First day of bootcamp

February 10, 2020



Did you know that roller derby is for EVERYONE? There is no experience required!

You’re off to a great start by joining Cal Skate Roller Derby’s 12-week Bootcamp/New Skater Intake (NSI) program. Over the next few months you’ll learn everything you need to know about getting started in roller derby. You’ll be led by the NSI Coordinators, Head Coach No Fox Given and Twisted Tink, as well as other members from the Cal Skate team. There are loads of players within the club that excel at the skills you’ll be learning – so take every opportunity you can to watch and learn from the rest of the team.

At the end of the NSI program, you’ll have a final assessment of the minimum skills. If you pass this assessment you will be able to participate in gameplay. Don’t worry or get anxious, you’ll have plenty of time to practice and there’s no pressure to pass immediately. We support each of our skaters, and the learning pace for individuals varies greatly.


$40 – Due no later than the 2nd week of the program (Feb 23rd) unless prior arrangement has been made with the CSRD Treasurer, Bad News Betty. 

  1. You must be at least 18 years old. Not 18? Check out the local junior roller derby league in SLO.
  2. You must wear the following protective gear: (1) helmet, (2) knee pads, (3) wristguard, (4) elbow pads, and (5) a mouthguard.
  3. You must wear quad roller skates. Inline skates are not permitted and can only be worn by referees.

NSI training will take place at two different venues:

  • Sundays, 1 pm – 3 pm: Vandenberg AFB Hockey Rink (Help with base access will be available)
  • Mondays, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm: Santa Maria Fairpark/TBA

Sunday sessions will be the primary instruction session for Fresh Meat. Monday sessions will be held during the Main Team Training and instruction will be light. (This session is meant to give you additional time to practice what you learned in the Sunday session. Help will be available, but not the extensive 1 on 1 attention you receive on Sundays).

This schedule covers all WFTDA minimum skills. You will need to pass them all before you will be allowed to participate in gameplay.


Meet&Greet- Feb 10th
Meet the Team, Paperwork, Introduction

Week 1- Feb 23rd
Introduction, Gear, Falling Small, Lemons

Week 2- March 1st
Derby Stance, Knee taps, Slides, Stops (T-Stop, Plow)

Week 3- March 8th
Form, Acceleration, Crossovers, Balance, Review

Week 4- March 15th
Grapevines, Stepping (all),1 Foot Glide, Backwards skating

Week 5- March 22nd
Shuffle step, Quick step, Laterals, Review Level 1 Skills


Week 6- March 29th
Starts (Toe stops, Duck walk), 27/5, Transitions, Weaving, Basic Rules

Week 7- April 5th
No Practice – C-Squad Tournament, Observation encouraged

Week 8- April 12th
Hops/Jumps, Pack Skating, 360 Transitions, Leaning/Positional Blocking

Week 9- April 19th
Pushes, Giving/Receiving Hits, Whips

Week 10- April 26th
Pack work (awareness, skate lock, falling small, unexpected obstacles)

Week 11- May 3rd
Review All Skills, Rules

Week 12- May 10th

Week 13- May 17th

*This schedule may be subject to change

After the 12 week program has ended there will be options for you to choose based on coaching assessments and your own personal evaluation:

  • Join the team as a fully mins passed skater (100% passed)
  • Join the team as a nearly mins passed skater (80% > passed)
  • Join the team and participate in the next 12 week intake (79% < passed)
  • Join the team and participate in our Flamingo/Zebra Training (For Non-Skating and Skating Officials)

Roller derby is a full contact sport. During level 1, there is no contact with other players, but as we move into level 2 it’s important to be safe. In order be on the track at any training session you will need to wear the following kit:

  1. Mouth guard
  2. Helmet
  3. Knee pads
  4. Elbow pads
  5. Wrist guards

All this gear is available to purchase at Derby Warehouse, a local store in San Luis Obispo. You can purchase this gear online, however we always recommend you visit the store and talk gear with the professionals. Cal Skate Roller Derby has some gear available for lone temporarily. However, keep in mind that we have a limited availability. 

  • Make the most of your practice time! Arrive early to get geared up and be ready to start on time.
  • Wear comfortable and non-restrictive workout clothes (not jeans) and always bring (or wear) a white AND a black top at training to make it easier for team drills.
  • Roller derby is a contact sport – be prepared to touch and be touched by other players.
  • Bring plenty of water!!!
  • If you’re going to be late or miss training – contact Fox or Tink as soon as you know.
  • Come ready to learn and develop new skills. If you’re ever struggling with a skill please speak to Fox, Tink, or any of the veteran skaters for advice/help. We are here for you!
  • HAVE FUN!!!!