Greater Edmonton Junior Roller Derby Association: Come Roll With Us.
Registration opening soon for the 2017 – 2018 Season.
Prior Season Registration Details:
Click on the following link to Register: https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/47657
Remember that there is no contact for beginners and it is not necessary to know how to skate, all basic skills will be taught!
Practices are at the Sportsdome on Sundays 11-1 (new skaters are expected to stay from 11-noon but may wish to stay for the entire practice even if they just choose to watch. We also practice 6:30-7:30 on Tuesday evenings.
New Skaters $250 + $50 (CRDi Insurance) = $300, Levels 1/2/3 $275 + $50 (CRDi Insurance) = $325, Wild Rose All Stars $300 + $50 (CRDi Insurance) = $350
All of our registration is done online. Once you register online and set up a Team Snap account that will be the main source of league communications as well.
Gear required for junior roller derby is a mouth guard, CSA approved helmet, knee and elbow pads, wrist guards and of course quad roller skates. You can purchase all of your roller derby needs from Bad Girlfriend skates or One Stop Derby Shop.
We are excited to have you COME ROLL WITH US and want your experience to be a good one. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Payments can be made online via PayPal (preferred method – GEJRDA@gmail.com) or in person with cheque or cash.
“Why should the adults have all the fun?”
The answer is they shouldn’t and that is why we have Junior Roller Derby. Youth can be empowered and fabulous and have all the fun that the adults are having!
If you have been thinking about getting involved in roller derby, think no more because the answer is clear. It is a competitive sport, great exercise and loads of fun!!
DID WE MENTION THAT IS FUN?
Take a look as Haleylujah narrates for our league and tells you all the reasons you should come play with us!
Guest Blogger P.OD Pippy (Kristen Antosh)
I joined Roller Derby when I was eleven years old. Instantly, the sport became my favourite activity. I wore my roller skates in the house, running into walls and bumping into appliances. I knew from here on that I would never stop loving the sport. After two years of bumps, bruises and unconditional love for derby, something changed, I began to question my sexual orientation. As a questioning and confused 13 year old, finding out that LGBTQ+ people were highly accepted in this sport came as a huge relief. I remember being at an E-ville game and hearing people talk about a player, and her girlfriend and thinking “She’s gay and they’re okay with it?”. When I finally did come out, my teammates and coaches offered me nothing but unconditional love and support. Along with support and love from coaches and teammates Derby continues to help me with things like my anxiety. Social anxiety has always been a huge problem for me, but I found that in derby, it wasn’t. I started with baby steps, such as asking the more experienced girls for tips. After a short while I began to feel much more comfortable and started having casual conversations with the girls. Before long, I had started making friends. Thanks to Roller Derby, I met one of my best friends, Morgan Mayhem. It all started while doing sprint laps. I had tripped and slid out right in front of her, and she jumped right over me! At our water break I skated over to apologize for almost killing her on her first practice. We started laughing and talking and from there on, she was my jammer and I was her 4.
The first time I heard about roller derby was when I was eleven years old. I was reading the Edmonton Journal over my mom’s shoulder when an article about the new Greater Edmonton Junior Roller Derby Association caught my eye.
Dave McQueen was kind enough to send us this sneak peak of yesterdays Team Canada try-outs. They say a picture is worth a thousand words but I am curious to know if the pictures can begin to tell the amazing stories that unfolded at yesterday’s try-outs…
You can view the rest of the photos HERE
As women we have the difficult task of being responsible for our own empowerment. For centuries we have strived for power in our personal and professional lives and the one thing we have struggled with the most is power over ourselves. So often we allow others to tell us the best way to act, to think, to feel and we unfairly compare ourselves to others instead of embracing our own unique qualities. What I have always loved about Junior Roller Derby is how empowering it is to young women. It allows them to explore sides of themselves that are not often encouraged in other areas of their lives. Instead of being told what is “ladylike” they are able to explore what makes them unique and powerful. They don’t have to be like everyone else, they can just be the best version of themselves. The freedom to explore their own prowess, their mental and physical capabilities as well as their own dynamic skills is in itself a confidence builder. So often in competitive sports elements of our missions become lost in the desire to produce results. Our aims and objectives become blurred. When mentoring talented youth athletes it is easy to lose sight of the fact that we are dealing with young ladies that are already facing a great deal of judgments and strife in their adolescent lives and that for most of them sports is an outlet, a place for them to be themselves. Instead of comparing them to their teammates and spotlighting their weaknesses we have a unique opportunity to build them up and encourage all of the things that make them special. I have always been a firm believer that critique works best when spun positively. Realistically, it sounds easier in print then it actually is. As adults we have experienced our own share of life’s hard knocks and putting a positive spin on things doesn’t always come naturally. Yesterday at Edmonton’s Team Canada try-outs a group of teenagers taught me incredible things about the power of positive encouragement. A group of young women competing against each other for a spot representing their country; playing a sport they love, were the number one cheerleaders for the opposition. Their bright lights shone not only on themselves but also on the accomplishments of their fellow skaters. Their joys and their triumphs were shared. I was astounded that a group of young women displayed a level of maturity beyond their years and an energy and character that I am envious of. To feel not only a sense of pride in their own accomplishments but delight in the achievements of their teammates was a very compelling thing to observe. They are the future, and the future of this great sport. I applaud their incredible talent but first and foremost their leadership. These young ladies empower me to be better, more supportive and encouraging to the people in my life. Canada would be lucky to have them as it’s Junior Roller Derby representatives. xo
Our heartfelt congratulations to Coach Cherry oto Fire (Leanne Johnson) on being selected to play with her new team Indianapolis’s Naptown Roller Girls, heading to the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association Division 1 playoffs in Charleston, W.Va., from Oct. 3 to 5, with a chance to advance to the WFTDA championships in Nashville, Tenn., at the end of October.
Read the full story in the St. Albert Leader HERE
Estro-Jen is resting up for her trip to Canada next weekend for our fourth Annual Boot Camp and we are super excited to have her. For those of you who are registered you can look forward to a really good time.
If you are new to derby and looking for a way to get involved we will be resuming practices for our fall session in mid September and we would love for you to roll with us. Keep an eye for info here or send us a message on our contact page and we will email you with registration details. While you patiently wait to lace up with GEJRDA you can visit the ladies at Bad Girlfriend Skates and they can help you with all of your roller derby needs including full new skater packages.
Don’t wait, there couldn’t be a better time to be involved in the fastest growing sport on eight wheels!!
Enjoy the rest of your summer.
Love GEJRDA xo
We ROCK therefore we ROLL