FAQs: How Can I Join?
Ever wondered how you can be part of the action? Check out these Frequently Asked Questions about joining the team!
How do I join?
CGRG accepts new skaters year round into the “Fresh Meat” training program. Training Periods usually start at the first practice of the month. Typical duration of the training period is about 3-4 months. Contact JOIN@CapeGirardeauRollerDerby.com or fill out the subscription form below to get more specific information on the next Fresh Meat night!
How much does it cost?
Fresh Meat is now $20 per month!
When/where is practice?
We typically practice Monday from 6- 9pm and Wednesday from 6:30-8:30pm at the AC Brase Arena building.
What are the attendance requirements?
During Fresh Meat Training we have a 50% practice attendance requirement. We aim to graduate Fresh Meat within 3-4 months via a passing score on the WFTDA Minimum Skills Test. The harder you work, the faster you pass!
Do I need my own equipment?
Yes, eventually! All skaters must wear quad skates and full safety gear including helmet, fitted mouthguard (“boil and bite”), elbow pads, knee pads, and wrist guards. Inexpensive starter pads can be obtained from Wal-Mart, but you will want to upgrade soon. Limited loaner gear is available from the league.
I haven’t skated since I was a kid, is that a problem?
Absolutely not! Many of our skaters come to us with no experience! We will teach you everything you need to know in the Fresh Meat training program!
I am too big/small/out of shape/old/young/busy, etc….
Your attitude is more important than any of that. If you are interested in playing, we will train you!
What age ranges can join?
You must be at least 18 years of age to join the adult team, but there is no limit to how old you can be! Your attitude is more important than your age! If you are less than 18, we can get you in touch with the Juniors team!
I want to join, but I’m nervous and don’t know what to expect. What do you suggest?
It can seem intimidating, but come check out the first night of the Fresh Meat training period! There’s no obligation to skate or join, and you can meet the players and see what practices are like! Typically the first night consists of general orientation, sometimes followed by basic skating skills instruction. In the coming practices, you will advance from basic skating skills to skills specific to roller derby.
Once I start, when do I get to play in roller derby game?
That depends! Prior to playing in a game, you will need to pass the “WFTDA Minimum Skills Test” and a written WFTDA rules test to ensure that you have mastered the basics. The harder you work, the faster you will pass those milestones and the sooner you will be hearing your name over the loudspeakers at a game!
What if I don’t pass my WFTDA Minimum Skills Test?
Don’t worry! If you don’t pass your skills test on the first try, we will work with you on those skills and give you a chance to try again!
How can a man get involved with roller derby?
The same way as a woman! We do not yet offer a competitive team for men, but we do offer Fresh Meat training and opportunities to skate in coed games!
I don’t want to skate, can I still be involved?
Of course! There are many volunteer positions open! You could be an announcer, Non Skating Official, etc. Contact JOIN@CapeGirardeauRollerDerby.com or fill out the form below for further information!
I want to skate, but can’t play derby. Can I still be involved?
Of course! We offer referee training as well! Our “zebras” go through the Fresh Meat training period and then are trained by our referee staff. Contact JOIN@CapeGirardeauRollerDerby.com or fill out the form below for further information!