Tryouts are held in the summer, which is the best time to join, especially if you’re new to skating and the sport. Joining during active recruitment time pairs you with other people learning at the same pace. We’ll teach you everything you need to know, even if you’ve never been on skates before! If you’re already comfortable on skates, there are still plenty of derby-specific skills to master. Before you can play in an actual game, you’ll need to pass a skills test and written rules test.
Starter skates run about $100 to $200 new. Try looking for used skates and gear online or from someone in the league. Just make sure any used gear is in good condition; if you do join, a new helmet is probably worth peace of mind ($40-$50). You must buy your own mouthguard ($10-$12 on the cheap end; a popular brand is Sisu, about $25). Dues range from $50-$60 a month and cover skate time and training.
Bumps and bruises, definitely. Sprains and strains, occasionally. Broken bones, there’s always a possibility. That’s why protective gear is mandatory, and you may also choose to wear padded shorts and additional protective gear. Personal health insurance and disability coverage are not required but strongly recommended. Roller derby is a contact sport, and injury does happen. Skaters are required to buy a once-a-year, $70 WFTDA supplemental insurance.
There is absolutely no requirement regarding weight. All shapes and sizes are welcome. In fact, roller derby thrives on physical diversity because every skater plays both offense and defense, regardless of position. The minimum age requirement to join is 18.
There’s no such thing as a “right type” of derby skater. Our league is built upon strong women of every background, career, family/marital status, political leaning and personality that you can think of. Most of all, we’re looking for dedication, a good attitude and the desire to kick ass!
If you enjoy skating, consider becoming a referee. Not so steady on skates but still want to be in the game? Consider joining our non-skating officials (NSOs). Referees and NSOs are absolutely essential to the league. If you’d like to volunteer in other ways or donate your special skills, we’ve got a spot for you too!
Want to join our crew? There’s a spot for all skills, interests and talents!
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