2020 Season Announcement

2020 Season Announcement

We are all aware that the current situation is having a huge impact on all parts of our lives. Though we all hope to be back to the game we love very soon, we at British Champs have made the incredibly difficult decision to cancel the remaining events for this year’s competitive season. We believe that this is the most responsible thing we can do to support the next few months of social distancing, and to give leagues time to safely return to training and gameplay. 

As frustrating and disappointing as this is for us all, we can promise that we’re already busy behind the scenes preparing for British Championships 2021. We would like to thank our wonderful volunteers, supporters, teams, and officials for all their incredible work already this year. We can’t wait to see you all on & around the track again soon.

Stay Safe 

British Championships

Coronavirus Statement

Joint statement from UKRDA and British Championships

British Championships and the UKRDA have been working closely with WFTDA, MRDA and following advice from UK authorities to understand how we can best keep skaters, volunteers and spectators safe during this spread of Covid-19. We understand the UK Governments approach to delaying the spread and that social distancing is an important part of the strategy.

We are recommending that all leagues cancel or postpone all games planned from now until 3rd April. We understand this is a recommendation with financial impact and that leagues will need to contact their venue providers. We recommend that leagues cancel what they can, on timescales that work for your league.

British Championships will not issue a forfeit or any penalisation for cancelled games or events during this time. British Championships are actively working on contingency plans to minimise the disruption to the season. Assistance will be given to reschedule postponed games once the situation has improved.

Leagues should also review their training sessions and discuss with their skaters if training sessions should go ahead. All leagues should follow WFTDA advice on attendance requirements, hygiene policy and keep health and safety at the forefront at this time. Don’t come to training if you are ill but don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it.

We know how important the community aspect of roller derby is. Situations such as this make it more important we work together and at the same time make it harder for us to be together.

We are making these recommendations based on the best advice we have in a dynamic and changing situation. We will continue to monitor the situation, keep working with WFTDA, MRDA and other global and UK organisations to help keep UK Roller Derby safe.

Coronavirus Updates

We are following guidance from the government, which currently means it is business as usual. At this time, travel and events are not restricted. All British Champs games are going ahead as planned.

We encourage everyone to avoid post-game celebrations involving physical contact, such as high-fives, fist bumps, shaking hands, etc. Try to keep all physical contact outside of normal gameplay to a minimum where possible. Ensure you wash your hands before eating and drinking.

If you have a cold, flu symptoms, a new persistent cough, fever, or any of the symptoms of coronavirus, we advise you to follow the government’s advice – self-isolate and stay at home.

If you are unable or unwilling to attend an event that you are expected at, please contact the relevant people in as much time as possible. Let your team liaison, your head official, or British Champs know.

British Champs puts the health and safety of skaters, officials, volunteers, and fans above all else.

We will not penalise for any events that are cancelled or postponed due to coronavirus, and will assist with rescheduling.

Don’t forget to reach out to any members of the derby community that you know are self-isolating. Isolation can be a lonely and scary time, especially if they are feeling unwell.

We advise all leagues to read the WFTDA statement and advice regarding coronavirus, found here: https://resources.wftda.org/covid-19/

For more information and advice on dealing with the coronavirus, please visit the UK government resource: https://www.gov.uk/…/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-res…

The NHS website with information can be found here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

As the situation develops further, we will be sure to update you.

If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch. You can message us via email to british.championships@gmail.com or use the contact form on the website.

Roundup Wednesday - Photo by Paul Jones

Roundup Wednesday

Welcome to the first Roundup Wednesday – where we’ll give you a summary of the events from the last week.

Scores

MRDA-side Tier 0
Tyne and Fear 108 – 273 New Wheeled Order
Southern Discomfort 516 – 85 Lincolnshire Rolling Thunder
Tyne and Fear 100 – 383 Southern Discomfort

WFTDA-side Tier 2
Surrey Roller Girls 84 – 229 North Devon Roller Derby
Severn Roller Torrent 166 – 117 Central City Roller Derby

WFTDA-side Tier 3 North
Wakey Wheeled Cats 484 – 33 New Town Roller Derby
Leeds Roller Derby B 273 – 102 Durham Roller Derby

Stats

WFTDA-side

MRDA-side

Photo Highlights

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Calling all Photographers

We need your help to share the excitement that is roller derby! If you are a photographer at British Championships events, we’d love to showcase your work on our social media channels and website.

To share your work with us, and to ensure we give full and proper credit, please complete this form.

If you have any questions, please get in touch!

Sign up now for 2020

We are putting together the new 2020 season of British Champs now, and we have some exciting opportunities for you!


Sign up to play

If your league wants to play in Champs 2020, please submit the application form. We ask for one application per league. More information can be seen in the form itself.


Apply for Regional Head Official

This year, based on feedback, we’re changing how head officials work. If you’d like to apply for a Regional Head Official, click on the button below. More information can be found in the application form.


Join the British Champs team

We’re looking for a number of volunteers to help run British Champs in 2020. If you’re able to give your time and skills, we’d love to hear from you.

We’re recruiting for:

  • Admin Director
  • Diversity and Inclusion Director
  • Media Director
  • Head of Sponsorship
  • Designer
  • Scheduling Assistant
  • Shop Assistant
  • End of Year Awards Assistant

To apply, click the button below. You’ll find a document detailing the roles, along with an application form.

2019 Survey Results

2019 Survey Results

Every year, we post a survey for leagues, teams, players, officials, volunteers, and fans to fill out.

We at British Championships care what you think, and we take these end-of-season surveys seriously. It’s a chance for people to say how they feel the season went, things we can do better, and things we got right.

The results of this year’s survey are in. Click the link below to see the results and feedback, and where applicable, our comments.

If you’d like to send us a message about the survey, the results, or our comments, please let us know.

Skater Stats

We’ve uploaded the game day statistics for every British Championships game this season!

This means you can see exactly how well you, your friends, and your opponents, have performed this year.

If you’re a skater, we’d love to hear about your personal achievements. Have you topped a skater chart, or done something amazing you want to share? Let us know on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter!

We have compiled a few interesting facts for you too:

  • 1162 Players across 70 teams (average 16.6 per team)
  • 13 duplicate names with 2 people per name
  • Division with the highest number of players – T2WS (100)
  • Division with the lowest number of players – T1MN (64)
  • Division with the highest average number of players per team – T2WW (18.6)
  • Division with the lowest average number of players per team – T2WN (14.4)
  • Team with the most number of players fielded over the year – LRGC (23)
  • Team with the least number of players fielded over the year – TEES and HARD (11)
  • Team with the highest average number of players fielded per game – NWO (8.5)
  • Team with the lowest average number of players fielded per game – HERF and SRT (2.6)
  • Team with the smallest roster for a game – BI and HERF (7)
  • Team with the largest average roster per game – GMRD, NWRD, DRHL and VV (15)
  • Team with the smallest average roster per game – TEES (8.25)
  • Team with the smallest roster to win a game – SRT and TEES (8)

Playoffs Volunteers Application

We are still recruiting for volunteers at the 2019 British Champs Playoffs.

We are looking for volunteers to help cover these essential roles:

  • General Crew & Stewards
  • Announcer
  • Entry & Registration
  • Raffle
  • Track Repair
  • Videography
  • Photography
  • Twitter
  • Team Wranger

Playoffs will be held at Fenton Manor Sports Sports Complex in Stoke-on-Trent, on Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd September.

There will be eight games on each day, running approximately from 8am to 6pm on each day. All games will be full length WFTDA/MRDA “National” level games, involving teams from the following tiers:

  • Tier 1 WFTDA-side
  • Tier 2 WFTDA-side
  • Tier 1 MRDA-side

Applications close on Friday 30th August at 23:59.

If you have questions, please email Champs.Officials@gmail.com for officials, and British.Championships@gmail.com for crew.

To apply, click the button below.