Tattoo Freeze 2014 – Key Officials Announced

Tattoo Freeze is fast approaching and we’ve got some of our key officials already sorted;  Ma Might and BrefG are Tournament Head NSOs and Pettichoke and JC Danger will be Crew Head NSOs.

There are a couple of days left for you to apply for NSO, referee and announcer positions, the deadline is the 1st Dec.

You can apply using the application form here:

Tattoo Freeze Invitational Officiating Application

 

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UKRDA attends Women in Sport Inaugural Conference

This month we sent UKRDA Board Director Gareth off to Leicester for the inaugural Women in Sport conference.  Gareth, who attended on behalf of all the UKRDA leagues said,

Attending the WPS 2013 conference was a truly eye opening experience. Discovering that there are so many people and organisations who are passionate about supporting and developing women’s sport was positively inspiring. I have learned a lot about the industry and met some amazing people over the last couple of days, many of whom were very enthusiastic about working with the UK derby community through UKRDA to help legitimise, promote and grow the sport. Thanks to WPS & WSFF for arranging this event, I would highly recommend attending the next one planned for September 2014.”

Now Gareth will be working with UKRDA leagues to develop promotional strategies based around the information available at the conference and the UKRDA is planning more discussion with WPS and WSFF around inclusivity and cultural diversity within our sport.

The picture shows, from right to left - Gareth Lowson UKRDA board director, Louise Tanner, Communications Manager at Womens Sport and Fitness Foundation, Mark Palmer, CEO of Women Play Sport and Brusin' Banshee from Leeds Roller Dolls.

The picture shows, from right to left – Gareth Lowson UKRDA board director, Louise Tanner, Communications Manager at Womens Sport and Fitness Foundation, Mark Palmer, CEO of Women Play Sport and Brusin’ Banshee from Leeds Roller Dolls.

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Welcome to South West Angels of Terror!

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S.W.A.T were formed, March 2010 and began bouting in 2011. Their team profile and ability on the track has been gradually rising due the hard working dedicated coaches and passionate players. They were proud to win the South West Championships 2012/2013 unbeaten in any match they played.

The team covers a wide area spanning Exeter, East and Mid Devon and Somerset. They train hard and play hard. They’ve a unique blend of skaters varying in age and from all walks of life including Teachers, NHS managers, IT professionals and Students.

S.W.A.T’s main aim is to harness each of the players’ passion and love for the sport and create well rounded individuals that perform with a high level of skill and dedication. Derby player’s that are a force to be reckoned with! The team were happy to reach the top 40 in the European rankings, 2013. They hope to improve that position in 2014.

S.W.A.T have also championed Roller Derby in the press. They’ve featured in The Sun, local newspaper’s and had interviews on BBC Radio & TV. They continue instigate the curiosity of the public, bringing the world of Roller Derby to the masses along with features in Derby specific publications including Lead Jammer magazine.

It’s also important for S.W.A.T support charities, the last being to knit over 1000 mini hats for age concerns Innocent Smoothy campaign, showing the girls do have a softer side! The team benefited from charity itself, by winning the Waitrose Community Matters initiative. Shoppers voted for their efforts giving back to the community.

Recently sponsored by Queens Of The Sin Bin, their team image has been enhanced further by their new boutfits that they helped to design.

They continue to grow in strength, numbers and ability and are very excited and proud to become part of UKRDA.

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Welcome to the Wirral Whipiteres!

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Wirral Whipiteres roller derby league was founded in March 2011. Starting with a few determined skaters and a passion for the sport the league has now grown to over 80 members, including a bouting women’s team, ‘Savage Lillies’ a men’s bouting team, ‘Pack Animals’ a dedicated NSO team, and growing referee crew.

Our aims and objectives are to empower and encourage our team members to maximise their personal growth and fitness within a positive and inclusive environment whilst becoming a respected and successful league.

Our team ethos is ‘For the greater good of all’ – in all our endeavours we strive to have a positive impact on all our members, Roller Derby, our community and society.

As with all successful roller derby leagues we are run by our members who work very hard and are committed to both the future of our league and of roller derby as a sport. We take pride in the fact that we represent roller derby on the Wirral and our home bouts are always well attended by both long-standing league supporters and new spectators learning about the sport for the first time.

Highlights for the league this year include sending representatives to EROC and having the chance to engage in discussions about the future of European roller derby, skaters taking part in the 2013 Northern Sur5al tournament at held at the Thunderdome and team members from Pack Animals playing with ‘Chaos Engine’ at the 2013 MERDC.

We are very proud to be joining the UKRDA and being a part of the future of roller derby in our home country.

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Tattoo Freeze: Call for Officials, Announcers and Volunteers

Tattoo Freeze will be taking place in Telford on Sunday 12 January 2014. With 8 UKRDA leagues playing four sanctioned bouts it will be a day full of excellent UK derby.

We encourage everyone to take part in this exciting event. Applications for skating and non-skating officials, announcers and volunteers are now open:

Tattoo Freeze Invitational Officiating Application

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UK National Squad Team Managers Appointed

UKRDA have a trio of newly appointed Team Managers to announce. The Team England Manager will be Jones from the Seaside Siren Roller Girls. Ready to fire up the social media and get every English League supporting Team England, she’ll make sure you know how Team England are doing.

Jill Antonic from Dundee Roller Girls will be raising the support for Team Scotland. She plans on mobilising the Scottish Derby spirit to get behind their team and will be mining the wealth of Derby experience north of the border.

Making their World Cup debut Team Wales welcome dorkmistress of Swansea City Roller Derby as their Team Manager. With a planful approach and an intention to gain every Welsh League’s support, we know she’ll be an asset to the team.

We wish all of our Team Managers the very best of luck; we know that the UK Derby Community is going to get behind you.

Try-out applications are OPEN for Team England and Team Wales and Team Scotland and try-out dates have been announced. Keep an eye on our website for further details!

Press Release POC: UKRDA National Squads Oversight Board

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Final UK National Squad Coach Positions Appointed

UKRDA are pleased to announce the final three coaching appointments for our national squads. Team Wales Head Coach will be JCG. Currently of LRG and SDRD, JCG will shortly be heading west to join TBB and SWS. He is absolutely committed to giving his all to team Wales and to build a squad where the team is the star.

Team Scotland assistant coach will be Clinically Wasted from Granite City. A member of Team Scotland last time around, she wants to use her experience to help mould Team Scotland into a single, devastating unit.

Team England Assistant Coach will be Stefanie Mainey. No stranger to the B&T World Cup, Mainey was Captain for Team England last time around. Drawing on her years of experience coaching and skating with LRG, her vision for the England squad is simple: to see them become the best Roller Derby team in the world.

Try-out applications are OPEN for Team England and Team Wales and Team Scotland and try-out dates have been announced. Keep an eye on our website for further details!

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Team Scotland Skater Applications Open!

Applications are now open for eligible skaters to apply for the Team Scotland National Squad. Eligibility requirements are posted here:

National Squad Eligibility Requirements

To apply, please complete the online application form here:

Team Scotland Online Application Form

The Team Scotland Skater Selection Process can be found here:

Team Scotland Skater Selection Process

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Team Scotland – Skater Selection Process

Team Scotland – Skater Selection Process (Rev 1.0 – 2013-11-04)

A. Introduction

The recently appointed Team Scotland Coaching Committee has proposed the following selection criteria for Team Scotland Squad members. UKRDA has ratified these criteria and outline selection process and will assure it is adhered to throughout trials to the best of their ability.

The UKRDA will regularly review these criteria for skater selection to ensure a fair, transparent, and professional process available to members anywhere in the United Kingdom and in line with UK sporting guidelines and any relevant sports legislation.

This document outlines the selection criteria for skaters and outlines the selection process associated with selecting the Scotland National Squad. It is intended to provide guidance to applicants as well as being a formal record of UKRDA’s recruitment policy for National Squad Skaters.

This policy will be reviewed by UKRDA in October 2014.

B. Skater Expectations

  • Skaters will be expected to prioritise national squad training and competitions.  (Every effort will be made to organise around UKRDA & WFTDA competition dates and other major commitments.)
  • Skaters will be expected to maintain average minimum 65% attendance at national squad training and commit to attending upcoming major competition dates. Consistent failure to do so may result in the coaches removing the player from the squad or from future rosters.
  • Skaters will be expected to participate in team discussions including providing availability for National team events such as fundraising initiatives, bouts and tournaments, as well as training sessions.
  • Skaters will be required to participate in some function of the administrative side of the team – sponsorship, merchandise, team leadership, public relations, social media, etc.
  • Skaters will be required to maintain exemplary attendance at their home league (ideally 75% or greater) and must demonstrate evidence of continued skill development through bout and training footage submitted quarterly or upon request of the Coaching Committee.
  • A skater’s inability to meet these expectations for any reason will result in the Coaching Committee’s review of their place on the Scotland National Squad.

C. Nationality Criteria

  • Skaters must hold a passport issued by the country they are representing.
  • UK skaters with a Great Britain Passport will be allowed to select their country of origin within the UK based on at least one of the following:
    • Country of birth
    • Country of residence (for at least 4 years)
    • Country of birth for parent or grandparent
  • Skaters will be asked to provide documentation to prove this on the day of tryouts.
  • Skaters who meet criteria for more than one country may tryout for all squads they are eligible for although may only accept a place on one squad at a time.
  • From the day a skater accepts a place on a squad they cannot play for another UK country for 2 years.
  • Skaters who have played for any National Team prior to 2013 may apply for any of the UK National Teams during the 2013 Trials as this is the first time that the UKRDA has overseen applications.

D. Affiliation Criteria

  • In order for the national team to be officially sanctioned, all skaters must be members of a UKRDA affiliate league.
  • We realise that restricting the opportunity for selection to skaters from current UKRDA affiliate leagues means that at present a large proportion of UK skaters would be ineligible to apply. It would also make it impossible for internationally-based UK skaters whose country does not have a national governing body to apply as well. Therefore, in order to open the opportunity to all eligible skaters, UKRDA will create a new membership class for UK National Squads and each National Team that UKRDA establishes will be required to join.
  • Affiliation for National Teams will follow a different procedure as other teams due to the unique nature of the teams.  The full criteria for National Squad Membership will be made available to National Squad Management Teams when appropriate.

E. Selection Process

1. Application Form

  • Applicants must submit the application form: Team Scotland Application Form.
  • A fee of £8 must be submitted with the application form in order to secure a spot at a tryout day.
  • Upon completing the application skaters must confirm they meet all of the entry criteria and agree to take part in the selection process as described in this document.

2a. Round 1 Tryouts

  • Details of Round 1 tryout dates and  locations will be published via UKRDA’s website with a target minimum of 1 month’s notice.
  • Skaters attending Round 1 tryouts may not wear any league-affiliated kit or clothing.
  • An attendance fee of £4 will be charged on the day for participation in the Round 1 Tryout session.
  • Each skater will be assessed against the specified criteria outlined below. The selection panel will review and discuss the applicants performance and consolidate their feedback amongst the panel at the conclusion of the tryout.
  • In the interests of fairness, assessments against the criteria can only be made from the skaters performance during Round 1 Tryouts. Previous performance outside of the selection process specified here cannot be taken into account.

2b. Round 1 Tryouts by Video Submission

  • Skaters may submit applications via video to the selection panel if they are unable to attend Round 1 of the National Team tryouts.
  • Video applications will be subject to the same application requirements along with an application fee of £12.
  • Video applications must be received by midnight on the final Round 1 tryout day.
  • Video footage must contain annotated clips of the skater demonstrating the skills listed in the selection criteria below. Each clip must be unedited and show the skill demonstration in its entirety.
  • In the interest of fairness, assessments against the criteria can only be made from the skater’s performance during this round. Previous performance outside of the selection process specified here cannot be taken into account.

2c. Round 1 Tryouts – Outcome

  • After the conclusion of the Round 1 tryouts, applicants will be ranked using all criteria assessed at this stage.
  • The top 30 applicants will be taken forward to Round 2 tryouts.
  • If there are less than 30 applicants in total, the final squad selection will be made from the top 20 applicants (see 3. Final Squad Selection below) and Round 2 tryouts will not be held.

2d. Round 2 Tryouts

  • Details of Round 2 tryouts will be published via UKRDA’s website with a target minimum of 1 month’s notice.
  • All skaters invited to attend Round 2 tryouts are required to attend to be assessed for the final squad selection.
  • An attendance fee of £4 will be charged on the day for participation in the Round 2 Tryout session.
  • Skaters attending Round 2 tryouts may not wear any league-affiliated kit or clothing.
  • Each skater will be assessed in further detail against the specified criteria outlined below. The selection panel will review and discuss the applicants performance and consolidate their feedback amongst the panel at the conclusion of the tryout.
  • In the interests of fairness, assessments against the criteria can only be made from the skaters performance during Round 2 Tryouts. Previous performance outside of the selection process specified here cannot be taken into account.

2e. Round 2 Tryouts – Outcome

  • After the conclusion of the Round 2 tryouts, applicants will be ranked using all criteria assessed at this stage, and the top 20 applicants will be taken forward to the final squad selection.

3. Final Squad Selection

  • The final Team Scotland National Squad will be selected from the top 20 applicants.
  • Working from the top ranking downwards, a minimum of 15 skaters and a maximum of 20 skaters will be selected. This will help to balance the skills across the team and ensure that all the various player attributes and abilities are represented by the squad without weighting the team with too much of a single skill.
  • After the top 15 skaters are selected, the remaining five places will only be filled if the players are deemed to be of a sufficiently high enough skill level to represent the team.

F. Selection Criteria

  • At the Round 1 and Round 2 Tryouts, the Coaching Committee will run through a set series of drills as detailed below to assess the strengths and weaknesses of each applicant.
  • Each skater will be assessed against the criteria specified below.  The selection panel will discuss the applicant’s performance and collectively award a mark of 1-5 for each criteria. Marks will be awarded in accordance with the following scale:

1

Lacking

Skill area is not demonstrated or is lacking

2

Inconsistent

Skater shows inconsistent skill in this area

3

Consistent

Skater is consistent & competent in this area

4

Skilled

Skater shows notable skill / stands out in this area

5

Exceptional

Area is exemplary, skater is a role model in this area
  • Minimum scoring requirements:
    • Applicants must achieve a combined minimum score of 5 against criteria #2 and #3 to progress to the next round.
    • Applicants must achieve a combined minimum score of 15 against criteria #1, #4, #5 and #6 to progress to the next round.

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Skill Group  Area

Criteria

Assessment stage

Assessment method

1  Strong individual skating skills Lateral jumps Round 1 Try-Outs Observe each skater jump from left to right, then right to left.  Assign score based on control, stability, and agility.
Hockey / Derby stops Round 2 Try-Outs Observe each skater perform a series of stops from skating at speed. Assign score based on control, stability, and effectiveness
Transitions Observe each skater’s transition from left to right, then right to left.  Assign score based on control, stability, and agility.
2 Attitude and professionalism Personal assessment of skill & strengths Application Form Each candidate will compose a short personal statement describing their own assessment of personal skills and what they might contribute to the National Squad, as well as areas they would like to improve.  Grade focus is on effort vs. content alone.  Personal Statements should be no longer than 500 words
3 High-level of game play, tactical knowledge and rules knowledge Skater’s understanding of decision-making Application Form Written exam comprised of questions testing the skater’s understanding of decision-making in complex bout scenarios.  Include questions that test a skater’s understanding of the rules as they impact each scenario.  (e.g.:  Team A’s jammer completed 3 passes in overtime.  How many points did team A earn?  Team B’s jammer attempted to call off the jam in spite of failing to earn “lead jammer” status.  What are the potential outcomes of this error?).
Penalty and Points aware Round 2 Try-Outs During Scrimmage time at the Round 2 Try-Outs skater shows awareness of penalties committed and responds appropriately. Skater demonstrates knowledge of relative position in pack and shows they understand scoring and points protection.
4 Blocking Form positional blocks Round 1 Try-Outs Observe each skater’s positional blocking form.  Assign score based on control, stability, legality and impact.
legal and effective blocks Round 2 Try-Outs Observe each skater’s blocking form in hip and shoulder checks.  Assign score based on control, stability, legality and impact.
5 Communication Verbal Round 1 Try-Outs Observe skater being able to take instruction during all drills in the Round 1 Try-Outs. Observer Skater giving instruction during scenarios in Round 1 Try-Outs.
Verbal and/or Visual Round 2 Try-Outs During Scrimmage time at the Round 2 Try-Outs skater observer skater giving effective instruction direction to the pack while acting as a pivot or jammer. This communication can be verbal or through touch and visual signals
6 Pack Work Works well with others Can work as part of a wall, can maintain good pack distance, can chase to the end of engagement zone and return to play and assist others in doing this. Has good awareness of pack position/relative position. Assign score based on effectiveness in pack and observations of team work.

 

G. Related Procedures

Definition of the Selection Panel

The selection panel will be formed of the members of the coaching committee – Head Coach, Line-up Manager, and Assistant Coach. In order to gain a broader range of opinion on players, the coaching committee may appoint selectors to assist in the squad selection. These selectors will be able to provide opinion on skaters. However should anything require a vote, the coaching committee will be the only members of the selection panel able to do so.

UKRDA may decide to appoint a representative to sit on the selection panel. UKRDA representatives will not be permitted to express opinions or vote on skater selection and would be there in an oversight capacity with the sole objective of assuring the selection process as detailed in this document has taken place fairly.

End of Term

Each skater is selected for a period of 2 years.

A vacancy can arise for the following reasons:

  • A skater retires / leaves the squad
  • The current incumbent is unable to fulfil the requirements of the role effectively and is asked to leave by the Coaching Committee

In the event of vacancies on the skating squad, the coaching committee may choose to either carry the vacancy, or fill the spot/s by holding open tryouts. No skaters will be appointed without going through this selection procedure. All vacancies which the coaching committee seek to fill must be advertised widely through the UKRDA and open to all interested parties to apply.  Potential applicants will be given as much notice as possible, ideally at least one month. This may be activated should the coaches deem the size of the squad has dropped below a critical number. The above process is then designed to ensure that the Team Scotland squad remains strong, both in numbers and ability.

Changes to the Role Descriptions, Person Specifications, or Selection Procedure

Changes to the procedures detailed in the document may be recommended by anyone and must be approved by a majority vote of UKRDA members. Should there be current team members, they must also be consulted when considering any changes to the process.

Appeals

Should any applicant feel they have been treated unfairly at any stage of the process they may lodge a query or appeal with the UKRDA National Squads Oversight Board by emailing ukrdanationalsquads@ukrda.org.uk.  All complaints will be investigated and formally responded to within 14 days. Should the applicant be unsatisfied with the outcome of the investigation they may escalate the issue to the UKRDA Board of Directors who will work with the applicant to come to a satisfactory conclusion.

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Team Wales – Northern Wales Tryout Date and Location Announced!

The Team Wales tryout date and location for Northern Wales has been announced:

19th January 2014
Deeside Leisure Centre
Chester Road W, Queensferry, Flintshire, CH51SA

Eligibility requirements are posted here:

National Squad Eligibility Requirements

To apply, please complete the online application form here:

Team Wales Online Application Form

The Team Wales Skater Selection Process can be found here:

Team Wales Skater Selection Process

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