New Skater Camp

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Seattle Derby Brats’ 2019 New Skater Camp Registration Open

We are excited to announce that registration for the Seattle Derby Brats’ New Skater Camp is now open for Summer 2019!
 
Click Here to Register Now: 2019 New Skater Camp Registration
 

Skaters with a complete application and paid fees are accepted to New Skater Camp on a first come, first served basis. We do recommend everyone complete the online registration as soon as possible, as there are limited slots and a high level of girls experiencing interest in junior roller derby and New Skater Camp. Last year both of our camps sold out - and our Tootsy Roller camp sold out in less than two weeks!

Sessions:

Tootsy Rollers Camp Session

  • Girls 8 - 11 years old. Skaters must turn 8 by August 31st.
  • Sundays, 1 - 4 pm
  • July 14th, July 21st, August 4th, August 11th
Junior Mints Camp Session
  • Girls 12 - 17 years old. Skaters entering 7th grade through high school.
  • Sundays, 4 - 7 pm
  • July 14th, July 21st, August 4th, August 11th

Location:

Camp will be held in the gym at Hiawatha Community Center* located at 2700 California Ave SW in West Seattle.

*As you may have heard, the current Rat’s Nest (our practice facility) has been sold and will be turned into condos in June. Boo! But, don’t worry - derby folks are nothing if not tenacious, and we already have interim and long-term solutions lined up! But it is possible that the location of camp may change as we continue our search.

Price:

The total cost of camp is $300. You can pay for camp either online with PayPal or by check.

If the fees are a hardship, we offer financial aid for qualifying applicants. Please contact our Vice President at vp@SeattleDerbyBrats.com to receive the financial aid form. Applications are due by Sunday, June 9th and financial aid decisions will be made on Sunday, June 16th.

Registration:

We use an online registration system. You can register here:https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/198694

We strongly recommend that you print and keep the New Skater Camp Handbook, which is available during the registration process. It lists our expectations, required equipment, and the camp location. The Handbook is also considered required equipment.

If you would like to be notified when registration opens for 2020 and/or other opportunities to join SDB, please join our mailing list.

Required Equipment:

  • Quad skates (4 wheels - no inline skates)
  • Protective gear:
    • Wrist guards
    • Elbow pads
    • Knee pads
    • Helmet
    • Mouth guard (sport standard)
  • Reusable water bottle
  • One black shirt and one white shirt
  • SDB New Skater Camp Handbook must be in gear bag at all practices
  • Please note: hip pads are not required, but recommended

For more information about gear, see the Seattle Derby Brats Resources page.

Where to find skates and gear:

We highly recommend the Roller Derby Skate Shop (23830 Hwy 99 #116B, Edmonds) near Lynnwood Bowl & Skate - they are a wonderful resource for gear, and many of our current and former skaters work there!

There are also a few Facebook groups where you can sometimes find used gear (though these are most helpful if you know what sizes and/or brands you need and junior sizes are sometimes hard to come by, they are definitely worth knowing about): Junior Roller Derby - Parent ExchangePNW Used Derby Gear; and Roller Derby Recyclables. A few of the second-hand sporting good stores, notably Second Gear Sports, occasionally carry used or consigned derby gear. And you can also score great deals on Craigslist, too!

However, if online purchasing works best for you, we strongly encourage you to support derby-owned websites, including: Devaskation and Wicked Skatewear.

A quick note about skates:

We do suggest, if possible, avoiding the pink (sometimes purple) and white “Roller Derby” skates available at stores like Kohl’s, Walmart, Sports Authority, Sears, etc; though these skates are inexpensive, they are very stiff, unwieldy, and make it difficult and frustrating for the girls to learn how to skate. Using the resources noted above and finding a good pair of skates, whether used or new, will go a long way in making sure your skater has a fun and rewarding experience at New Skater Camp.

Upon registration, a more detailed letter will be emailed to you, outlining the details about camp and what your skater will need for camp.

League Tryouts and Regular Season:

Completion of New Skater Camp is required to tryout for the Seattle Derby Brats, but trying out for the league is by no means necessary for attending New Skater Camp. Our goal at New Skater Camp is to help new skaters learn basic skating skills and have fun in the process.

If your daughter does want to pursue roller derby, we will be holding tryouts on Sunday, August 18th. Please be aware that if you miss more than one day of camp, you won't be able to try out (we require that you attend at least 3 of the 4 sessions), unless you’ve made other arrangements with the coach. More information about tryouts will be available during camp.

  • Please understand that attending summer camp DOES NOT guarantee placement on the league. Though we try to accept as many new skaters as our facilities and staff can handle, tryouts are highly competitive.

If your skater makes the league, she will be assigned to one of the following divisions with the following practice schedules:

  • Tootsy Rollers, ages 8-11 years old. The youngest skaters in the league play the sport in a positional-only (not full-contact) version. Tootsys practice once a week on Friday evenings.*
  • Division 1, ages 12-18 years old. Skaters play positional-only (not full-contact) and learn the foundations of roller derby strategy. We have two Division 1 teams. Div 1 practices as a division once a week on Friday evenings, and as teams on alternating weeks on Sunday evenings. At the start of the season all girls attend all practices.*
  • Division 2, ages 12-18 years old. Higher skilled and more experienced skaters, playing at a full-contact level. We have two Division 2 teams. Div 2  practices twice a week on Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons.*

*Please note, practice times may change for the new season.

Questions?

Please contact NewSkaterCamp@SeattleDerbyBrats.com if you have questions, or encounter any problems. Or follow us on Facebook for more derby-related news!

We hope you will become part of the Future of Derby!

 

We are an entirely volunteer-run organization that relies on community support to reach our fundraising goals. Our current fundraising activities include public bouts, 50/50 raffles, a skate-a-thon, for which skaters request individual per lap or flat support, and bake sales for our travel team, the Galaxy Girls. The Seattle Derby Brats is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization that empowers girls to be strong, healthy and confident. We do this through a supportive, inclusive community teaching junior roller derby

Why we need your support

Seattle Derby Brats is looking for a new home. Our current practice space is being torn down and we are raising money to purchase a new facility. We want to have a permanent home for our league so we can serve our diverse community of skaters for years to come. Please consider making a donation today!

Where your donation goes; Your donation goes toward the purchase of a new facility or toward our operating expenses for the 2019-2020 Season.

What are our operating expenses? Operating expenses include renting track time for practices and bouts, medics from Seattle Children’s Hospital during full contact practices and all bouts, and scholarships for skaters. Seattle Derby Brats provides 10% of it’s skaters with full scholarships every year. We currently serve over 170 skaters age 8-18 in the greater Seattle area.

Do you know about an available clear span warehouse space (min 95'x118') in the metropolitan Seattle area?  Send info @ SeattleDerbyBrats.com 

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