What is the Northeast Derby Convention?
The Northeast Derby Convention is a three day roller derby training camp and expo. The convention offers in-depth training at all levels with some of the world's best coaches. In three short days they will change your game forever.
The event will also feature workshops, off-skates training, and seminars on a variety of subjects. Vendors from across the world of derby will be there with the latest gear and exclusive new products. There will be scrimmages, prizes, giveaways and more. Finally, in true derby fashion, each night will end with a dance party.
Will I get time with the top coaches if I am a beginner?
Every skater will get time with our top coaches, regardless of skill level.
What will I need to get into the event?
Before entering the event you will need to see registration and show them:
- A government issued ID
- Your pass from Brown Paper Tickets
(on sale 1/1/12)
- Accidental insurance coverage (if you are going to participate in on-skates activities)
You will receive a lanyard, a sticker for your pass to show that you have registered (for skating classes you will also receive a sticker for your helmet) and a welcome package with the schedule and all sorts of freebies!
What gear is required to skate at this event?
Quad Skates, helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards and mouth guard (referees do not require a mouth guard when officiating, but will need one to participate in on-skates classes).
What kind of skating surface is it?
It is polished concrete--kind of slippery; grippier wheels are recommended for this type of floor.
How will you know my skill level?
You will assess your own skill level when you purchase a pass. We will provide clear guidelines of what skills the coaches will expect you to have already at each level.
If I sign up for the wrong classes can I switch?
It will be difficult to switch your skill level after the fact, and you may be asked to sit if you sign up for the advanced classes and cannot perform the required skills.
Should men come to this event?
Yes! Male skaters from across the country attended last year and we're looking to increase attendance this year. We've got nationally ranked MRDA coaches like Quadzilla and 2012 MRDA champion (and 18-time world champion speed skater) Tony Muse. See our complete roster here.
Should referees/NSOs come to this event?
Yes! Refs and NSO's will have two entire days (Sat. and Sun.) of classes and workshops designed specifically for them, as well as admittance into all non-contact on-skates classes. Find out more about referee participation here.
Note that officials wanting to participate in contact-eligible classes (anything over beginner) must purchase a normal MVP skater pass (instead of the normal Ref/NSO pass).
Should coaches come to this event?
Yes! There are lots of seminars for coaches including a special all day session where you follow Smarty Pants, possibly the best active derby coach in the world, for one full day to see how she coaches different levels of skaters.
Can I just come and watch and take notes?
Yes, there are spectator passes available, and you'll be allowed to sit in on any and all of the classes and seminars and participate in all off-skates activities (like the parties).
What is a Black & White scrimmage?
It is a huge derby scrimmage available to you where you can put all of your newfound skills to the test.
What is the All-Star Bout?
We divide our All-Star coaches and some visiting sponsored skaters into two teams, add a few lucky attendees, and watch them face off in one of the most epic exhibition bouts you will ever see!
Will there be group rate hotels?
Yes, we currently have group rate hotel reservations at three hotels by the airport with shuttle service to the Convention Center. See Hotels for more info.
How much is parking?
Parking at the Rhode Island Convention Center is $10 a day.
Is there wifi?
Wifi will be available in the café and in the prefunction halls of the convention center.
Is there anywhere to grab food?
There is a cafe located within the convention center and a mall connected to same complex. There are also many excellent restaraunts within walking distance in downtown Providence. We will eventually be posting a welcome packet on this site that among other things lists of some of our favorites in the area.
How do I get tickets?
Registration is open! Tickets went on sale January 1st, 2013 (1/1/13). There is currently an earlybird discount on MVP skater passes until March 1st. Head over to our registration page to buy tickets now!
How old do you have to be to purchase a pass?
The Northeast Derby Convention is an 18+ event this year.
Are the tickets refundable/transferrable?
Because they are printed lanyard passes they are non-refundable and non-transferrable once they are printed. You can, however, get a refund of your ticket through Brown Paper Tickets within 12 hours of purchasing your ticket, before the ticket gets printed.
Are you looking for volunteers?
Yes! Volunteer passes will be released in mid-February. Volunteers can get on-skates passes at a discount rate. Find out more about our volunteer program here.
If I didn’t attend all 3 days or if I was kicked out, can I have a refund for the time I didn’t go?
Sorry, no refunds are available if you must leave early for any reason.
Do I need insurance?
All skating participants at the Northeast Derby Convention are required to have individual accidental insurance coverage from one of these providers: USARS (Roller Derby), WFTDA, MRDA, CRDi, RSC (Roller Derby). See insurance for more info!