Do you love derby? Want to get involved? No matter what your availability, we are always looking for new people to join us. Whether you want to skate, volunteer, or join our entertainment staff, we look forward to hearing from you!

We have made some changes to our recruitment process! No more waiting for months until you can attend a tryout. Nope. No more. If you’re ready to try out roller derby, we have New Skater Sessions beginning every 4 months; in May, September, and January!

Becoming a member: Skater Tots (New Skaters)

The skater tots program runs for 12 weeks with a minimum of 22 practices. Practices are two hours apiece and twice a week. Usually they are Tuesdays and Thursdays but it can vary by skater tots program. You must attend a minimum of 16 of the available practices to successfully complete the program.

Practices will include on-skates basic drills to prepare new skaters to pass the WFTDA’s Minimum Skills Requirement as well as off-skates orientation to introduce new skaters to roller derby rules and league business. During the New Skater orientation process, after the new skater has had ample time to review the entire league policy handbook, you will be asked to sign the league policy acknowledgement statement. New Skaters are required to attend at least one league meeting during their New Skater class. You may also volunteer with the league as soon as you begin the program, however you will not be eligible to be a league member until the following requirements are met:

  • You have a medical form and signed acknowledgement form on file.

  • You are current with your league dues.

  • You can verify that you are at least 18 years of age.

  • The WFTDA Minimum Skills Requirement and WFTDA Written Rules Test

  • Fulfill all other requirements for BRRD game roster eligibility


BRRD practices are held at CE Orr Ice Arena (22566 Milton Ave Euclid OH 44123) or various rinks around Cleveland. All brand new skaters are required to attend the three month New Skater program to become a league member. Absences may be excused on a case by case basis. If you are unable to make a practice, and email should be sent to


The cost of the skater tots  program is $120 for all three months, or $40 per month. You may make monthly payments. Payments are due by the 20th of the month for the current month. You may pay by cash, check, or credit card. Make checks payable to Burning River Roller Girls. You may also pay dues using PayPal ( or Venmo (@burningriverrollerderby).

What Happens If You Don’t Pass

Easy! You simply take the program again on the next available cycle!

Sometimes a skater may pass almost everything on the skating skills test but still miss the mark. Depending on how close you are, you may even graduate early out of your next program.

If you complete most of the program including your skills test, but you miss something, like the meeting or don’t make your attendance requirements (16 out of the available 22), you are still eligible to join the team. The consequence of not fully completing the class is one month of probation before you become bout eligible.

If you need to take the program multiple times, it is okay. We have many skaters who attended two or more cycles to be ready.

Other things:

  • Let’s be real… derby can be an expensive sport to begin playing. Coming to an open practice can be a good time to talk to skaters about what kind of gear is worth buying and which is not. Also, the expectation is that all skaters purchase their own equipment, but the league does have a *limited* amount of gear that we can provide as loaners starting out.
  • Roller derby is physically demanding and you want to make sure you’re body is ready for it. Here is a pretty simple program that one of our former skaters (now a Doctor of Physical Therapy) created to help new skaters shape up for derby.
  • Don’t forget to join the private group of Facebook for BRRD Potential Fresh Meat! It’s a good place to get to know other recruits, ask questions, coordinate trips to rinks, swap gear, etc.

Ready to Get Started?

Are you ready to get started? Still have some questions? Please email us at with your contact info and questions. You can also request to join our recruiting email list to receive updates about our recruitment events here: Join the Recruiting Email List (Must be signed into a google account and click “Apply for Memebership”)

Like Hard Hitting Action? Interested in being up close and personal to your favorite derby skater? Then BRRD has a solution! Join our Volunteer Team. Bout day fun can only happen with support of our fans and by becoming a volunteer, you will get extra perks!


Free BRRD t-shirt, Free admission to the game that you volunteer, and Lots of Free derby high-fives!


BRRD is always trying to improve the fan experience and could use your help! BRRD could not happen without our volunteers! Ready to Volunteer? Click here, then click “Apply for Membership” to join the google group mailing list. Alternatively you can contact us via this form with any questions and our volunteer director will be in touch with you soon!


Thank You!!
Do you enjoy singing? Do you have a special talent? Do you like to perform?


BRRD needs you! We are looking for National Anthem singers, Halftime performers, and your special talents!


Contact us here to sign up!