New Skater Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How do I join?
You can join Duke City Roller Derby by coming to one of our Recruiting Bootcamps or one of our open intake nights—typically the first Monday of any month. DCRD Bootcamps teach basic skating skills and a review of membership requirements and perks to get you ready to start our New Skater Program. There are only a few Bootcamps throughout the year, so submit your name and email address here to get an email update when the next one is scheduled! If you cannot make a Bootcamp, please feel free to drop into one of our New Skater Intake nights. Additional questions should be sent to our New Skater Coordinator.

What is the New Skater Program?
The New Skater program is a program for skaters new to roller derby. New Skaters practice twice a week for 10-12 weeks and learn the necessary skate skills, strategy, and rules to play roller derby. The New Skater Program prepares you to take the WFTDA minimum skills test, which is necessary to pass before playing in your first bout. Once skaters graduate from New Skaters, they are eligible to be drafted to one of our Home Teams (or even our all-star travel team!) and to begin playing in bouts. If you are unable to start with Bootcamp, you are welcome to come by the first Monday of every month (except July) for our New Skater night.

Where and when do you practice?
Duke City Roller Derby practices at 823 Buena Vista Dr. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106. The practice schedule varies throughout the year. Currently, New Skater practices are Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-8 pm. See the entire practice schedule here.

What age do I have to be to play?
To skate with DCRD's adult league, skaters must be 18 or older. For skaters aged 8-17, check out our junior derby team.

What gear do I need?
You will need skates, a helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards, and a mouthguard to play roller derby. 

Can I borrow gear?
Yes! We have loaner gear (except mouthguards) that you can borrow as you are working towards getting your own gear. To borrow loaner gear, you will have to give DCRD a $50 refundable deposit (upon return). After one month of use, a rental fee kicks in at $15/month until the gear is returned. 

How much does it cost?
After 30 days of a trial period, it costs $26 per month in dues. Once you pass your minimum skills test, dues will be $36 per month. All skaters are required to get WFTDA insurance after their trial period to continue skating. WFTDA insurance is about $75/year. 

When can I come see you play?
Our home game schedule can be found here.

How can I get involved before the next recruiting Bootcamp?
Can't wait to meet us? You can still get involved with derby by becoming a volunteer or by dropping by our New Skater Intake Night, the first Monday of each month except July. Contact our Officials Coordinator if you are interested in volunteering!

What if I played roller derby in the past and want to get back into it?
Email Head of Training with information about when and where you last played derby and when you passed your minimum skills test.

I am a transfer skater from another league and want to join DCRD. What do I do?
Email Head of Training. Please include your current league name and location, whether or not you've passed minimum skills, and the likely date of transfer. We will need a letter from your current league.  

I am a skater with another league but will be in town. How can I practice with DCRD?
Email Head of Training. Please include what league you skate with, what level skater you are, and the dates you will be in town.  More details here.