SO YOU WANT TO PLAY ROLLER DERBY?
KVRD accepts new skaters through our Skate School, with start dates occurring throughout the year; and officials on an ongoing basis throughout our season.
Our next Skate School starts on Wednesday, October 9th.
WHO CAN JOIN KENNEBEC VALLEY ROLLER DERBY?
Skaters must be 18 or older and adhere to the WFTDA statement on gender.
Anyone 18 or older can join as referees, non-skating officials, announcers, coaches, or other volunteers.
Anyone of any age can help support Kennebec Valley Roller Derby through promoting, fundraising, sponsoring, and attending events and games.
DO I NEED ANY SPORTS EXPERIENCE TO PLAY ROLLER DERBY?
It’s helpful, but no. Roller derby is a physically demanding sport that requires speed, endurance, agility, strength, good awareness and communication skills. The more in shape you are, the more quickly you’re apt to pick up basic skating and derby skills, and the less likely you are to become injured. We’ve found that skaters with hockey, rugby, and other skating or sports backgrounds generally pick up skills quickly.
That said, many of our skaters never played sports until they discovered roller derby and have grown to be remarkable athletes. We encourage skaters to work out and cross-train outside of our regular practices in order to stay in shape.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AT SKATE SCHOOL?
Skate School starts out with a basic warm up and then skaters are grouped according to skills they are working on. The first skills you will work on include skating posture, striding, stops, and more. We can also answer any questions you might have.
Skaters that have graduated Skate School will continue to Derby Basic practices, where they will work on the advanced skills required to scrimmage, such as hitting, whipping, 180s, and more!
WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO MY FIRST PRACTICE?
Wear comfortable clothes you can workout in
Paperwork. You must fill out a skater application, waiver, and emergency contact information BEFORE you put skates on. Our recruitment coordinator will have them available.
A positive attitude and willingness to learn
WHAT SKILLS DO I NEED TO LEARN TO BECOME A SKATER?
Before you can play derby, you will need to master some basic roller skating skills that will allow you to feel comfortable on your skates. This is for your safety and the safety of those around you.
The more comfortable you are on your skates, the better skater you will be, pure and simple. This video playlist from WFTDA reviews the skills and form you will need to demonstrate in order to pass assessments.
HOW LONG UNTIL I CAN PLAY IN A GAME?
In order to be eligible to play in a game, you’ll need to pass the WFTDA Minimum Skills Requirements (MSRs) and log three hours of scrimmage time. You’ll also have to pass a written rules test. Once you complete these requirements, you will become eligible to be placed on a roster.
WHAT IF I GET HURT?
Roller derby is an aggressive contact sport and injuries are common, from bumps and bruises to torn ligaments and broken bones. KVRD does not require you to have health insurance to play, but it is STRONGLY recommended.
All members must have supplemental WFTDA insurance.
HOW MUCH TIME WILL GMRD TAKE?
Currently, KVRD holds one two-hour practice each week. Skaters should attend as many practices as possible. Members should make every attempt to attend league meetings.
Additionally, as a skater-owned and -operated league, everyone is expected to make some contribution to running the business side of things. You should expect to spend some time each week tending to league business – meetings, promotion, events, planning, etc. We need help from all league members to keep things rolling smoothly!
HOW MUCH DOES ROLLER DERBY COST?
The biggest expense will be your equipment. You’ll need to purchase and replace skates, protective gear, and other incidentals on an ongoing basis. There is gear out there for practically any budget — we usually recommend that new skaters invest in a roller derby “rookie package” offered by a lot of online vendors – it will make sure you’re adequately protected while you’re learning the game without breaking the bank. You can always invest in swankier gear later.
Skate School has two payment options for non-members:
Full Session Package - $100 (full 8 week session)
Monthly Session - $55 per month during the 8-week session
* Payments made for Skate School are non-refundable after the first practice
We collect dues to help cover the costs of practice space and running the league. After joining the league, skaters contribute dues of $40 per skater per month.
All Members are required to purchase WFTDA supplemental insurance, which is $80 annually.
WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT JOINING KVRD?
In addition to developing your skating skills, you’ll need to learn the rules of the game. KVRD aspires to become a WFTDA (Women’s Flat Track Derby Association) league, and you will be tested on WFTDA rules as part of your training. They’re about 40 pages long, so it’s never too early to start reading: WFTDA Rules
Of course, the best (and most fun!) way to learn roller derby is to watch it… A LOT. Come to our games, either as a spectator or as a volunteer, which is a great way to get up-close and personal with the game, and get to know how we roll.
WFTDA TV has archives full of past games, including the annual WFTDA international playoffs and championships.
WHAT IF I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?
If you have any other questions, feel free to email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT DO YOU NEED?
What you need: A mouthguard, a water bottle, and a good attitude. Plus, any gear you have, including skates, knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards and a helmet. Borrowed gear available on a first-come, first-served basis. We recommend wearing clothing you’re comfortable exercising in.