Are you 18 or over? Interested in joining the league as a skater, skating official (ref),
non-skating official (NSO)
, announcer, or league volunteer?  If so, read this page!

Wanna skate?
Contact us!
Under 18?  Chat with the Junior Gems!
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Come to our next Open Recruitment in OCTOBER 2019!

Must Bring:

valid ID

a mouthguard

*Will Need:

quad skates


knee & elbow pads

wrist guards

Embrace your inner-Gem! This Open Recruitment is not only to recruit fresh new skaters for GCRD's Recreational and/or Competitive Seasons, but also referees and non-skating officials.


Every SUNDAY during the month 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Every MONDAY during the month 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM

We will hold two full informational sessions (off-skates to start) for Open Recruitment. They are the best opportunity for new recruits to understand Gem City Roller Derby, our sport, and our commitment. If you miss the first one, don't worry--you may still drop in on any all-league practice during the month! Also, you'll get a second chance with the final session.


All participants must bring a photo ID
Participants interested in skating must bring a mouthguard
Limited loaner skates and loaner gear available

Interested in skating? For just $20 for the entire month, practice with us every Sunday and Monday in October to see if you'd like to join the league (that's about $2.50 per 2-hour practice)!

Not sure you want to skate? Come anyway! We accept and train officials (skating referees and non-skating officials or NSOs) and general volunteers all year long at no cost! 


Skaters should be able to skate on quad skates (you can get even more practice in during public skating sessions--if you can stand, roll, and take any strides, you're good!), but interested recruits do NOT need any derby skills or knowledge because we'll teach you those!

Gem City Roller Derby is a member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) and accepts skaters who identify as women, trans women, intersex women, and / or gender expansive. However, ALL genders are accepted for official positions, including skating referees and non-skating officials, as well as other volunteer positions.


*We have limited loaner skates and safety gear available (but no mouthguards). Equipment is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please bring your own mouthguard and photo ID to each practice. See you soon!


Skateworld Of Vandalia
333 S Brown School Road, Vandalia, Ohio 45377

Transfer Skaters

Moving to the area? We accept transfer skaters all year long. Please use the contact form to let us know when you plan to come. We will fill you in on the transfer process.



Roller derby has two types of officials: skating officials (referees) and non-skating officials (NSOs). ALL genders are accepted for official positions, including skating referees and non-skating officials. Officials typically attend scrimmage practices to hone their skills, and interested officials can start any time. Contact our league officials to get started.

Since referees are on skates, they have requirements similar to skaters. 

Since NSOs don't wear skates no paperwork is required to get started. Put on a pair of closed-toe shoes and come join the fun!

Read up on official positions HERE. And no one knows the rules better than a good official, so take a look at the latest WFTDA Ruleset.


Visiting Officials

Are you looking for more opportunities to expand your officiating skills? Just let us know using the form at the top of this page! The Head Official for any bouts you expressed interest in will contact you prior to bout day with more details. 



Interested in being a league volunteer? Fill out the form at the top of this page! Dedicated league volunteers not directly involved in gameplay can fill a variety of positions. ALL genders are accepted for volunteer positions.


On bout day, we need dedicated persons to set up, tear down, manage live updates for social media, announce, re-tape the track during the game, manage the music, assist other league staff as needed, and be on standby for medical emergencies. Each role helps! For example, announcers play a big part in pumping up audience participation.

Outside of bout day, our organization utilizes a variety of skills to include team management, graphic design, marketing, public relations, social media management, event planning and coordination, as well as emergency or sports medicine. As an organization, we can provide guidance for nearly all volunteers in their roles except those supporting GCRD as medical professionals.

For information on who may volunteer as Professional Medical Staff, please see page 12 of the WFTDA Risk Management Guidelines

If you are a person interested in internships or otherwise validating service hours, please let us know when you sign up so we can ensure you're taken care of. 

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