Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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  • What if I can’t skate?
    • All members begin in our “fresh bait” program where you will learn the basics in a safe, no contact setting. You progress at your own pace!

 

  • What if I get injured?
    • Injury is possible in ALL sports. Add in the skates, and the likelihood of becoming injured increases. Accidents do happen. The good news is that derby practices are geared to help you learn how to take a hit, how to fall down, and how to use proper technique to reduce pain and injury. And of course, no one will ever be forced to do anything they aren’t comfortable doing.

 

  • What if I can’t make it to practices?
    • We’re all adults who lead busy lives. Very few of us actually make it to EVERY practice. We have an attendance requirement in place because it’s important that we know what skills/drills everyone has learned or missed. Also, our practice plans can change dramatically depending on the number of people present. And lastly, those who fall below our requirement of 66% will be chosen for rosters after those who have stayed above 66%.

 

  • When will my friends and family be able to see me skate?
    • Once you pass your minimum skills, or Fresh Bait class, you will move on and slowly be incorporated into full practices, which include scrimmaging. Our trainers will assess your ability prior to all bouts, and, once you are determined to be safe, stable, and confident, you will be eligible for roster.

 

  • Am I… too old? Too big? Too small? Too ‘girly’? Too ‘rough’? Too [insert excuse here]?
    • Derby is not a ‘one size’ sport. In fact, girls of all shapes and sizes are needed to create unique advantages within pack scenarios. This is a sport for all women who want to push themselves into the level of AWESOMENESS that comes along with saying you’re a Root River Roller!

 

  • What gear to I need to play?
    • All skaters are expected to have, and to be wearing, ALL required gear before skating with the Root River Rollers at any event or practice. But don’t worry. Gearing up is half the fun.
      • Quad Roller Skates (with a toe stop)
      • Mouth Guard
      • Helmet
      • Elbow Pads
      • Knee Pads
      • Wrist Guard

 

  • Where can I get gear?
    • Talk to us! We have a wealth of knowledge and are here to help! We want to get you into new gear just as bad as you want it for yourself!!! If you have any gear you aren’t sure of, BRING IT! We’ll look it over for you!

 

  • Do I need to “try out” for the team?
    • We do not hold ‘try-outs’ to join. Everyone needs time and the opportunity to become comfortable and to properly train. We allow you to learn at your own pace. As you grow, we will include you in more of our drills.

 

  • How does the game of roller derby work?
    • Believe it or not, we hear this question a lot. Most girls join even if they’ve never seen an actual bout played before. We will teach you everything you need to know. The easiest way to describe it is ‘football on skates’, with no ball. Although it’s very, very different from football! Make sense? It will, in time!

 

  • How much does it cost?
    • Derby can get expensive. We do our best to keep monthly dues as low as possible but still pay the bills.

 

  • Are men allowed to join?
    • We do allow men to join the league who are interested in skating referee positions, non-skating official members (NSOs), or volunteers.

 

  • What if I just want to ref or volunteer?
    • Referees must complete the fresh bait skating period (no-contact) along with our other members. Once complete, they will begin ref specific training.
    • NSOs will be encouraged to come to practice to work on learning the rules of the game, and the various positions of an NSO.
    • Volunteers are not required to come to practices. We will call on our volunteers to join us for events, scrimmages, and bouts.
    • These opportunities are completely free to participate in!

 

  • If I have gear can I just show up?
    • Unfortunately, No. Because we have a specific training plan, we must ask that you contact us before coming in so we are prepared for a new person, and aware of strangers in the building. Click the “Join” tab on the side and let us know you’re ready to roll, and we’ll make it happen!