Try Out


When are tryouts?

Tryouts for the 2017 Gotham Girls Roller Derby Season will be held Saturday, October 1st from 10 AM - 3 PM at our practice space in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Interested skaters must sign up in advance by purchasing a ticket. Once you sign up, you will be given a time slot for your tryout. 

What are tryouts?

There are two steps: the initial tryout where you will be evaluated on skates with a small group of skaters, and a call back session that is both on skates and includes a very brief interview. Callbacks are October 2nd from 10 AM - 1 PM.

After callbacks, selected skaters will enter a three week training period. At the end of this probationary period, another cut will happen. Selected skaters will then go on to the official three month training phase to become full members of GGRD.

Do I have to be a seasoned skater to try out?

Not necessarily. Being a member of Gotham Girls Roller Derby is a lot more than just being a good skater. Yes, we will primarily be looking for skating skills, but we also look at your athletic potential.

How old do I have to be in order to be a member of Gotham Girls Roller Derby?

You must be 18 years of age to be chosen for the League and placed on one of our teams. If you are under the age of 18, you can join Gotham's Jr. Derby! Go here to learn more.

How can I get ready for tryouts?

Get to know us! Come see our bouts. Get to know the rules. Signup for our newsletter to keep up with our activities. Volunteer to find out how we pull it all together.

Throughout the year, we offer different levels of training in Gotham's Basic Training. We will be offering two Pre-Tryout Boot Camps on September 18th and 25th to help skaters prepare for tryouts. We'll focus on the skills listed below. To find out more information, sign up for our Basic Training Yahoo group

It's also very important that you are in decent athletic shape, as roller derby is a sport that takes lots of endurance. Working on cardio and strengthening your quads, glutes and core muscles will help you to be ready for tryouts.

Additionally, there are a few rinks in the New York City area with open hours for the public where you can work on your skating basics such as the Riverbank State Park in upper Manhattan and Lakeside Rink in Prospect Park.

What do I need to be able to do at tryouts?

You will need to have strong basic skating skills. Some of the things we will be evaluating in tryouts are:

Basic skills:

  • Forward skating using crossovers
  • Power stride (getting the most out of each push)
  • Gliding on one foot at a time
  • Balance
  • Squats

Derby Skills:

  • Skating low
  • Plow Stop
  • T-stop
  • Blocking strength
  • Ability to fall in a safe and controlled manner

Endurance:

  • Number of laps in two minutes

Other:

  • Positive attitude
  • Basic knowledge of the sport
  • Ability to listen and apply new knowledge
  • Ability to pick up new skills quickly
  • Time commitment and availability

You can brush up on these skills at our Pre-Tryout Boot Camps on September 18th and 25th.

What equipment will I need for tryouts and Basic Training?

Every skater is required to wear a helmet, wrist guards, elbow pads, knee pads, a mouth guard and quad roller skates. We do not loan out gear for tryouts.

Will I be put on a team if I'm selected at tryouts?

Skaters who are selected to join the League will begin a three-month training period that will culminate with a skills test and a written rules test. You will be known as "fresh meat" during this time period. Once training is completed (and you've passed both tests) you'll be drafted to a team and you can declare your derby name and number.

How much of a commitment is required to be a Gotham skater?

You will be expected to attend league and team practices. The minimum requirement in order to remain an active skater is 17 practice hours per month.

In addition to making practice attendance, everyone is required to work at bouts and other official events. We are a skater run organization, so we also require you to work on a committee and attend meetings to remain an active member. Additionally, skaters are required to pay monthly dues that help to pay for the League's operational costs.

Despite the time commitment, any skater will tell you that it is completely worth it. And you instantly have over 90 sisters in New York City and many more in the 1800+ leagues around the world!

Maybe being a skater isn't the best fit for you right now. There are plenty of ways to be a part of the action: Volunteer to work at a bout, join our awesome Jeerleaders, or become an official.

Are there a lot of injuries?

Injuries happen, but we work to prevent them by specific that includes injury-preventative exercises. As mentioned above, full protective gear is required for all skaters. Although primary health insurance is not currently required if you want to skate with us, it is still strongly recommended. For Gotham's insurance purposes, you will be required to sign a waiver for tryouts.

If I have more questions, who do I ask?

Please feel free to email us at tryouts@gothamgirlsrollerderby.com. We hope to see you on the track!