Get ready – Tattoo Freeze is this weekend!

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It’s just a few days away, and the eight teams taking part in this year’s Tattoo Freeze Invitational have been working hard to prepare.

For many, Tattoo Freeze marks the first game of 2016, so all are hoping to get this year off to a flying start.

The first game will see the Lincolnshire Bombers take on the Preston Roller Girls.

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Founded in 2008, the Lincolnshire Bomber Roller Girls are Lincoln’s original roller derby team. Since then they have continued to grow and experience some magical times together, including competing in SKOD 2013, and in the first British Championships.

A spokesperson for the team said: “Our highlight of last year’s Champs was definitely our game against Oxford Roller Derby where, in a close fought and dramatic game, we took the win by just two points!

“We are very excited to be part of Tattoo Freeze and British Champs again in 2016 and look forward to playing against new teams and making new friends along the way.”

And in a touching tribute to Motorhead – which sponsored the league – and their late founder Lemmy, LBRG will be skating out to “Bomber”.

Preston Roller Girls were formed late in 2010 and were Lancashire’s first roller derby league.

A league member said: “During the last year, we have been focusing on expanding the league and developing the skills of our skaters.

“We’ve already got plenty of scrims and bouts lined up for our up and coming skaters, and are looking forward to seeing them take to the track. ”

Last year, Preston took part in the British Championships and secured promotion to Tier 3 of the competition.

Next up will be Nottingham Roller Girls vs Wolverhampton Honour Rollers.

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The girls from Nottingham have been training hard in the off-season to develop strong, agile athletes and have their eye on taking this year’s British Championships by storm. But first, they will have to kick off their year with a tough game against Wolves.

A Nottingham Roller Girls spokesperson said: “This will be a great start to the year, and we’ll be showing you what it means to bleed green!”

Currently ranked 85th in Europe, the Wolverhampton Honour Rollers team have also been training hard and have gone from strength to strength in recent years.

Last year saw the team come first in the north east division of the British Championships and place third in the Tier 4 playoffs.

One of the league’s members said: “The team has been eager to get involved with Tattoo Freeze and are delighted to be playing in 2016.”

Third on the bill will be the MRDA-sanctioned game between the Crash Test Brummies and the Super Smash Brollers.

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2015 was a transitional year for the Brummies. They saw the departure of a lot of faces that the team had been previously been built around. But they didn’t let that get in their way, turning their attention to getting their newer skaters up to speed and making their reworked squad more cohesive.

A Brummies spokesperson said: “Although our 2016 Tattoo Freeze competing squad sees only seven players in common with our 2015 one, much of the same smash-tastic ideals have kept us constantly smiling through.”

Some of the team’s highlights from last season were finishing mid table in the men’s British Championships, their BEARDi tournament in support of Movember and three players making national training squads in the hopes of being picked to represent their countries at the Men’s World Cup in Calgary this summer.

“We are excited to be again opening our season at Tattoo Freeze this year and would encourage any local lads to look us up if they fancy giving this crazy sport we love a try, our doors are always open. Brummies Smash!”

Born over 4 years ago of love for roller derby, and old school computer games, The Super Smash Brollers are the first men’s roller derby team in Nottingham.

A Brollers spokesperson told us: “Having played in Euros, Champs, friendlies and all over the country, we are always up for a challenge, but now we can add playing at one of the most exclusive game events of the year – Tattoo Freeze!

“Be sure to check out the big hits, fast skates, and shiny new tops brought to you for the first time this season! Keep Brollin’, Brollin’, Brollin’, Brollin’!”

Rounding off this amazing day of roller derby will be the Liverpool Roller Birds vs Big Bucks High Rollers.

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Liverpool Roller Birds is the city’s first ever roller derby league! They flew into existence in November 2009, offering women of all shapes, sizes and skating abilities, the opportunity to take up roller derby.

Since their inception, LRD’s A team, the Sisters of Mersey, and B team, the Yellow Shovemarines, have played across the UK and internationally with teams as fantastically diverse as their own.

Last year, the league joined the UKRDA and took part in Tier 3 of the British Championships.

One of the Roller Birds said: “In 2016, we are participating in the British Championships at Tier 2 level and are looking forward to the challenge of new teams and new competition.”

Meanwhile, Big Bucks, hailing from the hilly town of High Wycombe, have seen their team go from strength to strength, culminating last year in making it to the British Champs playoffs and getting promoted to Tier 2.

Although they are looking forward to a successful season, the team knows they will be kicking it off with a great game.

A Big Bucks representative said: “We will be facing off against some tough new opposition in 2016 during Champs and meeting Liverpool Roller Birds, our Tier 2 North rivals, at Tattoo Freeze is going to start things off with a bang!

“A big thank you to our very own painted lady A Cute Injury for organising our involvement at Tattoo Freeze this year. We are sure that she isn’t going to be able to resist adding some new artwork to her extensive collection. The only question is, will she get inked before or after we rumble!!?”

As the Big Bucks hashtag says – #wecanwewill

Not got your Tattoo Freeze roller derby ticket yet? Don’t worry, they are still available from the Tattoo Freeze website.

Make sure you don’t miss roller derby at Tattoo Freeze!

The Crash Test Brummies take on the New Wheeled Order at the 2015 Tattoo Freeze tournament. Photo by MDP Images

The Crash Test Brummies take on the New Wheeled Order at the 2015 Tattoo Freeze tournament. Photo by MDP Images

It’s less than two weeks away, and the excitement for the UKRDA Tattoo Freeze Invitational is growing.

Eight teams will take to the track for what is set to be a fantastic day of roller derby at the International Centre in Telford on Sunday January 31.

Over the years, roller derby has become one of the most popular at the Tattoo Freeze convention and the organisers, skaters and officials are looking forward to once again wowing the crowds.

Mouth Almighty, who has been one of the organisers for the tournament, said: “As the UKRDA rep looking after the organisation of Tattoo Freeze I’d like to say how excited I am for the day.

“I normally help my team (Wolverhampton Honour Rollers )during game days and jumped at the chance to put something so big together.

“So much talent under one roof and the chance to promote one of the fastest sports in the UK at the moment, all whilst representing the UKRDA, well who wouldn’t want to do it?”

The games on the day will be:

  • Crash Test Brummies vs Super Smash Brollers
  • Liverpool Roller Birds vs Big Bucks High Rollers
  • Nottingham Roller Girls vs Wolverhampton Honour Rollers
  • Preston Roller Girls vs Lincolnshire Bombers Roller Girls

 

For Tattoo Freeze tickets and more information about the event, please visit their website.

Team Scotland management roles – applications now open!

Scotland Roller Derby

Team Scotland are on the hunt for the best pe0ple to take the team to the 2017 Blood and Thunder Roller Derby World Cup.

Team Scotland made it to the knockout stages of the 2014 World Cup in Dallas and are looking to continue to go from strength to strength in 2016/17.

Do you feel that you could help Team Scotland? Applications are now open for the Scottish management positions, including:

  • Head coach
  • Assistant coach
  • Line up manager
  • Team manager

Applications close at midnight on Sunday February 21, 2016. 

To apply for the Team manager position, please fill in this form: Team Manager Applications

To apply for the head coach, assistant coach or line up manager roles, please fill in this form: Coaching and line up manager roles

Members of the management team will be expected to attend skater tryouts and other events, including training sessions and games.

If you have any questions, please contact ukrdanationalsquads@ukrda.org.uk.

New officials!

Photo by Andrew Sims - www.andrewsimsimages.co.uk

Photo by Andrew Sims – www.andrewsimsimages.co.uk

Welcome to our new independent and league-affiliated officials.

League affiliated:

Dor-Iain Grey
Fairie Nuff
Sara Tonin

Independent official:
Tessington World of Adventures
If you are interested in becoming a UKRDA-registered official, please contact oap@ukrda.org.uk

Want to be a part of Team Wales? Applications now open!

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In 2014 Team Wales competed at the Blood & Thunder World Cup, coming 17th and showing the world that Wales was firmly on the roller derby map.

 

In the run- up, Team Wales hosted the Road to Dallas tournament and competed in the first European roller derby tournament for national squads.

Want to be part of being the next Team Wales? The UKRDA is proud to announce that applications are now open for the following roles:

  • Team Wales Head Coach 
  • Team Wales Assistant Coach 
  • Team Wales Line Up Manager 
  • Team Wales Manager

Applications close at midnight on Friday, January 22, 2016, and shortlisting will be completed by Saturday, January 30, 2016. All shortlisted candidates will then go forward to a vote, which will be completed by Friday, February 15, 2016,  and the successful candidates will formally take up their positions on Monday, March 1, 2016.

Application forms and details are available here:

 http://tinyurl.com/z2tg64q – Team Manager application 

 https://tinyurl.com/gsw2jso Coaching application, including head coach, assistant coach and line up manager     

Details of the application process can be found here:

 https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-XTeOpUghUFbzhNSWJRTUV3Zlk/view?usp=sharing

Although the date of the next World Cup is not yet known, Team Wales and UKRDA are keen to start the process.

Tryouts for Team Wales have been booked for Sunday, April 24, 2016 in Birmingham (tryout details to be released in the near future. Candidates who apply for the above roles will be expected to be available for this and any further dates.

Presenting your Tattoo Freeze officials crews!

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The UKRDA is delighted to announce the officials crews for the 2016 Tattoo Freeze Invitational.

Referees:

Jean-Quad Grand Slam (THR)
Rocky Horror Ho (CHR)
Feminist Killjoy
Igor Maniac
Jerry Sling-Her
Jo Steele
Manarchy
Orla Skew
Quad’s Law
R-Toot
Razor
Rolfer Damage
Rollin Rat
sparks mae fly

 

NSOs:
Dr Stevel (THNSO)
Dor-Iain Grey (CHNSO)
So Solid Sue (CHNSO)
Judge Tread
Cupid Stunt
Stop! Hannah Time
Hurt-ratio Nelson
Linz & Needles
Yvel Saint Laurent
Rita Skateworth
Dolly
KatZilla
ShakesFear ‘N’ Shove
Bomb Weasley
Staggasaurus
Honor Rampage
Hazel Hatton
Snowball
Fran Solo
Jen O’side
Sara Tonin
Amy Farrah Foulher
Veloskitty
Bath Vader
Thank you to everyone who applied.
Tattoo Freeze will take place on Sunday January 31 at the Telford International Centre.
The games that will be held will be:
  • Crash Test Brummies vs Super Smash Brollers
  • Liverpool Roller Birds vs Big Bucks High Rollers
  • Nottingham Roller Girls vs Wolverhampton Honour Rollers
  • Preston Roller Girls vs Lincolnshire Bombers Roller Girls
More details on the event can be found at the Tattoo Freeze website.

Tattoo Freeze head officials announced

Photo by Jason Ruffell - www.roller-derby-on-film.co.uk

Photo by Jason Ruffell – www.roller-derby-on-film.co.uk

It is with great pleasure that we can announce the head officials for the Tattoo Freeze Invitational.

They are:

THR: Jean-Quad Grand Slam
CHR: Rocky Horror Ho

THNSO: Dr Stevel
CHNSOs: Dor-Iain Grey & So Solid Sue

There is still a couple of days left to apply to be an official, announcer or volunteer at Tattoo Freeze, which will be held on Sunday January 31, 2016, at the International Centre in Telford.

The deadline is December 11, 2015, and anyone who would like to enter should fill in this application form. Don’t worry if you don’t have a lot of experience, we are looking for crews with a wide background, so even if you don’t have a massive CV, still apply!

If you have an questions about the positions, you can email officials@ukrda.org.uk.

Tattoo Freeze 2016

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We’re going back to Tattoo Freeze!

Roller derby is one of the most popular events during the tattoo convention, and the UKRDA is once again holding its annual invitational at Tattoo Freeze, on Sunday January 31, 2016, at the International Centre in Telford.

The matches will be:

  • Crash Test Brummies vs Super Smash Brollers
  • Liverpool Roller Birds vs Big Bucks High Rollers
  • Nottingham Roller Girls vs Wolverhampton Honour Rollers
  • Preston Roller Girls vs Lincolnshire Bombers Roller Girls

We are looking for officials, announcers and volunteers to help make the Tattoo Freeze invitational a success. Don’t worry if you don’t have a lot of experience, we are looking for crews with a wide background, so even if you don’t have a massive CV, still apply!

If you are interested, please fill in the application formThe deadline for tournament and crew head officials and lead announcer is December 1, 2015. The deadline for all other positions is December 11, 2015.

If you have an questions about the positions, you can email officials@ukrda.org.uk.

Rankings released (finally)

Firstly, we would like to apologise for the delay in the release of this quarter’s rankings. We work hard to get them out as soon after the deadline as we can, however, sometimes there are circumstances that prevent this.

We are sorry and are aiming to get all rankings updates on time in future.

The new women’s rankings can be viewed here.

The new men’s rankings can be viewed here.

New UKRDA officials announced and next deadline for applying

Photo by Jason Ruffell - www.roller-derby-on-film.co.uk

Photo by Jason Ruffell – www.roller-derby-on-film.co.uk

The latest UKRDA independent officials applications have been adjudicated.

Joining us as an indy is:

So Solid Sue

Joining us as league-affiliated members are:

Jerry Sling-her (Bath Roller Derby Girls)
emKa (Auld Reekie Roller Girls)
Big Smack & Fries (Newcastle Roller Girls)
Cakeface (Furness Firecrackers)
Niko (Furness Firecrackers)
Dyna-MO (Furness Firecrackers)
Beth Thompson (Furness Firecrackers)
Shell Raiser (Furness Firecrackers)

The next round of applications will close on November 21, and applications received will be sorted by the Officials Admin Panel following that.

We announced the completion of our officials membership policy and the appointment of the Officials Admin Panel, which will process and decide on applications from officials, at the tail-end of last year.

Independent/non-UKRDA league officials can apply using the form here.

UKRDA league officials can apply using the form here.

All successful applicants will have to agree to follow the officials code of conduct, and sign confidentiality agreements and declarations, which can be viewed here.