Training with NBRG
Beginners – Fresh Meat:
This is for people who've never skated before or are new to Roller Derby. Fresh Meat train on a Friday evening (6:30pm-8:30pm) and can also attend Sunday All League sessions (11am-1pm). Fresh Meat are primarily working towards building their confidence on skates and gaining an understanding of roller derby skating technique. Skaters then move to either Competitive or Non-competitive after successfully completing their Roller Derby Minimum Skills.
These skaters have passed their Roller Derby Minimum Skills and are interested in playing roller derby internally. As a non-competitive skater you are able to attend Friday Fresh 6.30-8.30pm and All League Sunday 11.00am-1.00pm training sessions.
Competitive – Sirens Training Squad:
Competitive skaters will have passed their minimum skills and want to progress their skills to play roller derby at a competitive level. These skaters form the Sirens Training Squad* and are able to attend Wednesday 7.30-9.30pm and Sunday 9.00-11.00am training sessions.
* Skaters having just passed minimum skills will have their training during these sessions catered according to their skill level.
When new skaters are deemed safe to participate they are allocated a Home Team. Home Teams games take place towards the end of the season. They are full of community spirit and are a great opportunity for everyone to put their skills into practice during game play. We currently have Two home teams : Blackbeard's Crew and Buccaneers.
Not a fan of contact or just want to come & support us off skates? Why not become a Skating Official (Ref) or a Non skating Official (NSO)?
Skating officials (referees):
Usually dressed in black and white striped shirts and rocking roller skates, these officials skate around either inside or outside the track, watching the skaters. Their responsibility is to enforce the rules, ensuring safe, fair gameplay. Referees are the primary officials who call penalties. There are more refs on the track then skaters.
Non-skating officials (NSOs):
These officials do a wide variety of tasks: timing the game, tracking penalties, timing penalties, keeping score, operating the scoreboard, and tracking lineups. Our officials – referees and non-skating officials – form the backbone of derby and without them derby simply wouldn’t happen. We love officials!
How much time does training take?
Our training sessions are usually 2 hours long. In general Roller Derby can take up a lot of your time; however, you can choose to commit to a level that suits you personally. When you first start (i.e. when you are in Fresh Meat) the realistic time commitment per week is 2-4 hours made up over 1-2 days.
Please bear in mind the more you advance the more time commitment you will realistically need to make, however this again will be a personal choice as to how much you can commit and therefore advance, we currently have a variety of skaters with a range of personal commitments outside of Roller Derby including work and children and they have all found a system that suits them.
We're a flexible league, so if you're interested in learning more but aren't sure you can make certain nights we're still happy to talk about your options.
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