Cincinnati Junior Rollergirls
Get involved in the youth sport that Cincinnati CityBeat called the city’s "Best Alternative to Little League!"
FALL 2014 PRE-SEASON PRACTICE
Do you know an 8- to 17-year-old girl who wants to play roller derby? The Cincinnati Junior Rollergirls are holding a pre-season practice from 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15 at the Skatin' Place (3211 Lina Place, Cincinnati, OH 45239) for new and returning skaters! Admission is $5 per skater to cover the cost of rink rental.
New skaters -- including those who attended this summer's Intro to Roller Derby Summer Camp who are not currently members of CJRG -- will be asked to complete a skating assessment demonstrating their ability to do the following:
- Cross over in the turns
- Come to a complete stop
- "Fall small" and recover quickly from a fall
- Weave between cones
- Skate 15 laps around the roller derby track in 3 minutes or less
Skaters must wear full gear -- quad skates (not inlines), knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards, helmets and mouth guards -- in order to participate in this practice. New skaters who do not have full gear may rent skates and may be able to borrow pads and helmets from other skaters, but they must bring their own mouth guards.
We will also have registration paperwork available at this practice and hold an informational meeting for parents.
Questions? Email us.
The Cincinnati Junior Rollergirls were founded in 2011 by retired Cincinnati Rollergirls Kathy Kissing (a.k.a. Panterrorize) and Lauren Bishop (a.k.a. Miss Print), who wanted to bring the competitive, full-contact sport of flat track roller derby to Cincinnati-area girls ages 8 to 17. Other current and former Cincinnati Rollergirls serve as coaches, including Tricia Cronin (Buckhead Betty) and Michelle Moran (June With a Cleaver). Our head referee is Dr. Funkenstein. All coaches and support staff are volunteers.
The goal of the Cincinnati Junior Rollergirls is to bring together girls of diverse backgrounds, body types and abilities and help develop their overall fitness and health, self-confidence, teamwork, sportsmanship and leadership skills through the sport of flat track roller derby.
CJRG is a proud member of the Junior Roller Derby Association. Skaters are regularly tested on skating skills and the rules of the game and are placed in one of three JRDA-established skill levels: Level 1 (no contact – positional blocking only); Level 2 (JRDA full contact play) and Level 3 (Women’s Flat Track Derby Association-level full contact play).
Skater safety is the top priority of Cincinnati Junior Rollergirls coaches and support staff. All skaters must wear knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards, helmets and mouth guards at all times. Although participating in roller skating, roller derby and sports in general can involve risk of injury, CJRG coaches, trainers and support staff strive to reduce this risk with regular skills assessments, equipment checks and careful training.
PRACTICES AND GAMES
The Cincinnati Junior Rollergirls’ practice schedule is divided into three seasons: Fall, winter and spring. Practices take place most Monday nights at the Skatin’ Place from 6:30-8 p.m. (additional practices may be added). Week-long camps for prospective junior derby skaters are held every summer.
Games and scrimmages with other junior derby teams from around the region will take place at home and away. CJRG has also participated in 15-minute intra-league scrimmages during halftime of Cincinnati Rollergirls games at the Cincinnati Gardens.
For more information, email CJRG and become a fan of the Cincinnati Junior Rollergirls on Facebook: