IS THERE GOING TO BE A 2021/2022 SEASON?
Updated August 2021
The short answer: We hope to return soon but aren't quite ready.
The long answer: As a WFTDA league, we are following WFTDA's Return to Play Guidelines and have a number of metrics to meet before we can return to practice. We are choosing to not restart our practices until Covid testing rates are under 5% for the Memphis Metro Area for two consecutive weeks. We have hit these metrics before and are hoping to see a downward trend soon.
Once MRD is able to resume practices, we will have to take several weeks to retrain our skaters to get them back and ready safely. This will delay bootcamps and new recruits as we will have to monitor our community spread. So.....things are still very up in the air for when our seasons will resume to normalcy. We're eager to return. But we have to do it in the safest way possible, not just to avoid sickness, but to avoid physical injury as well.
In 2022, we will hit our 16 year anniversary as a recreational sport in Memphis. We'd like to think we're still very much a part of the Memphis community and of what makes Memphis such a wonderful, unique place to live. We are hoping to keep our community involvement up during this year and next. But alas, we're going to keep telling you to "check our facebook for updates." Because, truthfully, we'll update that when we have something a little more solid.
We will continue to prioritize the health of our league members as well as the Memphis community.
You can find more info about WFTDA'S return to play plan on their website here.
CAN Y'ALL STILL TEACH ME HOW TO PLAY ROLLER DERBY?
We're so excited for your newfound love of skating!
We often taken in new skaters through our annual bootcamps which are usually hosted in the Fall and Winter. Currently, we have not announced any bootcamp dates due to the season being continually reshaped by the virus.
However! Follow our Facebook page for bootcamp announcements. It's always announced there first so make sure you get our notifications!
You can also send us an email so that we can put you on the bootcamp waitlist. Lastly, check out youtube to learn some basics on how to skate like a derby player.
I'M A TRANSFER, CAN I STILL JOIN THE TEAM?
First off, welcome to Memphis! We're sorry it's in a time of the coronavirus. But we cannot wait to meet and skate with you!
When we resume practices we will be taking on new transfers in a case-by-case basis. Please send us an email so we can know you are interested and make sure to set up your assessment for when we do return.
As always, follow our facebook page so that you stay updated on the current events.
CAN I DONATE TO THE MEMPHIS ROLLER DERBY?
Usually, we'd say YES PLEASE! However since our funding usually goes directly to the events we host, we would prefer you send your money back into our beloved community.
Please consider a local food bank or an organization that is helping those directly impacted by the coronavirus.
Here's a small list of places to consider:
Stay well and safe everyone. Wash your hands so that we can bump into each other on skates again.
❤️ -Memphis Roller Derby
COVID -19 UPDATES
We are continuing to monitor and listen to the advice from the CDC and Shelby Department of Health. As of March 12, 2020, Memphis Roller Derby decided to cancel practices until further notice. We understand that new information regarding the COVID-19 virus is updated on a day-to-day basis. As a result, announcements about our events and games will be updated on a month-to-month basis.
As much as we love this sport, we value the health of our athletes, volunteers and fans more. Please slow the spread by practicing social distancing, wearing your mask and regular hand washing.
We will skate with you again! Please follow our Facebook Page for all event announcements