10/27: Wreckers Orientation – All skill levels! Join the fun!

Orientation Registration is live! Click HERE

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

Our next Orientation is scheduled for Saturday, October 27 from 3:30-5:00pm at the Hangar. Can’t make it to this one? We have Orientations scheduled roughly every 3 months, so hopefully you can join us next time. Dates and times are subject to change.  Registration is open from Sunday, August 19 through October 18th at Midnight.

  • New to skating and/or derby? Our Derby 101 class teaches participants the basics, and we have derby gear rental available. Derby 101 classes are held on Sunday mornings from 8:00 – 10:00AM, and the first class will be Sunday, October 28th.
  • Think you’re ready to go straight into Skills & Drills practices?  To bypass Derby 101, in addition to attending Orientation, you will need to attend a skills assessment Saturday, October 27 at 6pm. More details will be provided via email prior to Orientation.  At Orientation, you will be provided with more exact information on dates and times for Skills & Drills practices.
    Please note: You must attend Orientation and Assessments before you can attend a Skills & Drills class.

Skaters joining Wreckers at all skill levels (whether you plan to start with Derby 101 or test out and join Skills & Drills) must attend Orientation. Please do not bring visitors (spouses, neighbors, children, pets) to Orientation.

Before Orientation:

    • You must RSVP by completing the registration form linked at the top of this page.
    • The deadline to RSVP is one week 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
    •  Derby 101: $35 per month for 3 months. Each session must be paid in full, but is invoiced in monthly installments. Sessions span 3 months, so you will be charged for 3 months after enrollment regardless of your participation or if you leave the league/or drop out for any reason.
    • Rent N Roll gear rental: additional $25/per month
    • For those assessed with skating skills advanced enough to bypass 101 and join Wreckers Skills & Drills practices: standard league dues are $50 per month.
    • 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 (Women’s Flat Track Derby Association) insurance on a yearly basis. Before or at Orientation, you will receive an email from RCR inviting you to purchase WFTDA insurance & sign the WFTDA Non-Disclosure Agreement (which can be done via smartphone).  You must do this prior to skating (including assessments). For insurance questions or issues, email insurance@rosecityrollers.com. 
  • Please note WFTDA insurance is limited and additional insurance is encouraged.
    • 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 before you are allowed to skate.

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.

  • Well-fitted quad roller skates (typically jam or short boot style – no inline or rollerblade skates)
  • Properly-fitted helmet (multi-impact certified is recommended; no bike helmets)
  • 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)

Note: mouthguards, crash pads, and water bottles are not included in Rent n Roll.

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, and after they move onto Skills & Drills.
Note: Mouth guards are not included and must be purchased by the skater.

Rent N Roll charges skaters a $25 fee monthly to rent the following gear:

  • Skates
  • Helmet
  • Knee pads
  • Elbow pads
  • Wrist guards

Gear is checked in and out every practice. (Sorry, they can’t leave the Hangar!) The monthly 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 Bex with information about how to set up your account in Apex, our membership website (for help, email Bex at admin@rosecityrollers.com).
  • Connect with us on Facebook!
  • Start volunteering! Contact volunteer@rosecityrollers.com to talk with our Volunteer Coordinator about what roles are a good fit for you, and to get signed up for Volgistics (which is where you can sign up for shifts & track your volunteer hours).

Questions? Email wreckers.orientation@rosecityrollers.com