In May 2014, the Basel Derbygirl Kollektiv met for the first time, determined to bring roller derby to Basel - and, in true Derby-spirit, we've done it all ourselves: training, coaching, promotion, and management. Since those early days, we have grown to 25 members and counting, and are proud to be a truly diverse and multicultural team, welcoming players of all genders, races, age, sexuality and skill.
#1 flat-track roller derby in all of Basel, Switzerland. Renegades on wheels since 2014.
OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES
Our vision is to build and grow a sustainable, competitive and diverse Roller Derby league.
We, the Rhine Rebels Basel, aspire to be an inclusive sports club focusing on playing and spreading Roller Derby throughout Basel and beyond. Our club is for as well as organized by players, non-skating officials, referees, volunteers and our fans. As a team, it is important to us that we push ourselves to excel and have fun doing it. We are committed to building a derby community that is a safer, inclusive and empowering space, that challenges ourselves and the world around us.
OUR GENDER STATEMENT
People of all genders are welcome in the training and scrimmages of the Rhine Rebels Basel. The same goes for all positions within the league (for example committee members, board members, trainers, cheerleaders, referees, NSOs etc.).
For bouts and games we orient ourselves by the Gender Statement of the WFTDA (Women’s Flat Track Derby Association): all women, nonbinary, intersex, trans and genderqueer people who feel comfortable with this statement are allowed to participate. A person's gender is always based on self-identification. This means, that everybody who identifies as female and/or woman, non-binary, genderqueer, intersex etc., actually is, and is welcome to play roller derby with us. Gender expression (how someone dresses or acts), the gender assigned at birth or bodily aspects (such as hormone levels) are irrelevant.
It is important to us to value the gender identities of all people which is why we want to create a respectful learning environment, where, for example, we actively make efforts to use people’s correct pronouns and names. Mistakes and learning moments are human and we want to grow together by being considerate and willing to better ourselves.
We are open to the founding of a men’s team (for example based on the gender statement of the MRDA (Men’s Roller Derby Association)) or a junior team.
If you have any questions about the Gender Statement of the Rhine Rebels Basel, do not hesitate to contact the Care Committee via firstname.lastname@example.org