AUGUST 14 | 7-9PM
Curious about being part of one of the fastest growing sports on Earth? Thinking about taking the plunge into roller derby, but want to see it and ask questions in person? This is the time and the place for just that.
Calgary Roller Derby is hosting a casual meet and greet night in August during one of our regular practices. Come watch, learn what you need to know to join us and ask any burning questions about our upcoming rookie bootcamp at the end of the month and our full 2019-’20 training program.
Whether you want to skate, volunteer or learn more about being an official, this night is the night for you!
Come out to the gym at the back of the West Hillhurst Community Arena (1940 6 Ave NW, Calgary) and watch CRD play a fun scrimmage against each other. We’ll be on hand to answer all your questions, and are planning to have our local skate shop owner from NERD Skates in attendance to answer questions about gear.
Seating is limited. We suggest arriving with enough time to park and get to the gym before 7, so you can secure your spot in the viewing area!
Note: This is an information session. You will be watching the action and, if you want, asking questions. You won’t be skating, you eager folks!
AUGUST 24 & 25
LEARN TO DERBY
Want to learn to play roller derby? You’re in the right place.
This two-day bootcamp run by Calgary’s WFTDA league will set you up for success in the 2019-20 rookie training season. This bootcamp is designed for skaters who are brand new to roller derby, and those who have a little bit of experience but are looking for a beginner bootcamp to get them ready for the rookie season.
What to bring: Come with your full roller derby gear (all safety gear and skates), dressed in workout clothes, running shoes and bring a water bottle.
What we’ll cover: Our bootcamp is based on WFTDA’s minimum skills requirements. We’ll cover basic skating skills, including proper stride and posture and several types of stops. You’ll learn how to fall safely, maneuver around other skaters and how to take and receive a hit safely. We’ll also work on balance, agility and rules. You can check out WFTDA’s minimum skills here: https://wftda.com/the-game/training/
When: This is a two-day bootcamp, so please plan to attend both sessions. Saturday, Aug. 24 5-8 p.m. and Sunday Aug. 25 1-3 p.m. in the gym at the West Hillhurst Community Association (1940 6 Ave NW). Light snacks and refreshments will be provided both days.
Cost: Just $50 to set your derby dreams in action! E-mail transfer instructions can be found in the registration form.
Ready to sign up? Here’s the link!
The full 2019-20 class training registration is live!
Calgary Roller Derby is hosting a full training program for new skaters from September through January. This training program will prepare new skaters for a successful pass on the minimum skill requirements test (proper stops, falling, agility, laps, hits, rules, etc.) as outlined by WFTDA.
This test ensures you are able to safely skate as a league member and is an essential element to be eligible to be drafted to play on one of our house teams.
Curious about the course content? Check out WFTDA’s minimum skills education series, which our training is based on: https://wftda.com/the-game/training/
Your first day of class starts Thursday September 5 from 7-9 p.m. at the West Hillhurst Community Association (1940 6 Ave NW).
Can’t make the first class? That’s OK! There will be time to catch up.
Classes continue in Sept each Thursday and additionally Sundays 1-3 p.m., except for dates that land on long weekends and a break over Christmas and New Year’s. After September, classes will be on Sundays only, 1-3 p.m.
The cost for pursuing your derby dreams from Sept.-Jan. is $200. E-mail transfer instructions can be found in the registration form noted below.
Want to sign up? Follow this link for the 2019-20 program.
IS THIS FOR?
Aspiring skaters 18+. Our teams are exclusively women and our referee crew is open to all genders. No skating or sports experience necessary—but it doesn’t hurt. (Under 18? Check out our Calgary Junior Roller Derby.)
DO I BRING?
All the gear. Quad roller skates, helmet, mouth guard, elbow pads, wrist guards, knee pads. Wear clothes you’re comfy working out in and bring running shoes, too. We’ve got some trial gear available, but it’s in limited supply, so please reach out ahead to check. Visit Nerd Skates and they’ll get you set when you’re ready for your own gear. They even have packages that group all your equipment into a set. If you don’t want to buy brand new, there is a used buy and sell Facebook Group Page called: Roller Derby Gear Buy and Sell (Alberta-ish).