Our most frequently asked questions are listed here. If you don't find the answer you're looking for, please contact us.
What gear do I need?
To participate in Atlanta Junior Roller Derby, each skater is required to have the following safety gear:
* Helmet (properly rated for derby)
* Elbow pads
* Knee pads
* Wrist pads
* Quad roller skates
More detailed info can be found here: Equipment Checklist.
Can I skate in roller blades?
Atlanta Junior Roller Derby practices for and plays Flat Track Roller Derby. Flat Track Roller Derby is a quad roller skate-only sport. Roller blades are not allowed.
Who are the trainers?
The Atlanta Junior Roller Derby skaters are trained by a team of coaches and top skaters who are or were former rollergirls from such leagues as the Atlanta Rollergirls, Classic City Rollergirls, and other surrounding Georgia leagues. Each trainer is a proven expert in flat track roller derby and has undergone a thorough background check and completed a Protect Youth Sports training workshop. And most of all, they love working with kids.
The team of trainers, just like our skaters, draws people from diverse backgrounds. We know that our diversity is one of our strengths and it helps our trainers relate to a wide range of kids. Our mission is to introduce young ladies to the competitive sport of roller derby and to nurture self-confidence by developing teamwork and athletic ability while encouraging individuality within a culture of discipline and camaraderie.
I already know how to skate. Can I skip Level 1?
Roller skating is one thing, but skating to play derby is very different. We are serious about safety and want to ensure that all our skaters are properly prepared for each step of their derby journey. Skaters new to Atlanta Junior Roller Derby are required to begin in Level 1 and pass a skills assessment prior to joining Level 2.
How do I get on the AJRD Travel Team?
Practice practice practice! Our Travel Team skaters have been skating for several years and have worked very hard to get to where they are today. Many couldn’t skate when they first started out in roller derby. But, with patience and hard work, they were able to master many of the skills needed for derby.
Travel Team skaters are selected during a tryout process. Due to the nature of this team, not all players are given equal playing time. The top 14 skaters are selected for game day rosters. AJRD Travel Team skaters are also expected to participate in 2 practices/week and perform outside cross training.
Who can join?
Atlanta Junior Roller Derby is open to girls of all skill levels, aged 8-17 years, that are interested in learning the sport of roller derby and working on skating and derby skills. We encourage skaters to sign up after they are comfortable on skates so we get to jump right into the game of roller derby without worrying about learning how to skate.
What should I wear to practice?
The best clothes to wear during practice are somewhat form-fitting (no jogging or yoga pants) so as not to get caught in skates. If shorts are worn, leggings are highly encouraged to keep skaters from getting the dreaded “rink rash,” which happens when skaters slide on the concrete practice surface. This also helps keep skin from picking up dirt and other floor gunk.
Most skaters where shorts, leggings or tights, socks, and t-shirts or some combination thereof. Jeans are strongly discouraged.
Where can I get my gear?
We are really excited about Powerhouse Skates! Owned by Atlanta Rollergirl Wild Cherri , the store is derby focused and the staff is derby knowledgeable. They will help you with everything you need to get started in the sport. From helmet to pads to skates, Powerhouse Skates has it all! Mention AJRD and get 10% off your beginner package! Read more details here. 331 Elizabeth Street NE, Suite E Atlanta, GA 30307 Tel: 678-705-4817 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some of our favorite online vendors: They can also help you make the right choices on gear, such as sizing, so don’t be afraid to ask the questions! Low Price Skates
Fast Girl Skates
Sin City Skates
When you go online to look for them, there should be some sizing information available somewhere on the website. For example, the following is sizing info for Pro-Tech pads:
Small: under 125 lbs.
Medium: 125-150 lbs.
Large: 150-180 lbs.
X-Large: 180 lbs.