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Learn to Play Roller Derby

Monday, March 31st, 2014

The Hammer City Roller Girls are looking for new skaters just like you! We are a super friendly league that welcomes fresh meat of all shapes, backgrounds, and abilities.

Come on out to our no-obligation Meet & Greet Night on April 27 to learn more about joining our league through our proven Derby 101 program. Meet experienced skaters in a relaxed setting, learn more about our training program, and pick up some lightly-used second-hand roller derby gear. Most importantly, you will have an opportunity to talk to skaters who have recently completed Derby 101. They are in the best position to give you an idea of what you’ll experience.

Meet & Greet Night
April 27, 2014
7:00 pm
This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. North, Hamilton
Meet current skaters, learn more about the program, and determine if derby is right for you. You can also register for Derby 101 at the meet ‘n’ greet if you wish (please bring ID and a cheque).

The Derby 101 program starts on Wednesday, May 14 at Coronation Arena in Hamilton, and is open to beginners 18 years+ who want to learn the game of flat track roller derby. It’s the first step towards becoming a Hammer City Roller Girl. No experience? No problem! During the 9-week program our trainers will teach you the skating and derby skills you’ll need to learn. Our program is specifically designed to help you build your roller derby know-how and skills in a safe and supportive environment.

Once you graduate from Derby 101 you will be eligible to join Smash Squad where you will continue to hone your derby prowess while working towards becoming an HCRG league skater.

If you want to come to our Meet & Greet night, join Derby 101 or have any questions, complete our online skater intake questionnaire and we’ll get back to you.

Click here for more details regarding our next Derby 101 session and the Meet & Greet night.

Want to be a Hammer City Roller Girl?

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

The Hammer City Roller Girls are looking for new skaters just like you! We are a super friendly league that welcomes fresh meat of all shapes, backgrounds, and abilities.

Come on out to our no-obligation Meet and Greet and Gear Sale Night on January 19 to learn more about joining our league through our proven Derby 101 program. Meet experienced skaters in a relaxed setting, learn more about our training program, and pick up some lightly-used second-hand roller derby gear. Most importantly, you will have an opportunity to talk to skaters who have recently completed Derby 101. They are in the best position to give you an idea of what you’ll experience.

Meet N’ Greet Night
January 19, 2014
7:00 pm
This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. North, Hamilton
Meet current skaters, learn more about the program, and determine if derby is right for you. You can also register for Derby 101 at the meet ‘n’ greet if you wish (please bring ID and a cheque).

The Derby 101 program starts on January 29, and is open to beginners 18 years+ who want to learn the game of flat track roller derby. It’s the first step towards becoming a Hammer City Roller Girl. No experience? No problem! During the 9-week program our trainers will teach you the skating and derby skills you’ll need to learn. Our program is specifically designed to help you build your roller derby know-how and skills in a safe and supportive environment.

Once you graduate from Derby 101 you will be eligible to join Smash Squad where you will continue to hone your derby prowess while working towards becoming an HCRG league skater.

If you want to come to our Meet and Greet night, join Derby 101 or have any questions, complete our online skater intake questionnaire and we’ll get back to you.

Click here for more details regarding our next Derby 101 session and the Meet and Greet night.

We’re Recruiting!

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Here we grow again!

The Hammer City Roller Girls are looking for fresh meat. Do you think you have what it takes? Find out by taking our semi-famous Derby 101 program.

Derby 101 is open to beginners 18 years+ who want to learn the game of flat track roller derby, and is the first step to becoming a Hammer City Roller Girl. If you’re determined, dedicated, and team-oriented, we want to hear from you!

Our experienced trainers will teach you the skating and derby skills you’ll need to know. It’s the only program in the Hamilton area specifically designed and dedicated to help you build your roller derby prowess, in a safe and supportive environment. In fact, many of our current skaters took their very first strides in Derby 101.

The first session on Wednesday, July 10 is an off-skates Meat N’ Greet, where you can meet skaters, ask questions, and decide if the program is right for you. The following 8 Wednesday evenings are when you’ll be building your confidence and skills while on-skates.

** NEW! ** We’ve added a second info session on TUESDAY, JULY 2 at This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. North, at 7 pm. Come learn more about Derby 101, meet skaters, and get your questions answered. You can even register that night with your payment/ID in hand.

Learn more about Derby 101 and sign up.

If you are an experienced derby player looking to join our league, please get in touch with us directly.

Learn to Play Roller Derby!

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Derby 101 April 17Hamilton’s only competitive roller derby league is looking for fresh meat. Do you think you have what it takes?

Derby 101 is open to beginners 18 years+ who want to learn the game of flat track roller derby, and is the first step to becoming a Hammer City Roller Girl. If you’re determined, dedicated, and team-oriented, we want to hear from you!

Our experienced skaters will teach you the skating and derby-playing skills you’ll need to know. It’s the only program in the Hamilton area specifically designed and dedicated to help you build your roller derby skills, in a safe and supportive environment. In fact, many of our current skaters took their very first strides in Derby 101.

The next session starts Wednesday, April 17. Learn more about Derby 101.

If you are an experienced derby player looking to join our league, please get in touch with us directly.

Want to Play Roller Derby?

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

Derby 101Hamilton’s only competitive-level roller derby league is looking for fresh meat. Do you think you have what it takes?

Derby 101 is open to beginners 18 years+ who want to learn the game of flat track roller derby, and is the first step to becoming a Hammer City Roller Girl. If you’re determined, dedicated, and team-oriented, we want to hear from you!

Our experienced skaters will teach you the skating and derby-playing skills you’ll need to know. It’s the only program in the Hamilton area specifically designed and dedicated to help you build your roller derby skills, in a safe and supportive environment. In fact, many of our current skaters took their very first strides in Derby 101.

Learn more about Derby 101.

If you are an experienced derby player looking to join our league, please get in touch with us directly.

HCRG Tryouts December 9

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

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 freshmeat@hammercityrollergirls.ca 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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5 Things I Learned About Roller Derby

Monday, February 13th, 2012

By: Oh!Henry

Oh!Henry started playing roller derby at 18 years old. In her first season with HCRG she joined the WFTDA chartered team, and won MVP in a bout against the Queen City Lake Effect Furies. At the next bout Oh!Henry skates in – keep your eyes open for the 5150 Peanut Gallery.

1.) Falling for in derby

There isn’t something that I can think of that actually compares to how driven you become to attend practice because it’s not like a job or school where you have to go “or else.” However, you end up in a sweaty state of worry if you even think you might miss practice. Or at least I do. About two practices in, I found myself turning down family taco night to ensure I was at practice and anyone who knows me knows how much I love a good family taco night. Roller derby is a siren sitting on a rock in the sea of…. life, making you fall in love with it.

Ok, that was cheesy.

2. Roller derby isn’t just about smashing each other up

When people hear about modern roller derby, they instantly think two things, violence and fishnets. The most common responses are,
“Oh like the elbows and punching, right?!”
OR
“Like that one movie with Ellen page?”

Fortunately for me, I had an awesome neighbor who played with HCRG and told me what to watch and look up as soon as she found out I was interested in roller derby.
For people who aren’t aware of the resurrection of roller derby, it is forever immortalized in their heads as either a sport where ladies manage to wrestle in a WWE-esque style while on skates or a movie that doesn’t accurately depict roller derby. I like to respond to comments like that by letting them know that roller derby isn’t fake or always about the big hits, it’s mainly about strategy and knowing when to do things. It’s good to remember that the hardest hitting player on a team is not necessarily the best player.

3. Falling for in derby

It goes without saying that a lot of falling takes place in roller derby. There are the falls you know are coming, the falls where you don’t even see the person winding up to hit you and the accidentals. It’s because of the last two in that list that you have to remember to stretch your upper body as well. Luckily in Derby 101 and Smash Squad you learn how to fall properly without injuring yourself. It is imperative that you stretch your upper body as well because there’s always that one fall that catches you off guard and your primal instincts are to put your arms out and catch yourself.

4. Teammates become friends, friends become teammates

You know when you yawn and then everyone around you yawns, even if they didn’t want to, and then everyone gets mad because they didn’t want to yawn? The exact same thing happens with roller derby except it’s a million times more awesome and nobody gets mad. Derby’s gravitational pull sucks all of your friends, coworkers, girlfriends and neighbors in. Unfortunately, guys can’t be on our team but husbands, boyfriends and brothers, fear not, HCRG is always looking for more Rowdy Rowdy Refs!

5. Don’t give up

This one sounds like it could potentially be filled with clichés and a heartwarming tale about perseverance. I will try to keep it as low as I can on the sappy scale. Luckily, not giving up is easy in a sport like roller derby because its so much fun. Just because Cindy Whatsherface can do slow motion backflips over the pack while reciting the alphabet backwards doesn’t mean that you should be able to, even if you both started at the same time. Maybe Cindy practiced the alphabet backwards and doesn’t know how to do it the proper way or perhaps she was raised by the cast of Cirque de Soleil and learned how to backflip before she could run. We’ll never really know but it doesn’t matter anyways because I promise you that if you show up to practice, pay attention and skate your heart out, you will improve. No matter what you’re doing, as long as you practice, you will get better. I know I had said that I wasn’t going to fill this with clichés but (I’m not even sure if this is one so it doesn’t count) learning doesn’t plateau so nobody really knows everything about anything, ya’ know? Great.


Henry accepting her MVP award against Queen City’s chartered team. Photo by Joe Mac.

FreshMeat: Awesome.

Friday, January 20th, 2012

By: Naughty Bee

I’m a girl who loves to wear t-shirts. Since starting roller derby I have amassed a small mountain of derby T-s and I’m happy to say that I have an HCRG shirt for every day of the week. Of course all of my Hammer City shirts are super, but I would have to say that by far my favourite is my FreshMeat T.

FreshMeat. That is what we call new recruits. They are girls who are typically very excited about playing derby, and also very nervous. And very, very worried about falling down.

These new recruits may have been attracted to roller derby for any number of reasons: they might like that it is a full contact sport; or they may have been attracted to the tough-rebel-badass rollergirl stereotype; perhaps they just want to wear fishnets and booty shorts; or be a part of a community of strong women; or maybe they can just sense that roller derby is the awesomest thing ever and they need to be a part of it.


That’s how I got drawn in to derby. It was the awesome.

But I soon learned that being awesome does not come without a tremendous amount of hard work and dedication. It requires personal strength, tenacity and the drive to keep getting back up, no matter how many times you fall. It means believing in yourself, even when the people closest to you laugh and tell you that you aren’t tough enough to play roller derby.

Awesome means being able to ask for help, and being able to accept it. It means learning how to give of your self in support of your league mates, and working with others toward a common goal. It means being a part of a collective of strong, wonderful women with whom you will both laugh and cry. FreshMeat is the first step toward becoming a rollergirl and being a part of something amazing.

My FreshMeat T-shirt was the first tangible thing that connected me to the league that I love. It was the first thing that proved to me that I belong here. It is my favourite t-shirt because it joins me with a group of women and a sport that I care so much about that just thinking about it will bring tears to my eyes.

If you ever asked me to borrow this t-shirt I would, without hesitation, tell you absolutely NO! I earned this shirt through blood, sweat and tears. It belongs to me. Instead, I would encourage you to come out to Derby 101 and skate with us. If you stick with it I promise that you will earn so much more than a t-shirt.

Continue reading to learn more about Hammer City Roller Girls’ upcoming Derby 101

Derby 101

Derby 101 Essentials:
WHEN: The next start date for Derby 101 will be on Monday, February 6th, 2012 at 6:30pm. Sessions are 1 hour, every Monday, for 8 weeks. Note that the first session will be for registration, followed by 8 skating sessions.
**The meeting location on February 6th will be This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St N, Hamilton. Street parking is available. HSR Route #4
WHERE: All skating sessions will be at Caledonia Fairgrounds: 151 Caithness Street East, Caledonia, Ontario, Canada. Free parking is available.
COST: Training by skilled members of the HCRG for $80.00, plus the cost of RSC Insurance ($50.00). Total – $130.00

For more information about preparing for Derby 101, download our Fresh Sheet, check out this FreshMeat File from Rollergirl.ca or email freshmeat@hammercityrollergirls.ca

Want to be a Roller Girl?

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Derby 101

The Hammer City Roller Girls are recruiting! If you’re derby curious, why wait?! We are looking for team oriented, fun, and spirited women of all ages, no experience necessary. Skilled members of the HCRG will teach you skating basics and the foundations of flat-track roller derby in our 8 week course, Derby 101.

The first day (Meat N’ Greet & registration) will be Sunday, July 24th at 12:00pm at Eastwood Arena.
Eastwood Arena is located at 111 Burlington St, Hamilton, ON. (Burlington @ Mary St)

The first on-skates session will be Sunday, August 7th at 12:00. Derby 101 is 8 weeks long, once a week, Sundays at 12:00. The cost is $80.00 for the course, and $45.00 for mandatory CWRDA skater’s insurance.

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For more information, please email freshmeat@hammercityrollergirls.ca

CLICK HERE to find out more about Derby 101!

Join the Hammer City Roller Girls!

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Hammer City Roller Girls are recruiting! We are looking for fun, spirited, team-oriented individuals to join the league as skaters or referees! If you’re derby curious, why wait? Join us at our upcoming recruitment night. Meet HCRG skaters and refs, and learn more about joining our league and enrolling in the next 8 week Derby 101 course.

Whether you are interested in joining the sport for fitness, recreation, or to be a hard-hitting competitor or referee, our derby girls will teach you the basics in Derby 101. This 8-week on skates training is open to beginners who want to learn the game of flat track roller derby.