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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
– tba –

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:

BEGINNERS & INTERMEDIATES BOOTCAMP with the Bears 09/10.11.2019

Bear City’s A Team was travelling all over the world again this year, playing against challenging and innovative opponents at the WFTDA Playoffs and learning a lot along the way! As we love sharing our combined knowledge and experiences, we’re offering a bootcamp for beginners and intermediate skaters – if you have just started or want to polish your skills for another level.

Our bootcamp will take place on the weekend of 9th and 10th November in Berlin (Germany). All genders are welcome for the not-yet-passed MST group (we will have a FLT*I*NB-only (Women/Lesbians/Transfolkx/Intersex/Nonbinary) and an all-gender group), the intermediates (who are also eligible to participate in scrimmage) are FLT*I*NB only.

Come and tear down walls with us!

This is what you’ll get:
We will offer parallel sessions, designed for your skill level whether you have already passed your MST or not:

On both days we have on and off skates sessions with many tips and tricks. On skates we take a deeper look into jamming, blocking and pack work as well as tuning your basic skills like plow and hockey stops. Of skates the topics cover basic rules knowledge, basic strategies and fitness & stretching for Derby.
To round up the action-packed Saturday we give you the opportunity to watch high level derby at scrimmage of our A and C team. On Sunday you have the chance to show off some of your newly learned skills and tactics – we will run a scrimmage at the end: White Witches vs. Black Banshees. Some of us will join you on track and at bench to take your hand and remind you of all the things you learnt. If you do not want to take part on-skates or have not passed your MST yet, we’ll gladly invite you to join our experienced officials crew – because, as we all know, it’s our talented officials that make our incredible sport possible!

A link to the detailed timetable will be sent to you approximately two weeks before the bootcamp, and after we received your payment. You can plan with 10 to 20h on Saturday and 10 to 18h on Sunday. The venue is located in the heart of Kreuzberg with a quick walk from S Ostbahnhof or S Schlesisches tor – the exact address is in the registration email. The seminars and sessions are held in English, but we will provide additional details in German, when needed.

Don’t miss the chance to be on track with our A Team! Learn from: 1 The Lexecutioner • 109 Emmazon • 11 Wylverine • 1111 Maya Mangleyou • 112 Polly Trauma • 114 Fridi Mercury • 166 Sabi Smackdown • 180 Miss Zoffi • 21 Bambickel • 2323 Vitturia • 247 Bonez • 25 Mia Missile • 254 Skaroteena • 42 Lizzy Slaughter • 53 Rookie Horror • 56 Slay Jude • 666 Hannah Satana • 753 Fender Bender • 77 FoXy Führer • Bench Staff: Daniel • Kata Pulta

Participation Fee & Orga Stuff

PARTICIPATION FEE: €90.00, due within 14 days of receiving the registration confirmation.

LEAGUE TRIP! Are you thinking about a league trip with 8 or more people? Awesome! Just contact 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 only SECURED once we receive the full participation fee!

CANCELLATION: Life is full of surprises, and anything could happen to disrupt your plan. If you cancel before 24 October, you’ll receive a full refund of your participation fee. If you cancel after that, but before seven days of the event, you will receive a 50% refund. After that we can not refund the fee. However, in the event you can no longer participate, you are free to swap your spot inside your league. Please email us with the new participant’s information so we can complete the new registration.

Please use the following form to register:
Please note that we only have a limited number of spots available. The sooner you register (and pay) the better.

Of course! Feel free to contact

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

Bear Citys A Team hat es geschafft, sich auch dieses Jahr für die WFTDA Playoffs zu qualifizieren und sich den Top 28 Teams der Welt zu stellen. Das ist das Ergebnis harter, langer und konzentrierter Arbeit. Dieses Wissen und Können möchten wir an euch weitergeben, gerade wenn ihr erst vor kurzem mit Roller Derby angefangen habt oder schon ein, zwei Jahre dabei seid und eure Skills auf ein neues Level bringen möchtet.
Daher bieten wir am Wochenende vom 9. und 10. November wieder ein Bootcamp für Beginners und Intermediates an. Alle Beginner*innen ohne MST sind herzlich willkommen (jeweils eine FLT*I*NB-only (Women/Lesbians/Transfolkx/Intersex/Nonbinary) und eine all-gender-Gruppe), die Gruppen mit MST / am Scrimmage teilnehmende sind nur für FLT*I*NB.

Kommt und reißt Mauern mit uns ein!

Das bekommt ihr

Wir werden parallel Sessions anbieten, die so abgestimmt sind, dass sie zu eurem Skill Level passen, egal ob ihr schon den MST habt oder nicht:

An beiden Tagen gibt es On Skates Sessions und Off Skates Seminare mit vielen Übungen, Tipps und Tricks. On Skates werdet ihr Jammen, Blocken und Pack Work Strategien ausprobieren und Basic Skills wie Plow und Hockey Stop verfeinern. Die Seminare abseits des Tracks umfassen Basic Rules Knowledge, Basic Strategies und Fitness & Stretching für Derby.

Am Samstag könnt ihr beim Scrimmage vom Bear City A und C Team High Level Derby in Aktion beobachten. Am Sonntag gibt es abschließend ein Scrimmage White Witches vs. Black Banshees für Teilnehmende des Bootcamps. Dort können Skater*innen, die ihren MST bereits haben, die neu erlernten Techniken und Strategien gleich anwenden. Wir werden dabei mitspielen und euch “an die Hand nehmen” um euch an das Gelernte zu erinnern. Alle, die noch keinen MST haben, dürfen gerne zuschauen und sich einzelne Spielsituationen von unseren Bouttendern erklären lassen oder eine Position als NSO ausprobieren zusammen mit unseren erfahrenen NSOs – wir alle wissen, ohne unsere Officials geht es nicht!

Ein Link zum detaillierten Zeitplan erhaltet ihr ca. eine Woche vorher per Mail. Ihr könnt mit ca. 10 bis 20 Uhr am Samstag und 10 bis 18 Uhr am Sonntag planen. Die Halle ist im Herzen Kreuzbergs, erreichbar mit einem kleinen Fußmarsch vom S Ostbahnhof oder U Schlesisches Tor – die Adresse erhaltet ihr mit der Registrierungsbestätigung. Die Seminare und Sessions werden in Englisch gehalten, aber ihr könnt immer nach deutschen Erklärungen fragen.

Verpasse nicht die Gelegenheit, mit Bear Citys A Team auf dem Track zu stehen! Zur WFTDA 20 gehören: 1 The Lexecutioner • 109 Emmazon • 11 Wylverine • 1111 Maya Mangleyou • 112 Polly Trauma • 114 Fridi Mercury • 166 Sabi Smackdown • 180 Miss Zoffi • 21 Bambickel • 2323 Vitturia • 247 Bonez • 25 Mia Missile • 254 Skaroteena • 42 Lizzy Slaughter • 53 Rookie Horror • 56 Slay Jude • 666 Hannah Satana • 753 Fender Bender • 77 FoXy Führer • Bench Staff: Daniel • Kata Pulta
Teilnahmegebühr & Organisatorisches

TEILNAHMEGEBÜHR: €90.00 EUR sind innerhalb von 14 Tagen nach deiner Registrierungsbestätigung zu zahlen.

LEAGUE TRIP? Du planst mit ganz vielen Teammitgliedern zu kommen (> 8)? Dann schreibt uns BEVOR IHR EUCH ANMELDET an und ihr bekommt ein spezielles Angebot!

BEZAHLUNG: Ihr bekommt mit eurer Registrierungsbestätigung eure persönliche Rechnung mit den Zahlungsdaten und weitere nützliche Informationen. Euer Teilnahmeplatz ist erst GESICHERT, wenn ihr die komplette Gebühr bezahlt habt.

STORNIERUNG: Es kann immer was dazwischenkommen! Bis zum 24.10. kannst du deinen Platz stornieren und bekommst deine volle Teilnahmegebühr zurück. Bis sieben Tage vor dem Bootcamp bekommst du 50% zurück. Danach musst du leider voll bezahlen. Du kannst aber deinen Platz innerhalb deines Teams gerne weitergeben. Gib uns kurz Bescheid, damit wir die Anmeldung mit der neuen Person durchführen können.

Registrieren kannst du dich hier:

Bitte beachte, dass wir nur eine begrenzte Anzahl an Teilnehmer*innen aufnehmen können. Je eher du dich registrierst (und bezahlst), desto besser.

Noch Fragen?
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PS: Nimm an unserem Facebook Event ( teil, um andere Teilnehmer*innen zu finden oder Fahrgemeinschaften zu bilden, oder zusammen ein Hostelzimmer zu buchen oder oder oder…