FAQ

Where can I see the teams play?

Toronto Roller Derby skates year round at The Bunker in Downsview Park! Check our schedule for a list of upcoming games and events!

Lost? Here are directions to The Bunker

What can I bring into Downsview Park?

Bring your kids, bring your grandma, bring your friends!

We’ve got 5-tier bleachers and plenty of floor space to watch the bout from, but we don’t mind if you’d rather plant your tush on a blanket, towel, yoga mat, or folding chair. We do ask that if you bring your own chair, you don’t line it up to the track… skaters have been known to crash into the track-side seating. For the safety of your stuff and consideration of people who may be sitting on the floor, we ask that chairs be set up a minimum of 3 feet from the track.

Bring CASH! There is an ATM, but sometimes it runs dry (out of our control) and the next closest one is a 10 minute walk away. Merchandise is available right by the door and a t-shirt goes for $20, taxes included.

Beer, pop ‘n snacks are always available, and either pizza or food trucks for the main food event. Feel free to bring your own healthy snacks, but unsealed bottles will be checked by security. Please do not BYOB!

Can I come to a practice to watch?

Team and league practices are closed to the general public for your safety and our sanity. If you want to see us in action, buy a ticket! However, if nine public games a year just isn’t enough, why not volunteer? Our NSOs (non-skating officials) and referees get a great view of the game from the track during practices and games, so volunteering for those positions might be for you!

To request more info on joining a team, contact the Fresh Meat committee and we will let you know all about the next fresh meat training camp.

How can I get involved?

While many a referee or stats person is actually a plain-clothes derby skater, derby widow, partner, or family member we would love some fan support ON the track too. Both roles are a great way to watch the game while helping a ToRDie out! Contact them at officials@torontorollerderby.com to find out how you can get involved!

There are a great number of positions we need to fill to make our season a huge success every season. We’re always looking for dedicated, fun-loving people to volunteer their time during our events and fun(d)raisers.

If you have a special skill that we may not foresee a need for yet, please tell us what you’ve got! Email our volunteer coordinator to get your foot/skate in the door!

I’m a hot shot photographer/videographer and would like a media pass to your next bout – how do I get one?

While we would LOVE to fulfill every media request we receive, we worry about the blinding effects of constant paparazzi flashes during a bout (tough life, we know). Luckily, we have created a Photographer Request Form for you to fill out. We’ll try to find a spot for you in our schedule and get back to you once we’ve got all your deets.

Similarly, if you are from a reputable media outlet and this is a time-sensitive request, we welcome you to email our Promotions and Marketing team!

How do I join a ToRD team?

ToRD recruits “fresh meat” to train with us in the off-season. When skaters are ready to move up and pass their skills testing, they move on to our farm team, the D-VAS, until the next draft.

As a new skater, you’ll get your butt in shape like you never imagined, you will make amazing new friends, and you will spend every waking moment knowing you are a drop-dead gorgeous demon of the derby!

But don’t let all of that delude you. it is also a huge time commitment to be a derby skater! We skate two to three nights a week and host bouts every 2-3 weeks during the season, plus away games! There are also several committees that keep the business end running smoothly and we require all skaters to participate on at least one committee.

We also require that all skaters own their own quad-wheel roller skates and protective gear, so start up can be expensive. Skaters also pay monthly league dues to pay for rink time.

To find out more about the rules and the minimum skate requirements, check out the official WFTDA website.

To request more info on joining a team, contact the Fresh Meat committee and we will let you know all about the next fresh meat training camp.

Are there any other leagues in Canada?

Of course! Roller derby has gone viral and is probably in a town near you!