If you haven't had any good exercise or social-distance socializing in a while, maybe it's time for you to try something new like trying out for a roller derby team!

I can't skate anymore because I have a broken hip from a car accident when I was a kid, but maybe someday I'll go watch one of the roller derby games in Yakima.

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Before I tell you about your chance to join this Yakima roller derby team, let's review some burning roller derby questions that a ton of people have.

CAN YOU DIE FROM PLAYING ROLLER DERBY?

Nothing is 100% safe in life, but rest assured that it is EXTREMELY rare to die from roller derby injuries, although there was a lady in Texas who had pre-existing conditions.

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IS ROLLER DERBY STILL A THING IN YAKIMA?

You betcha! The Wine Country Crushers are looking for players of all ages. If you don't have the right kind of gear you need, you can rent the equipment provided. Get some cute roller skates here.

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WHY DO WOMEN ONLY GET TO PLAY ROLLER DERBY?

Because they can, that's why! Next question!

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DO I HAVE TO KNOW HOW TO SKATE TO JOIN THE ROLLER DERBY TEAM?

You don't have to have any skating experience so that is a plus. There are a few practice sessions you can check out before you make a decision to join the roller derby team.

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WHAT KIND OF EQUIPMENT DO YOU NEED FOR ROLLER DERBY?

Listed below is a list of most of the roller derby equipment, recommended by other roller derby experts:

Helmet

Skating Helmet
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Mouth Guard and Wrist Guards

Mouth Guard for Boxing, Skating, and Roller Derby
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Elbow Pads

Elbow Pads for Skating and Roller Derby
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Knee Pads, just like the ones you use in skateboarding

Knee Pads for Roller Derby and Skateboarding
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Quad “speed style” roller skates.

Roller Skates
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WHEN ARE THE ROLLER DERBY TRYOUTS IN YAKIMA?

Try-Outs/Practice Sessions will be held on Ranchrite Rd (right off of North 1st St) every Thursday in February at 6 p.m. on the following dates:

  • February 3
  • February 10
  • February 17
  • February 24

Get more info about the Wine Country Crushers Roller Derby team at winecountrycrushers.org and you can even watch past games at the Wine Country Crushers YouTube channel here.

 

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