- Teams & Staff
- Derby 101
- Jr. Derby
- AUSTIN B-CYCLE
- Thank You!
RailGun – Program Coordinator
Rec League Board of Directors
Girl Next Gore – Production
Chile Con Concussion – Skater Liaison
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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