WFTDA “This is Roller Derby” Beginner Curriculum

WFTDA's "This is Roller Derby" skater curriculum was designed by the WFTDA Skater Curriculum Task Force to provide guidance for roller derby leagues to develop skaters' skills to play in WFTDA-regulation and sanctioned games. This curriculum and supplemental resources replaced the WFTDA's previous minimum skills requirements and skater rules tests, in an effort to remove barriers to participating in our sport by creating opportunities for learning, play and engagement at every level, without focusing on defined timelines for successful completion. Download the curriculum, below, to learn more.

Resources & Additional Guides Overview

The "This is Roller Derby" skater curriculum and supplemental resources can be downloaded below as individual files or as a single zip file containing all documents.

This is Roller Derby + Additional Resources

Main Curriculum

“This is Roller Derby”
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Additional Resources

5 Tips for Where and How to Start Implementing the Beginner Curriculum in Your League


Coaching Resources Library

Introducing Contact & Recovery Guide

Recommendations on Mixed Level Play

How to Create an Inclusive Training Environment

Skills Cards

Player Development Map

Transition Plan

FAQ Sheet

Additional guides and translations are planned for future release.


As the curriculum was released at the beginning of the global COVID-19 pandemic, we understand that leagues returning to training may be unaware of these updates and need additional guidance in implementing the curriculum. WFTDA Member Leagues may continue with existing plans and establish new structures when they have had more time to assess and apply the curriculum to their league environment.

In the “Skater Education & Training” discussion group on the WFTDA Online Community,  you can ask questions and participate in discussions with members of the Curriculum Task Force and other WFTDA members about implementing the curriculum while transitioning to a new program or process. Join the Community to get access yourself or ask your league's WFTDA Skater or Official Representative to get involved.

Read more about this in the Transition & Implementation Plan for the new Beginner Curriculum “This is Roller Derby.”

For further questions visit the open MSR community forum.

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