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THR and THNSO announced

Please join us in welcoming our 2018 Tournament Head Referee (THR) Harm Solo and our Tournament Co-Head Non-Skating Officials (THNSO) Switzerland and Leith!!

Harm Solo first put skates on at the ripe old age of 3 and joined roller derby in 2012. Since then he has reffed over 100 games, at all levels across the entire country. Beginning as Referee with WARD, he moved to SA and joined Adelaide Roller Derby in 2015. He has worked at tournaments including previous 2012 & 2014 TGSS, Boom State Clash, Bendigo Rebellion and Royal Rumble. Harm Solo is easy going, knowledgeable and very approachable. Harm has lately developed a passion for modifying the hardware used with the CRG scoreboard software in order to fully utilise the program, which has changed ADRD’s setup to use electronic whiteboards and scoreboard screens for the team bench areas.

Switzerland brings with her more experience than you can poke a stick at – she’s been NSOing since 2011, most recently as a member of Sydney Roller Derby League. In that time she has officiated literally hundreds of games, both here and abroad. You may have seen her on WFTDA.TV officiating play-offs and champs in the US in 2016 and 2017, or you may have spotted her at the Big O in Oregon. Locally she has been THNSO at ERRD, 5×5 and Tropicarnage Cup, and a CHNSO at, well, it feels like everywhere! Switz has also been assisting with WFTDA Officiating clinics held in Adelaide and Perth. (Photo credit: Steph Daly).

Leith is excited to be returning to TGSS for the third time – his first was as a spectator, second as an NSO and this time as co-THNSO. International career highlights include officiating at the WFTDA Div 1 Playoffs in 2016, and The Big O in 2016 and 2017. Closer to home his highlights include officiating in the TGSS Grand Final in 2016 and CHNSO at the Tropicarnage Cup Grand Final last year. Leith is looking forward to having the opportunity to work with so many talented local officials at TGSS this year! (Photo credit: Justin Thornley https://www.facebook.com/justin.thornley.9)

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Challenge bout applications OPEN!

Here it is!!

We are absolutely thrilled to be opening up expressions of interest (EOI) for CHALLENGE BOUT SKATERS!!! It just wouldn’t be a TGSS without them.

A few things to note for the challenge bouts:

  • Preference will be given to skaters from non-participating leagues.
  • Members of tournament teams are not able to participate in challenge bouts.
  • Skaters must be female identifying and 18+.
  • Skaters must be a member of a league and have passed WFTDA minimum skills.
  • EOI closes Friday 27th April.

Register here to join the fun!!

All systems are go! Love Letter #2

Hi AUS & NZ Roller Derby Leagues…

We’re sliding into Autumn like a cowgirl into a saloon – and counting down the days til June!

This is TGSS 2018 love letter #2!

Oh boy, registrations have been coming in thick and fast! Thank you to everyone for your patience as we sort out the tournament structure.
We’re just about confirmed for a full 48 team tournament, how exciting!! Places have been filled from the Third Round EOI, and are currently awaiting final confirmation and payment from leagues. If you had planned on completing an EOI for a second team, please don’t hesitate to do so, but know that you’ll now be put onto a waiting list pending the final confirmation from those teams that would have received an email from our bracketing crew today.
That 48 teams is not even counting the participants for the challenge bouts yet… we are certainly not lying when we say we run the biggest roller derby tournament IN THE WHOLE WORLD!

How is this even going to work?
We are starting to get some emails about how the tournament is going to be sorted, and as previously mentioned, the TGSS 2018 divisions and pool allocations will be guided by the rankings on Flat Track Stats. We encouraged you to ensure that your league’s bout history is all up to date by the 31st March 2018, as we will be looking at the rankings after this time.

Official Bizness…
All registration emails have been sent out to officials now, so if you haven’t received an email please contact us asap on tgssofficials@adelaiderollerderby.com. We do have a few NSO spots left to fill so please get in contact with us if you’d like to join the green team!

Calling all commies…
Are you a roller derby announcer who would love to commentate your team through the tournament? Or maybe your league isn’t coming to TGSS but you’d still like to come along and join the fun anyway? Commentator Expressions of Interest are open and we’re looking forward to hearing from you cos we wanna hear you all over the June long weekend! Keen beans please head on over and fill out the form here and if you have any comments or questions send ’em over here: tgsscommies@adelaiderollerderby.com.

We’re feelin’ pretty good today, and for those who have made it this far into the love letter, we want to make you feel special too. How? We want to gift you, and we have two gifts, as we think you’re pretty cute.

Our first gift is that our website is live. Go show some love by visiting www.greatsouthernslam.com.au.

Our second gift is a very special one… howdy doody we’re dusting off our boots and breaking out the flannel in time for our very special event and we’d really really like you to join us… at THE TGSS 2018 HOEDOWN AFTER PARTY!! That’s right our big weekend finale will see us all kicking up dust and bootscooting on down into the wee hours of Monday night! Held onsite at TGSS, the after party will be held on Monday 11 June, featuring special guest DJs, food trucks and too much gingham.

We can’t wait to take you for a twirl.

TGSS contacts:
If you have officials who have questions please send them here: tgssofficials@adelaiderollerderby.com
If you have commies interested in coming along please email here: tgsscommies@adelaiderollerderby.com
If you have photographers send them here: tgssmedia@adelaiderollerderby.com
If you are a stall holder go here: tgsssponsorship@adelaiderollerderby.com
And finally any other weird and wonderful enquiries please email here: tgssinfo@adelaiderollerderby.com

Love and bumps,
TGSS Operations Committee & Adelaide Roller Derby.

Happy 2018 everyone! Love Letter #1

Welcome to the first TGSS2018 love letter! From here on you can expect a monthly update on all things TGSS. Please bear in mind that it is still early days and there is plenty of work still to be done, so while we have some information for you we’re unable to answer all your burning questions just yet.

Firstly, thank you to all the referees and officials who have responded to our registration call out!

We are stoked with the response and can’t wait to see you all in June. We do still have a bunch of spots to fill so if you’re thinking about joining us on the June long weekend, please fill out the survey here and join us at the biggest roller derby tournament in the universe! And if you have friends, team mates and derby wives who might be interested please forward them this email so they can join the fun too!

Leagues, thank you for your responses to the EOI survey!
We’re happy to announce that we’re planning for TGSS2018 to be the same gigantic size as 2016, with over 40 leagues competing! Invites will be hitting inboxes very soon in late January. TGSS has always been about providing opportunities and sharing as much derby love as we can with our Australian and New Zealand community and 2018 will be no different. While it won’t be possible to have every league that have registered interest participate in the tournament, we have done our best to make it as inclusive as possible.

So what can you expect in 2018?
We’ve had a lot of fun with two divisions over the last couple of tournaments, but we’ve decided to up the ante by introducing our brand new DIVISION THREE!! We’ll still have the same number of leagues participating, but we’ll make the divisions smaller, reduce the skills gaps between teams, with 50% added trophy bling!

Sounds brilliant! How does my league get involved?
All tournament participants must be over 18 to participate. TGSS2018 will be by invitation.
Leagues will receive an invite and invoice for registration. Payment of the invoice by the due date will be your acceptance of the offer. Should you decline the offer or fail to pay registration by the due date we will invite the next league on the list. In the event that a team pulls out, we will offer the spot to the next league. Should time not make this possible, we will put together a potluck team from the challenge bout skaters. There is only room for one team from each invited league.

Challenge bouts will return in 2018 because it just wouldn’t be TGSS without them.

Challenge bouts are available to skaters whose league didn’t register a team in the tournament, and to skaters who are not on their league’s tournament team. Challenge bouts are not available to tournament participants.

We are thrilled at how much roller derby has grown in Australia and New Zealand since the first TGSS in 2010, the downside of this is despite TGSS also growing, we just can’t fit everything in. While we would have loved to include everyone, TGSS2018 will focus on women’s flat track roller derby, there will be no junior or men’s roller derby at TGSS2018.

Tickets will continue to be available as weekend passes as well as individual day passes.

Our plans for the tournament structure is based on survey results indicating the interest of Officials will be sufficient to make this work. If we don’t get the number of Officials we need, we will adjust accordingly.

Officials will be able to register as either dedicated NSOs or as Officials. What does that mean? If you want to officiate on skates, it is most likely you will also be rostered to NSO. There will be no option to opt out. Please also be aware if you register as an NSO/Official you are not eligible to also be a Commentator or Bench Manager/Coach for TGSS2018. This is not because we are big ole meanies who want to spoil peoples’ fun, but because rostering everyone over such a large tournament is a gargantuan task which becomes impossible if people are unavailable due to other commitments.

What about sanctioned bouts?
Well, ultimately the decision is YOURS! Just like in 2016 we will offer WFTDA leagues the chance to sanction their bouts, this will only happen if both teams are in agreeance. If a team is not comfortable to do this then the bout will not be sanctioned.

Keen have a stall at TGSS?

We’d love to talk! Let us know over here. We’ll have information for sponsors out real soon too, if you have any questions please hit us up at tgssinfo@adelaiderollerderby.com

TGSS after parties have become a thing of legend, and 2018 will not disappoint.
While we don’t want to reveal all our secrets just yet, we can confirm that the afterparty will be onsite at the Adelaide Showgrounds again, and will be chock full of costumes, surprises and the best dance moves south of the equator!

So that’s where we’re at right now. If your league has any questions please send them to tgssinfo@adelaiderollerderby.com and we will respond either to your league directly, or if the question is relevant for all include it in the next monthly love letter.

Let the countdown begin!

Love and bumps,
TGSS Operations Committee & Adelaide Roller Derby