It may be the off-season for the house teams, but seriously exciting things are afoot with the Terminal City Rollergirls. We’re hosting B.C.’s first International WFTDA Division 1 Playoffs September 16-18 at the Richmond Olympic Oval. Some of the world’s top teams from Canada, USA, Australia, and Sweden will be playing on our home turf. Make sure you grab tickets in advance!
But that’s not all. Drumroll please…
We’re proud to announce the launch of our brand new roller derby training program: The TCRG Mix Tapes!
The Mix Tapes program is everything roller derby should be: an inclusive environment for all skill levels to learn to skate, learn the basics of roller derby, and train to be drafted to teams.
Never skated before? We can teach you how to stop, fall safely, and learn a strong skating stride. Comfortable on skates thanks to a background in hockey or figure skating? You can quickly advance to and train with others in a group at your level. Not a lot of spare time, but hoping to skate when you can and enjoy the vibrant Vancouver roller derby community? We welcome you to participate as a drop-in.
We’ve worked hard to develop an all-new tiered program that removes barriers preventing our league from reaching its potential, such as time restrictions and cost. The Mix Tapes structure helps participants find a way to have roller derby fit into their lives – not the other way around. We will also be providing a limited supply of used gear for those looking to try skating, without the commitment of an expensive skates-and-gear package.
For the past 10 years, TCRG has held tryouts once per year in September, with an intense Fresh Meat boot camp that often resulted in attrition due to a time-consuming schedule with attendance minimums, to expensive dues to maintain the practice schedule and training resources, and to losing great people who weren’t advancing rapidly enough for rigid testing dates.
This made Vancouver roller derby exclusive rather than inclusive. We’re so happy to have found a way to change that!
We want you to skate with us. We want you to be able to learn at your own pace, and to work with you to help you find just the right place in our league. Come meet some of our members at our Meet & Greet information session on September 12th, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about the Mix Tapes.
We can’t wait to meet you!