“I haven’t skated since I was 12. Can I still participate in the Rec-n-Rollerderby league?

Sure! Texas Rollergirls and the Rec-n-Rollerderby are committed to providing women of all abilities the skills they need to safely play flat track roller derby. Before registering for Rec League, all skaters should be familiar with basic roller skating skills, such as controlled starts and stops, crossovers on the corners, gliding on one skate, and skating at least 10 laps without stopping. If you have never roller skated before, or need to brush up on your basics, email recleague@texasrollergirls.org. Many of our trainers offer private skating lessons and we’d be happy to put you in contact with someone that can help.

“What do I need to get started with the Rec-n-Rollerderby?”

A great attitude, a willingness to learn, skates, and safety gear. All skaters are required to wear quad roller skates, knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards, a helmet, and a mouth guard. Get more details on the Texas Rollergirls Rec League, including dates, times and costs, and the link to register.

“I don’t have any skating equipment. Do you rent gear?”

We are not able to rent gear or skates. You may be able to borrow or buy used gear from current skaters who are upgrading, but you will not be able to participate in Rec League without quad skates and all of the required safety gear. If you have questions about what to buy or where in Austin to buy it, read our suggestions on beginner roller derby gear. You can also post in the Texas Rollergirls Rec League Facebook group to ask if anyone has any gear to sell.

“How much will it cost me to buy all my gear?”

Prices vary based on vendor and quality. Some stores sell “Rookie Packages” which start at around $200 and include basic beginner skates and all the required safety gear. You may also choose to buy each piece separately. We hold a New Skater Orientation before each session of Rec League where you can learn all about the 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 recleague@texasrollergirls.org.

“Will I get hurt?”

Roller derby is a full contact sport on roller skates. And, like any full contact sport, there is a risk of injury. Injuries range from minor bruises and strained muscles to broken bones and everything in between. The different groups within the Rec League are designed to challenge skaters to safely participate with skaters of similar skill and skaters may choose to participate at the level of intensity in which they feel most comfortable. TXRG trainers and staff will ensure that all skaters are safe to themselves and others while participating in Rec League. All skaters are encouraged to cross train and adopt a regular fitness routine to increase strength and help prevent injury. Any skater who has not met basic safety requirements will not be allowed to participate in official scrimmages.

“Do I need to have insurance to participate?”

Yes! WFTDA insurance is required for every Rec League skater in order to attend practice. Though it is not mandatory, we strongly recommend that you have your own primary medical insurance in addition to the required WFTDA insurance.

“What if I can’t make it to all the practices?”

That’s ok! Rec League is a no pressure atmosphere that allows skaters to participate at their leisure, whether they’re looking for a fun, challenging workout, a place to meet cool, new people, or are wanting to improve their skills to play at the competitive level. For Level 1 and Level 2 we offer the option to register for one or two practices a week with the ability to add on additional practice days throughout the session. There is no attendance requirement, but unfortunately we can’t offer refunds for missed practices. The most important thing is that all skaters are safe, and the only way the trainers will know you are safe is by observing you at practice.

“Is childcare provided?”

Childcare is not provided. If you need to bring your kiddos to practice, please bring your own sitter. Children and their sitters must remain in the skate area behind the half-wall and are not allowed on the skating floor. All children under 10 must be accompanied by a sitter.

“What should I wear to practice?”

The TXRG Blood Shed is not climate-controlled, but there are large fans and doors to keep the air flowing. You should wear whatever you are comfortable skating, working out, and sweating in. Clothing you skate in should not have any loose items (buttons, beads, sequins, etc.) or strings that may fall off and become hazards on the skate floor, or get caught in someone’s wheels. Once you begin skating in Level 2 you will need to have shirts in our Rec League team colors—red, blue, black and white.

If you have any more questions about the Rec League, send an email to recleague@texasrollergirls.org.


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