Open Call: Coaches, Players, Officials – Bear City Roller Derby Wants You!

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Bear City Roller Derby aims to grow our amazing network of members, and is seeking expressions of interest from coaches, players, and officials to be part of the greatest sports league Berlin has to offer!

Coaches and bench staff
Coaches and bench staff are an integral part of roller derby, and no league can survive without them. Our A, B, and C teams are on the lookout for dedicated support that can see us through the 2019 season. The A team plays in international sanctioned games; the B team plays in the 1st German Bundesliga, and in some unsanctioned European games; the C team plays in the 3rd German Bundesliga, and in some unsanctioned European games. Namely BCRD is seeking:

  • A 2019 season A team coach
    • This would be a commitment of attending training once/twice a week from January/February to October attending up to 10 international trips per year, participating in meetings and on online forums.
  • A 2019 season A team bench crew
    • This would be a commitment of attending training 3 – 4 times a month from January/February to November, up to 10 international trips per year, participating in meetings and on online forums.
  • A 2019 season B team coach
    • This would be a commitment of attending training once/twice a week from January/February to November, attending up to 10 national/European trips per year, participating in meetings and on online forums.
  • A 2019 season B team bench crew
    • This would be a commitment of attending training 3 – 4 times a month from January/February to November, up to 10 national/European trips per year, participating in meetings and on online forums.
  • A 2019 season C team coach
    • This would be a commitment of attending training once/twice a week from January/February to November, attending up to 10 national/European trips per year, participating in meetings and on online forums.

You don’t need to be a roller derby aficionado, but experience in competitive sports would be highly desirable. Fill out this Google form, and let’s get rolling!

NB: We cannot pay coaches and bench staff, but do cover some travel costs.

Players
Bear City Roller Derby is the biggest and most competitive league in Germany (and the first to ever make it to D1 playoffs!). We are the league to join if you have the ambition and drive to be the best, surrounded by some of the best. If you think it’s time to take your playing to the next level, BCRD wants you.

Experienced player looking for a challenge? Fill out this Google form, and try out for our A Travel team.

Want to join BCRD but are unsure about your level? Email us: recruiting@bearcityrollerderby.com

New to roller derby? Find out more about our newbie course starting in January by emailing us: recruiting@bearcityrollerderby.com

Officials
Rules are meant to be broken? Not here! Want to be a skating or a non-skating official? Fill out this Google form and we’ll be in touch. Not exactly sure what that means? No worries – for some of the positions no experience is necessary, and we’ll show you how everything works!

Job descriptions
Coach

  1. Work with the team captains, the training committee, and logistics committee to plan out the season’s games and training schedule
  2. Work with the team captains and training committee to establish training plans, and run trainings when applicable
  3. Work with team captains and team to set and monitor season goals
  4. Develop rosters and lineups with captains, trainers, and bench staff
  5. Assess and monitor individual and team performance, address areas for development, and provide feedback throughout the season
  6. Work with the team captains to plan and deliver pre-game preparation and communication with the team, including meetings, and tournament information packs
  7. Coach at bouts and serve as the alternate captain (A)
    Assist with travel, game, and tournament logistics
  8. Ensure all team members uphold the bylaws of Bear City Roller Derby, and the rules and regulations of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA)
  9. Other responsibilities as they arise

Bench crew

  1. Develop rosters and lineups with captains, trainers, and bench staff
  2. Deliver lineups at games
  3. Support captains, and coach on game day
  4. Provide live statistics updates during games
  5. Support captains, trainers, and coach and during trainings
  6. Provide feedback to players when necessary

EROC 2019: 30 seconds!

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Bear City Roller Derby is pleased to announce the beginning of the ticket sale for the 2019 edition of The European Roller Derby Organizational Conference (EROC)!

Where: Berlin
When: January 31st (Thursday) until February 3rd (Sunday) 2019
What: Workshops on Thursday 31st & Friday 1st — Sessions on Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd

MORE IS MORE!
This year’s EROC is one day longer! That means more time, more sessions, more workshops, more sharing, meeting, networking and brainstorming, and more skating!

HIGHLIGHTED FOCUS: INCLUSIVITY.
We will approach a broad range of topics — covering every aspect of our community as usual — with special attention paid to how to make every single one of them inclusive.

Workshops and sessions will also be longer, so we will have more time to exchange ideas. We will also be including a Q&A at the end of every session to get the most out of each one.

EROC 2019 is 8 workshops and 20 sessions on…

    • Inclusive practices and accessibility
    • Whipping your finances into inclusive shape
    • Inclusive officiating behaviour and mindset
    • Low level harassment, aggression, consent, bystanders behaviour
    • Officiating crew selection process. Sexism and discrimination
    • Junior derby
    • Open divisions and all-gender roller derby
    • Coaching qualification
    • Organisations psychology and sports psychology
    • Longevity and building on experience
    • Long lasting officiating
    • Bout preparation: statistics and data analysis

 
…to name a few.

NOT ENOUGH? THERE’S MORE

  • Round table: NGBs / National Teams and Governing Bodies
  • The first WFTDA European Continental Cup feedback experience and better practises by the Blitz Dames, Birmingham
  • Encounter with Skateistan: Best practices exchange on girls’ empowerment

…AND MORE

  • A League Fair: A space where leagues can present themselves and their merchandising during the weekend! Start by renting a stand (ask us!) where attendees can meet and greet your league.
  • On Saturday we will host the EROC ALL STARS SCRIMMAGE for anybody who wants to meet on track! (sign up here!)
  • On Sunday you can participate in Chicks in Bowls beginners’ sessions to learn how to approach bowls and take on the skate park! (sign up here!)
  • And of course there will be get-together parties! Casual drinks on Thursday and serious dancing on Saturday!

…AND WE’RE NOT DONE!
EROC is happy to host a 2-day WFTDA Officiating Clinic on Saturday & Sunday, with sessions open for EROC attendees.

Are you convinced? The Super Early Bird Sale starts NOW and runs until December 31st

We also propose Soliprice tickets to those who need it. Tell us why inclusion is important to you and how you are going to bring these ideas back to your league and we will list you for a Soliprice ticket offered by BCRD!

EROC 2019 attendees: 5 seconds!