Welcome to East Lansing Roller Derby! We are very excited that you’ve made the first step towards an incredible new experience. ELRD has an open enrollment policy, meaning that anyone is able to join during anytime of the year. However, there are times in which it is easier and provide a more dedicated experience for new skaters. Bi-annually ELRD hosts our Fresh Meat Boot Camps. These are 6-8 week, that are 100% dedicated to teaching basic and beginner skills. During this time, our vetted training staff works with you one on one to develop the minimum skills necessary to skate safely and to play the sport of roller derby. Your safety will always be our number one concern.
Our organization strives to promote an unbiased, positive, motivational, structured training and instruction program, filled with competitive spirit, provided in a safe environment all while creating the culture of tight knit family group. We like to think of our organization as the Mom and Pop shop of Greater Lansing area roller derby community. A familiar, unique, personalized, genuine, family-like experience, that gets the job done professionally and well.
No experience is necessary to become an integral part of this organization. If you give us your dedication and hard work effort, ELRD promises to give you our uncompromised attention and support to help make you the best roller derby player you can be. We do this regardless of size, shape, or skill level, everyone is invited and welcomed!
East Lansing Roller Derby is always recruiting new skaters, year round! No experience necessary, we teach you everything you need to know to become a safe roller derby player. To learn more about joining the Maven Movement, contact our Recruitment Chair for more information. Although we have an open-enrollment league, we do host bi-annual beginner boot camps, where 100% of our attention is devoted to building up skater skills. You can learn more about when our next camp is by viewing our Boot Camp information page.
We can't really say it better ourselves, this video by Buzzfeed gives such an accurate representation of what roller derby has to offer! (We do not play on banked track, flat track only).
East Lansing Roller Derby is looking for dedicated, diligent, rule loving individuals, who would like to be involved in the sport of roller derby. Referees are on skates and like new skaters, must follow and be able to pass all proper safety procedures. That being said, referees are not involved in the constant contact and higher dedication level required to be a player. If interested in wearing stripes, contact our Head Referee for more information.
The true unsung hero of roller derby, Non-Skating Officials (NSOs) are a crew of off-skates individuals that are required for a bout to take place, and play a vital role in the game itself. Roughly twelve NSOs are required per one bout. Their positions range from, controlling the game clock, administering the amount of time penalties are served, recording and displaying said penalties, tracking and displaying score as well as recording which players are on the track and when. A perfect role within the league for those individuals who are unable to participate because of physical requirements of the sport (or unable to fully commit to the time required) but know they want to be involved in the community or roller derby somehow, someway. For more information on how to become a Non-Skating Official, contact our Head NSO.
We could always use a hand in some capacity. This is what makes volunteers with East Lansing Roller Derby so valuable.