Roller Derby is one of the most inclusive, welcoming sports there is. The Roller Derby community is made up of people of all ages, backgrounds, genders, sexualities, interests, body shapes/sizes... the only thing we need in common is that we love Roller Derby! Whether you want to be a skater, a skating official or a non-skating official we would love you to come and join our league.
SO YOU WANT TO BE A SKATER
We run beginners skating sessions that will take you through all the basics of skating, stopping, falling, changing direction, safe contact and how to actually play roller derby. These run from 1-3pm on Sunday afternoons at Herbert Leon Academy, Bletchley Milton Keynes. You don't need any skating experience at all, you must be over 18 years old but there is no upper age limit (no really, we have skaters who are in their 40s and even one in his 60s!), and you don't need to have any previous sporting experience. In fact, many of our skaters say they hated sports until they found roller derby!
WHAT DO I NEED?
Nothing! Not at first anyway, we have a selection of kit available to loan for a small charge, which you can use until you're ready to commit to buying your own gear. You will need to buy a mouthguard though, once you're ready to do contact drills, but we'll talk you through that during the course of the Fresh Meat sessions. Once you're ready to buy your own kit you'll need skates (obviously), knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards and a helmet, as well as your mouth guard. Our experienced skaters will always be on hand to give advice about this.
I WANT TO SKATE, BUT I DON'T WANT TO BE HIT!
Come and learn to ref! Roller Derby referees wear skates, but (mostly) avoid the contact aspect of the sport. A roller derby game needs 7 referees who all need to have a keen eye, a quick brain and an encyclopaedic knowledge of the rules. You'll still need to learn the basics of skating, and then our officials will teach you all you need to know to earn your stripey shirt.
WHAT IF I DON'T WANT TO SKATE AT ALL?
You can be a non-skating official! NSOs are super important in roller derby, a game needs around 10-12 in order to run smoothly. They time the jams, time penalties, keep a record of who is on track for each jam, record penalties and track the score.
Other non-skating roles within the game are Bench Coach and Line-Up Manager. Each team has one of each on game day, on the bench with them to keep everyone calm, over see tactic and decide who will go on track for each jam.
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