The Hellions are currently in Open Recruitment! Contact us to schedule a practice visit, or check us out at one of our upcoming recruitment events!
Find out what a typical practice night is like: http://www.dailygazette.com/videos/2013/feb/22/1339/
All potential skaters will be expected to have basic skating skills before trying out. It is essential that you begin practicing your skating at local roller rinks before attending our recruitment events. Feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for tips on skating, or to schedule a time to visit a practice!
WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO JOIN?
Women over the age of 18 can join the Hellions of Troy as skaters for our teams. We welcome both men and women to be referees, officials, coaches, and volunteers. Anyone is welcome to come and observe our practices before attending our recruitment events. All potential recruits must have basic skating skills before they can begin their initial roller derby training. “Basic skating skills” means that you can:
- Skate ten laps around our track without falling down
- Stop (without dragging your toestop)
- Turn around
- Perform crossovers
Some of the other things we look for in potential skaters include:
- A positive attitude
- Basic knowledge of the sport (www.wftda.com)
- Ability to listen and apply new knowledge
- Time commitment
All of these skills will be explained and demonstrated at recruitment events. Potential skaters are then free to practice on their own at local roller rinks during the two weeks after the recruitment event (Guptill’s www.guptillsarena.com and Rollarama www.rollarama.com). You will then be evaluated by our coaching staff to make sure you can perform these basic skating skills. Depending on the number of fresh meat who try out, and the duration of our recruitment period, these initial evaluations may take place over the course of 1-2 weeks. We are not expecting you to be perfect – we just want to make sure you will be safe on the track and that you are prepared to play an aggressive sport. We will teach you everything, as long as you are willing to give it your all and learn!
Once you join, you will be part of a “Fresh Meat” class comprised of all the new skaters who participated in the same recruitment event. After you pay your first monthly dues, you will receive your “Fresh Meat” name and begin your 3-month vesting period. During this time, you will receive training from out coaching staff, learn the rules of roller derby, and learn how the league is run. After the 3-month period, you will submit your “derby name” and become eligible to be placed on a bout roster, as long as you pass the list of WFTDA minimum skills (which will be provided by our coaches).
WHAT KIND OF EQUIPMENT IS NEEDED?
Every skater is required to wear a helmet, wrist guards, elbow pads, kneepads, mouth guard, and quad roller skates. Everything but the skates can be found at sports equipment stores, such as Dick’s Sporting Goods, Sports Authority, or Seasons on Lark St (Albany). Before purchasing any gear, it is recommended that you determine how much you can spend (i.e. what is your budget?), and then discuss your options with experienced skaters. They can help you choose between different brands and styles, and tell you the best places to get skates and other equipment. There are also numerous online stores you can check out including Wicked Skatewear (http://wickedskatewear.com/) and Bruised Boutique (www.bruisedboutique.com). We also have a deal set up with Rollarama Skating Center for a discount on skate packages, gear, and accessories.
WHAT IF I HAVEN’T SKATED SINCE SECOND GRADE? DO I NEED A BACKGROUND IN SKATING TO BE A ROLLERGIRL?
While some skaters on our team do have years of experience, most of us had not skated for decades (if at all) until we joined roller derby. Even those who have skating experience still need to learn how to skate “derby style”. We teach you everything about derby, from the basics of falling correctly to advanced skills (like whips!). But, we do ask that you build your skating abilities at the local rinks so that you are comfortable on skates before you join. Many Hellions skate locally at open skates, so look for us there!
HOW MUCH OF MY TIME WILL IT TAKE UP? WHAT ARE THE FINANCIAL COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH JOINING THE HELLIONS?
Roller derby is a big commitment, in terms of both money and time. In regards to financial cost, there are the initial costs, which include your first month’s dues ($40), and WFTDA insurance (currently $65 annually, prorated mid-year). Each skater must also purchase the equipment necessary to play derby: skates, pads, helmets, etc (see the last page of this packet for skate suggestions). There are also continuous costs, which include equipment upgrades/replacements, travel to bouts, and monthly $40 dues payments.
You will also invest a substantial amount of time in the league. You will be expected to attend practices on a regular basis (2-3 times a week), because your fellow skaters will depend on you to learn to play the game and work towards becoming a successful league. You are also expected to help out at bouts, as well as attend promotional events and any community outreach/volunteering we may perform. The Hellions of Troy is run by us, the members, so in order for our league to function smoothly, we also require participation on committees and attendance at league meetings. All of our skaters have jobs, school, and families, so we understand you have a busy life outside of derby, but a balance between the Hellions and your other commitments is indeed possible. As many skaters will tell you, the effort is totally worth it. Feel free to ask us how we balance derby and life!
ARE YOU ALREADY A ROLLER GIRL LOOKING TO TRANSFER TO THE HELLIONS?
Before being eligible to bout with the Hellions, transfer skaters are required to undergo a 3 month vesting period during which they must keep current on dues ($40/month), apply for WFTDA insurance coverage, and meet our attendance requirements.
The vesting period does not begin until the new skater submits their first payment of monthly league dues, but there is no pressure to submit dues at the first practice. We encourage transfer skaters to attend practices before committing to the league, and after the first payment of league dues, a new skater can participate fully in league practices.
Once the vesting period is completed you become a member skater, have full voting rights, and are eligible to bout.
Sign me up! How can I join the Hellions of Troy?
You can contact us online, through email (Hellionsrecruitment@gmail.com), or search for us on Facebook. You can also come to one of our practices at Rollarama (2710 Hamburg Street, Schenectady, NY; http://rollarama.com). Our current practice schedule is: Sundays 7-9pm, Mondays 7-9pm, and Thursdays 9-11pm. We recommend contacting email@example.com before dropping in, in the event there is a change to our practice schedule.