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My Kid Wants to Join Roller Derby! Where Do I Start?

Posted by Carly Quick

Where Do I Start?

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Did we hit the mark?

  •   Heck yes! I have all my questions answered! You guys rock my socks!
  •   Uh, MY KID PLAYS ROLLER DERBY! (I am now way cooler than your standard Soccer Mom)
  •   Eh, it could use some work... Call me #555.666.7777
  •   Nailed it!! I found exactly what I was looking for
  •   Lies! All lies! Roller skates are lame.

Roller Derby is AMAZING!! We're not surprised your little one wants to join Roller Derby since it is an amazing group sport and community that helps build confidence and athleticism. Check out our article on how Roller Derby started here. We get that you might be scared letting your precious child join a sport that you may think is a bit scary. We're here to let you know that it is an awesome way for your kids to experience all the things that you really want them to. There are Junior Roller Derby leagues all across the country that accept skaters as young as 8 years old. The best way to find the right fit for your kid is to look up and talk to your local league(s) on what their requirements are and what your kids will need to skate with them. We have worked with many Junior Derby teams and have created some packages based on what works best for young skaters. Please enjoy our recommendations below and feel free to call or email us if you want to talk through your options. Don't forget to vote in our awesome poll. Last year, "Uh, MY KID PLAYS ROLLER DERBY! (I am now way cooler than your standard Soccer Mom)" won by a long shot (over 50%) with "Heck yes! I have all my questions answered! You guys rock my socks!" and "Nailed it!! I found exactly what I was looking for" neck and neck for 2nd place so make sure you weigh in this year!

Jr Derby Bout

I Need the Whole Package

For My Little One Skating Flat Track

Just a Little Phreaky Derby Jr Rookie PackageThe Just a Little Phreaky Derby Jr Rookie Package will get you everything you need for your little skater! Knowing that kiddos grow like weeds and change their minds constantly, we have put together a package that will allow you to get what you need for the here and now. These skates will get your kids feet derby wet, but will also work well as daily recreational gear if for some absolutely, crazy insane reason your kiddo doesn't like Derby (not a chance...). This package comes with one of the best entry level skates, all the pads they'll need, a helmet, and mouthguard at a price you'll love!

For My Not So Little One Skating Flat Track

Just a Little Phreaky Derby Rookie PackageThe Just a Little Phreaky Derby Rookie Package is one of our most popular rookie packages! The Devaskation team is proud to bring you a Derby Rookie package that blows away everything else on the market. We wanted our favorite gear in one package but still be able to fit it into a skater’s budget. Get a great skate and all the protective gear you need for an amazing price!

 

For My Little One Skating Banked Track

Just a Little Phreaky Banked Derby Rookie PackageThe Just a Little Phreaky Banked Derby Rookie Package will get you everything you need for your little banked track skater! The Devaskation team is proud to bring you a Derby Rookie package that blows away everything else on the market and was designed specifically around the needs of Banked Track Roller Derby! We wanted our favorite gear in one package and still be able to fit it into your budget. We started with the Phreakskate Phoenix Jr. This skate features a Jackson Rave boot and the X-Firm Boom Wheels. This package is complete with Atom Supreme Pads, S1 helmet and a SISU mouth Guard to keep your kiddo covered. Our team believes that this is one of the only “Fresh Meat” packages that truly gives new skaters a good foundation of the skates and gear they need to start bouting on a banked track as well as for them to grow their skills.

For My Not So Little One Skating Banked Track

Super Phreak Banked Derby Rookie PackageThe Super Phreak Banked Derby Rookie Package is one of our most popular rookie packages for banked track derby! We started this awesome package with the Phreakskate Phoenix. This skate features a Jackson Vantage boot and the X-Firm Boom Wheels. 187 Pads, S1 helmet and a SISU mouth Guard will keep your big kid protected. Our team believes that this is one of the only “Fresh Meat” packages that truly gives new and intermediate skaters a good foundation of the skates and gear they need to start bouting on a banked track as well as for them to grow their skills.

I Just Need Skates

For My Little One Skating Flat Track

Phreakskate Derby Hybrid JrThe Phreakskate Derby Hybrid Jr will get your little skater rolling! This skate is comprised of some of the very best entry level components on the market today. The Jackson Rave boot is comfortable and the Jackson nylon plates are outfitted with Pilot trucks creating a light weight and stable platform. This skate comes with the option of two of the best toe stops on the market -- the Mota Monster or the GrnMnstr Gumball. It also comes with Mota Hybrid Toxic wheels that are similar to the hugely popular Atom Poison wheels and Bionic Abec-7 bearings. The skate comes with Mota lock nuts and matching laces for stylish performance. 

For My Not So Little One Skating Flat Track

Phreakskate Derby HybridThe Phreakskate Derby Hybrid Skate is the go to starter skate for fresh meat teens and adults! The Phreakskate Derby Hybrid is comprised of some of the very best components on the market today. The boot is a Jackson Vantage boot that is comfortable and durable and is heat-moldable. The lightweight Pilot Viper Zytel plate is mounted to this boot. This skate comes with the option of two of the best toe stops on the market -- the Mota Monster or the GrnMnstr Superball. It also comes with Mota Hybrid Toxic wheels that are similar to the hugely popular Atom Poison wheels, but according to Mota they are made with a different compound that slightly improves performance. Of course, a skate like this comes with Bionic Abec-7 bearings. The skate comes with Bionic lock nuts and matching green laces for stylish performance. 

For My Little One Skating Banked Track

Phreakskate Phoenix JrThe Phreakskate Phoenix Jr Skate will get your little skater rolling around that banked track! The Phoenix Jr skate is comprised of quality components at an extreme value. The boot is a Jackson Rave boot that is comfortable and durable and perfect for new or beginner skaters. This skate comes complete with Atom Boom Nylon Wheels, that are great for indoor skating, especially Banked Track Roller Derby, Bionic Abec-7 bearings, and Mota Monster Toe Stop.

 

For My Not So Little One Skating Banked Track

Phreakskate PhoenixThe Phreakskate Phoenix Skate is the go to starter skate for fresh meat teens and adults skating on banked track! This skate is comprised of quality components at an extreme value. The boot is a Jackson Vantage Boot that provides comfort and performance with a great look and perfect for new and intermediate skaters. The Pilot Viper Plates are lightweight, strong and designed specifically for performance skaters. This skate comes with one of the most popular toe stops on the market -- the Mota Monster, Atom Boom Nylon Wheels, and Bionic Abec-7 bearings so you know you'll fly!

I Need Gear or Accessories

Pads

Pads PackageThe Pads Package will keep your skater super safe! Safety is very important and we want all of our customers to feel safe without spending a ton of money. Being safe doesn't have to be expensive, especially in these great packages. Choose your pads package and sizes, then add any other safety gear you need.  It's that simple.

 

Helmets

HelmetsWe have a lot of Helmet Options so you're sure to find a great one! We recommend getting a certified helmet for your Derby player and our favorite options are the 187 Certified Helmet, the S1 Lifer Helmet, and the Triple 8 Certified Sweatsaver Helmet. The 187 and Triple 8 options are dual sized so you may get a little wiggle room in sizing and the S1 shells allow you to replace liners for 7 sizes ensuring you can use the same shell for longer.

 

Mouthguards

SISU NextGEN Mouth GuardYour skater will LOVE the SISU NextGEN Mouth Guard! The Devaskation team spends A LOT of time talking to skaters, and parents of skaters, and the SISU mouthguard is almost everybody's favorite (you can read all about that here!). The SISU Aero is made from a high-tech thermoplastic material that provides 30% better protection than conventional mouth guards, despite being only a sleek 1.6mm thick (that's over 60% thinner for maximum comfort)! Compared to the larger mouth guards that require you to take it out in order to talk, drink, etc., the Sisu is only 1.6mm thick and hugs your teeth allowing you to speak clearly, drink normally, and much more. Now that you're happy, your kiddo will get to choose from a variety of awesome colors so they'll be super happy and comfortable too!

Bags

Skate BagsSkate Bags are a must for all of that skate stuff they'll be lugging around for the forseeable future. We have quite a few awesome bags to choose from and love the color options of this Atom Backpack. Not sure if everything will fit in the bag? Shoot us an email with the bag you are looking at and we'll walk you through what will fit in it, how it will fit in it (it's not a clown bag, it's just super amazing and fits more than you think it will), as well as help you find the right bag if the one you're looking at won't quite work.

Wheels

WheelsThere are sooooo many important things to know about Roller Derby wheels that we've written a whole article about it. You can check out our Best Wheels for Roller Derby Article here or if you already know what you want, you can start shopping for all the awesome wheel options here. All of the derby skaters we know have tons of wheels and are always adjusting to find the perfect one. You can find a great place to start learning in the article above. Don't forget to check out the amazing bundles for some great savings on some awesome wheels and bearings too!

Now that you have all the informaion on how to get your kid started in Roller Derby, here's some information you'll need on the new lingo you'll be learning as well as how Roller Derby Scoring works!

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