Austin Texas Roller Derby | Texas Rollergirls » Tryouts http://www.texasrollergirls.org News, training tips, events, and other information from the Texas Rollergirls Sun, 15 Oct 2017 18:09:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 2014 Annual Tryouts http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2014/09/2014-annual-tryouts/ http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2014/09/2014-annual-tryouts/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:00:56 +0000 http://www.texasrollergirls.org/?p=9713

Have you ever dreamed of being a part of the Texas Rollergirls? Now is your chance to show us what you’ve got!

WHEN: Wednesday, October 1 & Thursday, October 2
WHERE: The BloodShed, 6110 Trade Center Drive, Suite 101B
TIME: 8-10PM both days; the space will be open at 7PM on Wednesday to check in & warm up/wheel test
WEAR: You must wear full gear: helmet, mouthguard, knee, wrist, and elbow pads. Your skates must have toe stops or plugs. Bring both black and white shirts. You will be assigned a number to wear during the tryout. Bring a sharpie to write your number on your arms.
COST: $25.00 per person, pay cash or check at the door (Waived for currently enrolled Rec League skaters)

There will be cuts during the two day tryout period, and the remaining skaters will be invited to a 3 week training tryout period. There is a $30 fee for the 3-week new pool training. However, this fee is waived for skaters currently enrolled in our recreational league. The $30 can be paid in cash or check on the first day of new pool training.

New pool trailing will take place on Monday and Wednesday nights. Off skates workout from 7:15-7:45PM. Skating 8-10PM. Same as league practice.

Need more information? Email tryouts@texasrollergirls.org.

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2013 Tryouts! http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2013/08/2013-tryouts/ http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2013/08/2013-tryouts/#comments Tue, 27 Aug 2013 14:51:09 +0000 http://www.texasrollergirls.org/?p=7917 Think you have what it takes to be a Texas Rollergirl?
Well now’s your chance to show us what you’ve got!

WHEN:
Texas Rollergirls tryouts are 2 days long. Tuesday and Wednesday, September 17th and 18th. Tryouts begin at 8:00pm and you must be available  and present on both days.

WHERE:
Our new practice space: 6110 Trade Center Drive, Austin, TX, 78744. When do I need to arrive for the Tryout? Tryouts will start promptly at 8:00pm each day. You must be geared up and ready to skate by 8:15p. We recommend that you arrive 30-45 minutes prior to the scheduled start time to allow enough time for you to check in and get ready. Tryouts will be approximately 2-3 hours so please plan accordingly.


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Is There an Age Requirement?
Yes, you must be 18 or older on the day of tryouts.

Does It Cost Anything to Tryout?
Yes, please bring $20 in cash to be paid upon arrival. Non-refundable fee to cover rent costs.
You will also be required to sign a Waiver and Release of Liability. It is a 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.

How Do I Register for Tryouts?
Fill out this form: http://tinyurl.com/TXRG2014Tryouts
Registration closes at 5:00pm CT on Tuesday, September 17th.

What should I bring?
You will need to bring your own skates and protective equipment (helmet, wrist guards, knee pads, elbow pads, mouth guard). You should also bring a bottle of water or your preferred drink for hydration. Please note that our tryouts are CLOSED. You are not permitted to bring any guests with you and anyone who is not trying out will be asked to leave.

What type of gear should I buy? Where do I get it?
You will need to get protective pads (helmet, wrist guards, knee pads, elbow pads). Many of us have custom pads from Pro-Designed Inc, but you can get any kind you’d like. Triple 8 and Pro-Tec are a couple of examples you can get from local skate shops like Medusa Skates and Sun and Ski Sports. Many of us have Pro-Tec or Triple 8 Brainsavers helmets. Playland Skate Center and Medusa Skates have 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, we recommend that you 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 7). 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.

WHEELS:
You’ll be skating on polished concrete that seems to be a bit grippier than the convention center – pretty similar to the Millennium. So, anything from 84-93s. You might want to bring 2 sets and try them out beforehand.

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, 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 Texas Rollergirls!

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Primer to Texecutioner – All In A Flash http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2012/10/primer-to-texecutioner-all-in-a-flash/ http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2012/10/primer-to-texecutioner-all-in-a-flash/#comments Tue, 09 Oct 2012 03:45:24 +0000 http://www.texasrollergirls.org/?p=6143 Article by Jilly Hitzinger

Flash Gorgeous Skating In Rec

I first met Flash Gorgeous last year during a wheel maintenance seminar. We were seated in the back of Apparition Skates, sipping margaritas as Kat A Killzem lead us through cleaning our bearings.

I introduced myself to her, excited to see her skates were much like mine: vintage Riedell speed skates. Unlike mine, however, hers were clearly well-used and well-loved. She told me she’d been a speed skater in her youth, and these had been her mother’s skates.

These skates–half a size too small, by her own admission–have taken her on a spectacular trajectory within the Texas Rollergirls.

Joining the TXRG Rec League in June of 2011, she tried out and was then drafted onto the Honkytonk Heartbreakers that fall, and onto the Texecutioners not long after that. In less than a year, she had gone from a complete derby newbie, to a skater on one of the highest-ranked teams in the country.

I recently sat down with her for coffee, and to learn more about her and her derby journey.

 

JH: What brought you to derby originally?

FG: I had been out with a soccer injury, and my doctor had said I could “never run again, and never play soccer again.” But he didn’t say anything about skating…

JH: How had you hurt yourself?

FG:  It was during a soccer match. Another player and I went in for a kick on the ball at the same time, and the impact broke a bone in my foot. I stayed off it for a couple weeks, and then went back to training for a marathon. I was running in the marathon, and somewhere in the eighteenth mile, I realized, “My foot’s broke.”

 

That injury kept Flash out of sports for two and a half years.

 

JH: What brought you to Austin?

FG: Mr. Gorgeous and I flipped a coin. It was either going to be Portland or Austin, and Austin won.

JH: And what brought you to derby?

FG: Mr. Gorgeous was at a coffeeshop, and he saw Radioactive doing street team duty. He asked her for a card, I found the Rec League, and the rest is history.

JH: Do you think you would have gotten into derby if the coin had landed on the other side?

FG: I’d like to think so!

JH: What were your expectations trying out for TXRG?

FG: I had none. I really just did it to see if I could.

JH: And to be a Texie?

FG: I decided to tryout for the Texie’s to test myself.  I wanted to see how much more I could be pushed and to practice as well as compete with the best in this sport.  I wanted the experience to improve and to be challenged during this journey.

JH: And boy, did that work out!

FG: Seriously!

Premier League!

JH: Tell me about speed skating when you were young.

FG: I did a lot of sports. Hockey, volley ball, track, softball, soccer. But speed skating was something I did with my mom. Coming back to Texas, coming back to skating, it really fills me with a lot of nostalgia.

 

Flash talks about skating with her mom fondly. Apparently Mama Gorgeous used to skate nationally!

 

JH: What’s your current skate setup?

FG:  Atom wheels–the only wheels I’ll use! I’ve got GRods and Poisons on my skates. I use 187 knee and elbow pads, and Pro Designed wrist guards. Pro Designed knee pads are my next planned purchase! And my skates? My mom’s. They’re thirty years old, and they’re only just now being broken in.

I smile, thinking back to that day in the back of Apparition skates. Flash gives me a wolfish grin and says, “And I’m still in those same bearings.”

You can see Flash Gorgeous and the rest of the Texas Rollergirls again in their 2013 season at the Austin Convention Center.

If you want to throw your helmet in the ring, see http://www.texasrollergirls.org/about/tryouts-october-10-2012/ for tryout information!

The 2012 Texecutioners Bringing Home The South Central Regionals Gold

Photos courtesy Jennifer Ramos and Facebook

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Announcer Audition Update http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2012/01/announcer-audition-update/ http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2012/01/announcer-audition-update/#comments Sat, 21 Jan 2012 19:08:04 +0000 http://www.texasrollergirls.org/?p=3764 We recently held open auditions to find some new men and women to join our announcing crew for the upcoming season. Held at the historic Scholtz Garten in downtown Austin, over 20 talented inviduals came out to show off their skills on the microphone.

In the end, we were only able to keep seven. But we’re looking forward to welcoming a fantastic new crew of Announcers and Crowd Wranglers to help keep the energy turned up to an 11 for our upcoming season of serious sport and serious fun at the Austin Convention Center. Mark your calendars & buy your tickets now: March 3rd is our first game of the 2012 season!

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Get involved! http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2012/01/get-involved/ http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2012/01/get-involved/#comments Thu, 05 Jan 2012 17:32:18 +0000 http://www.texasrollergirls.org/?p=3709 This month there are so many ways to get involved with the Texas Rollergirls – where do you fit in??

 

Saturday, January 7th, at 3pm at Key Bar – Ref & NSO Recruitment

Are you a stickler for the rules? Do you find yourself screaming out wrong calls to the refs during bouts? Do you look great in black & white? Reffing might be for you! This is for anyone & everyone who is interested in joining our amazing officials corps – without officials (both on and off skates) we absolutely cannot have derby! This is a wonderful way to get involved. All adults 18 and over are welcome to come to this meeting to find out more.

 

Monday, January 16th, at 7pm at Scholz Garten – Announcer Tryouts

This is an open audition for all adults, 18 and up, who want to get behind the mic at a Texas Rollergirls home bout! We’re looking for energetic, outgoing individuals. You’ll be asked to speak on a topic of your choice for a few minutes, and then we’ll show some derby footage and you’ll be asked to announce the play-by-play. Derby knowledge and announcing experience isn’t required! We’ll be picking a handful of people for this – and then finding the perfect place for them in our announcing crew as we get closer to the season!

 

Adult Rec League Sign Ups 

Whether you’re wanting to learn the rules to try out for the premier league or haven’t been on skates since you were 12, this is the place for you! Our rec league has an A, B, C, and primer division so no matter where your skill level is, you’ll fit in perfectly with other women who want to play for the love of derby! Sign up NOW because the season starts January 22nd!

 

Derby Brats Season

Calling all junior skaters! Our derby Brats season is beginning February 7! All girls, at any skill level, age 8-17 are encouraged to sign up! This is a great sport for girls and young women, and registration is open NOW! Sign up your junior skater today!

 

 

2012 Season Tickets – ON SALE NOW!

Want to sit back, enjoy the game and only be involved on the sidelines? We’ve got our 2012 season tickets on sale now! Our VIP Smack Packs are also on sale and you’ll get VIP treatment from the skaters and early entry into the Convention Center to find your perfect spot in our awesome VIP seating section – right behind the crash bumpers on the track for an unobstructed view!

We’re going to be on the look out for our 2012 SUPER FAN – could that be you?? Dress up, make noise, write signs, and be loud! At the end of the 2012 season we’ll be awarding one fan with the coveted title of Texas Rollergirl Super Fan! Get your screaming voice ready now, and buy your season tickets so that you’re sure to be at every game!

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Announcer Tryouts http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2012/01/announcer-tryouts/ http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2012/01/announcer-tryouts/#comments Tue, 03 Jan 2012 19:28:06 +0000 http://www.texasrollergirls.org/?p=3674 We’re gearing up for our announcer tryouts that are coming up in just a couple of weeks! We are auditioning folks for many different roles within our announcing crew. Applicants should come prepared to be themselves. Individuals with good personalities and good energy will be gladly accepted, and we’ll figure out specific roles as we move forward.

What’s expected of our announcers? New announcers will be required to come to one practice a week for the first six weeks, and will then, of course, will be expected to be at all of the Texas Rollergirls’ home bouts. (See our full schedule here.)
Want to get to know some of our current announcers? Check out our staff page where you can find out that Chip Queso like cheese, and hates curmudgeons!
Texas Rollergirls Announcer Tryouts
Monday, January 16th, 2012
7:00-9:00pm at Scholz Garten
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2012 Announcer Tryouts http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2011/12/2012-announcer-tryouts/ http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2011/12/2012-announcer-tryouts/#comments Mon, 19 Dec 2011 20:13:10 +0000 http://www.texasrollergirls.org/?p=3506

We’re looking for a few good announcers for our 2012 season – could one of them be you? If you’ve got a passion for roller derby or announcing (or both!) come to our tryouts on Monday, January 16th, at 7pm at Scholz’ Bier Garden. This is an open invitation – we’re looking for energetic, outgoing men and women! Derby knowledge is not required, but it is recommended, and announcing experience isn’t required. On the night of tryouts, you’ll be given a few minutes to speak on the topic of your choice, and then you’ll be shown some derby footage and asked to announce the play-by-play.

Any questions? Send them to Sadie: SadieMaeCare@texasrollergirls.org

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Tryouts! October 5, 2011 http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2011/09/tryouts-october-5-2011/ http://www.texasrollergirls.org/2011/09/tryouts-october-5-2011/#comments Mon, 19 Sep 2011 19:14:51 +0000 http://www.texasrollergirls.org/?p=3172 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!

Questions? Email us at:

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