Frequently Asked Questions
I can’t skate. Does it matter?
No. Most of us couldn’t skate before we signed up. We’ll teach you, and if you’re prepared to put in the work, it’ll come.
Do I need to be super fit to play?
No, but the fitter you are, the easier it’s going to be to skate to your potential. Derby is a physical sport, and your fitness will improve just by taking part. If you’re not as fit as you’d like to be right now, you’re only going to get fitter.
Is it an expensive sport?
Kind of. Once you’re past minimum skills and you’re ready to start training with the team, you’re going to need your own gear – skates, pads, helmet, mouth guard. You can find some great starter packages around the £200 pound mark, which will see you through until you’re at a more advanced level, but at some point you’re going to want to upgrade, and if you want to plan for the future, it’s best to think of your knee pads, helmet and toe stops as disposable items that will need replacing, maybe every twelve months. That said, there are some great places to buy gear second hand, and some fantastic skaters still compete using gear that most consider “beginner level”. In summary, you can spend as much as you want to, but there is a bottom limit.
Do you skate co-ed, and will I be expected to play with/against girls?
No. We’re not a co-ed league, and have no plans to change that.
How old do I need to be?
You must be over 18 to skate in our league, we cannot be flexible on this. But under 18s who wish to help at bouts are more than welcome. As for upper limits, there are none. The only person who knows how old “too old” is, is you.
Will I get hurt?
While the league does pay the utmost attention to safety, it’s important to remember that Roller Derby is a full-contact sport, so injuries do happen. We do not allow skaters to participate in the contact aspect of the sport without proper equipment and training.