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Soon after obtaining our 501(c)(3) nonprofit status, NOVA Roller Derby added some new options for skaters to take part in the league in addition to volunteering as a referee or NSO – skaters can now choose their own derby adventure. We have a way to do derby that fits every schedule and skill level – contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in joining us!
Typically, leagues run a new skater or fresh meat program once or twice a year, which is what NRD had done in the past. This year, we have a new program called Essential Skills (ES). ES accepts new skaters, female and male age 18 or older, at any time. Like our former Fresh Meat Program, Essential Skills is 12 weeks of practices designed to teach basic skating skills and basic derby skills, including how to hit or block other players.
ES skaters are given a Modern Athletic Roller Derby (MADE) assessment half-way through and at the end of each program. If skaters pass the final assessment, they may choose to become a part of the league. If they fail the assessment, they must remain in ES until they pass the next final assessment. ES skaters are also required to volunteer at a bout or volunteer as an NSO once a month. Currently, practices are $12 each or $50 for 5 practices.
NRD also added new options and categories for league skaters:
Non-Home Team (NHT) Skater: These skaters have passed an assessment but choose not to be on a home team because they can’t meet the time commitment to be on a home team, because they don’t feel comfortable enough with their skills yet, or because there are no available roster spots. NHT skaters can participate in NRD-sponsored mixers and, because they have passed the MADE assessment, participate in mixers sponsored by other leagues. These skaters can attend ES (although men are not permitted to participate in scrimmage situations), league practices and scrimmages, and our Derby Schools, which feature celebrity coaches and outside trainers. NHT Skaters are also required to volunteer at a bout or volunteer as an NSO at a scrimmage once a month. Dues are $40 a month and Derby Schools are $10 each.
Home Team (HT) Skater: These skaters have passed an assessment and have been drafted to one of NRD’s home teams, which are all-female and currently play using the MADE ruleset. Home team skaters can participate in all the same activities as Non-Home Team skaters, as well as their home team’s practices and home team bouts.
MADE Travel Team Skater: These skaters have tried out for and been accepted to the co-ed MADE SuperNOVAs Travel Team. Try outs are typically held in December or January. Travel Team skaters can attend travel team practices and bouts, league practice and scrimmage, and have to fulfill a training requirement by leading or participating in Essential Skills or by coaching a home team or leading a home team practice. Travel Team skaters may also be a member of an NRD home team and/or both travel teams for an additional $5 in dues for each team.
Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby (WFTDA) Travel Team Skater: These female skaters have tried out for and been accepted to this all-female travel team that practices and plays using the WFTDA rules. This SuperNOVAs travel team has the same requirements and dues as the MADE SuperNOVAs.
Men’s Team: NRD is still hoping to organize an all-men’s team that follows Men’s Roller Derby Association (MRDA) rules. Until enough gents are available to field a team, men are able to play by MADE rules either as Non-Home Team skaters or on the MADE SuperNOVAs.
Are you interested in being a part of the derby community but don’t want to play the sport? We always welcome referees, NSOs, and volunteers to help at bouts. Our teams also welcome coach volunteers. Contact us for more information about these opportunities!