When people within the roller derby community talk about surviving a tournament, we are often referring to skaters or officials, the ones who are most active during these weekend-long events. But with tournament season starting earlier and earlier, we thought it best to provide a survival guide to roller derby fans. So, before you head to the Big O, ECDX, Mayhem, or any of the other looming derby events, let’s make sure your best plan is in place!
The things every new skater (and vet) need to hear. Each year people try out for derby leagues all over the world, and some people jump right into the derby culture without really knowing what they’re getting into. Here are some tips I’ve discovered over my eight years in derby.