Fresh Meat

Thinking about Joining Derby? We know you want to!

Next Session: Thursday February 1, 2018, 5:30-7:30pm

Learn to play (or officiate) roller derby! Rated PG's Fresh Meat Program, is a 15 week program for all genders 18+, no skating experience or athletic abilities necessary! The freshies practice every Thursday 5:30 to 7:30pm. The program costs $150 plus $50 for insurance. First week is FREE so everyone can give it a try. Make new friends and be part of an awesome community!

You must bring a mouth guard, water bottle and running shoes.  We have skates and pads to borrow.

What is the Fresh Meat Program?

Our fresh meat program is developed to teach skaters all the basic skating skills and derby knowledge new skaters need to pass the minimum skill requirements for skating on a team.  The program is broken into five phases with three practices each.  The first practice in each phase is basic skills, then medium skills, and then finally advanced skills. So all levels of skaters will be challenged and have new derby skills.  There is no final test day anymore, as skaters are evaluated throughout the program.  The last phase of practices contain “mock scrimmages” with all league skaters.  This is a wonderful opportunity to meet the rest of your team!  

Why Join Fresh Meat? 

We get that joining something like roller derby can be scary. Fresh meat not only allows you to learn how to skate, but gives you a chance to form friendships with your future teammates. When you do join the team, you won't be alone.

If you've talked to a Rollergirl you have probably gotten an earful about how much they love the sport. We love to promote the sport. When you start playing derby you are not only welcomed into your local derby family, but also an amazing worldwide derby network. 

What do I need?

  • Mouth Guard – you can find an assortment at any sports store.
  • Running Shoes – for warm-up
  • Water Bottle – it’s a workout and you will sweat! 
  • Skates and Gear – your fees include rentals and borrowing of gear
You will probably want your own skates and gear as you develop your skills.  Not a problem, we are here to help to purchase the right gear for you!
Fresh meat packages are available online at both Rollergirl and Nerd Roller Skates. There are also lots of used skates and gear out there!  We will help with finding the right stuff!

What is Roller Derby Anyway?

Roller derby is a full contact sport played on roller skates.  It's origins date back to the 1930s, but fell from popularity in the 80s and 90s.  It reemerged as an all female amateur sport in the early 2000s and has been gaining momentum since.  Men's, coed, and junior teams are also growing in popularity.  The basic idea of the game is that one player, the jammer, needs to get past the other teams blockers.  Watch the video below for a short description of the rules. 

I'd love to, but...

If you're reading this page, you are probably thinking about giving roller derby a try.  You also might be thinking something along the lines of "I'd love to but..."  We've taken a moment to address some of your concerns.

I'm too big/small/wide/skinny/short/lanky to play roller derby

The wonderful thing about roller derby is that it needs girls of all body types, a lot more than most sports. If you have a bigger frame, than you might become a heavy hitting blocker. If you are petite, then you might be best at nimbly weaving through the pack.  Body by Derby is a cool project aimed at showing the diversity of body types of derby players.  It also outlines the effect derby has had on it's players, which brings us to...

I'm too out of shape

Don't worry, derby will change that!! Roller derby is a whole lot more fun than going to the gym.  For many of us, roller derby was the catalyst that set us on the path to being fit and healthy. Not only do you get some fun exercise, but you will also be surrounded by women who want to help you reach your fitness goals.  A lot of us work out together and welcome fresh meat into our sessions.  A team that works out together sticks together!!

I'm not tough enough

You might surprise yourself.  Roller derby has a habit of bringing out people's inner super heroes. Remember that you aren't going to be starting by trying to knock people over.  Before we get to the full contact stuff, you will have a good handle on some basic skills, including how to fall safely and skate while being bumped or jostled.

I'm not really a team sports kind of girl

A lot of us weren't! Many of us were not athletic at all before roller derby.  There truly is something amazing about derby that turns regular people into athletes and team players.

I don't know how to roller skate

This is exactly why we have the fresh meat program. If you've ice skated before, that will give you a huge advantage. If you haven't been on any sort of skates, that's fine too.

I'm too old

Think of it this way. If you have read this far, you are probably really thinking about it. That's a very good sign that you are not too old. If someone has ever suggested that you join roller derby, that is another sign that you are not too old. As long as you have two working legs, scratch that just come be a part of the best sport in the world!