All your questions answered below!
Do I need to know how to skate?
We will teach you all of the skills you need to know.
Last time I skated was elementary school! Is that OK?
Many of our current skaters began their roller derby careers without a skating background. We will teach you everything you need to know.
Can someone watch me, or come with me?
No. We do not allow guests or photography of any kind. Our practice space is a safe environment for skaters to focus on the work at hand and push themselves beyond their comfort zones without feeling “watched”. No children are allowed in our practice space.
What should I bring?
Water (at least 32 oz), a snack (granola bar, banana, etc.), your skating gear (see below for the full list of gear), a hand towel (you’ll be sweating a lot), photo ID.
What should I wear?
Comfortable, workout clothes that you can skate in. Skirts, shorts, or leggings are generally ideal. Be sure to wear sneakers for warm-ups.
What gear do I buy?
You don’t need to spend a fortune on gear. You can always borrow gear if you plan ahead by emailing join@charlotterollergirls and letting us know you need to borrow certain items or everything.
Roller derby is a high impact, full contact sport and we want to make sure you are protected from falls and hits. You will need:
– Quad skates
– Helmet (multi-impact, black gloss)
– Mouth guard
– Wrist guards
– Elbow pads
– Knee pads
We recommend the Pro-Shop at Kate’s Skating Rink in Gastonia. The staff there are very helpful – especially if you are new to skates and safety gear. Other recommendations:
When can I start?
Right away! Please contact join@charlotterollergirls and we will provide all of the information you need to know.
Who can skate?
Any interested skater (female-identifed) 16 years or older, ref (any gender), or volunteer (any gender).
When are the practices?
We have freshmeat practices Sunday mornings and some Thursday evenings (please ask for specific dates). Once you become a bouting skater, practices could be Sunday evening, Tuesday evening, or Thursday evening.
Where are the practices?
CLTRG practices are held at Kate’s Skating Rink at 4114 E. Franklin Blvd (Across from Honda and next to hhgregg
What is the commitment level?
Typically, our skaters attend 2-3 practices per week lasting between 2 – 3 hours. Each skater also participates on her committee of choice. CLTRG participants in many community events – whether supporting other local organizations, our great sponsors, or raising funds for a good cause. We pride ourselves in being a strong part of the Charlotte community. Skaters are expected to participate in one event per quarter.
What if I get hurt?
It’s not if, it’s when! Derby is a full contact sport. Expect to get hurt at some point. This is one reason we require all skaters to have health insurance, and WFTDA insurance. We ensure that our trainers are all CPR trained and during bouts we have EMT’s on hand. We do our best to protect our skaters, but getting hurt is part of the sport.
How much will it cost each month?
Once you are part of the league, dues are $40 per month, due on the 1st of the month. Dues help us pay for our practice space, send our skaters to away bouts and help with bout costs.
Additionally, there is an annual WFTDA insurance fee of $70.
What is roller derby?
The modern revival of Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby is one of the fastest growing sports for women in the world. If you are new to derby, check out our derby 101 page for a brief history of roller derby.
When can I come and see a bout?
See our schedule on our website!
What are the age limits?
You have to be at least 16 years old to skate, ref, NSO or volunteer with us.
I’m a transfer skater, how do I join?
Please contact our Training Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is WFTDA?
WFTDA is the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association. It is the international governing body for women’s flat track roller derby. It determines the rules, seasons and safety guidelines that we follow as a full member of WFTDA. For more information: http://www.wftda.com
What about the rules? Do I need to know all of the rules?
You won’t need to know all of the derby rules right away, but it is a good idea to have some basic knowledge about the game. You can read our Derby 101 basics, or watch some derby at wftda.tv to get a better idea of the sport.
Once you become a member of the league, you will be expected to learn the rules.
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