The Oil City Derby Girls will be recruiting in the Fall of 2011.
If you are over the age of 18 and are looking
for an exciting new sport, please come and try skating on our next Recruitement Night - Thursday September 22, 2011 Please sign up and ask any questions you may have by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Aged 10-17 and interested in Junior Roller Derby? We have moved our team over to the Greater Edmonton Junior Roller Derby League Association.
Interested in Men's Derby?
Contact the River City Steamrollers, Oil City's newest men's team!
Click here to view our online Calendar for practice times and locations
We have a small supply of skates you can borrow or bring
your own. Wrist guards, a CSA approved helmet, elbow and knee
pads are required. Your first skate is FREE , after,
the cost is $10.00 each individual practice or regular monthly
dues are $40.00.
Feel free to direct any further questions to:
Here are some helpful FAQ's
- Am I too old and out of shape to play?
Your never too old and out of shape, we have members
in their fourties. We’ll whip you into shape in
How much does it cost?
The biggest expense will be for your
equipment. You will need protective gear; helmet, knee
and elbow pads, wrist guards, and a mouthguard. Skates
and wheels will be your greatest expense. The League charges
monthly dues to help pay for rink expenses, advertising,
and admin costs: $40/month for registered skaters, $10/each
practice for unregistered skaters. Insurance is $50.00 a year. Fundraisers are held
to help pay for our operating costs. Eventually, our fundraisers
will help defer the costs of uniforms, equipment, and
the ultimate goal - our own venue!
- How much time will it take?
Practice, scrimmages and bouts take a
considerable time commitment. Practices are held a couple
times a week for 11/2 - 2 hours each. It may sound intimidating
but you'll quickly realize how much fun skating is and
want to do even more! (girls have been known to practice
4-6 times a week!) A minimum attendance expectation of
66% must be met for girls who wish to skate in bouts or
take part in benefits offered to skaters by the League.
- Is Roller Derby fake?
No! Our roller derby is a real
sport with no choreographing - except from the half-time
entertainment. We play to have a good time and entertain
the crowd but also to WIN - and no one ever knows who'll
win till the game's over. Girls can and will get hurt
in the course of things because this is a full-contact
sport. It's also a lot of fun! As in wrestling, the fun,
competitive, and aggressive nature of the game lends itself
well to rink-side theatrics and drama that has nothing
to do with the sport. The occasional brawl just adds to
the fun and spectacle that is roller derby!!
- What are the rules?
Basically, there are 2 teams of 5 rollergirls
on the track during each 2-minute jam. Each team has one
scoring position called a jammer, one pivot, and three
blockers. The pivots and blockers form what we call a
pack. The pack starts out 20 feet ahead of the jammers
and start sprinting at the first whistle blast. The jammers
start sprinting a few seconds later, at the second whistle
blast. The jammers have to break through the pack and
skate another lap before they start scoring points. On
a jammer's second and future trips through, she gets a
point for every opponent she passes. The blockers and
pivots try to stop the opposing jammer from getting through,
while assisting their own jammer.
- What equipment do I need?
The first thing you'll need is the required
protective gear; a helmet, wrist guards, elbow, and
knee pads are required for practice and mouthguards for
bout skating. Tailbone and hip pads are also highly
recommended. You can find full sets of pads (wrist, elbow
& knee) for $30-40 at most sports stores (ie: sportmart).
You can get starter skates from thrift stores for $5-10
or beginner practice skates at discount online stores,
e-bay before investing in speed skates. Once you decide
OCDG is really for you, invest in a good pair of skates,
which will run you $100 - $200. You'll find the cheaper
skates will slow you down, and make skating harder. In
the beginning, you'll be able to rent skates at the rink,
however, we hold some practices in the summer at outdoor
rinks where rentals aren't available. Check out the rookie
packages available online from Sin
City Skates and also from Rollergirl. For a local store you can shop Badgirlfriend Skates
- What if I get hurt?
It's not "if you get hurt",
it's "when you get hurt!" Pulled muscles, sprains,
strains, bruises, and broken bones can and will happen
in OCDG. This is why protective gear and insurance are
required. We also train, stretch and practice falling
to help reduce injuries and their severity. To reduce
skaters' out of pocket costs, all skaters are required
to maintain health insurance. This may sound expensive
if you don't have insurance through your employer, but
we've found some affordable individual plans through Blue
Cross or your college/university.
- What if I haven't been on skates since Junior High?
Don't I have to be a great skater to even attempt roller
Nope. A lot of us hadn't been on skates
for years before we joined OCDG. Everyone starts out at
different skill levels and we have special new girl practices
on Sunday and graduate you to extra practices during week
as you progress. For the first couple of weeks just practice
skating and getting your skate legs and balance back.
As you become more steady on your skates you can join
in on more of the drills, working your way towards bouting
eligibility and team placement. Don't worry about not
being a skating whiz right away, just wear your protective
gear and take it slow at first!
- What if I'm really big? Don't you have to be athletic
and in shape to play roller derby?
Nope. Big girls are hard to push around,
give strong assists, hard knocks, can cover a lot of ground,
and make for great blockers. Not to mention that skating
on a roller derby team will most likely get you in the
best shape of your life!
- What if I'm really little? Don't you have to be big
and burly to play roller derby?
Nope. The smaller girls are, generally
speaking, faster and are usually placed in the jammer
position as team point scorers. They are wily, quick,
easy to whip around the rink, and generally fall down
less, since they have a lower center of gravity.
- Who can join Oil City Derby Girls?
You must be female, 18 or over, and have
health insurance to skate in the league. There is also a men's team for males 18 and over. Men and women
18 and over can join as referees, announcers, coaches,
stagehands or general help. Anyone of any age can help
support OCDG through promoting, fundraising, sponsoring,
and attending events and bouts.
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