Get Involved

The Ark Valley High Rollers is a blossoming community that provides a variety of different training programs and positions that contribute to the success of our league as a whole.  Below are the opportunities to become a part of the AVHR family!

  • Skater – Ark Valley High Rollers competitive training program for aspiring team skaters.  Every skater who joins AVHR learns the basics necessary to play derby.
  • Transfer Skater – No matter your skill level or past training, AVHR’s recruitment training team will make it easy to ensure a smooth transition and appropriate placement within our training program or on the team.
  • Official (Skating and Non-Skating) – AVHR’s volunteer officiating crew works hard to provide safe, consistent, and an unbiased atmosphere to play the game of flat track roller derby.
  • Volunteers – As an volunteer-run organization, AVHR relies on the skills of community volunteers to operate.

2017 Fall Recruitment Schedule

New Recruit (a.k.a. Fresh Meat) Training will be held:
4:00-6:00pm on Sundays starting September 10, 2017
  This training is comprehensive, intense, and will ensure your commitment while having fun.  Our very own Scarlett ShredHer, Zoom Flume and Boo Tease will be  running the show, feel free to contact them with any questions.

SKATERS

How do I get started?

Want to be a part of all the action?  AVHR is always looking for new and transfer skaters, officials (skating and non-skating) and volunteers!

  • Send an email to recruitment@arkvalleyhighrollers.com and let us know that you are interested and ask questions.  You will be connected with one of our recruitment committee members and will be guided into the steps you need to take.
  • Come watch a practice either Tuesday or Thursday at 6pm at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds.  We practice in the back warehouse building situated to the right of the main fairgrounds building.  If you arrive after 6pm, you will need to knock on the door to get in as they are all in need of a key/code to enter.
  • Ask skaters questions, find out about gear, and figure out if you want to give it a shot!
  • Get your gear together and join us!
  • Recruitment is always open but we will begin Fresh Meat training in Fall 2017.  If you are unable to attend at that time, you can still come and attend training after it has begun.

What are the skater requirements?

  • You must be 18 or older.
  • You must be female to join the league as a skater.
  • You must skate in quads (i.e. no rollerblades).  Officials may skate either in quads or rollerblades.
  • You must attend a minimum of 2 practices a week.
  • It is helpful to have your own gear (quad roller skates, helmet, mouth guard, knee pads, elbow pads and wrist guards).  There is a limited amount of gear that you may borrow while at the fairgrounds. These items are first come first serve.

If you do not meet ALL of these skater requirements, there are still plenty of opportunities for you to be involved.  We need volunteers for a number of positions such as officials (skating and non-skating) and more!

How often do you practice?

We have two practices every week (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-8pm) that focus on endurance training, derby-specific drills, scrimmage games, and strength work.  Most AVHR skaters are so hooked on skating, we get out on our wheels as often as we can:  bike paths, skateboard parks, city streets, and our kitchen floors are all fair game.

Cross-training and weight lifting are important for injury prevention and because our bodies take such a beating, we recommend all our skaters workout beyond roller derby practice.

Am I too small/big to play roller derby?

There is no ideal build for a roller derby skater — there’s a place for girls of all shapes and sizes in flat track roller derby.  The numero uno requirement for success is to be as fit as possible.  That means developing stamina and building muscular strength — both for skating power and to prevent injuries.

Come on, girls. You know we say it all the time:  size doesn’t matter.

A small frame can be an advantage on the track — you only need a small opening to slip through, and you’re a smaller target for the blockers.  Petite girls who work on their speed can excel as jammers — and some of the hardest hits can be delivered by small blockers who develop their muscle mass.

On the other hand, bigger girls can make formidable blockers and represent both a psychological and physical obstacle for other players.  It’s just harder to get around a big girl!

A plus-size lady who trains for speed can also become an outstanding jammer, taking out her opponents while she scores points on them.

Do you ever get hurt playing roller derby?

Sometimes but it’s comparable to any other sport — skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, etc.  Flat track roller derby is a full-contact sport.  We wear safety gear — helmets, mouth guards, knee pads, elbow pads, and wrist guards — and we have insurance to help us out when accidents happen.

What about insurance?

All WFTDA skaters are required to purchase secondary insurance (WFTDA Insurance) at the cost of $75 per year.  This secondary insurance is a supplement to your own primary insurance and covers roller derby practice and bouts only.


OFFICIALS

Officials support the game of roller derby by learning and applying the rules during scrimmages and games (a.k.a. bouts)!  The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) has two types of officials who work towards providing a fair, fun & safe atmosphere to play the game of flat track roller derby.

NON-SKATING OFFICIAL (NSO)

Non-skating officials (a.k.a. NSOs) work off skates.  NSOs are the backbone of the officiating crew and assist the skating officials during a game.  NSO positions include:

  • Jam Timer
  • Score Keepers & Scoreboard Operator
  • Penalty Box Manager & Penalty Timers
  • Penalty Tracker & Lineup Tracker

SKATING OFFICIAL (REFEREE)

Roller derby skating officials are no different than any you watch on TV during a basketball or football game, except for the wheels on their feet!  Skating officials apply the rules of Flat Track Roller Derby, and unlike most sports, roller derby referees issue penalties during active game play.

REQUIRED GEAR

  • Quad Roller Skates or Inline Skates
  • Helmet
  • Protective Padding:  wrist guards, elbow pads, and high-quality knee pads
  • Whistle: WFTDA prefers the Fox 40 Classic
  • Reusable water bottle

VOLUNTEERS

Why volunteer?

The Ark Valley High Rollers is non-profit that is entirely run by volunteers.  We would not be where we are without everyone’s continued support.  Our volunteers also work hard to support local non-profit organizations whose missions resonate and reflect AVHR’s mission.  We work hard to form a strong, supportive, and welcoming community of skaters, fans, volunteers, and other organizations.  Thank you to all of our amazing volunteers for your support of the league!

Want to join the volunteer team?

If you love the idea of being part of what makes our events amazing, if you want to meet new people, or if you want to hang out with that friend or loved one that joined the league as a skater and they’re always skating now, this is the thing for you!

AVHR is always looking for willing hands to help with collecting tickets/money at bouts, working the bake sale and merchandise booth, security, EMTs and much more.  We are also searching for announcers and photographers!  Want to pitch in?  Contact us for more information about how you can help AVHR skate on!


More questions?

Check out the F.A.Q. page to help answer frequent questions or contact us!