Learn to Skate with the DC Rollergirls!

The DC Rollergirls welcome competitive people from all walks of life who can dedicate the time and energy it takes to become a roller derby skater. Our training program will teach you the necessary skating basics and get you into derby form to prepare you for the more advanced derby skills like giving and receiving hits or executing strategies. To join, you must be at least 18 years old and have health insurance.

Having an athletic or skating background is not required: twice weekly beginner practice sessions will teach new and inexperienced skaters the fundamentals of flat-track roller derby and help you build strength and confidence as a skater. If you have a skating background and want to join derby, we can provide you the derby specific training to get you ready for playing the game. You should be ready to work! Beginner training sessions will include off-skates warm-up and workouts, dynamic stretching, and on-skates drills and skills lead by our experienced group of trainers. Derby is a very physically demanding sport, so working on general endurance and strength training off-skates outside of practice will help you improve on the track. Things like squats, lunges, leg lifts, crunches/planks, and push-ups will work some of our most commonly used muscle groups. Also, endurance training through running, biking, and other activities is a great way to start. Whether your goal is to become a bad-ass rollergirl or to change up your fitness routine, the DC Rollergirls will help you get there.

Questions? Check out our FAQs. You can also email training+bootcamp@dcrollergirls.com with any other questions you have about being a DC Rollergirl, volunteer opportunities, derby gear, or roller derby in general.

Get Started

Where: DC Rollergirls Warehouse in Edmonston, MD
When: Beginner practice sessions are held Sundays from 9 a.m.–12 p.m. and Wednesdays from 7:30 – 10 p.m.
What to Bring: Mouthguard, photo ID, health insurance card
What Next: Email training+bootcamp@dcrollergirls.com to let us know you plan to attend


Transfer Skaters

If you’re a current roller derby athlete interested in skating with the DC Rollergirls, we’d love to have you join us! Contact our Transfer Liaison by email (transfers@dcrollergirls.com) 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.


Visiting Skaters

If you’re visiting the D.C. Metro area and want to skate with the DC Rollergirls while you’re here, you can become a short-term or long-term visitor. Contact our Visitor Liaison by email (visitors@dcrollergirls.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 visitors@dcrollergirls.com.