Austin Anarchy League Handbook

Mission Statement

Austin Anarchy is a 501c3 non-profit men’s roller derby league based in Austin, Texas. We strive to advance the sport of men’s roller derby by providing an inclusive environment for competitive athleticism. Austin Anarchy is committed to professionalism and camaraderie; placing focus on engaging our league members, our officials, our fans and our supporting community with courtesy and respect.

We are a skater operated flat-track roller derby league and proud members of the Men’s Roller Derby Association (MRDA). Austin Anarchy proudly partners with other Austin-based inclusive non-profit organizations such Rockin’ City Rollergirls, Out Youth and more.

Supplemental Values

While the main functions of Austin Anarchy are evident through their interaction with the sport of Men’s Roller Derby. The league and the sport itself act as a vehicle for betterment of our local and international communities and Anarchy focuses on these 3 supplementary values.

1. Provide and promote a safe environment for the LGBTQ community.

Both Austin Anarchy and the MRDA have non-discrimination policies in place to make sure that anyone over the age of 18 may join regardless of how someone may identify. The title of a Men’s Roller Derby League simply clarifies that game and events will be scheduled with other leagues that are titled as Men’s Roller Derby Leagues.

Austin Anarchy takes an active stance against discrimination and openly promotes positivity around gender inclusion.

2. Provide our league members and volunteers with opportunities for personal growth

Austin Anarchy provides an amazing opportunity for classless networking on an international level.  League members come from all walks of life and their occupation takes a back seat when you are member of a group of people trying to work toward the same goals.

Personal and professional growth come in the way of multiple available positions in Anarchy and with the MRDA. The management of the League involves Captains, Coaches, Board Member positions, event planning and a number of other volunteer opportunities locally. Congruently Anarchy provides volunteers for MRDA in the form of committee members / leads, voting representatives and board members. Any of these experience can serve as invaluable experience to someone who hasn’t had a  lot of experience in a leadership role.      

Anarchy’s leadership supports league members and volunteers with opportunities for both stateside and international travel.  The organization assists in paying for travel for all events and this opens the doors for some members that may never have to the opportunity to travel otherwise.

3. Assist other organizations within our community

Even as a non-profit, charity bouts and events provide an opportunity for Anarchy to aid other non-profit organizations. During these events Anarchy will split proceeds from the ticket sales, raffles, etc. to assist other organizations. Typically these donations go to organizations that assist youth or the LGBTQ community, but Anarchy votes on who would be the best fit for each event or donation.  

Austin Anarchy Policies

Become an Anarchy Skater, League Member, Volunteer or Official

Austin Anarchy, in conjunction with Men’s Roller Derby Association (MRDA) and pursuant to its mission of promoting men’s roller derby, does not and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. Austin Anarchy does not and will not differentiate between members who identify male and those who identify as a non binary gender (including but not limited to genderqueer, transmasculine, transfeminine, and agender) and does not and will not set minimum standards of masculinity for its membership or interfere with the privacy of its members for the purposes of charter eligibility. These activities include, but are not limited to, membership eligibility, disbursement of resources, and eligibility for office. Austin Anarchy is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all skaters, officials, volunteers, and fans.

To begin the process of becoming a member of Austin Anarchy, email leadership@austinanarchy.com

To skate you must:

  • be 18 years old or older
  • have active Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) insurance
  • Pay monthly dues

Insurance Requirements

Every member of Austin Anarchy who wears skates is required to have active WFTDA insurance regardless of private insurance someone may have. WFTDA insurance can be purchased at WFTDA. WFTDA insurance must be renewed annually. While league leadership will make efforts to audit skaters’ insurance status throughout the season, skaters are ultimately responsible for keeping their insurance current. If a skater knowingly participates in Austin Anarchy events without active insurance, league leadership maintains the right to revoke a skater’s participation in current or future league events. If a skater does not have active WFTDA insurance, they may NOT participate in any Austin Anarchy events unless otherwise permitted through a specific event waiver.  

When Austin Anarchy skaters have been injured and receive medical treatment beyond basic first aid, a WFTDA accident report must be completed and emailed to claims@wftda.com. Any member of Austin Anarchy’s leadership or team captains can provide an accident report form.  

Member Dues Requirements

Member dues are a primary source of income for Austin Anarchy. In addition to any fundraising events or donations received, dues pay for practice space, tournament fees, WFTDA league insurance, MRDA dues, team travel, support donations to other 501c3 organizations and help cover bout and event costs.

The following options are available for dues payment:

  • Pay online via PayPal: info@austinanarchy.com via Paypal
  • Pay online to Square cash: $atxanarchy
  • Cash/Check: payments can be given to any leadership member
  • Seeing a member of leadership at practice and paying with Square
  • Setting up automatic payments through Chase bank

Dues are $40 per month and are due no later than the 10th of the month.  If extenuating circumstances make it difficult to pay dues for a given month, members need to contact a member of leadership to assess options (e.g. payment plan, hardship status, etc.).  If dues are not paid or other arrangements made a skater will not be able to practice, scrimmage, or bout.

Code of Conduct

All league members, volunteers and coaching staff are expected to conduct themselves in a way that positively represents Austin Anarchy.  While participating in league practices, games, and activities treat others with respect. Treating others as you want to be treated is a solid code to skate by.  

Show respect at practice (before, during or after), on social media while mentioning Austin Anarchy, at a team sponsored event, or while wearing Austin Anarchy logo gear.  If there are issues with a member, a Team Captain or league leadership will provide feedback regarding said behavior and has the right to request that the member remove themselves from an Anarchy practice, bout, league related event or from the league entirely.

Active skaters are expected to attend practices. Skaters are expected to demonstrate work ethic at practice. Work ethic is demonstrating by hustling, respecting and listening to leadership, and avoiding side conversations during practice.  Members are expected to participate in league and team activities – Austin Anarchy is a community and a competitive men’s roller derby league.

  • All league members (in any capacity) under the age of 21 may not consume alcohol or drugs at any Austin Anarchy event or function, ever.
  • Members must remain abreast of league information and maintain confidentiality regarding league business.
  • Members should put league interests above personal interests.
  • No league member may put on skates if impaired by alcohol or other mind impairing substance(s) including marijuana. Do not consume alcohol or any mind altering substance within four hours before skating at any Austin Anarchy event.
  • Members must not skate with a head injury.
  • Members should encourage friends, family or fans involved with a Austin Anarchy event to act in accordance with Anarchy’s code of conduct; i.e. Don’t be a douchebag.
  • Members should report code of conduct violations to any team captain or league leadership: leadership@austinanarchy.com.  Any incidents or issues reported to leadership will be dealt with in as timely a manner as possible.

Active Skater Attendance and Bout Eligibility Requirements

Anarchy has multiple weekly practices (times and locations vary). Practices are closed to non-Anarchy skaters unless otherwise communicated.  Non-Anarchy skaters will be notified of open practices via the Austin Anarchy: Open Practices Facebook group.

All Anarchy skaters are encouraged to attend at least 50% of Anarchy practices

Chartered Travel Team skaters must attend 7 of 12 practices in the 4 weeks leading up to a sanctioned bout or tournament.  Any Travel Team skater that fails to meet attendance will become ineligible to bout.

Local Skaters are defined as skaters that are willing to make the attendance requirements.   

Satellite Skaters

Austin Anarchy will have a maximum of 2 satellite skaters on their travel charter at a time.  In order to be considered, a skater must discuss their situation and make a plan with leadership and training.

Satellite Skaters are defined as a skater that can not meet the attendance requirements without enduring hardships based on the distance of travel to Austin.  Their practice attendance requirements will need to be discussed with leadership (Captains and Coaches) and goals will be set in order to maintain accountability for learning Anarchy strategy and staying in shape.  Satellite Skaters will be required to pay the same dues for membership with Austin Anarchy.  

If you are sick, stay home! Coming to practice sick is worse than going to work sick – roller derby requires a lot of body contact, including bodily fluids such as sweat, blood or saliva. Don’t be that person, stay home.

If you are going to miss practice or an event, write a post on the Austin Anarchy private Facebook Group or contact a league captain.

Practice Times and Locations

Sundays 1-3pm at Rock Sports Arena

Wednesdays 7-9 at Pan Am Park

Make up Practices

Life happens and in order to be flexible, practices can be “made up”.  The following activities count as a half practice makeup:

  • Attending Speed Skating Practice info at Texas Speed Club
  • Gathering a minimum of 4 league skaters to work on strategy, footwork, etc.  
  • Attending another team’s practice – either bank or flat track

You will need to have a slip signed by a coach stating you were at the makeup practice. You are only allowed to make up 2 full practices a month.  It is hard to create a cohesive team if members are not spending time learning how to work together, etc.

League Development & Volunteer Requirements

All skaters are expected to contribute to the development of the Austin Anarchy league.  League development can be fulfilled in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to:

  • Recruitment drives
  • Helping at or with fundraisers
  • Volunteering with other 501c3 Non-Profit organizations on behalf of Anarchy
  • Leadership Roles (i.e. captain, board member, practice lead, coach)
  • Administrative tasks (documentation, special projects, etc.)
  • Social media management
  • Committee Roles

Contact leadership@austinanarchy.com or a board member for more information about league development opportunities.

Uniforms

Austin Anarchy Travel Team colors are Black and White.  Uniforms can be purchased at the Austin Anarchy section of Frogmouth Clothing. Search for ‘Anarchy’ to select desired uniform style.  Uniforms are the responsibility of the skater and are not purchased by the league.
Skaters may contact league leadership if a hardship prevents the skater from purchasing a uniform.

Roller Derby Resources

Anarchy Board

All members of the board can be reached collectively at leadership@austinanarchy.com or you can reach out to individuals at the following emails:

All boats related leadership positions — Interleague Coordinator, Training Chair, Captains and Coach can be reached collectively at bouts@austinanarchy.com.

Business Address

1211 Georgian St, Austin, TX 78756