Northern Exposure 2017 - coming soon!

It's the moment you've all been waiting for, Northern Exposure 2017! The fourth annual roller derby tournament is set to kick off at 7pm on April 21 ath the Roll-a-dome, with an 80s themed dance and skate, followed by a beer gardens (off skate, of course).

The next day 6 teams from around BC and Alberta will meet on the flat track at the Roll-a-dome, with games running from 9am through the day on Saturday, and 8:30am on Sunday. We are pleased to host our Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) Apprentice Program sponsors from the Calgary Roller Derby Association (CRDA), and are excited about having them join us on the track in PG. Other teams include your favourites, the Northcoast Nightmares, Gold Pain City, and the Killbillies, as well as NWO from Chilliwack, and Grimshaw from Alberta.



The marquis game for the tourney will be a "mock-sanctioned" game at 7pm on Saturday, April 22 between Rated PG's Northstars and CRDA's Jane Deeres. The mock-sanctioned game is a requirement of the WFTDA Apprenticeship Program, and Rated PG is a proud new member, seeking full member status.

See your favourite rollergirl for tickets, or you can also buy them at Handsome Cabin Boy Tattoo. Also, check out the Facebook Event Page for more info.

Iceman 2017 - Congratulations!

Congratulations to the athletes from Rated PG Roller Derby who competed in yesterday's 30th annual Iceman competition. Jawbreaker (Jocelyn Peel), Jenna Raider (Jenna Rae), Ruthless Red (Stephanie Forsyth), Amy Grindhouse (Katie Mroz), and Sistah Viberosis (Denise Kerr Hogue) rep'd RPG in the team event.


The multi-sport event includes solo and team categories, and is comprised of 5 events. Check out this excerpt from the event's website:

"The day starts with an 8km cross-country ski at the Otway Nordic Ski Centre. Next, it’s onto a 10km run from the Ski Centre along Otway Road, up Foothills Boulevard to the Outdoor Ice Oval. Next, you guessed it, it’s a 5km skate (12 laps) around the Oval. Following the skate, there is 5km run heads south from the Oval to 22nd Avenue and then winds through the Pinewood subdivision and out to Ospika.  The route then heads north on Ospika to 18th Avenue and west to the Aquatic Centre.  Last but not least, is an 800m swim (yes, this part is indoors!)."



As well as the team entry, Rated PG's very own Rock-it Man competed in the solo category and had a "very impressive" performance. Best known as one of the league's founding refs, and for his running exploits, Rock-it has also competed in the Iceman for several years.


Way to go RPG! I have a hunch next year will be even bigger and better ;)

WFTDA Apprentice Program Accepts 8 Leagues

Recently the Women's Flat Track Derby Association accepted 8 new leagues, including Rated PG Roller Derby. This is a very exciting step for our league, and for derby in BC and the north. We are pleased to be joining the ranks of WFTDA Apprentice teams, including our neighbours to the east, Saskatoon Roller Derby. We were stoked to host them at Northern Exposure in 2015. Also, a huge thank you to Calgary Roller Derby Association for their support of our application; we look forward to some mock-sanctioned play this season!
Check out the full details here: https://wftda.com/wftda-apprentice-program-accepts-8-leagues/

Operation Red Nose 2016

Thank you to all the volunteers that helped make Operation Red Nose such a huge success this year. Rated PG Roller Derby was an active participant again this season, donating time equivalent to 55 nights! Way to go derbs!

WFTDA Releases New Rule Set, Feb. 15, 2017

The WFTDA Rules Committee, comprised of WFTDA and MRDA members, and with guidance from WFTDA and MRDA member leagues, released a new Rule Set, with updates to be confirmed by Feb. 2017. The release, on a new “microsite” (https://rules.wftda.com/) is designed to accommodate faster updates, to be mobile-friendly, to enable simple navigation, and eventually support multiple languages. The new microsite has already been updated, and feedback on the site, errors in the rules, and the related documents is welcome at http://timeout.wftda.com/


New design
There is a significant change in layout of the new Rule Set, and notable changes in gameplay. Many items are moved out of the rules and into applicable officiating standards and policy documents. The new format is presented in two separate documents: the Rule Set and the Casebook. The Rule Set is broken up by principle (what makes something illegal) and impact, rather than action. Penalties are based on principle and impact-based distinction.


Changes to Gameplay and Game Structure
There are several changes to gameplay and game structure, including:
  • Modifying the threshold for a Cutting the Track penalty to allow a skater to immediately yield position in order to avoid a penalty
  • Updating the metric for penalty assessment for low blocks/tripping and use of illegal blocking zones to be consistent with other metrics for impact
  • Updated rules related to helmet covers to clarify that covers cannot be hidden and that a helmet cover removed due to game play is not a loss of Lead Jammer status
  • Modifying Penalty Box rules as follows:
    • Allow for entry to the box in any direction
    • Removal of a penalty for leaving the box after completion of penalty time without instruction to do so
    • Allow for teammates and support staff to enter the box so long as they do not fully enter
Detailed lists of the changes are available at wftda.com:
“Changes to Gameplay” http://wftda.com/2017-rules-changes-to-gameplay/  
“Changes to Game  Structure” http://wftda.com/2017-rules-changes-to-game-structure/


Changes to Policy and Standards
Many procedures and policy items have been moved out of the rules. They will be on the original WFTDA website, at wftda.org, and include:
    • Officiating documents (Standard Practices, Official Hand Signals, Officiating Verbal Cues) all in a new, comprehensive WFTDA Officiating guide
    • Track Layout Guide and WFTDA Tournament Track Setup Requirements
    • Statsbook and Manual
    • Skater Rules Test
    • Sanctioning Policy
    • Risk Management Guidelines (formerly Safety Protocol)
    • Forfeit Policy and Expulsion/Suspension Policy
This, the ninth edition of the WFTDA Rules, is possibly the most exciting yet. The wholesale changes are a break with the past, and will allow for new ways of thinking about how we teach, learn about, and implement the rules. The microsite is an exciting way to keep the rules an up-to-date, living document. It will be exciting to see how the WFTDA Education and Skater Training committees utilise the new formats to develop processes for skater and officials learning the new systems.