WHETHER YOU'RE A SEASONED SKATER OR IF YOU'VE NEVER CONSIDERED YOURSELF AN ATHLETE IN YOUR LIFE, THERE IS ALWAYS A PLACE FOR YOU AT PRG!
PENINSULA ROLLER GIRLS UNIVERSITY: AUGUST 15 - OCTOBER 10
If you’ve never skated roller derby before, or have limited experience, PRGU is right for you.
We host two 10-week sessions of PRG University per year. At the end of your 10 weeks with our Training Committee, you will be able to complete all of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association's (WFTDA) minimum skills and will be invited to join the league as a full time member.
WHAT TO EXPECT
PRGU hosts three practice sessions per week. On skates practices are held at the Redwood Roller Rink in Redwood City, off skates practices are held at a neighboring park.
- Tuesdays 7:30-10:30pm: On Skates Training
- Thursdays 8:00-9:00pm: On Skates Training & Deep Dive into the Rules of Derby
- Saturdays 9:00-10:30am: Off Skates Conditioning
HOW TO PREPARE
- Reserve your spot by registering online or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- RSVP to the PRGU Orientation on August 8th.
- Download the orientation packet. This has lots of good info around how to pick out gear and what to expect from your time in PRGU.
- Join the PRG Potentials Facebook Group and start engaging with fellow newbie skaters
- Start getting comfy on wheels. Redwood Roller Rink has lots of open skate sessions. You'll occasionally find PRG members hitting up the Tuesday or Wednesday evening open skate sessions. If you see women wearing derby pads don't be shy, introduce yourself!
- Pick up your gear. You will need to have all WFDTA required safety gear by August 15th. This includes: mouth guard, wrist guards, elbow pads, knee pads, and a helmet. Ideally you'll have your own pair of derby skates as well (see details in packet on how to shop for skates!), but this should be your last priority as you can borrow skates from Redwood Roller Rink throughout PRGU if necessary.
WFTDA SKILLS INCLUDE:
- Basic Skating: Skating Posture, Strides, Crossovers, T-stops, Plow Stops
- Recovery: Knee taps, knee slides
- Balance and Agility: Wheel Control, Hopping, Weaving, Transitions
- Pack Interactions: Whips, Pushes, Pacing, Dealing with Unexpected Obstacles
- Blocking: Taking Hits, Positional Blocking, Checks