Ohio Roller Derby 101

Ohio Roller Girls triple header against Burning River Roller Girls (Cleveland, OH) and the Bleeding Heartland Rollergirls (Bloomington, IN)

 Next Clinic:

Monday, February 10th


United Skates of America Roller Rink

3362 Refugee Rd, Columbus, 43232

What is a OHRD 101 Clinic?

OHRD 101 Clinics are two hour clinics, led by dedicated Ohio Roller Derby players, that teach basic derby skating skills. You’ll cover all the basic skills that the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) requires to join a team. And don’t worry – contact drills won’t be a part of clinics. Clinics are a great workout and an awesome way to learn more about roller derby!

Is this going to cost me a lot of money?

Clinics are only $10!

Do I need to know how to skate?

While it helps to have some basic skating skills, it is not required.

What if I don’t own skates?

No problem. Rental skates are available at no extra charge. Skates purchased from local sporting goods stores are not the quality that you will want if you play derby. Trust us, you’ll be better off in rentals. Don’t waste your money buying skates without any experience. It is best to wait until you can be properly fitted for derby skates.

What kind of gear do I need?

You’ll need a helmet (for OHRD 101 Clinics, bicycle helmets are acceptable), a mouth guard, elbow pads, wrist guards, and thick, hard-shell knee pads.

But I don’t have any gear!

That’s okay, you can borrow gear from us. Please let us know when you sign up that you need to reserve gear. We do sell mouth guards for $2.00 at the clinic, so if you haven’t bought one we will set you up with one.

What do I need to wear?

Comfortable workout clothes or anything that allows you to move freely. As you will be doing baseball-slide falls, we recommend you wear something that covers your thighs, whether that’s tights with shorts or capri/full length workout bottoms. Bring a water bottle and a bandana (required if you are borrowing a helmet).

How often do you hold clinics?

Clinics are typically held the first Monday of every month (except November and December).

Are clinics always the same or do you ever learn different skills?

We typically review the non-contact section of the WFTDA Skills test, which includes skate stride, weaving, stopping, and falling. Depending on the skill level of the group sometimes we get through things faster and are able to do different drills like shoot the duck, skating on only toes or only heels, or jam skating type things. These are the skills needed to provide a good base for playing roller derby.

Are the clinics always lead by the same people?

Yes, clinics are generally led by the same people. In addition, other skaters will aid with the clinics as they have time, so you’ll get to meet other Ohio Roller Derby players as well.

Are OHRD Clinics mandatory before trying out for the team?

Clinics are not mandatory for trying out for OHRD, but they are mandatory for the Ohio Recreational Program. We recommend clinics before trying out for OHRD because they provide the opportunity to work on the basic skills needed for a good foundation for playing roller derby. We have found that generally the people who attend the clinics perform better during tryouts and have an increased chance of making the team as opposed to those that just show up for tryouts.

Are clinics all one skill level, or do you have more advanced/secondary level clinics for those who been to the first one?

All clinics are the basic skill level. Skaters interested in advancing are encouraged to join the Ohio Recreational Program.

What if I’m ready to advance my skill set?

Once you’ve completed a OHRD 101 Clinic, you are now a part of the Ohio Recreational Program. That’s where you’ll learn a higher level of skills, including how to hit and rules and strategies for playing the game. Find out more information about OHRP here.

I’m in! Where do I sign up?

You can sign up here! If you have any further questions you can email recruiting@ohiorollerderby.com


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