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!
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.
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 6 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.
The short version is that we get together every other week, hang out, and play a bunch of pinball!
Belles & Chimes meetings last roughly two hours.
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)
Dues for our Summer season are $20, or $10 if you qualified during our Spring 2017 season.
Players may try out the league by playing as a guest for $10 per meeting.
League meetings start promptly at 7:30pm.
You can also subscribe to our Google calendar to get reminders about meetings.
Our combined Spring/Summer end-of-season party for players who qualified either in our Spring or Summer 2017 seasons will be held in July.
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.
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.