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!

Cincinnati Roller Derby Recruitment Day: Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016

Interested in playing roller derby or volunteering for Cincinnati’s roller derby teams as a non-skating official or referee? You’re invited to a free recruiting event on Sunday, Jan. 31 at The Skatin’ Place (3211 Lina Place, Cincinnati, OH 45239)! You’ll find out how you can get involved right now as a volunteer and learn about current and upcoming opportunities to learn how to skate and how to play roller derby.

The schedule:

10 a.m. Meet members of the Officials Union Local 513, the Cincinnati Rollergirls and the Cincinnati Battering Rams
11 a.m. Watch/help officiate a co-ed scrimmage (off skates)
12:15 p.m. Officials Union Local 513 meeting

No skates or gear are required for this event. Just show up and find out what it takes to become a part of Cincinnati’s roller derby community!

Frequently Asked Questions

When do you hold tryouts?
Tryouts are usually held every January and sometimes later in the season as needed. A skater must be able to pass a minimum skills test and interview. Transfer skaters may be permitted to join the team during the season; email Recruiting for more information.

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 can I get ready for tryouts?
We encourage prospective skaters to attend 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 this class 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. Cross training is highly recommended 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 and boot camps. 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 boot camps and tryouts?
Every skater is required to wear a helmet, wrist guards, elbow pads, knee pads, a mouth guard and quad roller skates - no inline skates. We do have some gear to loan out at boot camps and tryouts, but it is not to leave the building.

Having your own equipment is highly encouraged. Skateboarding equipment and mouth guards can be found at most sporting goods stores. Skates can be purchased 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 for boot camps and tryouts?
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 breakfast before you come. We'll be working hard and you'll need the energy.

What do I need to be able to do at tryouts?
1. Skate 5 laps around the derby track in less than 1 minute. No Cincinnati Rollergirl takes more than 50 seconds to skate 5 laps.
2. Perform turn-around toe stops, plow stops and hockey stops.
3. Skate backward.
4. Skate with others by speeding up and slowing down between two CRG skaters and skating around in a "super pack" of skaters.
5. Give and receive derby hits to the inside and the outside of the track.
6. Other:
• Positive attitude
• Basic knowledge of the sport
• Ability to listen and apply new knowledge
• Ability to pick up new skills quickly
• Time commitment and availability

Will I be put on a team if I'm selected at tryouts?
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?
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. WFTDA insurance is required to be purchased after passing tryouts, but this 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 is 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.

If I have more questions or need more information, whom do I ask?
Email Recruiting!

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.

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