Charm Clinics: The Charm City Roller Girls Offer Intensive Classes on Derby Strategy

Posted: 02/25/2012

The Charm City Roller Girls proudly announce a new addition to our roller derby training opportunities, Charm Clinics.   These clinics are for the experienced roller derby player looking to advance his or her skill.  There will be four clinics held during 2012:

Saturday, March 31, 2012 – Conditioning
Want to be that person who plays back-to-back jams?  Use this clinic to increase your endurance and stamina.  This clinic also includes on and off skate exercises used to strengthen the body and mind while improving cardiovascular fitness.


Saturday, May 19, 2012 – Speed Skating
Think you skate low now? Find out how to get even lower.  Improve your derby form and foot placement to increase your speed on the track.  Learn the main principles of speed skating and their application to roller derby.


Saturday, August 25, 2012 – Defensive Skills
Defense can be so much more than simply knocking your opponent to the ground.  Learn defensive strategies that include holding your zone, walls and waterfalls, speed control for trapping, working as a unit and much more.


Saturday, October 20, 2012 – Jammer Skills
Can’t figure out how to break through the pack?  Use this clinic to increase your footwork and agility.  Drills will focus on juking, evasive maneuvers and breaking up walls.


Each session is at Skateland North Point in Baltimore from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.   Doors will open promptly at 9:00 a.m.  The cost is $35 if purchased in advance online ($15 for CCRG members), but you can purchase entry at the door for $50 ($25 for CCRG members).   Online registration will close 48 hours prior to each event and space is limited to 80 skaters per session.
  Visit to reserve your spot today.


Charm Clinics are open to men and women age 18 or older.  Each participant must sign an insurance waiver and have full protective gear, which includes:  elbow and knee pads, wrist guards, a helmet and a mouth guard.  Quad roller skates are also required.


The Charm City Roller Girls (CCRG) is Baltimore's only all-female flat track roller derby league.  CCRG is a member of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association and is proudly skater owned and operated.


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Interested in one or all of the Charm Clinics?  Please read our FAQ section prior to registering.


Where are the clinics?
Skateland North Point
1111 North Point Rd.
Dundalk, MD 21222


The rink will be open at 9:00 a.m. for signing in and gearing up.  Clinics will formally begin at 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.


Who can attend?
Men and women age 18 or older who would like to increase their derby knowledge.  Quad roller skates and full protective gear are required.  All participants must sign an insurance waiver.


How much is it?
$35 per person in advance ($15 CCRG members);  $50 at the door ($25 CCRG members). Admission for all four clinics is available online for the discounted price of $100.

Are these league tryouts?
No.   Tryouts are a separate entity.   We are not accepting registration for tryouts at this time.   However, the skills taught here are useful for any person interested in joining any league.


Can my mom come take pictures of me?
No.  We will treat these clinics like intense derby practices; therefore, we will not allow guests or photography of any kind.  This should be a safe environment for skaters to experiment and get out of their comfort zone.  Skaters should inform their guests that the venue will only be open for clinic participants and CCRG staff.


What should I bring?
  • A full set of well-fitting protective gear, which includes elbow and knee pads, wrist guards, a helmet and a mouth guard.  Quad roller skates are also required.
  • A black shirt and a white shirt.  Both shirts should have your name or number on them so that the coaches can identify you during the session and create groups if necessary.
  • A happy attitude and patience.  This is a setting where we play roller derby for the love of roller derby.  All participants are participating to gain extra knowledge about the game, not to attack, belittle, humiliate, or otherwise seek to disrespect one another.
  •  A water bottle filled with the hydration beverage of your choice.
  • Energy-building snacks to keep your muscles fueled throughout the clinic.

How is this going work?
Each class schedule is subject to the expertise of the CCRG coaches in charge.  But, the basic structure will include derby building blocks that are congruent with the clinic’s focus.  The Jammer and Defense Skills clinics may also include some scrimmage scenarios.

The fine print…
We skate per the rules outlined in the current Women’s Flat Track Derby Association rule set.

Participation is entirely voluntary and at one's own risk.  EMTs will not be on hand, but there are several hospitals and fire departments in the immediate vicinity.


What can I do to help make this the best possible experience?
Please arrive on time.  Doors will open at 9:00 a.m.  The clinic will start at 9:30 a.m.  While it may be feasible to join the clinic in progress, it is disrespectful to the coach and your classmates to arrive behind schedule.  Arriving at 9:00 a.m. should provide ample time to complete the paperwork and gear up.

When you arrive, please set your gear down and then come to the counter to sign in.  Make sure that your business is in order (payment or payment receipt, waiver) PRIOR to putting on your gear.  This will prevent us from having to delay the clinic start time.  We must have everyone’s paperwork completed before we begin.  A coach will lead a warm up as a foundation for the skills to come.

When skating, expect a wide range of abilities and experiences.  Avoid taking advantage of people who may clearly be less experienced than you.  A major incentive to attend these dates is to provide a low-pressure training ground for EVERYONE involved in roller derby.  Remember, these dates are not bouts or mini bouts or even formal scrimmages.  They are opportunities to learn.  While we all love to push ourselves and our fellow participants to become better at roller derby, if you are disrespectful to any participant, you can expect to be asked to leave without refund.  Please display your best sportsmanship and derby love at these events.

The coaches will provide time for cooling down and stretching before the completion of the clinic.  However, out of respect for our venue, we need to vacate the rink by 12:45 p.m.

What if I have other questions?

Please contact if you need more information.

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