Tampa Roller Derby (TRD) holds recruitment nights for interested skaters about every six months. A new recruit bootcamp, to get you ready for tryouts, will be on June 8th at 9:30am. The next tryouts will be July 7th at 5:30pm at Downtown Skate located at 5313 E. Busch Blvd, Tampa, FL 33617.
There are minimum skating requirements for joining our training program, so make sure you start skating or take lessons now!
You will be evaluated on the following skills prior to beginning your training with TRD:
Refer to the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) website for a complete list of requirements. For tryouts, you will be evaluated on section 1 of the minimum skill requirements, found here. The more you practice now, the better prepared you'll be for tryouts. Get out and start skating now. Go to open skates, skate outdoors, skate as much as possible to get used to having eight wheels under you. If you need help, there are skating classes available at many of the skating rinks in the Tampa area. Prepare yourself early and get in shape. Roller derby is an actual sport and requires a certain level of fitness. There are gals of all shapes and sizes in this sport and in our league, but you must be able to skate.
Please download the QK packet linked below. You must print, complete and sign the About Me page of the packet, as well as the WFTDA and TRD waivers and bring them to your first practice (after your evaluation night).
A NOTE FROM YOUR TRAINERS:
If you plan to come to our next tryouts, please read the following. It is a lot of information and might be overwhelming, but it's key information you need to know in order to prepare yourself for our training program (called Quad Killers, or QK for short), and to continue with this sport beyond QK training. It is not intended to scare you away from derby, but to prepare you for what lies ahead.
1. CLEAR YOUR SCHEDULE: QK practices are at Downtown Skates in Temple Terrace on Sunday nights from 6pm - 8pm and Wednesday nights from 8pm - 10pm. There will also be extra practices on an occasional Tuesday night and Saturday morning. Once the program starts, training is pretty fast-paced, so you need to come to as many practices as possible. We will be keeping track of your attendance and if you miss too many practices, you'll miss essential training and won't progress like you need to. If you absolutely have to miss a practice, please communicate with us that you won't be there. Bear in mind that for the practices you miss, it will be your responsibility to find out what was covered in that practice and to make up for the lost skate/practice time.
2. EQUIPMENT: You will need your own:
3. WORK OUT: Skate, skate, skate! Skate outdoors; take advantage of open skates; do everything you can to get used to having eight wheels under you. Exercise your core (aka your abs and obliques). Work on your endurance. Do cardio. Do jumping jacks; run; walk fast; run stairs; jump rope - anything to keep your heart rate up and used to pumping more than usual. Do squats, 2 legged and 1 legged. (We don't call it Quad Killers for nothing! ;) ) Stand in front of the TV and hold a squat for as long as you can, then do it again. You can start by doing 30 second intervals, then see if you can work up to holding your squat for a full commercial break. Your knees should be at 90 degrees, or as close to it as possible, and your chest should be up; your knees should NOT extend past your toes. Do leg lifts. You will also need to strengthen your upper body. The more you start training now, the more ready you will be for tryouts. Ask anyone who is currently in QK, or has gone through the program, and they can tell you that you will be sore for the first few weeks of practice, as your body won't be used to working/moving the way it does for skating/derby.
4. INSURANCE AND DUES: Dues are $30 a month and there an annual fee for WFTDA insurance. Both of these are required in order to continue practicing with us. Insurance will be due immediately upon joining QK and dues, as previously stated, are a monthly expense.
5. FAMILY SUPPORT: It is highly suggested that you sit down with your family/spouse/significant other/loved ones to discuss the commitment necessary for this sport. It can be a drain on your finances at times, especially when you're first starting out and buying all the needed equipment. It is also time consuming. As stated earlier, practices are twice a week, plus drive time, and we also require volunteering/participating at league appearances, fundraisers, and bouts. Prepare the important people in your life so that they understand the commitment involved. Having their support is essential to your success in derby. And if they want to get involved, let them! We always welcome volunteers, nonskating officials, as well as referees.
6. THE LOVE OF DERBY!: A common phrase heard around the derby community is "roller derby saved my life," and there's a reason for it. This sport can become a huge part of who you are. You will become a member of the large, and growing, family, as the derby community exists across the globe and we are all united the by love of our sport. It can consume you and, at times, feel like a second job, but it can also be the best decision you ever made.