So you want to join Adelaide Roller Derby (ADRD)? Awesome! You can join ADRD as either a skater, skating official or non-skating official (NSO). Our league welcomes women, men, trans and gender-diverse people of all backgrounds, shapes and persuasions.
Our New Member Intake (recruitment program) is held once a year and typically begins in late-August through to late-October.
Keep an eye out on our Facebook for details of any upcoming Information Nights so you can find out more about what it means to join ADRD.
Our recruitment program is split into three sections:
- Skating skills (no contact)
- Roller Derby skills (light contact)
- League culture
We aim to get you to the point where you’re skilled enough to participate fully in league trainings and start playing public bouts; as well as understand the values and culture of our league and have the confidence to contribute to ADRD off the track.
During the first month you’ll be learning basic skating. Skills taught include skating slow and fast, stopping, weaving, crossovers, stepping and how to fall correctly. If you can demonstrate these skills safely, you’ll move on to the second part of the program and that’s where the real fun begins.
During the second month you’ll start learning how to play Roller Derby. Skills taught include skating as a ‘pack’, avoiding obstacles, blocking (hitting), transitions (turning from front to back while skating), backwards skating, jumping and basic strategy. You’ll be asked to demonstrate all of these skills safely and competently in a test at the end of the program. There are limited skater spots available.
If you’re offered skater membership, you will be assigned to one of our four home teams – Salty Dolls, Road Train Rollers, Mile Die Club or Wild Hearses.
Image: Pete Hayward, 2021
A Roller Derby bout requires seven on-skates officials. Skating officials wear the black and white stripes of Team Zebra, call penalties, keep track of points and ensure safe game play.
Skating Officials must be competent skaters, have good stops and transitions, and excellent track-awareness. They are required to successfully pass a modified version of the skating skills and Roller Derby skills programs in order to be offered skating official membership.
Image: Shaun Healy, 2021
A Roller Derby bout requires a handful of dedicated Non-Skating Officials (NSO). NSO’s undertake a range of roles inside and outside the track, including starting and timing jams, recording and displaying scores and penalties, keeping track of skaters visiting the penalty box and collecting derby stats.
If you are interested in joining the league as an NSO, email us at email@example.com and we’ll put you in touch with Team Zebra.