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

Beginner & Intermediates Bootcamp with the Bears

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Bear City’s A Team, the WFTDA 20, reached their incredible goal this year – qualifying for the WFTDA D1 Playoffs! We don’t want to deprive you of the accumulated knowledge of five playoffs in a row!

To bring this knowledge to you, we’re offering a Bootcamp for Beginners and Intermediates on the weekend of the 17th and 18th of November! All skaters (female and non-binary) with or without their MST are welcome!

This is what you’ll get
We will offer parallel sessions, which are tailored to your skill level, regardless if you’ve passed your MST.

On both days, there are on-skates sessions and off-skates seminars with lots of exercises and tips and tricks. On-skates, you will discover new jamming, blocking and packwork strategies. Off-track seminars include: Basic Rules Knowledge, Basic Strategies and Fitness & Stretching for Derby. We will also offer a beginners seminar to help you prepare for the MST.

Finally, there is a scrimmage, White Witches vs. Black Banshees, where our skaters who already have their MST can apply their newly learned techniques and strategies. For those without an MST yet, there are two options: You can watch and ask our bouttenders any questions about specific situations, rules, and strategies, or you can try out a NSO position together with our experience NSOs – because we all know, without our beloved Officials our sport would not be possible!

A link to the detailed timetable will be sent to you after registration and payment. Sessions will run from approximately 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Saturday, November 17, and from approximately 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Sunday, November 18. The seminars and sessions are held in English, but we can provide additional details in German, when needed.

Coaches
Don’t miss the chance to be on track with our A Team! Learn from: 030 Jane van Pain • 05 Vanda Void • 1 The Lexecutioner • 105 Furrocious • 109 Emmazon • 112 Polly Trauma • 114 Fridi Mercury • 159 Dyke Fight • 166 Sabi Smackdown • 180 Miss Zoffi • 190 Peanut Butter Panic • 2 Master Blaster • 23 Sixxi Blitz • 247 Catherine Beat-Her Bonez • 25 Mia Missile • 42 Lizzy Slaughter • 53 Rookie Horror • 666 Hannah Satana • 730 Toughie Summers • Bench Team: Daniel • anna • Kata Pulta

Participation Fee & Orga Stuff
PARTICIPATION FEE: €90.00 EUR. Due within 14 days after receiving the registration confirmation.
Are you thinking about a league trip with 10 or more people? Sweet, just contact bootcamps@bearcityrollerderby.com PRIOR TO YOUR REGISTRATION and you’ll receive a special price!

PAYMENT: You will find the payment details in the registration confirmation email, along with an invoice and other useful information. Your spot is SECURED only once you pay the full participation fee!

CANCELLATION: Everything can always happen. If you cancel before 28.10., you’ll receive a full refund of your participation fee. If you cancel after 28.10., but before 10.11., a 50% cancellation fee will be paid. If you cancel after 10.11., we cannot offer you a refund for the fee. We are very happy to help you to swap your spot inside your league or with other last minute participants. Please email us with the new participant’s information in order to avoid delays on Bootcamp day.

Registration
Please use this form to register.

Questions?
Of course! Feel free to contact bootcamps@bearcityrollerderby.com

PS: Join the Facebook event to find other people who are coming, to set up a road trip together, or to share a hostel room!

Open Door Day

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Always wanted to try Roller Derby? Don’t know where or how to get started?
Then come to our Open House on the 20th of January from 11am until 3:30pm.

We will offer a glimpse into our Newbie training, the rules of Roller Derby, as well as snacks and a special surprise. This event is open for everyone regardless of age, gender, or athleticism. Our Junior Trainers will also be there and are looking forward to getting to know our younger guests!

Don’t have your own equipment? No problem! We can lend you the necessary gear for the day.

Interested? Please register via the following form. We’ll send you the location via mail once you are registered.

Any further questions? If so, please write us at: recruiting@bearcityrollerderby.com

Berlin Rollt Vol. IV

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We proudly present: The forth and next-to-last part of this year’s Roller Derby series “Berlin Rollt” including a little extra.

On September 23rd, Berlin Rollergirls meet Sucker Punch Roller Derby from Nuremberg and compete in their last home bout in the third RDD division this season.

Afterwards our Inglorious Bombshells compete with St. Pauli Roller Derby’s Harbor Girls in the first RDD division.

Where: Poststadion, Lehrter Str. 59, 10557 Berlin
Doors open at 14.00 Uhr.
First whistle game I: 14.30
First whistle game II: 16.45

During the second game’s half time break we will have a world premiere: Our youngest players from Bear City Junior Derby will have their first scrimmage!

Berlin rollt – Roller Derby in Berlin Vol. II

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At the end of July it is time again for Roller Derby!
The Berlin Rollergirls and Bear City Roller Derby invite you to the doubleheader at Poststadion.

I. Berlin Rollergirls vs. Roller Grrrl Gang
START 12:30
II. Bear City Roller Derby Challenge Bout
START 14:30

Below you can find the fixed dates for our other upcoming doubleheaders at Poststadion, mark it in your callendar!

26 August
23 September
8 October

Open Door Day

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Always wanted to try out Roller Derby? Then come to our Open Day on the 17th of June from 4pm until 8pm. We will offer you a glimpse into our Newbie Training, the rules of Roller Derby, as well as snacks and a surprise. This offer is open for everyone regardless of age, gender, or how sporty you are. Our Junior Trainers will also be there and would be happy to receive the youngest amongst you.

Wanna join us for our Open Day?
Please register via the following form.
If you don’t have your own equipment it’s ok – we can lend you the necessary gear for the day.

Any further questions? If so please write to recruiting@bearcityrollerderby.com
PS – you’ll get the address via e-mail.