Play Roller Derby


Roller derby athletes come in all shapes, sizes, and ages. Tattoos and piercings are not required: some of us have them and some of us don’t. Some competitors are lifelong athletes, while others have never tried a sport outside of gym class.

You don’t even have to be proficient on roller skates—you learn basic skills in Rookie Camp. After completing Rookie Camp, we learn more advanced skills together. You only need to be determined to succeed and willing to challenge yourself.

Are you ready to join us? Email our Training team:

If you can’t meet the requirements below, check out some of our other opportunities:
Officiating | Volunteering | Junior Roller Derby

Competitor Requirements

  • Identify as a woman
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have health insurance
  • Pay monthly league dues: $45
  • Purchase WFTDA insurance annually: $75
  • Sign an annual liability waiver and non-disclosure agreement
  • Commit at least 8 hours per week to the league (more during the spring and summer months)
  • Have the correct gear:
    “Quad” style roller skates (inline skates are not allowed)
    Recommended: the skates that fit best
    Because: improperly fitting skates will hold you back and increase risk of injury
    Recommended: dual certified helmet
    Because: no helmet can prevent concussions, but good helmets can help minimize injury
    Mouth guard
    Recommended: SISU
    Because: breathing and communicating are important on the track
    Hard protective shell/insert elbow pads
    Recommended: a snug, comfortable fit
    Because: elbow pads often last longer than other protective gear
    Hard protective shell/insert knee pads
    Recommended: cushioned function over fashion
    Because: you will land on your knees a lot
    Hard protective shell/insert wrist guards
    Recommended: good palm and stable wrist protection
    Because: hand and wrist injuries are fairly common

Do you have what it takes? Email us at to learn more about getting started.

Transfer Skaters

If you are moving to the area or want some new teammates, we’re here for you. Please email our Transfer Skater Advocate at to find out more about transferring to NHRD from another league.