Cincinnati Rollergirls Recruiting
Want to join the Cincinnati Rollergirls as a skater, referee or non-skating official (NSO)? We’re always looking to add to our team!
Introducing our Rec League: The 'Nati Lites!
The Cincinnati Rollergirls and Cincinnati Battering Rams are pleased to invite you to join the ’Nati Lites, a recreational program designed to further the competitive sport of flat track roller derby. The program is open to all women and men aged 18 and older of all skill levels — from beginners to retired derby skaters — who are interested in playing derby without the level of commitment and time demanded by CRG and CBR’s competitive travel teams.
Join the 'Nati Lites Facebook group for the most up-to-date information!
Who Should Join
Women and men 18 and older who…
• Are interested in the competitive sport of flat track roller derby
• Are looking for a fun way to work out
• Want training from experienced coaches (seasoned Cincinnati Rollergirls and Cincinnati Battering Rams skaters and referees)
• Want to hone their derby skills to join the Cincinnati Rollergirls or Cincinnati Battering Rams. (NOTE: The Cincinnati Rollergirls are no longer holding regular bootcamps and tryouts; instead, skaters who wish to become full-fledged CRG members will start with the ’Nati Lites. Skaters transferring from other derby teams or who have previous derby experience may contact CRG for an individual tryout by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about joining the Cincinnati Battering Rams, email email@example.com.)
What ’Nati Lites Do:
• Learn and hone derby skills through exercises and drills coached by the best of CRG and CBR. You’ll do many of the same drills as CRG and CBR skaters, including footwork, muscle strength, weaving, hitting, pack awareness and jamming.
• Earn scrimmaging privileges through our ’Nati Lites skill level system (see below) and play derby in a safe environment
• Support CRG, CBR and the Greater Cincinnati community
• Make friends and become part of a strong, supportive family of skaters
’Nati Lites Skill Levels
• Ambers: Stopping (T-stop, plow, etc.); proper falling; striding; pushing; assists; light contact; skating around people; crossovers; turn around/skate backwards
• Pilsners: Speed control; keeping up with pace line; pack work; real hitting; learning strategy/rules; fast turnaround and stops at pace; endurance drills (e.g. skating 27 laps in 5 minutes or less); running on toe stops; jumping small objects/landing; positional blocking
• IPAs: Hits legally and with force; responds safely to hits; endurance; advanced agility; avoid skaters falling in front; WFTDA Minimum Skills passed; WFTDA Rules Test passed
WFTDA insurance and full derby gear (helmets, knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards and mouth guards). You may rent skates initially if you don't have your own, and we also have a limited amount of gear that new skaters may borrow.
Practices will be held at from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sundays at the Skatin’ Place (3211 Lina Place, Cincinnati, OH 45239) beginning Sunday, April 3, 2016. One hour at each practice will be devoted to scrimmaging for the IPA-level skaters. Skaters who are not yet cleared for scrimmaging can continue to work on minimum skills drills or help officiate.
$10 per session. Skaters will also be able to use “punch cards” to lower the cost to $7 per session when 5 or more sessions are purchased.
Frequently Asked Questions
When do you hold tryouts?
The Cincinnati Rollergirls are no longer holding regular bootcamps and tryouts. Instead, skaters who wish to become full-fledged CRG members will start with our rec league, the ’Nati Lites. 'Nati Lites skaters who feel they are ready to join CRG, or skaters who are transferring from other derby teams or who have previous derby experience, may request an individual tryout from a 'Nati Lites facilitator or CRG training committee member or send an email to Recruiting.
How old do I have to be in order to be a member of Cincinnati Rollergirls?
You must be at least 18 years of age. If you are younger than 18, you can join the Cincinnati Junior Rollergirls. There is no age maximum.
How should I prepare if I want to become a full-fledged Cincinnati Rollergirls?
There are several ways! We encourage you to join our rec league, the 'Nati Lites, as well as a co-ed skating class at The Skatin' Place on Monday nights that teaches proper skating form, speed skating skills and basic roller derby skills with limited contact. Many current Cincinnati Rollergirls attended Monday Night Derby regularly before making the team. The cost is $5 per class and full derby gear (helmets, knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards and mouth guards) are required. You may rent skates initially if you don't have your own. For more information, call the Skatin' Place at 513-522-2424 or stop by the rink, located at 3211 Lina Place, Cincinnati, OH 45239.
There are many other skating rinks around the tri-state, so hit those open skates! If you can dodge an 8-year-old, you can dodge a roller girl. It's also very important that you are in decent athletic shape, as roller derby is a sport that takes lots of endurance. Working on cardio and strengthening your quads, glutes and core muscles will help you to be ready for tryouts and reduce risk of injury. We highly recommend cross training for all of our athletes.
You can also get ready by watching our games, getting to know the Women's Flat Track Derby Association rules and liking us on Facebook to keep up with our events. You can also volunteer for the team to get to know us and how our league is run. If you're interested in volunteering, email Volunteers.
What equipment will I need for Monday night and rec league classes?
Every skater is required to wear a helmet, wrist guards, elbow pads, knee pads, a mouth guard and quad roller skates - no inline skates. You may rent skates at the Skatin' Place if you don't yet have your own. You can buy skates online or through the Skatin' Place. There is a huge variety of skates and wheels to choose from and skate sizes are very different from shoe sizes, so please talk to a Skatin’ Place staff member or a Cincinnati Rollergirl before you buy!
What should I wear to Monday night and rec league classes?
You can wear anything that you would be comfortable working out in, but keep in mind that you will be strapping knee pads over your pants, so jeans are not a good idea. Also, please bring a water bottle, and be sure to eat a healthy snack before you come. We'll be working hard and you'll need the energy.
Will I be put on a team if I pass tryouts for CRG?
We have three teams that are divided up by skill level: The Black Sheep (A team/varsity squad); the Violent Lambs (B team/junior varsity squad); and the Flock Ewes (C team/rookie team). Skaters are not drafted onto teams for the entire season; rosters can - and do - change from game to game. The Cincinnati Rollergirls is a highly competitive league, and no one is ever guaranteed a spot on any roster. Attendance, service credits and performance during practice are all factors taken into consideration when coaches choose rosters.
Are there a lot of injuries in roller derby?
Injuries happen, but we work to prevent them with specific training that includes injury-preventative exercises and stretches. Cross training is a great tool to prevent injury. Primary health insurance is strongly encouraged. You will be required to purchase WFTDA if you pass tryouts for CRG, but it is not primary insurance.
How much of a commitment is required to be a skater?
You will be expected to attend 75% of league practices (held three times per week), work at our games and volunteer at other official events. We are an all-volunteer, skater-run organization, so skaters are required to pay a commitment fee and monthly dues that help to pay for the league's operational costs. We also require you to obtain a derby job (street team, sponsorship, ticket sales, etc). Despite the time commitment, any skater will tell you that it's completely worth it. If you don’t think being a skater is the best fit for you right now, there are plenty of other ways to be a part of CRG: You can volunteer to work at our scrimmages and games as an NSO, off the track on our street team or become a referee. For more information, email Volunteers.
Does CRG have a gender policy?
As a member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association, CRG is committed to inclusive and anti-discrimination practices in relation to all transgender women, intersex women, and gender expansive participants, and aims to ensure that all skaters’, volunteers’, and employees’ rights are respected and protected. Click here for more information.
If I have more questions or need more information, whom do I ask?
I can't skate, but I still want to get involved. Can I?
Yes! Email Volunteers for more information about becoming a Cincinnati Rollergirls volunteer.