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.

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:

New to roller derby? Find out more about our newbie course starting in January by emailing us:

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

  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

EROC 2019: 30 seconds!


Bear City Roller Derby is pleased to announce the beginning of the ticket sale for the 2019 edition of The European Roller Derby Organizational Conference (EROC)!

Where: Berlin
When: January 31st (Thursday) until February 3rd (Sunday) 2019
What: Workshops on Thursday 31st & Friday 1st — Sessions on Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd

This year’s EROC is one day longer! That means more time, more sessions, more workshops, more sharing, meeting, networking and brainstorming, and more skating!

We will approach a broad range of topics — covering every aspect of our community as usual — with special attention paid to how to make every single one of them inclusive.

Workshops and sessions will also be longer, so we will have more time to exchange ideas. We will also be including a Q&A at the end of every session to get the most out of each one.

EROC 2019 is 8 workshops and 20 sessions on…

    • Inclusive practices and accessibility
    • Whipping your finances into inclusive shape
    • Inclusive officiating behaviour and mindset
    • Low level harassment, aggression, consent, bystanders behaviour
    • Officiating crew selection process. Sexism and discrimination
    • Junior derby
    • Open divisions and all-gender roller derby
    • Coaching qualification
    • Organisations psychology and sports psychology
    • Longevity and building on experience
    • Long lasting officiating
    • Bout preparation: statistics and data analysis

…to name a few.


  • Round table: NGBs / National Teams and Governing Bodies
  • The first WFTDA European Continental Cup feedback experience and better practises by the Blitz Dames, Birmingham
  • Encounter with Skateistan: Best practices exchange on girls’ empowerment


  • A League Fair: A space where leagues can present themselves and their merchandising during the weekend! Start by renting a stand (ask us!) where attendees can meet and greet your league.
  • On Saturday we will host the EROC ALL STARS SCRIMMAGE for anybody who wants to meet on track! (sign up here!)
  • On Sunday you can participate in Chicks in Bowls beginners’ sessions to learn how to approach bowls and take on the skate park! (sign up here!)
  • And of course there will be get-together parties! Casual drinks on Thursday and serious dancing on Saturday!

EROC is happy to host a 2-day WFTDA Officiating Clinic on Saturday & Sunday, with sessions open for EROC attendees.

Are you convinced? The Super Early Bird Sale starts NOW and runs until December 31st

We also propose Soliprice tickets to those who need it. Tell us why inclusion is important to you and how you are going to bring these ideas back to your league and we will list you for a Soliprice ticket offered by BCRD!

EROC 2019 attendees: 5 seconds!

Beginner & Intermediates Bootcamp with the Bears


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.

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 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.

Please use this form to register.

Of course! Feel free to contact

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!

EROC 2019

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The European Roller Derby Organizational Conference (EROC) was started in 2009 to give European roller derby leagues an opportunity to come together, work through the issues that affect them most and share vision, intentions and knowledge. Since its founding, EROC has continued to grow and innovate as an organization. EROC 2019 will follow through in its mission of shaping together European Roller Derby.


Roller derby is a sport where the support comes from the skater, for the skater, by the skater. As the global systems develop, we believe that it is critical that every member of the Derby community has the opportunity to be informed about the elements at play, ask questions, bring their vision foreword. EROC offers this important platform to the entire European Roller Derby community.


The original goal of our exchange at EROC was to help leagues in shaping the evolution of their sport on the European continent and to represent the interests of their membership. In addition to facilitating discussion, the conference also provides an informational platform to assist leagues in their continuing individual, organizational and structural development. As a supplement to the WFTDA Annual Meeting, the EROC Conference provides an important platform for the European Contingent. In our role as representatives of European roller derby within the WFTDA, some of the key issues include the training and support of organizations within the WFTDA as well as establishing better understanding of our needs as an association.

Since its founding, there have been a number of recent milestones within EROC. In 2013 and 2014, the mandate was implemented to create national roller derby organizations within Europe. The years 2014 and 2015 were fruitful years in assisting the growth of national organizations in most European countries. Additionally, the national bodies were busy and are pleased with the product of their joint efforts: The European Roller Derby Association.

EROC 2016 introduced a number of changes in response to the previous years’ development and skater feedback. It expanded the workshop selection over the course of the conference and gave leagues and their representatives the opportunity to really dive into the material presented by workshop leaders, instead of just skimming over it. A further change seen at EROC 2016 was in the structure of the discussion sessions. The goal of EROC 2016 was to create real transparency and understanding for each league about who is doing what where in European and Global roller derby while, at the same time, providing real learning experiences for every level of league. EROC 2017 worked on developing even more new sessions and innovative workshops to inspire leagues and skaters alike.

We decided to take a pause for one year to give ourselves the time to reflect upon the cogent and actual necessities, topics and issues of European Roller Derby now and to organize an always more inclusive conference.


As always in Roller Derby, EROC is a tool and it will only function well if it can be utilized – by you! It’s your event and it should have the best agenda you could imagine. To be able to weave in your ideas and thoughts, we would like to ask you to fill out this survey . It doesn’t matter whether or not you participated in the previous editions of EROC, or whether you’re thinking about joining us in 2019, every feedback is important for us. It won’t take long and it would be really helpful to us!! Please fill it out to help make EROC an event that is by Skaters for Skaters.

Save the date +++ EROC 2019 +++ 31/01-03/02/2019 +++ You don’t want to miss it!

Check this Facebook Page regularly to get the latest updates on EROC 2019!

Open Door Day


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:

Berlin Rollt Vol. IV


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!

Rolling in Berlin since 2008