In January, A few adult and junior skaters from the league had a meet & greet during an open skate at the rink. We handed out flyers and advertised our shirts for sale; we even geared up and skated, chatting with other skaters along the way. There were races during open skate and we had just enough skaters to enter in each race.
I laced up my skates for the first time just a short seven months ago, and yes, I still have an unbelievable amount to learn, but at the same time I have come so very far already. One aspect of roller derby that I’ve really enjoyed is simply telling people that I play roller derby and trying to recruit people. Everyone seems to have one of two reactions; they’re either shocked that I play derby, or they think that they could never play. They think they can’t play because they’re a mom, or they’re too old, or they work full time, or this, or that, and so on. And so I would like to show people that roller derby is for everyone (even those who don’t want to play can learn to ref or NSO).