[Spotlight] Greensboro Roller Derby Interest Meeting and Boot Camp
This skater is excited to be back on skates once again with Greensboro Roller Derby! After a couple of months off skates, (which, in derby time feels like years), the league has settled into the practice schedule and is preparing for the Roller Derby Interest Fair and Boot Camp on Feb. 2. The interest fair and boot camp are bi-annual and are a way for Greensboro Roller Derby to reach out to the community and show “why over 60 diverse league individuals have fallen in love with this sport and dedicated themselves to being members of Greensboro Roller Derby,” according to the most recent GSORD press release.
The boot camp will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. in the gym at High Point City Lake Park in Jamestown (602 W. Main St.) and will answer any questions attendees have about GSORD or roller derby in general. The league tryouts will be held Feb. 17 at Skate South in High Point (208 W. Fairfield Rd.) from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Attendees will need to bring their own gear (quad skates, mouth guard, elbow and knee pads, wrist guards, and of course, a helmet), and are welcome to come anytime after 11 a.m. to warm up.
“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 GSORD director of membership Hattie Fisher (aka Southern Belladonna) in the press release.
So, what happens after coming to the interest fair and tryouts? New skaters will have to go through a 90-day training period learning all the basic skills of roller derby, followed by a six-week “Scrimmage School” that applies all of the training into gameplay alongside the experienced skaters on the league. GSORD is a 501 (3)(c) nonprofit corporation, and members are required to pay monthly dues to help cover the rent for practice spaces. The membership cost for new skaters in the training program is $35, and full-time league members pay $50. Since Greensboro Roller Derby is controlled and operated through the Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby League, skater insurance is mandatory and costs $75 a year.
Since I joined Greensboro Roller Derby back in October 2017, I have met so many inspiring and empowering people who have pushed me to be a better skater and team player. Even though I was a transfer skater and did not go through the new skater training program, I can vouch and say that anyone who wants to give it a shot is in good and more than capable hands.
For more information about joining the league, email Fisher at firstname.lastname@example.org, and for more information about the league, email Sara Campbell (aka Just Sadie) at email@example.com or visit the Greensboro Roller Derby website and social media pages (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter).