Rookie Program

Amsterdam Roller Derby Rookie Program

Always wanted to try roller derby? This is your chance!

Amsterdam Roller Derby organises a Rookie program for new skaters every half season, this starts with an open house, a free event that introduces you to the basics of quad skating and roller derby. These are usually in September and February find out the latest about this event here.

Did you just miss an open house? Don't sweat it - at least not until you are training on track! - contact us and we will see if we can slot you in to the current program.

No previous skating experience is necessary to sign up, we will teach you all the basics you need to play roller derby. The Rookie program is open to everyone who is 16 years and over.

We welcome mxn to join our Rookie program! We don't have an established mxn's team yet, but if we have enough mxn, we can make this happen.

Please also sign up for our Rookie program if you want to learn how to become a referee! If being on roller skates is not your thing, but you'd like to get involved, you can always join us as an NSO (non-skating official) or as a volunteer by also sending us an email or filling the contact form.

For any questions, send an email to


During the program our trainers will teach you the basics of quad skating, so it's a great course even if you decide not to continue specifically with roller derby!

We start from scratch, how to roll, how to stop, how to safely fall. We build every week with two tailored trainings with games, skills and talks.

We also go over the rules of roller derby, how it is played and how your new skills will fit into gameplay. In the later half of the program we start to teach contact, how to do it efficiently and safely.

At the end of the program we have a look at the skills you've learnt and see whether you are safe and ready to join the league practices and try out for a team if that's what you fancy! Of course you can also choose to join the program again to reinforce those ever important basics with us.

I don't have skates...

We have some skates that we lend out for our open house events so that you can get a feel for them before getting your own. There are some great stores in town like our lovely sponsor The Derby Shop that will help kit you out. There are also several second-hand groups for getting your first pair and your safety gear that will get you through the program.

We go into more detail at the open house events, but if you have questions please feel free to contact us any time!

Mostly we just want to share our love for the sport and for being on wheels! We have a lot of fun and get a little sweaty in the mean time.

We welcome all folx to join our program and our league, if there is something we could do to make joining more accessible to you please let us know and we will try our best to make it work for you!

Derby Love,

Rookie Trainers