Join the League!

2024 info now available below! We’re recruiting new skaters, referees, and non-skating officials. No experience necessary at all – we’ll teach you everything you need to know!

FAQs about Joining Keweenaw Roller Derby

What is the New Skater Program?

This is the multi-week training session we offer at least once a season. If you attend you will learn basic skating and derby skills such as, stopping, blocking, transitions, skating in a group, and more. It is intended for team-building, to get you to a point at which you can safely join the rest of the team for full-practices and games.

What if I want to officiate?

Yes please! Skating Officials can use quad or inline skates and are welcome to go through the New Skater Program in order to develop their skating skills and understanding of the game.

When is the next New Skater Program?

Try on gear with us! June 20th 7pm at the Colosseum. Meet the team, try on gear, get your questions answered AND get a free ticket to the bout the following Saturday the 22nd.

The new skater program will follow soon after. Exact dates for the new skater program TBA. 

Do I need to know how to skate?

Not even a little bit! We accept all skill levels into our New Skater Program and will teach you all the skating skills you need to know.

Any other requirements?

You need to be 18 or older and you should be in OK health. You don’t have to be crazy athletic, but derby is a rough, full-contact sport. You will be hit, fall down, and get bruises. Use your common sense! You are also required to have secondary insurance through the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association to skate with us ($75/year).

Do I need my own gear?

Yes. We’ll host a Meet & Greet where you can try on gear, and we may be able to provide loaner equipment for a short time. We also have a gear library owned by the league, allowing new and current members to purchase gear on a payment plan. KRD is committed to breaking down the financial barriers that may arise in roller derby.

What kind of gear?

Every skater is required to wear a helmet, wrist guards, elbow pads, knee pads, a mouth guard and quad roller skates. We can provide gear recommendations and may even have some used or new gear available for sale. Contact a current skater to discuss gear options today!

What happens after the New Skater Program?

At the end of the program, skaters who can skate safely in a group will join full-league practices while refs and non-skating officials will begin working with our Officials crew. Skaters who are not quite able to join practices yet will have ample opportunity to participate in practices without full-contact drills!

Because we are skater owned and operated, once you join the team and participate in full-league practices, you will be expected to make practice attendance requirements, pay dues (currently $40/month) which serves the league’s operating costs, and to work fundraisers and events whenever possible.

What if I have played derby in the past and want to transfer in? 

Awesome, we are excited to have you! Before you can join the team, you’ll need to be able to provide proof that you passed the minimum skills requirements test with your previous league, and you will be asked to demonstrate key skills for the trainers. Occasionally, you may be asked to work on a particular skill before joining full contact drills or to attend a fresh meat session as a refresher.