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The TXJRD Black and Blue Bonnets will be traveling to Tampa, FL for this 3-day tournament featuring 8 WFTDA and 4 JRDA sanctioned games. Check out our Facebook page for details and live-streaming information.
Located in Austin, TX, the birthplace of modern flat track roller derby, Texas Junior Roller Derby (TXJRD) is a 501c3 non-profit junior sports club, focused on building character and leadership through roller derby. Our Mission is to provide young athletes with the opportunity to engage in the sport of roller derby. TXJRD is more than a competitive junior derby team. We actively work to cultivate a sense of community through practices, social activities and scrimmages/bouts. We genuinely enjoy spending time with one another and learning and growing together. We seek members who want to be a part of a TEAM.
TXJRD works with 8-17 year olds who range from being beginners with no prior experience to more advanced derby players. Texas Junior Roller Derby is a full contact youth sports club with skaters at three skill levels:
Level 1 - Beginner. There is no contact playing at this level.
Level 2 - Intermediate. There is minimal contact at this level.
Level 3 - Advanced. This is full contact play, eligible for Travel Team.
Texas Junior Roller Derby's Level 3 skaters compete in scrimmages and and sanctioned bouts throughout the year. Our Level 1 & 2 skaters also get multiple opportunities to practice their developing skills with other skaters in derby mash-ups. During the Fall/Winter/Spring TXJRD practices at Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex on Wednesdays from 7:00pm to 9:00pm and Sundays from 5:30pm to 8:30pm at Bartholomew Roller Derby Track (subject to change). Dates will vary based on facility availability and we occasionally have practices at other venues based on weather and practice schedules. Dues are currently $55/month for all skaters.
Our coaching staff consists of PeaceWar and Hot Pepper (TX Rollergirls--Hell Marys) Hauss the Boss and Zia Late (TX Rollergirls--Hotrod Honeys) and Pop (TX Rollergirls--Hustlers).
Roller Derby is a highly-athletic, fast-paced, full contact, inclusive sport played on quad skates. Derby teaches teamwork, perseverance and responsibility, while building lifelong friendships. Each game consists of two, 30-minute periods composed of two minute “jams.” Each team starts with four skaters playing defense (“blockers”) and one player playing offense (“jammer”). The jammer must pass each opposing blocker while staying within the bounds of the track in order to make a legal lap. The first jammer to pass the opposing group of blockers (the “pack”) on their initial lap is designated as “lead jammer.” The blockers attempt to stop the opposing jammer from passing them while assisting their own jammer in getting past the pack. The lead jammer has the power to stop the jam before two minutes are up. After an initial lap, jammers get one point for each opposing blocker they pass.
Skaters block opponents with their hips and shoulders. They may not hit other skaters in or with their hands, head, or feet. Doing so leads to a penalty. Penalties are common and happen without stopping the game. Players report to the penalty box for 30 second penalties and then return to gameplay. Skating officials and non-skating officials monitor the game from inside and outside of the track to ensure safety and fairness.
The first step is to submit an Inquiry Form and email us about scheduling a visit. Interested skaters of all skill levels are welcome to watch our practice, learn about roller derby and get more information about the team. An adult should accompany each visiting skater. Based on interest and ability level we will then discuss next steps for future participation. If you have questions email us at TXJRDBOD@gmail.com.
8-17 year olds interested in trying Roller Derby are invited to come watch our practice, learn about roller derby and get more information about the team. The first step is to submit an Inquiry Form and email us about attending one of our practices for interested skaters. These practices take place several times each year. An adult should accompany each visiting skater. Based on interest and ability level we will then discuss next steps. If you have questions please email us at TXJRDBOD@gmail.com.
Before you can get on the track to practice with Texas Junior Roller Derby, you must have the following:
TXJRD has been committed to young skaters from the Austin area since 2012 and we draw young athletes from all over Austin and the surrounding areas. We are committed to helping our skaters develop athleticism, confidence, competency, leadership skills and a sense of belonging to something greater than themselves whether they are a part of our recreational program or the travel team. We are invested in offering our programs to any young person who wants to be a part of TXJRD regardless of financial situation.
Your contributions will support our skaters in numerous ways including facility rental, insurance, skate gear and maintenance, travel for our travel team, and other league expenses. If you are interested in learning more about how to support TXJRD start here.
We would love to hear from you. If you want additional info about Texas Junior Roller Derby (TXJRD), reach out. Send us a message or if you have an interested skater complete the online Inquiry Form and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Interested skaters will be invited to attend one of our "new skater" practice/tryouts that take place several times each year.