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And because we know you can not wait to know more, here are the schedule in PDF and descriptions of the sessions and workshops that will happen during these 3 days:

Friday – Workshops

Innovative Training Tactics – How To Break Down The Game So Noone Gets Left Behind  – Juke Boxx
In this workshop we are going to address common pitfalls that occur when building session plans. We are also going to talk about explorative training and how it can help you innovate and create your own style of gameplay. And together, we are going to build a session plan from start to finish!

Fundraising Basics – Miriam Wagner Long

Communication And Feedback – Furrrocious
Communication is so important on track, but also super important during training. What can you do and how to implement. (more tba)

It’s Good To Talk (But Where Does It Go?): Organising And Communication Regionally – Sam Skipsey
We talk a lot about how to organise at the League level, and at the level of National Governing Bodies, or Worldwide… but not so much about how we organise and communicate at the levels between these; or about the implicit organisation involved in trans-national structures like Flat Track Stats, bout records and the like. This workshop will provide some case-studies in how we can think about this level of organisation, building and negotiating community; and some technologies to assist this. We also hope to spark discussion within the workshop attendees about their own experiences of such processes.

Mental Health In Roller Derby – Past, Present And Future – Maurine Filip
Mental health is a significant topic in the discussion of inclusion that becomes more urgent as roller derby is moving from a radical grassroots sport to slowly becoming more mainstream and internationally competitive. This workshop aims to offer participants a chance to analyse their leagues structural approach to mental health by reflecting on their history, identifying current challenges and opportunities, and set a direction for the future.

On And Off Track- Creating Safer Spaces In Roller Derby – Assault N. Pepa
A follow up to the EROC 2019 workshop “Not My Spokesperson” this session further explores the topics of “allyship”, communication, and the requirements and challenges to inclusivity in derby.

Saturday – Sessions

Competitiveness In Roller Derby – Master Blaster & Bear City Roller Derby
Join us in this open session on competitiveness in Roller Derby – a conversation we’ve not had in our sport for a long time. We will look at different concepts of competitiveness in our local/national as well as international settings, as well as the challenges and benefits that come with it. Finally we discuss other examples of amateur sports and see where we want Roller Derby to learn from it, or where we want to be (are?) better than other sports.

The Next Step Of Officials’ Development In Roller Derby – Maurine Filip
Being a competitive skater as well as an ambitious official offers a new perspective on officiating in Roller Derby. Historically, officiating positions have mainly been filled by supporters of skaters and skaters without the option to compete themselves. As the sport develops so does the landscape of officiating. This session will cover a wider perspective of inclusion of officials into our sport.

Small Leagues Big Hearts – Hazzard
The contact with NGBs, bigger leagues and international derby can be tough for smaller leagues without the masses of core skaters and volunteers on offer to bigger leagues but the passion is just the same if not fiercer. What are the positives and negatives of these contacts? The challenges and solutions that smaller leagues face such as member retention, volunteer recruitment and awareness in your community. The positive aspects of smaller leagues. Such as close team bonds, the competitive yet fun side of training and games and the community support. The positives of engaging with and having an NGB and an accessible national team. How having a voice in their formation or committees can help progress roller derby in your county.

How To Use The WFTDA Code Of Conduct Toolkit – WFTDA
The WFTDA Code of Conduct Toolkit is meant to serve as a framework and guiding document for collaboration and to hold space for the important work of understanding, developing or revising a Code of Conduct. We want to empower leagues to know how to find, understand, and use resources in the context of creating or supplementing their Code of Conduct work. This session will introduce the Toolkit as well as discuss exercises, resources and facilitation best practices. It’s an open format, so if you have feedback and input, please bring it with you!

Competitive Pathway Problem Solving – WFTDA
The WFTDA’s competitive pathways include a global tier of Playoffs and Championships and then a two-year old regional Continental Cup structure that ideally builds on existing national competition structures in place in Europe. The WFTDA is looking to review our structures and to create a plan to make WFTDA competition more accessible to more leagues. This work session is an opportunity for participants to work directly with WFTDA leadership to create a proposal for the future of European competition and Continental Cups that will be sent to WFTDA Competitive Play for consideration.

Don’t Kill Your Idols – Become Your Own Idol! – emKa
Growth in roller derby can be heavily influenced by the ‘big name’ skaters or officials. Sometimes this can lead to us forgetting what we can bring to the sport and what to develop into by our own initiative and skill. Let’s not only try to grow into other persons shoes but enjoy, experience and share our own path to excellence, and become friends with our idols. Also do not be scared to find our own self within a league or a team or any temporary setup we find ourselves in.

Roller Derby Mum – Pregnant Athlete Considerations – Juke Boxx
We play a sport among people with uteruses, so there are bound to be pregnancies that occur along the way! Come along for this session to hear about my experience as a pregnant athlete. The expected and unexpected challenges as a pregnant person, but also about how you can support your pregnant teammates through their journey to becoming a parent who does sports.

League Without Skaters – Strange Edge & Speedy Convalesce

Let’s Talk About Coaching: Fishbowl Discussion – moderated by Catherine Beat-Her Bonez and Bear City 
Join Furrrocious, Juke Boxx, Maurine Filip – and we mean really join – in a fishbowl discussion on coaching in Roller Derby. A fishbowl is a participatory setting where you can join the group of speakers and where we want to hear from you and talk with you about all things coaching related. How do you best coach AND skate/officiate at the same time? What are your biggest bench coaching challenges? What does your officiating training curriculum look like, or why don’t you have one? We will be bringing together learnings from the workshops and day one of our EROC conference before scrimmaging and doin’ the actual Roller Derby.

Broadcasting On A Budget – Sam Skipsey & Brain of Terror
Livestreaming games and having archives available afterwards is one way to help people get into the sport, and allows away teams’ supporters to watch if they can’t attend in person. It seems a bit daunting though, how are you going to afford thousands of euros worth of professional kit to make it possible? The good news is that thanks to us living in the future, your league likely has everything needed for a good stream lying around already. In this session you will learn how to get a basic stream working, and what to keep in mind as you take it from basic to good.

Laptops are not required for this session, but will help you get the most out of it.

Closed Workshop On Gender Statement
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Open Session: How To NGB – WFTDA
Join WFTDA and European NGB leadership for a session to talk about forming an NGB in your country or region. What structures are already in place for governance? What kind of association works best for your region’s needs? This session is open to anyone interested in discussing national governance and the needs of your region.

Evolving The Scoreboard – Brain of Terror
Since mid 2018 the scoreboard that virtually all of us use has undergone a lot of change. Longstanding issues have been fixed, UI improvements added, and most importantly supporting full paperwork. This talk will look at how that came about, and how open source works for Derby.

Small, Fast, Accessible: A Peek At Alternative Rulesets (Short Track, Street Derby, And More) To Make Roller Derby Sustainable – Sam Skipsey & Maha el Nasser
In the last several years, multiple “short format” Roller Derby rulesets have been developed, from Roller Derby Sevens, through PivotStar rules, Short Track Roller Derby, and this past year’s Street Roller Derby. These all address issues of making Roller Derby more accessible: some combinations of less time, less players per team, less officials, less points, easier rules. Roller Derby Sevens and Short Track, in particular, have now been played in every continent that has Roller Derby, so it’s worth exploring them and their ideas to see what we can incorporate. This on-skates workshop will be an exploration of aspects of these rulesets, for the interested skater and coach.

Sunday – Sessions

Being Trans/Intersex/Non-Binary In Derby – Mx. Enbyonic, Quing Killjoy and friends
The session would like to facilitate a discussion primarily among trans*, non-binary, two-spirit and intersex people in the (European) Derby community about the current WFTDA gender statement and our experiences in and around Derby. The aim of this session is to collaboratively draft a proposal for an updated gender statement as well as coordinating its translations into European languages and gathering best practices and strategies.

Tournament/Game Day Prep – A Guide To Keeping Organized As Leadership And As A team – Juke Boxx
This is a guide of do’s and don’ts when it comes to prepping for your big multi-game weekend! This session has helpful advice when it comes to traveling, keeping your focus, and game day performance and adjustments.

Central And Eastern Europe – Just Kittin’
In 5 years from the first team in the country to the national team – on the example of the Polish roller derby. As roller derby is more and more popular around the world, it expandes also in eastern Europe. When roller derby appeared in our region, what we’d achieved, what we are strive for and what we are struggling with. Whether these are the same issues as everywhere, whether geographical location or politics have a big impact on it.

Risk Management Guidelines And YOU – WFTDA
This session aims to first answer all your questions you have about the WFTDA Risk Management Guidelines, what they mean for you as a league or organisation, and how you can use them to manage and improve safety. Second, we want to hear from you and your regional challenges, so we can align the Guidelines better to your local context. We will be working with workshop exercises to create your own or local guidelines, so bring your questions, input and feedback.

Roller Derby World Cup 202x – European Round Table – Sam Skipsey, Just Kittin’, Hazzard
The next Roller Derby World Cup will, necessarily, evolve further from where it was in 2014, and where it passed through in 2018. This workshop is particularly aimed at representatives of the European teams (or European reps for other teams) aiming to attend RDWC202x, for feedback in both directions.

A Framework For Inclusion – Maha el Nasser & Mandy Veti
Focussing on Bradford (UK) a city with a high South Asian and Muslim population, we spent a lot of time building partnerships, looking for funding, and trying to figure out how to find out if the community would be interested in a sport that they didn’t even know existed. The big question: by improving access to life on wheels, could we make roller derby more inclusive? And did we have to make any compromises to our idea of derby to help that happen? 

This session will share what we’ve learned, where we’ve fucked up, and, hopefully, some of our early successes. Together we’ll work on a framework for inclusion that we aim to share across leagues and other community groups to pick up and use and to continue to shape and develop. We’re all still figuring this out and we would love more folks to help us find ways to open the doors to the derby community and share the our amazing empowering and supportive space.

BiPoC (closed) – Mew & Baemshi
Last year, we met as a call to action for BIPoC in the European roller derby community. Now, we are an organized space for black/indigenous/people of color. The session is hosted by Mew and Baemshi but will include presentations from our community about this past year, post-EROC 2019. What has changed, what hasn’t changed, and what are we bringing for 2020?

Officiating Problem Solving – WFTDA
Officiating resources are limited in many areas of the world and recruitment and retention are concerns of leagues of every size. In this work group, WFTDA leadership will work with skaters and officials to develop a proposal on how to support our officiating programs and solve the officiating shortage problem. The proposal will be sent to the WFTDA Officiating Pillar for consideration.

Diversity Panel
Diversity and Inclusion was the big topic at EROC 2019. And there is still a lot of work to be done to make Roller Derby a safer, braver space for all members of our community. 

On this panel we want to continue with the discussion and share experiences of Diversity and Inclusion committees from different leagues. And with you!

Join us at EROC 2020! You can register for early bird tickets here:

EROC 2020

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Die European Roller Derby Organizational Conference (EROC) fand das erste mal in 2009 statt, um europäischen Roller Derby Ligen eine Möglichkeit zu geben zusammen zu kommen und an Themen zu arbeiten, die sie am meisten betreffen, und Visionen, Vorsätze und Wissen zu teilen. Seit der Gründung wuchs und erneuerte sich EROC kontinuierlich. EROC 2020 wird in dieser Tradition anknüpfen, um Europäisches Roller Derby gemeinsam zu gestalten.

Das nächste EROC steht unter einem besonderen Banner: 10 Jahre EROC. In den vergangenen zehn Jahren hat sich vieles getan. Daraus ergeben sich eine Vielzahl von Fragen, die beantwortet werden wollen: Wo stehen wir mit europäischem Roller Derby? Welchen Einfluss werden politische Entscheidungen wie der Brexit auf unseren Sport haben? Konnten wir unsere selbstgesteckten Ziele für mehr Inklusion und Diversität erreichen? Wie wird sich die Zusammenarbeit mit den Governing Bodies entwickeln? Gibt es einen Wissenstransfer innerhalb des europäischen Roller Derbys oder gibt es Verbesserungsbedarf? Natürlich gibt es noch viel mehr Fragen und Themen, die diskutiert werden wollen! Lasst uns gemeinsam die letzten 10 Jahre kritisch Revue passieren und den Grundstein für die nächsten 10 Jahre legen!

EROC lebt von der aktiven Mitgestaltung aller Teilnehmer*innen. Um gemeinsam über die Themen diskutieren zu können, die uns bewegen, brauchen wir engagierte Speaker*innen. Was hat dich oder deine League in den letzten zehn Jahren bewegt? Welche Herausforderungen konnten überwunden werden? Welche Herausforderungen gilt es in der Zukunft gemeinsam zu meistern? Welches Thema interessiert dich und möchtest du gemeinsam mit anderen Skater*innen, Officials, Trainer*innen oder Unterstützer*innen unseres Sports diskutieren? Nutze die Chance und bewirb dich als Speaker*in. Entweder für einen Workshop (aktive Gruppenarbeit) oder für eine Session (Vortrag mit Frage-Antwort-Runde). Oder vielleicht beides? Folge einfach dem Link und stell uns dein Thema vor. Wir sind schon gespannt und freuen uns auf deine Ideen!

Roller Derby ist ein Sport dessen Unterstützung von den Skater*innen selbst kommt – for the skater, by the skater. Mit der Entwicklung des globalen Systems finden wir es wichtig, dass jede*r Skater*in die Möglichkeit hat, sich über die einfließenden Elemente aus aller Welt zu informieren, Fragen zu stellen und eigene Ideen einzubringen. EROC bietet diese wichtige Plattform allen europäischen Spieler*innen.

Das ursprüngliche Ziel von EROC ist es, Ligen zu befähigen die Entwicklung ihres Sports auf dem europäischen Kontinent zu beeinflussen und ihre Interessen zu vertreten. Neben der Erleichterung eines gegenseitigen Austauschs unterstützt die Konferenz einzelne Ligen bei ihrem laufenden, individuellen, organisatorischen und strukturellen Wachstum. Als eine Ergänzung zum jährlichen WFTDA Treffen bietet EROC eine wichtige Plattform für den europäischen Anteil der Mitglieder. Da wir europäisches Roller Derby repräsentieren, sind einige Hauptthemen das Training und die Unterstützung von Organisationen innerhalb der WFTDA, sowie auch ein besseres Verständnis für unsere Bedürfnisse als Verband zu schaffen.

Seit der Gründung wurden einige Meilensteine innerhalb von EROC erreicht. In 2013 und 2014 wurden nationale Roller Derby Verbände geschaffen. Die Jahre 2014 und 2015 brachten ein weiteres Wachstum dieser Organisationen in den meisten europäischen Ländern. Außerdem wurden ebendiese Verbände tätig und brachten die Gründung der European Roller Derby Association auf den Weg.

EROC 2016 brachte eine Reihe von Veränderungen aufgrund der Entwicklungen der vorherigen Jahre und des Feedbacks der Teilnehmer*innen. Die Auswahl für Workshops wurde über den Lauf der Konferenz erweitert, wodurch die Vertreter*innen der teilnehmenden Ligen tiefer in das Material eingehen konnten. Auch wurde die Struktur der Diskussionsrunden verändert. Das Ziel von EROC 2016 war es, Transparenz und Verständnis für alle Geschehnisse im Roller Derby sowohl innerhalb Europas als auch weltweit zu schaffen und Lernerfahrungen für Ligen jeden Niveaus zu bieten. EROC 2017 arbeitete weiter daran, das Angebot der Sessions und Workshops vielfältiger zu gestalten, um sowohl ganze Ligen als auch einzelne Skater*innen zu inspirieren.

Wir entschieden, im Jahr 2018 eine Pause einzulegen, um uns die Zeit zu geben über die dringenden und tatsächlichen Notwendigkeiten, Themen und Probleme des europäischen Roller Derbys nachzudenken und eine inklusivere Konferenz zu organisieren. EROC 2019 kam mit einer neuen Struktur und noch mehr Inhalt wieder. Vier Tage lang wurden in Workshops und Sessions diskutiert, gegrübelt und das Gemeinschaftsgefühl im europäischen Roller Derby gestärkt. Die Konferenz wird 2020 vielleicht etwas kürzer, aber nicht weniger intensiv 🙂

Save the date +++ EROC 2020 +++ 31.-02.02.2020 +++ Das wollt Ihr nicht verpassen!

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