Texas Rollergirls Rec League 2023 is starting!
Rec League Session 1 will be FREE of charge. Dates are March 5th-April 30, 2023, Sunday mornings from 9:30 AM - 11 AM at the Bartholomew Derby Track, 2104 E 51st St, Austin, TX 78723.
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 skaters ages 18 or older are welcome to join, regardless of previous roller derby experience.
For practices you will need full derby gear (skates, wrist guards, elbow pads, knee pads, helmet, and mouth guard).
WFTDA insurance is recommended for every Rec League skater. Skaters who do not obtain WFTDA insurance will be required to sign a liability waiver at each practice they attend. We strongly recommend that all skaters participating in rec league have their own primary medical insurance, even if you have WFTDA insurance.
I haven’t skated since I was 12. Can I still participate in the Texas Rollergirls Rec league?
Sure! Texas Rollergirls are committed to providing skaters 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.
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.
Do you rent gear?
We do have a small gear libary for folks to borrow from for free, no need to rent. If you want to make a donation for the use of the gear that would be greatly appreciated. Message us ahead of your first rec session so we can let you know what's available and we can bring gear for you to try on. If you have questions about what to buy or where in Austin to buy it, ask us! You can also post Texas Rollergirls Rec League Facebook group to ask if anyone has any gear to sell or thoughts on brands.
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.
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?
Though it is not mandatory, we strongly recommend that you have your own primary medical insurance and WFTDA insurance.
What if I can’t make it to all the practices?
Because rec sessions are being offered free, with dues waived, we are asking you to commit to at least 4 practices during each session. The practice dates are every Sunday, from 8:30-10 AM. Dues for future sessions of the Rec League are TBD.
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 and plenty of water 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.
If you have any more questions about the Rec League, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.