If you are 18+ and want to learn to play roller derby, get ready to rock and roll with us!
We welcome skaters of all abilities and we teach you everything from how to skate to how to be a Rockin’ Roller.
Even if you’re not confident skating, you can still be a part of the team. We are a skater-run organisation and always welcome people willing to help us organise and promote our events or take vital NSO (Non Skating Official) roles on bout day. If you want to join us in some way, shape or form, get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT IF I AM A TOTAL BEGINNER AT ROLLER SKATING?
Don’t worry! We teach skating from scratch including all the beginner roller derby skills you need in our Fresh Meat programme. All you need is commitment and your own gear.
WHEN IS THE NEXT LEARN-TO-SKATE COURSE?
Our “Fresh Meat” (beginners) course runs twice a year on Sundays at Tottenham Green Leisure Centre, check out on the top right when the next one starts! If you’ve just missed it but want to sign up for future intakes, email us at email@example.com or complete our short contact form.
We will register you on our new recruits list and keep you updated with the what, when and how of our courses!
We encourage potential skaters to attend a few of our games to see what roller derby is all about and get an idea of the rules.
I’M TRANS, CAN I JOIN?
Yes! As we are a WFTDA certified league and follow the WFTDA gender policy for our main league (read it here), no matter how you identify you are welcome to join LRR’s Fresh Meat!
CAN MEN JOIN?
Absolutely! Although we are a WFTDA certified female league, we still welcome men as referees and officials. All genders wanting to become referees can join our Fresh Meat programme and learn to skate, then towards the end of that programme you will join in with the main league’s team practice to learn referee skills.
WHAT DOES THE COURSE INVOLVE?
Our Fresh Meat programme is a 16-week course: it includes 12 sessions of skating and roller derby skills, 2 assessment sessions, and ends with two ‘scrimmages’ (mock games).
During the assessments, we consider your skills and look at everything you have learned to ensure you can progress to our Wreck League.
Wreck League is our recreational league, where skaters can get a feel for the league before trying out for the Wreck Team, or for one of our travel teams if they feel ready to make that commitment.
WHAT EQUIPMENT WILL I NEED?
To play roller derby you’re required to wear the following equipment;
- quad roller skates
- a helmet
- a gum shield
- wrist guards
- elbow pads
- knee pads
If you’re a new skater, you must have all this kit for tryouts. One of our founders, Von Bitch, runs Skate Attack skate shop and can give you advice on all the essential roller derby gear either in person or through the Skate Attack website.
If you’re on a budget there are several groups on Facebook where you can get second-hand roller derby gear.
HOW OFTEN DO YOU TRAIN?
The amount of time commitment to training varies depending on your level of play within the league. Currently our training schedule is:
- Fresh Meat (beginners course) Sundays 12pm-2pm
- Wreck League (recreational roller derby) Sundays 4-6pm
- Travel Teams (players and invitees) Sundays 12-4pm
- Main League (travel team players and candidates) Wednesdays 8-10pm
We are a roller derby league entirely run by our members, so if you are in the main league and/or on a travel team, your commitment will also include some non-skating duties. You will be expected to work at bouts and take on a committee role to help with the running of the league. There is also a monthly membership fee to cover our operating costs.
WHAT IF I ALREADY HAVE DERBY EXPERIENCE?
We consider all transfer skaters from other leagues on an individual basis – if you want to become a London Rockin’ Roller just get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are no formal skills tests for transfers but you will be assessed over a period of time by our coaches. All transferring skaters are subject to a two-month probation period.
Looking forward to skating with you!