Toronto Junior Roller Derby

                                                                             Where I'm not perfect, but perfectly me.

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW OLD DO I NEED TO BE TO JOIN TJRD? Our league is open to youth between the ages of 9 and 18.


DO I NEED TO KNOW HOW TO SKATE? No, we will help you develop your skating skills at your own pace.


WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED? You will need quad/derby skates, a CSA approved helmet, wrist guards, a mouth guard, elbow pads and knee pads. See our JOIN page for information on where to buy gear.


CAN I WEAR ROLLERBLADES? No, Roller Derby is played on derby skates also known as quad skates. Quad skates enable the players to be agile on the track and allow for more control and stability.


CAN BOYS JOIN? All youth between the ages of 9 and 18 are welcome to join our league.


DO I GET TO PICK A DERBY NAME? Yes, definitely! Developing an alter-ego with a great derby name is part of the fun of playing derby. You can use your own name if you wish or come up with something completely unique. Need inspiration? Take a look at existing derby names. Think puns, favourite TV shows, famous people, books you love. Be creative and have fun with it.


HOW DO I REGISTER MY DERBY NAME? Once you have picked a name, go to the following website  to see if your name has already been taken or if it is too similar to an existing name.


DO YOU HAVE UNIFORMS? Yes, midway through the season our skaters have the option to order a team uniform with their individual derby name and number printed on the back. Jerseys are ordered from Monster Muffin. Black and white practice t-shirts with the TJRD logo are also available for purchase for a fee of $20 at regular practices. TJRD merchandise and individual printing is also available through Sugarbomb.


HOW DO I KEEP UP TO DATE ON TJRD NEWS AND EVENTS? We send regular e-mail newsletters, and post reminders using Team Snap in order to let our skaters know about practice schedules. We also use our facebook page and website to promote upcoming events.


DO YOU PLAY YEAR ROUND ? TJRD runs regular Sunday practices from mid September until the end of June with breaks for holidays. In the summer months there are often opportunities for our skaters to participate in bouts with other leagues throughout Ontario.  These invitational bouts are lots of fun and a great way to meet other skaters.


IS IT A FULL CONTACT SPORT? Skaters progressively work their way through several levels play based on their skill set and what they are personally comfortable with.  Beginners start by focusing on developing skating skills followed by positional blocking. Once a skater progresses up to Level 2, they are exposed to light contact derby, with the emphasis on developing team blocking strategies.  Finally,  once they have passed their Level 3 testing, and only if they want to, skaters are exposed to full contact play.


IS DERBY SAFE? Safety is always a priority and skaters are required to wear all of their safety gear when they are on skates. To help ensure the health and safety of all young athletes, CDC developed the HEADS UP Concussion in Youth Sports initiative to offer information about concussions to coaches, parents, and athletes involved in youth sports. The HEADS UP initiative provides important information on preventing, recognizing, and responding to a concussion. We require that all new skaters and their parents review the concussion material from the CDC.  You can access the HEADS UP site HERE.


HOW DO I CARE FOR MY SKATES AND GEAR? It is really important to air dry your skates and safety gear after each practice.  Don't forget to wash and air dry the guards, pads and helmet liner periodically in warm soapy water.


WHERE CAN I WORK ON MY SKATING SKILLS?   Scooters in Mississauga and Coach Lite in Oshawa are two public skating facilities where you can work on your skating skills or skate with friends. Outdoor hockey pads are also a great place to skate in the summer months. Don't forget your outdoor wheels if you are skating outside on trails or rough surfaces.

DERBY 101!