- What is “OKVD”?
- Oklahoma Victory Dolls Roller Derby (OKVD), is based out of Oklahoma City. The league was established in 2006 as an off-shoot of Oklahoma City Roller Derby. In 2015, OKVD merged with the OKC Outlaws. In 2017, OKVD combined with Oklahoma City Roller Derby to become Oklahoma’s largest and highest-ranked roller derby league.
- How many teams do you have?
- We have two competitive teams: the All-Stars, who compete internationally for rankings, and Tornado Alley, who compete nationally.
- Where do you bout?
- Arctic Edge Arena in Edmond is our home venue, but hockey season prevents us from playing there year-round. In the early spring, before hockey season ends, you can catch us at Star Skate in Norman.
- I want to watch! How can I see a bout?
- Check out the season schedule, then head over to pick up advance tickets through Brown Paper Tickets. Kids 12 and under get in free!
- What typically goes on at a bout?
- Our bouts are usually double-headers, which means you get DOUBLE the derby for the same price! We have raffles, merchandise, half-time games, vendors, food, and at our Arctic Edge venue, BEER!
If you want to learn more about the rules of the game, check out this video from Refinery29.
- How long do they last?
- A bout is two 30-minute halves plus a 15-minute halftime. With clock stoppages, you can expect one bout to last about 1.5 hours.
- Who do you play?
- Our home bouts often find our skaters going head-to-head giving our fans the chance to see ALL of our skaters in action. Other times, we invite teams from around the state, and even the country, to compete on our home turf.
- I’m interested in playing. How do I sign up?
- Typically, we have two 12-week new recruit classes per year, one in the fall and one in the spring. These classes teach you EVERYTHING you need to know, including step one: learning how to skate!
- Oh no, I missed the new recruit information meeting! Can I still join?
- We welcome new skaters to join our class up to two weeks late. You can always email New Recruits for more information. We also love to see new faces join our league as officials!
- I’ve never skated before. Is this a problem?
- Not at all, we will teach you. Many of our All Star athletes hadn’t skated in years – or ever!
- What if I’ve never played a sport before?
- While non-sporting types might find their progress a little more slow-going that others, you can totally still learn to play roller derby. We recommend beginning a workout regimen, including weights and cardio, ASAP so that you can begin conditioning your body. Attending practice will also whip you into shape!
Playing a team sport is as much about your mentality as it is your physicality, so stay focused, stay determined, and stay positive. We want you to be the best derby player you can be, but ultimately you determine how far you can go!
- Okay, I’m in. But what does the new recruit class look like?
- The new recruit class is a 12-week class designed to teach you the basics of roller derby, including basic skating techniques, taking and receiving hits, and the rules of the game. At the end of the 12 weeks, each recruit undergoes a minimum skills assessment, to ensure that they are safely able to play, before they join us for full contact.
Generally, the new recruit class consists of two skating practices and one non-skating practice a week, where recruits can watch scrimmage and learn non-skating officiating positions to better understand the rules of the game.
- What about gear?
- We have plenty of loaner gear and skates for recruits who aren’t sure they want to make the commitment yet. Eventually, however, recruits will need their own gear and skates to continue with the class.
- Meh, I don’t think playing is for me. How else can I get involved?
- We’d love to have you as an official! Our officials are a huge part of our league, and some of them even travel around the country officiating at high-level tournaments, representing the best of OKVD. Others simply find the once-a-week officiating commitment here at home exhilarating and fulfilling. No officiating experience required – we will teach you whatever position you are interested in! We have both skating and non-skating officials. You can email Officiating for more information.
If officiating isn’t up your alley, consider working with us as an announcer, medic, sponsor, or even just a superfan. Contact Us for general ways to get involved.
No matter how you choose to support our league, we’d love to have you!