Gotham Girls Junior Derby
As 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 (including cisgender, transgender, intersex and gender-expansive individuals) 6 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 Gotham Girls Roller Derby’s junior program. Gotham Girls Roller Derby is 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 skaters from the world's biggest, baddest city. We are also proud members of the Junior Roller Derby Association.
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!
Think roller derby is the sport for you? Great! Fill out our registration form and check out the GGJD Facebook page for information on our next Basics & Beginners session! If you have any additional questions after reading online materials, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see you on the track soon!
Junior Derby Classes
All practices are broken down by age and skill level. To determine skater placements, assessments are held at the end of each Basics and Beginners session, and in December and June for returning skaters.
Basics & Beginners
All new skaters start in one of our Basic & Beginners sessions. These classes meet once a week and cover 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 introductory, non contact roller derby. At the end of each session, there will be a skills assessment to determine whether or not skaters are ready to move onto more advanced classes.
BEGINNING Skaters - JRDA level 1
Skaters who have completed our Basics and Beginners session and are cleared by our coaching staff to move to Level 1. In Level 1, skaters continue to refine their basic skating skills and practice non-contact roller derby.
Intermediate Skaters - JRDA level 2
Once cleared for Level 2, skaters start to play positional, light contact roller derby. Practices include land drills for strength, skating skill and game play drills. They scrimmage each other and occasionally opposing teams from other leagues according to JRDA Level 2 standards.
Advanced Skaters - JRDA level 3
Advanced skaters play full contact roller derby by WFTDA rules. Level 3 skaters must meet the WFTDA minimum skill standards and be able to skate 27 laps in 5 minutes. Practices are a combination of skills and scrimmaging with a dedicated scrimmage practice on Saturdays.
Level 3 skaters aged 12 and older are eligible to tryout for our travel team. Our travel team is currently ranked #6 in the all female division and travels all over the country to play opponents in JRDA sanctioned competition. Travel team skaters practice 2-3 times a week, with a dedicated travel team practice on Tuesdays and scrimmage on Saturdays. Many of our skaters also volunteer and act as mentors to our younger skaters.
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.