Rookie program

So you want to play roller derby? You’ve come to the right place! On this page we will explain everything you will need to know.  Three times a year a new group of skaters start with their rookie program. This is the perfect opportunity to get a taste of Derby. 

In the Rookie group the focus is on the basic skills: skating fast with smooth, long strides; coming to a full (and controlled) stop; doing crossovers; and most importantly, falling safely These are not the only basic skills you will learn, but they are essential in your quest to become a full-fledged roller derby skater!

The Dom City Roller Derby rookies train twice a week,  Mondays from 20:00 till 22:00 and and Wednesdays from 19:00 till 21:00, in the Disaster Dome (Manitobadreef 8, Overvecht). Always be about 15 minutes early for trainings in order to change/gear up so we can begin our training on time! 

★ Check out our Events page for the next Open training!
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Rookie group winter 2015, and trainers.

The Dom City Roller Derby training sessions are a mix of skating, strength and endurance training: not only will we teach you to skate like a devil, we will make you a lot stronger in the process! This means that there can be on-skate as well as off-skate training sessions, or a mix between the two. 
You'll also learn about derby gear, and the rules of the game.

After 4 months of rookie training, there's an opportunity to take the minimal skills test (MST). Once a skater has passed their MST, they join the ranks of the Intermediate Skaters and will learn how to play a scrimmage and participate in bouts! We will teach you how to skate in a pack, how to give and receive whips, and how to become an awe-inspiring blocker.

The fast actions and being on roller skates are what got me interested. The amazing community keeps me interested! – El Skellington
Derby is the love of my life. It cheers me up on bad days and after playing, however bruised and exhausted, I feel full of energy; it's like a natural high. I hope that we will grow old and happy together.– Wild Wolfie
Playing roller derby is my biggest outlet. – Astrid

Roller Derby Gear


In order to play roller derby the following gear is required:

  • Skates. You don’t need those expensive top-of-the-line derby skates to start your training, any quad roller skate will do (check for cheap quad skates or ask around, you’ll be surprised how many people have roller skates lying around in their attic!). Inline skates are not allowed!
  • Helmet. 
  • Wrist protection
  • Knee protection
  • Elbow protection
  • Mouth guard.

We have some spare gear available for our rookies, so check with us if there’s anything you need! There’s no need to spend a lot of money on gear if you are not sure you are going to continue your training (although we are sure you will absolutely love it!). If you need advice on what type of protection is best for you, feel free to ask! We will gladly advise you.

You can also contact our sponsor, The Derby Shop, if you have any gear related questions.



You need to be at least 18 years old to begin training with the Dom City Dolls, but that’s as far as it goes with our requirements. If you have any physical problems, please consult your doctor before you begin your training, so you know what you can and cannot do with/to your body.