Roller derby is a full contact sport and roller derby players are athletes. Many skaters are on the track at two to three times a week and workout outside of practice. You’ll want to be honest with yourself about the level of effort required to play and the potential dangers associated with it.
We welcome all adults (18+) interested in playing roller derby to throw on a pair of skates and required equipment (we have rental skates and some extra pads), stop by a practice, and see what the sport of roller derby is all about.
By joining not only will you be participating in an extremely challenging and exhilarating sport, but you’ll become a part of an extremely close knit family of unique and dedicated individuals.
A number of area rinks hold open skates during the week for you to get your skate legs under you and many of these are attended by league members and members of our sister league, Maine Roller Derby. Check out Happy Wheels Skate Center in Portland, Rollerdrome in Auburn, and RollerWorld in Topsham.
In general we look for the following skills, which can be improved during open skates:
Basic Skating Skills
- Forward skating
- Squat while skating
- Skating on one foot
- Crossovers (both directions)
- Skating 27 laps in 5 minutes on a standard roller derby track
- Recovery from falls to resume skating
Basic Derby Skills
- Falls (single knee, double knee and four point)
- Stops (T-stop, plow stop, turn around toe stops)
- Lateral motion
- Proper derby form (bent knees, low squat-like stance)
- Pack skating (skating in close proximity)
Required Derby Equipment*
- Quad skates
- Elbow pads
- Knee pads
- Wrist guards
- Mouth guard