1.1 Teams shall consist of a maximum of twenty skaters that have passed the Minimum Skill Requirements established by the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA).
1.2 At most, fourteen skaters may be on the roster for a specific game. Leagues may rotate their game roster from their team roster between games.
1.3 During a tournament, leagues may substitute alternates from their team roster. If a skater is pulled from the tournament and replaced with an alternate, she may re-enter the tournament in a subsequent game.

Ah! The very words from the rulebook that challenge the new entrants and their entrance into the world of playing for their Derby team. Someone in the crowd may have been sitting on the sidelines of a match at The Hangar watching their Vixens against the CN Power and say to themselves, could this be me? Then it becomes true.

Leagues looking for the injection of fresh new blood to re-energize and revitalize their team and bring in a new spirit and attitude. Newbies looking for a new alternative to life and find Derby then needing to pass minimum skills in order to take the next big step.


Minimum Skills Requirements is never trivial. They were last updated in 2009 and it is by these standards that the skater must pass.  “There were some significant additions to the WFTDA Minimum Skills Requirements along with some minor rewording and clarification.”

There are five primary sections to the test each with their own set of skills to be legally  and safely demonstrated:
Basic Skating Sills



Skating With Others


WFTDA league skaters must demonstrate these skills before they’re allowed to bout, and most other leagues also use them as a safety guideline.

On a Saturday night the new bloods of GTA Rollergirls met the challenge with a mixture of nerve and bring’er!  The test was a chance to demonstrate before coaches and team mates who became their judges what they had learned and gleaned from all the hours of practice and scrimmage and skating at the gym or in the school or in the frozen cold rink or going to Scooters in spare time [as if there ever is].



Meryl Reap is one of those skaters you just dare not cross. As you can see Meryl Reap has one of the fiercest faces in Derby. Just coming into the fold of the GTA Rollergirls she along with all the others has made great strides in their adeptness on the lanes of the track.
say that minimums were nerve-wracking to say the least. I found that it was a lot harder to do things that normally come easily to me, which stressed me out quite a bit, and I found myself getting pretty worked up,” Reap says of the minimum skills test experience. 

“However, I calmed down after a little bit, and passed, so I’m happy. Definitely a relief to never have to go through them again, and it’s wonderful to be an official part of the team now. I’m looking forward to kicking some butt with all of the awesome new Mollys!”

Whip it with 'Meryl Reap' [above left] and 'Jill Feral' [above right]

    ‘Jill Feral’ [above] with Sasha Fierce, minimum skills tester
Another who passed the minimums is the newly minted Rosemary's Rabies [seen below in red demonstrating taking a block from Riley Rage].

“Going into minimums I was pretty nervous, and was getting myself all psyched-up about it. I knew I was ready to pass them, but was afraid of spazzing out and blowing it,” says Rosemary’s Rabies. “After I got through the endurance laps (with 26 in 5!) I calmed right down, and got my focus. It was an intense but worthwhile experience. I’m so, so excited to skate with the Chrome Mollys, and kick some butt! I can’t wait to keep learning more, become a better skater, and gel with the new team!”

Kudos to all those out there who go into this venture and pass or we’ll pass it next time – and here’s to the new blue and white bundles of enthusiasm on the Chrome Mollys! including

    Emma ‘Rosemary’s Rabies’ Powers
    Sarah ‘Jill Feral’ Feret
    Megan ‘Prairie Fire’ Noels
    Acey ‘Gory Hart’ Rowe
    Ami ‘Meryl Reap’ Rose
    Nicole ‘Riley Rage’ Galea

Yay to them ! ! ! – Canadian Psycho

[thanks Canadian Psycho for all the updates and wheels]

WFTDA Minimum Skill Requirements

For skaters entering into WFTDA sanctioned interleague competitions

Each WFTDA member league that intends to enter into a WFTDA sanctioned interleague bout must designate a league member who is responsible for ensuring that each skater entering into the interleague bout meets the skill requirements listed below.  The league member may be the head of the training/coaching committee, travel team captain, or other league official.  This league official must sign off on each skater’s individual assessment sheet.  This must be done at least annually for each skater participating in interleague play.

Basic Skating Skills

The skater must demonstrate proficiency in the following areas:

Skating Posture

Bends at knees and hips with shoulders back

Swings arms fluidly with a forward and backward motion


Has steady, confident, fluid strides

Uses both feet to push forward on straightaways


Performs smooth crossovers while skating at a brisk pace going into and coming out of turns.

Uses both feet to push during crossovers


Can complete 5 laps around the track in one minute or less (based on WFTDA regulation track)


Skater must come to a complete stop from a brisk pace, using proper form and without losing her balance using


Toe Stop

Other skills

Performs one-foot glides with each foot for the length of the straightaway with good balance

Has the ability to propel self while keeping all eight wheels on the floor

Can move easily and fluidly from one side of the skating lane to the other.


Skater must perform the following falls safely, accurately, and naturally with quick recovery

Single Knee Falls



Recovers from each without putting hands on the ground

Double Knee Falls

Backward style (a.k.a. Rock Star)

Forward style (all fours)

Recovers from each within three seconds

Figure 4/Baseball Slide

Performs this fall with both legs on or near the ground

180 Degree Turn Single Knee Fall

Exhibits control to complete the fall in exact opposite direction


Skater must demonstrate the ability to perform the following tasks without losing her balance or falling

From a standstill:


Forward and Backward

Side to side in both directions

While skating:


Squats and coasts through the entire straightaway and turn

Squat and propels self on straightaways and around turns


With both feet, moving forward, both feet landing simultaneously

From one foot to the other


Can look left, right, and behind quickly and unexpectedly while skating


Maneuvers through 10 cones placed six feet apart, covering both straightaways and turns

Backwards Skate

Skates backwards steadily and fluidly

Skating With Others

Skater must demonstrate the ability to perform the following skills legally and safely


Giving whips

Receiving whips





Varies speed while being “sandwiched” between two skaters, maintaining an arm’s length distance without falling, tripping, overtaking, or running into another skater.

Weaving Around Moving Obstacles

Demonstrates weaving through a line of moving skaters that are a body width apart (such as in the “Last In Line” drill).

Unexpected Obstacles

Skating within a pack of at least four other skaters, who are falling in front of the skater at various unexpected times.  Skater must demonstrate the ability to deal with unexpected obstacles, such as another skater who has fallen within a pack, by avoiding or safely falling without hurting self, the fallen skater, and without causing an unnecessary hazard for any of the pack skaters.


Skates while leaning shoulder to shoulder with another skater without falling, while maintaining an upright position and propulsion


Maintains or recovers balance while being bumped into and having wheels bumped by another skaters without falling


Skater must demonstrate the ability to perform the following skills legally and safely.

Taking Hits

Responds safely (without falling or falling safely, accurately, and small, without sprawling unnecessarily, with quick recoveries) to repeated heavy checks

Demonstrates the above in a pack situation, without causing an unnecessary hazard for pack skaters.

Body Blocking/Frontal Blocking/Stall Blocking

Performs with good posture and without loss of balance or focus


Performs checks with legal body parts delivered within legal blocking zones with moderate to heavy force while skating at a brisk pace


Skates 20 laps around regulation track within five minutes.


Skater must demonstrate knowledge of current rules. ( A short written or oral test can be given once rules are final.)


Key changes in the new version:

  • Combined speed and endurance into a single requirement (1.4.1)
  • Added recovery time specifications to each of the falls (2 or 3 seconds, depending on the fall)
  • Added the four point fall to the test (2.5)
  • Added two specific stops to the stopping requirement: T-stop and snowplow stop (1.5)
  • Added a specific lateral movement requirement (
  • Added a height specification to the hopping requirement (3.3.1)
  • Added hip whips as a requirement (4.1.3)
  • Added a 40 question multiple choice rules test (section 6)”