(Photo: Sean Hale)
Gotham Girls Roller Derby is NYC’s only all-female, do-it-yourself roller derby league. The league is comprised of teams of strong, diverse, and independent women who compete locally and internationally, while Gotham Girls Junior Derby encourages girls under 18 to follow their lead. As a 501c3 non-profit organization, GGRD is committed to promoting the physical and mental strength and independent spirit of amateur female athletes.
(Never seen roller derby? Here are some basics.)
For girls under 18 and women (and men) new to roller derby, GGRD has several recurring classes and teams. Tryouts are also held once a year for GGRD’s (adult) home teams, which battle each other in NYC during the spring and summer.
Junior Roller Derby Classes (age 6-17): Learn this fierce, fun team sport and the skating skills needed to succeed. Through our training, Gotham Girls Junior Derby aims to empower skaters by bringing together girls and young women from diverse communities and helping develop their self-confidence, leadership skills, healthy decision-making, athleticism and overall fitness. (Next session starts April 1)
Basics & Beginners: Learn to skate from the Gotham Girls Roller Derby coaches! If you are a female between the ages of 6 and 17 years and want to learn to skate and play roller derby, this is the class for you!
Junior Roller Derby Teams:
- Apple Seeds (age 6-8)
- Apple Blossoms (age 9-11)
- Big Apples (age 12-17)
Spring Break Camp:
Ages 6-17: April 10 – 14, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. daily. More info to come. Buy tickets.
Ages 6-10: August 7 – 11, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. daily. More info to come. Buy tickets.
Ages 11-17: August 14-17, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. daily. More info to come. Buy tickets.
Adult Basic Training Classes (18+): Gotham Girls Basic Training is the place for anyone interested in learning the sport of roller derby, trying out for a derby league, interested in being a referee, or just working on your skating and skills for overall fitness and fun. All levels are welcome! (Next session starts April 1)
Level 1 (women and men welcome): New to roller skating or roller derby? No previous skating skills are required. Level 1 will teach you the fundamentals of skating to ensure that it is safe for you to start making contact. Practices will cover basic skating skills, land drills for general fitness, and introductory roller derby skills.
Level 2 (women and men welcome): Basic Training Level 2 is for women and men whose basic skating skills — form, crossovers, stops, starts, and safe falls — are already strong and who are ready to add some contact.
Level 3 (women only): Ready to play some roller derby? Scrimmage in Level 3! Basic Training Level 3 focuses on improving your skills in game scenarios.