When we ask members of SVRG how they got into roller derby, we get a variety of answers. Some girls used to skate as kids and really enjoyed it. Some were competitive speed skaters, ice skaters, or hockey players. Some are other athletes who are intrigued by a new sport. And some have been to a bout, seen it on TV, or read a magazine article and thought, “Whoa—that looks awesome!”
The thing is, derby girls come from all types of backgrounds and have different reasons for getting in to the sport—but we are all passionate about it! And if you think you’ll feel the fire too, we want you to come check it out. All that’s required is a great attitude and a willingness to learn. (Trust your friendly blogger Fox—I hadn’t been on skates since I was 12, and even then my skill set was entirely concentrated on just not falling!)
If you are interested in joining the league, we invite you to come and watch our practices at San Jose Skate on Wednesday, March 18, or Wednesday, March 25, 8 to 10 pm. After observing a practice, you are welcome to come skate with us on Wednesday, March 25, 8 to 10 pm, and Sunday, March 29, 6 to 8 pm. Please note if you choose to skate, there is a $10 drop-in fee that includes skate rental if you need it. You must bring safety gear (kneepads, elbow pads, wrist guards, helmet, and mouthpiece) in order to skate.
Once you have attended a practice, we will be holding a recruitment meeting on Sunday, March 29, at 8 pm in which we will explain the league and answer any questions you may have. You must bring a photocopy of your driver’s license and any current health insurance information to the recruitment meeting.
Once you have attended recruitment meeting, all new recruits will attend an 8 week bootcamp in which you will get the opportunity to learn all the skills required to skate according to WFTDA (Women’s Flat Track Derby Association.) This also enables new skaters to get the personal attention they need, no matter their skill level.
If you are interested in skating with us, we encourage you to come check it out and get information. We will only be holding recruitment every few months, so if you are interested, don’t hesitate–DO IT NOW!!!
If you have any questions, please contact our amazing recruitment coordinator, Juicy K. Tore, at firstname.lastname@example.org .