The Texas Rollergirls Rec League is an athletic and social organization formed that teaches flat track roller derby in a fun, safe, and competitive athletic environment. All women ages 18 or older are welcome to join, regardless of previous roller derby experience.
WFTDA insurance is required for every Rec League skater. WFTDA insurance has a $2,500 deductible for skaters with primary health insurance and a $7500 deductible for skaters without primary. The coverage caps at $10,000. WFTDA insurance will cover you at Texas Rollergirls Rec League practices and scrimmages for all of 2019.
The annual charge for 2019 is $75 and is required for Rec League skaters at the start of the year. After you register, we will enter your info into the WFTDA insurance site and send you a link to complete your profile and sign a WFTDA insurance waiver. You must pay for WFTDA insurance and sign the online waiver before you arrive to skate. Coverage is not valid until you’ve completed the electronic signature.
Rec league skill groups
During each session, skaters have the opportunity to participate in one or more of the skill groups, All Groups will be practicing together. This will provide opportunity to play up and build skill levels, however there will be plenty of opportunity to be broken up into each skill level group.
Level 1: The Level 1 group is for skaters who are somewhat new to skating and have no previous roller derby experience. 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. Skaters in Level 1 will learn the basics of how to play roller derby, including proper falling technique, skating in close proximity to others and safety on the track. There is minimal contact in the Level 1 group and skaters will not scrimmage at this level. Every new skater, as well as those returning from injury or those who have been off skates for more than one year, is required to initially enroll in the Level 1 group. Skaters may advance out of Level 1 after passing a skills assessment and being cleared by the head trainer.
Level 2: The Level 2 group provides a greater challenge to skaters wanting to improve their derby skills and learn more in-depth game strategy within a supportive group environment in which skaters will focus on more advanced skating skills, as well as basic roller derby skills, including blocking, jamming and safe pack skating. Full contact is permissible at this skill level, thus skaters must demonstrate a high level of safety before advancing into this group. Level 2 skaters must be comfortable with full contact, skate safely in a pack situation and have a basic knowledge of the WFTDA rules and pass the WFTDA minimum skills test. Skaters in the Level 2 group are invited to participate in Rec League scrimmages during each session.
Rec league assessments
Each group has a minimum skills set, which skaters must master to skate at that level. Skaters new to the Rec League may sign up for an assessment after they skate in Level 2 and demonstrate knowledge of basic skills. Returning Rec League skaters who were assessed to Level 2 during the previous season may enter at the same level in which they skated previously. Once cleared by the head trainer to skate in Level 2, the skater may skate at that assessed level or in any group and may register to skate in more than one skill group at a time. Movement between Level 1 & 2 can be fluid within each session, dependent upon passing a documented skills assessment.
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 email@example.com. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
What should I wear to practice?
Practices are held outside, so dress for the weather (layers you can peel off are ideal for the cold, and you will need sunscreen on sunny days). 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 email@example.com.