Minimum Skills Required To Play Roller Derby
Below are the minimum demonstrative skating skills that were required by Aloha City Rollers league. In addition to the demonstrative skating skills a written rules test was also a requirement to pass before being allowed to play in games. Other roller derby leagues may have additional requirements or different standards but mastering the below skills will get you physically ready to try out for most roller derby leagues. We will link to videos from YouTube explaining how to do each skill when possible. Visit the Aloha City Rollers YouTube Channel for a full list of videos from league training and events.
The demonstrative minimum skills test will test:
27 laps in less than 5 minutes
Complete 27 laps in less than 5 minutes in bound of a regulation roller derby track using proper skating posture, strides, and crossovers into and out of turns.
Tstops both legs, plow stop, Mohawk stop
one foot glide on straightaway, sticky skate, quick cuts from one side of track to other
Single knee both legs, double knee, baseball slide, 180 turn, four point fall, Monkey Roll,
Stepping from standstill, squat laps, hops 6” object, hop laps, weaving 10 cones, toe stop walking
Whips & Pushes Give And Receive:
Outside whips, inside whips, hip whips, pushes
Checks Give And Receive:
hip checks both sides, shoulder checks both sides
Focus And Blocking:
Focus, positional blocking, stall blocking, leaning
Pack And Line Drills:
pacing, pace line weaving, unexpected obstacles, bumping
Off Skate Workouts To Strengthen Muscles Needed For Roller Derby
An excellent way to strengthen every part of the body used in roller derby is to do the 41 Day Apocalyptic Workout Challenge created by Handsome who was Aloha City Rollers founder, Coach, and Head Referee. Below are some additional strength training videos from Aloha City Rollers boot camps.
Learning The Rules of Roller Derby
There are several different rules that roller derby can be played under. Below are links to some of the most popular rules and resources to help learn them. Check with the roller derby league you want to join which rules they use.