Get Involved


Madison Roller Derby keeps 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.  Madison Roller Derby is 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 off-track volunteer opportunities and how to get involved, please email us at To learn more about officiating as a skating or non-skating official, please email us at

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


Our summer training sessions are open to skaters of all (or no!) skill levels. Come train with some of the best roller derby athletes around and learn everything from basic skating skills to game play and strategy. Watch this space for information on the 2019 summer training session or email to get on the mailing list.

FAQs about Tryouts

The next tryouts for Madison Roller Derby are on Saturday, August 25, 2018. Successful completion of tryouts will earn you a place in the draft pool where you will train with current MRD skaters in the month leading up to the draft.

Q: Can anyone try out?

A: Yes, anyone can try out as long as you are 18 years or older and female or non-binary identified. Please email to receive a tryouts informational email and registration link.  You can also join our recreation league Wreckers. Rec sessions start at various times throughout the year. For more information, hit up

Q: What if I can’t pass my WFTDA minimums or don’t even know what those are?

A: WFTDA mins are required for to be drafted. (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 2019, the beginning of MRD’s home season.

Q: What if I can’t make the August 25 date and I still want to try out?

A: The designated makeup day for tryouts is Tuesday, August 28.

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:

Tryouts for Madison Roller Derby are open to adults aged 18 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:

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 and we’ll put you in touch with the officiating crew.