Who Goes to RC?
RollerCon is organized by female derby players from the new generation of DIY leagues, and is 99% attended by the same.
In recent years, derby has gotten more popular with skaters who don’t fit that categorization, and RollerCon attendees reflect that growth in popularity. Old School, MADE, recreational skaters & Renegades have always attended RollerCon (in small percentages). Every year the relatively small percentage of male skaters grows, too. As derby grows overseas, every year brings in a LOT more international players, as well. Our attendees pretty accurately reflect the actual derby population, really.
RollerCon does not discriminate or exclude any sub-group of derby, and is open to every insured skater regardless of age, gender, track preference, “school,” league or governing body affiliation, rules preference (or lack thereof), or any other classification that can be applied to derby.
ADULT MEN & WOMEN:
All requirements for male and female skaters are exactly the same.
Scrimmages are sometimes labeled co-ed or single sex. Challenges and bouts are determined by the participants. Coaches are free to limit events to participants of a specific skill level or group focus, and if they do, their classes will be labeled, but classes are also co-ed. If you are a male or female that DOES NOT want to play in co-ed contact situations, you have lots of single-sex opportunities and many tracks to choose from. If you have safety concerns, please express your concern to officials or coaches and they will find a safe solution – for example, they’ll partner you with someone you ARE comfortable with. Some skaters prefer not to skate co-ed, and that’s completely fine – it doesn’t have to be a big deal. We are all willing to work very hard to make sure everyone has fun.
RollerCon is a convention meant for adults. That said, Juniors have attended RollerCon starting with 2009 (with just two). Prior to 2012, Juniors had only attended WITH parents, and the parents signed waivers with RollerCon Managers witnessing. In 2012, we had some unfortunate incidents with juniors “sneaking” into scrimmages, which had serious insurance implications and required that we rewrite our Junior Policy. As of 2014, Juniors are permitted to purchase an Off Skates Convention Pass and attend non-skating convention events. We may plan a junior-only scrimmage if there is sufficient demand for it made ahead of time, the desire for which can be expressed here.
WFTDA, RDCL, Renegades, USARS, MADE, banked track, old school derby, etc.
- Most RollerCon flat track events are played by the most recent version of the WFTDA rules (with the option of larger rosters for all but sanctioned games).
- Some competitive flat track events are played by USARS rules.
- Banked track competitive events are played by RDCL v2.5 Rules.
All skaters (regardless of affiliations) are welcome at RollerCon. They must meet all the safety gear, skill level and insurance requirements that apply to all skaters, and are welcome at all events. Anyone that skates with other rulesets may ask to schedule challenges with their rules & officials by sending their request to email@example.com for safety review. RollerCon refs and NSOs are trained in the rulesets listed above, and may not be willing or able to officiate at events with other rulesets, so please include contact information for pre-staffed refs & officials. No unsafe behavior will be tolerated, and the RollerCon Head Ref will attend and monitor any non-standard events for safety. RollerCon organizers and our insurers are the final word on what is or isn’t safe. The RollerCon Head Ref or his alternate may stop any event or remove any skaters that they feel are potentially hazardous.
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