WHEN CAN I JOIN?Arizona Roller Derby does NOT require tryouts but instead offers training cycles throughout the year. We believe in growing people into athletes is important and is part of what makes AZRD unique.
If you are interested in skating with our league or volunteering, we have the following orientation dates available. This will be a brief overview of AZRD, what type of gear you will need, and what you can expect in skating with AZRD.
You can also view our New Skater frequently asked questions below. If you have any other questions feel free to contact us.
2020 Orientation Dates
- Friday, January 3
- Friday, April 17
- Friday, August 7
- Friday, December 11
Orientation will start promptly at 7pm at the Crashpad.
You must be 18 years or older on the date of your first practice. Your ID may be checked at orientation, so make sure to have your license with you. You must be at least 18 years old to participate. If you’re under 18 please consider joining our Junior Roller Derby program. Orientation and our New Skater program is open to all genders.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER ORIENTATION?
We have classes for our new skaters every ten weeks. You start with one group of skaters that trains together and graduates together. Once you graduate your first ten week course, you move on to more advanced skill-level classes. As you progress, you make yourself eligible for team membership and even playing in one of our home games.
I HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO SKATE OR PLAY ROLLER DERBY
At Arizona Roller Derby we will walk you through basic skating skills, roller derby rules, and specific roller derby techniques to prepare you for game play. Skaters are coached by experienced players, and attend bouts where they learn from our amazing volunteers and officials the practical rules of roller derby in a hands-on environment. If you have never skated before you are not alone. We welcome all interested skaters, no matter their skill level, to come join the fastest growing sport in America.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE ME TO BE PLACED ON A TEAM?
AZRD currently runs training cycles every 10 weeks. After each cycle you will have the opportunity to move to the next level of training. With so many different individuals and levels of skill and experience it’s hard to give an exact time frame of when you might be placed on a team. We find that the time and effort you put into roller derby will be equal to what you get out of it. Whether your goal is to increase your skill set to a national level or you just need this to blow off some steam, AZRD’s unique training program will give you the flexibility to choose your level of intensity.
HOW MANY HOURS A WEEK AM I EXPECTED TO PARTICIPATE?
Please expect to attend practice twice a week. We do have participation requirements to help run our bouts as well as participate in public events. AZRD considers our new skaters one of our biggest assets in support!
WHAT IF I JUST WANT TO TRY IT OUT? WHAT IF I’M NOT SURE?
If you are a little unsure if roller derby is right for you we encourage all interested players to come view one of our practices. If you would like to come observe or have questions feel free to contact us.
WHAT EQUIPMENT IS REQUIRED?
We require all skaters to have the following gear as a minimum:
- Quad Roller Skates – we do not teach roller derby with inline skates
- Knee and Elbow Pads as well as and Wrist Guards
- Mouth Guard
HOW MUCH DOES ROLLER DERBY COST?
Arizona Roller derby charges a league membership of $50 a month, plus a yearly cost to WFTDA for insurance ($75). Expect to invest a minimum of $350 for your gear. Monthly dues are waived in your first month, your annual insurance payment will be required on your first day of practice.
CAN MY FRIENDS/FAMILY WATCH ME PRACTICE?
Our practices are typically closed to the public. In some circumstances we can make arrangements. Please speak with your captain or trainer prior to bringing friends and family to practice.
WHAT SKATING LEVELS DO YOU OFFER?
Once you have successfully passed all three ten-week courses you will be eligible to participate on one of the following teams.
Our levels of teams are:
Compete at our regular scrimmages in our warehouse to prepare yourself for the next level of competition and actual bouts. All scrimmages are in a learning environment to help you best understand the rules, to become more aware of how to play the game and they are crazy fun! You may also be rostered during this time to play in one of our scheduled bouts.
Once you have learned the ropes you are eligible to skate for our state competing teams traveling to Northern Arizona and Tucson to play against new players to challenge your skill level.
Our All-Star Team is an elite group of athletes that compete internationally. It takes a special kind of derby athlete to be an All Star – are you up for the challenge? Skate nationally on our JV All-Star team Phoenix Rising to find out.
HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?
For more information or if you have questions, please contact us.