First of all, great that you’re interested in the sport roller derby. It has a lot of history and since the last years it has become more a sport than show or entertainment. Our league officially had its fourth birthday last january, but we still need to grow into a bigger and better team.
Having our own league means we have to do everything ourselves, from contact about renting the halls, to recruitment, to board positions and the actual training. We’re proud of our accomplishments like having played official games, organizing events and some of our skaters making the national team. Though derby isn’t just about winning. It’s about overcoming hardship, be it the physical training or the organisation, in the end you’ll be able to do something you didn’t know you could do before. You’ll be your own hero.
No matter what body type, if you are sporty spice or a couch potato who has never been on skates before, it doesn’t matter what you do for a living and where you grew up or what your sexual preference is, in derby you can and should just be yourself! Some advice and tricks to build mental resistance keep in mind when starting your fresh meat:
The practices are divided into the advanced skaters who already scrimmage and bout and the Fresh Meat. The Fresh Meat is also divided into two groups: the “skating skills” and the “derby skills”. This means we teach you everything about skating, stopping, and falling properly first, and train your muscles. Counting from the Fresh Meat event as the first week, you’ll be tested on the tenth with the WFTDA standards (Women’s Flat Track Derby Association and roller derby Holland require skaters to have passed the minimum skills test before scrimmage participation). There is no second chance, we figure it’s safer to train a second time. If you succeed, you’ll go to the next group of derby skills and we’ll teach you everything derby. There’ll be hitting, blocking, jamming, pack exercises, tactics and endurance. After two months of rules, boutwatching, strength and bruises, will be the rest of the minimum skill test. This will be celebrated heavily and if you succeed on your first or second try, you’ll be an advanced skater. You may attend scrimmages everywhere in the world as an individual skater and you’ll be considered on the roster for our bout team. When you’re not allowed to scrimmage or bout yet, we highly recommend you to NSO. This is a valuable learning experience!