Thursday, May 12th: Recruitment Skills Clinic

Skaters and officials wanted!

Looking for a new challenge? We want you! Providence Roller Derby is made up of skatersskating officialsnon-skating officials, and volunteers, and we’re beginning our next training cycle on May 12.

What we look for in potential skaters include:

  • A positive attitude
  • Excellent sportsmanship
  • Ability to listen and apply new knowledge
  • Time commitment

What’s skating for Providence Roller Derby like? Our members share their thoughts:

Artoo Detoonate: “Joining roller derby is great: Not only is it excellent exercise and a ton of fun, but you’ll meet some of the best people in your life. Derby will also affect you in numerous ways outside of roller skating: It makes you smarter, stronger, and more confident.”

HeLL-Roll Kitty: “I officially became a member of PRD this April after beginning recruitment in October 2015. I hadn’t roller skated since I was about nine years old and could barely stand up at first! I went to the skills clinic and I loved every second of it: Recruitment showed me I was capable of doing so many things physically that I never thought were possible. All the coaches were supportive and honest, and everyone helped out in so many different ways. I wish I found derby 10 years ago, but I’m glad I’m here now!”

Izzy Dead: “I’ve been through the recruitment process twice, and I can honestly say that I learned so much both times. Smashley is an amazing teacher, and Beast and Goldie are fantastic too. They’re all really warm and welcoming to new recruits, regardless of your starting skill level, and everybody is so encouraging. Derby can be so intimidating when you’re surrounded by all of these amazing skaters and you feel like a baby giraffe, but Providence’s recruitment process takes the anxiety and intimidation away. You get the chance to learn from seasoned skaters and get really meaningful feedback and encouragement.”

Intrigued? Join us for a no-commitment skills clinic to get a taste of what skating is all about: This is a 2 hour crash course on what non-contact skills you need to know to become a roller derby athlete or skating official. Here are all the details you need to know!

Date and time: Thursday, May 12th @ 7:30 PM
Location: Thayer Arena, 975 Sandy Lane, Warwick RI
Cost: $10; tickets may be purchased via TicketLeap here.


  • Must be 18 or older
  • Has the physical ability to perform skills and has a signed waiver
  • Owns equipment including helmet, mouth guard, elbow pads, wrist guards, knee pads + quad skates

At this time, we cannot provide skate rentals. You will need your own. Other protective equipment is available to rent on request

Want more information? Email or join the Recruitment Facebook group.