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!

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.

Free Derby 101 Meet and Greet Information Session
Monday, September 28, 2015
This Ain’t Hollywood
345 James Street North, Hamilton
What to bring: all your questions for our Derby 101 coordinator Judge Jodie
Plus Lucid Lou from Twelve Thirty Four Skate Co. will be onsite to answer your derby gear questions and get you fitted up.

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.

Upcoming Derby 101 Details

WHEN: Wed Oct 14 – December 16, 2015. Sessions are 1 hour, every Wednesday, from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm, for 10 weeks.

  • October 14 – Gear up, registration, introduction to derby
  • October 21 – First on-skates training session
WHERE: Caledonia Fairgrounds, 151 Caithness St E, Caledonia
  • 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 July 8, 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.