Helsinki Roller Derby organises a Beginners’ Course (BEC) twice a year. BEC usually lasts about three months, during which time you’ll learn all the basic skills you need to lay the foundation for your derby career. If you want to know when the next BEC is scheduled, send us an email (beginners[at]helsinkirollerderby.com), or keep your eyes peeled for more info on Facebook and our website.
To join the BEC, you’ll have to be 12 or older. If you are 16 or 17, you can decide whether you want to train with the adults or with our juniors, who are 10-17 years old.
Before each BEC, we also arrange Open Skate sessions, where you can try on quad skates and other roller derby gear under experienced skaters’ supervision. We advertise Open Skate sessions on our website and on Facebook.
BEC usually costs €120 and it should be paid before the first BEC session. Please note that the price may vary based on the availability of training facilities.
Yes, you will need to have your own equipment for BEC. The required gear includes quad skates (no inliners allowed!), helmet, mouth guard, knee and elbow pads, and wrist guards. For rookie sets, we highly recommend checking out our collaborator, Jam in the Box!
Eager newbie, me likey!!! You’ll be doing some non-contact, pre-gaming drills already during the BEC. Once you’ve passed the WFTDAs minimum skills test at the end of the BEC, you can participate in scrimmages. And don’t worry, BEC is designed to prepare all new skaters for the test. The test is regulated by the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association.
Don’t worry! Skaters who don’t pass the minimum skills tests right away get to try again. Meanwhile, you’re allowed to attend our all-league skating practices and even scrimmages as a skating or non-skating official.
HRD’s trainers are always happy to give you feedback on the areas you need to work on – we want to see all our BEC skaters succeed and move on to the next level!
You can join Team Officials! HRD is always looking for referees and NSOs (non-skating officials) and there are no try-outs for these positions. The officials have a slower-paced training programme that runs throughout the year. The time commitment for officials is not as big, and female officials always have the option of trying out for our league during the next BEC. To find out more about officiating, please contact officials [at] helsinkirollerderby.com.
You can also volunteer. We always need people to help out with various tasks such as, but not limited to, bout production, announcing, fundraising, and general tasks related to running the league. If you’re interested, please contact info [at] helsinkirollerderby.com.
Our BEC is open to everyone over 16. However, since Helsinki Roller Derby is a member of the Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby Association (WFTDA), we select the skaters in our competitive teams (All-Stars, Queen B’s and C-Cassette) based on their gender policy*. The non-competitive team (all-league) is open to everyone!
Currently, there are three men’s leagues: Helsinki Coast Quads, Tampere Rollin’ Bros and Kouvola Concrete Threat. In Helsinki, we are in collaboration with the Coast Quads, which means that we honoured to train their new skaters in our BEC! At the moment, Mens Team Finland is also training actively for the 2019 World Cup. Men’s teams are open for everyone.
* “An individual who identifies as a trans woman, intersex woman, and/or gender expansive may skate with a WFTDA charter team if women’s flat track roller derby is the version and composition of roller derby with which they most closely identify.” Read more about the WFTDA gender policy here!
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In addition skaters are required to have the Finnish Skating Association’s roller derby license (23€ for season 2017-2018).
Helsinki Roller Derby welcomes new skaters with warm hugs! All our skaters start from AL-Pakka. AL-Pakka is HRD’s active recreational team, which also serves as a development team for skaters who aim to play in the traveling teams.
Helsinki has three traveling teams; All-Stars, Queen B’s and C-Cassette. The teams compete in different levels. A team selection committee will appraise the traveling teams and designate skaters accordingly every three months.
Helsinki Roller Derby loves to have new coaches! Helsinki has a Coaching Department that plans and develops coaching, and offers support and a community for our coaches.
Helsinki Roller Derby’s teams select their coaches by voting. Helsinki has four teams that play and compete in different levels. Traveling teams All-Stars, Queen B’s and C-Cassette, and the recreational team AL-Pakka.
In addition, our juniors and beginners’ courses welcome new coaches at all times.
We in Helsinki Roller Derby adore our officials! We welcome all kinds of officials, on and off skates, experienced and beginners and everyone in between to our Sunday scrimmages. Our officials’ community offers guidance, organises monthly workshops, provides an info channel for news in officiating roller derby, and serves as a place for discussing rules and roller derby in general.
Helsinki Roller Derby supports its officials to travel around the country and the globe to officiate.
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