I met Tique in Monpellier, where she was invited to act as head ref for two matches. I suggested to interview her.
Can you introduce yourself ?
My home League is in Berlin, Germany, the Bear City Roller Derby (BCRD). I’ve started Roller Derby in april 2009 at the Berlin Bombshells (Travel tea m of BCRD). First Master Blaster (one of our League founder) invited me for Thanksgiving and as I saw her skates and had some questions, she told me a lot about Roller Derby. Some months later the Berlin Bombshells presented their first bout in Berlin, I came as a visitor and one week later I started to attend at training as player.
When and how did you start skating ?
I started to skate in my children time with friends. We were kids in the late 80’s, skating and playing skategames in the street.
Like a lot of Derby people I didn’t practice for more than ten years, but it was quite easy to re-learn skating.
You were also a Roller Derby player. Is it still the case ?
No, I don’t think so. The girls are taking so many risks to get hurt, each time they go out on the track,…Officials are a litte more safe. In 2011 I broke my ankle at training, while trying to hockeystop. It took me two years to feel good on skates again and I don’t have the time in my
life to brake my bones again. The other side is: I discover thant there are a lot very nice people in the officials teams and it’s much more my sort of humor. It’s always nice to be in an zebra-team.
Can you introduce the Berlin Bombshells your team ?
The Berlin Bombshells were founded in 2009. Today the Berlin League is so big that we had three full home teams and a full team of Newbies. Berlin Bombshells needed a League Name and most members voted for Bear City Roller Derby (BCRD). That’s the actual
name of the Berlin league.
The Berlin Bombshells are the Travel-Team of BCRD. Here we have our strongest players. They just won the German championship this summer and are still one of the strongest european teams.
The Top 20 players composed the Berlin Bombshells A-Team. They travel a lot to play the strongest european teams and they the league tries to send them every year to the USA to play some US-Teams.
The Berlin Bombshells B-Team, Inglorious Bombshells, plays still the highest level of european Teams.
For the new season we will also have a C-Team, to have a team which plays mid european level and other german teams. Here you can also find our younger players.
Then we will also have a Rec- Team for all „just fun“ players and players who can not spend so many attendence at trainig time but still wants to play. BCRD is always in a learning process, that’s why we start this new system with C- Team and Rec, so everyone could play.
Your league is full WFTDA member, what does it means in practice ?
BCRD is full WFTDA member since 2011. Before, we have been an WFTDA‐aprentcie‐league. For one year to learn how to make all paperwork, to built up a real resumee after every bout. Being full WFTDA member means in practice to play under the actual WFTDA‐rules set. As league and officials we have to follow all best practice standards. We are part of the wftda‐ranking list and our Teams can attend at wftda‐ tournaments, where the strongest teams of the world are playing.
Can you explain, for our non Derby readers, what being a referee is ?
Working as an skating Official (Referee) means first to learn the rules of Roller Derby, the much and best as you can. Attend, in best case, all skate traings and all srimmages of your home team. Built up a stable Officials crew. Train together, learn and discuss rules together. Read the
forums, as often you can, update your self about new rules publications. Assist as much as you can at bouts first for your homeleague, than for other leagues.
According to you, what are the skills needed to be a good ref ?
Love skating, a big love for Roller Derby, big love for fair Play, passion, pation, a need for precision, being good in teamwork, a lot of time.
Why do you ref ? What do you like in it ?
I love Roller Derby. I really like sports on wheels, fair Play and the way that derby looks to me. I like to spend my time discussing rules, fitness, nice peoples and a little competition to be very good at work. I spend my time with passion for this great teamwork. We ref to make a fair game possible with our whole team. The girls are really fighting to win. Each team by his own way. It ́s every time impressing how hard everyone is working to make the game flow. And after all this hard work and competitions, everyone is partying together and we all had a great time together.
What would you like to do in Roller Derby in the future ?
I would like to travel more than today and to spend more time with other leagues.
A final word ?
Love Derby and don ́t forget your out- of- derby- life. Keep skating.