So you want to be a Darlin'?
Following enrollment, newbies will begin an intensive 12-week training course, where their skills will be assessed every month, allowing us to focus attention on training one group/level at a time and producing more solid and well-rounded skaters.
In the meantime, please feel free to come to practice and check out how things run. We invite you to become a league affiliate, which includes access to all of our events, information, and a chance to help us out behind the scenes. Get to know the Darlins by giving us a hand!
Here is a brief list of what you can expect to purchase before you hit the track with us. Please download and review our complete list here. Contact Membership to see if any loaner gear is available so that you don't have to invest in expensive equipment until you are sure you want to join!
Roller derby is a full-contact sport; although we wear full protective gear, people do occasionally get hurt. For that reason, we suggest but do not require, that you have primary medical insurance to cover any injuries you may incur while on the track. You will be required, however, to purchase WFTDA insurance ($70 for the whole year) and you must purchase it online. You can do so by clicking here.
Skating and Non-Skating Officials
No sports team would be complete without the stripes! Our refs don’t just blow whistles at the games, they’re participating members of the league who attend practices and skate along with the players. If you’re observant, outgoing, and like being in charge, this may be just the thing for you. There are a ton of different positions on the ref team that include “on-skate” refs and “off-skate” officials.
Non-skating officials (NSOs) are responsible for tracking penalties, timing skaters in the penalty box, timing each jam, updating the scoreboard, tracking stats, and much more! They also handle the paperwork and communication information after bouts.
Skating referees monitor the game for safety and fairness. Experience is not necessary--we’ll train you! Those who wish to skate as refs but don’t have skating experience will spend time with the fresh meat to learn basic skills and safety and are required to pass an assessment and a rules test. Skating refs must also purchase their own equipment and are held to the same safety standards as our skaters.