As a Skater

Pioneer Valley Women's and Men's Roller Derby.

So you want to join a roller derby team?

You think you have the proverbial "what it takes"? You think you’ll be able to skate fast and take big hits from the men and women of PVRD? You think you can dish ’em out?

There is only one way to find out.

We don’t hold try-outs. Just show up to Fresh Meat Night. There’s no experience necessary—we don’t expect you to know how to skate, understand the game, or be in great shape. We’ll teach you to skate, then teach you to play.

What we CAN’T teach you is your own commitment to training, and to the league. It does take a great deal of personal discipline to succeed at roller derby—it’s a physically demanding sport. Playing roller derby requires the desire on your part to TRY, to FAIL and to ultimately SHINE at brand new skills.

You WILL fall down.
You WILL get hurt.
You WILL get back up.
You WILL leave practice and will feel the most intense burning in muscles you didn’t even know you had.

And you will be required to do it at least twice a week.

Skaters practicing the basic toe stop.


You WILL join a new community and make dozens of friends instantly.
You WILL come up with a rad derby name for yourself.
You WILL boast about that fact that you play derby to awed civilians.
You WILL have an unbelievably fun time.

Here’s what you need to start:

  • Passion for roller derby
  • Commitment to the group and to your teammates
  • Determination to succeed

Here’s how it works:

  • You come to mandatory practices
  • We teach you how to skate
  • We teach you the rules
  • You devote yourself to PVRD (no big deal)

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