Learn to Skate

SRDL runs a gender-inclusive Skater Development Program that can take you from beginner skater to playing roller derby. No matter what your experience level we have a place for you. If you’re over 18 and want to know more, please send us an email –  skateprograms@sydneyrollerderby.com

Level 1 – Introduction to Roller Skating

Level One skater training kicks off on 8 March 2020. Click here for details.

Level 1 is our program for beginner or intermediate skaters. Over 10 weeks, coaches from both SRDL and our friends at Sydney City SMASH Men’s Derby will teach you the fundamentals of skating and derby skills including falls, stops, balance and stride. Everything you need to become a great skater, whether you want to play derby, referee, or skate for fun. Level 1 finishes with an assessment of the skating skills you need to progress to Level 2 of the Skater Development Program. (Level 1 is strictly non-contact)

Level 2 – Derby Fundamentals

Level 2 is a 10-week program that prepares skaters for the WFTDA/MRDA Minimum Skills test. Trainers from SRDL and SMASH will help you to improve your skating fundamentals and also prepare you for full-contact skating. You’ll start learning the basics of strategy and how the game of roller derby is played too.

Level 3 – Road to Scrimmage

Once a skater has successfully completed the full Minimum Skills test they progress to Level 3 where our trainers prepare them for scrimmage – practice games of roller derby where you get to put all of your training into action! You’ll join regular league training as part of your final preparations to play roller derby.

Program Intakes

SRDL runs intakes for all levels of the Skater Development program throughout the year. Intakes are open to skaters over 18 years of age and are gender inclusive. Email us at skateprograms@sydneyrollerderby.com to be kept up to date about when they’re happening.

Love SRDL but don’t want to play?

There’s lots of ways to get involved in roller derby, even if you don’t want to play.

Become a referee

SRDL can teach you how to skate (in Levels 1 and 2 of the Skater Development Program) and provide you with opportunities to learn and apply the rules in game situations.

Become a non-skating official

If you don’t want to skate, you can still be involved in roller derby games as a non-skating official (NSO). Email officials@sydneyrollerderby.com to find out how.

Become a volunteer

SRDL is wholly run by skaters, officials and volunteers and we can always use more help!

Contact members@sydneyrollerderby.com for information.