Who Goes to RC?
RollerCon is organized by mostly WFTDA and banked track derby players from the new generation of DIY leagues, and is 85% attended by the same.
Since the first RollerCon in 2005, derby has gotten more and more popular with skaters who don’t fit that categorization, and RollerCon attendees reflect that growth in popularity. MRDA, USARS, recreational skaters, Renegades and park skaters have always been welcome at and attended RollerCon. Our attendees pretty accurately reflect the actual derby population.
RollerCon does not discriminate or exclude any sub-group of derby, and is open to every insured adult skater regardless of age, ethnicity, culture, religion, disability, gender identity or expression, nationality, track preference, “school,” league or governing body affiliation, rules preference (or lack thereof), or any other classification that can be applied to athletes that play the sport of modern roller derby.
All ticket, insurance and safety requirements for adult skaters at RollerCon are exactly the same. There are some extra insurance and safety requirements for banked track participation. RollerCon promotes inclusion of transgender, intersex and gender expansive participants, who skate in competitive events of any designation where they are comfortable. Conduct by anyone involved which makes any participant feel unwelcome will not be tolerated.
Scrimmages are categorized by skill designation and labeled unrestricted or single sex. Unrestricted means that all adult skaters that fit the skill designation are welcome. Single sex means that skaters who fit the skill designation are able to organize into packs according to their gender identity. These designations were developed to accommodate our attendees’ wishes and are not intended to create a hostile environment for anyone at RollerCon.
Challenges and bouts are organized by RollerCon participants. Skill and gender designations (or lack of) are determined by the participants & given to RollerCon schedulers by the captains.
MVP Training Classes are created by the coaches who lead them. Coaches are free to limit events to participants of a specific skill level or group focus, and if they do, their classes will be labeled. Classes are not restricted by gender. If you have concerns, please speak to the coach and they will find a solution – for example, they may partner you with someone you are comfortable with. RollerCon planners, staff and participants work together to make sure everyone has a fun, inclusive and safe experience.
Junior skaters are welcome to attend RollerCon with an Off Skates Convention Pass. There are no skating events for juniors at RollerCon.
Please note that RollerCon is a convention for adult athletes which (like the entire city of Las Vegas) frequently includes competitions and events featuring adult themes, violence, drinking, profanity and nudity. RollerCon is generally inappropriate for children. Parents who bring their children enter at their own risk and assume all risk for their children. Children must be actively supervised at all times. For insurance and safety reasons, we do not offer free passes or free entry for children or babies of any age.
WFTDA, RDCL, Renegades, USARS, MADE, banked track, old school derby, etc.
- Most RollerCon flat track events are played by the most recent version of the WFTDA rules (with the option of larger rosters for all but sanctioned games).
- Some competitive flat track events are played by USARS rules.
- Banked track competitive events are played by RDCL v2.5 Rules.
All skaters (regardless of affiliations) are welcome at RollerCon. They must meet all the safety gear, skill level and insurance requirements, and are welcome at all events. Anyone that skates with other rulesets may ask to schedule challenges with their rules & officials by sending their request to firstname.lastname@example.org for safety & insurance review. RollerCon refs and NSOs are trained in the rulesets listed above, and may not be willing or able to officiate at events with other rulesets, so please include contact information for pre-staffed refs & officials. No unsafe behavior will be tolerated, and a RollerCon Head Ref will monitor any non-standard events for safety. RollerCon organizers, officials and our insurers are the final word on what is or isn’t safe. The RollerCon Officiating Director or their alternate may stop any event or remove any skaters that they feel are potentially hazardous.
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