CJRG is a volunteer run youth sports organization dedicated to bringing together girls of diverse backgrounds, body types, and abilities and helping to develop overall fitness and health, self confidence, sportswomanship, 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 8 to 17. Other current and former Cincinnati Rollergirls serve as coaches. All coaches and support staff are volunteers.
CJRG 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 Rollergirls’ practice schedule is divided into three 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. CJRG also puts on 15-minute intra-league scrimmages at Cincinnati Rollergirls' games at the Cincinnati Gardens.
Check the CJRG Calendar for upcoming events.
CJRG is Cincinnati's first junior roller derby team for girls ages 8-17. If you know an 8-17 year-old girl who wants to play roller derby, please contact us for more information about joining the team!
New skaters – who are not currently members of CJRG -- 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 Rollergirls 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, CJRG coaches, trainers and support staff strive to reduce this risk with regular skills assessments, equipment checks and careful training.
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