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Think you've got what it takes to be a Nashville Rollergirl? We offer Derby 101 workshops and training clinics throughout the year and tryouts are held every few months. Next Derby 101: TBD. Ready to see if you've got what it takes?

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Are you female? Extremely dedicated? Can you skate? Are you up for a challenge? This is not a sport for the casual skater. We are looking for women who want to dedicate themselves and their bodies to a fast-paced, high-impact, mentally challenging sport. Is this you? If so, please read on to find out who we are and how we roll.

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Who are we?
Is Roller Derby fake?
Do I have to have a specific body type to play Roller Derby?
How much time will it take?
What expenses are involved? What equipment do I need?
How can I get started?
So how do I make the team then?
What are the Crawl Stars?
When and where do you practice?
What are the different teams?

Who are we?

The Nashville Rollergirls are a skater-owned and operated all-female roller derby league founded in 2006 and a proud member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association since 2008. WFTDA is the governing body that publishes the set of rules and guidelines under which we play roller derby. Our league is currently comprised of 40 plus skaters, dozens of Referees , Non Skating Officials, and other volunteers as well as countless supporters and fans (both Belligerent and otherwise). We focus on competitive inter-league play with teams from across the nation. Our A-Team, the Music City All Stars, plays other all-star teams and went to their first national competition in November 2010. We also have a serious B-team, the Music City Brawl Stars, that continue to be a force to be reckoned with in the South Central region. We have some of the Southeast's most amazing players in our ranks but we still have much room for growth.

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Is Roller Derby fake?

Nothing you see on the track is fake in any way. All hits, spills, and fights are very much real. Any fighting is punished under our rules-set and players can be both expelled and suspended for fighting or any other dangerous game play. We play for fun, for glory, but never for show. Please visit www.wftda.com for more information on our rules.

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Do I have to have a specific body type to play Roller Derby?

No. Girls of all builds CAN be good at roller derby. Smaller girls often make good jammers since they are usually fast and nimble. Big girls make good blockers because they have the body mass to push around smaller players. However, this is a bit of a generalization. A lot of the best jammers these days have a little extra weight behind them to push through fierce packs and tiny girls can make amazing blockers because they are fast enough to keep up with fast jammers.

Athletic ability is a very important aspect of our game. While you do not have to be in amazing shape to start out, we want you to realize the importance of hard work physically. We push ourselves on and off the track and you WILL be expected to come to practice, push yourself, and develop into an athlete. If you just want to look cute in fishnets, Nashville has a couple of great burlesque troupes.

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How much time will it take?

Practice, meetings, bouts, promoting, and league job commitments can take a considerable time commitment. Practices and bouts will require anywhere from 5-9 hours of your time per week. Every skater is required to attend a minimum of half the practices offered in the 7 weeks before a bout to be eligible to play in it. New developing skaters are required to follow their own quota system based on available practices and we encourage you to attend as many practices as possible and skate whenever you get a chance. This means skating on your own time to develop and practice skills learned during practice sessions. We will be as flexible as possible with extenuating circumstances (vacation, illness, and family emergencies) but if you choose to join the Nashville Rollergirls we will expect a certain level of commitment and dependability.

Once you graduate and become an official Nashville Rollergirl, you will be required to get a job within one of our committees and to take part in some league events. We are skater-owned and operated which means all skaters vote on every major league decision. Likewise, each skater must be involved on some level in the organizational aspects of the league. The only reason our league is successful is due to the dedication and efforts of every single skater to make things happen. The amount of time you dedicate to your league job will vary depending on how significant a time contribution you can work into your schedule and what jobs need to be filled, but will likely be from 1 to 5 hours a week. Job opportunities range from those in sponsorship to merch to recruitment/retainment to interleague coordination to practice space clean up.

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What expenses are involved? What equipment do I need?

Protective Gear: A skate helmet, mouth guard, wristguards, elbowpads, and kneepads are required for all practices and games. You can get a starter set of pads at Target, Academy, or online, which includes kneepads, elbowpads, and wristguards; however, with your safety at stake, it is best to invest in quality brands of skateboard pads like Pro Design, Scabs, TSG, or 187. This is especially true of kneepads as we are ALWAYS falling on our knees. Asphalt Beach Skate Shop located at 961 Woodland Avenue is a great place to go in town for all your gear needs. Ask for the derby discount. Make sure to boil and fit your mouthguard to your teeth before your first practice.

Skates: For Derby 101 you can borrow from our stock of loaner skates and gear but after that you must purchase your own. Once you've decided that roller derby is really for you, you'll want to invest in a good pair of speed skates, which will run $100-$600. Once you're hooked, you'll find that cheaper skates will slow you down and make skating more difficult.

More info on what the vets use and where they get it can be found in our gear survey.

Other Expenses: Jerseys are paid for by the skater. They run around $100 per set and will be made available once a skater has been assessed as scrimmage eligible.

Dues and insurance: Monthly dues are currently $35 a month and due by the 5th of each month. Our Paypal link includes one-time and recurring options. Health Insurance is $70 annually for mandatory supplemental WFTDA insurance. It can be prorated if you start later in the season.

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How can I get started?

NRG holds a Derby 101 workshop every few months and follows this free event up with clinics every couple of weeks that you can join in on for a small fee (generally $10). Skates and gear (minus mouthguards) will be available for loan at 101, but at every subsequent clinic you should have your own gear or can pay a $5 skate rental fee, but we have limited quantities, and they are first-come, first-served. Attendance is recommended but not mandatory for women interested in trying out with the league. Attendance is capped at the first 20-25 participants for 101 and first 20 for subsequent clinics so we encourage every attending skater to RSVP. At these clinics you will have the opportunity to learn the skills we will be looking for at Official Try Outs. You will also get to meet some of the skaters (both vets and those you will be skating with in the future) and get an idea of what our practices are like. Individual feedback will be emailed to you so you know what your strengths and your problem areas are. Please contact Electra Cal at membership@nashvillerollergirls.com for information about upcoming clinics or visit our recruitment section of our message board www.nashvillerollergirls.com/board

Next Derby 101: TBD.

Are you interested in roller derby but don't have the time to commit, don't yet know how to skate well, or aren't sure you want to hit really hard? Try our Recreational League, the Revolutionaries. They meet at local Skate Centers and have their own practice schedule at the Blood and Thunderdome. They have a Facebook group, located here.

In between now and the next 101 or clinic, feel free to get in touch with the Revolutionaries to start your derby education. You can find more information about the rec league here

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So how do I make the team then?

Official Tryouts are held 2-3 times a year and are based on the WFTDA Minimum Skills. RSVPs to attend Try Outs are mandatory so that we can staff the appropriate number of graders. Each girl will be asked to have a short interview with team captains and undergo a skill assessment to ensure she has the potential and dedication necessary to become a Nashville Rollergirl. Our graders will rate your ability to complete all the skills on the test and will choose the best skaters from that. Everyone who tries out will be contacted by the end of the week and told whether or not they made the cut. Those that do will be invited to join our developmental team known as the Crawl Stars (you gotta crawl before you can walk/skate).

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What are the Crawl Stars?

This is the term we use for our developmental or farm team which encompasses all new recruits. Crawl Stars are essentially Nashville Rollergirls in training. As Crawls, skaters will learn all the necessary skills that they will need to scrimmage and bout with the league. To be considered eligible to be pulled up to the Brawl Stars skaters must meet a minimum of half the practices offered to them. Crawl practices are held every Monday, and Wednesday evening from 6-7. Additionally girls will be asked to stay later into league practice which lasts from 7-9:30 as their skills improve. More info on exact quota requirements will be given at Try Outs. Girls who fail to make the attendance requirement will be cut from the team. Any extenuating circumstances must be communicated with members of Recruitment/Retainment. For this reason it is important that you consider your schedule and time constraints before deciding to join. Crawls will undergo an assessment by members of the Training Committee and B team captains to determine their readiness to scrimmage with the rest of the league and join the B team. There is no defined time period for Crawl Stars training. Crawl Stars will be moved up to scrimmage based on their skill and their readiness to participate safely in team scrimmage and bouts. The length of Crawl Star training will be different for all skaters and will be ultimately dependent upon their skill, attendance, attitude, willing to take directions well, and understanding of the game. After passing assessments, Crawls will be invited to participate in Sunday team practice with the B team. Inclusion onto the B team does NOT guarantee play time in bouts. The 14 BEST Brawl Stars play on game day.

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When and where do you practice?

Our regular weekly practices are every Monday, and Wednesday evening. Crawl practice takes place from 6-7pm and is followed by League practice from 7-9:30pm. Team practices are held Sundays at 10am-12pm and 1-3pm and alternate so that neither the Alls or Brawls has to always be the early bird. Crawls are always invited to participate in off-skates workouts but must be asked before they may practice with either team.

All practices are held at our practice space that we have lovingly dubbed the Blood and Thunderdome. All practices are closed to the public but we do allow potential new recruits to come out and watch on a case by case basis. Be sure to email one of the ladies in Recruitment/Retainment (membership@nashvillerollergirls.com) if you are interested in stopping by.

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What are the different teams?

Music City All Stars ("A" level travel team): The All Stars are held to the highest NRG standards for speed and endurance times and scrimmage abilities and represent NRG at the highest level of inter-league competition. The team skates from January-November with most bouts concentrated from March-November. Their season ends with the WFTDA South Central Regional tournament in September and the WFTDA Championship tournament (upon qualification at Regional tournament) in November. The All Stars travel across the country to play away bouts in addition to scheduled bouts at home. The All Stars roster is determined by the Training Committee and approved by the BOD.

Music City Brawl Stars ("B" level travel team): Brawls must meet mid-level NRG standards for speed and endurance times and scrimmage abilities and represent NRG against other WFTDA "B" level travel teams up-and-coming WFTDA "A" level travel teams and non-WFTDA all-star teams. The team skates from January-November with most bouts concentrated from March-September. The Brawls travel mostly within the South Central region to play away bouts in addition to scheduled bouts at home. The Brawls roster is determined by members of the Training Committee and approved by the BOD.

Crawl Stars (Developmental/Farm Team): Crawl skaters must meet minimum-level NRG and WFTDA standards. Scrimmage abilities are assessed on an individual basis and are never guaranteed upon acceptance to the Crawl Stars. Crawls are considered Nashville Rollergirls in training and are subject to being cut before being placed onto any rosters for lack of attendance, skill improvement within a reasonable time frame, or ability to work within a team setting. You gotta earn your spot!

Lower Broads (NRG Pick Up Team): The Lower Broads have no quota requirements or distinct member requirements other than being made up of Skills Test passed skaters from both Brawl Stars and the All Stars teams. This team plays pick up games against teams that are usually local and in need of an opponent and do not count towards rankings.

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