What is roller derby? What kind of gear do you need? What is the “pledge”?
Find the answer to these questions below!
- The jammer is the offensive player who scores points,
- They wear a helmet cover called a “panty” with a star on each side.
- The pivot is the defensive player who sets the pace of the pack.
- They wear a helmet panty with a big stripe down the middle.
- Can be involved in a “star pass” where the jammer passes the star panty to the pivot. Pivot then becomes the jammer for that jam.
- The defensive players on the track.
- Helps their jammer find a path through the pack.
- Stops the opposing jammer from getting through the pack.
- Roller skates (quad skates)
- Mouth guard
- Elbow and knee pads
- Wrist guard
- Any other protective equipment you feel like wearing, but doesn’t hinder other skaters (e.g., sport glasses, padded shorts, etc.)
- Use of all protective equipment is mandatory for practice and games. Missing equipment = no playing.
- Filled out waivers is mandatory before being allowed to participate in the practices and games.
Where to Buy
- Local skateboarding/sport shops for limited selection on pads, helmets, mouth guard, wheels, bearings, tools.
- For quad skates and selection of equipment, purchase at stores or online.
Toe Stop Derby Shop (Edmonton, AB) – www.toestopderbyshop.caRollerGirl (Vancouver, BC) – www.rollergirl.caBad Girlfriend Skates (Morinville, AB) – www.badgirlfriendskates.comNerd Skates (Calgary, AB) – www.nerdskates.com
Neon Skates (Ottawa, ON) – www.skateneon.com
Join to be a part of a fun, recreational and competitive sport.
Realize that it is a contact sport and there is risk of injury.
Look forward to making many new friends and contacts all over the world.
Plan to commit your time.
Seek out knowledge on things you’re unsure of. Never be afraid to ask fellow derby people.
Network as much as possible (the internet makes it easy).
Promote the sport as a fun but valid one.
Always look for ways to improve your skills and help your fellow skaters with theirs.
Treat coaches, refs, and volunteers as equals and with respect. They love derby as much as you and put just as much blood, sweat and tears into it.
- Join for the glory of being a “derby skater”.
- Put more emphasis on the after party than the actual game (you need to earn the after party).
- Get involved if you can’t commit your schedule to attend practices.
- Push yourself beyond your limits physically or mentally (if you need a break, take one).
- Be afraid to stand up for yourself if you don’t agree with something the league is doing or saying (make your voice heard).
- Invite friends or family to join as refs/coaches/volunteers if you think they are only in it to get a date (and don’t be afraid to call them out on it, no one wants creeps in derby).
- Be afraid to get out there and be involved in one of the most awesome sports out there!!