Have you ever watched women play roller derby and thought to yourself, “Damn, that looks like fun”? Did you once play hockey or football, but are now looking for a new sport to master? Are you looking for a way to get or stay in shape? Are you an experienced skater looking for a little more contact? Are you over the age of 18? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, or even if you didn’t but are still reading, then flat track roller derby may be right for you.
The Lane County Concussion (LCC) is currently recruiting skaters, volunteers, and officials. There is no experience necessary. All you need is a willingness to have fun, a few hours each week, and an interest in being part of an accepting community. We will handle the rest.
Skate with LCC
Our biggest need is always more skaters. And, as we recruit, we get a laundry list of excuses for why people do not want to take the plunge into roller derby:
“I’m too old!” – LCC’s oldest skater is Merby Dick. He is 75 years young and still regularly lays out some of our best skaters.
“Roller derby is too dangerous!” – As with any physical activity you do – whether it is running, yoga, or yard work – there is a chance of getting injured playing roller derby. However, the sport is designed to minimize this risk. You are required to wear elbow pads, knee pads, wrist guards, a helmet, a mouth guard, and quad skates. We can lend these to you if you want to just try the sport out. In addition, we have a training program that will help you get in shape in Springfield and teach you to fall without hurting yourself, and you do not progress to the next level of training until we feel it is safe for you to do so.
“I don’t have time!” – Roller derby is about having fun while getting the exercise you need to stay healthy and live a long life. How can you not have time for that? Currently, LCC practices twice a week for a total of three and a half hours. Men’s roller derby in Lane County is what you make of it. The guys who put in more time are the ones who becoming quite skilled. Those who put in less do not progress as quickly, but they still have a great time.
“I can’t play sports!” – Though there are valid physical impairments that could preclude one’s ability to play men’s roller derby in Springfield, skating causes less wear on the joints than sports that involve running. For this reason and many others, roller derby is the first sport that many players have ever tried. Sure, there are plenty of ex-hockey and football players who now skate the flat track, but there are also plenty of previously sedentary skaters out there as well. Roller derby is a great way to get in shape in Eugene, Oregon.
Come to Practice!
Now that the excuses are out of the way, for less than the cost of a gym membership, you can play men’s roller derby in Eugene/Springfield. You can start at our next practice. Be sure to check our calendar, but we generally practice Mondays from 6 to 8 pm and Wednesdays from 6 to 7:30 pm at the Willamalane Center for Sports and Recreation. Check in at the main entrance and you’ll be directed to our practice track. Shoot us an email ahead of time if you need to borrow some gear, or feel free to just drop by and watch.
Not Interested in Skating but Still Want to Help out?
Our skaters own and run the league. If you are not interested in playing roller derby but would still like to be involved, we are always in need of volunteers and officials. Volunteers are needed for everything from crowd control to making travel arrangements to event coordination. Without officials, LCC could never play. We have experienced officials who are always ready to welcome to train new skating or non-skating officials. Check out our contact page and let us know if you’d like to help out!