HOW TO JOIN AS A SKATER

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.

DOES AGE OR WEIGHT MATTER?

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.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS?

You must:

  • Supply your own equipment, including quad (four-wheeled) skates and mandatory safety gear: helmet, knee and elbow pads, wrist guards and mouth guards.
  • Attend two-hour practices two to three times a week.
  • Pay monthly dues.
  • Supply your own transportation to and from practices and events.
  • Help out at home games with setup, cleanup and everything in between.
  • Attend fundraisers and charity events for the league.
  • Volunteer for the day-to-day tasks of running the league: public relations and social media, sponsorships, merchandise, web and graphic design, etc.

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?

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.

WILL I GET HURT?

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.

AM I THE RIGHT TYPE OF PERSON?

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!

slide1

ARE THERE OTHER WAYS TO GET INVOLVED?

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!

HOW TO VOLUNTEER

Want to join our crew? There’s a spot for all skills, interests and talents!

INTERESTED IN SKATING?

Email Starfox at Fox64skate@gmail.com and let her know:

  • The best way to contact you (email / phone)
  • A little about you (location, age, any skating / derby experience)

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A REFEREE?

Email Brock Slamson at john.svitek@gmail.com and let him know:

  • The best way to contact you (email / phone)
  • A little about you (location, age, any skating / ref experience)

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A NON-SKATING OFFICIAL?

Email Fantasmic at fantasmicderby@gmail.com and let her know:

  • The best way to contact you (email / phone)
  • A little about you (location, age, any derby experience)

INTERESTED IN DONATING YOUR SPECIALIZED SKILL AS A VOLUNTEER OR JUST HELPING OUT IN OTHER WAYS ON GAME DAY?

Email Belligerent Bex at belligerentbex199@gmail.com and let her know:

  • The best way to contact you (email / phone)
  • What you’re interested in doing (game day production / EMT / photography / service provider / etc.)
  • Any special skill / qualification you have (medical certifications, equipment owned, licenses, unique skills, etc.)

RECRUITMENT QUESTIONS? WANNA COME SPECTATE A PRACTICE AS A POTENTIAL RECRUIT?

Starfox
Recruitment coordinator

LIRR NEWSLETTER

Sign up for all the latest LIRR news! Games, merch, fundraisers!