CHARM U: Charm City Roller Girls’ Tryout Boot Camp

Posted: 02/25/2012

Think you have what it takes to be a derby girl?  Then join the Charm City Roller Girls on Monday, April 16, at 7:00 p.m., for the start of “Charm U,” a ten-week roller derby boot camp where basic skating and roller derby skills will be taught by some of the league’s finest athletes.  The cost is $100 per person and includes the entire training session, through June 18.  Graduation from the boot camp could culminate in an invitation to join the league. 


Charm Clinics are open to 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.


Interested candidates should attend the information session held on Monday, March 26, 7:00 p.m. at Skateland North Point in Baltimore, practice home for the Charm City Roller Girls.  The information session will provide vital information on how to prepare for Charm U and introduce candidates to the CCRG coaching staff.  


Register for Charm U at  Spaces are limited.  Sign up on or before April 6 to secure a spot.


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.


Visit or e-mail for more information.

 Interested in Charm U:  CCRG Tryouts?  Please read our FAQ section prior to registering. 


Where are the tryouts?

Skateland North Point
1111 North Point Rd.
Dundalk, MD 21222


The rink will be open at 6:45 p.m. for signing in and gearing up.  Charm U will formally begin at 7:00 p.m. sharp.  Lateness will not be tolerated.  Participants who are not signed in and geared up by 7:05 p.m. will lose attendance credit for the session.  Each session will run until 10:00 p.m.


Who can attend?

Women age 18 or older who would like to increase their derby knowledge and/or become a Charm City Roller Girl.  Quad roller skates and full protective gear are required.  All participants must sign an insurance waiver.


How much is it?

The cost is $100 per person and includes the entire training session, through June 18.  Register for Charm U at  Spaces are limited.  Sign up on or before April 6 to secure a spot.  We will not take payment at the door. 


Interested candidates should attend the information session held on Monday, March 26, 7:00 p.m. at Skateland North Point in Baltimore.  There is no cost for the information session, and you do not have to register for it in advance.


Can my mom come take pictures of me? 

No.  We have specifically designed this tryout process as an intense boot camp.  These are actual league practices where candidates will be interacting will members of the league.  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, CCRG league members and 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 shirt with your name on it 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 boot camp.

What if I don’t have the necessary equipment?

Many online retailers offer “fresh meat” or “rookie” skate packages to get you started.  Make sure to carefully review information about sizing before ordering.  Charm City Roller Girls does not endorse any of these companies.  Remember, you are purchasing at your own risk and are subject to the policies outlined by the individual companies.


Online skate shops that specialize in quality derby equipment:


How is this going work?

Each session is subject to the expertise of the CCRG coaches in charge.  But, the basic structure will include derby building blocks that will help participants understand the game of roller derby.  At the end of the boot camp, an assessment of these skills will be conducted by the CCRG Coaching Staff to determine who is eligible to join the league.


The fine print…

We skate per the rules outlined in the current Women’s Flat Track Derby Association rule set.  Visit for more information.


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 prepare?

Start gathering your protective gear and find a pair of comfortable skates.  It’s wise to comparative shop online and speak to anyone you may know with expertise in this area. Make sure to read several reviews before purchasing.  Gathering your equipment may also require putting away some extra cash if you have a tight budget.  Be prepared by planning ahead.  You will not be allowed to skate without ALL of your equipment.


Get to “open skate” sessions as much as possible.  The more time you spend on skates, the more comfortable you will be during the boot camp.  Work on skating in a squatted position with your knees apart and over your toes.  This position is the basic derby stance.  It is the foundation from which all other derby skills are built.


This is a serious sport that requires concentrated effort.  Start behaving and training like an athlete. Derby is your new excuse to go to the gym and skip fast food.  Get stronger.  Build your cardio endurance through running and walking.  Do pushups and crunches to strengthen your upper body.  Squats and lunges will prepare your lower body. Do something every day.  If it's been a while since you played a sport, start small and build on it.  Every little bit helps. You CAN do it, and derby is worth the extra effort.


Join our yahoo group by e-mailing  This is a great way to get up-to-date information on all things CCRG.  You will be able to interact with other new skaters as well as members of the league.  This is the perfect place to ask about equipment, cross training, and “open skate” opportunities.


Volunteer for the next bout.  You will get a better understanding of the sport, work with league members, and get a behind-the-scenes look at how CCRG functions as a whole. Join our facebook group for volunteers,


If you want to learn more about the rules of the game, consider helping our crew of non-skating officials in any variety of easy-to-learn positions that keep each bout running.  Email Bianca Dunk and Serial Kilter at for information.


Once I am there, what can I do to help make this the best possible experience?

Please arrive on time.  Doors will open at 6:45 p.m.  The session will start at 7:00 p.m.  While it may be feasible to join the session in progress, it is disrespectful to the coach and your classmates to arrive behind schedule.  Arriving at 6:45 p.m. should provide ample time to sign in and gear up. 


When you arrive, please put on all of your protective gear and then come to the counter to sign in.  You may start your own warm up while waiting for the other participants to arrive.  The coaches will conduct a group warm up once everyone is assembled at the determined start time.


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 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 sessions.


The coaches will provide time for cooling down and stretching before the completion of each session.  However, out of respect for our venue, we need to vacate the rink by 10:05 p.m.


What if I have other questions?

Please contact if you need more information.

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