Pick Up, Throw Down - FAQPosted: 07/08/2012
Interested in “Throwing Down”? Please read our FAQ section prior to registering.
Where will the event be held?
Skateland North Point
1111 North Point Rd.
Dundalk, MD 21222
The rink will be open at 10:00 a.m. for signing in and gearing up. Scrimmaging will formally begin at 10:30 a.m. until 12:15 p.m.
Who can play?
Females over the age of 18:
-who are active members of a roller derby team
-who are deemed "bout ready" by their home leagues
-who are capable of passing the WFTDA minimum skills requirements
Also, any non-skating officials or referees who plan to actively officiate during the session. Remember, anyone choosing to wear skates must sign an insurance waiver.
How much is it?
$15 per person in advance, $25 at the door, FREE to officials who come to officiate.
Can my mom come take pictures of me?
No. We will treat these scrimmages 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 scrimmage 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.
-A black scrimmage shirt and a white scrimmage shirt. Both shirts should have your number on them. If you are coming with at least five members of your team, you can wear your league colors but also bring black and white shirts to maximize your playing flexibility.
-If you have arm bands with your number, bring those as well. Otherwise, be prepared to write a number on your arms.
- 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 scrimmage.
How is this all going work?
This is open track time for roller derby skaters from around the region to come together and play the game. Individuals may simply join the ranks through bench rotation, or you can form your own groups. Established teams may come in hopes of getting into some jams as a pack. In fact, it's wholly acceptable for two teams to conspire to meet at Pick Up, Throw Down to see if they can skate against one another for awhile. If no clear organization presents itself, we will utilize black versus white pick-up style scrimmaging.
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 10:00 a.m. The scrimmage will start at 10:30 a.m. While it may be feasible to join the clinic in progress, it is disrespectful to the staff and officials to arrive behind schedule. Arriving at 10:00 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 scrimmage start time. We must have everyone’s paperwork completed before we begin. Once your paperwork is in order and your gear has been checked by an official, we encourage participants to run their own warm up prior to entering the scrimmage track.
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.
Time will be allotted for participants to cool down and stretch at the end of the scrimmage. However, out of respect for our venue, we need to vacate the rink by 12:15 p.m.
What if I have other questions?
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you need more information.