Greensboro Roller Derby to hold interest fair and boot camp in July
After a highly successful Pride-themed bout at the beginning of June and two wins from the Travel Teams in Virginia Beach at the end of June, Greensboro Roller Derby (GSORD) is excited to announce that more roller derby fun is coming in July and August!
On Wednesday, July 17, Greensboro Roller Derby will be holding its bi-annual Roller Derby Interest Fair and Boot Camp. GSORD invites the Triad community to attend, learn more about roller derby, and see why over 60 league members from diverse backgrounds have fallen in love with this sport and dedicated themselves to be members of the league.
The boot camp and interest fair will take place from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Skate South, 208 W. Fairfield Rd. in High Point. This interest fair is free and will answer any questions attendees may have about roller derby, discuss what skating for GSORD entails, and what is expected at try-outs, including basic skating skills. All that is required of attendees is to demonstrate that they are safe, stable and confident on skates. GSORD’s training committee will teach them the rest! A date is still being determined for try-outs, which will also take place at Skate South. Try-outs will be open to anyone, even if they did not attend the interest fair. For try-outs, attendees are required to bring their own gear, which includes quad skates, a helmet, kneepads, elbow pads, wrist guards and a mouth guard. Roller derby gear can be purchased online from our sponsor, Bruised Boutique, or in person at Derby City Skates, located at 4003 Country Club Rd. in Winston-Salem.
“We know the idea of ‘try-outs’ is daunting, but we promise—you can do it! And we’ll be there to help you every step of the way,” said Hattie Fisher (AKA Southern Belladonna), director of membership.
After try-outs, new skaters will enter a 90-day learning period called the GSORD Academy, where they will be taught basic skills needed for roller derby, followed by an additional six-week “Scrimmage School,” where attendees will apply what they have learned and play alongside GSORD’s more experienced skaters. The membership cost is $35 per month for new skaters and increases to $50 once they reach full membership status. GSORD is apart of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA). WFTDA skater insurance is mandatory after new skaters graduate from The Academy, and its cost is $75 per year. GSORD always welcomes new volunteers as well as skating and non-skating officials. If you are interested in this avenue, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
GSORD’s next home bout will be Sunday, Aug. 4 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Skate South. This bout will be a doubleheader with the Gate City All-Stars taking on Upstate South Carolina Roller Derby, and the Mad Dollies taking on The Elm Street Nightmares. This bout will have a back-to-school theme with discounted tickets for teachers and students. School supply donations are highly encouraged and greatly appreciated.
For more information about joining our league, contact GSORD’s director of membership, at email@example.com or visit GSORD’s website, www.greensbororollerderby.com.
Greensboro Roller Derby (GSORD) is a member-controlled/operated Women’s Flat Track Derby league that fosters diversity, athleticism and teamwork. GSORD strives to make a positive impact on its members, surrounding community and the sport of roller derby. GSORD is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that was founded in 2010.