Here are some mixed FAQ’s. If you have any other questions send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What does it mean to be a Fresh Meat?
As a fresh meat you will be able to learn the basics of the game during our free-of-charge one hour sessions twice a week for the two tryout weeks. After the four tryout-sessions you will be offered to be a member of the team, it is at this point you will be allowed to start skating with the rest of the team, although of course in your own pace. You will recieve a membership application and start paying a membership fee. You are at that point welcome to join a committee, and help with any events during that time. You will also be welcome to join our association meetings and have a voice in the development of Gbg Roller Derby.
Do I have to be a seasoned skater to try out?
No! And don’t be scared by the term “tryouts.” Skills are one thing, but being a Derby Girl is a lot more than just being a good skater. The tryouts are more about helping you learn the basic skating skills, than judging your skills and comparing you to the other girls. Everybody has been a newbie at some point in time and before you know it you’ll be a full blown Derby girl.
How can I get ready for tryouts?
First off, get to know us! Join the Facebook group and keep an eye out for our next coming event. There are a lot of clips on youtube where you can get a taste of how fast, aggressive and awesome the game is, and to see what an undertaking it is to be a Roller Girl.
Then, once you are hooked, skate, skate, and skate some more! The more comfortable you are on wheels, the faster you will forget about the fact that you are on wheels and you’ll be able to work on learning the game.
Derby Girls are athletes first and foremost, so work on your fitness off skates as well. Increase your endurance and strengthen those leg and core muscles – you’re going to need them!
I just missed your try-out, what can I do on my own until your next session?
We have tryouts every three months. If you’re bummed out about just missing a try-out, please don’t stop skating. If you have a basic skating skill you can move forward in your training even before you come to tryouts. Some of the things you will be learning as a roller derby girl you can find here and here.
What do I need when I tryout?
All participants are required to wear all of the following protective gear you can find here. In some cases we might be able to lend you some extra gear, but be sure to ask on the Facebook group in advance.
I go to school and work, will I have enough time for roller derby?
Roller derby is a big commitment: it’s like a second (or third) job. You’ll be expected to attend team practices for around two–three hours twice a week.
We are a skater run organization, and everyone is expected to join a committee and help out on events, meetings etc. We’re not telling you this to scare you, but we want to be honest: If the time commitment is too much, maybe being a skater isn’t the right fit for you right now. There are lots of ways to join in: volunteer to help on events, join our awesome cheerleaders, come to all our parties, etc! But despite the time commitment, any Derby Girl will tell you that it is completely worth it. And you instantly have over 30 sisters in Gothenburg and over 16,000 around the world!
I’ve seen pictures of injuries and I’m worried. The game looks kind of dangerous…
Well, injures happen BUT we work really hard to prevent as many injuries as possible (by spending lots of time on how to skate safely) and we slow down and help everyone heal after games and injuries. As mentioned above, full protective gear is required for all skaters (and refs!) and we follow that rule strictly. Primary health insurance is strongly recommended.
What should I bring to practice? What should I wear?
Bring a big water bottle. Come dressed to work out – no tight jeans, short skirts or anything that restricts movement. Pants, shorts or tights that cover the meaty part of your thighs are perfect as they will protect from rink rash when practicing falls and slides.
And remember this is all about the skating – you don’t need to wear a “bout-fit”. Wear what you are comfortable in.
I think I would rather be a cheerleader or a Referee. Can I do that?
Yes! Fill out this application form and we will get back to you with information on how to get started.