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The Texas Rollergirls Recreational League, the Rec-N-Rollerderby, is strapping on the skates for another season of extreme derby training from the best trainers around, fun-fueled camaraderie and plenty of opportunities to learn and play the one-of-a-kind sport of flat track roller derby.
Rec League’s 2013 season is tentatively planned to consist of four Sessions. During each Session, Rec League skaters will have the opportunity to train and skate in one or more of the four Rec League groups: Primer, Group C, Group B and Group A. As with the previous season, Groups C, B and A will be afforded their own practice and scrimmage time during the Sessions, and all four groups will run concurrently, beginning and ending on the same dates. Some group practice times will overlap, but each group is trained separately, and every group is trained by current or retired Texas Rollergirls.
Each group will have a minimum skills set, which skaters must master to skate at that level. Each skater new to Rec League may sign up for an assessment after they skate in the Primer Group and demonstrate knowledge of basic skills. Returning Rec League skaters who were assessed during the 2012 season may enter the 2013 season at the same level in which they skated previously. Once cleared by the head trainer to skate in a particular group, the skater can skate at her assessed level and/or in any group up to that level. Rec League skaters may attend more than one group, assuming they meet all skill assessments and enrollment fees. For example, if cleared for Group B, that skater could skate in Group B, Group C, Primer or at all those levels. Movement between Primer, Group C and Group B can be fluid within each skating session, dependent upon passing a documented skills assessment. Individual groups will not scrimmage each other; for instance, skaters in Group B will only scrimmage other skaters in Group B.
Below is a breakdown of each Rec League training group and what skaters can expect as members of each group:
Primer: A longstanding requirement before joining the ranks of the Rec League, the Primer group is for skaters who are new to skating and need to learn the basics, including skating form and control, and especially safety. There is minimal contact in the Primer group, and as such, there will be no scrimmaging at this level. Primer group will meet for practice twice a week. Every new skater—as well as those returning from injury and those who have been off skates for more than one year—is required to initially enroll in the Primer group. However, skaters may be allowed to move up to the appropriate group level any time during the session after passing a skills assessment and being cleared by the head trainer.
Group C: The Rec League Group C level provides a challenging yet supportive group environment in which skaters can excel. At this level, skaters will focus on effective pack skating and basic derby play. They will work on learning and perfecting safe contact, hitting and pack skating. Group C will meet for practice twice a week, and have two to three team scrimmages per Session, with teams changing each scrimmage.
Group B: The Rec League Group B level pushes skaters to further improve their derby skills while affording them the opportunity to learn more derby strategy. The ideal Group B skater has skated and/or played derby for several years, is comfortable with contact, skates safely in a pack situation, and has a strong desire to better her skating and derby skills. Group B will meet for practice twice a week, and have two to three team scrimmages per Session, with teams changing each scrimmage.
Group A: An entirely unique anomaly, the Rec League Group A level is for bad-ass veteran skaters who have the potential to play derby at the competitive level. Fast skating and hard hitting is a way of life for these skaters. Group A will not have traditional practices, but instead meet once a week to scrimmage.
Please remember that everyone must be officially assessed to join any group other than Primer – the Head Trainer holds assessments once per month. Assessments are only performed on Sundays.
2/10, 3/3, 4/14, 5/19
C-to-B & B-to-A will be during the scrimmages:
2/24, 3/10, 4/21, 5/26
Session 2 begins on Sunday March 17th & will run through May 30th. Rec League practices and scrimmages will occur at “The Mill” (Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex, 1156 Hargrave St., in East Austin). Please note that session dates are always subject to change.
Below is the schedule of Rec League practices for Sessions 2:
Primer: Sun 9:00am – 11:00am & Thurs 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Group C: Sun 11:00am – 1:00pm & Thurs 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Group B: Sun 11:00am – 1:00pm & Tues 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Group A: Thurs 7:30pm – 9:00pm (scrimmaging only)
Session 1 is COMPLETE
Session 2 is 10 weeks: Sun 3/17 – Thurs 5/30, scrimmages 4/21 & 5/26
$130 for twice a week & $70 for one day a week
Skaters can opt to register to practice with their group once or twice per week.
Registration does not close and is open to new skaters all Session. Registration fees are reduced by 50% when the Session is halfway over.
All Rec League skaters must register to skate with the league prior to assessing or enrolling in any session. Registration is quick and easy online at:
Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) insurance is required for every Rec League skater. The annual charge is $60 for the WFTDA low cost/high deductible accident insurance that will cover you at Texas Rollergirls Rec-League practices for 2013 (expires December 31, 2013).
WFTDA insurance has a $1000 deductible for ladies with primary health insurance & a $5000 deductible for those without. The coverage caps at $10,000.