September 7, 9:30-11 am!
Anyone who is 18 years of age or older (by the next date of tryouts) and has current health insurance can try out to be a Twin City Derby Girl. Basic skating skills, understanding of the game, paperwork and proper equipment are required for tryouts.
Skateland has skates, elbow pads, knee pads, wristguards and helmets.
Everyone trying out MUST bring her/his own mouthguard (available for $2-$3 at most retail stores like Walmart, Meijer, etc.).
It is also strongly recommended that you bring your own helmet (a bike helmet works just fine for now).
Derby is a competitive sport. We take our league, the safety of skaters and our tryout process very seriously. No exceptions will be made for the requirements of tryouts.
What to bring to tryouts:
Gear: Everyone trying out must wear quad skates, wristguards, knee and elbow pads, helmet and mouthguard. You must bring your own mouthguard and, if possible, your own helmet.
Forms: Please bring all of the following:
What will happen at tryouts:
How to Prepare for Tryouts:
You can also read over the official WFTDA rules on the WFTDA site.
What happens after tryouts?
Within one week of tryouts, you will be notified by a member of the coaching staff either inviting you to join Twin City Derby Girls or explaining what skills you need to further develop for the next tryouts. If you are invited as a skater and accept, then you will participate in a 12-week development program as part of our Farmers to help you prepare for the WFTDA basic skills test. If you are invited as a referee and accept, you will train with the our officiating crew, the Ref Riders, to further develop your skating skills and knowledge of the sport.
We also suggest that you take a look at this packet of information for new skaters, prepared this past fall by TCDG's Fitness Committee!
In it, you will learn more about derby culture and about TCDG culture in particular, what to expect from practices, how to train for derby outside of practices (and off-skates!), how to help prevent injuries and recover from them, the importance of nutrition and hydration, and even a few suggestions about playing roller derby from a sports psychology perspective.
We who skate and officiate and volunteer and otherwise support the enterprise that is TCDG love what we do, and we hope that you will, too -- but we also want you to be prepared for the amount of work and commitment that goes into such a labor of love.
Please stay tuned to this page and our Facebook page for information about our next round of tryouts!! We really hope to see you there.