Skaters aged 6-17 are welcome to join Hammer City’s junior derby program.

Come to our information session on Monday, December 11 at 7:30 pm at our new practice space, Right on Target (the former Target store at the Centre on Barton), 1211 Barton St. East, Hamilton. Meet trainers and parents, and see a juniors class in action.

When is your next session?
Our next 10-week learn-to-skate session starts in January and runs weekly, every Monday evening, from 6:30-8:00 pm.

What is the cost of the Junior Roller Derby Learn to Skate class?
The cost is $80 for the 10 week session, including an HCRD t-shirt for each child registered. The cost for insurance for the session is $30 from Canadian Roller Derby Insurance (CRDi).

What equipment will my child need?
All skaters require the following equipment: quad roller skates (not inline skates), knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards, mouth guard and helmet. Most protective gear for children can be purchased at sporting goods stores such as Canadian Tire and Sport Chek or skateboarding stores such as Beefer’s and West 49. Roller skates can be purchased from online suppliers such as Rollergirl.ca or Neon Skates. These retailers also sell “fresh meat packages” which include all equipment needed to get started.  While skateboarding and hockey helmets are acceptable, please note that bicycle-style helmets are not suitable for roller derby.

Who is running the junior roller derby program?
The junior roller derby program is run by adult league members and volunteers affiliated with Hammer City Roller Derby. All adult coaches are required to have a current Vulnerable Section Check (Police background check) completed. Depending on enrolment, HCRD league members may drop in to practices to assist the coaches. However, a primary coach will always be present. An individual with Standard First Aid training will also always be present at practices.

What are the differences between junior roller derby and adult roller derby?
Both junior and adult roller derby follow the basic rules set out by the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA). Junior roller derby is modified to include the following levels:
LEVEL 0-beginners, learning the basics of skating. NO CONTACT
LEVEL 1-continue learning to skate, also learning how to play roller derby. Positional blocking only. NO CONTACT
LEVEL 2-intermediate, continue learning how to play roller derby. Lean blocking is permitted. Typically age 12+  LOW CONTACT
LEVEL 3-advanced, skaters are able to pass adult level WFTDA minimum skills test. FULL CONTACT

Isn’t roller derby a dangerous sport?
Your child’s safety is our number one priority. The coaches will start with safe skating and falling techniques first before moving onto learning to play the sport. Your child will only advance if the trainers are 100% sure they have met all the skill requirements. There is no contact allowed for children younger than 12.

As with any other sport or physical activity, there is the possibility that an injury may happen. There are certified First Aid personnel present at all practices in case an injury occurs.

If I sign my child up, does that mean they are on the team?
The current session is a learn to skate program only. However, as the junior program progresses beyond this session, our goal is to continue training skaters at various levels to play the exciting sport of roller derby so they can represent Hammer City at the junior level. (and YES! be on the team)

Will there be future sessions of this program offered?
Yes! Once we determine those details, we will update this page. Contact us to be added to our notifications list so you’ll be the first to know!

I have more questions!
If you have more questions or wish to register, please contact us.