Derby is a physically demanding sport, so you should be working on general endurance and off-skates strength training. Squats, lunges, leg lifts, crunches/planks, and push-ups will work some of our most commonly used muscle groups. Also, running, biking, and other activities can help build endurance.
We typically hold three league practices a week, and we require skaters to attend at least 60 percent of those practices. While minimum attendance is enough to stay in good standing with the league, it is not enough to learn derby and improve your skills. Our travel team also has its own practice requirements on top of league practices.
League members also are expected to help keep the league running. As a volunteer-run organization, we produce the bouts, train the skaters, run the media outreach, book the practice space, and maintain and protect the DCRG brand. It’s a lot of work, also a lot of fun.
League members pay dues of $50 a month to help cover the expense of running a practice space and other league costs.
We'd love to have you join us! Contact our Transfer Liaison by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and tell us a little about yourself and your skating experience. We'll schedule a practice for you to attend and walk you through the administrative steps involved in becoming a league member.
You can become a short-term or long-term visitor and get some great training to take home with you. Contact our Visitor Liaison by email (email@example.com) and find out about available practices. We'll need to know a little about you and your skill level so we can give you all the details. The first two practices are free, and there's a $5 drop-in fee for any additional practices.
Skaters from other local leagues - or retired DCRG skaters - are also welcome to join a practice by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to quad skates, you'll need your own set of protective gear, which includes: hard-shell knee pads, hard-shell elbow pads, hard-shell wrist guards, a mouth guard, and a helmet. It is strongly encouraged that you spend the extra dollars for high-quality knee pads.
You can purchase roller derby-appropriate gear in person at these area retailers:
We are always looking for volunteers, referees, and non-skating officials (NSOs), and would love to have you on board. If you still want to skate, refereeing is a great way to be involved in DCRG. Our refs keep us safe and legal on the track. Off-skates, NSOs track points and penalties, and make sure the game runs smoothly. We also have a small army of volunteers who sell merchandise, do committee work, and contribute in other ways.