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October 2016 MVP of the Month – WENCER!

Wencer

Photo by Neil Gunner

Wencer is a tour de force. You can find him, before every bout, tearing around the Bunker making sure that the sound system is set up, the announcers have what they need, the 50/50 draw is underway, and the tv broadcast is ready to go. When he isn’t adding colourful commentary to the Rogers broadcast, Wencer is rocking mics for tournaments big and small — from WFTDA sanctioned events like ECDX to the Fresh and Furious. Not only is he a great ambassador for our league, he helps foster new announcing talent that helps improves fan experience and build understanding of our sport.

But Wencer’s commitment to derby goes well beyond announcing and event duties. He is one of the co-heads of TORD’s PR committee and the driving force behind much of our social media. Wencer’s attention to detail and strategic thinking have helped our league as we continue to build an online presence and develop our audiences.

Wencer, you are the comma that completes our sentence. We cloud not do this without you.

Saturday! CN Power! Team Ontario!

So, this is happening:

On Saturday February 8th ToRD presents, not just the first CN Power game of the year, but the first Team Ontario bout! Come watch the best our province has to offer face off against the best your city has to offer, right here at the Bunker. Riding high on their performance at WFTDA D1 playoffs last year, CN Power is determined to continue their streak of awesome into 2014. Here’s a reminder of what that looked like:


All footage from WFTDA.tv. Photos from Jules Doyle Type2Bphoto.com and Donalee Eiri photography by D.E.sign. Edited by Wheels of Misfortune. Music by Drake “Started from the bottom”.

Note: new doors/game time for single headers.
DOORS 5pm
GAME 6pm

Tickets are available online and in stores now! Note to season pass holders: this game is not included in your seasons pass, however you receive a discounted entry of $12 a the door when you present your pass, or you may use your “bonus” entry for this game. Quad pass holders, your pass entries are valid for this game.

The after party will be hosted by the delightful Cardinal Rule, located at 5 Roncesvalles Avenue (at Queen St) in Toronto.

Fill your weekend with more derby! The Bay Street Bruisers will be away at the B Cup Tournament, hosted by the Bleeding Heartland Rollergirls this weekend. You can watch the stream live on DNN starting at 8am. The Bruisers first game is at 11:30am against the Nashville Rollergirls B-team!

2014 Fresh Meat Program starts March 2nd!

Our trainers are getting ready to start our next round of the Fresh Meat Program on March 2nd! We hope to see you out there!

Last Sunday we held a Meet and Greet and info session at Sugarbomb to answer any questions you might have before you take that first step and sign up. Check out the video below if you missed out.

TO BE CONSIDERED FOR 2014 FRESH MEAT AND BEGIN THE PROGRAM, SIGN UP FOR BENCHMARKING HERE

SUNDAY MARCH 2, 2014, 2– 5pm
Location: The Bunker

Downsview Park
40 Carl Hall Rd, Studio 3
Toronto, ON

Full program details follow below.

DERBY POP-UP SHOP FEB 9!
Rollerbug.com and Sugarbomb.ca will also be holding a special pop-up shop to fit you with all of your gear and derby needs on February 9th from 11am-2pm at 1 Wiltshire Ave, Unit E. For more details, contact contact@rollerbug.com or info@sugarbomb.ca

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Where’s your skate at? Let the Benchmarking Begin!

Take the first step in joining the Toronto Roller Derby 2014 Fresh Meat Program. Before practices begin March 16th, we require that each skater complete a benchmarking test. This helps us shape and customize our training program to your needs and allows our league’s trainers to get to know you better. More importantly, since this might be the first time on skates for some, it will give you a feel for what a typical roller derby practice could be like before you commit to the full program that runs until September.

The Toronto Roller Derby 2014 Fresh Meat Program is welcome to all potential derby skaters or officials aged 19+ who wish to skate in a Men’s or Women’s league.

In the cases where the number of attendees exceeds the number of fresh meat that our league’s trainers can take on, this test will be treated as a tryout.

More About the Test:

The benchmarking test is a modified version of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association’s Minimum Skills Test. There will be no contact involved in the benchmarking. Benchmarking will identify your current ability and provide you with information on where you presently need more work. The information will also provide trainers with information for planning lessons.

This might sound intimidating, but it really isn’t – we will take in skaters willing to learn at any level.

Cost to Participate in Benchmarking:

$10, payable cash, at entry. You will be asked to sign a waiver at the event or be sent the form to do so in advance for insurance purposes.

Full Fresh Meat Program Costs:

$350: $200 payable at first practice (March 16), $150 at June checkpoint

$50: Canadian Roller Derby Insurance (CRDi) required by March 16. Click here for more info.

Full Gear Required:

Full roller derby gear will be required. All equipment must be in good working order and fit properly.

helmet
mouth guard!!
elbow pads
wrist guards
knee pads
skates
Gear can be ordered at least one month in advance through Rollerbug.com.Contact them at contact@rollerbug.com for order cut off dates.

Rollerbug will also be holding a pop-up shop on Sunday Feb 9, 11am-2pm, at Sugarbomb, 1 Wiltshire Ave, Unit E.

We also ask that you bring some masking tape and a marker so that we can tape an assigned number to your helmet on arrival.

Additional Program and League Commitments:

Upon joining the Fresh Meat Program skaters will have to fulfill the following in order to be eligible to join Toronto Roller Derby:

Attendance: skaters must maintain a minimum of 70% attendance. Let’s be honest, you will need to be there as much as possible in order to pass the WFTDA minimums at the end.
League Volunteering: skaters must volunteer for at least 10 hours of league volunteering time in order to complete the program. To find out about volunteering opportunities, contact volunteer@torontorollerderby.com.
Get in touch about volunteering at our upcoming games February 8th or March 1st.

Full Program Training Schedule:

Training runs for 20 sessions, 3 hrs per week, on most Sundays, 2-5 pm. The first set of practices are focused on skating basics, while the next set of practices focus on game play and derby training. Rules are constrantly reviewed throughout.

The following schedule is tentative, subject to blackout dates in our practice space. You will be given as much advance notice as possible should dates change. There is a possibility that this could also extend the duration of the program past the dates below. Benchmarking and testing will also occur throughout the program.

Session # Date
Benchmarking Mar 2
#1 Mar 16
#2 Apr 6
#3 Apr 13
#4 Apr 27
#5 May 4
Review May 11
Interim Evaluation May 25
#6 Jun 1
#7 Jun 8
#8 Jun 15
#9 Jun 22
#10 Jul 6
#11 Jul 13
#12 Jul 20
#13 Jul 27
#14 Aug 10
Game Play Scrimmage Aug 17
Rules Review Aug 24
Review Sep 21
Final Evaluation Sep 28

Still Have More Questions?

Check out the video above, or please contact us at freshmeat@torontorollerderby.com

Gores and TJRD take first victories of the year

Roller derby at the Bunker! This past Saturday Toronto Roller Derby and Toronto Junior Roller Derby kicked off their 2014 season.

First up was one of ToRD’s historical rivals, the Chicks Ahoy and the Gore Gore Rollergirls. These two teams have traded the Boot back and forth for most of ToRD’s history, and you could feel the tight competition in the air. It was a close game, with the lead traded back and forth several times in the first periods. Hips, shoulders and penalties were thrown around like nobody’s business as each team tried to pull ahead of the other, but the game stayed close through to the end.

Final score: Gore Gore Rollergirls 218 – 157 Chicks Ahoy!

Toronto Roller Derby’s opponents were Alliston Junior Roller Derby. Although junior roller derby features skaters 9 – 18, it ain’t no roller derby lite; the rules and game play are almost exactly the same as their older counterparts. The teams from both leagues hit the track hard, with points trading back and forth early in the game, until TJRD began to pull ahead, and maintained that lead throughout the second half.

Final score: TJRD 236 – 82 AJRD

All photographs courtesy Neil Gunner

Our next game is February 8th, when CN Power takes on Team Ontario. Say what? Tickets are on sale now in stores and online.

Chicks vs Gores this Saturday!

This Saturday make your way up to Downsview Park to catch our hard-hitting return in 2014! The Chicks Ahoy will be taking on the Gore Gore Rollergirls in the opening act of double header action.

Act 2 of the intense action will feature a full-length bout between Toronto Junior Roller Derby and Alliston Junior Roller Derby! See the future of roller derby in your city on the track. Both bouts are included in your one admission ticket!

DOORS: 5pm
CHICKS VS GORES: 6pm
TJRD vs AJRD: 8pm

Bring a blanket, folding chair, whatever and on the floor right up near the action! Bleacher seating is also available for a higher viewpoint. Merchandise, food and beverages will be available at the game.

Tickets are available in advance on-line and in stores, and will also be available at the door.

UPDATE: Excellent eats for the event will be provided by Mike’s Dog House. The after party kicks off after the last bout and takes place at Velvet Underground, 510 Queen St W.

2014 Home Opener – Jan 25th!

We’re back for another jam-packed (get it?) year of Toronto Roller Derby action, kicking off the evening of January 25th! This double header will see the Chicks Ahoy face off against the Gore Gore Rollergirls, followed by a full-length bout between Toronto Junior Roller Derby and Alliston Junior Roller Derby!

Tickets to the event are on sale now both in stores and online. Buy in advance to save! Visit the Facebook event here.