The Balsam Mountain Roller Girls want you. A flat track female roller derby league based out of Haywood County, the team is looking to grow its team at the Smoky Mountain Sk8way & Fun Zone in Waynesville.
The team holds two practices per week from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sundays and Thursdays. Skating trainees, referees and players will learn through physical training. Both skating and non-skating trainees will learn rules through instruction and watching the game.
The junior’s team, Balsam Mountain Junior Roller Girls, for girls ages 11 to 17, practices from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays. Girls and their parents are invited any Monday night to learn more about this confidence- and muscle-building sport.
League members will explain the game of roller derby, show video clips of the game in action, talk about the league and team opportunities, and then let participants try out skates. The event is not just for women who want to play, but for anyone who would like to learn more about roller derby or would be interested in joining the world’s fastest growing sport.
Requirements are that all trainees must be 18 years old or older, pay $40 a month dues and sign a waiver. Referees, non-skating trainees and volunteers are exempt from dues but will have attendance requirements while in training. All skaters must pass a skills test and purchase USARS insurance (an annual fee of $55) before they are put into full contact play. Skates will be provided.