Recreational League

Gotham Girls Roller Derby

If getting fit and having fun are on your list for 2014, join us for our next session of Basic Training on Saturdays from October 11 - November 22.

Gotham Girls Roller Derby's Basic Training and Recreational League is dedicated to training and developing roller derby skaters at all skill levels and providing opportunities to play roller derby without the commitment or skill level required to play roller derby at the national level. Our mission is to provide a fun, safe and competitive environment for all who participate.

Who can join?
The Gotham Girls Basic Training and Recreational League is the place for anyone interested in learning the sport of roller derby, trying out for a derby league, interested in being a referee or just working on your skating and roller derby skills. We welcome all skill levels.

How is it structured?
All new skaters will start in one of our ten-week Basic Training sessions. After each ten-week session, there will be a Skills Assessment to determine readiness to move to the next level. Depending on their skill and comfort level, skaters may retake a particular session. Skaters that are cleared for scrimmage and bout readiness will begin practicing with the Recreational League on a weekly basis. Recreational League skaters will also participate in twice monthly open scrimmages.

Please note that if you are unable to attend one of the Skills Assessments you must sign up for Basic Training 1. Skaters may be moved up to a different level mid-session at the discretion of the GGRD coaches.

Basic Training Level 1
This level is for anyone new to roller skating or roller derby. No previous skating skills are required, however you must be able to make it around the track without holding on to walls or people. Level 1 will teach you the fundamentals of skating to ensure that it is safe for you to start playing roller derby. Practices will cover basic skating skills, land drills for general fitness, and introductory roller derby skills. Women and men are welcome to these non-contact practices. There is an assessment at the end of the 10 week program that will determine if you are ready to move on to Level 2.

Basic Training Level 2
Basic Training Level 2 is for women and men whose basic skating skills -- form, crossovers, stops, starts, and safe falls -- are already strong and who are ready to add some contact. Practices will build on the form drills in taught in Level 1, and introduce roller derby contact, gameplay, and scrimmage style drills. By the end of Basic Training 2 you should be able to give and take a hit while staying stable on your skates and have basic understanding for the game of roller derby. There is an assessment at the end of the 10-week session to determine if you are ready to advance to our Rec League.

Recreational League
The Gotham Girls Recreational League is a continuous program that focuses on improving your skills in game scenarios. Rec league is structured to prepare skaters for GGRD tryouts and to provide practice, scrimmage, and game time for those skaters who enjoy the thrill of roller derby but cannot commit the time required to skate in the league. This program will provide 6 - 7 days a month of instruction and scrimmages for 9 - 10 months per year.

Rec League is for women only.  In order to sign up for this class, you must have previously taken a GGRD Rec League Level 3 class or qualify to take it during a previous GGRD Skills Assessment in 2013.

Tickets are available for purchase as follows:

Level 1:

Level 2:

Rec League:

You can also join the Basic Training yahoo group so you can get more info and reminders.

What are the current session dates and times? How much does it cost?
Basic Training Level 1
Saturday, October 11 - Saturday, November 22
Time: 9am - 11am
**No practice on 11/8 or 11/29**

Basic Training Level 2
Saturday, October 11 - Saturday, November 22
Time: 11am - 1pm
**No practice on 11/8 or 11/29**

Gotham Rec League
This session includes all of the following for $100:
9/7 Sunday Skills Practice (10am - 12pm)
9/14 Sunday Skills Practice (10am- 12pm)
9/16 Tuesday Open Scrimmage (7pm - 9pm)    
9/21 Sunday Skills Practice (10am - 12pm)
9/28 Sunday Skills Practice (10am - 12pm)
8/30 Tuesday Open Scrimmage (7pm - 9pm)

In order to sign up for this class, you must have previously taken a GGRD Rec League Level 3 class or qualify to take it during a previous GGRD Skills Assessment in 2013


The cost for Basic Training Levels 1 and 2 is $250 per session. There are no drop-ins or partial sessions; you must sign up for the entire 10 weeks. The cost for Rec League this summer is $75, or $50 to attend 2 Sunday skills sessions.

Sessions may be canceled and participants' money refunded if there are not enough people signed up for a particular level.

What gear do I need?
All participants are required to wear all of the following protective gear. For info on where to buy, please see the “Equipment” document in the Files section of the Yahoo Group.

  • Helmet
  • Wristguards
  • Elbow pads
  • Kneepads
  • Mouthguard
  • 4 wheel (quad) roller skates
  • Athletic sneakers

What else should I bring? What should I wear?
Bring a big water bottle. We don’t have a water fountain but there are sink bathrooms where you can refill your bottle. You should also come dressed in layers as the climate control at the warehouse is unpredictable. Also come dressed to work out - no tight jeans, short skirts or anything that restricts movement.

Do I have to present proof of insurance?
Yes. All participants must provide proof of insurance. Insurance requirements are:

  • Basic Training Level 1: Proof of primary health insurance or WFTDA insurance. Individuals may purchase WFTDA insurance here:
  • Basic Training Level 2: WFTDA insurance is required. Primary Health insurance is strongly encouraged.
  • Recreational League: WFTDA insurance is required. Primary health insurance is stronglyencouraged. Skaters who have USARS insurance through their current league will be covered through WFTDA/USARS reciprocity. Unaffiliated skaters must purchase WFTDA insurance, not USARS.

Can my boyfriend, girlfriend, mom, dad, or pet ferret watch?
We are very sorry, but there are no spectators allowed. If you are in the room, you are on skates and kicking butt!

Great! I’m ready! What next?
Here’s what to do:

  • Go to Brown Paper Tickets and purchase a spot in the session.
  • Join the Basic Training yahoo group here so you can get more info and reminders:
  • Read the Equipment doc and the FAQs located in the files section.
  • Print out the Insurance Waiver (in the files section) – fill it out and bring it with you for your first session. You don’t have to sign one for every class you take.
  • Directions to our warehouse, aka the Crashpad 2, will be emailed to you upon payment through Brown Paper Tickets. For reference, we are in East Williamsburg off the Montrose Ave L stop.
  • Double check that you have all your gear including your mouthguard. You will not be able to skate without it.
  • Come dressed to sweat and have lots of fun!

Any other questions? Contact