Archive for the ‘Training’ Category

Learn to Play Roller Derby

Saturday, August 30th, 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 upcoming no-obligation Meet & Greet to learn more about joining our league through our proven Derby 101 program:

Meet & Greet Night
Wednesday, September 17, 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 if you wish (please bring ID and a cheque).

The Derby 101 program starts on Wednesday, October 8 at Caledonia Fairgrounds, 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 10-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.

Free Summer Scrimmage & Pool Party

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Hi skaters! The Hammer City Roller Girls are hosting a free summer scrimmage & pool party during the August long weekend, and we’d love to see you there!

Coronation Arena, 81 Macklin St N, Hamilton on August 3rd at 12noon.

Here are the details:
- Open to anyone who has passed the WFTDA minimums skills assessment, and has valid roller derby insurance
- All skaters should bring a black and white shirt, with their numbers in high contrast at least 4 inches tall
- Bring a water bottle, snacks, and a bathing suit and towel

Schedule:
11:45 – Venue arrival time
12:00-12:15pm – Open skate time
12:15-12:25pm – Group warm-up
12:25pm – Pad check
12:30pm – First whistle
**there will be three 30 minute periods

Sign up here to claim a spot:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1bl4JP2Dq719P5RX-gVn17Nf9urMUtZfLCUaqmRmK6mE/viewform

Facebook event (but sign up at the Google Doc link above or your spot is not guaranteed):
https://www.facebook.com/events/691784137574260/

NOTE:
All skaters will be asked to sign a Roller Sports Canada (RSC) insurance waiver before skating. We’ll ask for your legal name, skater name, insurance number and signature.

If you have any questions, or need to cancel, please email:
interleague@hammercityrollergirls.ca

Roller Derby Boot Camp With DNA Coaching

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Looking to take your roller derby to the next level? Join Philly Roller Girls’ Antidote and Shenita Stretcher (also of Team USA), plus Charm City’s Merry Khaos through a full day of conditioning, skills and drills focused on both offensive and defensive strategies and techniques. Get ready to sweat, work hard, and become a better derby player!

Also, with a bonus black and white scrimmage, you can put your new skills to use right away!

COST: Skaters $60 / Spectators $15

Registration: 8:30 am
Morning Classes: 9:00 – 12:30
Lunch/Q&A: 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Afternoon Classes: 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Black and White Scrimmage: 5:00 pm

Space is limited to ensure that skaters get individual attention. Register as early as you can, in order to ensure your spot.

Note that different skill levels are welcome, but you must have passed the WFTDA minimum skill requirements.

Coach/spectator passes are also available for $15 each.

Please bring: black and white shirts with your number clearly displayed, a water bottle/sport beverages, and snacks.

LUNCH – SUB BAR! Make your own sandwich from our buffet of fixin’s, plus dig into assorted sides and treats. Vegan/vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available. All this for only $10! Add the “lunch” option during online checkout. All lunches must be pre-paid with registration, no exceptions. You are welcome to bring your own lunch if you like.

Purchase tickets online

RSVP on Facebook

Learn more about DNA Coaching

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.

Jackie Daniels Boot Camp

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Jackie Daniels Boot CampJoin Jackie Daniels of the Windy City Rollers as she leads you through drills and skills that will help you (and your league) master the art of becoming a derby ninja. She’ll cover teamwork, jammer agility, offensive strategies, and much more, in 7 hours of instruction.

Also: A bonus black and white scrimmage – put your new skills to use right away!

Planned schedule:
Registration: 8:30 am
Morning Classes: 9:00 – 12:30
Lunch/Q&A with Jackie: 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Afternoon Classes: 1:30 – 5:00 pm
Black and White Scrimmage: 5:30 – 7:00 pm

COST: Skaters $60 / Coaches/Spectators $15

Space is limited. Register as early as you can, in order to ensure your spot.

Note that different skill levels are welcome, but you must have passed the WFTDA minimum skill requirements.

REGISTER NOW

Please bring: black and white shirts with your number clearly displayed, a water bottle/sport beverages, and snacks.

LUNCH – SUB BAR! Make your own sandwich from our buffet of fixin’s, plus dig into assorted sides and treats. Vegan/vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available. All this for only $10! Add the “lunch” option during online checkout. All lunches must be pre-paid with registration, no exceptions. You are welcome to bring your own lunch if you like.

Location:
Coronation Arena
81 Macklin St North, Hamilton

A bit about Jackie:
I have been around the derby scene since 2005. I began my derby career as a board chair and All Star captain for Grand Raggidy Roller People in Grand Rapids MI. After five hard-hitting seasons with GRRG, I made a transfer to Chicago’s Windy City Rollers. Since my arrival in the Windy City, I have nabbed awards for fan favorite, best pivot for my intraleague team The Fury, best league pivot, All Stars MVP and league MVP. In 2011, I was co-captain for the All Stars and was elected to the WCR executive board.

I pretty much eat, sleep, and breathe derby, and have since I started. I’ve coached and instructed leagues from Toronto to Hawaii and most points in between. If there’s an opening on a multi-league team, I will fill it gladly. I have played on Team Awesome, Team Legit and the Vagine Regime in both banked and flat track bouts. On the rare occasion I’m not skating or coaching, you might just look over and notice me next to you supporting your league…no matter where you live! The derby world calls me “America’s Significant Other.”

I appeared as myself in the film “Whip It!”. In 2011, I was honored with the unique designation of being named a “Living Legend” at RollerCon and having a track dedicated in my name. I love derby, love being a member of Windy City, and am hungry for a WFTDA championship.

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.

The First Skate Back

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

By: Lucky Lady Pearl

Gifts have been opened. The turkey has been digested. New Year’s Resolutions have been made (and some already broken). The hustle of the holidays are over… Now what?

HCRG was on a 4 week winter break, and as a “newer” skater I couldn’t wait to get back on the track! I think… I hope?

2011 was an exceptional year, and one that introduced me to roller derby. I couldn’t wait for the winter break to be over. As I made my faithful drive to practice (Which is 45 minutes – a small sacrifice I make for a sport I love so much) all the anxiety came crashing down like a gigantic wave of self-doubt about to carry me out to a sea of uneasiness. In short, I wanted to cry. But I couldn’t – my daughter was with me. So I held back the tears. My personal New Year’s Resolution is not to cry on game day – yes, derby girls get nervous.  I continued our 45 minute drive, with my daughter listening to music and me, trying very hard to think of a reason to turn around and to go home. But alas nothing came to me, and we drove on.

As I entered our unheated arena in Caledonia, I could hear cheery voices filling the air. As I began to skate around the track to warm up, I could feel freedom and liberation start to take over some of the anxious feelings I had during the drive. And so – Practice begins. I am the kind of person who is never quite sure of themselves, or where they fit in a group. Is it here, is it there, or anywhere? The answer came rushing at me – about five foot five with short blonde hair (JJ Bladez) and as she knocked me flat on my ass, I knew, “Yes, this is where I belong.” It felt great! Right then and there I knew that 2012 is going to be a great year!! 

See ya all on the track! Hooray 2012! – Love, Lucky