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The Texas Rollergirls Recreational League, the Rec-n-Rollerderby™ is an athletic and social organization formed to give all women the opportunity to learn and play the sport of Flat Track Roller Derby. In the spirit of a recreational organization, it offers a fun, safe, and competitive athletic environment without the level of commitment or skill that are required of derby athletes at the national level.
The Texas Rollergirls Recreational League is open to any and all interested women 18 years and older who are not currently skating for the Texas Rollergirls or any other roller derby league. This may include retired Texas Rollergirls skaters, skaters who one day aspire to tryout for the Texas Rollergirls, and skaters who are just interested in learning and playing roller derby while having a great time doing it!
In 2006,a group of moms got together to form an all-mama amateur roller derby league, the Austin Roller Moms. The league started with nearly 20 skaters, many of whom continue to skate with the Rec-n-Rollerderby today.
In 2007, the Austin Roller Moms joined forces with the Texas Rollergirls to form the Rec-n-Rollerderby. The Austin Roller Moms was dissolved in order to become part of the Texas Rollergirls Recreational League and the scope of the league was broadened to include a wider variety of women. The 2007 season had approximately 30 skaters competing in the recreational league.
From 2008 to today, the Rec-n-Rollerderby has continually grown in size and training. The program has more than doubled in the number of participants, skates almost 10 months per year, and has practices designed to accommodate four different skill levels.
CODE OF CONDUCT
All members of Texas Rollergirls, including TXRG Rec League, are expected to:
REQUIRED ROLLER DERBY GEAR
To play roller derby with the Texas Rollergirls Rec League, you’ll need: quad skates (not inlines), a helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards, and a mouth guard. Many new skaters opt to start with very basic gear to be sure that they like the sport and want to continue playing before they spend a lot of money on more expensive, higher quality gear.
Quad skates: Skates can be purchased in Austin from Playland Skate Center, Sun & Ski Sports, or Medusa Skates. Many of those local retailers give discounts Texas Rollergirls Rec League skaters, so be sure to ask. When buying skates for the first time, be sure to try them on and bring along an experienced friend or ask the salesperson for help in choosing the right fit. Skates should be snug so that the heel doesn’t slip out, but not too tight around the ball of the foot. Most skates are sold in men’s sizes, and sizes vary between brands, so make sure you try both skates on before purchasing.
Helmets, knee pads, elbow pads and wrist guards: Pads and helmets may be purchased at a local skater-owned shop like Medusa Skates or a skate shop like Apparition Skateboards. Wild Bill of Pro Designed also makes good quality pads for roller derby in custom sizes and fabrics. He’s also a Texas Rollergirls sponsor, so mention that you’re with the TXRG Rec League for a league discount. Before buying any protective gear, you want to try it on and make sure it fits correctly. Helmets should be snug and the chin strap tight. Pads should not slip during movement.
Mouth guards: There are many different types of mouth guards that you can wear for roller derby. Typical boil and bite mouth guards can be purchased at any sporting goods store. Medusa Skates and Apparition Skateboards will also have mouthguards in styles that are popular among skaters. Custom mouth guards can be purchased through your dentist or online via a few different websites, like Gladiator.
You could spend years digesting all of the information that exists about gear. (Trust us, we have!) Much of it comes down to a decision about cost, comfort, and protection. After a few months of skating, you will know whether you want to spend more money to upgrade your gear. Rec League holds a New Skater Orientation before each session where you can learn all about different styles and levels of gear and ask questions from experienced skaters. To find out when Rec League Orientations are held, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also join our TXRG Rec League Facebook group to ask questions or see if anyone has used gear to sell.
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