The Balsam Mountain Roller Girls want youSign up event is this Sunday
The Balsam Mountain Roller Girls, a flat track roller derby league based out of Haywood County, are looking to grow its teams by holding a sign up event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10.
During the event, which is free and open to the public, the league will explain the game of roller derby, show video clips of the game in action, tell attendees about the league and team opportunities and will then let participants try out their skate legs. Skates will be provided. The event is not just for women who want to play, but for anyone who would like to learn more about roller derby and those who are interested in becoming a part of the world’s fastest growing sport. The roller derby team has opportunities for people of all ages and genders from skaters to referees, non-skating officials, volunteers and spirit leaders.
The roller girls will hold the event at Smoky Mountain Sk8way and Fun Zone, located at 19025 Great Smoky Mountain Expressway in Waynesville. They will follow the event with a three-month training camp where participants will learn or refresh their skating skills, learn roller derby skills and learn how to play the game. Training will be from November to February with time taken off for the holidays.
All trainees must be 18 years or older, pay $40 a month dues and sign a waiver. Balsam Mountain Roller Girls hold two practices each week from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sundays and Thursdays. Skating trainees (referees and players) will learn through physical training. Both skating and non-skating trainees will learn rules through instruction and watching the game. Referees, non-skating trainees and, of course, volunteers are exempt from dues but will have attendance requirements while in training.
The Balsam Mountain Junior Roller Girls team, for girls ages 11 to 17, practices from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday nights. Girls and their parents are invited out any Monday night to learn more about this sport that builds confidence and muscle.
While prior skating or other athletic experience is certainly encouraged, it is not required of any type of league member. All skaters must pass a skills test and purchase USARS insurance (an annual fee of $55) before they are put into full contact play. If they do not pass assessments, they can continue to train with the team until they do.
Sign up and weekly practices are held at the newly expanded Smoky Mountain Sk8way & Fun Zone. For more information, contact JoLynn Bryant at 246-9124.