Rat LabThe Rat Lab is comprised of our Rat Lab Fundamentals and Competitive Rat Lab tiers. Skaters will be assessed at monthly assessment practices, and those with the requisite skills will progress first to our Rat Lab Fundamentals tier, and then on to our Competitive Rat Lab tier. Once assessed to the Competitive Rat Lab level, skaters become draft eligible.
How do Rat Lab skaters get onto an RCRG Home Team?
Skaters who advance to Competitive Rat Lab become eligible to enter the Home Team drafts. Competitive Rat Lab skaters must meet practice requirements and league volunteer requirements to be drafted to a Home Team. Skaters are invited to attend Home Team practices prior to the draft to show off their skills, and meet potential teammates, captains, and coaches. Home Team drafts are scheduled throughout the year based on the needs of our teams.
What type of time commitment does Membership take?
We’ll be honest; playing roller derby with the Rat City Rollergirls is like a part-time (and sometimes even full-time) job. It is not for the faint of heart, nor the inflexible or full-of-schedule. These are just some of the basic league requirements for membership:
- Participate in at least three, 2 hour practices per week
- Maintain a minimum of ten hours of league committee work a month
- Provide timely payment of monthly league dues – $65 (dues subject to change)
- Have and maintain current primary medical insurance
- Read and understand the official WFTDA derby rules
- Provide timely payment of Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby Association (WFTDA) insurance – $60 (for 12 months’ coverage, also subject to change)
- Wear proper safety gear (helmet, mouth guard, elbow pads, knee pads, and wrist guards)
- Willingly adhere to the RCRG Skater Code of Conduct
- Have a ton of chutzpah, sweat, determination, and a nice smile
Will I get hurt playing roller derby?
We typically say in roller derby that it’s not if you get hurt but when. However, the Rat City Rollergirls are constantly working to maintain a level of fitness that will keep us in the best shape possible and help prevent injuries. We encourage you to do the same! We are also sticklers for safety. You’re always required to wear your safety gear at tryouts and practices and are required to have primary health insurance in addition to purchasing secondary WFTDA insurance once you are chosen for the league. We’re huge supporters of cross-training and off-skates training. If you do get hurt, you’ll have an entire league to support you and help nurse you back to 100 percent health.
How can I improve my chances of getting drafted to a Home Team?
Skate. Skate. Skate.
- Meet practice requirements by attending the designated Rat Lab practices, and approved League Practices once you are cleared. Home Team Captains and Coaches are always looking for the next bright star coming up through the ranks.
- Trail skate. There’s almost no end to the outdoor skating trails in Seattle, you just have to dodge the rain (and the occasional stroller). Try skating around Green Lake, or on the Burke-Gilman Trail, the Sammamish River Trail, or the Interurban Trail. Weather permitting; there are miles and miles of great outdoor trails as well. A near-comprehensive list can be found here or here.
- Rink time. There are several rinks in the Seattle area that offer adult skate nights, fitness skates, and lessons. Check with your nearest rink for their schedules.
Learn the Rules. Rat City Rollergirls play by Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) rules. The rules can be downloaded here.
Watch a bout. Roller derby rules can be complex and simply reading them might not be enough – you’ll have to watch derby live at a Rat City Rollergirls bout and spot all of the rules in play. If you have questions, feel free to ask a rollergirl (not during the game, try the after party). Attending an RCRG bout will teach you more about our league and the sport of derby, and you’ll get a better idea of what derby is all about and whether it’s right for you.