Be Prepared

PicturePhoto courtesy of Dan Hill at Personal Images Photography.
So you've decided that derby is definitely something that you want to be a part of.  Congratulations!  Here are a few things to consider in order to be ready for the Benton County Roller Derby training boot camp:

1. Do Research!

Benton County Roller Derby skates with the M.A.D.E. rule set.  Take a look at for the rules and links to popular artlices on M.A.D.E. skating, including articles specific to skating rookies.

Watch YouTube videos of M.A.D.E. derby games.  Many are available on Roller Derby Nation's page.  There are also lots of general videos on skating and derby techniques.

2.  Budget

Make sure to add a section in your budget for monthly dues.  These can also be paid quarterly or yearly, whatever you decide works best for you.  Benton County Roller Derby dues are $20 a month which helps cover the cost of rink rental for practice time and games.

Skates and gear will need a space in your budget also.  We do have limited quantities of loaner gear available when you're just starting out.  There will be more posts on gear and what/where to purchase soon.

3.  Skate, skate, skate, and skate some more!

Get on wheels!  Hit up as many open skating sessions as possible.  Don't worry if you don't have skates yet, just rock the rentals.  Speed skate rentals are closer to what derby skaters wear.  The point is to get confident on your feet.  Try skating a little faster each session.  Practice crossing feet on the turns.  Squat in derby stance (shoulders up, knees slightly bent, elbows in) for a lap or two.  

4.  Get in Shape

The training boot camp will test your fitness level.  You'll want to make sure that your body can handle the different challenges thrown at it.

Try to spend 30 minutes at least 5 days a week doing some type of cardio activity.  Walking, bicycling and swimming are all great cardio cross-over workouts.

Strength training is great.  You'll need strong legs and a strong core.  Squats, lunges, calf-raises and wall-sits will help build up leg muscles.  Planks, crunches, and push-ups will strengthen your core.  Total body workouts are great for promoting muscle growth and overall strength and balance.

As with any physical fitness routine, it's a good idea to consult a physician before starting.

5.  See a live game!

No matter what you've seen in the movies or watched online, there is nothing like experiencing a live roller derby game.  Attending the game will help you understand the basic mechanics of game play and give you a pretty good idea of what you're getting into.  You'll be able to chat with players and refs before or after the game as well.

Benton County Roller Derby has three more home games this season.

September 21st - The School of Hard Knocks

October 26th

November 16th

6.  Stay Positive!

Derby is hard work, but you CAN do it.  

Every skater has stories of questioning themselves in the beginning.  Perseverance and positive attitude is key!

Adapted with love from an article by Dead Girl Derby

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