Skater Resources

In this section you’ll find lots of info for both brand new and fresh meat skaters.
The section is currently a work in progress, so please check back on occasion as we plan to add to it.

You can browse directly to your appropriate section immediately below, or for more general information, scroll past and read onscratching_head2

New & Potential Skater Tips

Tips for Regular Skaters

Complete Beginners

For those considering joining a Roller Derby League, who know very little about the sport, start here;

Coming along to your first roller derby practice can be a scary prospect, especially if you’re not 100% sure what exactly you’re getting in to, which most people don’t.

If you can watch a couple of videos or glance over the wikipedia page on how to play, then it will get you off to a good start for what to expect in the long run, but this preparation is in no way essential for you to come and join the Slayers.


Basics of Play – Roller Derby Wikipedia page – A really good starting point if you are completely clueless about the sport. Also check out Game Play Basics on the Rollers & Revellers site.

Silicon Valley Roller Girls Glossary of derby terms – A useful glossary for terms used in the sport.
-I haven’t yet found a good glossary that encompasses terms used in the culture in general, but will post here when I do!

How to get the most out of watching a derby bout live (WFTDA website)

Derby News Network TV and WFTDA Archives – to watch some real roller derby!

Blogs aimed at Newbies:elektra

Elektra Q-Tion’s Blog posts;
Advice to Newbies
Advice to Newbie refs!




For more advice for new skaters and those considering taking up the sport, take a look at our New & Potential Skater Tips.

meatFresh Meat

Now you’ve spent some time on skates, it’s time to learn how to play our glorious sport…

Check out the rules of Flat Track Roller Derby, and Minimum Skills requirements  (you must meet these before you are eligible to bout) on the WFTDA website.

You can test your rules knowledge over at Roller Derby Test O’Matic, but be warned, it’s addictive!

Rollers & Revellers is an awesome resource for fresh meat skaters, with a glossary, fresh meat FAQ, and even help with cleaning your skates and maintaining kit.
You’ll also find a page on the Basics of game play there, as well as a ton of info on wheels, including the different combos you might want to try and why… Pusher setups.

Feet going numb? skates feeling loose? Suffering lace bite?
This is a good page for different methods of lacing your skates to improve things for you.

Looking to upgrade all your gear now you know how to use it?
You can read Minx Pie’s article on wheels from Lead Jammer issue #2 here, and check out NRDL’s members’ gear reviews (coming soon).

For more detailed information for seasoned skaters, see our page, Tips for Regular Skaters.


If there’s anything in particular you’d like to see on this page, e-mail us, or comment below to let us know!

All photographs on this page are copyright of MAL Langbridge at Gradient Photography and re-used with kind permission.