Learn to Skate updates!!!
We are excited to announce the 2023 camp! running 5 weeks from March 26-April 30 on Wednesdays 7-9 PM & Sundays at 12:30pm-2:30pm
Link: Spring Learn to Skate Interest Form
Learn to Skate (L2S, formerly called Reckless Rollers) is our introduction to skating for roller derby. L2S is a five-week program which meets biweekly and introduces participants to basic roller skating skills.
Experienced BAD skaters will teach you the basics of the flat track roller derby environment. We’ll break down essential skills, such as proper derby stance, stopping techniques, fluid movement on the track, laterals, jumping and weaving. During class, we will also focus on essential aspects of the game, including, partner and pack work, blocking and hitting.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Open to women and gender-expansive people who are at least 18 years old, and interested in learning how to play flat track roller derby under the WFTDA ruleset. Before you begin camp, you must be able to:
- balance/roll on skates with no outside assistance
- stay active for up to two hours at a time
- exert yourself physically and mentally throughout the session
Attendance at every session is not required but highly encouraged, as each class builds upon the previous one. We are limiting the camp to 50 skaters in order to provide each participant quality instruction and individual feedback.
Payment is a sliding scale of $25-200. We suggest a payment of $100 for the 10 sessions, but please pay whatever is reasonable for you and your financial situation. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
For each session, quad skates, a helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards, and a mouthguard. We can provide some equipment, although we can’t guarantee the quality of the items or that specific sizes will be available.
However, you will need to provide your own mouthguard.
If you don’t have any gear yet, you can buy it at Quad Republic Skate Co. (https://www.quadrepublicskateco.com/). Quad Republic Skate Co. is a skater-owned and operated shop located in El Cerrito, CA. They’re offering a 10% discount to all Learn To Skate participants (please mention BAD and Learn To Skate if you visit!).
All participants and trainers are vaccinated, as per WFTDA and BAD policy. We ask that all participants wear protective masks (such as surgical masks, N-95s, etc.) while in our venue and during skating. Masks may be removed to drink water, take mouthguards in/out etc.
Please note that roller derby is a full contact sport and you will often be in close proximity to other (masked and vaxxed) skaters.