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. DCRD Bootcamps teach basic skating skills to get you ready to start our Fresh Meat 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! Additional questions should be sent to our New Skater Coordinator.

What is the Fresh Meat Program?
The Fresh Meat program is a program for skaters new to roller derby. Fresh Meat skaters practice twice a week for 10-12 weeks and learn the necessary skate skills, strategy, and rules to play roller derby. The Fresh Meat 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 Fresh Meat, they are eligible to be drafted to one of our Home Teams and to begin playing in bouts. 

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, Fresh Meat practices are Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 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. Contact us at if you are interested.

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.