How do I join South Coast Roller Derby?

We are thrilled that you have decided to “BE YOUR OWN HERO” and join the fast-paced world of roller derby.  The first step to learning this exciting new sport is to attend one of our Skater Orientations/Basic Skills Class.   These are held at every Saturday morning practice. You will have a chance to meet the league and test out your skate legs.  If you decide this is the place for you, register as a new skater and get prepared to tryout for the league!

Do I have to be a seasoned skater to join SCRD?

While we don’t expect you to be a seasoned skater when you begin, it does give you an advantage to know how to skate well.   Don’t be nervous if the last time you put on a pair of quads was 10 years ago ~ it’s just like riding a bike and you’ll quickly improve.  Also, it takes more than good skating to play roller derby.  Yes, we will be assessing your skating skills, but we also look for your potential as an athlete and member of the league.  Throughout your initial practices and tryout period we will get to know both your skating style and your awesome personality!

How can I get ready for roller derby?

First off, get to know us! Attend our New Skater Orientations to meet the league and receive some valuable information about roller derby.  Come see our practices/scrimmages to gain an understanding of what’s involved.  Go to the WFTDA website and get to know the rules of the game. Sign up for our newsletter to find out when and where we will be. Then skate, skate, and skate some more! The more comfortable you are on your skates, the faster you will play roller derby.

Additionally, there are a couple of rinks in Orange County with open hours for the public where you can rent quad skates and work on your skating basics – Fountain Valley Skate in Fountain Valley/Huntington Beach and Holiday Skate in Orange.

When is the next Bootcamp?

SCRD offers a rolling boot camp on Tuesdays from 7- 9:00 PM and Saturdays from 9:00 – 11:00 AM with orientation for first time skaters on Saturday 9:00 AM. If interested in bootcamp – please contact . 

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

Some of the things we will be looking for in tryouts are your mastery of the  skills you will need to safely play the game:

Basic skills:

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

Derby Skills:

  • Skating low
  • Plow Stop
  • T-stop
  • Blocking strength


  • Number of laps in 2 minutes


  • Attitude
  • Basic knowledge of the sport
  • Ability to listen and apply new knowledge
  • Ability to picks up skills quickly
  • Time commitment

What will I need to join?

Attending the orientation is free.  We will cover all the information you need to know about joining the league.  If you choose to skate that day you will be required to wear a helmet, wrist guards, elbow pads, knee pads, a mouthguard and quad roller skates. We will not have gear to loan out.   It is $5 to skate and for insurance purposes, you will be required to sign a waiver prior to getting on the rink.

Monthly dues are $65.  You are responsible for having your own skates and safety equipment.

Please bring the following paperwork with you when you plan on joining us:

Skaters are required to have both medical insurance and WFTDA insurance to participate

SCRD WFTDA Insurance


Will I be put on a team and get a derby name as soon as I try out?

Skaters who successfully complete their initial training and pass their tryouts will be assigned to the sub-pool roster of skaters (from which active team drafting occurs) and you can claim your name and number. There is a national registry of Roller derby names, as no two skaters (or refs!) can have the same name. Keep in mind that the name is secondary to the skating.

How much of a time commitment is required to be a South Coast skater?

Let’s be totally honest; roller derby is a big commitment of your time and energy. You’ll be expected to attend weekly league practices, which are two hours, three times a week. In addition to practices, everyone is expected to work at bouts and other official events and fundraisers. We are a skater run organization, so we also require you to work on a committeee and attend meetings to remain an active member. If the time commitment is too much, maybe being a skater isn’t the right fit for you right now.  However, there are many other ways to join in: become a part of our Zebra Crew (referees/officials),  join our awesome Street Team, come to all our parties… the list goes! Roller derby becomes a passion for all who get involved and any skater will tell you that it is completely worth it!

Will I get injured?

Just like football, roller derby is a FULL CONTACT sport. Injuries can happen BUT we work really hard to prevent as many injuries as possible (through endurance and strength training) and we are blessed to have one of the best Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioners in the industry. Dr. Johnson keeps us all in the game!  As mentioned above, full protective gear is required for all skaters (and refs!) and we follow that rule strictly. In addition to your primary health insurance every skater (and ref!) is covered under a roller sports insurance policy. This supplemental insurance is affordable and is required.   Be advised that bumps, bruises and some aches and pains are an expected after-effect of some really intense workouts.  It helps to keep some ice packs, ibuprofen and epsom salts on hand!

If I have more questions, who do I ask?

Please feel free to email us at .

Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you on the track!

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