What you need to know for Derby 101

SMRD Derby 101 Information:


Let’s talk Roller Derby and how exciting it is to become involved with this emerging dynamic sport!!  What is Derby 101?  It’s an intense 6 week course, designed to cover all the basic skating skills required for roller derby, for both athletes and referees.


What: Derby 101 || $60 || Individual skills

When: Monday 9 January 2017 || 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm for 6 weeks

Where: Waldorf Skate Center , 3410 Leonardtown Rd, Waldorf, MD 20601


What: Derby 201 || $60 || Contact skills

When: Monday 27 February 2017 || 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm for 6 weeks

Where: Waldorf Skate Center , 3410 Leonardtown Rd, Waldorf, MD 20601


How to sign up for Derby 101

  1. Southern Maryland Roller Derby Application – Please fill this out first.
    • Waivers and additional information will be emailed to you once we’ve received your registration form.
    • You MUST bring completed waivers to the first day of boot camp
  2. $60 boot camp fee for each level (two levels)
    • Cash, check, money order, or cashier’s check made out to Southern Maryland Roller Derby, Inc. ($25 fee on returned checks)
    • Pre paid on Brown Paper Tickets


What to bring to Derby 101

  • Mandatory Admin items to skate at Derby 101:
    • Must be 18 or older.  There is no age cap.
    • Primary medical insurance is mandatory for all skaters and referees.
    • Bring your government photo ID and primary insurance card.
    • Mandatory gear to skate at Bootcamp.  No Gear = No Skating.  No exceptions.
    • Required gear:
      • Helmet
      • Mouth guard
      • Wrist guards, elbow and knee pads
      • Quad speed skates ((Referees may use inline skates))
    • Optional gear:
      • Butt pads || Tailbone guard || Shin guards
  • Water or sports drinks and snacks to refuel.


Additional helpful  information:

  1. Athletic clothing (long pants, leggings or tights are recommended to avoid rink rash).
  2. Prior skating experience is awesome, but not a requirement.
  3. A high level of physical fitness is not necessary initially, only the willingness to improve.   Extra exercise and/or training will benefit you as an athlete.  It is recommended that you:
  • Visit open skates to get acquainted with your skater legs
  • Go outside!  Skate in parking lots, on paved trails and/or concrete pads.
  • Work on exercises that target and strengthen the quads and hamstrings, i.e., one leg balancing, squats, lunges, and donkey kicks.
  • Do sit ups and squats.  Lots of them.  Build up your core and leg muscles.



There are several websites that offer “rookie” packages where you can get your complete setup (required gear and skates) for a couple hundred bucks.  These are just a few sites:



We are also lucky enough to have three brick and mortar derby shops in the area.

  • Department of Skate @ 519 H St., NW Suite 50, Washington, DC 20001  •  202-642-4SK8
  • As the Bearing Turns @ 14 East Baltimore St., Greencastle, PA 17225  •  717-830-3366
  • Derby Star Pro Shop @ 7820-E Wormans Mill Rd., Frederick, MD 21701  •  301-663-0007


Bout Schedule

SMRD 2017 Game Schedule:

March 25 – HOME (Double Header) vs. DCRG Capital Offenders
April 1 – AWAY vs. Rocktown Rollers
May 13 – AWAY vs. Southern DE Roller Girls
June 10- HOME vs. Fredericksburg Roller Derby
July 22- HOME vs. Salisbury RG Wicomikazi's
August 19- HOME vs. Charm City Trouble Makers
September 16- HOME vs. Diamond State Roller Derby
October 7- AWAY vs. Morgantown Roller Vixens
October 29- AWAY vs. HARD


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