Founded in 2011 and based out of the Lombard Roller Rink, the Chicago Bruise Brothers are the premier men’s roller derby league in Chicago. We are a non-profit organization that competes in the Men’s Roller Derby Association (MRDA) and are currently ranked #13 in the world.
We are always actively recruiting so please contact us if you are interested in joining.
What is roller derby?
Roller derby is a competitive contact sport played on quad skates. It’s also a lot of fun! Check out our Rules page for more details!
What if you have never skated before?
No problem! Lucky for you, our coaches have taught people of all ages how to take their first steps on skates – If you have the will to learn, CBB can teach you.
What if you just don’t have the money right now?
We don’t want you to have to pay money to check out Roller Derby before you know whether or not it’s for you. We have loaner gear that you can borrow and we waive any practice costs for your first month. They only thing you need to provide to start is a mouth guard.
Want to learn to Ref or be a Non-Skating Official (NSO)?
Great! If you want to become a skating official, we need to make sure you can skate and learn the rules! NSOs certainly don’t have to learn to skate, but you’re welcome to learn to do so as well! Either way, we want you to come to practices and become part of the derby community.
How much time does roller derby take?
Roller Derby can be a casual hobby or a cornerstone activity. Just like many things in life, many people find that you get back what you put in. Most of our skaters make at least 1 practice per week and train on their own outside of practices. But that’s not everyone. We have room for you whatever level of commitment you want to put in. We’re guessing that once you’ve tried it, you’ll love it so much that you’ll WANT to put in the time!
What about injuries?
Injuries do happen BUT we work to prevent as many injuries as possible, both on skates and off! Full protective gear and primary health insurance is required for all skaters. A supply of NSAIDS and flexible gel ice packs for after practice (the ones with elastic, Velcro-closing holders are excellent!) will help with the minor aches and pains of muscle growth and derby bruises!