Nottingham 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.
The 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.
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.
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!