Whether you are new to derby or a returning veteran we highly recommend the Roller Derby Skate Shop (Edmonds) for skates, gear and expert advice. Owned and operated by an SDB parent, and staffed by an SDB coach, you really can't go wrong here!
There are also a few Facebook groups where you can sometimes find used gear (though these are most helpful if you know what sizes and/or brands you need and junior sizes are sometimes hard to come by, they are definitely worth knowing about): Junior Roller Derby - Parent Exchange; PNW Used Derby Gear; and Roller Derby Recyclables. A few of the second-hand sporting good stores, notably Second Gear Sports, occasionally carry used or consigned derby gear. And you can also score great deals on Craigslist, too!
A quick note about skates:
We do suggest, if possible, avoiding the pink (sometimes purple) and white “Roller Derby” skates available at stores like Kohl’s, Walmart, Sports Authority, Sears, etc.; though these skates are inexpensive, they are very stiff, unwieldy, and make it difficult and frustrating for the girls to learn how to skate. Using the resources noted above and finding a good pair of skates, whether used or new, will go a long way in making sure your skater has a fun and rewarding experience at New Skater Camp.
Upon registration, a more detailed letter will be emailed to you, outlining the details about camp and what your skater will need for camp.
League Tryouts and Regular Season:
Completion of New Skater Camp is required to tryout for the Seattle Derby Brats, but trying out for the league is by no means necessary for attending New Skater Camp. Our goal at New Skater Camp is to help new skaters learn basic skating skills and have fun in the process.
If your daughter does want to pursue roller derby, we will be holding tryouts on after New Skater Camp is completed. Please be aware that if you miss more than one day of camp, you won't be able to try out (we require that you attend at least 3 of the 4 sessions), unless you’ve made other arrangements with the coach. More information about tryouts will be available during camp.
Please understand that attending summer camp DOES NOT guarantee placement on the league. Though we try to accept as many new skaters as our facilities and staff can handle, tryouts are highly competitive.
If your skater makes the league, she will be assigned to one of the following divisions with the following practice schedules:
Tootsy Rollers, ages 8-11 years old. The youngest skaters in the league play the sport in a positional-only (not full-contact) version. Tootsys practice once a week on Friday evenings.*
Division 1, ages 12-18 years old. Skaters play positional-only (not full-contact) and learn the foundations of roller derby strategy. Div 1 practices as a division once a week on Friday evenings, and as teams on alternating weeks on Sunday evenings. At the start of the season all girls attend all practices.*
Division 2, ages 12-18 years old. Higher skilled and more experienced skaters, playing at a full-contact level. Div 2 practices twice a week on Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons.*
*Please note, practice times may change for the new season.