When are tryouts?
Tryouts for the 2016 Lowcountry Highrollers Roller Derby Season will be held on Sunday, November 15th: 8am to 11am at Music in Motion.
Registration for tryouts is $25 per person.
Do I have to be a seasoned skater to try out?
Not necessarily. Being a member of the Lowcountry Highrollers is a lot more than just being a good skater. Yes, we will primarily be looking for skating skills, but we also look at your athletic potential.
How old do I have to be in order to be a member of the Lowcountry Highrollers?
Skaters must identify as female, and be 18 years of age or older to be selected for the Lowcountry Highrollers and placed on one of our teams (i.e. We accept all women 18+, including transgender and intersex). If you are under the age of 18, you can contact our local junior roller derby team, the Holy City Chaos.
How can I get ready for tryouts?
Participate in our Hurt Shops! These will be held on November 1st and November 8th at Music in Motion, from 8am-10am, and the cost is just $10 per day.
Save some money and attend both Hurtshops & Tryouts for the price of $35!
For more information, we will also have a Meet & Greet session at DIG In the Park in the Park Circle area on OCTOBER 17th from 5-8pm. Here you will have the chance to come and meet skaters and coaches who will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you might have!
Get to know us! Come see our bouts. Get to know the rules. Volunteer to find out the ins and outs of our league.
It’s also very important to know that roller derby is a legit sport that takes lots of endurance. Working on cardio and strengthening your quads, glutes and core muscles will help you to be ready for tryouts.
Additionally, coming out and joining our weekly Meat Locker sessions can also help prepare you for tryouts. Check out our Meat Locker Facebook page here for more info.
What do I need to be able to do at tryouts?
No worries, we will teach you everything you need to know at the Hurt Shops! Some of the things we will be evaluating in tryouts are:
-Forward skating using crossovers
-Power stride (getting the most out of each push)
-Skating low, i.e. derby stance
-Ability to fall in a safe and controlled manner
Number of laps in five minutes
-Positive attitude (a must!)
-Basic knowledge of the sport
-Ability to listen and apply new knowledge
-Ability to pick up new skills quickly
-Time commitment and availability
What equipment will I need for tryouts and/or the Meat Locker (Recreational League)?
Every skater is required to wear a helmet, wrist guards, elbow pads, knee pads, a mouth guard and quad roller skates. Quad roller skate rentals will be available at Music in Motion for each day!
Will I be put on a team if I’m selected at tryouts?
Skaters who are selected to join the Lowcountry Highrollers will begin a training period that will culminate with two skills tests and a written rules test. You will be known as “fresh meat” during this time period. Once training is completed (and you’ve passed all the tests) you’ll then be considered eligible to be drafted to a team.
How much of a commitment is required to be a Lowcountry Highroller?
As an active skater, you will be expected to attend league and team practices. The minimum requirement in order to remain an active skater is 60% attendance of the available practices.
In addition to making practice attendance, everyone is required to work at bouts and other official events. We are a skater run organization, so we also require you to actively participate in two committees and attend meetings to remain an active member. Additionally, skaters are required to pay monthly dues that help to pay for the League’s operational costs.
Despite the time commitment, any skater will tell you that it is completely worth it. And you instantly have over 30 sisters in the Charleston Area, and many more in the 1800+ leagues around the world!
Where are practices held?
League and team practices are mainly being held at our current bouting venue, the ISOL facility in North Charleston, on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays.
But what if being a skater isn’t the best fit for you right now?
There are plenty of ways to be a part of the action! You can volunteer to work at a bout, join our awesome Meat Locker, and/or become a member of our Ref Corps.
Are there a lot of injuries?
Being a full contact sport, injuries do happen, but we work to prevent them with training that includes injury-preventative exercises. As mentioned above, full protective gear is required for all skaters.
If I have more questions, who do I ask?
Please feel free to email our Training Committee. We hope to see you on the track!