Junior Roller Derby

Ottawa Junior Roller Derby (OJRD) is a non-profit league aimed at providing kids and teens with a fun and safe environment to play flat-track roller derby. We are so excited to be back and running a Fall 2022 – Spring 2023 session!

Who can join?
Children and teens aged 9-17 who want to learn how to play roller derby. Players will be grouped by skill and age. No skating experience necessary.

Safety is a top priority!

Our OJRD coaches start by covering basic skating skills; form, stops, starts, and safe falls. Skaters then start learning to skate in partnerships and packs and eventually work their way up to light contact (positional blocking, lean-outs, hitting form). At the end of the session all skaters will participate in a non-contact scrimmage. Skaters will be grouped by skill level and then age, where appropriate. The Junior Roller Derby Skills Assessment will be used as a guideline of progress.

Children and teens play a modified and low-contact version of modern flat-track roller derby. This is a safe version of the gameplay using the regulations established by the the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) and the Junior Roller Derby Association (JRDA).
WFTDA Ruleset: http://wftda.com/rules
JRDA Ruleset: http://www.juniorrollerderby.org/rules.html

What equipment is needed?
All participants are required to wear all of the following protective gear:

  • Helmet (skateboarding helmets are permitted, hockey helmets are preferred, bike helmets are not suitable or permitted)
  • Wrist guards
  • Elbow pads
  • Kneepads
  • Mouth guard
  • Quad (4 wheel) roller skates

As a league, OJRD will work  towards membership with the Junior Roller Derby Association http://www.juniorrollerderby.org/index.html

OJRD’s goal is to nurture bold self-confidence in children and teens by helping them to develop teamwork and athletics. We hope to empower young adults through roller derby and develop a version of the sport suitable for all ages.

For more information and for media inquires please contact us at: juniors@ottawavalleyrollerderby.com

There is an OJRD Facebook page for fans: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ottawa-Junior-Roller-Derby/651882041503723

Just contact us with your questions via e-mail:  juniors@ottawavalleyrollerderby.com

OJRD in the News:

Live on CTV Morning
– June 16th, 2014:  http://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=382355

On CBC Ottawa
– April 13th, 2014: http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Canada/Ottawa/ID/2448868337/

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