UKRDA Women’s National Squads Survey – NOW OPEN!

Intending to try out for Team England, Scotland or Wales? Let us know! Unsure about trying out? Or have an opinion of Squad Selection? We want to know! Calling ALL UK Rollergirls! We want your opinions!

On 1 August 2013 UKRDA are launching a survey togather opinion from the UK roller derby community on skater selection for Women’s Team England, Scotland & Wales. It will only take 5 minutes to complete, please follow this link to take part:

The recently formed UKRDA National Squads Oversight Board is currently working hard to process applications for Coaching positions UK National Squads. Once the Coaching Committees are in place their first job will be to work on defining the selection criteria, locations, timings and format for women’s national team try-outs.  UKRDA will be supporting the coaching teams and ratifying these policies with UKRDA Member leagues.  UKRDA are looking to canvass opinion from the wider UK roller derby community in order to inform all of these decisions.

We realise a lot of you are waiting for news on where and when trials will be. At the moment we can’t officially announce any dates because there is still a lot of planning to do with the Coaching Committees when they are appointed.  To keep you all in the loop this is what we’re currently thinking:

• August – September 2013 – Appoint Coaching Committees for National Teams
• September – October 2013- Publish skater selection criteria and details of the first round of open try-outs, and open an online sign-up process (as far in advance of trials as possible)
• October – December 2013- Hold first round of initial open try-outs (in multiple locations)
• January – March 2014 – Hold further try-outs if required
• April 2014 – Announce the National squads
• April – November 2014 – Squad Training
• December 2014 – WORLD CUP in Dallas, Texas

*All dates are indicative only and are subject to change – once coaches are in place key dates will be scheduled and announced officially.

We invite ALL female UK roller derby skaters to fill in the attached survey. As well helping us gauge what the level of demand is likely to be for try outs across the UK we’re really interested in the reasons people are unsure or have decided against trying out so that we can identify ways to encourage more participation.

Expressing an interest in trying out or joining the mailing list for notifications does not commit you to anything at this stage. Information about how to sign-up for try-outs will be announced shortly.

Please take a few minutes to fill this in and pass onto your teammates too. We really want your opinion!

The survey will be open for the whole of August 2013 closing at midnight on 31st August 2013.