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Skaters

Join the fun at all skill levels! Starting at just seven years old, skaters who identify with the WFTDA Gender statement are invited to join. From never-been-on-skates to experienced All Stars, from recreational to competitive, Rose City Rollers has a program for everyone.

Fill out the form below to begin your derby journey. Completing it will enroll you in a digital orientation followed by a membership application and next steps upon completion. You can opt out at any time of course (but you won’t want to!). This orientation will include: Who we are as an organization, logistics of getting started including costs and gear, and next steps.

If you’re from another league and you’d like to just skate as a guest, scroll down to FAQ’s.

Access and Equity

RCR is committed to keeping derby accessible. You’ll learn more about the following in our online orientation, but here’s the gist.

Scholarships for membership dues:

We offer scholarships to any junior skater (age 7-17) whose family is eligible for free/reduced school lunch as defined by the Portland Public School system. We also offer limited scholarships to adults who have been with the league for at least 6 months. You can find more information in our orientation.

Gear:

Made possible by grants from a variety of organizations include the Nike Community Impact Fund, The Oregon Community Foundation and the Multnomah Athletic Foundation, the Rose City Rollers are proud to present the world’s first comprehensive derby gear lending and rental library featuring Riedell SkatesS1 Helmets, and Triple 8 Pads. Rent n’ Roll is available to use for all skaters.

Joining beyond playing derby

Rose City Rollers is always recruiting volunteers of all genders. Learn more here.

Officials

Rose City Rollers is always recruiting officials of all genders! We have opportunities for both Skating and Non-Skating Officials. Officials are essential for ensuring safety and fair play during a bout. Skating Officials wear roller skates during practice and bouts. They fill multiple positions in a bout or scrimmage, and are staffed by volunteers. Non-Skating Officials are the backbone of any officials crew.  As the name implies, NSOs take on the officiating positions that don’t involve being on-skates.  NSOs fill multiple positions within a bout or scrimmage and are staffed by volunteers. Learn more about joining our Officials program here!

FAQ

Q: What does this orientation process look like?
A: You’ll do our online orientation, then, based on your skating experience (or lack thereof), you’ll be invited to an in person activity on one of the following dates.

Derby 101 in-person orientation dates for 2020:

  • June 28th
  • Aug 30th
  • Nov 1

Assessment dates to by-pass Derby 101 (for skaters who have derby experience) for 2020:

  • June 27th
  • August 29th
  • October 17th

Q: I’m from another league and I’d like to guest skate – how can I do that?
A: Drop In Skating is currently on hold, but we’re working on it and should have it resolved by February 2020.

Q: How much are dues?
A: Juniors pay $45/month; Adults pay$50/month

Q: Do I need insurance?
A: We strongly recommend primary insurance for all skaters. Adults are required to purchase an additional insurance policy through the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) for $75/year. Juniors pay $25/year through the Junior Roller Derby Association (JRDA). More info on both in the digital orientation.

Q: I’ve never skated before – is that okay?
A: Yes! You can learn! All you need is patience and commitment and we can help with the rest.

Q: I’m a current derby skater – do I still need to do the orientation?
A: Yes! The orientation is mandatory for all skaters in our league. Depending on your level of experience, you will start at a different practice, but not with a different process. We are prepared to welcome you, regardless of your skating level. If after going through the orientation you have questions, there will be contact information for you to get in touch with us!

Q: I know I can’t borrow a mouthguard, and I need one to play. Where can I get one?
A: You can get one at the Hangar when you join us (more in the digital orientation), or you can get it at Five Stride or Oaks Park (links below).

Q: I know I can borrow yours, but where could I buy derby gear?
A: Oaks Park Skate Shop (RCR members receive a 10% discount!) or Five Stride Skate Shop