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For the past 3 years we have been flooded with fresh meat that have wanted to play roller derby in Berlin and beyond. In 2011 we offered four 3-month newbie courses a year. Every person who successfully passed their minimum skills test was allowed to participate in league training and scrimmage with the veteran players.
While the A & B-Team players progressed, the level of play of the newbies leaving the fresh meat course was more or less the same. Soon we realized that the original 3-months were not enough to train skaters to an appropriate level. Following this, the newbie course expanded to 4 months and then to 6 months. Recently we also introduced an 4-month intermediate training course to close the gap between the newbies and the veterans.
In order to balance the number of players in the league, two newbie courses a year was deemed a reasonable amount, when considering the flux of current players on leave, those returning after leave. 60 skaters are a fair number to accommodate with our hall time. What we want to achieve, is to improve the skill level of the newest players within the resources we have to offer.
This is why we have decided to accept only the best newbies every 6 months.
What does ‘the best’ mean? Just as we evaluate our veteran skaters, we will evaluate all those who apply for the newbie course. We will test the skating skills in terms of agility, speed, stability, strength, endurance, etc. A good indicator of how good you need to be is the current WFTDA minimum skills test. If you are close to pass it, you can be confident that we will accept you.
The first try-out will be in July 2013 and the list is already closed. If you want to join in January 2014, please contact email@example.com
So what happens if you don’t get accepted into the newbie course?
Don’t worry, we offer a solution for that as well In a few weeks we will launch our recreational league. A Rec. League, in derby jargon, is an opportunity to practice the sport on a casual basis. No attendance lists, no drill instructor, no committee work – just you, your gear, 2 hrs a week.
Our aim for our Rec. League is to offer quad skaters in Berlin the opportunity to discover roller derby in an informal context. It will be a place for skaters of varying levels to practice skating, blocking, wall work and chat about derby.
These are all big and exciting changes that reflect the development of roller derby in Berlin. We are growing, we are getting stronger. The Berlin Bombshells want to give women who exhibit the biggest commitment the opportunity to train and play on a competitive European level. At the same time, we also want to see the sport to be accessible to those within the Berlin community and widen its appeal. We hope that these changes will enable us to achieve these goals.
28. – 30. June 2013, Stuttgart
This coming weekend will be completely devoted to roller derby! Stuttgart, the capitol of Baden Württemberg, will play host to the second ever German Roller Derby Championship. The last German Championship, which took place three years ago in Berlin, saw five teams compete against each other for the title; this time around, the number of teams has doubled. Beside our hosts, the Stuttgart Valley Roller Girls, the participating teams will include:
- Cologne Roller Derby,
- Ruhrpott Roller Girls,
- rocKArollers Karlsruhe,
- Rollergirls of the Apocalypse,
- Hamburg Harbor Girls,
- Munich Rolling Rebels,
- Barockcity Rollerderby
- and, of course, us – the Berlin Bomshells of Bear City Roller Derby.
This weekend is a huge sign of how extensively this sport has developed in Germany during just the last few years. German Roller Derby should be proud of itself! And what a weekend it will be – the whole German derby family will be there: players, officials and fans, all in one place. Everyone is very excited to meet old friends and acquaintances on this grandiose occasion – another German Championship! Who will be the best and take home the title this time? We have yet to see…
Four of the ten bouts will take place on Friday, and we Berlin Bombshellls will take on our first opponent on Saturday. The Bombshells’ roster will be comprised of:
Agent B. Fatale, Cathrine Beat-Her Bonez, Donner Doro, DeviLena, Ethyl Trash, Emmazon, Foxy Führer, Great Vengeance, Heavy Rotation, Lizzy Slaughter, Maggie Messer, Master Blaster, Paulina Pocket and Titty Twista, Chemical Ketchup, Karo’ Bolage, McHerCry, Mia Missile, Ouch Capone and Skullhead O’Hara.
(Ban)Anna and Daniel will be our beautiful bench coaches.
The first bout will be followed by two others on Sunday, in which the Bombshells will show what they’re really made of. If the Bombshells make it to the final round, we hope to end this Sunday as champions, and, of course, party like winners no matter what happens.
Wish us luck and watch us on the live stream! http://www.rollerderby-live.com/