Skating Skill Levels
RollerCon skating events are classified based on these skating skill definitions.
- You self-report your skill level when you get your RollerCon pass. You can update it by emailing us, but wait until Summer so we only have to do it once. We’ll remind everyone. Please note that changing your skill level *after* you’ve been recruited to play on a challenge or bout can kick you off a roster.
- You’ll get a Skill Level sticker at RollerCon Registration that goes on the back of your pass.
- Scrimmages, classes and challenges will be labeled by skill level to make it easier to sign up or drop in to your level. Please do not drop in to skating events that don’t include your level (that includes “playing down” in a lower skill level open scrimmage – just NO). You will be unable to sign up for classes that don’t include your color.
A rookie skater is brand new, and has passed or is attempting to pass the WFTDA minimum skating skills standards. A rookie may not yet be confident on their skates or with contact. Rookie events at RollerCon may include limited light contact, but skaters will be asked to execute proper safety precautions. There are no Rookie Challenges, but rookies are welcome at many classes and at C3 Open skate no-contact events.
CHALLENGE LEVEL C (yellow): Beginner
C Level skaters might be beginners or new to derby, but they can skate and they are safe. They have (or can) pass the WFTDA minimum skating skills standards and are ready to start or are already bouting, usually for their home teams. Beginner events are full contact. Many intermediate classes are available to beginners, but coaches may ask them to sit out some drills.
Beginner Challenges are all single-sex, and are usually scheduled in off-peak hours.
CHALLENGE LEVEL B (blue): Intermediate
B Level skaters have passed minimum skills and have experience bouting. They understand rules and most common strategies, and can usually execute them with and against familiar skaters. A lot of skaters that can’t travel but have skated several years fall in this category. They might not have a lot of experience skating on unfamiliar floors or against unfamiliar opponents, but adapt quickly. Interleague “B” team players (especially from new or isolated leagues) sometimes also fall into this category.
CHALLENGE LEVEL A (purple): Advanced
A Level skaters are currently bouting and have interleague experience, but are always looking for ways to improve their skating and bouting skills. They understand the rules of the game and common strategic tactics (walls, goats, speeding, slowing), and can execute them with and against unfamiliar skaters. They play on their league’s travel or all-star team, A or B level (for experienced leagues). They can hold their own with the vets, or maybe they are the vets. Advanced events are full contact. Sometimes they’re co-ed, as well. Challenge level A includes Double-A level superstar skaters, as well.
The training, opinions, findings, and conclusions offered during Rollercon are those of the authors or speakers and not necessarily those of the speaker’s league, the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association or the hosts or planners of the RollerCon conference. The materials and information presented are for informational purposes only & are not legal advice or counsel. Information gathered should be modified to fit your own personal needs, business models, athletic competence, health concerns and limitations, and state requirements. All skaters should execute proper safety precautions prior to attempting any skills demonstrated or shown. All RollerCon registrants participate in conference events solely at their own risk.