Roller Derby is a fast paced full-contact sport played on quad roller skates. Invented in the 1930’s by Leo Seltzer, it peaked in the 1970’s and 80’s. It was then brought back to life in 2001 in Austin, Texas making it the exciting and challenging game it is today! Watch the short video below to learn more…
Leagues are generally amateur, and will host bouts that are open to the public at a local sports centre, so if you’re interested in the sport, find your local team and go along to one of their bouts to support them and see it in the flesh.
If you’re interested in getting involved, there are a number of positions that you can take up within leagues, even if you find that playing the game, or the commitment required to do so, is not for you, you could consider refereeing, or becoming a Non-Skating Official, or be an integral part of the bouting team by being their Bench Coach or Line-up Manager.
You can always just help out your league with promotional tasks and organising bouts or fundraising events, there’s LOADS of ways to get involved, because each League does EVERYTHING for themselves, so there’s plenty of opportunities to muck in.
If you do choose to skate, most Leagues will welcome you with open arms, even if you have never, ever strapped skates to your feet or seen a Roller Derby bout live, they are geared up to teach you all you need to know.
The costs of gear, as with all sports and hobbies, vary according to what you want to spend. A starter set of skates costs around £150, and a decent full starter kit with skates and all the protective gear costs around £200.
Be extremely wary of anything costing less than that, as they WILL break quickly, or worse, not be up to job and won’t protect you properly, trust us, we’ve experienced it all!
Regardless of what you spend to begin with, you WILL want to upgrade your gear in time, but this can easily be done bit-by-bit, enabling you to spread the cost.
Most leagues have basic kit that they can lend you for free until you can get your own (this is something that NRDL does).