Rocky View Rollers set to host first Try-It event of 2017
Thursday, Mar 16, 2017 06:00 am
As the start of the spring/summer roller derby season inches closer, the Rocky View Roller Derby Association (RVRDA) is getting ready by having its semi-annual Try-It Night March 23 at Genesis Place Recreation Centre.
The event is aimed at giving women ages 18 and older the opportunity to try roller derby at no cost and introducing people to the rules, skills and techniques needed to compete in the high-energy sport.
“We find (having the events) twice a year is good so that when people start fresh, they can have some continuity with people who are starting at the same time,” RVRDA member Tiffany Baratta said. “It’s a program where we teach you how to skate, fall, turn and the rules of the game.
“If you have people coming in every month, they’re trying to catch up and others can be held back because of it.”
The intake event also helps provide the RVRDA with a chance to increase its numbers and build the organization up to become more competitive on the roller derby scene.
The association was established in 2012 and has been growing ever since. It made a major step forward as an association earlier this year, when RVRDA graduated from an apprentice league team to the Class C league in the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA).
“Normally we’re looking for new skaters, but now we’re looking for players of all skill levels,” Baratta said. “We’re looking to expand the roster of our charter team.
The event runs from 7:30 to 10 p.m. and will begin with an hour-long information session prior to the prospective derby athletes putting on some skates and pads and getting their chance at roller derby for an hour and a half.
For anyone looking to take part, the RVRDA has arranged to have skates, pads and helmets available for the trial event.
“There is no point in buying something if it’s not something that interests you,” Baratta said. “It’s good to have all the equipment there so people can come, hear about the sport, give it a try and see how you feel about it.
“Once you get on the skates, you usually know pretty quickly if it’s going to be something for you or not.”
There is no need to pre-register for the event. Anyone looking to take part and get introduced to roller derby can show up just before 7:30 p.m. March 23.
The Rollers open its spring/summer season May 6 at Pete Knight Arena in Crossfield.
For more information about the RVRDA, visit their Facebook page, facebook.com/RockyViewRollers.