CJRD is a volunteer run youth sports organization dedicated to bringing together skaters of diverse backgrounds, body types, and abilities and helping to develop overall fitness and health, self confidence, fair play, and leadership through the sport of flat track roller derby.
The Cincinnati Junior Rollergirls were founded in 2011 by retired Cincinnati Rollergirls Kathy Kissing (a.k.a. Panterrorize) and Lauren Bishop (a.k.a. Miss Print), who wanted to bring the competitive, full-contact sport of flat track roller derby to Cincinnati-area girls ages 7 to 17. For the 2022-2023 season beginning 9/1/22 the team has gone Open Division to accept all genders. Other current and former Cincinnati Rollergirls serve as coaches. All coaches and support staff are volunteers.
CJRD is a proud member of the Junior Roller Derby Association. Skaters are regularly tested on skating skills and the rules of the game and are placed in one of three JRDA-established skill levels: Level 1 (no contact – positional blocking only); Level 2 (JRDA full contact play; no accelerating to hit or block) and Level 3 (Women’s Flat Track Derby Association – level full contact play).
Practices & Games
The Cincinnati Junior Roller Derby practice schedule is divided into three 12-week seasons: fall, winter and spring. Practices take place most Monday nights at The Skatin' Place from 6:30-8 p.m.
Week-long camps for prospective junior derby skaters are held every summer.
Games and scrimmages with other junior derby teams from around the region will take place at home and away. CJRD also puts on 15-minute intra-league scrimmages at some Cincinnati Rollergirls' games.
Check the CJRD Calendar for upcoming events.
CJRD is Cincinnati's first junior roller derby team for skaters ages 7-17. If you know a 7-17 year-old skater who wants to play roller derby, please contact us for more information about joining the team!
New skaters – who are not currently members of CJRD -- will be asked to complete a skating assessment demonstrating their ability to do the following:
- Cross over in the turns
- Come to a complete stop
- "Fall small" and recover quickly from a fall
- Weave between cones
- Skate 15 laps around the roller derby track in 3 minutes or less
Equipment & Safety
Skater safety is the top priority of Cincinnati Junior Roller Derby coaches and support staff. All skaters must wear knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards, helmets and mouth guards at all times. New skaters who do not have full gear may rent skates and may be able to borrow pads and helmets from other skaters, but they must bring their own mouth guards.
Although participating in roller skating, roller derby and sports in general can involve risk of injury, CJRD coaches, trainers and support staff strive to reduce this risk with regular skills assessments, equipment checks and careful training.
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http://www.facebook.com/cincinnatijuniorrollergirls and http://www.facebook.com/CincyJuniorDerby