Fresh Meat

The Gas City Roller Derby Association is recruiting!

We have Fresh Meat practices that are held every Sunday at 1:30 PM at the Curling Club. Bring $5, your Alberta Health Card, and a mouth guard. We’ll get you fitted for some loaner gear and teach you how to roll, fall, and play this awesome game.

We also have a Skater Training Program starting Sunday September 25 at 2:00 PM at the Cypress Centre.

Or if you're feeling a bit uncomfortable, you can come to a practice anytime on the schedule.

This is not your granny’s roller derby. The girls are real athletes and the games are unscripted, full contact & packed with fun & action!

So what’s this Fresh Meat business?

All players must pass through an introductory training period. Whether you are already a beast on the rink, or Bambi on ice, there are a lot of specific skills involved in safely skating derby-style. We will teach you these skills and then have you demonstrate them (Benchmarking) before you are able to play. You also need to successfully complete a rules test and have minimum attendance requirements before you are eligible to play.

I’m not sure if this is for me, but my kid is interested!

Perfect! We have recently started a junior roller derby program called the Gas City Pilot Lights. Contact them at gascitypilotlights@gmail.com or look up the Pilot Lights Fan Page on Facebook for more information.

Junior derby is suitable for kids 7 to 17, with different levels of contact permitted (no contact to full contact) depending on the size and skill of the players.

How does Roller Derby work?

Watch the basics of flat track roller derby and then familiarize yourself with the rules at: www.wftda.com. We also have our own Roller Derby 101 powerPoint Presentation below:

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You can also check out the Rollergirl.ca Fresh Meat File for more derby info.

What do I need to play?

Fresh Meat skaters will be allowed to borrow gear (if we have something that fits!) from the association, but as soon as you get rolling you’re going to want your own equipment. To train and play, you will need:
  • Quad skates
  • Knee pads
  • Elbow pads
  • Wrist guards
  • Helmet (hockey or skateboard)
  • Mouth guard

Where can I purchase gear?

You can purchase gear at NERD skates in Calgary or online at Rollergirl, Bad Girlfriend, or Wicked Skatewear. Many vendors will set up shop at games from time to time. These businesses are all involved in the derby community, they specialize in gear for roller girls, and most of them offer fresh meat packages which include a full set of entry-level gear for one low price.

How much does it cost?

Fresh meat skaters pay a per-practice drop-in fee of $5. Once you become a full skate member, the monthly fee is $40/month during the season (September to May) plus $50/year for insurance through Canadian Roller Derby Insurance.

Won’t I get hurt?

Derby is a contact sport, much like hockey or football. We take all precautions to minimize the chances of injury by training, practicing falls, and having many rules about what types of contact are allowed.

What the **** goes on in a derby game?

If you are wondering, check out our latest game on Youtube, brought to you by comtv.ca: