General Questions

Are the bouts kid friendly?

Yes. We strive to be a family-friendly event. We have activities geared towards children during half times. As with any sporting event, it is possible to hear inappropriate language from the crowd. We will leave it up to you, as a parent, to decide whether a roller derby match is an appropriate place to bring your kids.

How long is a bout?

There are 60 minutes of play time in a bout, 30 minute halves with a 15 minute half time.

Is roller derby fake?

No. Flat-track roller derby is a real sport, just like hockey, rugby or soccer. It is an aggressive full-contact sport and our skaters consider themselves athletes. We train accordingly to keep our skills up to speed and our bodies trained for the grueling workout.

How is the game played?

Flat track roller derby can be a difficult sport to learn and understand. For more specific questions about the game refer to WFTDA’s FAQs page.

Why is it called a bout?

As in boxing – each roller derby bout is a fight to the finish!

Do people skate in roller blades?

Some referees skate in roller blades. All players are required to skate in quad skates.


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Prospective Skaters

Who can join DMRD?

All players must be male and at least 18 years of age.
Men and women 18 and over may join in a variety of roles including: referees, non-skating officials, coaches, announcers and general help.
Anyone of any age can help support DMRD through promoting, fundraising, sponsoring, volunteering and attending events and bouts.

What is the time commitment?

Derby is a definite time commitment. We have two-hour practices several times a week. Everyone is required to have attendance for your safety and the safety of others. Members are also required to work at DMRD promotional and charity events throughout the season.

What if I get hurt?

Pulled muscles, sprains, strains, bruises, and/or broken bones will happen in any contact sport. This is why protective gear is required. We will also train, stretch and practice falling correctly to help reduce injuries and their severity. The stronger you are the less likely you are to seriously injure yourself. Once you join the league, you will be required to have supplemental insurance offered through the league. If you don’t have primary insurance through your employer, this plan will cover catastrophic injuries. It picks up where primary insurance stops. Injury is part of derby, so common sense says it’s wise to have a primary health insurance plan.

How much does it cost?

Purchasing equipment is the biggest expense. All skaters need to purchase: skates, helmet, mouth guard, wrist guards, elbow pads and knee pads. This initial purchase can cost anywhere from $150-$500 depending on the quality of skates and equipment.

What equipment do I need?

Skaters are required to wear quad skates, helmet, mouth guard, wrist guards, elbow pads and knee pads at every practice and bout. Additional protective equipment such as hip pads, shin guards or eye protection are optional.

What skating skills do I need before I join?

A majority of our current league members had no quad skating experience before joining DMRD. It is recommended to familiarize yourself with quad skating before joining the league. Our Fresh Meat training program is designed to teach you basic skating skills as well as basic roller derby skills. Having previous experience on quad skates is beneficial and will help you advance quicker. A great way to tune up your skating skills is to attend open skate nights at Fargo’s Skateland. Skate rental is $5. Call for open skate times.

How do I join?

Contact us for more information. Our Fresh Meat Coordinator will let you know when our next Fresh Meat class will start and guide you through equipment decisions, insurance questions and league policies.