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The best way to learn about Roller Derby is to come to one of our events! If you can't find the answer to your question, drop us an email at email@example.com
What is Roller Derby?
The Calgary Roller Derby Association plays flat track roller derby according to the rules set out by the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association. We play indoors on concrete, wood and sport court floors in community centres, gyms and in hockey arenas when the ice is out for the season. When you come watch the CRDA in action, you’ll notice we skate right on the floor on a track marked out by rope and tape, as opposed to the banked track that some derby fans remember from the 1970s and ’80s, and which was popularized in the 2009 film Whip It. The hits thrown by the skaters in the CRDA are tactical, not theatrical, and every skater on the track is an athlete who trains hard to be there. Yes, it’s all authentic. You can expect to see real attitude and real skill on the track.
Are your events kid-friendly?
Yes, our events are family friendly! We have beer gardens for the adults and kids may be more interested in our craft table, or bake sale. We usually have lots going on at our events, so they are a great night out for less than the cost of a movie.
Do you ever get injured?
Derby is a full contact sport, but we do intensive training to prepare skaters for the rigours of the sport - and of course we wear full protective gear. Sometimes, injuries happen which is why we love our EMT staff present at all our games.
Sounds like fun. How do I join?
If you are female, over 18 and interested in playing, we run new skater intakes throughout the year. This program, called "Fresh Meat" teaches you all the skills you need to know to play safely and successfully. Once you graduate Fresh Meat, you can then be drafted to a team and hit the track. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Can I be a ref?
Yes! We are always looking for volunteers. If you are interested in being an on-skates referee or NSO (non-skating official) for the league, email us at email@example.com
Why don't you play on a banked track like on TV?
For 50 years, Roller Derby was played on a banked track. When a group of women in Austin TX founded the modern version of the game, they realized those tracks were expensive and hard to maintain. They adapted the game to a flat track, which means we can now play almost anywhere. Fans love it because you can get up close to the action.
Who do you play?
Roller Derby is exploding! There are teams in pretty much any city or town you visit. Our home games will usually feature "away" teams from neighbouring provinces, and our travel teams play all across North America. (Actually, our AllStar travel team is ranked in the top 50 in the world!)
Can kids play?
Yes! We are just kicking off a juniors program. Juniors derby follows the same basic rules as adult roller derby, but with some modifications. To learn more, check out our Juniors info page under the "teams" section, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org