FAQ

Who can play roller derby?

Although roller derby leagues exist all over the world for men, women, and youths, NH Roller Derby (NHRD) is governed by the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), which specifies certain rules of competitor eligibility; the league establishes other eligibility rules.

Please see the eligibility requirements.

If you cannot meet one or more of the requirements, officiating and volunteer positions are also offered to ages 18 or older. Learn more about officiating or volunteering.


Is there a men’s league in New Hampshire?

Not yet. Mass Maelstrom Roller Derby (Lancaster, MA), Pioneer Valley Roller Derby (Northampton, MA), Vermont Men’s Roller Derby (Burlington, VT), and Casco Bay Roller Derby (Portland, ME) are the closest men’s leagues. Visit the Men’s Roller Derby Association


Is there a junior’s league in New Hampshire?

Yes, there are a few of them! Check out NHJRD


Do you get paid to play?

Nope. Roller derby is an amateur sport; we pay to play.


Does NHRD play on a banked track?

NHRD (and almost every roller derby league today) plays on a regulation flat track. All you need to start playing is enough space, some tape, and a tape measure. That equals lower costs, greater portability, and many more venues to choose from than banked track leagues could ever imagine.


How much does it cost to start playing?

Below are some typical prices that you might expect to pay when purchasing roller derby gear as a beginning skater.

ItemEst. Cost
Quad skates$150-300
Helmet$50-60
Knee pads$50-70
Elbow pads$30-40
Wrist guards$20-30
Mouthguard$10-20

Due to the nature of the retail industry, we recommend shopping around for the best deals. Bruised Boutique in Nashua is the best location for trying on skates, pads, and helmets.

Your skates will often come with a set of wheels. Additional sets of wheels can be purchased later to accommodate the different surfaces you’ll skate on.

You will also need to purchase WFTDA insurance for $75 (2018 price) and be prepared to pay your first monthly league dues of $45.

Total: $430-640

We do have some loaner gear available, but sizes and quantities are limited. Please contact Training if you need help.


Is roller derby fake?

That’s a great question. If you remember (or have heard about) roller derby from the 1960s, ’70s, or ’80s, you probably expect WWE style entertainment. In today’s roller derby, every hit, fall, sprain, break, concussion, win, and loss are just as real as they are in other full contact sports, like ice hockey and rugby.


How is the game played?


When does the season start and end?

Our season begins early spring and concludes early fall each year.