Here are some frequently asked questions we get about roller derby. Of course, you can always contact us with any additional questions.
Q: Who are the skaters on your team?
- Our skaters are made up of a wide variety of women. They are students, mothers, nurses, and other professionals.
Q: Am I too old, fat, tall, or small?
- No! The beauty of roller derby is that nearly all leagues accept all girls with open arms regardless of size, and ability. Derby promotes positivity and acceptance of all body types and athletic abilities (or lack thereof!)
Q: How old do I have to be to become a Roller Derby girl?
- You must be 18 to play but we always have openings for volunteers to help out with other derby related jobs. Such as score keeper, timers and other jobs that are just as important.
Q: What are the team practices days?
- Our team has two derby practices a week, our Missfits Derby boot camp is on Monday 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm (we have a team scrimmage session from 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm,) and Saturday 10:00 am – 12:30 pm.
- We also have a speed skating practice on Thursdays at 6:00 pm.
Q: How much time does it take to be on a roller derby team?
- Consider how much time you might be devoting to any other team sport – you’ll have weekly practices, occasional scrimmages and bouts, team meetings and other events to attend. Lots of derby leagues including ours also rely on their members to help raise money, flyer for events, set up & break down events, recruit new skaters, etc.
Q: What if I can’t make it to all the practices?
- We know that life can get in the way of practices but we have a rule that you must make at least 75% of the practices in order to play. It is important to make as many practices you can in order to be better on your skates and when it comes to game time. A player can fall behind the rest of the girls in ability and this can lead to hurting the girls on your team.
Q: Can I bring my kids to practices?
- Yes! We don’t have problem with Moms bringing the kids with, we don’t allow the kids to play with the women when we are practicing skills that could hurt or injure the children. Many women do bring their kids with them!
Q: What about the spouses of the team?
- Husbands, Boyfriends, Wife’s and Girlfriends can come to practices! We like to have the whole family involved in the game. Some of the man even gets out on skates to point out problems that they see the team is having to help the team become better.
Q: Can guys play, too?
- There are more and more men’s leagues forming but the number of women’s leagues far outnumber men’s leagues. But YES! We have a Co-ed team going up! Men and women on one team this is not requirement, not all the Women feel comfortable playing with the men. You don’t have to play with them unless you would like to.
Q: Is roller derby staged?
- Absolutely not! It is a real sport. The hits, injuries, plays, and penalties are all real.
Q: Are your skaters paid?
- No! All of our skaters, refs, and other volunteers are completely unpaid. They are responsible for the cost of practice, gear, travel to bouts, etc. They do it for the love of the sport. We do go out and look for sponsors to help pay for the materials that a team may need or even a roller girl as well.
Q: Is roller derby violent?
- Roller derby is a full contact sport, just like football, just with more rules. The teams are dedicated to good sportsmanship and many of the skaters are friends off the track. It is a family friendly sport.
Q: Do you beat each other up?
- While we certainly do get beat up in the course of a bout, we absolutely do NOT beat each other up. Fighting or misconduct of any type is an ejectable offense. Sure, it’s rough. Sure, it’s full contact. Sure, people get hurt sometimes. Roller derby is definitely aggressive but NOT violent!
Q: How many people are on the track at once?
Each team “fields” five players per jam – a jammer, a pivot, and three blockers – out of 14 active and two alternate skaters on the roster for that particular bout. If you see fewer than five players from each team on the track, check the penalty box. Skaters whose penalty has not expired at the end of a jam must remain in the box through the subsequent jam until their time is up, leaving their line to skate shorthanded.
Q: What are the different positions?
- Jammers: point scorers from each team, she wears stars on her helmet.
- Pivots: Pivots are the pace-setters and strategy leaders of the pack.
- Blockers: Blockers are the primary offensive and defensive players of the pack.
Q: What gear do I need?
- Helmet (multi-impact rated – not a bike helmet!), kneepads, elbow pads, wrist guards, mouth guard & quad skates! You will NOT be allowed to skate if you do not have ALL of your gear! Your pads need to be of good quality – the $15 Barbie set or the Wally world knee, elbow & wrist guard package is NOT sufficient! Every skater has a different type of pads they use and like depending on what feels the best to that skater.
- A few different types that are good to get are: 187 Pro pads, ProTec pads, Tipple Eights pads.