Team England Tryout Dates Announced

The Team England tryout dates have been announced! Here’s a  FAQ to get you rolling.

Where, when & how much?
The first round of Team England tryouts are currently scheduled for:

17th November 2013 – Manchester
24th November 2013 – London

Venue locations and times will be announced. The application fee for each skater is £20.

Am I eligible?
Review the Skater Selection Criteria to see if you’re eligible. If you have a special situation that’s not mentioned there or any questions at all just email us and we’ll get back to you promptly.

How do I sign up?
Fill out the application form online.

How will I be assessed?
The first round of Team England tryouts will be a 2-hour on-skates session that consists of specifically-designed drills and scrimmaging. Both parts of the tryouts will assess the criteria listed below:

  • Skating skills – Illustrates good balance, agility, power and form while skating both forwards and backwards. Can perform plow/derby/hockey stops quickly and cleanly.
  • Blocking form – Uses good form and generates power when blocking both skating forwards and backwards.
  • Ability to work with team mates on the track – Capable of working with people during walls, defensive formations, and offensive plays.
  • Good communication skills – Able to communicate clearly, concisely, and accurately with other skaters on the track, as well as being able to repeat or relay communication.
  • Ability to work well in a team – Displays at least one ability that will be of an asset to the team. For example, jammer skills, pack communicator, or positional blocking.
  • Good understanding of Roller Derby tactics and gameplay – Makes informed decisions on track when selecting gameplay options. Responds well to gameplay communication.
  • Good on track positional sense and situational awareness – Understands the best place to be on track at all times and is cognisant of other activity on the track, even while engaged in physically distracting tasks. Acts quickly when out of position in order to remain an effective on track element of their team.
  • Positive attitude – Displays drive and determination as well as remaining positive even under duress. Desire to improve not just themselves, but their team-mates as well.
  • Coachability – Responds well to instruction. Able to execute accurately based on instruction. Capable of taking responsibility for their own development.
  • Adaptability – Able to adjust their actions on the fly based on situations either on the track or over the course of the game.
  • Psychological Toughness and Perseverance – Capable of performing at a high level when undergoing extreme physical and mental challenges.

How will the final squad be selected?
The Team England coaching staff will evaluate all skaters based on the criteria listed above and make a selection of skaters that will be invited to the second round of tryouts.

In the second round of tryouts, skaters will again be evaluated on the criteria listed above. Skaters from this group will then be selected by the Team England coaching staff for the final Team England squad.

What if I can’t attend on either of those days?
Skaters who cannot attend the first round of tryout dates may submit applications to the selection panel via video. Video applications are subject to the same application requirements and entry fee. Details of the video application process are on the application form.

What would the commitment to the team be if I am selected?
Skaters selected for Team England are expected to prioritise national squad training and competitions, to maintain an agreed minimum attendance at national squad training and to commit to attending competition dates. Skaters will also be expected to participate in team communication, fundraising, and administration, much as you do for your own teams now.

This is all very helpful, but I just don’t know if I’m good enough to try out. Should I?
The national squads are an opportunity for you to represent your country playing a sport you love. It doesn’t matter whether you are from a larger, established league or from a smaller new league, or whether you’ve been skating for ten years or two. Team England’s goal is to showcase the best talent that England has to offer to the world, and we can’t do that if you don’t come to the tryouts and show your skills. At the tryouts you’ll get to train with skaters and coaches that you may not have trained with before and have a valuable learning experience. And in the best case, you may be named to the Team England squad and take a trip to Dallas in December 2014!

I still have more questions. What do I do?
If you have more questions or need more information please email us and we’ll get back to you promptly. Comments and feedback are also welcome!