Junior Roller Derby groups skaters based on skating skill level. This allows derby rules to be tailored to match the skater's ability. There are three skill levels, each having a written assessment on skate rules, a skills proficiency assessment, and a skating speed assessment, as defined by the Junior Roller Derby Association (JRDA). These are administered by the coaches at practice. When all three assessments are met, the skater advances in skill level and can play roller derby at a higher level.
Beginners and Level 1 Beginning skaters learn basic skating, how to fall, and skating safety as they qualify for level 1. They will play derby scrimmages with other beginners and level 1 skaters. When level 1 derby is played, no hitting or leaning on other skaters is allowed. Offense and defense are based on physical position only.
Level 2 Level 2 derby adds leaning and pushing to permitted moves on the skate track, though skaters may not accelerate into a block. Skaters are becoming more proficient at the basic skating skills and are starting to learn more advanced skills.
Level 3 A skater that meets level 3 criteria has learned all of the necessary skating skills and can play full-contact roller derby. Level 3 skaters are also eligible to make the RJR All Star Team.
RJR Sanctioned Game Travel Team The RJR All Stars are a group of level 3 skaters chosen by the coaches to represent RJR in more competitive bouts. This team will play competitive rosters rather than the equal playtime structure that intra-league and other league games follow.
The mission of RJR is to nurture bold self confidence in young people by developing teamwork and athletic ability while treasuring individuality within a culture of encouragement and service to others.