What is it?
The London Rollergirls Recreational League is open to everyone, from complete beginners to seasoned skaters, and aims to teach our crazy sport in a fun, informal environment.
Whether you’re a complete beginner interested in joining a bouting league, a wannabe referee or a more experienced skater looking to hone your skills, or if you just want to play non-competitive roller derby, this is the place for you! The league is open to anyone aged 18 or over, of any ability.
What does it involve?
We will teach you all you need to know about roller derby. This will include:
• WFTDA minimum skills – stops, falls, derby form, blocking and more
• Drills to improve footwork, pack awareness, speed and strength, blocking and jamming
• Rules and tactics
• Regular scrimmaging
What do I need?
All skaters should bring the following protective gear:
• Quad roller skates
• Kneepads (preferably ‘vert’ or aggressive pads – you will be falling a lot)
• Elbow pads
• Wrist guards
If you're not sure what equipment to buy, head over to the LRG Future Rollergirls Discussion Forum and ask as many questions as you like.
Once you've decided on your kit, we recommend purchasing from Double Threat Skates. Double Threat is London's only roller derby specific skate store. It is run by Goregasm and Kitty DeCapitate from the LRG main league. Together they have over 10 years of derby experience so really know their stuff! They are also super helpful and friendly
How much does it cost?
The cost is £5 per session or £25 per month.
How do I get started?
Sign up for the Recreational League Waiting List using the form below to be notified of the next intake session. We have new intake sessions throughout the year and we will contact you when the next registration is open.
The intake session is a 3-hour boot camp where we teach the very basics of skating and roller derby, including skating stride and stance, stops and falls. It is designed for beginners who are new to skating or new to roller derby (or both!), as well as for people who have skating experience already.
For anyone interested in continuing their roller derby training beyond the intake session, there will be an assessment at the end of the session for a place in the subsequent 15-week training course. At the end of this training course, skaters who pass the final assessment will be offered a place in the London Rollergirls Recreational League.
The next intake is tentatively scheduled for summer of 2013.
That seems like a long time to wait. I want to skate now!
We like enthusiasm! There are many skaters out there just like you who are organizing informal skate sessions at a variety of indoor and outdoor locations. Visit the London Rollergirls forum to meet future rollergirls and referees like yourself and find out where it's all happening, or start a session yourself! Here's the link:
The forum is also a great place to learn about equipment, read advice for new skaters and ask questions that can be answered by experienced skaters.
Anything else I need to know?
Wear comfortable clothes for exercise (not jeans) and have fun!