Recruitment FAQ

The Rock Coast Rollers accept new skaters throughout our season. You're welcome to stop by a practice and watch, but we highly encourage you to put on some skates and jump right in! Send us a Facebook message or email rockcoastrollers.training@gmail.com for more details.

 

Who can join?

All skaters, skating officials, and non-skating officials must be at least 18 years old. Skaters must identify as female. Please note that we have an inclusive gender policy and we will not differentiate between members who identify as female and those who identify as a non-binary gender (including but not limited to genderqueer, transmasculine, transfeminine, and agender).

 

Do I need prior experience?

Nope! If you’re willing to learn, we’ll teach you how to skate and then some. We strongly encourage cross-training between practices to help with strength, balance, and endurance.

How much time should I expect to spend on this?

We typically practice 6 hours a week, 4 of those hours being non-contact times for our new skaters. Currently, we practice on Sunday from 9-11am, Monday from 6:45-8:45pm, and Wednesday from 6:45-8:45. Sundays and Wednesdays are non-contact practices.

What gear do I need?

You need quad skates (not inlines), knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards, a helmet, and a mouth guard. We have a limited supply of gear to loan out on a first-come, first-served basis (minus mouth guards). If you’d like to purchase your own gear we recommend Bruised Boutique (Nashua, NH). Another great resource is the Roller Derby Recyclables Facebook group. Feel free to ask us for gear recommendations!

 

If you need to borrow gear, please email rockcoastrollers.training@gmail.com at least 24 hours before practice.

 

What else should I bring to my first practice?

  • A water bottle (no glass, please)

  • Clothes you feel comfortable working out in

  • Sneakers for off-skates warm-ups 

  • Socks-- one thin pair, one thicker pair, just in case

 

What do I have to do before I can bout? How long will it take before I'm ready?

First you have to pass WFTDA’s Minimum Skills Requirement test (MSRs) and pass a written rules test. Everyone's timeline is different. Of course, we aim to get new skaters ready to bout as quickly as possible, but also as safely as possible. So many factors come into play, so we urge you not to compare your progress to other's. 

 

What if I get hurt?

Roller derby is a contact sport, so injuries are possible. Having health insurance is recommended and all skaters must have supplemental WFTDA insurance before they can start scrimmaging and bouting.

 

I’m excited, I want to start learning right now! Where can I find some resources?