If you are interested in joining the OCCRD family, sign up on the form at the bottom of this page, and we can get you more information.
We generally hold recruitment twice a year for new skaters to tryout for the team. If you are interested in joining the league, getting as much of your own experience on skates as possible is highly recommended.
There are different ways to get involved with the league, with varying levels of commitment.
Skater: League skaters must be female, 18 or older and have personal health insurance. Requirements include attending twice weekly practices, paying $35/mo dues, and taking on tasks involved with running the league. It is a contact sport so skaters must wear quad roller skates, a helmet, mouth guard, elbow pads, knee pads and wrist guards. After becoming a member, supplemental WFTDA insurance must be purchased at $70 for the whole year.
Staff: If you aren’t interested in skating but love the sport, try getting involved as a coach. We would love to have more non-skating coaches who can help run drills, strategy or training at practice. We also utilize bench coaches who run line ups and coach day of games. Both these positions require attendance to twice weekly practices.
Referee: If you are looking for a low-contact way to get involved, reffing can be a great alternative. Refs can be male or female, and they are tasked with enforcing the rules of Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby. They are required to wear the same gear as skaters, but inline skates are acceptable. Although they do not pay dues, they must also attended weekly practices, be 18 or older and carry health insurance, as well as the supplemental WFTDA insurance ($70/year).
Non-Skating Official: If strapping on skates isn’t your thing, you can still get in the middle of the action by becoming an NSO. These volunteers are important additional officials to our games and scrimmages, and help track stats and paperwork. They also must know the rules, but it is less of a time commitment to the league. Check out a past article we had posted that explained at length the duties of an NSO.
General Volunteers: Come bout day, we need plenty of hands to help the evening run smoothly. Jobs could be anything from working the door, to selling merch, to setting up chairs. This has very little commitment besides showing up day of and helping out! It also gets you in to the bout for free!
Skaters must wait until tryouts to join the team, but all other positions can join at any time! If you are interested or have any questions, please email info@OCCRG.com! Information on future tryouts will be posted as available.
All year we do accept skaters from other leagues. They must currently be with a league, and have skated for them for at least a year. They must pass the WFTDA minimum skills and rules tests and we also require two letters of recommendation from a former coach or board member. If you would like to join, or have more questions fill out the form below or e-mail us at info@OCCRG.com.
Get time in on skates on your own at the Robert A. Lee Rec Center in down town Iowa City. Free skate runs from 6-9 pm every Saturday (unless otherwise posted) and they have roller skates you can rent for free. Grant Wood Elementary also holds free skate on Friday nights from 6-8pm. There is also a rink in Cedar Rapids that has skates for rental. Check out their Facebook group for hours and prices. There are plenty of flat, clear trails in the Iowa City and Coralville area for outdoor skating as well!
To join the team you must wear quad roller skates (referees may wear inlines), a crash helmet, elbow pads, wrist guards, knee pads and a mouth guard. Most gear can be purchased locally or online. Scheels carries inexpensive versions of all those things, but there are many online stores to purchase gear, or that offer “fresh meat” packages with everything you need. A few options are Fast Girl Skates, Sin City Skates (their Rookie Package), or Wicked Skatewear (their Skate Package).