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You must start at the bottom: FRESH MEAT. Newcomers are invited to participate in Apple City Roller Derby's Fresh Meat training program. ACRD is a member of the Womens Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), and follows the current revision of the WFTDA rule set. All members are required to learn the rules by the conclusion of the training, there is a physical on-skates test and a written rules test.
How do I learn to play Roller Derby?
Do I need any experience in skating prior to starting the Fresh Meat program?
NOPE. All we require is a commitment to the sport and our league. Our Fresh Meat in the past have been former athletes to stay-at-home moms – it doesn’t matter what background you have, as long as you are willing to learn how to skate on quad roller skates, and push yourself!
You must be 18 years old to play with Apple City Roller Derby.
Roller Derby was created in the 1930's and is attributed to Leo Seltzer & Damon Runyon. This was followed by Leo's son Jerry Seltzer. The height of derby ended in the 1970’s and was originally scripted and winner picked beforehand. The first roller skate was created in 1743 while the first recorded use of roller skates is in a London stage performance. The inventor of this skate is unknown.
What is all of the required gear to skate?
Quad Skates (No Inline skates, unless Skating Official), Roller Derby Helmet, Mouth guard, Elbow Pads, Knee Pads, Wrist guards
How long is the competitive season?
We begin practice twice a week in November. Our bout/scrimmage season runs from January to May. We host a two day tournament each January (Bavarian Bruisefest) in Leavenworth, WA.
What if I just want to skate, without all the hitting?
We always welcome skaters of all skill levels to our practices. Hitting is not a requirement in our Fit No Hit program with a $5 drop in fee. There is also skating and non skating official positions if you want to be involved in the organization.
Can I watch a few practices to see if it is right for me before joining?
YES PLEASE! We love vistors, dropping by a few practices is a great way to get an idea for the sport and how we operate as a league before making any commitments.
YES, It is a requirement that all skaters have a valid and current WFTDA insurance policy.
Do you travel for bouts/scrimmages?
YES, throughout the Spring Season we may travel throughout the region to areas such as Seattle, Boise, Oregon or Canada. We also host bouts/scrimmages at our home turf.