About the Learn to Skate Program
Anchor City Rollers is a competitive league that skate and play hard. It takes at least 6 months of training before skaters can become eligible to be drafted to a home team and play in bouts. We take in new skaters once every year! Wondering what roller derby is? Check out the links below and contact our Learn to Skate director (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions or for information on our next Learn to Skate intake!
Everyone entering Anchor City Rollers that has not played with another league must complete the Learn to Skate/Fresh Meat program. The program is currently set to run 12 weeks, not including holidays.
- 19 years of age or older (folks 16-18 are eligible to take part in our Learn to Skate program)
- Female identified *
- Team attitude
- Willingness to fall hard and get back up again
* We are inspired by the MRD gender policy that states “MRD, pursuant to its mission of promoting women’s roller derby, does not and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. MRD does not and will not differentiate between members who identify as female and those who identify as a non-binary gender (including but not limited to genderqueer, transmasculine, transfeminine, and agender) and does not and will not set minimum standards of femininity for its membership or interfere with the privacy of its members for the purposes of league eligibility. These activities include, but are not limited to, draft/home team skater eligibility, membership eligibility, disbursement of resources, and eligibility for office. MRD is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all skaters, officials, volunteers, and fans.”
One two-hour practice a week. Occasional additional rules training sessions may be required. Skaters are required to join one of the many committees that help our league run, and to participate in league activities such as donation drives and other public events.
When you join the Anchor City Rollers, you will go through an intense training process to get you bout-ready:
- The basics of skating: derby stance, skating stride, stopping, falling safely, etc.
- Roller derby basics: skating in a pack, positional blocking, shoulder and hip-checks, whipping (assists), jamming and blocking.
- The rules of the game, through both on-skate training and off-skate NSOing. Skaters must pass a written rules test before they are eligible to be drafted to a home team.
- Preparing for WFTDA certification: skaters must pass these minimum safety requirements before becoming eligible to scrimmage, be drafted to a home team, or play in a bout. The full list of requirements is available from the WFTDA site.
- Once skaters have passed the WFTDA minimum skills test and the WFTDA written test, they are eligible to take part in weekly scrimmages, and to be drafted home teams.
- Minimal fitness training will be provided, but skaters are required to do their own conditioning work outside of practice.
- Questions? Check out the Fresh Meat FAQ. Still more? No problem! Email our Fresh Meat Director
- Transfers from other leagues please contact our board of directors.
The cost of the program is $250. This includes:
- League jersey!
- Administrative costs (pylons, pinnies, panties, tape, and first aid supplies)
- Coaching & mentorship from a staff of experienced trainers
- Monthly dues for the 12 weeks
- The money from the “dues” is used primarily for rental of practice space in which you will practice.
Each skater is responsible for registering with CRDi (Canadian Roller Derby Information & Services) and acquiring the mandatory insurance. Cost is $50 for the entire year with extensive liability and injury coverage.
- Quads (old fashioned roller skates, not necessarily high ankles)
- Knee pads (if you splurge, splurge on this)
- Wrist guards
- Elbow pads
- Mouth guard
- Helmet (skate board or hockey style)
- Many people get toe guards for their skates
- People with pre-existing knee problems often find the extra protection of knee gaskets helpful
- Many new skaters get padded shorts, if you have a problem with your tail bone, or just don’t like falling on your bum, we recommend these
- Protective bras are allowed
-WHEN YOUR GEAR COMES PUT ON ALL PROTECTIVE GEAR BEFORE YOU STAND UP ON YOUR SKATES-
The league has sponsorship agreements with:
Rollergirl.ca (contact us for passwords to access clearance items)
- Neon Skates
- Heartbreak Boutique
- Wicked Skatewear
- Bruised Boutique
- Defiant Darlings (located in Sydney, NS)
Or buy used gear on the East Coast Roller Derby Buy and Sell Facebook page.
Common beginner questions:
If you have more/other questions for us, please contact us.