Dates: August 7th, 9th, 14th, 16th, 21st, 23rd, 28th, and 30th.
Time: 8pm-10pm for all dates.
Cost: $30 per person.
Where: Bell's Skating Rink | 7009 Indiana 930, New Haven, IN 46774.
Equipment needed: Knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards, helmet, mouth guard, and skates (you may use rental skates from Bell's if you do not have your own, yet).
How to join the league page for interested skaters:
Interested skaters are encouraged to read our FAQs page. If you have already read this page and are ready to make the commitment, awesome! Here is additional information you may need to know in order to participate in the boot camp and/or tryout to become a part of our Fort Wayne Derby Girl family.
What are the basic requirements to be a Fort Wayne Derby Girl?
What is the boot camp all about?
FWDG offers a roller skating boot camp held at Bell's Roller Rink in New Haven. IN in the summertime before the FWDG tryout is held. Interested skaters are strongly encouraged to attend this boot camp to learn and practice basic skating skills that are necessary for roller derby. Exact dates and times will be posted on our website when they are confirmed. Boot camp attendees will need all of the equipment listed above in order to participate. Bell's does offer rental skates for those who participate in the boot camp.
When are tryouts?
Tryouts are typically held in the summertime before our season begins, and after the boot camp is held. Exact dates and times for tryouts will be posted on our website as soon as they are confirmed. In order to attend tryouts, you must have all of the equipment listed above.
Do I have to be a seasoned skater to tryout?
Not necessarily. It takes a lot more than skating skills in order to be a Fort Wayne Derby Girl. Although previous skating experience is beneficial, the coaching staff will also be evaluating skaters on their athletic potential.
How can I get the equipment that I need?
We encourage those who are interested to purchase their equipment early and begin to practice skating in them. They can be purchased at most local sports stores or skate shops. Bikes and Boards is one place where you can purchase you protective gear. Skates usually have to be ordered either online or at one of the local skating rinks. Mouth guards can be purchased at almost any local sports store.
How can I get ready now?
START SKATING NOW—There are lots of rinks in the area such as Bell's Skating Rink, and Roller Dome North and South. You can check online for times and locations of open skates. If the weather is nice, you can also practice outside on any of the local trails or even in your own neighborhood. There is also recreational league called Down N Derby that you can participate in for practice.
Down N Derby, what's that?
Down and Derby is a recreational league that hosts one night or derby per month at Bell's Skating Rink and is open to anyone who wants to participate. The cost is $5.00, and you will need to bring a white and black tee shirt, and all required equipment. If you don't feel like you are ready to participate just yet, you can go to watch as well. Visit HYPERLINK "http://www.facebook.com/DownNDerbyFW"http://www.facebook.com/DownNDerbyFW for dates, times, and additional information.
GET IN SHAPE—Being a roller girl is a serious athletic commitment. It may be a good idea to start eating healthy, drink lots of water, and exercise regularly.
LEARN THE RULES and SKILLS REQUIREMENTS—FWDG is currently a member of WFTDA. The current set of WFTDA rules along with the minimum set of skill requirements needed, can be found on the WFTDA website at HYPERLINK "http://www.wftda.com/rule.html"www.wftda.com/rule.html .
GET TO KNOW OUR LEAGUE—Come to our bouts to gain an understanding of what's involved. You can also volunteer to find out exactly how we pull everything together. Interested volunteers can visit our Contact Us page for more details.
Will I be put onto a team if I am selected at tryouts?
Teams are selected by the coaching staff after a four month training period and will be based on skill level and the needs of each team. Skaters may skate for more than one team and can move from one team to the other at any time during our season. The coaching staff will select a 14 person roster one week before each bout. In order to be on the 14 person roster for the Bomb Squad, you must be one the 20 person charter. The coaching staff will select the Bomb Squad charter based on skill level and the needs of the team. In order to be eligible to be rostered for the Bomb Squad or SWAT Team, skaters must have 80% practice attendance, and be up to date on their dues.
If I have more questions, who do I ask?
You can visit our Contact Us page for any additional questions you may have.