Here we try to address some of the questions you may have about Roller Derby. Feel free to message us at [email protected] with any additional questions!
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
MESSAGE US! Contact [email protected] to get in contact with someone who can help you get started. We’ll give you the run down and invite you to our next practice. We do have a rolling recruitment so you can jump in at any time!
Roller Derby is a contact sport, so you will need safety equipment. We do have loaner gear available to help you until you get your own.This is in limited supply, so it can be first come first serve depending on how many are in need of gear. You will need to supply your own mouthguard to start, because that’s just gross. We do have some standards!
To play roller derby you will need the following safety gear: helmet, mouthguard, elbow pads, wrist guards, and knee pads. There are many different styles and brands available, some may work better for you than others!
Lastly, you will obviously need a pair of Quads (roller skates). Until you can get a sweet pair of your own, we do have rental skates available so you can get started right away!
WHERE DO WE PRACTICE?
All of our practices are held at Ringing Rocks Roller Rink, located in Pottstown PA. We practice two nights a week. If you are interested in joining, we will provide you a practice schedule. We will also be hosting our bouts here – check back for more information on our upcoming bouts!
Ringing Rocks Roller Rink – 1500 Ringing Rocks Park – Pottstown, PA 19464
HOW DO YOU PLAY ROLLER DERBY?
Roller Derby is an intense, face-paced, full contact, aggressive sport that is not for the faint of heart but is dedicated to the empowerment and fitness of its players. Roller derby is a contact sport played by two teams of five members roller skating counter-clockwise around a track. Game play consists of a series of short match-ups (jams) in which both teams designate a jammer (who wears a star on the helmet). The jammer scores points by lapping members of the opposing team. The teams attempt to hinder the opposing jammer while assisting their own jammer—in effect, playing both offense and defense simultaneously.
Want to know more? We suggest you contacting [email protected] for more information!
AGE OR GENDER REQUIREMENTS?
Our league is open to any female, identifying and living daily life as a woman, 18 years of age or older. We have skaters ranging from 18-50+. So, no, you are not too old!
As for size, roller derby as a place for all body types. A larger build is harder to push around, while a smaller build may be faster. Any body build can play any position, and RRD has experienced players of all shapes and sizes. We encourage you to give us a try!
HOW DO I JOIN?
CONTACT US! We have rolling recruitment all year round, so you can start RIGHT NOW! Message us that you are interested and we’ll give you all the information on how and when you can get started. We can also answer any questions you have before starting!
WHAT IF I CAN’T SKATE?
If you have yet to learn to skate, that’s ok! We have an experienced team of coaches who are dedicated to giving you the tools to succeed. Trust us when we say that we have had many skaters start with us with little to no experience. We train up, and we take the time to teach you the skills needed. Message us, and you’ll see!
HOW DOES RRD SUPPORT ITSELF?
All skaters, coaches, refs, and board members are volunteers. Skater dues, sponsorships, merchandise sales, and home bouts pay for all league expenses. We are also a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and accept charitable donations.