BCRD: We LOVE Derby

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Skaters

These are some of the lovely humans who skate with us! Our skaters come from all over the Triangle. You might see us on campus, around RTP, or at the farmer’s market. We spend our days working at non-profits, in labs, or at coffee shops. Some of us have families, others prefer our fur babies. Some of us have tattoos. A lot of us are queer-identified. But we all have one thing in common: we love roller derby.

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About

We're the first Durham-based roller derby league and we want you! We're open to all women-identified, nonbinary, and gender non-conforming folx who want to skate fast, hit hard and get down and derby. Click here to learn more about our league and get involved

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[Language from Marketing here about upcoming events/recruitment/etc] Think we're rad but not quite ready to commit to skating? Follow us on social media, donate, or buy some of our swag!

About Us

We're here! A lot of us are queer, and we want you to join us. BCRD was founded in 2015 by a couple of skaters who thought that a community as vibrant as Durham deserved its own roller derby league. Since then, we’ve grown from five skaters doing laps in the back of the Ponysaurus warehouse to a group of over thirty skaters who practice, scrimmage, and bout together – and we’re growing all the time! [More language drawn from the mission/vision statement/Policy committee here]

Practice

We practice two times a week at Wheels Fun Park. Our practices incorporate skaters at all levels of skating ability; we teach basic skating skills and endurance as well as more advanced scrimmage skills and drills. Email bullcityrollerderby@gmail.com to find out more

FAQ

How do I get in touch with y'all?

Shoot us an email at bullcityrollerderby@gmail.com or like our facebook group.

So is there, like, a ball?

There is no ball.

What if I don't know how to skate?

That's okay! A lot of our current skaters only started skating this year. We hold twice-yearly Booty Camps where you can come, try out skating for the first time, and learn some of the basic skills that you need to join our league as Fresh Meat. Our skaters also love to go to Wheels Fun Park on Wednesdays for their Cheap Skate night (only $3!). It’s a great place to meet people in the league and get more confident on your skates. Follow us on Facebook to learn when our next Booty Camp will be held.

What do I need to get started?

If you're skating at one of our practices, you must also wearing knee pads, wrist guards, elbow pads, a mouth guard and a helmet in addition to your skates. Roller derby is a full contact sport and, although we try to play safe, injuries can and will happen.

Do I need my own equipment to join?

Buying skate gear can be a daunting and expensive venture, so it is completely understandable if you do not want to immediately launch into it. While you’ll probably want to get your own gear if you plan to keep skating with us, Wheels has skates available for Fresh Meat who are still getting a feel for the sport and BCRD has sets of pads and helmets available for loan. We’re also happy to talk to you about the best places to get gear locally and how to put together a full set of equipment on the cheap.

Y’all are so cool but full-contact roller skating just isn’t for me. How else can I help?

You’re our favorite person! A roller derby league is so much more than just its skaters: any form of help is welcome. We need Refs, NSOs (None Skating Officials), announcers, and just general volunteers to helping with fundraising and out reach. If you used to play derby but feel like your bouting days are done, ask us about getting involved with training and coaching. Any little bit helps. If you're feeling especially generous, donate to our paypal at bullcityrollerderby@gmail.com.

Did you see that one movie "Whip It"?

Yeah, it was pretty cool. We're way cooler

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