Fresh Meat (New Skaters)
Our Fresh Meat intake happens 3 times a year.
The Reef City Rollergirls have a two-step intake process when becoming a new skater.
During the Raw Meat process we will assess your skating ability and introduce you to basic derby training. The Raw Meat training will span over 6 weeks. Skaters who sign on as Raw Meat are required to attend at least 6 training sessions during this period in order to be eligible for Fresh Meat induction. Raw Meat is strictly non-contact/non-hitting training. We'll show you proper derby stance, how to fall safely and general skating techniques.
Fresh Meat Induction
After your initial 6 weeks, our Fresh Meat co-ordinator and Fresh Meat coach will assess your skating ability and decide whether you are eligible to progress onto Fresh Meat training. Fresh Meat training starts to incorporate contact in the form of hip checks, shoulder checks and whipping. Fresh Meat training also starts to incorporate light scrimmage drills to get you comfortable skating in a pack and taking and receiving hits.
Do not despair if you are not eligible on your first try, we understand that not everyone is going to be an awesome skater straight off the bat. We encourage girls aspiring to be bouting skaters to skate socially and recreationally to build ability and confidence on skates. A lot of the girls (and refs) in the league slowly built their skills up over time by practicing in their own time, we encourage you to do so too.
We also encourage those who may not want to be skaters to take on a non-skating official role or even volunteer for the league. We are always looking for people with diverse and unique talents who can offer value to our league.
So You Are Interested in Joining?
To be a player you must be female, boys you can skate as refs. Otherwise, there is only one pre-requisite for players; to be 18 years or over.
You don't have to be super fit, we accept girls of all shapes and sizes. That's the beauty of derby, there's no "one size fits all mould".
Wear breathable clothing you can move comfortably in. Do not forget your socks (the longer and stripier the better).
The safety gear you will need to participate includes:
We have limited safety gear available, it is best to source your own as soon as possible.
We expect skaters to have purchased their own equipment when inducted as Fresh Meat.
***Skaters are required bring their own helmet and mouthguard.***
RCRG promotes a safe sporting environment.
WFTDA Minimum Skills
We work on the WFTDA Minimum Skills test in order for Fresh Meat to advance to intraleague bouting skater status. A copy of the skills you will need to work towards are available from the WFTDA website.
You are also required to pass a written skills multiple choice test. A pass score of 80% is required. Learning and understanding the rules is essential to becoming a great derby player. Download a copy from the WFTDA website.
In order to advance to Travel Team bouting skater status, bouting skaters are put through advanced training techniques and drills by our coaching committee.
If you are keen to get a heads up you can check out some of the important derby downloads on WFTDA.