I haven't skated in years, can I still join OH!RL?
Yes! Ohio Roller Derby is committed to training women of all abilities and skill levels to participate in flat track roller derby. Our members vary in age and athletic ability; we welcome all skill levels. Come in as a beginning skater, an ice or inline skater wanting to try out skating on quads, a retiree, or first year derby girls from other leagues wanting additional track time. If you’re a bit rusty, don’t worry, you will be taught many of the basic skills you will need in our Wannabe Clinics prior to joining OH!RL for more advanced practices and full contact scrimmages. However, new skaters are strongly encouraged to practice basic skating skills on their own time, such as controlled starts and stops, crossovers on the corners, gliding on one skate, and skating at least 10 laps without stopping.
Many women join OH!RL to in preparation for tryouts with Ohio Roller Derby, but many others join for a fun workout and a great way to meet new interesting people!
All skaters must be 18 years or older.
What do I need to have to join OH!RL?
A good attitude and a sense of humor. We can provide skates and gear for up to 3 months. All skaters are required to wear quad-style skates, knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards, a helmet, and a mouth guard. Again, for your safety and the timely progression of the trainers’ practice agendas, new skaters are encouraged to practice basic skating skills outside of practice and to participate in a regular fitness routine before joining OH!RL.
I don't have my own equipment, can I rent gear?
We allow OH!RL skaters to borrow gear and skates up to 3 months, but gear and skates stay at our practice space. We have up to a certain amount of skates that these are provided on a first come basis. If you are interested in purchasing gear you can purchase gear from existing skaters who are upgrading or from various derby vendors, including OHRD sponsor, Next Level Skate Shop.
How much does derby gear cost?
Prices vary based on the vendor and the quality of the equipment. Some online vendors sell “Rookie Packages” including skates and all the necessary safety gear. These start at about $200 for a very basic set of skates and all your gear.
Will I get hurt?
Flat Track Roller Derby is a full contact sport. You do run a risk of injury. Injuries range from bruises and strained muscles to broken bones and everything in between. In general, you are able to choose the level of intensity with which you want to participate. The OH!RL trainers are highly skilled and safety is their first priority at all times. They will do their best to ensure that all skaters participating are safe to be on the track. Any skater who has not met basic safety requirements will not be allowed to participate in official scrimmages.
Do I need to have insurance to be a part of OH!RL?
YES! Personal insurance is highly recommended but not required. However, all members participating in the rec program are required to purchase a low cost, high deductible insurance policy administered through the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association which costs approximately $75 annually.
What if I can't make it to all of the practices?
Life sometimes gets in the way of derby. We encourage participants to attend as many practices and scrimmages as possible. The most important thing is that all skaters are safe, and the only way the trainers will know you are safe is by watching you at practice. Skaters who have missed an excessive number of practices, or who have not mastered basic safety skills, may not be allowed to participate in the official scrimmages until they have been cleared by a trainer as able to participate.
Is childcare provided?
Childcare is not provided due to our insurance restrictions disallowing minors in our facility.
Can I bring spectators?
Practices & Scrimmages are closed to spectators.
This all sounds great; how do I join?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get started!