Frequently Asked Questions

Who owns and runs the league?

Sydney Roller Derby League is a non-profit organisation, run by skating members, non-skating officials, and passionate volunteers, all of whom commit their valuable time and energy to committees and projects. From the Executive Committee to training, merchandise, promotions, and bout production, everything you see (and many things you don’t!) is organised by a dedicated SRDL member.

Do the skaters get paid?

We wish! We’d love for everyone to get paid for the amount of energy and time we put in to SRDL and roller derby in general. The cost of training venues, insurance, and the league’s expenses come from monthly dues paid by our dedicated skaters monthly dues.

Do you get hurt?

As with all high-contact sports, there is a risk of injury. We’ve had occasional broken bones, concussions, and lots and lots of bruises. However, we are very careful with our skaters and take every precaution to prevent injuries. This includes having first aid available at all bouts and training sessions and frequent consultations with physiotherapists.

Do you wear protective gear?

Absolutely! Helmets, knee pads, wrist guards, elbow pads and mouthguards are all compulsory whenever you’re on skates. Believe you me, you’ll want protective gear because derby players like to get physical!

How often do you train?

We train two to three times a week at the Dunc Gray Velodrome at Bass Hill. Overall fitness is an important part of roller derby and as we focus on on-skates skills and fitness during our training sessions, we love for skaters to cross-train themselves during their spare time. Not only will you get super fit and even better at roller derby, but you’ll be less injury prone with better recovery time.

Who trains the skaters?

We do! Our Training Committee is made up of skaters and some valuable off-skates volunteers, who run every training session and organise assessments to make sure all our skaters are well-trained and able to play safely.

Where do officials come from?

Officials are created, not born!

All our Referees and Non-Skating Officials (NSOs) are people — just like you — who have built (or are building) their officiating experience and knowledge of derby at Sydney Roller Derby League. We offer weekly practice games and very senior officials who can mentor your understanding of rules and the growth of your abilities.

For more information about officiating, email

What’s the difference between modern roller derby and the ‘old school’ derby that used to be on television?

Modern roller derby isn’t fixed, like wrestling. It is a genuine, non-scripted sport with rules, referees, and real contact. Sydney Roller Derby League plays on a flat track, unlike the raised, banked track you may have seen people flip over in the film ‘Whip It’. Fighting is no longer acceptable; we expect skaters to use their passion and determination to win to bring their absolute best to every hit, block, and jam.

As a WFTDA member league, Sydney Roller Derby league skates to the rules and regulations of the Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby Regulations. Visit the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association to find out more.

What is your gender policy?

Sydney Roller Derby League is proud to share the same gender policy as the WFTDA, which states that any person can skate with us ‘if women’s flat track roller derby is the version and composition of roller derby with which they most closely identify.’ To find out more, you can read the full WFTDA Gender Statement.

We are also close buds with Sydney City SMASH, members of the Men’s Roller Derby Association (MRDA), and CRASH, a co-ed non-league roller derby group, both of whom welcome all skaters.