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.

Welcome to our 2016-2017 coaching staff!

RatedPG Roller Derby would like to begin the New Year by welcoming this season's coaching staff. Rated PG Northstars will be co-coached by Loki, returning for her 9th season, and Mr. Testosterone, who also plays for the Vancouver Murder men's team. Both bring a wealth of experience from playing and coaching. We are very excited to build on the successes from last season.
Photo courtesy of Highmark Adventures

Rated PG Rollergirls are pleased to welcome Faye Tality and Lockdown as co-coaches. Faye continues to play for the Northstars and has experience playing with the Fernie's Avalanche City All Stars (a WFTDA team). Lockdown has played 8 seasons with the Northstars, and is a former, long-time president of the league.
Photo courtesy of Chris Edwards

The Spruce City Roller Brats are in their 8th season. They are blessed to continue to have three dedicated coaches for the last three seasons: Yardsale, Haute Mess, and Nandicorn (a former Brats team member). Thank you to all!
Photo courtesy of Scott Butner Photography, LLC
Photo courtesy of Steven Dubas

Photo courtesy of TJ Chase Photography, www.tjchasephotography.com

WFTDA Apprentice Application

Rated PG Roller Derby has decided to take the plunge, and apply for membership with the international governing body of roller derby, the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA)! Member leagues currently hail from throughout North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia.

Membership in the WFTDA would help our team gain exposure to a new level of competition, as well as tournaments, resources, and connections. Currently ranked 16th in Canada, we are ready to level up! (see Flat Track Stats for more info: http://flattrackstats.com/teams/9832)

We are very grateful to Calgary Roller Derby Association for their support in our application. We are very excited to put our best skate forward and hope to join the likes of Terminal City Rollergirls (Vancouver), Anarchy Angels (Surrey/Abbotsford), and Fernie's Avalanche City soon.

Check out the WFTDA's official website at: https://wftda.com/

Learn To Play Roller Derby!

Photo courtesy of Steve Recsky Photography
Learn to play (or officiate) roller derby! This is Rated PG's beginner course, no skating experience necessary! Program runs for 15 weeks and meets every Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30pm at the Roll-a-Dome, 2588 Recreation Place. The program costs $150 plus $50 for insurance. First week is free so you can give it a try. Roller derby is an exciting and challenging sport that will make you sweat and you get to join an awesome community! 18+ all genders welcome. 

We have skates and pads you can borrow. Please bring a mouth guard, helmet, water bottle and running shoes. 

Find more info on our Facebook page at: https://goo.gl/BB3AyK

Northern Exposure Tournament

Our Northern Exposure Tournament is just around the corner, March 12 and 13! This year the teams participating are the Rated PG Rollergirls, Gold Pain City from Quesnel, North Coast Nightmares from Terrace, The Killbilles from Fort St. John, and a mashup team composed of skaters from all over! There will also be a juniors game and a Northstars exhibition game against the tournament allstars. The vendors village includes Bad Girlfriend Skates, Demon-eyez Clothing, SweetLegs, and team merch! Check out the event page on facebook to keep up to date.