Derby 101 Course

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Derby 101 is the name for our league’s Roller Derby training program. Every derby girl is required to complete a training course with us or another league before participating in a scrimmage or bout with GBRD.  [ more info for transfer skaters ]

For more information on how to get started in Derby 101:
Contact your nearest GRBD derby player, watch one of our open practices at Shallow Lake Arena in Shallow Lake or the Derby Arena in Kilsyth (check our event schedule for practice dates, usually Wednesdays and Sundays), or contact our recruiting team at:

What exactly is Derby 101?
Derby 101 is designed for all levels of skaters, from complete newbies to experienced skaters.  In the Derby 101 training course you will learn how to skate, how to use proper techniques for stopping and starting, falls and slides, crossovers, various dry land training techniques, one footed skating and much more including basic blocking and hitting techniques. This course is fun and challenging for all levels of skaters and is designed to teach you the basics of derby and help you stay safe.

When Can I Start Derby 101?
A new session of the Derby 101 course will be starting in September 2017 and will run for 10 weeks at the Derby Community Centre in Kilsyth. This allows you time to work on your skating skills and roller derby skills with a small group. This will help you to be more prepared to take the written and practical exam that qualify you to play derby.

How Much Does Derby 101 Course Cost?

  • $30 for the mandatory Skaters Insurance, $70 for the course.
  • Your Health Card.

Derby 101 Exam
At the end of the Derby 101 sessions you will complete the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) Minimums Skating Skills and Written Rules Testing (MSRs). Passing the tests qualifies you to try out for our team (Please see WFTDA’s Gender Statement, which our league adheres to).

Team Fees:
After the course, you can then become a Regular Member available to be drafted onto our team. Regular members are expected to pay league dues every month ($45/month) and maintain valid insurance. Regular Skater Insurance coverage costs $50 for the year (Jan-Dec).


What do I need to get started?

For Registration you will need:

  • $30 for the mandatory Skaters Insurance, and $70 for the course. 
  • Your Health Card.

For Derby 101 you will need the following gear:

  • Helmet
  • Quad Skates (preferably “speed style” roller skates) (we have some skates to loan out!!)
  • Mouth Guard
  • Wrist Guards
  • Elbow Pads
  • Knee Pads

Where can I get skates?

Costs can range from $150 to over $500 for gear. You can buy packages that set you up with everything you will need. There are even Beginner packages available that are affordable and good for ladies who are unsure if they will continue with Derby. With all things though, you will get what you pay for when it comes to quality of gear and skates.  Many roller derby stores offer online sales, however, it is recommended that you get a proper fitting the first time you are purchasing a pair of skates for roller derby.

Rumbling Rage Derby Shop (Barrie)

RollerGirl (Vancouver)

Neon Skates (Montreal)

Used Roller Derby Gear Ontario Facebook Group (online)

Transfer Skaters  

Transfer skaters who have passed their WFTDA Minimum Skating Skills Requirement and who are currently with other leagues are welcome to transfer to GBRD as regular members as long as they provide a letter from their current league stating that they have passed the WFTDA minimums and are in good standing with the league. Transfer skaters who have passed their WFTDA Minimum Skating Skills Requirement but are not currently with another league are welcome to transfer to GBRD as regular members after passing a skating safety test. Transfer skaters who have some skating experience, but have not yet passed their WFTDA Minimum Skating Skills Requirement are welcome to transfer into GBRD’s Derby 101 program. Discounted rates may be applicable; please contact us for more information.