CTRG is an 18+ league. We would like to start a junior league sometime in the future, but nothing is in place yet. I know that Gotham Girls Roller Derby runs a junior program - they are likely the closest option. Good luck, and keep skating! We hope you try out for CTRG once you’re 18!
The CT RollerGirls are raising money to send their WFTDA charter team to Spring Roll in May! We’re sending a 16-person roster and two of our twenty* coaches all the way to Indiana to (hopefully) kick some butt and take some names at this 3-day tournament. Give some love and you can get all kinds of stuff in return. Plus! CTRG is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, so a portion of your donation is tax deductible! Help a derby girl out!
*maybe it just seems like twenty
Oh what a good question! Honestly, it depends. If you want to join CTRG, we hold tryouts twice a year, where we test not only your skating skills, but also your coachability. (There’s also a quick interview so we can get to know you and answer any questions you have.) If your skating skills are rusty, or you want to see what you’ll be tested on, we usually hold skills bootcamps a few weeks before tryouts. At bootcamp, experienced skaters will go over all the basic skills you’ll need for tryouts.
But the best way to start in roller derby is get skating! Go to open skates and get comfortable on your skates - that will help a lot in the tryout process.
In our league, once you’ve passed tryouts, you enter a 12-practice rookie period, during which time you improve your skills and get to know the league. At the end of that period, league members vote on whether you’ll be accepted into CTRG. Once you’re voted in, we continue your training and work on getting you scrimmage- and bout-ready so that you can safely play full-contact derby.
I hope that’s helpful!
We’re just one month away from the start of the 2013 season, and you would not believe how hard our skaters have been training. Folks are working with personal trainers, some are going to kettle ball classes and boot camps, and last week I saw Your Mom pulling a car around the parking lot by a rope between her teeth. On Saturday, VelociSlaptHer and Botti Slam will take things a step too far and will swim in the Long Island Sound for the West Haven Icy Plunge for the Cure. These ladies are dedicated.
Our first game will be 2/23 at the CT Sports Center in Woodbridge. The DC All-Stars (Division I) are coming up to challenge the Stepford Sabotage, and the Queen City Cherry Bombs will face off against the Yankee Brutals. There will be PBR beer, cupcakes, and probably a few beatings. More info about the 2/23 game at http://ctrollerderby.net/events/02-23-2013/, and season tix are available at http://ctrollerderby.net/2013-season-and-vip-passes-now-available/
Also this week, happy birthday to Toughie, Fred Perrywinkle, and C. Mya Rage!!!
CTRG’s Girl Fawkes and CTRG’s Pow-Pow Powerwheels fighting it out for a good cause! Photo by Hale Yeah
Well you can still see all the action here! CTRG was represented in all 3 scrimmages - see if you can spot your favorite skaters!
Scrimmages 1 and 2 were composed of teams of B and C team skaters from all over the region (New York! Massachusetts! Rhode Island! And of course all three Connecticut leagues!), and scrimmage 3 features coed teams of WFTDA travel team skaters and some of the many handsome dudes of MRDA!
Scrimmage 1 (mixed teams of women’s B/C team skaters from around the region)
Scrimmage 2 (mixed women’s B/C)
Scrimmage 3 (mixed coed travel/A)
Thanks so much to Shoreline Roller Derby for putting this on and letting us co-host - it was a blast, and (even better) the derby community raised five thousand actual dollars for the United Way Sandy Hook Support Fund!
Shoreline Roller Derby and the CT Rollergirls are teaming up Saturday for a coed scrimmage to benefit Sandy Hook Elementary. Connecticut roller derby: kicking butts for a good cause!
Saturday, Saturday, Saturday, it’s our last double-header of 2012! Come out to watch the Yankee Brutals take on the Granite State Legislashers, and be sure to stay for the second act: CTRG’s 2012 home team championship bout!! Will the Iron Angels defeat the Bone Crushers? Will Crazy Legz Nikki’s family take over CSC in a sea of body paint and glitter? The only way to know is to be there (since, let’s be real: we never can remember to post the bout scores here in a timely fashion). Get ticketshere, and all the vital info here! We will be collecting winter coats for Backyard Humanitarian to benefit people in Stamford. All sizes of clean, warm, new or gently used winter coats are needed! And our friends at Meriden Humane Society are looking for donations, which we will be collection at the bout. Canned dog and cat food, Purina Cat Chow, Purina One chicken and rice dry food, and blankets and comforters are needed! We will also (as if we haven’t asked enough of you already) be taking donations for the Red Cross and Hurricane Sandy relief efforts AND we’ll have a station so that you can send a holiday card (via the Red Cross) to servicemembers who will be overseas for the winter. Is that it? I think that’s it. Phew! That’s a lot.
CTRG University’s fall course offerings include How to Build a Wall, taught by the Yankee Brutals! Photo by Jeffrey Kerekes
What a night! LIRR took the win over the Yankee Brutals with a final score of 322-53, and in home team action, the Bone Crushers bested the Widowmakers in another last jam nailbiter (150-146), clinching their spot in our November 10th championship doubleheader! Thanks to all the fans and superfans who came out, and superextradoubleturbo thanks to Monkey Brains and Sabatage Sabal, visiting skaters from HARD, who busted their humps all night for the Widowmakers!
Monkey Brains tries to crush the Bone Crushers! Photo by Jeffrey Kerekes
Friday the 26th, come skate with a rollergirl at Roller Magic (60 Harvester Road) in Waterbury! We’ll be there from 8-10, and you should be too! $6.50 gets you in the door, skate rental is extra.
November 3, we’re hosting a fundraiser at Orange Ale House! From 6-10, for a slim $8 you get dinner and the company of the scariest rollergirls Connecticut has to offer! We’ll have cupcakes, raffle tickets, and a host of prizes. See you there!
Have you ever wondered how we practice? November 8, CTRG is hosting an open practice, and you’re invited!
Can you believe it’s bout week already? Get your pregame on, and join us tomorrow night at Moe’s in New Haven for a night of burritos, fundraising, and more burritos!
Then the main event! Saturday the Yankee Brutals will take on the LIRR Rock-a-Betty Bruisers (say that three times fast!) and in home team action, the Widowmakers will face off with the Bone Crushers to decide who will be joining the Iron Angels in the 2012 CTRG home team chapmionship bout (that’s happening November 10 - mark your calendars!). Can you even stand it? As if the bout wasn’t excitement enough, we’ll be collecting paper goods for Master’s Table of Ansonia. Plus, kids can trick-or-treat at our awesome vendors and enter CTRG’s (first annual?) costume contest! A little tip from me to you: any kid dressed up like a hot dog is pretty much guaranteed to win the whole thing. See you there!