What gear do I need?

All participants are required to wear all of the following protective gear:

  • Helmet
  • Wristguards
  • Elbow pads
  • Kneepads
  • Mouthguard
  • Sneakers
  • and of course 4-wheel (quad) roller skates

We recommend GGRD sponsor Five Stride Skate Shop in Williamsburg, which is run by two of our Gotham alumni and Team USA skaters, Bonnie Thunders and OMG WTF.


What else should I bring? What should I wear?

Bring a big water bottle. Come dressed to work out - no tight jeans, short skirts or anything that restricts movement. Tip: pants, shorts or tights that cover your thighs are perfect as they will protect you when practicing falls and slides. Wear athletic sneakers for off-skates land drills and warm-ups.

Where do I go?

Classes are held at the Crashpad, practice space for the Gotham Girls, in East Williamsburg off the L train. After signing up for your first session, you will receive an email with the exact address.

Who are the coaches? Who will be at the classes?

Coaches are veteran GGRD skaters and league coaches. Most have impressive coaching experience as well as experience working with children and adolescents. They have all undergone background checks run by Protect Youth Sports.

We will have at least one CPR certified coach or league member available at each class, and there may be some additional skaters and/or league members to be a resource and answer any skater or parent questions.

Do I have to present proof of insurance?

GGJD does require proof of insurance. Any type of physical activity carries its own risk, and roller skating – let alone derby skating – is no exception. These training sessions are strictly at your own risk, but you will be required to sign a liability waivers prior to starting with us.

Advanced skaters will be required to purchase Francis L Dean insurance through JRDA so that they are covered when playing outside opponents.

Can my boyfriend, girlfriend, mom, dad, or pet ferret watch?

Please keep your ferrets, friends and significant others at home. However, parents are invited to stay for class to quietly observe.

What about contact? I'm nervous!

GGJD makes sure that every skater is safe and feels ready before starting any contact drills. You won't be forced to do anything you don't feel comfortable with. Our Basics & Beginners classes are dedicated to learning basic skating form, basic skills like starts and stops, and safe falls. Coaches assess skills carefully to be sure that skaters have a solid foundation before participating in contact drills. Skaters progress at their own pace and there are opportunities for non contact or light contact play if you decide that contact is not for you.

What's the JRDA?

The Junior Roller Derby Association (JRDA) is a public non-profit educational and amateur sports organization that is dedicated to advancing the growth of roller derby through the standardization of rules and goals for existing and new leagues. The mission of JRDA is to nurture bold self-confidence in youth by developing teamwork and athletic ability while treasuring individuality within a culture of integration, encouragement, and service to others.

Great! I'm ready! What next?

Directions to our practice space (the Crashpad) will be mailed to you after finalizing your purchase. If you have any additional questions, you can email