1/06: Wreckers Orientation – All skill levels! Join the fun!

Orientation Registration is live!

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

Our next Orientation is scheduled for Saturday, January 6, 3-5:30pm at the Hangar. Can’t make it to this one? We have Orientations scheduled roughly every 2 months, so hopefully you can join us next time. Dates and times are subject to change.

  • New to skating and/or derby? Our Derby 101 class teaches participants the basics. We also have derby gear rental available for 101ers.
  • Have all your own derby gear and think you’re ready to go straight into Skills & Drills practices? In addition to attending Orientation, you will need to attend a skills assessment within the following month. More details will be provided at Orientation.

Skaters joining Wreckers at all skill levels (whether you plan to start with Derby 101 or if you plan to do a skills assessment to see if you can bypass 101 and jump straight into Skills & Drills practices) must attend Orientation. Please do not bring visitors (spouses, neighbors, children, pets) to Orientation.  Derby 101 classes are held on Sunday mornings. At Orientation, you will be provided with more exact information on dates and times for Skills & Drills practices and Derby 101 classes.

Before Orientation:

    • You must RSVP by completing the registration form linked at the top of this page. (Opens at the end of September!)
    • The deadline to RSVP is the Thursday night before Orientation at midnight.
    •  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.

During Orientation:

  • Learn about the Rose City Rollers and the Wreckers program
  • Q&A
  • Gear fitting for skaters using our Rent N Roll gear lending library
  • Dues processing: please bring a credit or debit card to get started with Dues
    • For Derby 101: $60 per session (sessions are ~8 weeks long)
    • For Derby 101 + Rent N Roll gear rental: $110* per session (sessions are ~8 weeks long)
    • 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.
    • For ALL SKATERS: WFTDA insurance is mandatory. It is $75/year. More info below.

*see Rent N Roll section below for more info on gear rental, and information about our scholarship program for low-income skaters.

WFTDA Insurance:

  • To skate with Rose City Rollers you are required to purchase WFTDA insurance on a yearly basis. During Orientation you will be provided instructions on how to do so online through WFTDA.
  • In addition to purchasing WFTDA insurance, all skaters are strongly encouraged to have primary health insurance coverage prior to skating. WFTDA INSURANCE IS NOT PRIMARY HEALTH INSURANCE.
  • WFTDA insurance will cost $75/ year if you join between January and June 1; there is a prorated cost if you are joining after July 1.
  • 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.

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 or more. 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 to Orientation if you want a gear inspection.

  • Well-fitted quad roller skates (typically jam or short boot style – no inline or rollerblade 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 a Rent N Roll derby gear lending program. Skaters can rent quality skates and gear while they learn the basics in Derby 101. Rent N Roll is currently only available to Wreckers in Derby 101, 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. (Sorry, they can’t leave 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! For Rent N Roll questions, email rentnroll@rosecityrollers.com.

We have a new scholarship program for low-income skaters to help cover the costs of Rent N Roll. We want roller derby to be accessible to low-income skaters, and we believe that this scholarship is a step in the right direction. To assess your eligibility, please check these guidelines. If you are eligible, please fill out this form before Orientation. We will contact you.

After Orientation

  • Look for an email from insurance@rosecityrollers.com inviting you to buy WFTDA insurance & sign the WFTDA NDA. After you’ve done both things, you will receive an Authorization to Skate email from Insurance — then you may begin attending practice (Derby 101 or Skills & Drills). For insurance questions or issues, email insurance@rosecityrollers.com
  • Look for an email from Punch with information about how to set up your Apex account (for help, email Punch at admin@rosecityrollers.com)
  • Connect with us on facebook!
  • Start volunteering! Contact volunteer@rosecityrollers.com to talk with Hell Vetica, our Volunteer Coordinator, out what volunteer roles are a good fit for you and to get signed up for Volgistics (which is where you can sign up for volunteer shifts & track your volunteer hours).

Questions? Email wreckers.orientation@rosecityrollers.com