Derby 101

Hamilton’s Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) roller derby league is always looking for new skaters.

Derby 101 is open to beginners 18 years+ who want to learn the game of flat track roller derby.  Derby 101 is the first step toward becoming a Hammer City Roller Girl. Hammer City Derby 101 training sessions are run in the Fall, Winter and Spring and each session is 10 weeks long.  If you’re determined, dedicated, and team-oriented, we want to hear from you!

Derby 101 starts out with a no-commitment meet and greet and gear session where you can meet experienced skaters and learn more about our training program.  Most importantly, you will have an opportunity to talk to individuals who have recently completed Derby 101. These folks are in the best position to give you an idea of what you’ll experience.  The meet and greet is held in an informal setting where you can get a feel for who we are and see if HCRG is right for you.

No experience?  No problem!  During the 10-week Derby 101 training session our experienced skaters will teach you the skating and derby skills you’ll need to learn. Hammer City’s 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 intend to join an upcoming Derby 101 session or have questions about Derby 101, complete our online skater intake questionnaire.  Details regarding HCRG’s next Derby 101 session are listed below.

Meet N’ Greet Night
Sunday, March 15, 2015
7 pm – 9 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).

Upcoming Derby 101 Details

WHEN: April 15-June 17, 2015. Sessions are 1 hour, every Wednesday, from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm, for 10 weeks.

  • April 15 – Gear up, registration, introduction to derby
  • April 22 – First on-skates training session
WHERE: Hamilton, ON
  • Training by skilled members of the HCRG league – $100.00
  • CRDi insurance – $50.00
  • Skaters pay monthly dues after graduation from Derby 101
SAFETY GEAR: Every skater needs gear! We wear knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards, helmet, mouth guard and quad roller skates. Roller derby is a full-contact sport and it is very important to have good quality protective gear that fits properly. Check out our Sponsors page for skate shops, and don’t forget a water bottle!
INSURANCE: CRDi Insurance is mandatory unless the skater has roller sport insurance through another provider. All new skaters must register for and provide proof of insurance at by forwarding a copy of the email confirmation you receive from CRDi to our insurance coordinator ( before April 15, 2015.

For more information about preparing for Derby 101, download our Fresh Sheet, check out this FreshMeat File from, or complete our online intake form and someone from the league will answer your questions.

Derby 101 is awesome, but don’t take our word for it.  Check out what some of our recent 101 grads had to say about their training on our 101 testimonials page.