British Champs Premier tier event to be live streamed

British Roller Derby Championships

The UKRDA is pleased to announce that this weekend’s British Championships Premier tier games will be streamed live online.

The weekend of derby, which is being hosted by Glasgow Roller Derby, will be free to view, and is being provided by Derby Duck Productions.

The UKRDA has been working with DDP and GRD to make the idea of showing the weekend online a reality. The link will be made available on UKRDA social media channels very soon.

Vice chairperson and head of communications, Chasing Katy, said: “This is a great opportunity for the UKRDA to help promote the sport of roller derby. The Premier tier features some of the highest ranked teams in the UK, so it’s great that we can let people around the world see the quality of roller derby we have here.

“Helping to facilitate live-streaming of games has been something the organisation has hoped to do for a while now, and we hope that it will allow people who are new to derby to have the chance to watch the sport we all love.”

The event has been made possible in part by grant funding, and by sponsorship and advertising.

For more information or advice about live streaming, please email info@ukrda.org.uk. If you are interested in sponsorship packages for this or future UKRDA events then please contact sponsorship@ukrda.org.uk

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Need help hosting the next roller derby world cup?

It’s great to see that applications are being sought to host the 2017 Blood and Thunder World Cup.

The UKRDA would like to offer its help and support to any UK league or leagues who are planning to put in a bid for the event.

Bringing the world cup to these shores would be a massive achievement for UK roller derby, and would show the world how great we are at putting on successful events.

The UKRDA can offer help and support in a number of areas, including accessing funding, creating bid documents, helping to scout potential venues, among many others.

If you are working on a bid and would like the UKRDA’s help, please email directors@ukrda.org.uk.

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New charter submission tool will be available as open-source software

Following an overwhelmingly positive vote by UKRDA members, we are pleased to announce that our new digital charter submission tool Muster will be released under an open-source software license.

The objective of releasing the software is to encourage community involvement in the development of Muster, so that a larger number of users can benefit from its capabilities.

The initial version of Muster is still in production, with a tentative release date for version 1.0 being in October 2015. Effective immediately, however, the source code for Muster is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International license. The source code is hosted on the UKRDA Github account here: https://github.com/ukrda/muster

The UKRDA will continue to maintain an “official” version of Muster, which will include all of the new functionality developed by both the UKRDA development team and any contributions by other members of the community.

We encourage developers to contribute enhancements and improvements to the Muster source code through the standard Github fork/pull-request model. Any contributions will be happily evaluated for inclusion in upcoming releases.

We look forward to exciting new opportunities on improving Muster and making it easier to use!

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2015 Q2 Rankings

The Q2 rankings have been released, and there has been a change at the top, with Glasgow Roller Derby leapfrogging Auld Reekie Roller Girls into the number 1 position.

Belfast, Croydon, Nottingham, Liverpool and Halifax all make their first appearance in the rankings.

**NOTE: These rankings are the positions as of April 1, 2015, and the UKRDA apologises for the delay in the release of the information.**

Rank Team Rating Diff
1 Glasgow Roller Derby 739.4 +12
2 Auld Reekie Roller Girls 720.7 -11.0
3 Tiger Bay Brawlers 718.9 +3.1
4 Middlesborough Milk Rollers 683.4 +11.0
5 Rainy City Roller Girls 667.5 -13.6
6 Leeds Roller Dolls 665.7 -4.9
7 Nottingham Hellfire Harlots 660.0 +40.3
8 Royal Windsor Roller Girls 658.7 +15.5
9 Newcastle Roller Girls 654.8 +31.3
10 Central City Rollergirls 653.8 -1.5
11 Hot Wheel Roller Derby 644.8 -17.7
12 London Rockin’ Rollers 627.7 +5.5
13 Brighton Rockers Roller Deby 625.7 -17.9
14 Belfast Roller Derby 617.9 Initial
15 Cambridge Rollerbillies 611.7 +1.9
16 Swansea City Roller Derby 610.8 +32.9
17 Plymouth City Roller Girls 607.6 0.0
18 Croydon Roller Derby 600.4 Initial
19 Manchester Roller Derby 593.4 +9.0
20 Portsmouth Roller Wenches 592.5 -18.7
21 Bristol Roller Derby 589.9 +18.7
22 Birmingham Blitz Dames 587.8 -13.4
23 Hereford Roller Girls 582.0 -42.6
24 Sheffield Steel Rollergirls 580.7 -6.7
25 Lincolnshire Bombers 576.9 0.0
26 Seaside Siren Roller Girls 575.9 -17.5
27 Nottingham Roller Girls 575.3 Initial
28 Reaper Roller Girls 565.7 0.0
29 Oxford Roller Derby 564.9 +0.9
30 Kent Roller Girls 563.3 -1.8
31 Dundee Roller Girls 562.7 +40.3
32 Big Bucks High Rollers 561.5 0.0
33 Hulls Angels Roller Dames 560.9 -29.6
34 Dolly Rockit Rollers 560.7 +1.7
35 Liverpool Roller Birds 552.1 Initial
36 Wirral Whipiteres Roller Derby 551.7 0.0
37 Severn Roller Torrent 550.7 0.0
38 Haunted City Rollers 544.7 0.0
39 Fierce Valley Roller Derby 538.2 0.0
40 Milton Keynes Roller Derby 535.9 -0.8
41 Granite City Roller Girls 535.2 -33.6
42 Halifax Bruising Banditas 521.7 Initial
43 Rebellion Roller Derby 510.3 -10.8
44 The Norfolk Brawds 481.6 +8.5
45 Eastbourne Roller Derby 440.6 0.0

Note: these rankings are based on paperwork submitted by March 31st. If any games were played before this date but the paperwork was not received and verified by UKRDA, then those games would not contribute to these rankings.

You can also view past rankings posts using the rankings tag.

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UKRDA officials applications open again!

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

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

The UKRDA is now welcoming the second round of applications from independent officials and non-UKRDA league officials who want to apply to be individual members of the organisation. We are also allowing UKRDA member league officials to apply to become UKRDA registered officials.

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.

The panel is now ready to welcome new applications.

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.

The closing date for applications is Saturday, May 16. A full timeline for independent officials applications can be viewed here.

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Welcome to our new officials!

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

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

The UKRDA is pleased to announce the new Independent and League-Affiliated Officials.

Suga Buzz
Iron Dan
Emmeline Pancakehurst
Hairy Mark
Duncan Disorderly
stubble entendre
Skorokoro
The B reF G
Linz & Needles
Al-pocalypse
Elli-Wan Kenobi
Anneka Vice
Psycho-Jen-ic
Blind Io
Defying Gravity
Eddie Whizzard
Judge Tread
Stop! Hannah Time
Bobus Maximus
Mags Payne
Krystal Vice
Denominator
Kirds ‘n’ Slay
MANARCHY
Major Lee Strict
Harmacology
XCon-Vick
Sassenick
Admiral
Rolfer Damage
Station
Newtons Law
Si-Borg
Hetty Swooters
Xavier Bacon
Killer Bite
Mrs Cake
Cupid Stunt
Wolverine Bruise
Rolling Milly
Rollin Rat
Jean-Quad Grand Slam
Mr Soft
Ref Metal
Staggasaurus
Julius Seesya
Matt the Knife
Orla Skew
horse
Matt Newton
Sparks Mae Fly
Caboose
Roll Darl’
Rocky Horror Ho
Ma Might
Cherry Fury
Stat Damon
Honor Rampage
Yvel Saint Laurent
Metal Ed
Pushin’ Daisy
Peggy Kreuger

If you applied and haven’t received an email, please check your spam folder or email oap@ukrda.org.uk.

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Welcome to Nottingham Roller Derby!

Nottingham Roller DerbyNottingham Roller Derby is a coed league with active women’s and men’s teams; Nottingham Roller Girls and Super Smash Brollers. It’s an exciting time for Nottingham Roller Derby, with both teams competing in the British Championships, and our B teams set to make their open game debuts this year.

Nottingham Roller Derby (NRD) was formed in 2013, merging established teams Nottingham Roller Girls (2009) and Super Smash Brollers (2011). With 80 members, NRD is a healthy sized league with a professional attitude and structure.

NRD’s dedicated NSO crew is in high demand, with Head NSO Cupid Stunt as divisional Head NSO in the 2015 women’s British Championships. The referee crew has also grown in strength and numbers, with two refereeing open games and a further five dedicated referees in training.

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New addition to the OAP

Elli-wanThe Officials Admin Panel (OAP), the body set up to go through the applications made for independent and league-affiliated officials membership, has welcomed a new person to the team, following Ma Might’s re-appointment as the Head of Officials committee.

The Head of the OffComm automatically takes a position on the OAP, so her previous position as one of the NSO members became free. The panel looked at the candidates who had previously applied and agreed that Elli-Wan Kenobi of Leeds Roller Dolls was the best person for the job.

Elli-Wan, who has years of experience as both a skater and an official, said: “Since I first put on skates and became involved in roller derby and the amazing community, I have seen the sport and people grow in a variety of ways.

“I’m really excited about the future of the sport here in the UK, and especially for officials. UKRDA membership for officials is a huge step forward towards that future.

“It’s a pleasure to be part of the OAP so I can utilise my skills and experience to positively contribute to the continued development of officiating and officials, and the sport as a whole.”

The OAP is currently going through the process of sifting through applications from officials.

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Men’s rankings have arrived!

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

We are happy to announce that UKRDA men’s leagues will now have rankings based on their sanctioned bouts!

After consultation with our members from men’s leagues, it became clear that they wanted to see teams ranked in the same way as women’s teams.

So, Head of Gaming and Sanctioning, Mistress Malicious, has been working away to see this happen and we can now reveal that it is all in place.

At the start of every quarter, the latest rankings will be posted on the UKRDA website and shared on social media, as we currently do for women’s rankings.

And live stats can also be seen on Flat Track Stats.

To find out more about joining the UKRDA, to get your bouts sanctioned, go to our Join Us page.

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Our Officials Admin Panel are hard at work!

Like a group of House Elves in the kitchens of Hogwarts, the OAP (Officials Admin Panel) are hard at work going through the dozens of applications we have received from independent and league-affiliated officials who want to become members of the UKRDA officials network.

Membership for independent officials, as well as league-affiliated officials, to become a part of the UKRDA in their own right means that they can have a direct say on issues facing our members, particularly when it comes to the officials side of things. It also gives them the opportunity to create a nationwide network of refs and NSOs.

Over 50 applications were received by the OAP during the first round of applications.

A spokesperson for the panel said: “When we launched the UKRDA plan to have affiliated officials on board we were not expecting such a huge interest, we have been completely blown away by the amount of experience across the UK roller derby community.

“We’ve had amazing references, fantastic interactions and we are excited that very soon we can announce the first people to be affiliated with us.”

Applications will be notified in the next wee while about the outcome of their applications.

The next period we will be accepting applications will be announced soon, so keep an eye out!

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