The Petersburg Rognarok Rollers Roller Derby team began practicing recently for competition that could still be a year away.
“We have some girls that aren't quite comfortable on skates yet,” Coach Barry Morrison said. “We are going over the basics of skating and rules at this time.”
There are approximately 20 competitors that are raring to go and ready to battle it out on skates.
Wednesday found these ladies donning safety gear and getting ready for their turn around the gym floor.
“Safety is our number one priority,” Morrison said. “We are allowed to use the facility as long as we adhere to strict safety guidelines.”
The rollers have practices every Wednesday at 7 p.m. and Friday from 5 to 8 a.m.
“These girls are very dedicated to this endeavor,” Morrison said. “They take time out of their busy schedules and even show up early on Fridays in order to learn all they can.”
Morrison also added that he is very proud of the way the girls have all banded together to make a cohesive team.
“Right now our goal is to focus on skating skills,” Morrison stated. “And we are on the lookout for more people.”
The age requirements have been reduced from 21 to 18 and although competitors must be women, skating and non-skating officials can be men or women.
“We are in need of referees and officials,” Morrison stated. “Anyone can join us just for the sake of learning the basics of skate as well.”
If equipment is needed, Angela Christensen hosts a Facebook PRR Gear Swap event that can be viewed through Facebook.
“Please join us for skating, derby battle and fun,” Morrison said. “We can all learn together.”
General PRR membership meetings are held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday evenings at the PIA conference room.