Our New Skater Program
So you want to learn to skate and play roller derby? You’ve come to the right place!
We regularly organize free open trainings. This is the perfect opportunity to get a taste of skating and roller derby. No gear? No problem! We can lend you skates and protection for your first few trainings.
Every new skater starts out learning the basics: a good skating posture; skating fast with smooth, long strides; coming to a full (and controlled) stop; doing crossovers; and most importantly, falling safely. These are not the only basic skills you will learn, but they are essential in your quest to become a full-fledged roller derby skater!
Once you’re comfortable on your skates, we will introduce you to more derby specific skills, and to the rules of the game. And once you’re familiar with those, a trainer can determine that you are ready for your first scrimmage. Now you are ready to join a team!
If you are interested to skate with us as an official rather than a player, you can also follow the rookie program to learn the required skating skills and to get familiar with the game.
In short, if you join Dom City Roller Derby, you can expect 2 practices a week where we’ll teach you to be a wizard on skates. You’ll work on endurance, footwork, balance, confidence and skating in a team. And all that in a friendly and supportive environment.
We strongly believe roller derby is for everyone; no matter your level of fitness, gender, background or bodytype, you are welcome! Our one requirement is that you are at least 18 years before you start skating with us.
ROLLER DERBY GEAR
In order to play roller derby the following gear is required:
- Quad skates (Inline skates are not allowed!)
- Helmet (with certification)
- Wrist protection
- Knee protection
- Elbow protection
We have some gear available for our rookies’ first few trainings, so you don’t need to commit to buying skates or protection before you try the sport. Ofcourse, once you’re hooked, you’ll want a nice pair of skates for yourself. In that case we recommend visiting our sponsor, The Derby Shop, if you have any gear related questions.