Does everyone have to wear quad roller skates?
Yes – all skaters and referees wear quad roller skates, as well as full safety equipment, including knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards, helmets, and mouth guards. Quad skates allow for better lateral movement which is essential in roller derby.
Are there ever fights?
Like most contact sports, fighting is discouraged. Any fighting could lead to expulsion from the game and disciplinary action from the league. Roller derby is the kind of sport where you can dish out legal punishment to your arch nemesis on the track, and buy her a beer later off the track.
Why don’t you skate on a banked track?
Banked tracks in modern roller derby, as popularized by the derby revival in Austin, Texas, are very expensive for today’s skater-owned, skater-operated leagues. Flat track is a much more accessible and popular choice for derby leagues nationwide.
What should I bring to my first practice?
All you need to bring is a mouthguard and your fine self! Pro tip: fit the mouthguard to you mouth according to instructions on the package before you come to practice.
What kind of safety gear should I wear?
The following gear is required for all skaters: mouthguard, helmet, elbow pads, wrist guards, and knee pads. In addition, some skaters like to wear shin guards, a visor, padded shorts, or knee gaskets. It's up to you to decide what you're comfortable with.
Where can I see competetive roller derby?
Firstly, you can watch high-level roller derby on YouTube. Check out the WFTDA channel, the MRDA channel, or the USARS channel. To see live derby, attend a bout! Stay tuned in to our blog or Facebook page for announcements about upcoming bouts and events.