Getting Started With Austin Anarchy
We can teach you anything you need to know to play derby so don’t sweat it. Just be open to learning, try hard and enjoy the bumps and bruises. We all had no clue what we were doing when we started so don’t feel self-conscience. Below is some basic info to help get you started.
When and where do we practice?
Sundays 1-3pm at Rock Sports Arena
Wednesdays 7-9 at Pan Am Park
What gear do you need?
- Quad Skates
- Elbow pads
- Wrist guards
- Mouth guard
- Sisu mouth guards are best so you can breathe, drink and talk during practice
- Available at Medusa Skates in Austin or Amazon.
- WFTDA Insurance or liability waiver
Where can you get this gear?
You can get all of this stuff over the internet from random google searches or you can hit up the following places.
Ask Anarchy about loaner gear
Chances are we have enough hand me downs and older gear to help get you skating without you having to invest a lot of money right off the bat (you know, except used mouth guards). Seriously, derby is a community and we all want people to skate. Also, the more gear you try, the more you will find out what you do and don’t like.
Roller Derby Recyclables Group
This is a HUGE community, post on here what you are looking for and you will get people from all over the world trying to help you out.
This is our local skate shop, they have all the fresh gear you could want and if they don’t have it they can order it.
Do I need to pay to attend practice?
Per the handbook, League members pay $40 per month. Contact leadership to apply for an exception in the case of financial hardship.
How do I do the derby?!
Seriously, YouTube has a ton of helpful tips for starters, here are a few of them if you want to check something out before you start skating.
There are tons of hours of hard-hitting games on YouTube, just search for MRDA Championships or WFTDA Championships.
What about my derby name?
We don’t have any rules about “earning” your name, so pick something that makes you feel like a badass or makes everyone laugh/high five you whenever they hear it.
What is the deal with charter?
Anyone who attends tryouts ( usually around January? ) may be considered for a chartered skater position. While anyone is welcome to travel with us to tournaments and sanctioned games, only chartered skaters can gear up for these bouts. Basically the charter team is the official team but there’s lots more going on at Anarchy including open practices and a rec league.
Ok, I’m ready! What’s the next step?
It’s simple. Just contact us and say hi. We’ll set you up!