So you think you know roller derby, eh? Maybe you’ve seen the movie Whip It about a girl that found herself through the sport or you decided to join a local roller derby league to fill up your free time with some adrenaline laps of speed. It’s even taking off as a recreational sport across college campuses.
However the sport grabbed your attention or even if you’ve been playing for a few years, you will be happy to know that it’s up for consideration for the 2020 summer Olympics. When you put in the effort and support required to play the game and maintain a roller derby league, your hard work will pay off and you never know, someday you might skate your way to a gold medal.
Warning: The sport is definitely not for the faint hearted and some girls are out there to really hit hard!
Before searching for a derby league to join it’s important that you have your basics down. This includes being able to skate with a cross over stride, squat while skating and roll at fast speeds. There are leagues for all types of skaters but the most important requirement is that you can skate with confidence.
Thanks to the internet, you can find a roller derby league in no time and be the first one to start a league if your community doesn’t have one. Many roller derby leagues have their own website and/or Facebook page to connect with and most leagues require tryouts before joining.
Here is a breakdown of the different roller derby leagues played around the world. Like cheerleading, some men like to play this sport too.
- WFT: Women’s Flat Track
- MFT: Men’s Flat Track
- JFT: Junior’s Flat Track
- COED: Coed Flat Track
- REC: Recreational
- BT: Banked Track
- SL: School League
The most popular roller derby leagues are found in major cities but the popularity of the sport has caused a trickle effect that spread derby to smaller leagues and college campus’s. The United States roller derby league list is a great resource to help experienced skaters find a league.
Each roller derby league is different. Some leagues are free to join but require volunteer hours. In general, the roller derby community is self sufficient and operates from the inside out. This mean that each team is responsible for raising their own funds, purchasing their own jerseys, paying the referees, renting out practice space etc…
Do you have any experience joining a roller derby league? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below.