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Junior Derby for Girls 8-17

Ohio Valley residents are about to meet a whole new kids’ sport: junior roller derby. Girls ages 8 to 17 and their parents are welcome to attend a junior derby practice on Sundays at 1pm at Martins Ferry Recreational Center. Enrollment is open to join at any time. You can also email us for additional information at ovrg@ohiovalleyrollergirls.com for more info. 

The junior roller derby team will be a part of Ohio Valley Roller Girls, a non-profit organization and flat track team that was founded three years ago in 2010. In 2010, junior roller derby was just beginning to gain steam nationally, but today interest in our region has grown considerably. Five new teams have started this year within a few hours drive of Wheeling, joining well-established teams in Cleveland, Akron, Cincinnati, and Columbus.

What has caused this surge in popularity? Junior roller derby teams have shown that kids can play this game as safely as any other contact sport while enjoying the same benefits as more conventional team sports. Skaters report gaining confidence, self-esteem, self-discipline, and fitness. They make friends and learn teamwork. In addition, young women who might not be attracted to other sports like roller derby’s excitement and uniqueness. Girls of all sizes and shapes can find a niche on a team as well.

Many people will think of 70’s roller derby and wonder, “How can that be safe for children?” Flat track roller derby is very different from that game, with rules and penalties against dangerous play. Junior derby is further adapted to make it safer. The Junior Roller Derby Association offers guidelines for three levels of play: level 1, which is non-contact  with only positional blocking; level 2, which introduces contact without allowing acceleration into hits; and level 3, which is full-contact. The Ohio Valley Roller Girls’ future junior derby coaches plan to start the young players with basic skating skills. Once the girls show good control and stability, they’ll move on to Level 1 (non-contact) gameplay.

 

About Ohio Valley Roller Girls: The Ohio Valley Roller Girls was founded in St. Clairsville, Ohio in 2010. Modern flat track roller derby is a contact sport in which a player from each team scores points by racing around the track and lapping opposing skaters. The game is hard-hitting, fast, strategic, and 100% real. The nonprofit organization is made up of about thirty skaters, referees, non-skating officials, and volunteers. The Roller Girls also raises money for important causes like domestic violence victims, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the soup kitchen, animal shelters and many other local charities. The Ohio Valley Roller Girls are working hard to grow in numbers, athleticism, and professionalism while making a positive impact on the community.

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