Roller Derby Fundamentals
Starting February 2018, London Roller Derby Fundamentals will be taking skaters on a rolling basis.
Anyone is welcome to join! If you’re a complete beginner interested in joining a bouting league, a wannabe referee or just looking to get a bit fitter and learn how to do something you’ve never done before, then our Fundamentals programme is the place for you! The programme is open to anyone aged 18 or over.
Interested? Just sign up to our mailing list here or keep reading for more information.
Our new beginners sessions will be divided into two skill levels:
- Level 1 is basic skating skills and is open to all genders and all skating abilities.
- Level 2 is learning how to play roller derby, with the option of a Ref School strand for those wishing to learn how to be a referee.
WHAT DOES IT INVOLVE?
We will teach you all you need to know from basic skating to roller derby skills. This will cover:
- WFTDA minimum skills – stops, falls, derby form, blocking and more
- Drills to improve footwork, pack awareness, speed and strength, blocking and jamming
- Rules and tactics
- Skills you will need to be able to scrimmage
WHAT DO I NEED?
All skaters should bring the following protective gear:
- Quad roller skates
- Kneepads (preferably ‘vert’ or aggressive pads – you will be falling a lot)
- Elbow pads
- Wrist guards
Unfortunately, we don’t have storage capacity to provide any of these equipment, so you’ll need to source these prior to starting the programme.
Once you’ve decided on your kit, we recommend purchasing from Double Threat Skates. Double Threat Skates is London’s only roller derby specific skate store. It is run by Gaz and Kristen Lee from LRD main league. Together they have over 18 years of derby experience so really know their stuff! They are also super helpful and friendly.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
The cost is £20 per month.
HOW DO I JOIN?
Sign up to the beginners skating sessions for roller derby here. New skaters can now join on a rolling basis throughout the year, so just sign up, fill out a short form, and we will see you soon! Our intakes take place every 4 – 8 weeks.
EXTRA AND INFORMAL SKATING SESSIONS
We like enthusiasm! There are many skaters out there just like you who are organizing informal skate sessions at a variety of indoor and outdoor locations. Visit the London Roller Derby forum to meet future skaters and referees like yourself and find out where it’s all happening, or start a session yourself!
Alternatively, you should try out the Open Skates sessions held at the City of London Academy in Bermondsey. For more information on that, check out the Facebook group here.
Want to become part of the LRD army but unsure about joining the programme? Or perhaps you want to see more before you can commit? There are a number of other ways you can be involved in the league if you’re keen, from becoming an official, to joining our stats crew, to letting us know if you’ve seen a suitable venue. Click here for more information on getting involved!
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE PROGRAMME?
At the end of our programme, following final assessments, skaters are invited to join our Pool skaters who can then be potentially drafted to our new D Team (subject to a successful probation period). For more information on Pool and our brand new D Team – watch this space!
I CAN SKATE ALREADY. DO I NEED TO JOIN FUNDAMENTALS?
If you have already passed your minimum skills with another league, you don’t necessarily have to go through Fundamentals again! Email our heads of training at firstname.lastname@example.org letting us know what your skating experience is and we can go from there!
ANYTHING ELSE I NEED TO KNOW?/
Wear comfortable clothes for exercise (not jeans) and have fun!
For more information, email us at email@example.com and add ‘Fundamentals’ in the subject line.
Alternatively, just sign up to our mailing list here!