Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What if I want to join but don’t want to be a player?
We always need non skating officials (NSO) and referees.
Referees need to skate but don't have to play.
NSOs help us with home games by timing, working the penalty box, or helping with scoring.
Q: What is the deal with the derby names?
Most derby players skate under a derby name that is created by the skater or their team.
They are usually puns, denote toughness or another aspect of player's personality.
Q: What body type is best for playing derby?
One of the greatest things about roller derby is that there is no ideal body type to play.
All different sizes, heights and weights have different strengths and utilities on the track.
Bigger girls can hit harder as blockers and bust up the walls as jammers. Short girls can get low and avoid the blockers. Tall girls… well have you seen Scald Eagle play?
Q: Is roller derby dangerous?
It’s a contact sport so injuries are possible.
The most common are ankle and knee injuries.
Concussions happen, but are rare.
Safety is the number one concern and there are rules in place to keep skaters safe. We also take concussions very seriously and remove skaters from play if a concussion is suspected.
Q: What equipment do I need to play?
Helmet, elbow pads, knee pads, wrist guards, mouth guard, and quad skates.
You can get a good visualization of a fully geared derby player here.
Q: Where can I get my gear?
You can find some of the protective gear at the local Alamogordo sporting goods stores.
For the skates and more specialized derby protective gear you will have to look at the online derby stores.
You can view some sites that offer Fresh Meat packages here.
Q: How much are dues?
$20 dollars a month for bouting skaters.
$10 dollars a month for referees and Fresh Meat skaters.
New members will start paying dues on the next calendar month after they join. These dues help pay for team expenses. Gear, travel and setting up home bouts are just a few examples.
Q: Are you a Nonprofit organization?
Yes we are. We achieved our Nonprofit status in June, 2017.
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, package information and forms can be found here.