Are you new to Junior Roller Derby or new to the area where Junior Roller Derby leagues are flourishing and having a hard time choosing one?
information on all the leagues in your area. Check the websites or email the league
directors and ask for information. The kinds of things you want to know are:
- What age groups do
- How do you select
- How many teams do you
have at each skill level?
- Who are the coaches
at your child’s skill level?
- What is their
background in coaching?
- What is the league
philosophy? (Does everyone play? Is it “play to win?)
- What are your
membership fees? Is there a payment schedule?
- What is covered/not
covered in that fee?
- Are there any other
financial obligations? Travel? Fundraising? Uniforms?
- Where, when and how
often do you practice?
- Are practices
mandatory? What if my child misses a practice? Misses a tournament?
- How long is your
- How far will the team
- Are their background checks available for parents to review?
you have this information for all the leagues, sit down as a family and see
which leagues fit into your goals, commitment level, financial situation,
etc. Ask yourselves some questions:
does my child want to get out of the league experience?
my child want to play after high school? At what level in college?
my child just want to enjoy the game and play with friends?
is my child’s priority for allocating free time: job, activities with friends,
other league sports, etc.?
my child keep up with school work?
we afford the program we choose?
important is it that we, as parents, travel with our child? Can we save money
if our child travels with the team?
be afraid to shoot too high! Don’t assume big leagues are better than small leagues.
Don't assume a "volunteer" coach is better than a "paid"
coach. Most important of all – don’t
listen to rumors!!! Ask the league personnel questions – that’s what they’re
is a big decision from both a financial and time commitment standpoint and it’s
your right to find out as much as you possibly can heading into this decision.
luck and please contact us with any questions!