Derby Academy

Banked Track Basics

Academy began in 2011 as a way to teach the basics of skating the banked track without the pressure of trying out for a league. We’ve had a huge amount of success in preparing skaters for their derby careers–even some refs, Juniors, and non-banked skaters!

Derby Academy
There are 2 Levels of Derby Academy classes:

Level #1

Learn to skate/Hone your skills

We focus on the skills you will need if you plan to tryout for our Roller Rookie Training Program. We learn proper skating stance, how to push, cross overs, T-stop, plow stop, falls and recovery, how to turn around, skate backwards and more. The majority of the skills in this level are done individually and without contact.

Level #2

More advanced skating
10:30am-12:30 pm

Level 2 is not Wreck League, but it is a great class to take before or while enrolled in Wreck League. We focus on the derby skills that you learned in Level 1 (or already had from previous experience) and put those into practice skating in proximity with others. Derby is about contact with other skaters and this level affords you the opportunity to learn how to skate in a pace line and a pack. We teach snakes and gauntlets, whips and basic strategy. We do plenty of drills and other agility and endurance type activities. We do blocking and occasionally some light bouting, attendance and skater comfort permitting.

Not sure where you’d fit in?

Don’t worry, we can always assess you and make sure you’re in the best fit. We want you to find the right mix of comfort and challenge.

Participants must register in advance.

You must be 18 years to register for classes.


Have Questions?

Reach out to


TXRD Thunderdome
1131 S Loop 4, Buda, TX 78610


1st session:
Social Skate & Registration: Jan 6
Sessions: Jan 13 – March 16

2nd session:
Social Skate & Registration: April 6
Sessions: April 13 – June 15

3rd session:
Social Skate & Registration: Sept 7
Sessions: Sep 14 – Nov 16


Level #1
Saturdays, 8:30 – 10:30 am

Level #2
Saturdays, 10:30 am – 12:30pm


$165 prepay discount
for the full 10 weeks


$20 per class