Mission Statement

Bear City Roller Derby is a community of skaters, officials, coaches and volunteers for skaters, officials, coaches and volunteers. The decisions that affect BCRD are made by its members. We constantly strive to be a safer and more inclusive space for all, especially, but not limited to those who identify as women*, gender expansive, LGBTQIA+, BIPoC, disabled, neurodiverse, and any other marginalized identities.

It is with this goal in mind that our community will not tolerate any of the following:
racism, xenophobia, misogyny, Islamophobia, ethno-nationalism, body shaming, classism, ageism, ableism, antisemitism, antiziganism and discrimination against Ashkali or Egyptian Balkan people, homophobia, transphobia, or harassment or bullying of any kind. Those who wish to engage in bigotry or hatred will not have a place among us. To ensure this, BCRD will continually implement and improve league structures which penalize oppressive behavior.

We understand that individuals have different goals, backgrounds, and abilities. Determination, skill development, and fun all have a place within and are valued by this collective. We recognize the various contributions of our members, and every member of our league may participate according to their own priorities and needs.

We support and facilitate the growth of Junior Roller Derby, in turn supporting and facilitating the growth of Berlin’s children and young adults. We are highly engaged members of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association. Our objective is to positively influence the sport of roller derby, to always try our best to reach out to diverse communities, and to never cease in our efforts to be more inclusive.

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