Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Try Outs

Every year in the Fall, for one night only, a huge group of women, brand new skates and gear in hand, nervously line up at the entrance of United Skates.  While they fidget and anxiously wait to be checked in, they secretly scope out their competition.  Some are sweating with anticipation, others are calm and in control.  There are beginners and a few with some experience under their belts.  They are all sizes, shapes, races and ages.  They have different educations and different backgrounds, but they all have one thing in common; They all want to play roller derby.  This great night in October is better known as The Long Island Roller Rebel Try Outs!

Recruitment night is one of the most exciting and important nights for our league.  As coaches, we take it all in.  Watching strides and skills of our newcomers to determine if they have what it takes to be a part of the team.  It's our job to pick and choose who will be a strong player in order to improve the performance of our league as skaters, as teammates and as a family.

I personally love this time.  It's inspiring to see where our new girls start off and if they make it, where practice eventually takes them.  Teaching the girls and watching them progress to bout level skaters is such a rewarding experience.  That being said, I can't wait to meet all of you new skaters!

Interested in trying out?  Here's what you need:

- Experience is not required, but a good attitude and willingness to learn is. 
- A registration fee of $50
- You must be 21 or older
- A photo ID
- Quad roller skates (if you don't have your own they are available for rental)
- All of the proper safety gear;  Helmet, elbow pads, knee pads, wrist guards and mouth guard

For more information, see the flyer below.  Good luck and see you there!

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