Have you ever dreamed of being part of Cherry City Roller Derby?
When are tryouts?
Cherry City typically holds recruitment informational nights four times a year at “The Mad House,” our warehouse at 1335 Madison St. NE, Salem. Recruitment night is free and casual (no skating gear required). Interested skaters should keep an eye out on our events page or Facebook page for details about upcoming recruitment.
Who can join?
Skaters must be 12 years old or older to join. Ages 12-17 will join Cherry Blossoms, our junior team. Adults join our training system as outlined below.
No prior skating experience is required. Once you decide to join the league, our Training Committee coaches will help you train through a series of boot camp practices to introduce you to strength training for roller derby. We’ll teach you everything you need to know to get rolling!
When will I make one of the teams?
Our amazing coaches will help you develop your skating skills and evaluate your progress. Beginner skaters start in Level 1 with basic skating skills, strength, agility, endurance, and form. Once you graduate to Level 2 (AKA “Fresh Meat”), you’ll learn the rules and strategy of the game, and you are able to start scrimmaging. Level 2 is where you are typically encouraged to declare your derby name and number.
Once you pass all of your skills testing in Level 2, you’ll be eligible to enter the draft pool and may be drafted by one of four home teams (Dolls of Anarchy, Panty Raiders, Rydell Belles, or Thrill Kill Kittens). The time it takes between when you join and when you are recruited to one of the four bouting home teams will vary greatly depending on your athletic background and skating experience. Some highly skilled skaters may get on a team rather quickly, but the average time is about a year. Home team skaters are eligible to try out for travel team.
How can I get ready to join?
Get to know us! Come to one of our bouts and ask a lot of questions. Meet some of our skaters or even consider volunteering for one of our bouts. A great attitude, a willingness to learn, and safety gear are all you need to get started. Squats and planks are also highly encouraged!
What equipment is needed to join?
Every skater is required to wear a helmet, wrist guards, elbow pads, knee pads, mouth guard, and quad roller skates (not inlines). It is highly recommended that you wait to purchase gear until you attend the information night, where you’ll learn about different types of gear and how to find a correct fit. Prices vary greatly based on vendor and quality. Some stores sell “rookie packages” that start at around $200 and include all the required essentials. Unfortunately, we do not have skates or gear for rent at our facility.
Do I need to have insurance to participate?
Yes! WFTDA insurance is required for every skater in order to attend practices. Though it is not required, we strongly recommend that you have your own primary medical insurance in addition to the required WFTDA insurance.
When are practices held?
As a member of Level 1, practices are held on Wednesdays from 6-8 pm and Fridays from 7:30-9:30 pm. Endurance practice is held either on Saturday morning or Sunday evening. There is no minimum attendance requirement for these three practices each week. Level 1 is a no-pressure atmosphere that allows skaters to participate at their leisure, whether you’re looking for a fun, challenging workout, a place to meet cool new people, or you want to improve your skills to play at a competitive level.
As you become proficient at all of your basic skills and you are close to advancing to Level 2, the attendance requirement is 75 percent of practices each month – coaches are better able to evaluate if you are safe by observing you at practices regularly.
In addition to the weekly practices, all league members are expected to attend one league meeting each month and volunteer time to help the league. For example, you might serve on a committee, volunteer at bouts, or help with fundraisers.