Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How can I find up to date information about men's roller derby in Portland, OR?

Besides our website, you can find up-to-date information by becoming a fan on Facebook, by following us on Twitter (@stumptownderby), or by emailing us directly at info@portlandmensrollerderby.com.

Q: What equipment do I need to play men's roller derby?

Men's roller derby is a FULL CONTACT sport. You are required to have the following in order to participate: QUAD roller skates (no inlines), knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards, mouth guard, and a helmet. The staff at Oaks Park Skate Shop are very knowledgeable about the kind of equipment required for roller derby, and they have several roller derby packages available. Dues-paying skaters of PMRD also receive a discount at the Oaks Park skate shop on skates and gear. For more information regarding equipment, please contact Beki at Oaks Park Roller Rink—she's our "skate guru". Once you join the team, we can hook you up with the discount!

Q: What else is required to skate?

We are currently a member league of the Men's Roller Derby Association (MRDA). Membership in the MRDA gives us access to special WFTDA/MRDA insurance coverage. We require all our skaters to have individual MRDA insurance policies, and highly recommend that our skaters have primary health insurance as well. More info can be found at http://www.wftda.com/insurance

Q: Where do you practice?

We practice year-round in the "Hangar" facility at Oaks Park. The facility has a sport court with a dedicated roller derby track. Check our calendar for practice times. During the warmer months, we will also hold informal outdoor practices and trail skates. Outdoor skating is fun and a great way to improve your skating skills!

Q: But isn't roller derby fake?

Absolutely not. Modern flat-track roller derby has evolved into a legitimate sport! No gimmicks, no pre-determined games, no "roller jam" style play. There is no "fake fighting," throwing punches, or tripping people intentionally.

Q: Come on. Is roller derby really a sport?

Yes! We are very serious about playing the sport of roller derby. We play under the MRDA (Men's Roller Derby Association) ruleset, which mirrors the WFTDA (Women's Flat-Track Derby Association) ruleset. MRDA is a growing organization of men's roller derby leagues that compete against each other on a national level. Click here to read more about the Official WFTDA/MRDA Rules.