Get Involved

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The Mad Rollin’ Dolls keep rolling because of our incredible crew of dedicated volunteers. Among other things, they take the tickets, lay the track, and produce the bouts we all love. Volunteers are the lifeblood of our league. The Mad Rollin’ Dolls are always looking for help and there are lots of ways to get involved, regardless of whether or not you ever want to strap wheels to your feet.

Our awesome volunteers are at every game, usually wearing orange (or stripes), and are great people to talk to about what they do and how to get involved, too.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities and how to get involved, please email us at support@madisonrollerderby.org.

Or check out the UDO 608 section for more information about United Derby Officials Local 608, our stellar crew of skating and non-skating officials (also on Facebook).

Below are just some of the volunteer roles available:

  • Referees
  • Non-Skating Officials (NSOs) – jam timers, penalty box managers, stats trackers, etc.
  • Announcers
  • Bout Production & Support (setting up and maintaining the track, logistics)
  • Bout DJs
  • Marketing/PR/Sponsorship assistance

TRAIN WITH THE MAD ROLLIN’ DOLLS

Our summer session is open to skaters of all (or no!) skill levels. Learn to Skate (Level 1) is non-contact and will teach the skills you need to be comfortable with wheels on your feet. Skate to Learn (Level 2) is a more advanced session for those with prior skating experience. Come train with some of the best roller derby athletes around and learn everything from basic skating skills to game play and strategy.
Registration for our 2017 Summer training session is closed.  Watch this space for opportunities to train with us in Summer 2018!

 

FAQs about Tryouts

Q: Can anyone try out?
A: Yes, anyone can try out as long as you are 21 years or older and female or non-binary identified. If you are between the ages of 18-21, our recreational team, Wreckers Madison Roller Derby (MWD), accepts skaters aged 18 or older. Rec sessions start at various times throughout the year. For more information, hit up wreckers@madisonrollerderby.org.

Q: What if I can’t pass my WFTDA minimums or don’t even know what those are?
A: We are not looking for a 100% pass on WFTDA mins to get into the draft pool (WFTDA mins can be found here). We will be assessing these skills at tryouts, but first and foremost we’re looking at safety on skates and ability to be trained. We are looking to take a group of skaters into the draft pool that we feel have potential to learn and be game-ready by January 2018, the beginning of MRD’s home season.

Q: What if I can’t make the September 7 date and I still want to try out?
A: The designated makeup day for tryouts is September 9 from 10:00a to 11:30 a.m.

Q: How many skaters are you drafting this year?
A: The number of skaters drafted varies every season based on home team needs and number of open roster spots at the time of the draft in October. A great time to ask about expected number of spots is when teams host their meet-and-greets during the draft month.

Q: Do I need WFTDA insurance to try out?
A: No, but you will need to sign a waiver for tryouts. If you are accepted into the draft pool, you will need to purchase WFTDA insurance.

Get on our mailing list to be notified about future training opportunities and tryout information here: training@madisonrollerderby.org

Tryouts for Mad Rollin’ Dolls are open to adults aged 21 years or older and female or non-binary identified. If you are male identified and would like to play the game, we recommend contacting the awesome Mad Men Roller Derby for training and play opportunities: recruitment.madmen@mensderbywi.com.

Interested in becoming a skating or non-skating official? All genders are welcome and we will teach you everything you need to know to officiate this sport. Please email training@madisonrollerderby.org and we’ll put you in touch with the officiating crew.