As one of the few organized contact sports for women, roller derby naturally draws a lot of interest. If you are thinking of getting involved, you probably have a lot of questions!
There is definitely a solid time commitment associated with derby. We have practice four days a week and you should plan on attending at least half of them each month. Add to this any team practices you'll have once you get drafted and you'll be spending a lot of time on skates. Hooray! There is also a volunteer hour requirement - we are skater owned and operated so we need everyone to pull together to do the work involved. That means ordering merch, putting together spreadsheets and going to charity and promotional events.
At the close of each season we begin holding recruiting clinics which are open to skaters of all skill levels! We work closely with our recruits before tryouts to ensure no one is blindsided by what we are looking for. Tryouts happen once a season, usually in the late spring or early summer. Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org to get more information on recruit clinics and tryouts!
You'll need skates and protective gear if you want to be a roller girl. Skates alone are fine for the roller rink but once you start coming to formal skate clinics you'll need proper protective gear. That means knee and elbow pads, wrist guards, a mouth guard and a helmet. It can be totally overwhelming trying to figure out what exactly you should be looking for - these are questions you can ask on our mailing list! We'll have vets monitoring it to answer all of your questions as well as handy-dandy guides to give you a basic rundown on gear.
Not sure if you want to be a skater but still want in on the action? We are always looking for referees and other volunteers to help at our bouts. If you want to get involved in a non-skating capacity we can find a place for you. Just e-mail email@example.com and we'll let you know what kind of help we're looking for.