9th March 2020

Frequently Asked Questions – New Skaters

How do I join Sheffield Steel Roller Derby?
We recruit in new intakes every 16 weeks. Before each intake, we hold 4-6 weeks worth of meet and greet sessions, which are free and require no equipment. You’ll get to see what new skater training is really like, and ask any questions before you commit. Once you’ve come along to a meet and greet we’ll send you an invitation to the new intake event. You can check our Facebook for details on when the next new intake is.

What if I can’t make any of the meet and greets?
The meet and greets run over 4-6 weeks so it’s very unlikely that you’ll miss all of them! If you’re worried, contact us and we’ll try to sort something out.

What if I can’t make the new intake event day?
Let us know on our contact page and we’ll get you sorted!

What equipment do I need?
All new skaters need a full set of kit: skates, helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards and mouth guard. We can’t let you skate without these things as we want to keep you safe.

Where can I buy equipment from?
We are affiliated with the Manchester Skate Shop*, which can serve all of your roller derby needs. You can also check out UK Roller Derby Recyclables for second hand kit – but be quick, the listings sell fast.

*All purchases made through our affiliates link earn Sheffield Steel Roller Derby 5% of the proceeds, at no extra cost to you.

Can I borrow equipment for the first session?
We have a limited amount of kit available to loan for the first session – everything is donated by our skaters so we can’t guarantee we’ll have the size you need and it’s allocated on a first come first served basis. When you sign up via the Eventbrite page you’ll be asked if you want to borrow kit and what sizes you need. We’ll confirm what things we have available shortly after you sign up – so the earlier you sign up the more likely we are to have what you need.

Please note: we don’t loan mouth guards (ewww), so please make sure you bring your own. We recommend SISU mouth guards.

Are transgender women welcome?
Hell yes! We are active supporters of the Trans Girls Can movement. Any self-identifying women are more than welcome to join us as skaters, and people of any gender identity can join us as Non Skating Officials and Referees. Our aim is never to exclude anyone so please contact us if you have any questions.

What about non-gender binary people?
Anyone who feels comfortable playing for a women’s sports team is welcome with SSRG. We do not police anyone’s gender identity, nor do we set standards of ‘womanhood’ or ‘femininity’. If you are unsure of whether we are the team for you, please get in touch with any questions, or come along to a Meet and Greet.

Is there a minimum age?
You need to be over 18 to skate with us – but if you are under 18 and want to get involved, you can join our junior league! Please contact us for more information, or check out our website.

Is there a maximum age?
Nope! Our skaters currently range from 18-45 years old, and we have no upper age limit. Come and give us a try!

How fit do I need to be?
Worried that you aren’t fit enough/athletic enough/strong enough? The beauty of roller derby is that there is a role for every body shape, including yours! We have skaters from a variety of fitness backgrounds – rugby players, ballerinas, the sport-averse – and they can all kick some serious butt. Skating for 90 minutes twice a week is one hell of a workout, so even if you haven’t so much as looked at a sports bra in years, you’ll be surprised how quickly your body will adapt.

When are your training sessions?
All members train twice a week. For pre-minimum skills skaters, sessions are usually:
Wednesdays, 7:30-9pm (Skate Central)
Sundays, 4:15-5:45pm (Skate Central)

Can I come along to watch a training session?
Yes please! We love to meet potential rollergirls. Our new skater sessions are held on a Wednesday from 7:30-9pm, and are a great way to see the kinds of things you could be learning. If you’re interested in coming along to watch, contact us and we’ll sort out a date that you can come along.