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Hi! You've reached the website of Boston Junior Derby, Boston's first and only junior roller derby program for girls ages 7-17.
Boston Junior Derby is a volunteer operated, skater-run roller derby league that aims to bring the empowering sport of flat track roller derby to the Boston area for girls and gender expansive kids ages 7-17. Within a supportive environment of strategy and teamwork, our coaches will provide children an opportunity to build trust, a healthy sense of competitiveness, athletic strength, friendships, and respect for themselves and others – both on and off the track.
Boston Junior Derby will teach the safe processes and derby skills needed to create the competitive youth teams that will come together at the Junior roller derby level.
Boston Junior Derby is an equal opportunity club and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, or color.
Our current and inaugural board consists of Maya Mangleyou, Wild Boardom and Wednesday Atoms. We are the primary skaters/volunteers responsible for Boston Junior Derby logistics and coaching. You can find more information on contacting us individually within our orientation packet, but you can also email the Boston Junior Derby executive board at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boston Junior Derby is committed to creating an environment for skaters, by skaters. Skaters of our league will be expected to attend practices, to participate in league events and to be involved in the strengthening of our league.
The Boston Junior Derby season will be divided into three sessions throughout the year, each lasting approximately three months. Sessions will be held in the Fall: Sept-Dec and Spring: Feb-May.
Boston Junior Derby is delineated into a total of three levels. New skaters begin at Level 0 which will be a three month session teaching basic skating skills. Following Level 0, skaters can progress into Younger or Older skater group depending on their age. At this point they will become full league members, pick a derby name, and be expected to contribute to the league through participation, fundraising, and league events.
In addition to fostering a good attitude, resiliency, and coachability, coaches at Boston Junior will teach a number of skills depending on the Level.
Skills taught in Level 0 that will need to be successfully met to move into upper levels are:
Skater assessments will be conducted at the end of each three month session. The dates of assessments will be determined for each session. Once skaters pass Level 0, they become official league members.
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Practices will be held at Fort Independence, a shared private warehouse space with Boston Roller Derby in Lynn, MA.
The Fall 2016 session starts September 5th and runs through December 19th.
There are two weekly practices for Level 0: Mondays and Thursdays from 6:00pm-7:30pm.
For Younger Skaters: one practice on Wednesdays from 6:00pm-7:30pm, and one on Saturday from 9:00 am-11:00 am.
For Older Skaters: one practice on Tuesdays from 6:00pm - 7:30pm, and one on Saturday from 11:00 am-1:00 pm.
If skaters will be absent from practice, please notify us on the forum at least 48 hours prior to the practice she will be missing. Parents should report absences on the brdforum.
This Google Calendar is provided for accessibility.
Skaters should be geared up and ready to skate by practice time, so you should plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before practice.
Practices will mainly teach students skating skills, but will also incorporate endurance and strength training. If your child needs an inhaler or any other medical device to aid them with sports, please do let the coaches know and we encourage them to bring it.
We encourage helping your child stay hydrated throughout the day and bringing a water bottle with them to practice. They should dress in athletic and weather appropriate clothing as the warehouse does not have central cooling or heating.
Skaters should also pack a small snack with them that can be consumed quickly for practices that last up to two hours!
Providing good gear for your child is the best way to keep them safe and help prevent sports injury. To join Boston Junior Derby, we require that all skaters have:
... and of course, Quad Skates
We will be offering a limited amount of discounted skates that may be rented for each session. If you can purchase the gear for your child we recommend The Bruised Boutique in Nashua, New Hampshire as well as local sports and hockey stores.
Don’t forget: Boston Junior Derby parents get 10% off at Bruised Boutique!
Finally, skater gear will end up smelling if not aired out after every practice! We recommend soaking and air-drying your child’s pads to prevent bacterial growth once or twice a month -- depending on the season. Washing machines can be used, but make sure the Velcro is covered to keep it from fraying.
Thank you to the Bruised Boutique for sponsoring our league members with their expertise, helpful advice, and gear discounts!
Our next session begins Sept 5 and runs through Dec 19. Registration for Intro to Skating, Youngers, and Olders is open now, with a max cap of 30 skaters per level.
Want to join the roller derby revolution? We can't wait to have you. Here are a few things you need to know before joining Boston Junior Derby.
In order to register with Boston Junior Derby, skaters must provide the following:
And please take a moment to review these documents with your skater: