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Become A Skater

First Steps

Contact Us

All new, interested skaters must contact our Recruitment Committee  to get started. A member of Recruitment will email you basic information about the league, required forms and/or waivers, and date/location of our next Derby 101 event.

If you are a prospective transfer skater with previous roller derby experience, you are welcome to start joining us at practices at your convenience. Please email us for more information!

Gather Your Equipment

Once you have contacted Recruitment and received the required reading, make sure you have the following equipment, or have arranged loaner equipment from the league:

  • Quad roller skates (rollerblades are not acceptable)

  • Knee pads

  • Elbow Pads

  • Wrist guards

  • Mouthguard (pre-fitted to your mouth)

  • Helmet

Next Steps

Contact Us (Again)

Did you go to a bootcamp or Derby 101 event, learn some skills, and have a blast? Are you ready to do it again? At the end of your first session with Steel City, a member of the Recruitment Committee will review the basics of what is required for full league membership. You should receive a follow up email from us containing this information as well. If you do not hear from Recruitment first, please contact them again and let them know you are interested in becoming a league member. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can join Steel City Roller Derby?

Steel City Roller Derby’s training program is open to all female identifying and gender expansive folx at least 18 years of age.


Per the WFTDA statement about gender, SCRD is committed to inclusive and anti-discrimination practices in relation to all transgender women, intersex women, and gender expansive participants, and aims to ensure that all skaters’, volunteers’, and employees’ rights are respected and protected. An individual who identifies as a trans woman, intersex woman, and/or gender expansive may skate with Steel City Roller Derby if women’s flat track roller derby is the version and composition of roller derby with which they most closely identify.

What does it cost to join?

Our Derby 101 events have a nominal fee of $10 to participate. This fee goes towards the cost of the practice space. If you attend a Derby 101 event and wish to continue your training through our league, the next step is to become a member.


All members of our league must pay a required monthly fee, called dues. Currently, dues are $45 per month. These fees go towards paying for our practice space, putting on spectated games, travel arrangements, and other league costs. Skaters who cannot afford these fees are able to pay reduced dues or make alternate arrangements with our Finance Committee. 

We are a non-profit organization and do not make money playing roller derby, nor do we pay our skaters. 

What is the time commitment?

Like any hobby, roller derby does require energy and time. In addition to attending practice, members of the league are expected to contribute to the league via committee work. The joint effort of our committees is what makes our league run. 

Prospective members can expect to attend a two hour practice at least once a week, with at least an hour's worth of committee work (done remotely or via in-person meetings) per month. 

Our league is comprised of folks who work full time, are parents, attend school, have other group hobbies, and travel from out of state to attend practices. Roller derby is a commitment that can be balanced like any other commitment in your life. 

When do I get to play in a game?

If you join roller derby, don't worry -- you won't be thrown into a game before you're ready! All new skaters are observed carefully and tested incrementally by our Training & Skills Committee to ensure that they are safe, stable, and understanding of the rules before moving on to the next step of the training process. 

Once a skater is deemed able to perform the basic movements of roller derby, they are then allowed to participate in practice that involves person-to-person contact. After they are observed initiating contact legally and safely, they are then allowed to participate in scrimmage (simulating gameplay) practices. 

Only after demonstrating the required skills, the ability to interact safely with other skaters, and knowledge of basic gameplay and rules, will skaters be designated as ready to compete in regular bouts. 

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