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Will classes be offered for all skill levels?
Absolutely. Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced and Elite classes run throughout each day and Junior (Under 18) classes are offered for 1.5 hours each morning. There are also classes for freshmeat skaters with no contact for 1.5 hours each day.
What skill level am I?
Junior: Under 18 classes that are scaled by the coaches to cater for all Junior participants. (1.5 hours per day) You will need to be contact and scrimmage ready.
Fresh Meat: Learning to skate non-contact. Freshmeat skaters are learning to stride confidently on skates and stop freshmeat skaters are not yet ready for contact. (1.5 hours per day)
Beginner: A beginner skater that has been cleared to learn and participate in contact skills and therefore is a safe skater. You are just learning how to hit and take a hit and are just starting to understand the game of roller derby. You may or may not be bouting.
Intermediate: An intermediate skater that has had bouting or scrimming experience for less than 3 years. You are may be on your clubs home team or representative team. You understand the rules and most common strategies. You can complete WFTDA minimum skills.
Advanced: An Advanced skater that is currently a bouting skater and skating on your clubs representative team. You have been bouting for over 3 years. It is likely you have skated in tournaments and you are comfortable training at high intensity and contact level for extended periods. You know and can execute strategy and understand the rules comprehensively.
Elite: A skater with many years experience on your leagues representative team. You will comfortable with all advanced skating techniques.You will be able to train at very high intensity. Classes for this group will be designed to challenge the most advanced skaters.
All: Classes will be offered for ‘All” Begginer-Elite skill levels to enjoy. We understand there is exception to the above guidelines. Self assessing can be challenging. Skaters who purchase a Skaters Pass will be totally free to move between skill levels and choose what difficulty is right for your learning at the event.
Can I be a skating participant if I am not ready for contact?
Yes you can attend our special Freshmeat program 1,5hrs on skates each day and as a spectator to Derby Fest. You will still have access to all the information, festival activities, gear stalls, food and more on offer.
Can I participate in adult classes if im 16 or over?
Unfortunately not. The adult program is only for skaters over 18. This includes ramp and jam skating.
What does a junior ticket include?
Junior tickets include access to the junior program which is one 1.5hr class each day as well as the junior challenge bout (Places are limited) Juniors will need to be contact and scrimmage ready to participate.
What ticket is right for me?
Skater Pass The main Derby Fest ticket. This ticket is for skaters who are cleared for contact and can skate and stop confidently. You may or may not have had your first bout but you will be comfortable participating in full contact drills at your level. Classes will be given for ‘Beginner’, ‘Intermediate’ ‘Advanced’ ‘Elite’ and ‘All’ levels at the event. This ticket will also allow participation in all training, evening challenge bouts (places are limited), ramp skating classes, scrimmage, off skates seminars and access to festival stalls and activities for all 3 days.
Fresh Meat This ticket is a special program for skaters who are not yet contact ready and are still learning how to skate and stop confidently, it will include lots of skating fundamentals and some light contact in one 1.5hr session each day. All off skates seminars included for all 3 days.
Junior Our junior program is for ages 7-17 but skaters will need to be comfortable with full contact drills and scrimmage ready. Junior ticket holders will be eligible for the Junior bout if they are insured to bout at Derby Fest (places limited). Juniors also have access to all off skates seminars for all 3 days and the ticket includes a free spectator pass for a parent or guardian who will need to be with them at all times.
Spectator Spectators can attend on track (off skates) in the middle of every class and take notes, they are also welcome to attend all off skates seminars, enjoy the festival stalls and watch the evening games for all 3 days.
What does a spectator pass entitle me to do?
You can enjoy the whole event without actually skating, you can attend coaches chats, observe coaching sessions, scrimmages and bouts. You can also take notes and watch training sessions from the middle of the Derby track and see the evening games.
Can I buy a ticket for one day only?
One day tickets may be offered after December 31 2016, if we have not sold out of three day skaters passes by then. However we expect to sell out of all skaters passes prior to that date as we are limiting skater numbers. If this is the case we may not be able to offer 1 day passes.
What is your refund policy?
All ticket sales are final no refunds will be offered for change in personal circumstances, change of mind for any reason or no shows. See our full Terms and Conditions for more detail
What about ticket transfers?
Ticket transfers are possible for Early Bird and all regular tickets for a fee of $55 (inc GST) before January 01/2017. Ticket transfers are NOT POSSIBLE for Super Early Bird Tickets or any regular ticket after January 01/2017. Derby Fest reserves the right to refuse transfers at its sole discretion. To apply for a transfer contact Derby Fest at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange payment of the transfer fee.
Registration & Queues
How early should I arrive to register? Is there a big queue?
How do I make sure I get into the classes I want to go to? How do track queues work?
What do I need to bring on the day?
Will Skate Victoria insurance cover me?
Skate Victoria will provide insurance coverage if you are only participating in Roller Derby activities. Skate Victoria does not cover ramp and jam skating. Skate Victoria will not provide coverage for Roller Derby if you are participating in jam skating and ramp. You will need to arrange one event insurance to cover you for the all skating disciplines.
Will Skate Australia insurance cover me?
Yes provided your cover is for a full bouting skater and up to date.
Will other insurance provider cover me at Derby Fest?
If you are currently insured through another insurer and are participating in Derby Fest you will need to check that your insurance covers you to attend the event, and bring documentation stating you are covered to skate with and against non-members of your league/insurance provider. If not you will need to purchase event cover.
Will event cover be available?
Yes temporary cover can be arranged for $25 for the whole event through Derby Fest and Skate Australia providing you are cleared for contact, you can do this when you register at the event. This will cover Derby, Ramp & Jam skating.
Information for Juniors and Parents
Why should my child attend derby fest?
Is the event safe and monitored?
What classes are offered for junior skaters?
At the beginning of each day a special 1.5 hour class is offered for juniors, who must be accompanied by an adult. The junior’s ticket allows access every day to junior classes and as a spectator for the whole of the event, every day for both junior and guardian. The junior ticket does not include access to ramp skating or jam skating this year.
Who are the junior coaches?
Local Area Information
Where is Runaway Bay Indoor Sports?
1 Sports Drive , Runaway Bay QLD 4216. The centre is located on the Gold Coast. The centre is NOT the Gold Coast Sports Super Centre but the centre up the road slightly.
How do I get to Derby Fest by air?
Gold Coast Airport is the closest to the venue. You can also catch a train to the Gold Coast direct from Brisbane Airport.
How do I get to and from the venue?
What is the weather like?
What are some nearby hotels?
The Gold Cost is full of accommodation to suit all budgets. One option is to choose on site Accommodation for Derby Fest participants which is walking distance to the venue.
Are there food and shopping centres nearby?
What other activities are there to do in the region?
What challenge bouts will there be this year?
How do I get involved in challenge bouts?
So other than skating, what happens at Derby Fest?
I heard there is going to be a cool down zone, is this true?
Did you say themed days!? What are they?
Is there ramp skating again this year?
Who is Derby Fest?
What makes up the ticket cost?
What is the floor like?
Do I need knee pad covers?
Is there food on site?
Are there ATM facilities?
Are there shower facilities?
What are queue jump passes?
This year each queue will allow a limited number of queue jump pass holders first entry to classes. Passes are single use apart from the express pass which can be used all 3 days only 10 of these will be sold.
What is the VIP upgrade
The VIP upgrade will include an exclusive VIP bout tank to be picked up at the event. Express event registration. A guaranteed place on challenge bout team VIP provided you are bout ready and insured as well as one free queue jump pass each day.
What is the merch upgrade?
Get an exclusive event t-shirt only available to pre sale orders. Save $5 and pick up at the event.