Skater Training

Our next skater training camp is right around the corner, and no derby experience is necessary! Humboldt Roller Derby's Level 1 and Level 2 Training Committees are dedicated to training a wide variety of skaters at different skill levels in order to prepare them for competition. Our mission is to provide a fun, safe and competitive environment for all who participate.

Next Training Camp Start Date: Our training program is on hold due to COVID-19. Please check back for updates on when the program will resume!
L1 Head Trainer: 
Daddy Long Legs
L2 Head Trainer: Rotten Tula Core
Recruitment Coordinator: Purple Sticky Punch
Contact for more information and to sign up for our next training camp!
You can download the registration materials here! (Coming soon!)
Who can join?
The Humboldt Roller Derby Skater Training Camp is for anyone interested in learning the sport of roller derby, trying out for a derby league, interested in being a referee or just working on your skating and roller derby skills! We welcome all skill levels!
How is it structured?
All new skaters will start in one of our multi-week training sessions. After each session, there will be a Skills Assessment to determine readiness to move to the next level. Depending on their skill and comfort level, skaters may retake a particular session. Skaters that pass Level 2 will be cleared to skate with the team on a weekly basis.
Level 1: Basic Training
This level is for anyone new to roller skating or roller derby. No previous skating skills are required, however you must be able to make it around the track without holding on to walls or people. Level 1 will teach you the fundamentals of skating to ensure that it is safe for you to start playing roller derby. Practices will cover basic skating skills and introductory roller derby skills. Women ages 18 and up are welcome to these non-contact practices. There is an assessment at the end of the program that will determine if you are ready to move on to Level 2.
Level 2: Contact and Strategy
Level 2 is for women whose basic skating skills -- form, crossovers, stops, starts, and safe falls -- are already strong and who are ready to add some contact. Practices will build on the form drills in taught in Level 1, and introduce roller derby contact, gameplay, and scrimmage style drills. By the end of Basic Training 2 you should be able to give and take a hit while staying stable on your skates and have basic understanding for the game of roller derby. There is an assessment at the end of the session to determine if you are ready to advance to the competitive skating team.
Level 3: Competitive Skating Team
Level 3 skaters train year round with the competitive skating team. Level 3 skaters work to build their skills as a team, focusing on strategy and skills to succeed in competitive interleague gameplay. Level 3 skaters are eligible to be chosen for the rosters of competitive interleague games. Skaters are chosen for rosters based on practice attendance, skill level, and team work. 
Are you an experienced derby player wanting to transfer to our team? Experienced derby skaters who have previously passed the WFTDA minimum skill assessments and been rostered with a league can contact for information on how to transfer to HRD!

Where Can I Find Skates and Gear Locally?
S.T.I.L., our local skate shop and long time sponsor, can supply you for all your derby needs!
Check them out at 2940 Broadway St # E, Eureka, CA 95501!

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