2024 Jeerleader FAQ
Who are the Jeerleaders?
We’re an all-gender, body-positive dance squad who cheers on Gotham Roller Derby at their home games. We’d love for you to join us!
What do you mean ‘jeering’? Are we jeering at the other teams?
While we are jeerleaders in name, we are cheerleaders in all other capacities. We’re all about good vibes and friendly competition!
Do you dance on skates?
Not as jeerleaders. Some of us can skate, some can even dance while skating, and we’ve had several alumni jeerleaders join Gotham’s teams, but as a group we dance, in… shoes.
Are all the Jeerleaders women? Are you okay with trans and non-binary Jeerleaders?
We have Jeerleaders of all genders, so no matter how you identify, you’ll probably have a person like you on the team. What we’re looking for is enthusiasm and love for roller derby. We’re open to everyone and every body, and we strive to have our squads reflect the amazing diversity of New York City. Gotham Roller Derby has had a long history of being committed to inclusivity and we are proud to follow their example and represent folx of any and all identities.
Is there a minimum age to be a Jeerleader?
Due to liability reasons, all persons must be 18 years of age. Some of our activities are held in venues that require you be 21, so know that your experience might be different than other Jeers if you are under 21.
What do Jeerleaders do?
If you have been a Gotham Roller Derby bout you have seen us in action. Before the game we walk around and greet the people attending the game and answer any questions they have or help them find there. For many people this is their first roller derby game, we help explain the rules to them.
During the game we stand on the sidelines and dance and jeer, we try to keep the crowd engaged. You are facing the game so you also get to watch the action.
During half-time some of the Jeers put on a choreographed dance for the audience.
What is the time commitment to jeer from the sidelines?
Games are either on Saturday or Sunday, in 2023 all games were on Saturday but this might be different in 2024. The home teams have had between 5 – 7 games in past years. The time commitment for each game can vary from 3 – 6 hours depending on if it a single or double header.
In 2023 our season went from June to October.
Our games were at the LeFrak skating rink in Prospect Park in 2022 and 2023. They will likely be there again in 2024 but nothing is finalized at this point.
What is the time commitment to dance in the half time show?
In order to dance in the half time show you must attend the all practices in the weeks leading up to that show. You are not required dance at half time, all Jeers are encourage to come to each game to jeer from the sidelines.
In 2023 we had a total of 5 rehearsals in the 2 weeks leading up to each game, following a Hybrid Model. We have 3 2-hour rehearsals via zoom and 2 3-hour rehearsals at Ripley-Grier Studios in Midtown. Final in-person rehearsal will be a dress rehearsal in our uniforms.
We come 2 hours early on the day of the game for set-up and a final rehearsals in the space.
We are still trying to figure out what will work best for 2024 but, expect something similar.
Do you do anything else?
Yes, there are other optional events that happen through our home team season, including the Mermaid Parade (tentatively Saturday, June 15, 2024). You can be involved in extra events when you want, or skip them entirely.
How much is this going to cost me?
Dues for 2024 have not been determined. Prior to the pandemic dues were $150 per year. We are looking at different practice schedules and alternate sources for fundraising and hope dues will be cheaper in 2024.
In addition to annual dues, first-year Jeerleaders are also responsible for purchasing their uniforms. In 2023 we only had league uniforms but prior to the pandemic each home team an additional unique uniform for the Jeers. A complete uniform, (top, bottom, pops, and optional accessories) can cost around $200.
I’m in for tryouts! What should I wear?
Wear whatever you think will be comfortable for you to dance in. Most people wear workout clothes and sneakers.
I live in (boro). Does that automatically mean I’ll be jeering for (boro)’s team?
Not necessarily. Teams get drafted depending on which teams need people that year. Your preferences are also taken into account when we can. We want you to love your team and love your experience jeering!
Do I get a cool Roller Derby name? Can I pick it?
Do you have mascots? Can I be the mascot for my favorite team?!
If you’ve got a great idea, we’d love to hear it! You can come to us at tryouts, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.