Do you like what you see and want to become more involved with Springfield Roller Derby as a skater? We offer Buddy System Nights several times throughout the year as a way to introduce basic skills. Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for when those events will take place. In the mean time, here is some information on what to expect as a new skater with Springfield Roller Derby.
Welcome to Springfield Roller Derby. We are Springfield’s premiere Internationally ranked WFTDA (Women’s Flat Track Derby Association) roller derby league. We are comprised of two traveling teams – the All-Stars & the Battle Broads, as well as four home teams as numbers allow. This manual has been tailored specifically for rookie skaters, like yourself, to guide you through the ins & outs of this hard hitting sport. It contains everything you will need to know about our league, the sport, gear and the WFTDA.
Quick History of Roller Derby
To learn more about roller derby and how it came to be, please visit the WFTDA’s website. https://wftda.org/history
New Recruit Expectations
Becoming a new member of a league can seem daunting – especially for people who have no skating experience. Rookie skaters are often worried about falling down, not being able to perform drills, or not being able to keep up (all while trying to fit in with a new group of people). It is not your job as a new skater to worry about those things. We have all been there, and we will take care of making feel welcome. Just worry about learning the basics!
In order to become a better skater, you will need as much time on the tack as possible. We will discuss more in the training program below about the details of your training. In order for you to step out onto the track and engage with other skaters, you will need a few things:
New Recruit Training Program
Each member of the New Recruit training program will go through a 8-12 week training program, where you will learn all of the basic skills needed to be promoted to the vet track. Skills such as falls, stops, blocking, assists & endurance are taught and each practice builds upon the skills learned from the practice before. At the end of the session, each skater will be assessed to make sure they are safe to be promoted. Also during the training program, skaters will train to be NSO’s (non-skating officials) to help during game play. These are vital positions needed to play a successful game and it is also a great way to learn more about the game.
WFTDA Minimum Skills Requirements/Training https://wftda.com/the-game/training/
WFTDA Ed Minimum Skills Videos https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoWo7DaL7OZGmG6gijWd7SQ/videos
WFTDA Rules of the Flat Track https://rules.wftda.com/
Becoming a Member of the League
After 30 days with the league (from the time you sign your waiver) you will be required to sign our bylaws to continue to participate. The bylaws include a simple code of conduct that all skaters must follow and every procedure you will need to know in order to function as an active member. Although the bylaws flesh out our basic principles, there are obvious rule that new skaters will be expected to follow early on.
Buddy System Night Information
We dedicate a night of fun for Roller Derby 101! We have loaner gear on hand for you to try out various skills, participate in a Q&A session, as well as a view a demonstration. It is recommended that you bring a boil & bite mouthguard for your protection. Also, bring a bottle of water and dress in comfortable clothing.
To participate in SRD, you must be 18 years or older. Upon arrival of the event, you will need to sign a waiver and present you I.D.