Our Mission

Ottawa Roller Derby’s (ORD) mission is to create a fun, safe and supportive environment for women aged 18+ to share their love of roller derby. We achieve this mission by:

  • supporting skaters at their own pace and skill level
  • offering both low- and full-contact levels of competition
  • being a player-owned and operated business, managed by a volunteer board of directors and committees drawn from the membership
  • adhering to the standards of the sport and encouraging safe play by following the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) rules and standards

For general information about the league, contact bordgroup@gmail.com.

On or off skates, there is a place for you at ORD! 


How to Play Derby with ORD

Women over the age of 18 can join ORD. Once skaters have passed their WFTDA minimum skills, they are eligible to scrimmage and bout at low- and full-contact levels. In order to support the diverse needs and skill sets of our members, ORD takes a graduated approach to minimum skills testing that allows each skater to advance at her own pace. This approach breaks up the skills required to pass the WFTDA minimum skills test into four different levels.

New members are welcomed on a regular basis through our Crash Course 101, a seven-week course that introduces participants to the basic skating skills needed to play roller derby. Once skaters graduate from Crash Course 101, they move onto Level 2 where they become dues-paying and insured members of the league. After passing the Level 2 test, skaters move onto Level 3 where they continue to learn the skills and strategy of roller derby and are eligible, pending coach approval, to participate in low-contact scrimmages. Skaters are then assessed to move on to Level 4 where they are cleared to participate in both low- and full-contact bouts.

Register for our next Crash Course 101

Contact ordcrashcourse101@gmail.com for questions about the Crash Course 101.

Contact ordheadcoach@gmail.com if you are an experienced derby player who is interested in transferring to ORD.