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

How can I find out more?
Come to our Info Session on Monday, February 26 at our practice space at Right on Target (the former Target Store on 1211 Barton St. East between Marshall’s and The Brick). Drop in anytime between 7:00-8:00 pm to learn more about the sport, meet parents and trainers, and watch a juniors class in action.

When is your next intake?
Our next intake starts April 9, 2018, and runs every Monday evening, from 6:30-8:00 pm.  Arrive 15 minutes early to get geared up and ready.

Where do you skate
We skate at Right on Target – the former Target store at the Centre on Barton – located at 1211 Barton St. East, Hamilton.

What is the cost of the Junior Roller Derby Learn to Skate class?
The cost is $80 for the 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.

For used gear, check Sports Swappers on Fennel in Hamilton, Kijiji, Craigslist or the ‘Used Roller Derby Gear – Ontario’ Facebook group. If you prefer to borrow gear, let us know and we can check our gear library to see if we have what you’re looking for.


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)

How do I register my child?
Hammer City is considering using a registration system to manage league-wide registrations, rostering, communications, etc. We are piloting a registration system called TeamSnap with the Juniors league. Please visit TeamSnap via this link to register your child(ren):


Payment will be handled offline for now (see next topic on this list). Download their app to your phone or other mobile device too!

How do I pay? Do I need to provide anything else?
Bring the $80 fee with you on the first night. We take cash or cheque, or you can send an e-transfer to treasury@hammercityrollergirls.ca (in the comments, specify that it’s for Junior Derby, add your child’s full legal name, and use ‘rollerderby’ as the security answer). Please also bring proof of age (e.g. birth certificate, passport) so we can verify that your child is within the 6-17 age range.

What else do I need to do?
GET INSURANCE! This is mandatory. Go to http://www.crdinfo.ca/east-skaters to buy it online. Follow the steps outlined on the page. When completing the “Green Form”, choose Hammer City Roller Derby as your league and select the $30 Apprentice policy. Forward a copy of your email confirmation to insurance@hammercityrollerderby.ca before January 15th.

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.