Tryouts for the 2019 season have closed. Please check back in Fall 2019 to try out for our 2020 class, and read on to get a sense of what to expect!
When are tryouts?
Tryouts for the 2019 season will take place on Sunday, October 14. Skating callbacks will be held on Monday, October 15 from 6PM - 9 PM.
Register for a tryout time slot from the below. Skaters only need to sign up for one time slot.
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 on a different date.
After callbacks, selected skaters will enter a three week training period in late October. 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.
AM I ELIGIBLE TO BE A GOTHAM SKATER?
Gotham welcomes cisgender, transgender and intersex women and gender non-conforming participants over the age of 18. Those aged 6-17 are eligible to join our Juniors program.
Do I have to be a seasoned skater to try out?
Not necessarily. Being a member of Gotham 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 can I get ready for tryouts?
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:
Forward skating using crossovers
Power stride (getting the most out of each push)
Gliding on one foot at a time
Ability to fall in a safe and controlled manner
Number of laps in two minutes
Basic knowledge of the sport
Ability to listen and apply new knowledge
Ability to pick up new skills quickly
Time commitment and availability
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 10 practice hours per month for Diamond District skaters, and more for home team skaters.
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!
If 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to see you on the track!