Welcome to Furness Firecrackers!

Furness FirecrackersFurness Firecrackers formed from very humble beginnings in late 2010. Since then despite the challenges of geography, Barrow being at the bottom of a peninsula, an hour or two away from any cities, it has grown to produce two fantastic ladies teams (The Furness Firecrackers and The Flaming Noras) and our men’s team the Barrow Infernos!

The Firecrackers are the only roller derby league in the large county of Cumbria which makes sharing difficult at times, however they strive to visit and support nearby teams whenever and however possible and pride themselves on being a sporting, friendly, supportive and inclusive league. Although currently without a suitable venue for training or bouts they continue to run newbie intakes and train on and off skates in a derelict factory canteen. This demonstrates the commitment and determination of the league to the sport of roller derby. The fact that Furness have managed to increase their league membership at this time is a testament to the team spirit and resilience.

This year the Firecrackers have focused on the British Championships with both the men and the ladies A team performing well in their respective tiers, the men also playing in the Men’s European Cup this year.

“We are pleased to be joining the UKRDA and intend to contribute with the same level of positivity and enthusiasm we dedicate to our own league. We look forward to seeing you on or off the track soon.”

New Men’s Rankings Released

The men’s UKRDA rankings have been released for the very first time, and Manchester Roller Derby have taken the top spot.

Rank Team Rating Diff
1 Manchester Roller Derby 752.8 Initial
2 The Inhuman League 724.1 Initial
3 Crash Test Brummies 694.3 Initial
4 Milton Keynes Roller Derby 673.2 Initial
5 Nottingham Roller Derby 665.4 Initial

The rankings are based on games played and paperwork submitted before June 30th, 2015 and represent the positions as of July 1st, 2015. Teams are added to the rankings after playing their first sanctioned game against already ranked teams.

This is to ensure that the rankings are not too skewed by initial games.

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

Women’s Q3 Rankings Released

The latest UKRDA women’s rankings have been released, and Glasgow have held onto their number one position.

The British Championships has seen a lot of sanctioned gameplay, which has factored into the Q3 rankings.

And appearing in the rankings for the first time are the South West Angels of Terror.

These rankings are current as of Quarter 3, 2015

Rank Team Rating Diff
1 Glasgow Roller Derby 764.9 25.5
2 Auld Reekie Roller Girls 708.9 11.8
3 Middlesborough Milk Rollers 689.6 6.2
4 Tiger Bay Brawlers 688.2 30.7
5 Newcastle Roller Girls 678.9 24.1
6 Nottingham Hellfire Harlots 671.0 11.0
7 Central City Rollergirls 669.3 15.5
8 Royal Windsor Roller Girls 663.6 4.9
9 Rainy City Roller Girls 662.8 4.7
10 Leeds Roller Dolls 654.5 11.2
11 Hot Wheel Roller Derby 651.4 6.6
12 South West Angels of Terror 639.1 Initial
13 Belfast Roller Derby 636.0 18.1
14 Swansea City Roller Derby 633.3 22.5
15 London Rockin’ Rollers 625.1 2.6
16 Brighton Rockers Roller Deby 620.8 4.9
17 Bristol Roller Derby 615.8 25.9
18 Birmingham Blitz Dames 611.6 23.8
19 Cambridge Rollerbillies 607.9 3.8
20 Plymouth City Roller Girls 607.6 0.0
21 Croydon Roller Derby 607.1 6.7
22 Sheffield Steel Rollergirls 590.1 9.4
23 Portsmouth Roller Wenches 588.2 4.3
24 Hereford Roller Girls 582.0 0.0
25 Manchester Roller Derby 578.9 15.3
26 Lincolnshire Bombers Roller Girls 574.6 2.3
27 Liverpool Roller Birds 573.4 21.3
28 Oxford Roller Derby 567.1 2.4
29 Reaper Roller Girls 565.7 0.0
30 Kent Roller Girls 564.8 1.5
31 Big Bucks High Rollers 561.5 0.0
32 Nottingham Roller Derby 557.4 17.9
33 Dundee Roller Girls 554.6 8.1
34 Seaside Siren Roller Girls 554.1 21.8
35 Wirral Whipiteres Roller Derby 551.7 0.0
36 Severn Roller Torrent 550.7 0.0
37 Hulls Angels Roller Dames 548.0 12.9
38 Haunted City Rollers 544.7 0.0
39 Fierce Valley Roller Derby 538.2 0.0
40 Milton Keynes Roller Derby 531.4 4.5
41 Granite City Roller Girls 522.0 13.2
42 Dolly Rockit Rollers 514.2 46.5
43 Halifax Bruising Banditas 512.3 9.4
44 Rebellion Roller Derby 510.3 0.0
45 The Norfolk Brawds 481.6 0.0
46 Eastbourne Roller Derby 440.6 0.0

The rankings are based on games played and paperwork submitted before June 30th, 2015 and represent the positions as of July 1st, 2015. Teams are added to the rankings after playing their first sanctioned game against already ranked teams.

This is to ensure that the rankings are not too skewed by initial games.

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

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.

UKRDA officials applications now open!

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 first 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 the first round of 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, February 21. A full timeline for independent officials applications can be viewed here.

The first Officials Admin Panel has been appointed!

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 happy to announce the appointment of the first ever Officials Admin Panel.

The panel will process applications from independent or non-UKRDA league officials who want to join the UKRDA, as part of a new membership policy voted in by the UKRDA membership at the tail end of 2014. As well as creating a network of independent officials, it will also increase the resources available to UKRDA league-affiliated officials.

The panel is made up of:

  • Ma Might
  • Rocky Horror Ho
  • Cherry Fury
  • Stat Damon
  • Maw Deuce

The window for submitting applications will open soon, so keep an eye out!

2015 Q1 Rankings

The latest rankings have been released. Auld Reekie Roller Girls held onto the top spot, with Brighton Rockers Roller Derby moving up one place to ninth.

Plymouth City Roller Girls, Swansea City Roller Derby and Wirral Whipiteres Roller Derby also feature for the first time in the rankings.

Rank Team Rating Diff
1 Auld Reekie Roller Girls 731.7 0.0
2 Glasgow Roller Derby 727.4 0.0
3 Tiger Bay Brawlers 715.8 -5.2
4 Rainy City Roller Girls 681.1 +9.5
5 Middlesborough Milk Rollers 672.4 +6.8
6 Leeds Roller Dolls 670.6 +7.0
7 Hot Wheel Roller Derby 662.5 0.0
8 Central City Rollergirls 655.3 -1.6
9 Brighton Rockers Roller Deby 643.6 +2.8
10 Royal Windsor Roller Girls 643.2 0.0
11 Hereford Roller Girls 624.6 0.0
12 Newcastle Roller Girls 623.5 -7.6
13 London Rockin’ Rollers 622.2 +29.9
14 Hellfire Harlots 619.7 -8.9
15 Portsmouth Roller Wenches 611.2 -2.9
16 Cambridge Rollerbillies 609.8 +44.6
17 Plymouth City Roller Girls 607.6 Initial
18 Birmingham Blitz Dames 601.2 +25.4
19 Seaside Sirens Roller Girls 593.4 0.0
20 Hulls Angels Roller Dames 590.5 0.0
21 Sheffield Steel Rollergirls 587.4 0.0
22 Manchester Roller Derby 584.4 0.0
23 Lincolnshire Bombers 576.9 0.0
24 Swansea City Roller Derby 571.6 Initial
25 Bristol Roller Derby 571.2 0.0
26 Granite City Roller Girls 568.8 0.0
27 Reaper Roller Girls 565.7 0.0
28 Kent Roller Girls 565.1 0.0
29 Oxford Roller Derby 563.8 -1.7
30 Big Bucks High Rollers 561.5 -17.7
31 Dolly Rockit Rollers 559.0 0.0
32 Wirral Whipiteres Roller Derby 551.7 Initial
33 Severn Roller Torrent 550.7 0.0
34 Haunted City Rollers 544.7 0.0
35 Fierce Valley Roller Derby 538.2 0.0
36 Milton Keynes Roller Derby 536.7 +10.4
37 Dundee Roller Girls 522.4 0.0
38 Rebellion Roller Derby 521.1 0.0
39 The Norfolk Brawds 473.1 0.0
40 Bourne Bombshells 440.6 0.0

These rankings are based on paperwork submitted by December 31st, 2014. 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.

Tattoo Freeze officials and volunteers announced

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The UKRDA is please to announce the officials and volunteers who will be taking part in the 2015 Tattoo Freeze tournament.

SKATING OFFICIALS:
Rocky Horror Ho (THR)
Razor (CHR)
Jean Quad Grand Slam (CHR)
Captain Kickard
Quad’s Law
Magnatron
Yvel Saint Laurent
Manarchy
Rollin’ Rat
Julius Seesya
stubble entrendre
Zebra Harry
Macfarlane
Danger Russ
Orla Skew
Eddie Whizzard

NON-SKATING OFFICIALS:
Ma Might (THNSO)
Pettichoke (CHNSO/THNSO)
Pretty Miffed (CHNSO)
Millie
So Solid Sue
Crossbow Peep
Pushin’ Daisy
Elli-Wan Kenobi
Stop! Hannah Time
Dr Stevel
Cupid Stunt
Roll Darl’
Drew E. Decimaul
Wild Honey
Honor Rampage
Skye Bruise
Mrs Cake
Erika Jones
Dicey

ANNOUNCERS:
Holly Sheet (Lead Announcer)
Stormageddon
Pil-Grim
Robert Quadriguez
Smashlyn Munroe

Eight teams will be taking part in Tattoo Freeze 2015 on Sunday, January 11, at the International Centre, Telford.

For more information, about Tattoo Freeze, go to the event website.

New UKRDA officials policy unveiled

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

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

The UKDRA is pleased to announce its new Membership Policy on Independent/Non­-UKRDA League Officials.

This new policy allows officials to become members of the UKRDA without being affiliated to a member league. It will also create an environment for officials to come together and share information and experiences, and enhance the training and development of UK-based officials.

Director Ma Might, who has been leading the creation of the policy, said:

“The UKRDA members voted this policy in because they believe in acknowledging the contribution that so many quality officials in the UK make to the sport of roller derby.

“Additionally, the UKRDA member leagues wish to support the ongoing growth and development of those individuals, regardless of if they are affiliated to a league, UKRDA or otherwise.”

The full policy can be read here.

The first round of applications for officials membership will be opening in January, so watch this space, and get your paperwork ready now so that you can apply as soon as they are open.

As part of the publication of this policy, the UKRDA has opened applications for the 2015 Officials Admin Panel. This panel’s main job will be to assess any applications for officials membership to UKRDA.

The panel will be made up of two referees, two NSOs, and one skater. The skater must come from a UKRDA member league. The other panel members must reside primarily in the UK and for the 2015 position will be granted UKRDA Independent Official membership if they are not already UKRDA members through league affiliation.

For a full description of the role of a panel member, click here.

Nominations are open until 8pm on Tuesday, December 16, and nominees will have until 8pm on Thursday, December 18 to accept their nomination and provide any additional information. We hope to announce the appointed panel at our AGM in January.

To apply to serve on the panel, click here.

To nominate someone else as a potential panel member, click here.

Any questions about the Independent Officials Policy, or the work of the Officials Admin Panel, can be emailed to OAP@ukrda.org.uk.

UKRDA’s role in British Championships

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Sorry for the delay, but we didn’t want to let the cat out of the bag about the men’s element!

There have been recent questions about what UKRDA’s involvement in the British Championship will be, and the potential implications of this. We would like to set the record straight so as to save any further speculation or misunderstanding.

The UKRDA was approached by the developers of the British Champs concept to be involved with the organisation of the tournament as it was felt that the national expansion of the event should be in consultation with the national governing body of the sport. The UKRDA’s involvement was discussed on our forum at length with our member leagues – including those already involved with Heartlands 2014, those who have signed up for the British Championships, and those who declined to take part – who voted overwhelmingly in favour of involvement.

The 2015 British Championships tournament is structured so that UKRDA can have direct oversight of the top two tiers, which will be wholly made up of our members.

All tiers and divisions will be run by the representatives of the teams therein. As with everything in roller derby this tournament is to be run by the leagues, for the leagues, with support from democratically appointed individuals, as per the structure diagram prepared by the British Championships team. This tournament has UKRDA’s approval as it has been put together for the benefit of the UK roller derby community, with support from UKRDA’s directors and some guidance from WFTDA.

The tiers will be governed by the Divisional Heads, who will in turn be supported in their role by the overall governance structure of the tournament.

We have also been working with MRDA to ensure that the men’s side of the tournament is compatible with the women’s side, and to ensure a high standard of oversight throughout.

What we’ve done so far includes developing a support structure for the tier and divisional management, including the formation of a panel to oversee the appointment of key tournament staff and volunteers.

UKRDA has had direct involvement in the development of a comprehensive support network for officials taking on management roles within the 2015 tournament structure and expect the structure to be one that enables officials at higher levels, but also one that nurtures and promotes development for officials early in their derby lives.

No financial support from UKRDA has been agreed at this time and the tournament is planned to run on the teams’ entry fees. There are a number of options being investigated, but these are ongoing and will be announced if and when they are confirmed.

As this is the first time a UK tournament of this type as taken place, there may be teething problems as we go along. However, we are confident that any potential issues can be resolved through proper skater representation and fair, flexible management. This structure is one that will greatly benefit the UK roller derby community, from the grassroots to the top tiers of the game in our country.

We hope that we can build on the work done putting the 2015 British Champs together, as well as the hard work going into creating a British men’s championships, and can create the biggest and best UK-based roller derby tournaments.

The UKRDA directors are happy to answer any questions about our role in the British Championships.