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Blood & Thunder Magazine is proud to announce that it will be organizing the first Derby World Cup, to be hosted by Toronto Roller Derby on the weekend of December 1 – 4, 2011.
With roller derby expanding exponentially, and wending its way around the globe, we felt it was time to organize a tournament to bring together skaters from around the world in a serious, competitive event.
Any country that can muster up enough skaters to make a team is welcome to register!
The first step is for each country to secure their head coach.
The deadline for coach applications is January 15, 2011. Late applications will be considered for developing countries.
Each country will have a coaching staff of three; a head coach, assistant coach, and manager. Any person who would like to be considered for a coaching position must fill out an application and provide three letters of recommendation from skaters, referees, and/or other coaches. Please submit all material as one packet, and mail it to the address at the bottom of this page.
In the case that more than one qualified coach applies for any one country, a poll will be set up where skaters from that country can each cast one vote for their coach.
Once a country’s coach has been selected, s/he is responsible for selecting their assistant and manager, organizing try-outs, and submitting the final skater roster before the September 1st deadline. Coaches who are not selected for the head coach position can opt to have their application materials forwarded to the head coach for consideration for the assistant and/or manager positions.
Click here for the coach application.
Because the U.S. skater selection process will prove to be a particular challenge, we are assisting in the organization side of the process. Please click here for info on the U.S. World Cup team try-out.
* Skaters can only skate for the country that they hold a passport for, and each country within the United Kingdom will be allowed to field its own team. Coaches do not have to reside in the country that they are representing, but it is required that at least the head coach be able to realistically organize and oversee the try-out process, as well as train the skaters.
Blood & Thunder will provide time prior to the tournament for teams to train together on-site. Time allowing, we will also hold a training camp for skaters who’ve come to watch the tournament, to give them the opportunity to train with the world team coaches.
We are starting the process of securing a referee staff.
If you are interested in applying for a head ref position, please mail the application, along with three letters of recommendation, to the mailing address at the bottom of the page.
We are also looking for volunteers to help organize the Cup.
If you have experience with sponsorship, fundraising, vendor relations, or anything else that may be of help, we'd absolutely love to hear from you! Email us at the address below.
Blood & Thunder can assist in the organization of the try-outs, if need be, and if a county is hosting a B&T Training Camp in 2011, we can organize try-outs to coincide with camp.
Details and applications available by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.