Become a Skater
learn to skate
Naptown holds roller derby foundations workshops four times a year. This foundation workshop, called the Calm Before the Storm, is for beginners and new skaters who are interested in learning more about roller derby. Check our Events page for upcoming workshop dates and sign up for the next workshop here!
The next step of learning to skate is the Storm Chasers workshop series. The Storm Chasers is a 10-week program that follows each Calm Before the Storm workshop. Each session is taught by enthusiastic, experienced NRD skaters. The sessions are a flexible, dynamic experience in which participants will be able to develop their skills and learn new ones. No prior derby experience is required, but we ask that skaters be able to skate unassisted before becoming a Storm Chaser.
Skaters do not have to attend the the roller derby foundations workshop in order to join the Storm Chasers. Storm Chasers are required to purchase WFTDA insurance and pay monthly league dues of $20.
Gear (knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards, and helmet) is available for Storm Chasers to rent. Loaner skates are available, but participants will need to to get their own skates as quickly as possible when joining the Storm Chasers. All skaters must bring their own mouthguard.
Contact us with any questions or for more information!
Are you an experienced skater looking to join Naptown? Contact us for more information about the transfer process!
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO GET READY?
1. START SKATING NOW! There are lots of rinks in Indianapolis. Check online for times and locations of open-skate sessions near you.
2. GET IN SHAPE. Playing roller derby is a serious athletic commitment. You should start eating healthy, drinking lots of water and exercising regularly.
3. LEARN THE RULES and SKILL REQUIREMENTS. NRD is a member of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA). The current set of WFTDA rules along with information on the minimum skills requirements needed can be found on the WFTDA website at http://wftda.com/rules.html.
4. KEEP INFORMED. Check our website regularly to stay up to date on upcoming NRD events.