Are you ready for the 2018 season? We are and we want you!
We have a Recruitment night each quarter! Come out and watch, get a freshmeat packet, or strap on some skates and gear and join us!
When are tryouts?
Next Recruitment Night:
Wednesday, January 17th @ 8pm
Mandarin Skate Station
3641 Kori Rd
Jacksonville, FL 32257
Do I have to be a seasoned skater to try out?
Not necessarily. Being a member of Jacksonville Roller Derby is a lot more than just being a good skater. Yes, we will primarily be looking for skating skills, but we also look at your athletic potential.
Is there an age limit?
You must be 18 years of age to be chosen for the League and placed on one of our teams. If you are under the age of 18, you can join Jacksonville’s Jr. Derby! Go here to learn more.
How can I get ready for recruitment?
Get to know us! Come see our bouts. Get to know the rules. Sign up for our newsletter to keep up with our activities. Volunteer to find out how we pull it all together.
What are some of the things I will learn in Fresh Meat?
-Forward skating using crossovers
-Power stride (getting the most out of each push)
-Gliding on one foot at a time
-Ability to fall in a safe and controlled manner
-Number of laps in five minutes
-Basic knowledge of the sport
-Ability to listen and apply new knowledge
-Ability to pick up new skills quickly
-Time commitment and availability
What equipment will I need?
Every skater is required to wear a helmet, wrist guards, elbow pads, knee pads, a mouth guard, and quad roller skates. We have some gear to loan out for practices.
Are there a lot of injuries?
As with any sport, injuries happen, but we work to prevent them. This includes injury-preventative exercises. Full protective gear is required for all skaters. Although primary health insurance is not currently required if you want to skate with us, it is still strongly recommended. For Jacksonville Roller Derby’s insurance purposes, you will be required to sign a waiver for tryouts.
How much of a commitment is required to be a skater?
You will be expected to attend league and team practices.
In addition to making practice attendance, everyone is asked to work at bouts and other official events. We are a skater run organization, so we also ask you to work on a committee and attend meetings to remain an active member. Additionally, skaters are required to pay monthly dues that help to pay for the League’s operational costs.
Despite the time commitment, any skater will tell you that it is completely worth it!
Maybe being a skater isn’t the best fit for you right now. There are plenty of ways to be a part of the action:
- Volunteer to work at a bout
- Join our awesome referees
- Or become a non-skating official