For the third time, European Roller Derby is meeting in Berlin at the European Roller derby Organisational Conference (EROC).
EROC is an event where leagues from all over Europe get together to learn from each other about subjects like fundraising, equipment, bout organisation as well as training trainers, on and off skates. There is even a whole separate section for Referees and Non Skating Officials (NSOs), so all the different areas of Roller Derby are touched upon.
A few years ago when the Amsterdam Derby Dames went to EROC for the first time, we hardly knew how to skate, but learned so much about how to organise ourselves and our league. Last year we also went, and four of our girls played their very first (mixed) scrimmage at EROC, taking home a ton of information from all the different workshops.
This year, EROC has grown into an amazing size: no less than 57 different leagues/teams will be present. As they sum it up on the EuroDerby website:
• 77 Refs & NSOs
• 165 players
• 7 Rooms & halls
• 39 workshops
• Roller Derby
This year we can bring 4 skaters plus Refs and NSOs, so the Amsterdam Derby Dames will be represented by a slightly bigger delegation: San Solo (Captain), VIx Vendetta (Co-Coach), Jamakaze (FM co-coach) and Furrrocious (President and Inter League relations) will be the skaters on ADD’s behalf. For our refs, our Head Ref Belle Anger and Asa Spades take in all the information. Last but not least, our Head NSO Red Peril will be learning the best organisational tricks from more experienced Head NSOs.
It will be an inspiring weekend and we are very excited about being part of the community of European Roller Derby!
Special thanks to Bear City Roller Derby for again organizing this great event (http://bearcityrollerderby.com/)
For more info: http://euroderby.org/news/135-eroc-2012-outlook