Frequently Asked Questions

When can I start?

Check our upcoming News, Schedule or Contact now and follow us on Facebook to find out when our next Skating with the Dames event is.

I’ve never skated before, am I still able to join?

Yes, as long as you’re at least 18-years-of-age and determined to learn how to skate and willing to work hard at improving your skills you may join! If you aren’t 18, join our Juniors Team, the Dread Ponies. You can head to your local skating rink and rent skates during an open skate session to get a feel for skating. If your local skating rink is Water City, our skaters sometimes attend the open skate sessions. So if you see a skater with pads on, chances are she’s a Dame. Feel free to ask her about the league and what skills you can work on.

What if I’m a transfer?

We accept transfer skaters! Email so that we can put you in contact with our Training Committee and get you out there skating with us as soon as possible.

Do I need to know how to skate?

Nope! Our Fresh Meat coaches can teach you all of the basics. Yes, that includes both standing up and stopping.

What if I don’t want to skate?

Want to be involved, but not sure if you can strap on skates? No problem! We still need NSOs and volunteers and would love to have you!

What’s the schedule like?

When you are in our Fresh Meat program, we will have two 2-hour practices during the week and one 3-hour scrimmage on Sunday nights.

How much does it cost and what about insurance?

An entry-level skate package generally costs around $200-$300. Our league dues for skaters are $50/month.If you join as a skater or ref, you do need your own insurance. As we are a WFTDA League, you will also need to buy WFTDA insurance once yearly (around $100).

What can I do between now and when I can start starts?

You can start getting involved by volunteering at bouts, or act as a non-skating official at our scrimmages! Contact Recruiting for more information.

To get a head start on the skating skills, head to your nearest skating rink (this will probably be Water City in Marina) and start skating at their open skates with rental skates! Or, get your own equipment (skates/pads/etc.) now! See the question about equipment below.

We also do off-skate workouts at all of our practices. Jump roping, doing push ups, planks, squats, etc. can give you a head start on strengthening muscles you use while skating!

Be sure to also fill out the New Member Application form (see How To Apply below).

Can men join?

Although you must be female to be a competing skater for the Monterey Bay Derby Dames, men are welcome (and encouraged!) to join as skating referees, non-skating officials, coaches, and volunteers.

What’s the financial and time commitment like?

As a skater, along with monthly dues, you are also required to purchase your own equipment (skates, safety gear, etc.). You are also expected to attend 2-3 nights of practice a week, dedicate 4 hours of “behind the scenes” league work a month, and attend bouts and events.

How do I apply?

There are four ways to get the process started.  Any one of the following will work:

 What equipment will I need to play roller derby?

You are required to wear quad skates, a helmet, elbow pads, knee pads, wrist guards, and a mouth guard. See the attached equipment information file below! You are also required to purchase your own equipment. We do have some loaner equipment, please contact for more information.

Skates can be purchased online, here are a few websites:
Or in store. If you have the time and are ready to make the financial commitment, we recommend visiting one of the local skate shops below. Both are super helpful in purchasing gear for roller derby.
Further reading on buying skates

Knee pads

Some stores carry knee pads, elbow pads and wrist guards in “multi packs”. The elbow pads and wrist guards in these multi packs are sufficient for roller derby, but if you have pre-existing knee problems, you may want to invest in better knee pads.

Do you have open skate sessions?

No, but Water City Sport Center in Marina has open skate sessions most weekends. And they have both quad and inline skates available for rent. More info can be found on their website.