Gotham Girls Junior Derby
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!
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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).
For current skating opportunities check out Classes & Sessions
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.