Gotham Girls Junior Derby


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The only junior roller derby league in NYC, Gotham Girls Junior Derby is dedicated to bringing the exciting sport of roller derby to girls and young women 8 to 17 years old and providing opportunities for skaters of all skill levels to learn and play in a fun, safe, and supportive environment.

Because roller derby is considered an extreme youth sport, GGJD prioritizes safety, with mandated protective equipment and high training standards for coaches and volunteers. GGJD aims to empower our skaters by bringing together girls and young women from diverse communities and helping develop their self-confidence, leadership skills, healthy decision-making, athleticism and overall fitness.

 

Who Are We?

Founded in May 2012, GGJD is a proud member of the Junior Roller Derby Association. We are also proudly affiliated with Gotham Girls Roller Derby, New York City’s only all-female, do-it-yourself (DIY), skater-operated roller derby league and 501c3 non-profit organization. Both our adult and junior leagues are comprised of strong, diverse, and independent girls and women from the world's biggest, baddest city.

Our league is made up of girls and young women of all ages, backgrounds, and skating skills, from all over the city. GGJD does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national and/or ethnic origin, or sexual orientation. We value diversity, inclusion, and respect for all individuals. We believe in skating fast, working hard, and promoting fun and healthy competition... And we’re ALWAYS looking for new skaters! To learn more, check out Gotham Girls Junior Derby on Facebook!

Join us!

Think roller derby is the sport for you? Great! Visit the How to Join section for start-up paperwork and check out our Facebook page for information on our next Basics & Beginners session! If you’re interested in observing a practice or have any additional questions after reading online materials, please email Puss 'n Glutes at pussnglutes@ggrd.nyc. Hope to see you on the track soon!

Junior Derby Classes

Basics & Beginners - JRDA level 1

All girls new to skating will start in one of our ten to eleven-week Basic & Beginners sessions. These classes are once a week (Thursday/Saturday/Sunday) and will start by covering basic skating form, stops, starts, and safe falls. Skaters will then start learning to skate in partnerships and in packs and will eventually work their way up to light contact (positional blocking, lean-outs, hitting form). At the end of each 10 to 11-week session, there will be a skills assessment to determine whether or not skaters are ready to move onto more advanced classes. 

For information on the next upcoming Basics & Beginners session, email Puss 'n Glutes at pussnglutes@ggrd.nyc

Intermediate Skaters - JRDA level 2

Skaters who have passed their level 2 skills assessments are eligible to attend Saturday Intermediate / Advanced Skills & Scrimmaging (8-11 years: 3-4:30 pm, 12-17 years: 4-6 pm) in addition to Basics Thursdays 5-7pm classes.

Advanced Skaters - JRDA level 3

Skaters who have passed their level 3 skills assessments are eligible to attend all junior classes offered - Tuesday Advanced Skills & Scrimmaging (5-7 pm), Thursday Basic Skills (5-7 pm), and Saturday Intermediate / Advanced Skills & Scrimmaging  (8-11 years: 3-4:30 pm, 12-17 years: 4-6 pm).

For our level 2 and 3 skaters, monthly class options include a 4-Class Pass for $60 and an Unlimited Monthly option for $100. We're also introducing a 3-month Class Pass option for April/May/June: 12-Class Pass $180, Unlimited Pass $300. Plus, get a 20% off sibling discount when you purchase a second pass in the same order (limit 2 per order).

Current Skating Sessions

NEW SKATERS

☀ ☀ ☀  SUMMER CAMP AUG 15-19 & 22-26 2016  ☀ ☀ ☀

Summer camp is split into two sessions based on age group. Similar to Spring Break camp, it is designed for those who want to learn to skate and play roller derby.

We will cover roller skating basics and introductory roller derby skills. You must have your own skates, knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards, helmet, and mouth guard. No skating skills are necessary, but you must be able to make it around the track without holding onto walls or people.

  • Each camp day will have a morning skate session, lunch and fun off-skates activity, and an afternoon skate session. 
  • Mid-day breaks will be BYOL (bring your own lunch) and will include activities like icebreakers, footage viewing, movie watching, derby rules session, and skate maintenance with Five Stride Skate Shop. 
  • Camp days are cumulative and must be purchased as a whole package.
8-11 years Monday, August 15th - Friday, August 19th
10am - 4pm daily
$250
20 person capacity
 SOLD OUT 
12-17 years Monday, August 22nd - Friday, August 26th
10am - 4pm daily
$250
20 person capacity
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❤ ❤ ❤  BASICS & BEGINNERS (SEP - NOV)  ❤ ❤ ❤

Learn to skate from the Gotham Girls Roller Derby coaches! If you are a female between the ages of 6 and 17 years and want to learn to skate and play roller derby, this is the class for you!

We will cover roller skating basics and introductory roller derby skills. You will need your own skates, knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards, helmet, and mouth guard. We have some loaner gear but must know ahead of time if you'll need it, availability is not guaranteed.

No skating skills are necessary, but you must be able to make it around the track without holding onto walls or people.

This Basics & Beginners class consists of 11 weeks of classes at our "Crashpad". Classes are cumulative and must be purchased as an 11-week package. Two sessions are available based on skaters' age.

At the end of the session, there will be a Skills Assessment to determine scrimmage readiness, which will allow movement up into our advanced classes.

**Tickets are NON REFUNDABLE and NONTRANSFERABLE**
*Session may be canceled and participants' money refunded if there is not enough interest (10-skaters minimum)*

6-11 years Sunday, September 11th - Sunday, November 20th
Class on Sundays 9am - 10am
$160
20 person capacity
Buy 6-11 yr ticket
12-17 years Saturday, September 10th - Saturday, November 19th
Class on Saturdays 6pm - 7:30pm
$180
20 person capacity
Buy 12-17 yr ticket

 

CURRENT JUNIORS (ALL-LEVELS)

  SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER SESSIONS  

Classes and fees are broken down by age group:

  • APPLE SEEDS
    6-8 year olds / 
    Sept 11 - Nov 20
    • $160
    • 1 hour of practice per week
    • Sundays 9-10am, starting Sun 9/11
  • APPLE BLOSSOMS
    9-11 year olds / Entering 4th-6th grade / 
    Sept 10 - Dec 10 
    • $180 12-class pass
    • $300 Unlimited
    • May attend Thursdays and/or Saturdays after completing Basics & Beginners
    • Assessments for level will occur Sat 9/10 3pm and Sat practices will be split by level
  • BIG APPLES
    12-17 year olds / Entering 7th-12th grade / Sept 10 - 
    Dec 10
    • $180 12-class pass
    • $300 Unlimited
    • May attend Thursdays (all levels), Saturdays (levels 2-3), and/or Tuesdays (level 3 only)
    • Assessments for level will occur Sat 9/10 4pm and Sat practices will be split by level

Upcoming 2017 Schedule

Winter Session: January 7th - March 31st
Spring Session: April 1st - June 27th
*No practice Memorial Day Weekend 5/27

 

All of our skaters learn to play by full WFTDA rules. We are proud members of the JRDA and are always looking for new opponents committed to high-level junior play.

*If you are unable to afford GGJD classes but would like to participate, please fill out our scholarship application and e-mail it to jrscholarships@ggrd.nyc