Derby United is proud to offer roller derby practices and bouts to our youth skaters on both the banked and flat track. Known worldwide as Junior Derby, youth roller derby programs provide a physical, mental and emotional outlet for young people.
Derby United’s youth program has two age groups: Firecrackers for skaters 12 and under and Spitfires for skaters 13 and over. Both programs have training opportunities for skaters of all genders.
Come to our free monthly informational session and learn all about practices, training, games and more and get one practice for free just for coming. Scroll to the bottom of the page and fill out the inquiry form to find out more.
Schedule always subject to change. Consult online schedule for most up to date listings.
We have both Pay-As-You-Go and Monthly Membership options available.
Roller derby practices are $12/session. The payment can be made in advance with an online reservation or paid on-site as a walk up. Cash, card or contactless forms of payment all welcome for in-person payments.
For those who skate with us more than once a week, a monthly membership is the most economical option. For $90/monthly, skaters may purchase an Unlimited Monthly Membership which includes all Derby Practices as well as any regularly scheduled Public Skate ($15) or Instructed Class ($20) offered at Derby United.
Youth roller derby players will need quad roller skates, knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards, helmet and a mouthguard. Roller derby is a full contact sport and falling is an important part of any skater’s training from day one. Please be sure your skater has well-fitted protective gear.
Quad Skates: Recommended derby brands include Sure Grip, Riedell and Chaya. If you are purchasing skates, please get a “speed boot” for roller derby. Please avoid ordering online. It is always best to get fitted in-person when possible. A quad rental skate is included at no charge for those just starting out.
Protective Gear: Recommended derby brands include 187 Killer Pads, Triple 8 and S-One. The fit is very important for a full contact sport. Please get fitted in-person for gear if possible. Avoid buying online. Protective gear is available for rent on-site at Derby United for $5/practice until you are able to get your own.
We recommend heading over to San Diego’s local roller derby shop, Sin City Skates. They will set you up with the Youth Derby package that will include all necessary items to play the sport. They are a locally-owned shop and know their stuff when it comes to derby gear. Call over to the shop or go in-person to their Kearny Mesa location to find out more.
Skaters as young as age 6 may participate in the Derby United youth program. Our recreational program is open to skaters of all genders. Trans and non-binary youth welcome.
We split our skaters into two age divisions-
Firecrackers: 6-12 years old
* Skater may be aged up to Spitfires at coach discretion
Spitfires: 13-18 years old
* Skater may be aged up to Adult League at coach discretion