FAQs

Undead Roller Derby Mission Statement & General Info

What is Roller Derby? How is it played?

Are scores and winners staged?

What if I’m a big/small skater? What size, age, and gender can play?

Will I get hurt playing derby?

How do I join Undead?

Where can I buy gear?

How much does equipment cost?

What if I can’t skate?

What if I don’t want to/am unable to skate?

What if I want to skate, but not play roller derby?

Where and when does Undead Roller Derby practice?

Are there membership dues?

How does Undead Roller Derby support itself?

Do I need insurance?

How do I get a skater name?

What is the time commitment to play derby?

Do you allow drop-ins?

Can I come and watch?



Undead Bettys Mission Statement & General Info

Undead Roller Derby was established to provide a fun sport to promote empowerment and fitness for our members. We are a flat-track roller derby league who focuses on providing entertainment to our fans, fitness and fun for our skaters, and to promote an open, comfortable environment for all of our league members. Undead is a grassroots, DIY, skater owned and operated team with a commitment to promoting fitness and health in our community.

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What is Roller Derby? How is it played?

Roller derby is an intense, fast-paced, full contact aggressive sport that is not for the faint of heart but is dedicated to the empowerment and fitness of its players.

Want to know more? We suggest you start with the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association’s Roller Derby 101.

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Are scores and winners staged?

NO! Everything you see happening at a bout is real! Fights are against the rules and lead to skaters sitting in the penalty box, but all of those legal hits? Totally real, and we have the bruises to prove it. The roller derby community is tight-knit and many competing teams are our close friends, but we definitely get serious when we hit the track!

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What if I’m a big/small skater? What size, age, and gender can play?

All people age 18 and up can play, regardless of size and gender. We have skaters ranging for 18 to 50; so no, you are not too old!

As for size, roller derby has a place for all body types. A larger build is harder to push around, while a smaller build may be faster. Any body build can play any position, and Undead has experienced players of all shapes and sizes who would be happy to give you advice.

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Will I get hurt playing derby?

Anything is possible in life. Roller derby is an intense, fast-paced, full contact aggressive sport. However, we will teach you to skate properly, fall properly, and safely take and give a “hit” (i.e. block). We do our best to teach safe skating to ensure the safety of our skaters, but accidents may happen. Practices teach skating skills and endurance to minimize such accidents, and you will not bout (have a “real game”) until you’ve passed a series of minimum skill requirements ensuring you know how to skate safely.

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How do I join Undead?

We have a page of important information on how to join available here. You can also contact join@undeadrd.com.

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Where can I buy gear?

Derby gear is hard to find in our area. When you come to observe a practice, a mentor will help you obtain all the gear you need (quad roller skates, helmet, mouth guard, elbow pads, wrist guards, and knee pads). We highly suggest speaking to our “equipment guru,” Wheelie Hot, before purchasing gear online or at a sporting goods store. Not all gear works for derby! Wheelie works with the pro shop at our home rink, Paradise Skate @ Antioch Fairgrounds:

  •        www.paradiseskate.com
  •         925-779-0200
  •         1201 W 10th Street, Antioch, CA (@ O Street)
  •         Ask for Wheelie Hot!

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How much does equipment cost?

This varies greatly, and we would suggest speaking to our “equipment guru,” Wheelie Hot. If paying for equipment is an issue for you, we may have some “loaner gear” to get you started.


What if I can’t skate? What if I don’t want to/am unable to skate?

If you have yet to learn to skate, fear not! Most of our skaters started with little to no experience. We train up, and you will start with a group of skaters at your level.

If you are uninterested in learning or unable to skate, contact us for information on becoming a Non-Skating Official or volunteer. The Undead family is made up of passionate individuals, skating and non-skating, who care for one another and our league. Come meet your new friends!

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What if I want to skate, but not play roller derby?

Welcome to the wonderful world of reffing! Undead’s officiating crew is called the ZCU (Zombie Control Unit), and we’re always looking for skaters to rock the zebra stripes. Please contact a recruiter at join@undeadrd.com and tell us you’re interested in learning to ref!

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Where and when does Undead Roller Derby practice?

We practice at Paradise Skate Roller Rink, 1201 W 10th Street, Antioch, California.

Practice is currently being held as follows:

Sunday – 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. – All Scrimmage Sunday. This is an adult, all levels practice. New skaters get a feel for actual game play at their own pace during an Infected scrimmage, and bouting level skaters battle it out to work on their skills. This is also a night for our Refs and NSOs to work together in bout-day scenarios. These Sundays are also used to incorporate scrimmages with outside teams when opportunities arise. Scrimmage Sunday is also an opportunity for other leagues to join us for a friendly scrimmage!

Monday – 7-9 p.m. Beginning Level Practice

Infected/Dead practice is the night for skaters not yet at bouting level to work on skills and drills at a gentle pace. Higher level skaters often attend to work on endurance and keep their basic skills strong.

Tuesday – 8-10 p.m. – Intermediate Level Practice

This practice caters to skaters at an intermediate bouting level: all skaters have passed minimum skills up to Dead level. It is also our second ZCU practice, as it focuses on learning the rules of the game, and is the main practice night of our Damned Skaters team.

Wednesday – 7-9 p.m. Advanced Level Practice

This practice is high intensity, faster strategy practice. Advanced level skaters are welcome.

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Are there membership dues?

Yes, all skaters will pay $60 per month for dues. Dues help support the team by paying for rink fees and admin costs. NSOs, refs-in-training and volunteers do not pay monthly dues. No one makes money on the team!

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How does Undead Roller Derby support itself?

All skaters, coaches, refs, and admins are volunteers. Skater dues, sponsorships, merchandise sales, and home bouts pay for all league expenses. We are also a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and accept charitable donations.

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Do I need insurance?

Undead Roller Derby highly recommends medical and dental insurance. Additionally, we require all members to carry insurance offered by WFTDA (Women’s Flat Track Derby Association).  The cost is $70.00 annually.

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How do I get a skater name?

Each skater is able to pick their own skater name and number. Think of this as your “alter ego” — the possibilities are endless.

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What is the time commitment to play derby?

How much time you commit to your derby journey is up to you. We have access to the rink four nights per week, and to improve quickly we find spending as much time in your skates as possible really helps. That being said, most people on Undead have families, full time jobs or school to juggle, and we understand you can only make as many practices as time permits. When you get to bouting level, to be rostered for games you must attend 66% of your practices, which take place twice per week.  

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Do you allow drop-ins?

Yes! We welcome visiting skaters to come and train with us. Please send an email to interleague@undeadrd.com and we will contact you with practice schedule information.  All visiting skaters must sign a waiver before being allowed to participate in a practice and pay a $10.00 fee.  Visiting Referee’s and NSO’s are free.

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Can I come and watch?

Come observe on a Sunday and learn what practice is really like, or come to one of our regular Recruitment Nights! We will have a recruiter present to answer all of your questions.

Practice Observation Days: Sundays 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. @ Paradise Skate Roller Rink in Antioch. Please contact join@undeadrd.com for more info on observation nights.

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