Adolescents who play sports are eight times as likely to be active at age 24 as adolescents who do not play sports.
Sports Participation as Predictors of Participation in Sports and Physical Fitness Activities in Young Adulthood, Perkins, 2004
Seattle Derby Brats is the premiere Seattle area junior roller derby league for girls ages 8-18. We strive to create a safe, fun, and positive environment where girls can be athletic, increase their self-confidence, obtain new friendships, and be both self-empowered & self-expressive. This is where girls learn teamwork, good values, discipline, confidence, interaction, and stewardship through the competitive sport of Northwest Competitive Flat Track Junior Roller Derby.
Physical activity, and sports in particular, can positively affect aspects of personal development among young people, such as self-esteem, goal-setting, and leadership.
We offer four levels of roller derby for girls ages 8-17, starting with Tootsy Rollers (positional blocking) for younger skaters, up through the Galaxy Girls, the SDB full contact travel team, the 2015, 2016, & 2017 Junior Roller Derby Association National Champions.
Accomplishments are empowering. Sports related exercise enables girls to build confidence in their own abilities. Each and every time girls become proficient in a new skill, they get these amazing boosts of empowerment that continue to reinforce they can do anything and be anything they choose.
Junior roller derby takes the focus off appearance and teaches girls to embrace their bodies abilities, not what they look like but what they can do. The added bonus is improved body images they form over time.
It’s no coincidence that participating in organized team sports is linked to higher academic achievement in school. Sports require memorization, repetition, and learning, along with determination, grit, and goal-setting all of which help many girls perform better in the classroom and within their social circles.
Through teaching girls the rules and techniques of junior roller derby, they learn to value themselves and each other, build trust and rely on their teammates to achieve a common goal, effectively communicate to solve problems, and put the collective needs before individual wants.
Learning to work with others through team sports significantly benefits girls in their school and home environments as well as in their future careers.
Organized team sports help children learn that working to their own personal best helps them achieve goals in all aspects of their lives.
Learning takes time and practice helps build patience, especially when partnered with accomplishment boosts – it helps girls learn that if they are patient with themselves and keep trying, they will build their skills.
Taking part in competitive sports teaches girls to handle disappointments, accept personal responsibility for any mistakes, and to positively reflect on their own personal improvement goals.
All of the highs and lows that come with playing a sport help build resiliency.
Participating in sports and exercising regularly helps reduce pressure so you can let go of stress. Bonus, you gain new friends who can be there for you as a support system.
These are all valuable life lessons that will benefit girls throughout their lives.