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 can still get rolling right away.  

 

Come to PRG's general skate clinics on Sunday mornings and Monday nights at Wainaku Gym .  

 

You can also begin attending 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.  You won't be able to join our drills and exercises until the coaches verify your skill level, but you will learn a LOT by watching and you'll get to know the team.

Our 2022 practice schedule is:

Pre-bootcamp roller derby practice: Saturday 10:30-12:30p, Keaau Armory, 16-512 Volcano Rd, Keaau, HI 96749 BEGINS JULY

Novice/Advanced Skate Skills: Sunday, 9-11a, Wainaku Gym, 30 Aikane Loop, Hilo, HI 96720

Beginner/Novice Skate Skills: Monday, 6-8p, Wainaku Gym, 30 Aikane Loop, Hilo, HI 96720

Sign up here:

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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 paradiserollergirls@gmail.com 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 off-skates 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.

 

For roller derby, you WILL NOT be required to participate in any full-contact drills until you AND the coach deems you are ready! Anyone not participating in full contact drills will be assigned a task that will help them learn the rules of roller derby gameplay. Skaters in the general skate sessions are encouraged to cone 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

 

The Fresh Meat File

 

DerbyLife's Rookie Guide