Frequently Asked Questions

Event Information

Where are the bouts?

Southwest Youth Arena (4404 23rd Ave S # B, Fargo, ND 58104)

How much are tickets?

All tickets are general admission and can be purchased at the door on bout day. Those 18 and over are invited to sit close to the action track side.

Adults                  $12
College ID           $10
Kids 6-12              $7
Kids 5 and under     FREE

Discounted advance tickets can be purchased directly through any FMDG skater or ONLINE to be picked up at Will Call on bout day.

Are the bouts kid friendly?

Yes.  We strive to be a family-friendly event.  We have activities geared towards children during half times.  As with any sporting event, it is possible to hear inappropriate language from the crowd.  We will leave it up to you, as a parent, to decide whether a roller derby match is an appropriate place to bring your kids.

How long is a bout?

There are 60 minutes of play time in a bout, 30 minute halves with a 15 minute half time.   Most FMDG events are double headers, meaning two bouts are played.

General Questions

Who are the Fargo Moorhead Derby Girls?

We are a league of women and men that have come together from the Fargo/Moorhead and surrounding areas to bring the exciting sport of women’s flat-track roller derby to Fargo. We are North Dakota’s first and premier roller derby league. FMDG is different from your run-of-the-mill sports team in that all of our skaters and support staff run all business aspects of the league-from bout production, graphic design, to filing taxes-you name it. Everything that’s needed to run a successful business in the state of ND is handled by one of our volunteers. All positions in our league from skaters to coaching, referees and security are 100% volunteer. We work together to unlock our inner athletes by pushing and supporting each other both physically and mentally. We give to the league in the hopes that we can create a great life-changing experience that will affect our lives for the better.

Is roller derby fake?

No. Flat-track roller derby is a real sport, just like hockey, rugby or soccer. It is an aggressive full-contact sport and our skaters consider themselves athletes. We train accordingly to keep our skills up to speed and our bodies trained for the grueling workout.

How is the game played?

Flat track roller derby can be a difficult sport to learn and understand.  The video below, produced by the Hammer City Roller Girls does a great job of summing up the game.

For more specific questions about the game refer to WFTDA’s FAQs page.

What are the rules?

FMDG currently plays by the Women’s Flat-Track Derby Association (WFTDA) rules set.  The current set of WFTDA rules along with information on member leagues, national rankings, referee hand signals, and the minimum skills requirements can be found on the WFTDA website.

Why is it called a bout?

As in boxing – each roller derby bout is a fight to the finish!

Do people skate in roller blades?

Some referees skate in roller blades.   All players are required to skate in quad skates.

Prospective Skaters

Who can join FMDG?

  • All players must be female and at least 18 years of age.
  • Men and women 18 and over may join in a variety of roles including: referees, non-skating officials, coaches, announcers and general help.
  • Anyone of any age can help support FMDG through promoting, fundraising, sponsoring, volunteering and attending events and bouts.

What is the time commitment?

Derby is a definite time commitment. We have two-hour practices several times a week. Everyone is required to have an attendance rate of 60% for your safety and the safety of others. Members are also required to work at FMDG promotional and charity events throughout the season.

What if I get hurt?

Pulled muscles, sprains, strains, bruises, and/or broken bones will happen in any contact sport. This is why protective gear is required. We will also train, stretch and practice falling correctly to help reduce injuries and their severity. The stronger you are the less likely you are to seriously injure yourself. Once you join the league, you will be required to have supplemental insurance offered through the league. If you don’t have primary insurance through your employer, this plan will cover catastrophic injuries. It picks up where primary insurance stops. Injury is part of derby, so common sense says it’s wise to have a primary health insurance plan.

How much does it cost?

Purchasing equipment is the biggest expense.  All skaters need to purchase: skates, helmet, mouth guard, wrist guards, elbow pads and knee pads.  This initial purchase can cost anywhere from $150-$500 depending on the quality of skates and equipment.  FMDG members also pay league dues of $40 per month.  Required supplemental insurance from WFTDA is $75 per year.

What equipment do I need?

Skaters are required to wear quad skates, helmet, mouth guard, wrist guards, elbow pads and knee pads at every practice and bout.  Additional protective equipment such as hip pads, shin guards or eye protection are optional.

What skating skills do I need before I join?

A majority of our current league members had no quad skating experience before joining FMDG.  It is recommended to familiarize yourself with quad skating before joining the league.  Our Fresh Meat training program is designed to teach you basic skating skills as well as basic roller derby skills.  Having previous experience on quad skates is beneficial and will help you advance quicker. A great way to tune up your skating skills is to attend open skate nights at Skate City. Call for open skate times.

How do I join?

Contact us at fmdgrecruit@gmail.com for more information.  Our Fresh Meat Coordinator will let you know when our next Fresh Meat class will start and guide you through equipment decisions, insurance questions and league policies.