Get Rolling FAQ
I want to join right now! What if the next Rookie Camp is months away?
If the next Bootcamp doesn't start for a while, you don't have to wait. Just contact us to find out how YOU can get started!
Skaters of all skill levels are welcome at league practices at any point in the season. Our league LOVES having new faces at practice, and welcomes anyone who brings a good attitude and willingness to learn. If you're not able to participate in derby drills you will still learn a LOT by watching, you'll get to know the team, AND our coaches will work with you to build skating skills so you will be "in the mix" in no time.
Our 2023 practice schedule is:
Mondays 6-8p, Wainaku Gym, 30 Aikane Loop, Hilo, HI 96720
Saturdays 10:30-12:30p, Keaau Armory, 16-512 Volcano Rd, Keaau, HI 96749
Practices are open to all skaters (co-ed) 12 years and older.
When you arrive, introduce yourself to one of our league members - we love new derby friends and will be happy to answer any questions and help you get rolling! If you're thinking about becoming a skater or ref, you can start working on the basic skating skills that will be covered in the Bootcamp - check out this list. You'll be ready for our next Bootcamp in no time!
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a message on Facebook for more information.
What should I expect at my first practice?
Bring your skates, safety equipment and a water bottle. Wear comfortable workout clothes and athletic sneakers.
Derby practices start with warm ups and dynamic stretching to get our bodies ready to move and skate hard. Warm-ups for general skating skills practices may be on or off-skates. After warm-up, you will work on individual skating skills and coaches will provide personalized feedback to improve your techniques. Coaches will regularly assess your skills and abilities and teach new skills in a progressive manner.
Right now, PRG is in a "rebuilding" state and all practices are focused on teaching new skaters and building skill levels. No one will be required to participate in any full-contact drills until they, the coach, and parents (for skaters under 18yr) deem the skater is ready and can do so safely!
Once we get into genuine derby practices, anyone not participating in full contact drills will be assigned a task that will help them learn the rules of roller derby gameplay. General skate skill sessions may be held alongside the derby practices and skaters will are encouraged to come to roller derby practices. There are PLENTY of no-contact skills and drills you can participate in and you can help out as referees (who doesn't want to send a skater to the penalty box?!)!
The final 15 minutes of practice are dedicated to cool down and stretching. This is a vital aspect of training as stretching helps our muscles recover after a workout.
What kind of skates and safety gear do I need?
In order to participate in PRG practices, you'll need roller skates, a helmet, a mouthguard, knee pads, elbow pads, and wrist guards. We have a few sets of skates and safety gear available to new skaters who want to try things out for a few practices before purchasing their own.
Check out our requirements and recommendations for more information about skates and safety gear, or ask a PRG skater your questions at Free Skate Friday.
If you're thinking about Rookie Camp, you may want to order gear beforehand so it arrives in time for your first practice.
Where can I start learning more on my own?
For a wealth of information about gear, derby health, training, and rookie advice, check out:
Five on Five Magazine's Rookie Guide