetings by signing up for our e-mail newsletter.

About Belles & Chimes


Mission

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

Eligibility

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!

Cost

Season dues to play in Belles & Chimes Oakland 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.

Guests

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.

How to Join

We hold 5 to 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 an off-site location 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.

How it Works


During seasons, we get together once a 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.

Meetings usually last about two hours.

Qualified Members

All players who attend at least three of regular season meetings and pay the $20 dues fee are considered a qualified member for that season.

Qualified members will receive an invitation to our end-of-season party and tournament, and a Belles & Chimes t-shirt. We have a different shirt every season!

End of Season Party

We celebrate the end of each season with a party and tournament at a different pinball destination somewhere in the Bay Area. For refreshments, players bring food and drink potluck style.

Meeting Schedule


Fall 2017

For our Fall 2017 season, we'll be meeting every Monday from September 18 through November 6 at Five10 Pizza, located at 400 15th Street in downtown Oakland.

Season dues are $20.

Fall 2017 Dates are:

September 18
September 25
October 2
October 9

October 16
October 23
October 30
November 6

Meetings start promptly at 7:30pm.

Winter 2017

For our Winter 2017 season, we'll be meeting every Monday from November 20 through December 18 at Stay Gold Deli, located at 2635 San Pablo Avenue in Oakland.

Season dues are $20, or $10 for players who qualified during our Fall 2017 season.

Fall 2017 Dates are:

November 20
November 27
December 4

December 11
December 18

Meetings start promptly at 7:30pm.

You can also subscribe to our Google calendar to get reminders about meetings.

Our combined Fall/Winter end-of-season party for players who qualified either in our Fall or Winter 2017 seasons will be held in January 2018.

Contact Us


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

Odds & Ends


More Bay Area Pinball

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.

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. Belles & Chimes Oakland usually sends about six or seven players.

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

Belles & Chimes Oakland 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
  • More Iron and Monsters or I Hear The Belles, Coast 2 Coast Pinball podcast, August 14, 2015