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Philly Roller Derby has created a Junior Roller Derby program in order to allow children, ages 6-18, the opportunity to learn the sport of roller derby. Our mission is to provide a fun, safe, and supportive environment for young athletes (ages 6-18), where they can come together and play this highly exciting sport of speed, strategy and teamwork. Junior Roller Derby helps empower our skaters by building self-confidence, teaching leadership skills and developing athletic abilities while improving overall fitness.
Our Juniors will be coached by current and retired members of Philly Roller Derby as well as members of Team USA. Our coaches have an incredible résumé of skating and coaching experience, both on and off the track. We believe that we have a tried-and-true method of training skaters, with little to no skating experience and have consistently ranked among the top leagues in the world.
Practices are held Sunday mornings from 9AM-12PM. Travel team practices are held Mondays 6PM-8PM.
5378 Belfield Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19144
Interested skaters are welcome to come observe our practice to see if it is ideal for them. Please email email@example.com to let us know you are visiting.
We are holding rolling admission. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
New skaters of all levels are accepted throughout the session.
We will be offering a sibling discount of $25 off each session. “Sibling” means related, not friends or cousins. The full price will apply to the first skater and the discount will apply to each additional sibling. The sibling discount is applied to the last installment of dues.
Skaters are required to provide proof of primary health insurance. Parents will also be responsible for maintaining their primary health insurance and informing the league of any changes. Scrimmage-ready skaters (that have been assessed at either Level 2 or Level 3) will be required to obtain supplemental insurance in addition to personal medical insurance.
The safety of our members is our #1 priority. Every coach, trainer and volunteer involved in the Philly Roller Derby Juniors program has undergone a thorough background check through Protect Youth Sports. Our safety staff has also been trained in CPR, First Aid and to recognize the signs and symptoms of concussions. Parents will be educated on the same.
Any skater, who in the opinion of a coach, athletic trainer, or physician exhibits any signs, symptoms, or behavior consistent with a concussion (such as loss of consciousness, headache, dizziness, confusion, or balance problems) shall be immediately removed from play and practice until they are cleared to return to by a healthcare professional who is a board certified Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician. Such clearance must be in writing and signed by the physician.
Full protective gear is required during every practice. Skaters will not be permitted to skate during any practice without wearing full gear, that fits securely and is in good condition.
– Helmet (No bicycle helmets)
– Elbow Pads
– Knee Pads
– Wrist Guards
– Mouth guard
– Quad Roller Skates (Rentals available subject to availability)
Beginner helmet, pads and mouth guards can be purchased at local sporting goods stores, however you will likely find as your skater grows out of their gear and their skills improve, a higher quality, derby specific gear will be desired.
Quality, derby specific, speed skates are the most important piece of equipment your skater will desire. While any quad skates will make do for beginner skaters, non-derby skates will hinder your skaters progress. Ideally, skaters look for the ability to change wheels, toe stops, plates and trucks to better suit their skating style as well as the surface they are skating on.
Call or click on the following links for Derby specific gear and equipment.
Five Stride Skate Shop
Apex Skate Shop
As The Bearing Turns
Wicked Skatewear (Online only)
East Coast Derby Extravaganza
ECDX is probably the BEST place to buy all your gear. Philly Roller Derby hosts the annual East Coast Derby Extravaganza in June. This is a weekend long event of non-stop derby action on three rinks. All three rinks will be surrounded with Roller Derby specific vendors from around the country. This is a great place to try on gear, get fitted for skates, and even meet your derby idols.
There is a possibility, as with any sport, of your skater suffering an injury. If your child is hurt or injured during practice, our trained safety staff will assess your child and administer first aid as necessary.
Any skater, who exhibits any signs, symptoms, or behavior consistent with a concussion shall be immediately removed from play and practice until they are cleared to return by a healthcare professional. Such clearance must be in writing and signed by the physician. Parents are required to be educated on Concussions.
Online training can be found at the following links:
Roller Derby requires a special set of skills unique to the sport. We encourage our new skaters to hit the rink as often as possible to gain confidence on skates. Many of the skills required in roller derby are learned entirely through repetition and tenacity. We will teach you all you need to know as long as you have the willingness to learn and work hard.
Beginning skaters are learning to skate and practicing basic safety, skating, stopping, and falling. They do not play derby, but focus on learning basic skating skills and the very basics of derby.
Skill Level I
Level I skaters are becoming masters of their skates, learning basic game play and teamwork, and beginning to scrimmage and bout positionally. They are beginning to learn more advanced rules and strategies.
Skill Level II
Level II skaters are playing using pushing contact only in scrimmages and bouts. They are also learning advanced teamwork, rules and regulations, and strategic play; practices emphasize fluidity of motion and building skeletal muscular strength and endurance. Typically, skaters are age 9 or above when they are able to meet Level II requirements, but there is no set age requirement.
Skill Level III
Skaters are demonstrating adult-level competency on skates and with the rules. Level III skaters practice, scrimmage and bout using full-contact rules. In addition, Level III skaters are expected to help teach lower-level skaters and to be ambassadors for the league.
Full contact junior skaters will need to pass the JRDA level 2 assessment in order to be allowed to scrimmage. They will need to pass the WFTDA Minimum Skills requirements to participate in full contact bouts.
Philly Roller Derby Juniors is open to all children, ages 6-18.
Skaters shall be 6 years of age on or before the first day of the session. Skaters continue to be eligible until age 17, or age 18 AND a high school student in the 12th grade or below during some part of the current academic year. High School Seniors who turn 18 during their senior year may continue skating with their current junior league until September 15th of the year in which they turn 18 and graduate high school.
All coaches can be contacted at email@example.com.
Director of Training
Teflon Donna/Devoida Mercy
Travel Team Coaches
Director of Safety
Brett Rogers/Karen Guss
JRDA & Interleague Liaison