Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

We get lots of questions about derby. What is it? Does it hurt? Can I skate with you? Are you all the coolest?
So we thought we’d put together a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page to hopefully answer all of your derby questions.
If we didn’t, please feel free to pop over to our Twitter, Facebook or contact page and ask us!
We also have a FAQ for our Learn to Skate Program.

The more common questions:

Roller derby is a contact sport played by two teams of five members on roller skates, who play positions of both offence and defence simultaneously. The players skate in the same direction around a flat, oval track, attempting to score points during game play. Game play consists of two periods with a series of short match ups known as jams. Each team designates a scoring player known as the jammer. The jammers score points by lapping members on the opposing team while fellow team members assist their jammer and hinder the opposing jammer. Read more about roller derby rules.

No way! Modern derby is totally non-scripted and is a true contact sport. Just some skates, protective gear, and fun names! Modern derby is as real as it gets and we’ve got the bruises to prove it. Come check out one of our games to see just how real it is! 

Wrong! The old scripted days of roller derby are over, and just like any contact sport, in modern roller derby there are lots of rules and strict penalties for such dangerous and illegal moves. Check out our Rules page for more info on how the game is played and what penalties to watch out for. 

About the league:

Anchor City Rollers is a non-profit organization run by and for skaters who volunteer their time and skills. Every dollar of every ticket sold goes directly back into the league. Derby isn’t cheap and we all chip in with our diverse skills, dollars, and time.

Nope. We skate because we love the sport and want to see it grow. We get paid in derby love and bruises (just kidding. Actually, no, it’s true).

A dedicated team of experienced skaters direct training for the league. These trainers create drills and prepare strategies, tailored for Learn to Skate (new skater), intermediate, and seasoned skater levels. We also attend and host training camps with trainers from outside of the league every chance we get.

We accept skaters from 16-18 into our Learn to Skate program with parental consent. Without parental consent, you must be 19 years of age in order to skate. Our age range is anywhere from early 20s to late 40s. All our skaters share a love of derby and come from diverse backgrounds with varying skills.

About the games and venue:

Check out our schedule to see where we’ll be skating next! 

People are welcome to come check out practices but please contact us beforehand.

Tickets can be purchased at the door when you come out to one of our games. Bring a non-perishable food item for Parker Street Food Bank and get $2 off admission.

Yes! Our current venue sells alcoholic beverages to people over the age of 19. No outside drinks are permitted.

Anchor City Rollers’ competitive season typically lasts from May-September. We break during the winter months for training and practice in preparation for the next season.

Other Questions:

Yes! Our Learn to Skate program provides training and skills development to teach you everything you need to know to play the game. After passing minimum skills requirements at the end of Learn to Skate, you’ll start skating with our experienced skaters, and become eligible to be drafted to a team.

New referees also participate in our Learn to Skate program, and learn on-skate skills they’ll need to officiate games.

Sometimes. We take safety seriously, because just like any other contact sport, injuries can happen. We wear helmets and protective gear, and we train very hard to learn how to fall and skate correctly. We teach our skaters how to prevent injuries and recommend off-skates training and fitness to keep fit enough to help prevent injury. Serious injuries are very rare. The most common injuries are bruises.

Quad rollerskates, multi-impact helmet, mouth guard, elbow pads, wrist guards, and knee pads are all required before lacing up your skates.

You betcha! Currently we sell them at our games, where you can get your fill of t-shirts, buttons, hats, and stickers to cheer on your favorite Anchor City Roller teams.