Welcome to Fierce Valley Roller Girls!

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Fierce Valley Roller Girls were founded in November 2010 as the 6th Roller Derby league in Scotland, and the first to be based out with a major city in the country. Five skaters attended Fierce Valley’s first training session, and now we have a waiting list of new skaters eager to join! Our once irregular ‘Fresh Meat’ taster sessions are now held 4-monthly, with each session filled to capacity.

FVRG pride themselves on welcoming ladies and gents alike, from all backgrounds. At present, we are home to around 50 members, and a strong Ref and NSO Crew. Our officials can often be found officiating at bouts and tournaments, and our skaters are often requested to guest skate with neighbouring teams.

The Fierce Valley Roller Cubs – Scotland’s first Junior Roller Derby League – were originally formed by our own members after seeing how keen children were in roller derby. It’s been very exciting to see them gather speed and launch their first training sessions.

The success of the Fierce Valley is based on the efforts of every member of the league, not just of the skaters. A Board of five oversee the general running of the league, with Spokespeople feeding back information from their Committee on monthly basis. We recognise that not everyone who wants to be part of FVRG wants to skate, or even bout, so we offer a variety of memberships to accommodate everyone.

We are always keen to support local community projects and have helped at many different events over the past three years. We have volunteered at a charity fundraiser at the Falkirk Wheel; registered runners for the Round Table’s Alloa Half Marathon; and marshalled at a new family-run roller disco – and met lots of great people along the way. We’re thrilled to also have been involved with the launch of The Helix: an exciting new outdoor recreational space being built in the area to promote healthy living.

Our first competitive team – The Parma Violents – was formed in August 2011, and took on Perth’s Fair City Rollers in October 2011. Since then, they have played a number of games at home in Stirling and away in Dundee; Belfast; Newcastle; and Wirral.

We are all looking forward to another busy year both on and off-track, and we can’t wait to welcome our next intake of new skaters in January and to help them progress.

Team Wales – Skater Selection Process

Team Wales – Skater Selection Process (Rev. 1.1 2013-11-26)

A. Introduction

The recently appointed Team Wales Coaching Committee has proposed the following selection criteria for Team Wales 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 Wales 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.
  • A skater’s inability to meet these expectations for any reason will result in the Coaching Committee’s review of their place on the Wales 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 Wales Skater Application Form.
  • A fee of £20 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.
  • 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 £20.
  • 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 from Round 1 tryouts only (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.
  • 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 Wales 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.

F. Selection Criteria

  • The Round 1 and Round 2 Tryouts will consist of drills and a scrimmage at the end of the session 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

Essential criteria:

A. Strong individual skills

  • Exceptional Skating Skills  (must be able to provide WFTDA 2013 Minimum Skills Certification reference if requested)
  • Blocking form

B. Ability to work well in a team

  • Ability to work with team mates on the track.
  • Good communication skills
  • At least one obvious strength which will be an asset to the team

C. High level of gameplay ability

  • Good understanding of Roller Derby tactics and gameplay
  • Good on track positional sense and situational awareness

D. Attitude

  • Positive Attitude
  • Coach-ability
  • Adaptability
  • Psychological Toughness and Perseverance

 

Criteria

Description

Assessed by

A  Strong individual skating skills
1 Exceptional Skating Skills Illustrates good balance, agility, power and form while skating both forwards and backwards. Can perform plow/derby/hockey stops quickly and cleanly. Specifically designed drills
2 Blocking Form Uses good form and generates power when blocking both skating forwards and backwards. Specifically designed drills
B Ability to work well in a team
3 Ability to work with team mates on the track. Capable of working with people during walls, defensive formations, and offensive plays. Specifically designed drills and scrimmage Observation
4 Good communication skills Able to communicate clearly, concisely, and accurately with other players on the track, as well as being able to repeat or relay communication. Specifically designed drills and scrimmage Observation
5 At least one obvious strength which will be an asset to the team Display at least one ability that will be of an asset to the team. For example, jammer skills, pack communicator, or positional blocking. Observations during scrimmages
C High level of gameplay ability
6 Good understanding of Roller Derby tactics and gameplay Makes informed decisions on track when selecting gameplay options. Responds well to gameplay communication. Observations during scrimmages
7 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. Specifically designed drills and scrimmage Observation
D Attitude
8 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. Drills & scrimmage & throughout day
9 Coachability Responds well to instruction. Able to execute accurately based on instruction. Capable of taking responsibility for their own development. Drills & scrimmage & throughout day
10 Adaptability Able to adjust their actions on the fly based on situations either on the track or over the course of the game. Drills & scrimmage & throughout day
11 Psychological Toughness and Perseverance Capable of performing at a high level when undergoing extreme physical and mental challenges. Drills & scrimmage & throughout day

 

Skater Selection Objective Criteria

This list of criteria is for self-evaluation. It will not be assessed on the tryout day.

  • Passed the WFTDA 2013  minimum skills
  • Perform an acceleration lap within 10 seconds and come to a stop at the end of it within 10 feet using any stop
  • Can skate backwards weaving through moving skaters, using crossovers, Weaves comfortably and briskly through a moderately moving line of skaters without focusing on their own feet
  • Can perform apex jump of three cones
  • Can toe stop run on the  inside and outside of the track up to 10ft
  • Can perform both forwards and backwards blocking

Skater Selection Timetable

  1. Arrive group warm up, assess A1, D8, D9, D11 (20 minutes)
    1. Skate at variant speeds around the track calling different stops (10 minutes)
    2. Split people on inside/outside line shout different commands to travel to the opposite side of the track, lateral, hop, crossover, shuffle (10 minutes)
  2. Test Agility skills A1, D8, D9, D11 (10 minutes)
    1. Tag, people who are already on the inside skate freely on the track ready to tag(touch skater with hands on their body)  the skaters who are on the outside line who will also skate freely avoiding the tags.  This drill is to assess skaters agility and juking skills.  Swap positions (5 minutes each)
  3. Backwards skating assess A1, D8, D9, D11 (estimate 20 minutes)
    1. Assess backwards skating, skaters weaving in and out of skaters who are in a pace line positioned in the middle of the track  (Allow each person to do this three times)
  4. Jammer Agility/toe stops A1, B5, D8, D9, D11 (15 minutes) (10 ft)
    1. Cones on inside and outside line cones measuring a foot apart 10 feet in total 2 inches approximately from the line. Skater skates forward at full speed towards the cones comes to a stop using a preferred stop and toe stop run/hop/ sideways between the cones. The cones are acting as skaters being close to the inside line which the participant are wishing to avoid.
  5. Positional blocking and getting through a pack assess A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, A9, A10, A11 (estimate 20 minutes)
    1. Jammer skate through a pack of 10 skaters from different leagues, call two skaters at a time to skate through the pack, blockers positional blocking and communicating where the jammer is, blockers do not  chase the jammer once passed they let go. Every person have two goes skating through (estimate 20  minutes)
  6. Backwards blocking drill assess A1, A2, B3, B4,B5, C6, C7,  D8, D9, D10, D11 (15 minutes)
    1. Group together in groups of 5 with members from different leagues, one person being a jammer at different times try and stop the jammer using the  three wall, with fourth person going backwards, directing the three wall.  On whistle rotate who is the jammer and person going backwards make sure every person gets a chance at all positions, whistle changes every 2.5 minutes (15 minutes)
  7. Offensive/Defensive Drill  A1, A2, B3, B4,B5, C6, C7,  D8, D9, D10, D11(20 minutes)
    1. In groups of 6, 4 blockers working together a jammer and an offensive player.  Offensive players trying to get their jammer through each group of blockers, jammer only at 80% relying only on their offensive blocker, each person have a go at each position. Whistle changes every 2.5 minutes (20 minutes)
  8. Offensive/Defensive Drill2 A1, A2, B3, B4,B5, C6, C7,  D8, D9, D10, D11(15 minutes)
    1. Pack of equal amount of team players, black and white; two jammers being sent in at different times to see show the pack adapt from offensive and defensive play.
  9. 20 minute break
  10. Scrimmage, mix people from different leagues, both sides have two managers, to assess how they communicate with coaching staff. assess A1, A2, B3, B4,B5, C6, C7.

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 Wales 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.

Tattoo Freeze 2014

It’s that time of year again and Tattoo Freeze is just around the corner. This time we’ve got something really special lined up for you;  8 UKRDA leagues will play 4 sanctioned bouts in a day full of excellent UK derby.

We invited all our members to express an interest in participating and the leagues attending will be:

  • Birmingham Blitz Dames
  • Central City Roller Girls
  • Dolly Rockit Rollers
  • Haunted City Rollers
  • Hellfire Harlots
  • Kent Roller Girls
  • Newcastle Roller Girls
  • Reaper Roller Girls

The teams will be matched up using the January rankings release and the bouts will be played with the lowest two seeds bouting first and the top two seeds playing last. We know these will be some excellent games.

Alongside the more established teams playing in this event we are especially pleased to be showcasing two young leagues, Haunted City Rollers and Reaper Roller Girls,  both of whom joined us when they were only six months old. For Reaper this event will only be their second public bout and for Haunted City it’s their very first!

The event will take place in Telford at the Tattoo Freeze festival on Sunday 12th January so put it in your diaries and be at the first derby event of 2014.

Applications for Officials, Announcers and Volunteers are now open:

Tattoo Freeze Invitational Officiating Application

 

 

Team Scotland Tryout Dates Announced

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

Where & when?
The first round of Team Scotland tryouts are currently scheduled for:

24th November 2013
Grangemouth Sports Complex, Abbots Road, Grangemouth, FK3 8JP
13:00 – 16:30

7th December 2013
Dundee International Sports Complex, Mains Loan, Dundee, DD4 7AA
13:00 – 16:00

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?
The online application form will be published on Monday 4th November along with the skater selection criteria.

What if I won’t be able to attend the tryouts in person?
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 will be on the application form.

What would the commitment to the team be if I am selected?
Skaters selected for Team Scotland 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.

I still have more questions. What do I do?
We’ll be publishing the application form and the skater selection criteria on the UKRDA website on Monday 4th November. If you have further questions or need more information, please feel free to email us and we’ll get back to you promptly. Comments and feedback are also welcome!

Welcome to Hereford Roller Girls!

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Hereford Roller Girls is Herefordshire’s first and only Roller Derby league. The skaters and volunteers come from many different backgrounds, but they all have one thing in common – dedication and commitment to playing roller derby and doing their bit to develop the sport locally and beyond.

HRG launched in August 2011, with only a handful of skaters, and has now grown to include a full sized competitive team ‘The Horror Bulls’. They began their first bouting season in 2013, and now compete against other leagues across the UK. They skate in purple and black, with their motto ‘Skate and Surrender’ and uniforms sporting the iconic symbol of Herefordshire, the Bull.

Members pride themselves on being committed to hard work and training on the track, and as a league bringing leisure and sporting activities to males and females of all ages (and abilities) across the County, and ensuring the future of the sport in Herefordshire. Becoming members of UKRDA has been an ambition of the league since it’s inception, and everyone involved with HRG is delighted to be part of the official body.

Hereford Roller Girls are also active supporters of the local community, raising funds and awareness for local charities – from sponsored walks, to Dragon Boat racing and bag packing to quiz nights; there are always plans being made to further funds and awareness to good causes, and for the greater development of their league.

Welcome to Manchester Roller Derby!

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Manchester Roller Derby – The UK’s first co-ed roller derby league.

Manchester Roller Derby was formed in March 2010. Its founding members wanted to set up an inclusive roller derby club – one where anyone could give the sport a go, regardless of gender or ability. Thus, Manchester Roller Derby (MRD) was born.

Over the years at MRD we have learnt the dos and don’ts of derby. Through trial and error we’ve discovered what it takes to run a successful and self-sustaining roller derby league, and of the structures that need to be in place for that to happen. We are a democratic league with a dedicated and passionate committee at the helm.

Since our early days we’ve fine-tuned our training sessions to fully cater to the needs of all ability levels. We are a huge league with over 100 members who skate hard and play even harder. Our dedicated referee crew is well respected by the league and throughout the roller derby community, and we also train prospective referees or ‘refflings’.

We have two bouting women’s teams, two bouting men’s teams and a farm team known as the Rookie Monsters. We also won the UK’s first ever co-ed roller derby tournament in January 2013 with our co-ed team, the MRD AllStars. In addition to our bouting teams, we have around 40 people taking part in our rolling ‘Zero to Hero’ programme for new skaters at any one time. As spaces are freed up by skaters passing their minimum skills tests, we invite people from our waiting list to join the programme. It’s non-stop, but we love it!

MRD is extremely proud to be affiliated with the UKRDA and we look forward to working with the association to help further competitive roller derby in the UK.

Team Wales Tryout Dates Announced

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

Where, when & how much?
The first round of Team Wales tryouts is scheduled for:

Date: 4th January 2014
Venue: Cardiff Roller Arena, Unit 2 Guardian Industrial Estate, Tremorfa, CF24 2YG

The application fee for each skater is £20.

What if I’m in northern Wales?
There will also be a second date for first round tryouts in northern Wales. The date and location will be announced soon so stay tuned for more details.

Am I eligible to try out?
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?
The online application form will be published on Monday 4th November along with the skater selection criteria.

What if I won’t be able to attend the tryouts in person?
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 will be on the application form.

What would the commitment to the team be if I am selected?
Skaters selected for Team Wales 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.

I still have more questions. What do I do?
We’ll be publishing the application form and the skater selection criteria on the UKRDA website on Monday 4th November. If you have further questions or need more information, please feel free to email us and we’ll get back to you promptly. Comments and feedback are also welcome!