The what?

The Roller Derby Directory.
​A place we hope will help you survive your roller derby journey, if you're just starting out or if you're completely new to the sport and are interested in getting involved.

What is the Derby Directory for?
The creators wanted to bring together all the stuff that confuses you in roller derby and put it in an easy place to find.

If there's anything you would like to see on the directory, just email us!
The derby directory is meant to be a hub for people who are new to the sport, to help you find your way along your roller derby journey. Most of the important stuff will be sorted by your league, but if you need some extra advice, we'll do our best to help!

The Derby Directory is based in the UK and currently only covers UK leagues.

Check us out on Facebook

We regularly post updates to our website on Facebook, and we plan on having a youtube series in the near future. Watch this space!

History of roller derby

You've heard a little bit about roller derby, maybe you've been to see a game with a friend or you've just joined a league, and maybe you want to find out a little bit about where it came from. We're not one for re-writing the history books, so here's a selection of links to websites that tell you all you need to know about the incredible history of our sport.

Or, if you just want to look at some really cool vintage photos of roller derby (we've wasted hours on this), check out this link:

Vintage Photo Album


National Museum of Roller Skating

Roller Derby Hall of Fame

History of the WFTDA

The roller derby hall of fame website, which has a really cool timeline of roller derby history. Find out how roller derby evolved into the modern sport it is today.
If you're heading to Lincoln, Nebraska any time soon you can visit the museum yourself! But if you don't have travel plans yet, the website has some really cool stuff on it.
This links you to the WFTDA website where you can read up a little bit about the history of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association.

Gameplay & Rules

Whether you're completely new to roller derby or you know a little bit about it, the gameplay can be as confusing as it is awesome.

Getting involved in roller derby is one of the best things I've ever done. The amazing community alone is enough to make you want to keep going. That being said, it's tough, it's not always straightforward, it's a nightmare to learn the rules (they change slightly every few years!) and sometimes it can even break your heart. It's still one of the best things I've ever done and I'd highly recommend it to anyone.

I'm going to assume you've already thought about it and you want to give it a try (you're ace!), so pep talk aside, get online and Google how to play the game. You will find a tonne of short videos explaining the basics. Your league will no doubt explain the basics to you throughout your initial training course with them anyway, but if you want some top tips on how to learn the rules quick, try these...

Top tips

Watch games

Ask Questions

Try the rules test

Go and watch as many games as you can. The first few will be really confusing if you don't know much about the sport, but we promise, the more you watch, the more normal it will become!
Ask as many questions as you can think of! Ask your coaches, ask your fellow freshies (they will probably be thinking the same thing), as people at games, ask Google. Just ask!
The WFTDA have a rules test online which you can take as many times as you want to. Your league will no doubt do the rules test with you during assessments, but there's nothing stopping you taking the rules test at home and learning from your answers.

Take notes

Use the groups

Learn to NSO

Take notes of anything from your training sessions if you can, and also take a note pad to games you watch to note down anything you notice. It might be something you're confused about or want to look deeper into, so take notes and ask your coaches to clarify or explain in more detail.
On the " Rookie Corner " page of this site, you'll find a list of really useful Facebook groups you can join. The Roller Derby Compendium for Freshies Worldwide is a great group to be active in, it's full of people in the same situation as you and also experienced skaters, refs, NSOs and coaches. Use their knowledge!
Your league might let you learn to NSO while you're learning to skate (some leagues make it a requirement). This is a great way to not only learn new skills, but also learn more about how the game is played and what everyone's roles are within derby.

Contact us

We want to make this a really great resource for roller derby newbies. If you think there's anything we should add to the site, or if you'd like to be featured on our coaching/bootcamps page, send us a message!