Fierce Valley Roller Cubs - Frequently Asked Questions
Who is the league for?
The league is aimed at children aged between 5 and 17. We welcome boys and girls.
What equipment is needed?
Kit list for skaters –
o Helmet : The most important part of your safety gear is your helmet. You NEED to be sure that the helmet you are buying can take multiple impacts. Turning up to a bout wearing an inappropriate helmet will result in you being told to go and sit in the audience, you will NOT be allowed to bout if your helmet isn’t a certified multiple-impact skate helmet.
o Knee pads: Your second most important purchase should be a good set of knee pads. Knee pads should be of the hard-shield kind, where you have the main material and padding gasket with a hard plastic cup over the main kneecap area.
o Skates: This is where things get a little complicated. Generally you want to invest in a pair of skates that are specifically designed for Roller Derby or Speed skating. Some people tend to prefer a pair that is designed for Jam skating. Either way, they need to be suitable for the sport, and therefore the full-ankle, hard shell type of roller boot is not a good choice at all. You want a shoe-style skate, with little to no build-up around the ankle, as your ankles need to be free to move how they want to move. You will find manoeuvring through the pack very difficult with a pair of quad boots that limit the movement of your joints.
We know that many smaller skaters have found it difficult to get derby skates below a size 2, therefore we are happy for smaller skaters to start training with disco style roller skates.
o Elbow pads: hard-shell type of pad.
o Wrist guards: Wrist guards are a pretty important piece of kit. When falling over, we do tend to instinctively put our hands out to try to land or simply to right our balance. A wrist guard that has a hard plastic insert under the wrist joint, flowing to the base of the palm. Again, make sure all the kit you purchase is made for and certified for Skate use.
o Mouth guard: mouth guards must be fitted to each individual’s mouth and the insurance for skating does not allow any skaters to participate without a mouth guard in. In a bout situation, referees will check all kit including mouth guards to ensure that they fit the skater correctly before they are allowed on track.
o Wheels: Please ensure that skaters do not use their derby wheels outdoors. This can affect performance of the wheels during training. If you are going to skate outdoors, please use different wheels.
Can kids skate in blades / in-line skates?
No. Only quad skates may be used for roller derby.
Where can I buy roller derby kit?
You will find a large selection of skate shops online selling roller derby kit and we have put some links at the bottom of this page for you to try.
Will my child get hurt?
Honestly? Maybe. The safety of all children is paramount, but Junior Roller Derby is a sport, and all sports come witrh the risk of associated injury. When in skates, the skaters will always wear protective gear as per the list above as a minimum. Additional protective equipment can be worn eg padded shorts, knee and elbow gaskets etc. Learning to fall properly is the first skill that ALL skaters learn and they will build on knowledge from session to session.
Will the coaches be Disclosure checked?
Yes. All of our coaches are subject to the PVG (Protection of Vulnerable groups) checks and certificates are available to view on request.
Our coaches are all members of adult roller derby teams and are experienced in coaching.
Suggested sites to buy kit: