If you are interested in learning more about the sport of roller derby and how to get involved with our team, join us anytime between 3-5pm on October 22nd or 29th at the Fonner Park Swine Arena!
Men and Women 18+ can join as referees, announcers, non-skating officials, or volunteers, and we recruit skaters of all backgrounds and skill levels.
No previous experience is necessary, mastering basic skating skills, proper hitting technique and the rules that make the sport of roller derby can all be learned!
Information about what to expect, and what equipment you’ll need is listed below, along with where you can find it. If you aren’t sure you’re invested in purchasing gear yet, you’re welcome to come to this first practice and try on, or borrow, any gear from our veteran skaters.
The info below applies to both skaters and referees:
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If you are interested in a non-skating role as an official or volunteer, then you can browse our NSO survival guide. There are some positions which require your undivided attention throughout each jam. There are some that require a fair amount of math skills, knowing how to operate a stop watch, being able to be heard above the crowd, etc. If you think you’d be a good fit with a particular role, let us know! We’d love to have your help, and teach you everything you need to know to participate.
If you have any questions, shoot us an e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
What if I haven’t been on skates since Junior High? Don’t I have to be a great skater to even attempt Roller Derby? Nope. A lot of us hadn’t been on skates for years when we started. Some of us had never skated before EVER. We all start out at different skill levels, but don’t worry, just wear your protective gear and take it slow at first. Being a derby girl is a lot more than just being a good skater; although we will primarily be looking for basic skating skills, we also look at your potential as a derby player. Also, have no fear, we don’t let our skaters do contact (hitting), until they have passed safety assessments.
What if I’m really big? Don’t you have to be athletic and in shape to be in Roller Derby? Get out of here! Big girls are hard to push around and make for great blockers. Skating on a Roller Derby team will most likely get you in the best shape of your life!
What if I’m really little? Don’t you have to be big and burly to be in Roller Derby? No way! The smaller girls are, generally speaking, the faster girls and are usually placed in the Jammer position as team scorers. They are squirrelly, quick, and easy to whip around the rink, and generally fall down less, since they have a lower center of gravity.
How much does it cost & what equipment do I need? The biggest expense will be for your equipment, which varies. There are no other costs associated with Fresh Meat Training. If you complete that, and decide to stay involved, skaters do pay dues to help us cover practice space rental.
How much of my time will it take up? You’ll be expected to attend league practice once a week to begin, which are generally scheduled between November and May. Additional options for scrimmages, or playing in games may be available for skaters once they’ve passed their minimum skills assessments.