Frequently Asked Questions
Q When are practices?
A We practice every Monday and Thursday from 6:30pm - 8:30 pm at the Sports Dome (former Golf Dome) at 10104 32 Ave.
We also hold optional off skates training sessions affectionately known as "torture chambers." They usually consist of plyometrics mixed with high intensity cardio and are held on Saturday afternoons.
Q What equipment do I need?
A You will need a pair of quad roller skates (not roller blades), and protective gear, including: helmet, mouth guard, knee pads, elbow pads and wrist guards. We recommend skateboarding pads as opposed to rollerblading pads, as they offer more protection and can take the abuse you are going to subject them to. Fishnets are optional!
"Boil and bite" mouth guards are available at any sporting goods store, but we recommend getting one custom fitted by a dentist.
Q How much does it cost to play derby?
A Equipment costs vary, but if you buy new you can expect to pay about $150 for skates, $10 - $40 for a mouth guard, $40 for a helmet, $15 for wrist guards, $25 for elbow pads, and $60 for knee pads.
Dues are $50 a month. Once you are placed on a house team, the cost of a uniform will range from approximately $30-60.
With any full contact sport, there is the risk of injury. Pulled and strained muscles, as well as sprains and the possibility of breaks, are a concern for any player. For safety and protection, all league members are required to obtain insurance. Our league has an affordable plan of $50 per year provided through CWRDA. You can find the insurance policy posted on www.cwrda.ca
Q How long until I get to play in a game, and how often will I get to play?
A E-Ville offers a Fresh Meat program that will teach you everything you need to know about how to skate and how to play roller derby. Once graduated from this program, new skaters become a part of the Raw Zombies, our new player team made up of those who are still learning the rules of the game and how to skate safely. Once you have passed your minimum skill requirements, you are able to participate in our monthly league scrimmages. These are informal and held during regular practice time. Scrimmages are where you can learn the rhythm of the game before we thrust you in front of 500 screaming fans!
After your three month probationary period is up, you are eligible to be drafted by one of our four home teams: Black Gold Diggers, Los Pistolitas, Berzerkhers and the Slice Girls. During the regular season E-Ville Roller Derby holds monthly public bouts.
Q Why should I choose E-Ville Roller Derby?
A We are skater-run, with an all-female board of directors consisting only of active and former skaters. The result is that our league is always run with the best interest of the skaters in mind.
We promote the spectacle, but we play the sport. We understand that derby girls have a certain titillating reputation, but above all we are athletes. Our games and fundraisers are all family-friendly events, and no skater will ever be asked to wear or do anything they find uncomfortable or inappropriate.
You will play games. Four house teams, a travel team and our scheduled monthly bouts mean lots of opportunity to play and play often.
We are Edmonton's largest roller derby league.
It's good to be E-Ville!
Q I'm new to derby but really want to play. How do I get started?
A E-Ville offers a new skater program, called Fresh Meat. The sessions are held one night a week for eight weeks. During these practices you will be taught how to skate, fall, block and any other skills required to play derby. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information regarding our next intake session.
You can also check out the Join Us section on our website.
Q Where can I purchase tickets for E-Ville games?
A Tickets are available in advance for $10 and $15 at the door. You may purchase tickets from one of our sponsor's locations, such as Happy Harbour Comics, Mars & Venus and Velocity Cycle. You may also purchase tickets online at Brown Paper Tickets.