OPEN SKATE September 20th: Come & try roller derby!

Come & try roller derby! Dirty River Roller Derby is looking for new skaters, referees and non-skating officials. This event is free of charge and open for all genders. You must be at least 16 to attend but otherwise there is no age limit!

What: Roller derby open skate!
When: Sunday 20 September at 2 pm
Where: Ilpoisten palloiluhalli, Lauklähteenkatu 15, Turku
Price: 0 €! It’s free!

You’ll get to try the skates and other gear, and you don’t need to know how to skate or have any background in sports to attend. Everyone is welcome! Wear comfy sports clothes and bring a water bottle with you.

Our next beginners’ course starts on 7 October. We will post the sign up form in this event later.
Questions? Ask here or send us an email: beginners@dirtyriverrollerderby.com – we speak English!

DRRD 10 YEARS KUPITTAA SCRIMMAGE SEPTEMBER 12TH

We will have an intraleague 10 year anniversary scrimmage at Kupittaan palloiluhalli on September 12th. Audience is also warmly welcome at 1:45 pm. FREE ENTRY!

However, there will be no contact with the audience and the skaters. We will monitor the COVID19 situation and cancel the event if necessary.

Welcome!

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!

Fun Skate Friday 22.5.2020 – online!

Need something fun to do during the quarantine? Join our Fun Skate Friday on 22 May! While we cannot physically skate together at the moment, we can still go skating inside or outside and share our happy feelings on social media. Check the Facebook event for more info.

Here’s how it works: go skate and have fun on May 22nd and take a picture or film a video of it. You can add the photo/video to the Facebook event and mention if DRRD can post it on our social media channels. Alternatively you can participate by posting your photo or video on Instagram using the hashtag #funskatefriday. If your account is public, we will then share your post in DRRD’s Instagram Stories!

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Patented moves from previous Fun Skate Friday in March. Pic: Jari von Behr

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).

Sign-up for the beginners’ course 2020!

It´s time to start a new speedy hobby called roller derby – Sign up for the beginners course! And don´t worry, it will be super fun!

What: Beginners course starts on Feb 12 at 7 pm
Schedule: Wednesday 7-8:30 pm and Friday 6:30-8 pm
Where: Ilpoisten palloiluhalli, Lauklähteenkatu 15, Turku
What I need: Own gear (more info below)
Cost: 65 €
Sign up: HERE

Sign-up for the beginners’ course is now open! The course starts on Feb 12th and you’ll need to have your own gear to participate. The best place to shop for gear is our partner, Finland’s one and only derby shop Jam in the box. You can also check second hand options on Facebook. You´ll need skates, helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards and mouth guard.

The age limit for our beginners’ course is 16 years, but otherwise there are no requirements. You are welcome just as you are, whether that’s a couch potato or a super sportsy person. Spots are limited so sign up quickly! More info: beginners@dirtyriverrollerderby.com.

All participants must agree to and behave according to our values.

SEE YOU THERE!

Roller derby Open Skate -tryouts in January 2020

Come & try roller derby! Dirty River Roller Derby is looking for new skaters, referees and non-skating officials! The events are free of charge and open for all genders. You must be at least 16 to attend but otherwise there is no age limit! You don’t need to know how to skate or have any background in sports. Everyone is welcome!

Beginners’ course will start on 12 February – more info will follow.

What: Roller derby open skate!
When: Monday 20th January at 6.30 PM & Wednesday 29th January at 7 PM
Where: Ilpoisten palloiluhalli, Lauklähteenkatu 15, Turku
Price: 0 €! It’s free!

Questions? Ask on Facebook or send us an email: beginners@dirtyriverrollerderby.com

Welcome!

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Photo: Star Pass Photos

Beginners’ course autumn 2019

Dirty River Roller Derby Beginners’ course this autumn!

The course starts on Wednesday 2nd October and lasts until December. The beginners practice every Wednesday from 7 pm until 8.30 pm and on Fridays from 6:30 pm until 8 pm. We practice at Ilpoisten palloiluhalli (Lauklähteenkatu 15, Turku). We’ll learn something new at every practice but also revise things that we have learned in previous sessions.

The beginners’ course costs 65 euros and you need to have your own gear to participate. We’ll be glad to help you out if you have any questions regarding buying the gear! The easiest way to get your gear is to contact Finland’s very own roller derby store Jam in the Box.

If you’d like to join the beginners’ course, please sign up through this link. For more information, please contact our beginners’ department at beginners@dirtyriverrollerderby.com.

Welcome to the course and the derbyverse!

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Join us! Photo: Ville Päivätie

Roller Derby Super September in Turku

Roller Derby Super September in Turku is almost here!

HOME TOURNAMENT AND AFTERPARTY 14 SEPTEMBER

We are organizing a triple header at Kupittaa on Saturday 14 September. Come and cheer for our A and B team!

Here’s the schedule for the games:

  • 12:30 Åbo B-ajs (DRRD) – C-kasetti (HRD)
  • 16:00 Kouvola Rock n Rollers (KRD) – White Night Furies (St Petersburg)
  • 18:00 Föri Fighters (DRRD) – Jyväskylä Roller Derby

Tickets 7 € / 5 €

More info about the tournament: https://www.facebook.com/events/604165600109999/

We’re also organizing an afterparty. Check the Facebook event for more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/378523276403570/

NSO TRAINING 15 SEPTEMBER

We’re organizing a free NSO (Non-Skating Official) training for everyone on 15 September at Ilpoisten palloiluhalli. No previous experience or knowledge needed. Come and learn more about roller derby!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/666270150527087/

OPEN SKATE 18 SEPTEMBER

Are you interested in skating and roller derby? Would you like to try it our? This fall’s beginners’ course starts on 2 October, and we’re organizing an open skate before that on 18 September. Join us!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/397412087586004/

Welcome! Check the Facebook events for more info and send us a message if you have any questions.

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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