Bullying and harassment have no space in roller derby

The Coaching Department at DRRD has been actively working with the topic of harassment and bullying and how to prevent them for a long time. The Department has, however, been especially active in this regard during the past year, since the study about harassment and bullying (in Finnish. A summary of the key points is available in Swedish and English also) in our sport by SUEK/Luisteluliitto was published.

As one concrete action, all Finnish-speaking members of our Department have now taken or will take the Et ole yksin online training which aims at creating a safe environment for sports and offers guidelines on how to prevent and tackle bullying and harassment. More info: https://etoleyksin.fi/ (in Finnish and Swedish).

The Coaching Department at DRRD used the training as a starting point for a critical discussion about our own activities. We also suggested various concrete actions to other actors within our league. Some examples include surveys on practices and well-being as well as opening a low-threshold feedback channel for our members. All our league activities are guided by our official bylaws, our strong core values as well as the Code of Conduct approved by our membership.

We would like to challenge all derby leagues in Finland to boost their work against bullying and harassment. Let’s share good practices, learn from each other, admit it when we mess up and roll together towards a brighter future!

Come coach us!

Dirty River Roller Derby is looking for coaches for the season 2020-2021!

DRRD has two teams, and in 2020-2021, if COVID-19 pandemic situation permits it, the A team Föri Fighters will play in the Finnish National League (SM-sarja) and WFTDA sanctioned games both in Finland and in Europe. The B team Åbo B-ajs will be continuing in the Finnish Roller Derby’s 1st Division and in addition to that aims to play both scrimmages and games both inside and outside of Finland.

You can apply to do different coach tasks that suit you the best – you can for example bench coach, plan and run practices, or run a bootcamp. We are looking for different persons with different strengths and interests. You can apply by sending an email to DRRD’s coaching department rep: hanna-leena.partanen@dirtyriverrollerderby.com.

Please tell us about yourself, about your roller derby and/or other sport experience/knowledge, what kind of coach you would be, and how you would be able to commit to the coaching of the team(s). Mention also whether you would like to coach both our A or B teams or just one of them. We also expect you to read and commit to our values. You can apply until 16 August 2020!

DRRD’s face-to-face activies take a break due to covid situation

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all DRRD practices, beginners course and other activities requiring face-to-face contact are suspended until further notice. All meetings will be held via video. All our games scheduled for this spring have also been cancelled.

We are doing everything we can to help slow down the spread of the virus. This is to protect those in high-risk groups and to reduce the burden on our health care system. However, we are keeping in touch via internet, training at home and supporting one another. Let’s stay strong together during these unusual times!

We will resume practices and other face-to-face activities as soon as it’s safe again. We are hoping to organize a beginners’ course in the fall as usual. If you are interested in joining us, do not hesitate to contact us! We are here to answer any questions you may have.

If this situation or e.g. the loneliness caused by it causes you anxiety and you need help, the national crisis helpline offers service 24/7 at 09 2525 0113 (Arabic & English) and 09 2525 0112 (Swedish).

Join us this autumn!

Would you like to join Dirty River Roller Derby this autumn? Please do! We welcome everyone who accepts our values and wants to be part of our organization in one way or another.

Here are easy ways to join us in different roles:

  1. Become a volunteer or just come and watch us play
    We are organizing a big home tournament on Saturday 14 September. Come cheer for us! Or if you’re interested in volunteering, check out our volunteer Facebook group.
  2. Become a Non-Skating Official
    On Sunday 15 September we are organizing a training for Non-Skating Officials (NSOs) in Turku. It’s free and open for everyone, no experience required. Check out the Facebook event for more details and sign up!
  3. Become a referee
    Referees are very much appreciated in our league as no games can ever happen without referees. If you’d like to become one, join our beginners’ course to learn basic skating skills! The beginners’ course starts on Wednesday 2 October, follow our website and social media for further information and sign-up form.
  4. Become a player 
    If you’d like to become a player, join our beginners’ course, and we’ll teach you how to skate, how to fall safely, how to take contact and so on. The course starts on Wednesday 2 October – we’ll post more info later!

Need more info? Send us a message! You’ll find our emails here. You can also send us a message on Facebook. We speak English.

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This is how much fun we had at the scrimmage during Turku Pride Week! Photo: Anni Tuomi

Become our coach!

Dirty River Roller Derby is looking for coaches for the season 2019-2020!DRRD has two teams, and in 2019-2020 the A team Föri Fighters will play in the Finnish National League (SM-sarja) and WFTDA sanctioned games both in Finland and in Europe. The B team Åbo B-ajs will be debuting in the Finnish Roller Derby’s 1st Division and in addition to that aims to play both scrimmages and bouts both inside and outside of Finland.

You can apply to do different coach tasks that suit you the best – you can for example bench coach, plan and run practices, or run a bootcamp. We are looking for different persons with different strengths and interests.

You can apply by sending an email to DRRD’s coaching department’s representative hanna-leena.partanen@dirtyriverrollerderby.com.

Please tell us about yourself, about your roller derby and/or other sport experience/knowledge, what kind of coach you would be, and how you would be able to commit to the coaching of the team(s). Mention also whether you would like to coach both our A or B teams or just one of them. We also expect you to read and commit to our values.

You can apply until 31.7.2019!

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Coaching SUIKKIS style <3 Photo: Marko Niemelä

Coaches needed!

Dirty River Roller Derby is looking for coaches for the season 2019!

DRRD has two teams, and in 2019 the A team Föri Fighters will play in the Finnish National League (SM-sarja) and WFTDA sanctioned games both in Finland and in Europe. The B team Åbo B-ajs will be playing bouts and scrimmages against opponents on a similar skill level.

You can apply to do different coach tasks that suit you the best – you can for example bench coach, plan and run practices, or run a bootcamp. We are looking for different persons with different strengths and interests.

You can apply by sending an email to treenit.drrg@gmail.com. Tell us about yourself, about your roller derby and/or other sport experience/knowledge, what kind of coach you would be, and how you would be able to commit to the coaching of the team(s). Mention also whether you would like to coach both our A or B teams or just one of them. We also expect you to read and commit to our values.

You can apply until 31.12.2018!

Dirty River is looking for opponents!

Dirty River Roller Derby is looking for opponents for both the A team and the B team!

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Dirty River playing against Kouvola last May. Wanna be our next opponent? Photo by Ville Päivätie / Star Pass Photos

Our A team Föri Fighters is looking for international opponents for WFTDA Sanctioned games (a mini-tournament) in Turku, Finland on the 8th of December. Our June 2018 WFTDA ranking is 204.

Our B team Åbo B-ajs is looking for opponents for games and scrimmages this autumn. B-ajs is our recently re-founded B team with a diverse group of players: many have skated for years but some have not played a game yet. Åbo B-ajs would like to play teams who are on a similar level.

Interested? Send us a message on Facebook or email us!

DRRD etsii valmentajia!

Valmentajia haussa ensi kaudelle – oletko se sinä?

Seuramme Dirty River Roller Derby etsii edustusjoukkueilleen valmentajia kaudelle 2018-2019. Dirty River Roller Derbyssä on kaksi joukkuetta, jotka edustavat seuraa. A-joukkue Föri Fighters pelaa tulevalla kaudella SM-sarjaa ja WFTDA-sanktioituja pelejä kotimaassa ja ulkomailla. B-joukkue Åbo B-ajs on uusi, keväällä 2018 uudelleen perustettu joukkue, joka etsii tasoisiaan vastustajia Suomesta ja mahdollisesti ulkomailta.

Joukkueiden valmennukseen toivotaan useampia valmentajia, jotka jakavat valmentamiseen liittyvät vastuut sekä tehtävät yhdessä valmennustiimin ja joukkueiden kapteenien kesken. Valmentajien tehtäviin voi kuulua esimerkiksi peleissä penkkivalmentajana toimiminen, treenien ajoittainen suunnittelu ja vetäminen sekä sitoutuminen joukkueiden tavoitteiden edistämiseen. Tehtävät sovelletaan henkilön kiinnostuksen kohteiden, resurssien ja joukkueiden tarpeiden mukaan.

Toivomme hakemuksia erilaisilta valmentajaehdokkailta. Otamme huomioon hakemukset myös vain syyskaudeksi, yksittäisiin peleihin tai turnauksiin tai kertaluonteisesti vaikkapa bootcampin muodossa. Laita rohkeasti hakemus tulemaan, niin katsotaan yhdessä, mitä juuri sinulla voisi olla annettavana meille ja meillä sinulle!

Pyydämme vapaamuotoiset hakemukset osoitteeseen treenit.drrg@gmail.comKerro hakemuksessasi esimerkiksi urheilu- ja/tai roller derby -taustastasi, millainen tyyppi olisit valmentajana ja minkälaiset resurssit sinulla olisi sitoutua joukkueiden/joukkueen valmennukseen. Mainitse myös, mikäli olet kiinnostunut vain A- tai B-joukkueen valmennuksesta. Käythän myös tutustumassa seuramme arvoihin.

Haku on auki 25.7.2018 asti!