All women can play roller derby!
The Lowcountry Highrollers Recreational Roller Derby League allows women to play light-contact roller derby without the huge time commitment to practices, bouts, and other league activities.
Who can join the LCHR Recreational League?
Any woman age 18+ who wants to learn the sport of roller derby, get in shape, and join a group of amazing and strong women. Roller derby is an aggressive and strenuous sport, so you want to be in healthy physical condition before attempting practice to avoid injuries. Young ladies ages 10-17 who want to play derby are welcome to join our Junior Derby League. The Lowcountry Highrollers do not currently have a men’s league. Any men who are interested in playing derby are encouraged to check out the Carolina Wreckingballs Men’s Derby League.
What kind of gear do I need?
Helmet (not a bicycle helmet), mouthguard, elbow pads, wrist guards, and high-quality knee pads such as TSG, 187, Smith Scabs, or Triple 8. Skates can be rented at Hot Wheels for $5, but we recommend that you purchase your own. Hot Wheels has a good selection of reasonably-priced skates for sale. Some of the skaters wear tailbone protectors as well. It is always a good idea to bring a pair of running shoes for off-skate workouts.
I haven’t skated in years/ever…will it be safe for me to try this sport?
Recreational-level derby is played by the Junior Roller Derby Association (JRDA) ruleset, meaning that you will be getting the derby experience in a lower-impact way. Participants will make contact with other players during the course of the game, but Rec League is overall less physical than full LCHR league derby. Practices will be coached by LCHR-approved trainers and scrimmages will be refereed by LCHR staff.
Do I need insurance?
Yes. We require that you have personal health insurance or purchase USARS insurance. USARS insurance costs $40 a year and is good for the entire year, but only covers catastrophic injury.
Does the Recreational League bout publicly?
No, but we do scrimmage and invite friends and family to come watch! A scrimmage is a mock competition between teammates.
How much are dues?
Dues are $20 a month, which covers practices and as well as the costs of referees at scrimmages. Dues are paid on the first practice of the calendar month.
When is practice?
Practices are on Sundays from 12:00-2:00PM at Hot Wheels Skating Center. Hot Wheels also has a public adult skate night every Thursday from 7:00-9:00PM, which is a great opportunity to practice footwork, endurance, core strength and balance.
Can I bring my kids, friends, or significant other?
All Recreational League practices are closed to non-participants. There will be scrimmage nights that friends and family can attend. Children ages 10 and under are not allowed at Recreational League practice without supervision (meaning an older child or a babysitter) and you are responsible for cleaning up any messes made by your child.
To get involved, please join our Google group!