Why Roller Derby Athletics?

Posted on: September 1st 2022

At Roller Derby Athletics, we believe in empowering every roller derby athlete and skater to be safe, strong, and unstoppable. We strive to provide sport-specific training programs and resources that help skaters reach their full potential. Our core values are safety, strength, and empowerment, and we are committed to helping our athletes achieve their goals. We are driven by our passion for the sport of roller derby and our desire to see every skater succeed. We believe that through hard work and dedication, all skaters can reach their full potential on the track. We are honored to be able to work with such amazing athletes and are dedicated to helping them achieve their dreams.

We take the mystery out of cross-training, giving skaters the tools and inspiration to transform their game, without a lot of equipment or time.

We provide sport-specific training programs and resources to help skaters around the world achieve their best.

In doing so, we abide by these core values. Without exception, RDA is:

  • Safe: Injury prevention is the first priority of all Roller Derby Athletics training programs.
  • Inclusive: We focus on outcomes and abilities, not appearance. Every athlete’s sweat counts equally, whether you’ve never exercised before, or you’re a total gym rat.
  • Authentic: We’re real people, and derby athletes and skaters like you. We don’t expect perfection; we request only your best effort. We won’t suggest you buy a program if it’s not what you really need.
  • Challenging: The Coaches and programs will kick your ass, and you’ll thank them for it.

We feel that the original story of why Roller Derby Athletics came to be, was still worth telling.

Here it is:

Derby’s modern-era appeal to a lot of skaters from “the A&E Rollergirls era” was as a sport for non-jocks. A sport for people who never liked sports, because they didn’t like the sports crowd. A few years ago you could rock up to practice, skate it out, and then crack some beers in the parking lot after.

But the intensity is rising. The level of competition increases year over year at the higher levels of play. Travel teams and house teams are getting wise, and realizing that “conditioning” or “cross-training” is an important ingredient to giving them an edge over their competition.

Essentially, our sport now demands us to be ATHLETES, not just “derby girls.” The challenge, though, is that few derby skaters come from a high-level sports background. They’ve never been coached by a professional, or taught how to properly train, care for their bodies, nourish themselves, treat injuries, or prepare mentally for competition. They’re doing their best, but they don’t have the whole toolkit to work with.

Roller Derby Athletics is the world’s foremost training resource for roller derby athletes & skaters, covering the full spectrum of what it means to be an athlete, including cross-training, injury prevention, stretching, nutrition, and sports psychology. Pretty much everything but lacing up the skates and practicing skills and strategy. Cause you’ve got that part covered.

Sport is empowering, and we know that when a skater works hard and achieves the success they’re looking for on the track, that will quickly translate to other areas. We provide readers the tools and information they need to achieve their goals in derby, and in life.

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