Volunteers sought for Fernie roller derby team

Fernie Avalanche City roller derby team - Submitted photo
Fernie Avalanche City roller derby team
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The Fernie Avalanche City Roller Girls (ACRG) are seeking

coaches, bench managers and bout volunteers. No experience or even

knowledge about roller derby is required, however a passion to learn

the game and strategy is a must.

Flat track roller derby is one of the fastest growing sports in North

America and offers more than your average sporting event; roller derby

is a full contact, aggressive, and competitive sport conducted on

four-wheeled skates. Forget what you may remember about roller derby

from the seventies, this is a whole new game!

Coaches will, among other duties, develop lesson plans with the

captains, observe and critique skaters, create lines, work with refs,

and determine new strategies for bouts.

The bench manager is the person designated during bouts to tell which

players to line up on the track for each jam. They must keep track of

penalties, and learn which players work best together in order to call

the most effective line-ups.

The ACRG requires coaches and bench managers to practise with the team

twice a week and accompany the team to bouts throughout the East

Kootenays. In 2012, bouts are scheduled for Fernie, Cranbrook,

Kimberley, and Invermere with one exhibition bout being held in

Sparwood on April 21.

In addition, roller derby depends on a large number of volunteers to

put on bouts and fundraising activities. Game-day positions can

include penalty tracking, penalty box timing, scorekeeping, scoreboard

operating and more.

If you are looking for something new and exciting in your life this is it!

To learn more about the ACRG or if you are interested in helping to

support roller derby in any capacity call 250.423.1194, visit or email

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