Maryland Area Roller Sports Junior Roller Derby AKA MARS Jr. Derby was founded in 2015 in order to allow children, ages 7-17, the opportunity to learn the sport of roller derby. MARS Junior Roller Derby’s mission is to provide a fun, safe, and supportive environment for young athletes where they can come together and play this highly exciting sport of speed, strategy and teamwork. Junior Roller Derby helps empower our skaters by developing character, social skills, and athletic abilities, building self-confidence, and teaching leadership skills while improving overall fitness.
MARS Jr. Roller Derby offers year round practices and game play with brief breaks during the summer and holiday seasons. Our Level III team participates in competitive, sanctioned game play from January to July while our Level I & Level II teams play inter-league scrimmages throughout the year. In additional to scrimmages & bouts, MARS hosts a number of clinics and mixers throughout the year!
Our junior skaters are trained by a team of qualified current or former roller derby athletes including members of Team USA, Team Maryland, Beast Side Roller Derby and other local leagues. Roller derby provides a unique community with participants coming from very diverse backgrounds. The MARS Junior Roller Derby League draws from this community to achieve its goals and prepare young athletes for adulthood. The junior program is designed to nurture and develop both skilled athletes and provide them the opportunity to discover their inner champion. Participating athletes will gain the opportunity to develop leadership, sportsmanship, and teamwork skills, in addition to confidence, ability, and a sense of accomplishment that can carry over into life long skills!