Road to Playoffs 2016


Tournament season is upon us again and the annual pilgrimage to Championships showcases some of the fiercest competition seen in the sport. Derby fans the world over tune in at all hours to share the joy and heartbreak of their favourite teams. We have already seen some stellar match ups from D2 and D1 events and with 3 playoffs weekend remaining there is still so much to come.

Playoffs & Champs Tournament season is very much the pinnacle of the officiating calendar too. The very best in the world assemble to showcase their talent and to oversee fair play and game flow for several weekends of the year.

This playoffs cycle sees CCR Official Metal Ed attending his second D1 playoffs and representing the UK in Vancouver. With nearly 6 years of high level officiating under his belt and no stranger to making history, Ed will be the first British skating official to have made the pick for D1 playoffs for two consecutive years.

We caught up with Ed to ask him a few questions about his upcoming travels:

  • As an Official how do you get to be selected for Playoffs?

It’s not easy, building up a reputation as a good official is always a good start, so I’d recommend travelling and getting your name out there. It’s easier said than done as it can be a very expensive journey! Building up to sanctioned play but knowing where and when to move up to the next level is also important; moving up too far too fast can leave you treading water and not performing well which can hurt your chances of advancement.

  • Are you looking forward to Playoffs this season?

Yes! It’s always a nice high level of play that’s very challenging and rewarding. To be able to get to go two years running feels very accomplishing.


(Photo Credit – Roller Derby on Film – Jason Ruffell. )

  • Do you have any tournament survival tips/things you swear by at events?

If you’re not on first, watch the first game as a crew, it’ll help get in the right frame of mind, help the crew get to know one another and to watch and discuss incidents on track to ensure consistency and good metrics. Eat well (don’t rely on sweets!) and stay hydrated. I like to sit down in the quiet after a particularly loud or busy game, just helps me to decompress and relax.

  • Do you have any predictions for who we might see progress to champs?

I don’t usually do predictions, but the brackets make for some very good match ups!

  • You’ve a had lot of success over your Officiating career, what advice do you have for any aspiring officials out there who want to get to tournaments like Playoffs?

Travel, help get your name out there and start building up a reputation for yourself. Unfortunately for playoffs it means heading to America to officiate, so future CHRs and THRs can see you in action and not make assessments from paperwork.

From all of us at CCR we want to wish Ed all the best for Vancouver and D1 Playoffs this year! We know he’ll be fab.

You can catch all the action and join us in cheering Ed on from the 16th of September.

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Summer with CCR

Why not enjoy the summer with CCR and check out some of our upcoming events!

Summer Fete


We are hosting a traditional Summer Fete on the 3rd of July! Fancy yourself a champ at the tombola? Maybe you can strike it lucky with our human fruit machine or you can treat yourself to some tasty home baked goods. Whatever you’re after we would love to see you for some family friendly fun!

Entry – £1.50 and kids go free

12pm – 4pm

St Laurence Pastoral Centre, 175 Church road, Birmingham, West Midlands, B31 2LX

WFTDA Officiating Clinic


One of only two European WFTDA officiating clinics to be held this season, CCR are honoured to able to welcome officials from all over the world to our home venue.

WFTDA Officiating Clinics offer a two-day immersion into all things officiating, with both classroom and track time, culminating in a scrimmage that puts all of the skills into play. This year’s clinic cycle will offer new and updated educational materials, activities, and experiences designed to work with the WFTDA’s latest Rules, WFTDA StatsBook, and Standard Practices of Flat Track Roller Derby. WFTDA Officiating Clinics are designed with a focus on roller derby officials (Non-Skating and Skating Officials) but are open to skaters, coaches, and announcers, regardless of affiliation or certification.

Sat 9th and Sun 10th of July 2016

Tickets available –

Address –  Doug Ellis Sports Centre 150 Wellhead Lane, Birmingham B42 2SY, United Kingdom


One for your diaries! CCR are hosting a two day event in October you are not going to want to miss! Two days of top derby action in the heart of Birmingham.

Sat 29th-Sun 30th of October.


Mega Raffle – The Sponsors!

As part of our fundraising drive to get our team to Beach Brawl 2016, Central City Rollergirls are hosting a MEGA RAFFLE where you can win a haul of epic prizes! The draw will take place at half time of the CCR v LRG game on the 26th of March 2016.

Online ticket sales close at 6pm on Friday the 25th of March.

(Open to all UK residents)


Without kind donations we wouldn’t be able to run such an ace competition so we’d like to give a shout out to our amazing and very generous sponsors!



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