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The Short Track Roller Derby events calendar is building for the year already, and there's a lot of things to talk about, so we're bringing you a new edition of the Short Track News roundup earlier than we expected to!
Our first development is that Rolla Skate Club now host a dedicated Short Track Roller Derby Resources page, with the rules and other info. (We know that it's also set to gain more resources, too, as they're produced.)
In the USA, the biggest Short Track event upcoming is probably the Rollercon event series. Building on their appearance at the last Rollercon (the public debut of the ruleset, in fact),
- Rollercon 2019 will feature multiple items:
- "AA-level" Short Track Exhibition Game "Short Skirts versus Sleeves" (20 July, 20:45)
- 2 MVP-pass holder on Skates sessions on Short Track with Rolla Skate Club [19 July 16:50, 20 Jul 18:00]
- Open Track Scrimmage for Short Track (19 July, 20:00)
If you're at Rollercon from the 17th July, then we encourage you to go check it out!
Many other US and Canadian teams continue to use Short Track Roller Derby; Pittsburgh Short Track Roller Derby, in particular, continue to be a purely Short Track league, and are holding regular open training sessions.
In Canada, we know that Nelson Killjoys of British Columbia, will be hosting a tournament for 6 teams, at some point later this year.
In Alberta, Canada, Fort McMurray Roller Derby are planning to use short track rules for their home teams season, allowing them to support more home teams with their current roster. (Scheduled for around October 2019)
Further afield, Latin America continues to explore the Short Track ruleset [an Argentine fanzine is covering the rules in translation issue by issue], and in South Korea, OH! Roller Derby (Facebook link) are hosting scrimmages using the ruleset.
In South Africa, Cape Town Rollergirls are planning a second Short Track event after the success of their first on the 26th April. Whilst not announced officially yet, the 8th June is the provisional date.
In Europe, however, there's a bunch of exciting workshops / bootcamps / tournaments coming up:
Literally next weekend: Gdańsk Chrome Sirens Roller Derby are following up on the previous success of a Short-Track double header with a Polish Short Track Tournament.
- 25 May
- Vratislavia MadChix Roller Squad
- Worst Warsaw Derby Team
- 3City Piranhas Roller Derby (Gdańsk)
- Gdańsk Chrome Sirens Roller Derby [two teams]
- mystery 6th team
This will be a full round-robin tournament, with 10 bouts to decide the overall winner. Entry will be free - and the whole event will be livestreamed at https://www.twitch.tv/chromesirens
In the very near future, GO-GO Gent Roller Derby host a special edition of Star Track (their SKOD spin-off) with a Short Track focus.
- 1 - 2 June 2019
Coached by UAE Roller Derby All-Stars' Inga Knee'her, the current design has:
- 1st June:
- Morning session: Short Track Rules & Drills with Inga Knee'her and UAE Roller Derby (including low-contact and other variants, potentially)
- Afternoon session: Short Track mini-tournaments
- 2nd June:
- Short Track mini-tournament continues
- 1st June:
Changes for this structure are still possible, depending on attendance.
Russia continues its promotion of Short Track with multiple events:
- 19 June
- Public Short Track Roller Derby exhibition bout (St-Petersburg Roller Derby)
- In August
- public Short Track Roller Derby bout (Baltic Witches (St-Petersburg C) versus Raptors Derby Moscow)
Next up, the
- 13 July
ALL IN Roller Derby Community host their "Short Track Experiment"
A 1 day workshop exploring the Short Track ruleset - including low-contact rules as well as the full contact standard. Includes OTA and WFTDA-gender policy games (open to not-quite-mins-passed-but-internal-scrim-ready skaters for the Low Contact games). Includes time for discussion between games, and a low-pressure environment.
This will run from midday to 5pm in the Ramgarhia Sikh Sport Centre, Leeds.
Also on the
- 13 July
No event yet
Bad Rangers Poznań are also planning a Short Track fixture, details to be confirmed.
Perhaps the most exciting UK-based event is planned for
- 16-18 August
- No event yet
Save the date, and we'll bring you more info on this event when we can confirm it (which will hopefully be soon)!