Each year, BRDG runs a course aimed at bringing new members into our league – teaching them everything they need to know about the sport of roller derby, and getting them ready to start skating or reffing with Bath.
Our 2019-20 course is currently recruiting and accepting sign ups!
Our course starts with a four week 'Learn To Skate' period, in which we'll show you the very basics of roller skating, kit maintenance, safety etc. Lots of league members will be available to hold hands, and we expect you to spend plenty of time on the floor, so don't worry about being able to glide around perfectly at this point.
Next, we'll start teaching you the specific skills you'll need to play roller derby, as an individual and as a team. Skating in pack, walling up, pacelines, laterals, whips... It will all make sense very soon!
Finally, you'll move on to "Scrimmage 101" (or Reffing 101 if you've decided you'd rather officiate.) During this period we'll move you on to game play based drills and get you ready for your graduation to the League.
Who can sign up?
Due to our insurance requirements, you do need to be at least 18 years old to take part in the course (there's definitely no upper age limit!). We welcome all participants on our Learn to Skate course. However at the moment, Bath's players must identify as female or non-binary under the WFTDA ruleset (wftda.com/wftda-gender-statement).
We would be very happy to have anyone else learn to skate with us with the intention of joining us as an official.
How do I sign up?
Our next Learn to Skate Course will start September/October 2020.
If you'd like to get involved with our league while you wait for the next course to roll around, we'd still love to hear from you! There are loads of ways to be part of BRDG and we're a friendly bunch. Many of our current players started with us by volunteering as Non Skating Officials, and there's always plenty to get on with as you start your derby journey. Just drop us a line via our Contact Page and we'll be in touch :)