Do you have what it takes?
The Hammer City Roller Girls will be holding skater tryouts on Sunday, December 9, from 12pm – 2pm at our Caledonia Fairgrounds practice space (151 Caithness St. East, Caledonia, ON).
All participants must be 18 years of age. Every skater is required to wear a helmet, wrist guards, elbow pads, knee pads, a mouth guard, and quad roller skates. Unfortunately we do not have loaner gear. Please also bring ID, and dress in layers, as the arena can get chilly.
Skills we’ll be looking for at tryouts:
- Basic skating skills: crossovers, glides, stops
- Balance and agility
- Endurance: 25 laps in 5 minutes
- Skating with others: whips, pushes, weaving, obstacles, leaning, bumping
- Blocking: taking hits, positional blocking, hip and shoulder checks
We’ll also be looking for: athletic potential, a willingness to learn, and a positive attitude.
You’ll also want to familiarize yourself with the rules that we play by. We follow a set of rules set by Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby Association (WFTDA). The rules have been recently revamped and will go into effect January 1, 2013. You can find this ruleset at: www.wftda.com. If you successfully pass tryouts, we will test you on the rules in the new year.
What happens after tryouts?
Skaters who are selected will be invited to attend league practices (Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays) and start a three-month probation period. You will be known as Fresh Meat during this time period. Once your three months are up and you have met all member requirements (monthly dues, attending practices, participating in league activities), you will be eligible to play bouts as a Hammer City Roller Girl.
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you’re coming to tryouts, or if you have any questions.
Not ready to tryout? Sign up for our next Derby 101 course! Our experienced skaters will teach you the foundations of skating and roller derby over an 8 week period. It’s a great way to find out if derby is right for you. Our next session starts Wednesday, January 16, from 6:30pm – 7:30pm in Caledonia, ON.
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