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Season 10 End of Season Awards!

ToRD End Of Season Bash
On Saturday August 6, Toronto Roller Derby closed out our historic 10th Season with our annual End of Season Awards bash, which celebrates the best of Toronto Roller Derby, both on and off the track. Here are the 2016 winners:

The awards

Skating Awards
Best Jammer – Beaver Mansbridge (Gore-Gore Rollergirls)
Best Pivot – LowBlow Palooza (Smoke City)
Best Blocker – Biggley Smallz (Chicks Ahoy!)
Rookie of the Year – Banshee (Chicks Ahoy!)
Most Outstanding Newcomer – Boxcar (Chicks Ahoy!)
Most Feared Skater – Biggley Smallz (Chicks Ahoy!)
Most Improved Skater – Annguard (Chicks Ahoy!)
Holy Grail – Pretty (Chicks Ahoy!)

ToRD Culture Awards
Most Help off the Track – Morton
Encore Award – Murdercat!
Draw First Blood – Scrappy
Downright Awesome Award – Morton
Heart of Gold – Casey McNally

Tordie of the Year – Dawson

Most awards are voted upon by ToRD members, recognizing their peers for their performances both on and off the track, and are geared mostly towards recognizing members for their contributions to our home team season. Best Jammer is based on statistics from the 2016 Season. Best Blocker and Best Pivot are fairly self-explanatory. Rookie of the Year recognizes the best new skater who developed first and foremost as a ToRD member, and had not previously played for another full contact derby organization, while Best Newcomer recognizes a new skater who has transferred from another full contact league (Boxcar has a long derby lineage, including with Montreal, Rose City and Thunder Bay). Most Feared recognizes a skater who is your worst nightmare to face on the track, and Most Improved Skater recognizes a skater who has shown a noticeable growth and improvement in their play, leadership and skating. While not a skater award per se, the Holy Grail award returned this year, honouring the bench manager who has the greatest impact on their team’s success.

Most Help Off the Track goes to a skater who contributes strongly to the league behind the scenes. The Encore Award (“winning the afterparty”) represents the fun side of Toronto Roller Derby.

The D-VAS introduced a new award this season, the Draw First Blood award. This award goes to a team member that always brings 100% to every practice, consistently shows the most enthusiasm, and pushes the team. A brief collection of accolades from Scrappy’s teammates:

“There’s a lot of personalities, varying skill levels, and personal and team goals to navigate. Scrappy finds the balance with such confidence and positivity. She keeps us focused, makes us work, and brings the fun! … She wanted the team to really work at this sport we all love, but she never made those who needed a lower intensity feel excluded … She motivates the D-VAS into getting the best out of practice and scrimmages. She is gracious and effective when it comes to skater feedback and giving tips to get you to your best level. … she makes the team committed and perform with all their heart, as she always does. All heart, that’s Scrappy.”

The Downright Awesome Award, named for its first recipient in 2009 (“Downright Dirty” Dawson) recognizes someone who makes a positive change in ToRD culture. This is also a pay-it-forward award, with each year’s recipient picking the winner the following year. Last year’s winner, Honey Boom Boom, honored Morton, for all of her hard work behind the scenes throughout the season, including organizing the annual league draft. Previous winners of this award are:

  • 2009: Dawson
  • 2010: Speedin Hawking
  • 2011: Chronic
  • 2012: Babushkill
  • 2013: Betty Bomber
  • 2014: Mr Force
  • 2015: Honey Boom Boom

The ToRD Heart of Gold Award, also known as the Crankypants Award (named in honour of our former announcer Cranky), recognizes a non-skater for their contributions to the growth and development of ToRD. This year’s winner is volunteer extraordinaire Casey McNally, who contributes to every single event during the ToRD season, whether that is selling tickets, working the beer table, helping with setup or teardown or even donating raffle prizes. Thank you, Casey, for everything you do for ToRD!

Previous winners of this award are:

  • 2012: Mr Force
  • 2013: The Reverend Ramirez
  • 2014: Wencer / Mr Whistler
  • 2015: Derby Nerd

the 2016 ToRDie of the Year is Dawson. ToRDies of the Year goes to a skater who “has experienced on-track success and who has best exemplified the values and spirit of ToRD on and off the track this past season. Our league values include: Community, Inclusivity, Empowerment, Development, and Respect.” A veteran skater, Dawson is the epitome of the heart and soul of Toronto Roller Derby, a magical combination of skill, attitude, fun and passion for the game that is infectious.

5 and 10-years!

At every End of Season event, we recognize our veteran members who have reached their 5-year mark with Toronto Roller Derby. The people to hit that milestone this year were:

  • Babushkill
  • Biggley Smallz
  • Free Range Clam
  • Joss Wheelin’
  • Lexi Con
  • LowBlow Palooza
  • Mazel Tough
  • Moose Knuckles
  • R2 Smack U
  • Viktory Lapp
  • WackedHer

ToRD End Of Season 10 years
As this was Toronto Roller Derby’s 10th Season, we were thrilled to be able to honour members who go back to the very beginning! 10 years is a long time, and it is an age in roller derby terms. Congratulations to the following folks for sticking with it:

  • Betty Bomber – D-VAS (original), Death Track Dolls, CN Power / ToRD All-Stars
  • Classic Joker – ToRD Officials
  • G-Force!! – Chicks Ahoy!, CN Power, D-VAS
  • Mia Culprit – D-VAS (original), Gore-Gore Rollergirls, Smoke City Betties, CN Power / ToRD All-Stars
  • Penny Whistler – ToRD Officials

Thank you

Two other one-time awards were handed out:

In honour of their continued service to and work for Toronto Roller Derby, G-Force!! and her husband Mr Force were recognized as The Big Gs, with a trophy that featured a dinosaur on it. As one of the rare 10-year skaters in ToRD, and a long time trainer, advisor and committee member G-Force!! has put in countless hours over the years. If you lined up those hours end to end they would certainly break a metaphor halfway around the world. Mr Force of course is the brains and brawn behind layer9.ca, the most extensive archive of ToRD video footage going back to the first season. ToRD would not be where we are without their efforts.

Former league president, and retiring skater Mazel Tough was honoured with the Tough as Nails award. In her years with the league Tough served multiple years on the executive and basically made everything work. Her leadership, perseverance, commitment and friendship will all be missed greatly.

Thank you to everyone on the EoS Committee for putting together a wonderful, fun event to mark Season 10, thank you also to Bill Murray for being our host, and congratulations to all of this season’s winners!

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2015 End of Season Award Winners Announced

On Friday July 3, Toronto Roller Derby held its annual End of Season Awards night, where we recognized the best of what Toronto Roller Derby has to offer, both on and off the track. Here are the 2015 winners:

Skating Awards
Best Jammer – Sleeper Hold (Death Track Dolls)
Best Pivot – Honey Boom Boom (Smoke City Betties)
Best Blocker – Biggley Smallz (Chicks Ahoy!)
Double Threat – Beaver Mansbridge (Gore-Gore Rollergirls)
Rookie of the Year – Pr’Editor (Death Track Dolls)
Most Outstanding Newcomer – Smoka Cola (Smoke City Betties)
Most Improved Skater – Lowblowpoloza (Smoke City Betties)

ToRD Culture Awards
Best Boutfit – TIE: Murdercat! and WackedHer
Encore Award – Jill ‘em all
Most Help off the Track – Android W.K.
Tordie of the Year – Mazel Tough
Heart of Gold – The Derby Nerd
Downright Awesome Award – Honey Boom Boom

Most awards are voted upon by ToRD members, to recognize their peers for their performances both on and off the track, and are geared mostly towards recognizing members for their contributions to our home team season. Best Jammer is based on statistics from the 2015 Season. Best Blocker and Best Pivot are fairly self-explanatory. Double Threat recognizes a skater who excels at both Blocking and Jamming, and Most Improved Skater recognizes a skater who has shown a noticeable growth and improvement in their play, leadership and skating. Rookie of the Year and Best Newcomer are similar, with an important distinction: Rookie of the Year recognizes the best new skater who developed first and foremost as a ToRD member, and had not previously played for another full contact derby organization, while Best Newcomer recognizes a new skater who has transferred from another full contact league (Smoka Cola transferred to ToRD for 2015 from Misfit Militia in Alliston, Ontario).

Most Help Off the Track goes to a skater who contributes strongly to the league behind the scenes. As a member of the Marketing and Bout Committees, Android W.K. has been a valuable contributor, helping coordinate our public events, all in addition to being a valued member of CN Power. The Encore Award (“winning the afterparty”) and Best Boutfit Awards are awards that represent the fun side of Toronto Roller Derby.

The Downright Awesome Award this season goes to Honey Boom Boom, of the Smoke City Betties and the Bay Street Bruisers. The Downright Awesome Award, named for its first recipient in 2009 (“Downright Dirty” Dawson) recognizes someone who makes a positive change in ToRD culture. This is also a pay-it-forward award, with each year’s recipient picking the winner the following year.  Mr Force had this to say about this year’s recipient:

“The key bout day liaison point with Rogers since 2013, Boom also produces the annual Quad City Chaos boutcasts, and in 2015 liaised with WFTDA.tv to broadcast sanctioned QCC2015 bouts. Her work on QCC was key in getting folk to look for boutcast sponsors. The last three years Boom has also helped the GTA Rollergirls boutcast their Fresh & Furious Tournament, and ToRD’s Pride events in 2013 & 2014 (also co-productions with GTAR) – thus helping to maintain an external league relationship. These achievements are all about changing how ToRD is viewed by the world. Oh and, Roller Derby? As co-captain of the Bruisers, she’s contributed to the culture during a period of change on BSB.”

Previous winners of this award are:

  • 2009: Dawson
  • 2010: Speedin Hawking
  • 2011: Chronic
  • 2012: Babushkill
  • 2013: Betty Bomber
  • 2014: Mr Force

Derby Nerd received the 2015 ToRD Heart of Gold Award, also known as the Crankypants Award (named in honour of our former announcer Cranky), which recognizes a non-skater for their contributions to the growth and development of ToRD. His contributions as an announcer, reporter and stats nerd have helped ToRD not just with their broadcasts on Rogers TV, Layer9 and WFTDA.tv, but also help us present the ToRD story to the sports world at large.

Previous winners of this award are:

2012: Mr Force
2013: The Reverend Ramirez
2014: Wencer / Mr Whistler

The ToRDie of the Year award (formerly known as the Rollergirl of the Year) went to outgoing league President Mazel Tough. Tough’s leadership and hard work behind the scenes the past few seasons have been immeasurable, in helping ToRD face and overcome many challenges, and leaves big shoes to fill – don’t worry, Betties fans, she is not retiring, merely stepping down from the executive. Toronto Roller Derby has been lucky to have Tough at the helm, and we all say Thank You for her service, and congratulations to all of this year’s winners. Thank you also to the D-VAS for organizing a fun event!

What’s next derby fans? While our home season is over for 2015, both the Bay Street Bruisers still have some road games ahead of them, so stay tuned for information about that. CN Power is awaiting word about the 2015 WFTDA International Playoffs, and which tournament they may qualify for. Later this summer, the first stage of this year’s Home Team Draft will take place, as our home teams restock their rosters to cope with the inevitable retirements that take place in the off-season. We will keep you updated on all the troop movement as it happens.

2014 End of Season Award Winners Announced

On Saturday November 15th, Toronto Roller Derby held its annual End of Season Awards night, where we recognized the best of what Toronto Roller Derby has to offer, both on and off the track. Here are the 2014 winners:

Top Jammer: Bellefast (Death Track Dolls)
Best Blocker (a tie!): Misery Mae (Smoke City Betties) and Biggley Smallz (Chicks Ahoy!)
Best Pivot: Android W.K (Death Track Dolls)
Double Threat: Android W.K (Death Track Dolls)
Most Improved Skater: Block québécois (Death Track Dolls)
Rookie of the Year: Sleeper Hold (Death Track Dolls)
Best Boutfit: Catch-Up & Mus-ToRD
Best Newcomer: Devochka (Death Track Dolls)
Most Help Off the Track: Scarcasm (CN Power)
Encore Award (wins the after party): Vag Lightning (D-VAS)
Downright Awesome Award: Mr Force
Heart of Gold: Wencer
Roller Girl of the Year: Dusty (CN Power)

Top Jammer is based on statistics from the 2014 Season. Best Blocker and Best Pivot are fairly self-explanatory. Double Threat recognizes a skater who excels at both Blocking and Jamming, and Most Improved Skater recognizes a skater who has shown a noticeable growth and improvement in their skating. Rookie of the Year and Best Newcomer are similar, with an important distinction: Rookie of the Year recognized the best new skater who developed first and foremost as a ToRD member, and had not previously played for another full contact derby organization, while Best Newcomer recognizes a new skater who has transferred from another full contact league. (Devochka got her start with Durham Region Roller Derby.)

Most Help Off the Track goes to a skater who contributes strongly to the league behind the scenes. Scarcasm has been a true leader, as co-head of our league’s Testing and Training Committee, has helped train our newest members, helped run the Smoke City Betties’ bench for much of this season, all in addition to being a valued member of CN Power. The Encore Award (“winning the afterparty”) and Best Boutfit Awards are awards that represent the fun side of Toronto Roller Derby.

The Downright Awesome Award this season goes to Mr Force, who runs our online boutcasts, and has been recording trackside footage since almost the very beginning of ToRD. The Downright Awesome Award, named for its first recipient in 2009 (“Downright Dirty” Dawson) recognizes someone who makes a positive change in ToRD culture. This is also a pay-it-forward award, with each year’s recipient picking the winner the following year. previous winners of this award are:

  • 2009: Dawson
  • 2010: Speedin Hawking
  • 2011: Chronic
  • 2012: Babushkill
  • 2013: Betty Bomber

Wencer, also known as Mr Whistler, received the 2014 ToRD Heart of Gold Award, also known as the Crankypants Award (named in honour of our former announcer Cranky), which recognizes a non-skater for their contributions to the growth and development of ToRD. Previous winners of this award are:

  • 2012: Mr Force
  • 2013: The Reverend Ramirez

Retiring skater Dusty (aka Dust Bunny, aka Defecaitlin) is the recipient of the 2014 ToRD Roller Girl of the Year Award, and well deserved too. She’s been one of the main faces of Toronto Roller Derby for many years, and we’re going to miss her and all of her contributions. Before she hangs up the skates for the last time, she will be skating under her legal surname Watson for Team Canada at the 2014 Roller Derby World Cup in Dallas in December. Thank you for everything, Dusty!

Congratulations to all the winners! Next up for ToRD, Friday November 21st will be our annual home team draft, when the Smoke City Betties, Chicks Ahoy!, Gore-Gore Rollergirls and Death Track Dolls restock their rosters in advance of the 2015 Season, which is just around the corner in January! Stay tuned for draft results this weekend!

2014 Fresh Meat Program Is Open Again! Intake 2 Starts June 1

Feelin’ the #FOMO because you missed the March intake for our 2014 Fresh Meat Program? Well have no fear, we’re opening up a second intake for our Fresh Meat Program with Benchmarking starting June 1st and practices starting June 8th.

SUNDAY JUNE 1, 2014, 2– 5pm
Location: The Bunker
Downsview Park
40 Carl Hall Rd, Studio 3
Toronto, ON

REGISTER HERE

NEED GEAR?
Our own Renny Rumble from Rumbling Rage Derby Shop will be at the Bunker on Sunday May 25th from 2-5 pm to answer any gear questions you might have or help you with sizing your skate order. Pro-tip:  It’s best to order as far in advance as you can.

Please see the full program details below.

Any further questions? Please contact us at freshmeat@torontorollerderby.com . You can also check out this video from our winter Meat n Greet: http://youtu.be/mzgFEw4kIVg

Want to see our latest Fresh Meat graduates in action?  Make sure to attend our next bout on May 10th.  Tickets available HERE

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Event Details

NOTICE: You will need full gear and skates in order to participate.

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 June 8th, we require that each skater complete a benchmarking test on June 1st. 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 November.

The Toronto Roller Derby 2014 Fresh Meat Program is open to all potential derby skaters or officials 18+ who wish to skate in a Men’s or Women’s league.

Did You Already Do This on March 2?

Since this will be our second Fresh Meat intake this year, if you already attended the benchmarking in March, you do not have to repeat it again, and can jump into the first practice on June 8th. Please register here so that we know when to expect you.

Is there a cost to participate in the 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. If you know you are going to continue on with derby, you can also go ahead and sign up for your full insurance with CRDi.

What does the full Fresh Meat program cost?

$350: $200 payable at first practice (June 8), $150 at mid-term checkpoint

$50: Canadian Roller Derby Insurance (CRDi) required by June 8. This is a separate organization and payable to CRDi online. Toronto Roller Derby will not accept your insurance payment.

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

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.

Where to Buy Gear:

You can purchase gear online from our own Renny Rumble’s Rumbling Rage Derby Shop: http://rumblingrage.com or visit the shop in Barrie.

FITTING ON SUNDAY, MAY 25th, from 2-5 PM. Renny will also be at the Bunker at Downsview on Sunday May 25th for anyone who wants to be fitted or to answer any additional gear questions you might have.

Where else? You can also try:
•   My Roll Life (1714 Queen St West, Toronto): http://MyRollLife.com
•   Twelve Thirty Four Skate Co. (Peterborough): http://www.twelvethirtyfourskateco.com

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.

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 May 10th or May 24th.

Full Program Training Schedule:
Training runs for 20 sessions, 3 hrs per week, on most Sundays, 2-5 pm. We are blacked out of our venue from time to time, so will try to give you as much notice as possible. 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.

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 constantly reviewed throughout.

Program Schedule:
Jun 1     Benchmarking
Jun 8     #1
Jun 15   #2
Jul 6      #3
Jul 13    #4
Jul 20    #5
Jul 27    Review
Aug 10  Interim Evaluation
Aug 17  #6
Aug 24  #7
Sep 7    #8
Sep 14  #9
Sep 21  #10
Oct 5     #11
Oct 19   #12
Oct 26   #13
Nov 2    #14
Nov 9    Game Play Scrimmage
Nov 16  Rules Review
Nov 23  Review
Nov 30  Final Evaluation

Still Have Questions?  Please contact us at freshmeat@torontorollerderby.com

New WFTDA Rules to debut April 5th

On March 1, 2014 WFTDA released revisions to the WFTDA Rules for Flat Track Derby.  The new rules, voted on by the skaters within WFTDA leagues, are in effect as of April 1, 2014.  Meaning, this weekend’s double header will be the first time ToRD skaters will bout under the March 1, 2014 rule set.  We caught up with ToRD Head Referee, Parking Lot, to get his input on the new rules debuting April 5th at The Bunker.

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Q:  Can you give us a little background on why the WFTDA decided to implement a new rule set?

A:  The WFTDA is a player run sport and very young when compared to other sports. For this reason the sport is constantly evolving and growing. The first WFTDA rule set was released in January of 2006. Since then we are on our 10th revision. This has been solely driven by the players. They have a rules committee that writes what the players vote to change and then the entire WFTDA votes to accept these. For a look back at previous rule sets you can go here: http://wftda.com/rules/archive

Q: What are the top three most noticeable rule changes?

 A:  Top three from a fan perspective: 30-second penalties, clarifying the star pass and false starts.

Q:  What kind of impact do you think this will have on how the game is played?

A:  The new rules have tweaked a lot of things all with keeping the game going in mind. 30-second penalties mean people are on the track faster after being penalized. The Star Pass becomes clearer now as when the helmet cover is passed to the pivot they are now the jammer and can start playing right away. The false start no longer makes a person stand still on the track while everyone else does a lap or they skate around backwards.

Q:  What has the referee crew been doing to prepare for this change?

A:  The Officials, on skates and off have been studying these rules for a few months, as the players have been developing and voting on them. The WFTDA has a great resource for the officials to talk at a global scale to ensure that every one is calling the rules the way they are designed. We have been talking, testing, and practicing with these. The teams are very supportive in having us out to their practices so that we can be ready on game day.

Q:  How do you think the shorter penalties will impact skaters, if at all?

 This definitely speeds up the game and closes the potential for large 20 – 30 point power jams. Power jams do still happen and are just as exciting but there is half the time for the team on the track to use this advantage. The shorter penalties also lower the chance that you will end up with 3 blockers in the box at the same time leaving someone alone on the track trying to play against 4 people.

Looking for all the details?  Want to brush up on your rules knowledge before April 5th?  Head to: http://wftda.com/rules/change-summary/rules-2014-03-01 for a complete summary of all the changes.  Want to stay in the loop of all the event details (as well as rules details) head to our event page.  Have questions while watching the bout on April 5th?  Please talk to us on twitter @TOROLLERDERBY or use #TOderby!