1/7/17: Wreckers Orientation – All skill levels! Join the fun!

More general information about the Wreckers recreational roller derby program is here.

Our next Orientation will be January 7, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Hangar.  Please arrive AT LEAST 15 minutes ahead of time to get checked in. Doors close at 5:00 p.m. sharp, and skaters who are late will have to return for the next orientation. Can’t make it to this one? We have Orientations scheduled roughly every 2 months, so hopefully you can join us next time. Our next Orientation is tentatively scheduled for March 4, 2017. Dates and times are subject to change.

Skaters joining Wreckers at all skill levels (whether you plan to start with our Derby 101 class or go straight to Skills & Drills practices) must attend Orientation. Please do not bring visitors (spouses, neighbors, children, pets) to Orientation. You will be provided information on dates and times for the next Derby 101 session and Wreckers Skills & Drills practice times at Orientation. Derby 101 sessions are held on Sunday mornings.

  • New to skating and/or derby? Our Derby 101 class teaches participants the basics.
  • Think you’re ready to go straight into Skills and Drills practices? Plan to be available either the following Friday evening or Saturday evening so your skill level can be evaluated during the Skills & Drills practice.

Before Orientation:

  • You must RSVP by completing the online orientation registration form. Online registration for our next Orientation will open in December — come back soon!
  • The deadline to RSVP is the Thursday night before Orientation at midnight.
  • Please bring a credit or debit card to get started with Dues
    • For Derby 101: $60* per session (sessions are 6-8 weeks long)
      • *please note that this fee has increased from $50 to $60 as of January 2017 to accommodate our program’s growth
      • If you plan to use our Rent N Roll gear lending program it is $50 per session (currently only available to 101ers)
    • For those assessed with skating skills advanced enough to bypass 101 and join Wreckers Skills & Drills practices: Standard league dues are $40 per month. All monthly dues are on an Auto-Pay system.
  •  Rose City Rollers Handbook must be read. Be prepared to sign an acknowledgement form.
  • Wreckers Handbook must be read. Be prepared to sign an acknowledgement form.
  • Print, fill out, and sign the Skater Intake Packet and bring it to orientation.
  • Skater Insurance will be discussed at Orientation. To join you will be asked to purchase this insurance on a yearly basis and will be provided instructions on how to do so online through WFTDA: MANDATORY WFTDA insurance will cost $70/ year if you join Jan-June 1; prorated cost of $40 if joining after July 1. (More info below.)
  • Interested in a skater scholarship? Please go to this page to learn more about the Rob Lobster Memorial Scholarship for low-income adult skaters!

**WFTDA Insurance:

  • All skaters are strongly encouraged to have primary insurance coverage prior to skating and must have WFTDA insurance to skate in the Hangar with the league
  • Per accident maximum: $10,000
  • Deductible: $7,500 (without primary insurance) or $2,500 (with primary insurance)
  • General liability for skater and venue: $2 million
  • Injuries sustained during practice must be reported to Wreckers admin and Insurance
  • Accident reports must be filed within 14 days
  • Note: You will pay insurance directly to WFTDA with your credit or debit card online the week after Orientation

During Orientation

  • Paperwork and credit card payments are submitted for processing
  • Learn about the Rose City Rollers and the Wreckers program
  • Learn how to become more involved and how our WrAlly mentorship program works

What Gear Do I Need?

It is important to have high quality gear – you’ll be using it a lot! New skates and gear typically runs $300 – $500. During Orientation we will cover more in-depth info about what to look for when purchasing your own gear. Orientation is off-skates. If you have your own gear, you may bring it if you want a gear inspection.

  • Well-fitted quad roller skates (typically jam or short boot style – no inline or roller blade skates)
  • Properly-fitted helmet (multi-impact certified)
  • Knee pads
  • Wrist guards
  • Elbow pads
  • Mouth guard (boil and fit at home)
  • optional: crash pads (also known as butt pads or padded shorts)
  • Non-glass water-bottle (no glass allowed in the Hangar)

Where Can I Buy Derby Gear?

Rent N Roll Program

The Rose City Rollers are proud to have launched our Rent N Roll derby gear lending program, opening the transformative powers of derby to all. Skaters can rent quality skates and gear while they learn the basics in Derby 101. Rent N Roll is currently only available to 101ers, and is not available to skaters who have graduated from or bypassed 101 and are currently participating in Skills & Drills practices. Mouth guards are not included and must be purchased by the skater. Rent N Roll charges skaters a $50 fee to rent Riedell skates, an S-One helmet and Triple Eight or Atomic pads for an entire Derby 101 session, to be used during weekly 101 classes in the Hangar. Please plan to pay the rental fee with a debit or credit card at Orientation. This fee enables us to offer the Rent N Roll program to our juniors program (skaters ages 7-18) free of charge — by participating in Rent N Roll, you are helping to fund the future of roller derby!

After Orientation

  • Once you receive an Authorization to Skate email from Insurance, you may begin attending practice
  • Get enrolled on the RCR Forum
  • Find us on Facebook and ask to join the group, also be sure to “like” our public page
  • Sign up with the Volunteer management system
  • Let us know if your address, insurance, or personal information changes

Questions? Email wreckers.orientation@rosecityrollers.com