Cincinnati Rollergirls Recruiting

Want to join the Cincinnati Rollergirls as a skater, skating official (referee) or non-skating official (NSO)? We’re always looking to add to our team!


WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019 from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Doors open at 9 a.m. and assessments begin at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: The Skatin’ Place, 3211 Lina Place, Cincinnati, OH 45239

COST: Free, but space is limited! Please pre-register HERE so we can ensure that we have an adequate number of tryouts facilitators and loaner gear. The first 40 people to arrive will be guaranteed a spot at tryouts, so please arrive early to get checked in. All others will be on standby.

QUESTIONS? Email Recruiting.

Can’t make this tryout? Don’t worry — we typically hold several tryouts throughout the year!


We’ve changed our tryouts process to make it more open and inclusive! No matter what your current skill level is, if you complete the tryouts process, we'll have a place for you on the Cincinnati Rollergirls and give you the training and tools you need to eventually become eligible to make a roster. All we ask is that you try your best and don’t give up — those are the most important qualities in any roller derby player!

1. Who is eligible to try out?

Tryouts are open to women 18 and older.* There is no age limit. If you are younger than 18, you can join the Cincinnati Junior Rollergirls.

* 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. An individual who identifies as a trans woman, intersex woman, and/or gender expansive may skate with a WFTDA charter team, including the Cincinnati Rollergirls, if women’s flat track roller derby is the version and composition of roller derby with which they most closely identify. Click here for more information.

2. I haven’t skated in forever (or ever)! Is that OK? What's the best way to prepare for tryouts?

It’s helpful if you’ve had recent roller skating experience, but if you don’t, we can help you prepare!

First, we encourage everyone planning to try out to attend Monday Night Derby classes at The Place (formerly The Skatin' Place), located at 3211 Lina Place, Cincinnati, OH 45239. In these all-gender, drop-in classes, skaters of all skill levels learn basic skating and roller derby skills from rink and CRG instructors in a supportive, non-competitive environment. Classes are $5 and run from 8:15-10:15 p.m. on Monday nights year-round. Full gear is required (skates may be rented from the rink). Join the Monday Night Derby Facebook group or call The Place at 513-522-2424 for more information and updates.

In addition to Monday Night Derby classes, we encourage you to hit those open skates! If you can dodge an 8-year-old, you can dodge a roller derby skater. W also highly recommend cross training for all of our athletes, as roller derby requires endurance, strength and speed. Working on your cardio and strengthening your quads, glutes and core will help you get ready for tryouts and reduce your risk of injury.

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.

3. On what skills will I be tested at tryouts?

Our tryouts are based on the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association Minimum Skills Assessment. You can find a link to the assessment here. We also recommend watching WFTDA's Minimum Skills Requirements training videos here.

We know there’s a lot on this assessment and we don’t expect you to know how to do everything, so don’t panic! We just want to get a sense of your current skill level so we can place you in the appropriate group on the team. Again, all we ask is that you try your best and don’t give up. All skaters will have the opportunity to take the entire assessment. No one will be cut during the process.

4. What kind of gear is required for tryouts?

Tryouts require ALL of the following gear:

• Quad roller skates (no inlines)
• Helmet
• Mouth guard
• Knee pads
• Elbow pads
• Wrist guards

You may rent skates at no charge if you don't have your own, and we also have a limited amount of previously-worn gear to loan out on a first come, first serve basis.

You can also find pads and mouth guards at Play It Again Sports stores, most sporting goods stores and online. We recommend skateboard helmets and pads made by brands such as Triple 8 and Pro-Tec. We do NOT recommend pads that are sold for inline skates or bicycle helmets, but we’ll accept them at tryouts if that’s all you have.

If you’re serious about skating, you can buy skates, helmets and pads through The Place BEFORE the day of tryouts. Just call 513-522-2424 or stop by the rink for more information. 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 Place staff member or a Cincinnati Rollergirl before you buy!

5. What should I wear for tryouts?

You can wear anything that you would wear for a vigorous workout, but keep in mind that you’ll be wearing knee pads, so we do not recommend wearing jeans.

6. Should I eat or drink before tryouts?

Yes! Drink lots of water in the days before tryouts, bring a water bottle with you to the rink and eat a light, healthy snack that morning. We'll be working hard and you'll need the energy.

7. What happens after tryouts?

CRG coaches and evaluators will review the results of all skaters who completed the assessment and place them in one of three groups within CRG:

• Women’s Flat Track Derby Association Team: For skaters who pass all minimum skills. This team is made up of skaters who are eligible to be rostered on CRG’s two competitive squads, the Black Sheep (A team) and the Violent Lambs (B team).

• ’Nati Lites: For skaters who pass most minimum skills. ’Nati Lites will attend one designated, combined ’Nati Lites/WFTDA team practice per week on skates and may also attend additional WFTDA team practices off-skates.

• Developmental Team: For skaters who did not pass most minimum skills. These skaters may attend Monday Night Derby classes at the Skatin’ Place to work on improving their basic skating and derby skills. They may also attend WFTDA team practices as off-skates observers or volunteers.

No matter which team you’re placed on, you’ll be considered a full member of the Cincinnati Rollergirls and enjoy all the rights and responsibilities of being a CRG skater — including your own derby name and number!

8. If I make it through tryouts, when can I expect to make a roster?

Depending on your skill level, it likely will take a lot of practice before you’ll be eligible to make a roster and skate in a public game. Some of our skaters have made their first roster after a few months; others have had to practice for a year or more. Roller derby is a complex and physically demanding game that requires a high level of skill and a thorough knowledge of rules and strategy. But we’ll make sure you get the training you need to get you ready for that day!

9. 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 also an excellent 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.

10. How much of a commitment is required to join the Cincinnati Rollergirls?

You will be expected to follow our attendance requirements, 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. You’ll find new self-confidence, discover strengths and abilities that you never knew you had and become part of a close-knit family of roller derby skaters not only locally, but also around the world.

If you don’t think that skating competitively is the best fit for you right now, there are plenty of other ways to be a part of CRG. You can become a skating official (referee) or non-skating official, join our game day production staff and more. For more information, email Officiating.

Still have questions? Email Recruiting.

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