Joining the Team

Skater Training Program

Tier 1

For those who have limited experience skating or have never even strapped a pair of quad skates on in their entire lives!

You learn skills such as:

  • Falling safely

  • T-stops, plow stops, and turn around toe stops

  • Skating backwards

Tier 2

For those with past skating experience (i.e. roller hockey, jam skating, etc.) or those who have passed the Tier 1 training.

You learn skills such as:

  • Hip whips and arm whips

  • How to hit and counter hit

  • Blocking with a group

Both tiers of the program take about 6 weeks each, with two practice sessions during each week. Once graduating the Tier 2 program, you'll be considered bout-eligible and will be entered into the roster pool for games!

We understand that everyone learns at a different rate. Some people need multiple Tier 1 and/or Tier 2 sessions before they graduate, and that's okay! Our coaches work with each skater to help you find the best ways to learn.

The skills we teach are based off of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association's Minimum Skills Assessment (


How do I join?

First thing is to come out and meet us! SCRD participates in lots of events around the Central Florida area, including recruitment events, fundraising events, and community events! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram, or sign up for our email newsletter to stay updated on upcoming events.

You can also fill out the form below to sign up for the Training Program!

Do I need to know how to skate?

Not at all! SCRD offers a training program where we teach you all the skating skills you need to know to start playing roller derby.

How much does it cost?

Monthly dues for new skaters are $2o, charged on the first of the month. Once you pass your Minimum Skills Assessment to become a bout-eligible skater, monthly dues increase to $40.

What is the roller derby season?

Swan City Roller Derby is typically active February through October of each year.

Can men join?

Men are welcome to come and participate in SCRD's Skater Training Program if they are interested in becoming Skating Officials or Referees! However, SCRD's gender policy aligns with that of the WFTDA, meaning that our travel team is eligible only for women and non-binary skaters.

To read more on the WFTDA gender policy, click here.