What is the required gear needed to skate?

Skates, Helmet, Mouth Guard, Elbow Pads, Knee Pads, Wrist Guards.

If you don’t have your gear yet, just come and watch or ask questions. Just show up! We’ll help with the rest!

To try out as a skater for Durango Roller Girls, you must be female and at least 18 years old.

There will not be a “make it or break it” tryout right away. We want the new ladies to have time to build their skills and get a feel for the sport before being tested. Safety is very important and you can not learn these skills/drills overnight.

Questions? Contact Jean Schwartz at recruitment@durangorollergirls.com

When are tryouts?

We Train. You Skate. Women 18+ up. We’ll teach you all about derby-No experience necessary! Register in Advanced with Jean Schwartz: recruitment@gmail.com

Do I have to be a seasoned skater to tryout?

Don’t be too scared by the term “tryouts.” Being a derby girl is a lot more than just being a good skater. Yes, we will primarily be looking for skating skills, but we also look at your potential as an athlete and a member of the league. Through the tryout process, we try to get to know your personality AND your skating skills.

How can I get ready for tryouts?

First off, get to know us! Come see our games to gain an understanding of what’s involved, or better yet, volunteer with DRG. Get to know the rules. Then skate, skate, and skate some more! The more comfortable you are on your skates, the faster you will pick up the game. Check out video links about roller derby on you tube. There is a ton of info out there.

What is Derby 101?

The Durango Roller Girls offer a Derby 101 class in the summer. The clinic introduces you to the skills you will be demonstrating in tryouts.  We are working on the dates for 2016 so stay tuned!

What do I need to be able to do at tryouts?

Some of the things we will be looking for in tryouts are:

Basic Skills:
• Forward skating
• Power stride (getting the most out of each push)
• Gliding on one foot at a time
• Crossovers
• Balance
• Squats

Derby Skills:
• Skating low
• Plow stop
• T-stop
• Blocking strength

Endurance:
• Number of laps in 2 minutes

Other:
• Attitude (meaning positive)
• Basic knowledge of the sport
• Ability to listen and apply new knowledge
• Ability to picks up skills quickly
• Time commitment

What equipment will I need for tryouts/Derby 101?

Every skater will be required to wear a helmet, wrist guards, elbow pads, knee pads, a mouthguard and quad roller skates (no roller blades).

Many online gear site offer  great rookie packages. In the meantime, many of us skaters have extra used equipment to lend!

Extra protective gear is always recommended, such as – knee gaskets, neoprene ankle supports, padded shorts, etc.

If you do not have the required gear, you will not be able to skate. If you would like to know where to find the best deals on derby gear e-mail the fresh meat Training Coach, Crossbones Jones. To borrow equipment, please email Jean Shwartz at recruitment@durangorollergirls.com.

For insurance purposes, you will be required to sign a waiver for tryouts and/or Derby 101. (It’s a very standard waiver and we’ll have lots of copies for you to look over and sign.)

Will I be put on a team and get a derby name as soon as I tryout?

Skaters who join the league will begin a four-month training period that culminates in a skills test and a written rules test. Once training is completed (and you’ve passed both tests), you are eligible to skate in DRG intra-league bouts and you can claim your name and number. There is a national registry of roller derby names, as no two skaters or refs can have the same name. But remember: the sport is more than just a cool name and an awesome outfit. Worry about your name after you have the skating part down.

How much of a time commitment is needed to be a DRG skater?

Roller derby is a big commitment: it’s like a second (or third) job. During bout season, you’ll be expected to attend league practices for two hours twice a week. In addition to practices, everyone is expected to work at bouts and other official events and fundraisers. We are a skater run organization, so we also require you to work on a committee and attend meetings to remain an active member. We’re not telling you this to scare you, but we want to be honest: if the time commitment is too much, maybe being a skater isn’t the right fit for you right now. There are lots of other ways to join in: you can ref, there are non-skating officials, and we always need volunteers for bout set up and take down. But despite the time commitment, any skater will tell you that it is completely worth it. And you instantly have over 25 sisters in Durango and over 16,000 around the world!

Are there a lot of injuries?

Well, it’s not croquet. Injures happen BUT we work really hard to prevent as many injuries as possible (by spending lots of time on how to skate safely) and we slow down and help everyone heal after games and injuries. As mentioned above, full protective gear is required for all skaters (and refs!) and we follow that rule strictly. Although primary health insurance is not currently required if you want to skate with us, every skater (and ref!) is covered under a roller sports insurance. This supplemental insurance is extremely affordable and is required to be purchased b each skater. But, primary health insurance is still strongly recommended. We also recommend buying a supply of ice packs for after practice.

If I have more questions who do I ask?

Please email V for Vandetta and Kelli B. at recruitment@durangorollergirls.com. We look forward to seeing you on the track!