If you would like to tryout to be a skater, referee, or part of our officials crew, join us at Fast Forward Skate Center located at 4649 Verona Road in Madison, WI on the dates and times listed below.
Q&A Info Session: June 5, 4:30 - 6:30 pm (Learn everything about what tryouts will entail this season!)
Skills Demo and Open Skate: June 8, 4:30 - 6:30 pm
Skills Assessment: June 9, 8 am - 12 pm
Please plan on attending all three days. If you have any questions regarding skater tryouts you may contact Splatter Alice at
. If you have questions regarding tryouts for referees or officials please email
Here are some answers to some common questions:
Do I need to know how to skate to try out? If you are trying out to play derby the answer is yes. Our tryouts will be based on WFTDA minimum skills. This criteria does not apply to referee tryouts.
What happens after tryouts? If you make it past tryouts, you’ll be invited to be an MRD Babydoll and attend Babydoll training. Babydoll training will be approximately 12 weeks long and involves comprehensive training on how to skate with good technique and how to play roller derby, led by veteran MRD skaters. There will be a mid-season cut in which training will be discontinued for those who get cut from the Babydoll skater pool. At the end of the training, we will hold a draft where skaters from the Babydoll pool will be considered for membership onto one of the four MRD home teams. Not all Babydolls will be drafted.
Babydolls are expected to pay monthly dues to help cover the cost of rink rental. Please expect to pay $30-$40/month. Babydolls also must pay an annual, one-time fee for WFTDA insurance that runs about $30-$60 (unless you are already insured through participation with another league). Lastly, Babydolls are expected to purchase their own skates, pads, helmets and mouth guards.
How many Babydolls will get drafted? We never know in advance how many Babydolls will be drafted. Each of the four MRD home teams has a roster size limit of 20 skaters, so they can only draft skaters if they have an open spot (if a team member retires). We'll have a rough idea of how many skaters will be drafted closer to the draft date (sometime in September). Different teams are looking for different things when they are drafting. Some of the things might be: does the skater fit in with the team? Will she contribute to the team and the league off the derby track? Does she have the skills we need on our team (or the potential to develop those skills)?
What happens if I get drafted? If you get drafted, you are officially a member of a team and of MRD! You will be expected to meet all of the membership requirements of Mad Rollin Dolls, which include but are not limited to:
• Paying monthly dues of about $30/month to help cover rink rental.
• Participating in at least two Community Outreach and Charity events and two promotional events throughout the year.
• Attending four All-League-Meetings per year.
• Attending practices regularly (currently a minimum of 1.5 practices/week average).
• Participating actively in your home team and in league events.
What happens if I don’t get drafted? If you don’t get drafted, we hope you’ll continue to stay active in our league as a non-skating official or volunteer! We need tons of help running our league. Becoming an active league member is a great way to get involved and learn more about how the league works. It’s also a great way to have fun and meet cool people. We encourage you to stick around and try out again next year!
If you don't want to wait a full year to play roller derby, consider joining the recreational roller derby league, the Mad Wreckin’ Dolls (MWD). MWD is open to women 18+ who are out of high school, and requires a little less time commitment than MRD. MWD is a great way to learn to play derby in a fun, safe, low-key (but still hard-hitting) environment. Please visit the Mad Wreckin' Dolls page under the "teams" menu above for more information.