Tryouts! October 5, 2011

Think you have what it takes to be a Texas Rollergirl?

Well now is your chance!
We are holding open tryouts on Wednesday, October 5th at Playland Skate Center (8822 McCann Drive).
Tryouts begin promptly at 7:00pm.

Please fill out this Tryout Application Form Here

Tryout Q&A:

What should I bring? You will need to bring your own skates and equipment (helmet, wrist guards, knee pads, elbow pads, mouth guard). If you do not have any, there will be some available for you to use during tryouts for a fee of $2. If you don’t have skates, they will be available for rental at the rink for $2. Please contact Fender Bender at fenderbender@texasrollergirls.org if you need to borrow gear so that we can plan accordingly. You should also bring a bottle of water.

What type of gear should I buy? Where do I get it? You will need to get skateboarding pads (helmet, wrist guards, knee pads, elbow pads). Most of us have custom pads from Pro-Designed Inc, but you can get any kind you’d like. Triple 8 or Pro-Tec are a couple of examples you can get from local skateboarding stores (do not get rollerblading pads). Sun and Ski Sports is a good place to get your pads and a helmet. Most of us have Pro-Tec or Triple 8 Brainsavers helmets.

Playland Skate Center has some models of quad skates on hand for purchase. If you find a better deal on-line on a particular model/size that they have in stock they will usually match the price. At the very least, Playland is a good place to try on different skates and see what size works best for you. Skates are usually sized with men’s sizes, so most women will get a size that is around 1.5–2 sizes smaller than what they normally wear (for example, I wear a women’s 8.5 shoe and my skates are a 6.5).

Look for speed skate quad boots. These are lower than artistic boots in overall boot height (speed skates come to the ankle, artistic boots go over the ankle) Most of us use Riedell or Vanilla but any good speed boot will do.

What should I wear? Please wear some kind of workout clothes – workout pants, shorts, tanks. Keep in mind that the shorter your shorts the more vulnerable you are to track-burn. This is the reason lots of derby girls wear tights or leggings to skate in: the extra fabric helps protect your booty from injury. Wear something breathable and comfortable. We will supply the nametag!

What about insurance? For tryouts, we will require you to sign a waiver. It is a very standard waiver and we’ll have copies for you to sign before tryouts begin. We also highly recommend that you have your own personal insurance.

Do I have to be a seasoned skater to try out? Don’t worry, you don’t need to know all of the skills or be a phenomenal skater to tryout (that’s why we have trainers), but being comfortable on your skates can’t hurt your chances. More than anything, we are looking for strong women with a lot of heart and passion for our sport. But in the meantime, skate everywhere and anywhere you can and check out the open skate sessions at Playland Skate Center and Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex. You may even bump into a few Rollergirls!

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One Comment

  1. Nyx
    Posted September 30, 2011 at 12:52 am | Permalink

    I’m currently living in BFE… move’n back to Austin sometime in June 2012… I saw that your try outs are next week… I would love to start being a roller girl as soon as I move back… I just have no idea when your season ends and begins… if I move back to Austin next June 2012, when should I go to try out? Now? So I can hopefully be roll’n in July? Or what?

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