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What Kind of Skater Are You?
I'm interested in learning how to skate and play roller derby.
I'm interested in transferring to the Renegade Derby Dames from another league.
I'm interested in coming out to a practice (or more!) with the Renegade Derby Dames.
I'm interested in officiating for the Renegade Derby Dames.


Fresh Meat

We are pleased to announce that our next Fresh Meat Training Program starts September 13, 2015 for skaters and referees 18 years of age and up. 
 
The Program costs $150 for skaters, plus $30 for Skater Insurance through the Canadian Roller Derby Insurance (CRDI). Referees are considered volunteers and can participate in Fresh Meat Training and Officiating Training for free, but still require skater insurance.

Open House Scrimmage!

RDD is hosting an Open House during our League Scrimmage and Endurance Practice on Sunday, August 16th, 4-6pm and we hope you'll come meet some folks from our league, and see what RDD is all about.

When does the training program take place?

Training takes place from 6:00-8:00pm on twelve (12) Sundays (except Thanksgiving Sunday): Sept 13 - Nov 29, including one Sunday for WFTDA Minimum Skills Testing: Dec 6.

Where does the training program take place?

Allison Memorial Arena at 49 Nelson Street West (between Church & Paris) in downtown Alliston.

What do I need in order to train?

  •  Quad Skates: We recommend being fitted for these by a skate shop professional.  If buying online, make sure you can return them if they don’t fit properly.
  • Helmets: must be snug on your head, and made for multiple impacts. They can be found at skate shops or local sports stores.  **Please note**  Triple 8 and Protec brand helmets are NOT certified for multi-impact and are no longer permitted on the track as of 2015.  For multi-impact, we recommend the S1 "Lifer", Technical Safety Gear (TSG), or Nutcase derby helmets, or any kind of hockey helmet.
  • Elbow Pads, Wrist Guards and Knee Pads are a must. Pads should fit snugly to avoid slipping. Triple 8, Scabs, ProDesigned, and 187s are the common brands.
  • Mouth Guards (boil and bite) can be found at local sports stores, ranging from $5 to $30.  Derby Shops sell the popular Sisu sports mouth guards in a range of colours, or talk to your dentist about getting a custom fitted one.  (Mouth Guards are not required for referees.)
  • Whistles: (required only for referees).  The Fox 40 Classic is the standard whistle used in roller derby.  A Cushioned Mouth Grip is recommended for comfort.

Wish-list Accessories:

  •  Outdoor wheels and bearings to go with them. (approx $35 for wheels, $30 for bearings).
  • A Reflex Utilitool, which makes it faster to trade off your indoor/outdoor wheels. (approx $35)
  • Knee pad gaskets.  They protect your knees with extra padding and the Velcro helps hold your knee pads in place. (approx $40).
  • Reversible scrimmage shirt with name and number on both sides. (approx $45)
  • Metal Plates with Locking Toestops, such as Powerdyne Rivals, Suregrip Avengers, or Luigino Falcons.  Much more sturdy than nylon, these are made for skaters over 200 pounds or who weigh less but skate hard, and locking toestops prevent loss of toestops during skating. (approx $100-$200 for those listed).

Where to get gear:

Twelve Thirty Four Skate Co is a skater run skater owned business, Lucid Lou is committed to providing quality products and quality service. She even brings her gear and expertise to Alliston to make it easy to get what you need!

Other great places to get gear:

  • Some safety gear can also be found locally at various sports stores – Canadian Tire, SportChek, etc. You might want to call ahead to see if they’ve got what you need.

All derby shops offer Fresh Meat packages, which include all gear (except a mouth guard, in some cases), for between $300 and $500, depending mostly on the price of the skates chosen.  We highly recommend checking return policies in case you need to trade something in because it's not right for you or doesn't fit right.

 

What you’ll learn during Fresh Meat Training:

Even if you’ve never tried on skates before, you will learn how to skate, stop properly and fall safely. You’ll learn fancy footwork like gliding and weaving on one foot, and changing from a forward direction to a backward direction.  You'll learn how to balance, how to hop over obstacles, and how to improve your stride for speed.  You'll learn about basic strategy and about the rules of flat track roller derby.

What you'll learn as a Skater:

You’ll find out how to deliver a powerful hit, how to take one, and how to counter hit.  You'll learn how to give a whip and push/pull someone around the track.  You’ll learn to work with your teammates and skate in a pack as well as how to navigate through it.  You'll learn how to cross the track quickly, how to lean an opponent out of bounds, and how to deal with unexpected obstacles.   Basically, you’ll learn all the skills you need to pass the WFTDA Minimum Skill Requirements so that you are qualified to start playing roller derby.  Most importantly, you’ll learn how capable you are of kicking ass, and having fun while doing it!

What you'll learn as a Referee:

You’ll learn how to interpret the rules, and to apply to them to game play happening on the track.  You'll practice the hand signals and verbal cues used to issue a penalty, and learn how to blow a whistle properly as part of a referee crew.  You'll learn about the Officiating Standardized Practices and the referee positions such as Head Referee, Inside and Outside Pack Referees, and Jam Referees.  You'll learn how to work with Non-Skating Officials, to how share data with them during games.  Basically, you'll learn all the skills needed to start officiating at scrimmages and games, and gain the confidence necessary to be part of the awesomeness that is Team Zebra!

What happens during training?

For the first 10 weeks, you'll practice doing skills and drills that build on what you've learned so far.  You'll be expected to try hard and to never say "I can't" unless it's followed by "yet."  You'll be offered advice and support from veteran skaters.  You'll have homework that involves reading the WFTDA Rules, doing take home quizes, and watching roller derby videos.  You'll have opportunities to volunteer to help at home games to give you a deeper understanding of the sport and its rules.

On week 11, you'll have a review of the critical skills to help prepare you for your WFTDA Minimum Skill Requirement (MSR) test, which takes place on week 12.  The MSRs are designed to make sure that you have the skills needed to play roller derby safely and passing the skating test is required for regular membership in the league, which means you are eligible to skate during all league practices and informal scrimmages and you will be placed on a team.

What happens after training?

You will then be eligible to become a member of the Renegade Derby Dames.  If you do not pass the MSRs on the first try, it’s OK, you can still participate with the league as a member.  Skaters who have not yet passed MSRs but have completed Fresh Meat Training are considered Fresh Meat Graduates, and are eligible to attend five weeks of Derby 101 classes along with those skaters who have passed their MSRs already.  Derby 101 goes further into strategies and more in depth skating and derby techniques.  MSR retesting is offered on the last week of Derby 101.  After passing MSRs (on either date), skaters are eligible to attend team and league practices.

Please note: Only women skaters are permitted on teams under WFTDA regulations, but both men and women can be referees. 
 
We hold 2-3 practices a week in Alliston, with frequent scrimmages and bouts, both home and away. 
 
Regular league dues are $50 per month, and Regular Skater Insurance coverage costs $50 for the calendar year (or $30 for the remainder of the year, if purchased after July 1).

What if I don’t know how to skate?

Just because you can’t skate yet, doesn’t mean you can’t learn how to play roller derby!  Our training program is designed for skaters of all levels, and we start out on week one covering the absolute basics, from gliding forward, to stopping, to falling safely, and after just a few weeks, you may be surprised at how well you’re doing.  (Please note, we encourage beginning skaters to attend as many sessions as possible.You can also practice on your own to work on your basic skills if you want to improve even faster.

What if I want more practice time?

There are three roller rinks nearby that offer open skating on various days and times: The Skating Place at ODAS Park in Orillia, Scooters in Mississauga, and Coachlite Gardens in Oshawa.  You are also welcome to skate on the sidelines during regular league practices (once you have insurance).

How do I sign up?

The easy way to sign up is to come to our Open House on Sunday, August 16th, 4-6pm.  Not only is it a chance to meet the Dames, but it's also a chance to try on or buy skates and safety gear from Twelve Thirty Four Skate Company, and to sign up for Fresh Meat and arrange for your skater insurance.

You can also just show up early for the first session, and come out on Sept 13th between 5pm - 5:30.  Please keep in mind that you will need to already have all your gear in order to participate!  You will also have to sign an insurance waiver if insurance is not purchased in advance.


For more information, email us at: freshmeat@renegadederbydames.com



Transfer Skaters

Skaters who have passed their WFTDA Minimum Skating Skills Requirement at another league are welcome to transfer to RDD as regular members, but they may be required to pass a short safety test and/or our written WFTDA rules test.

Skaters who have some skating experience with another league, but have not yet passed their WFTDA Minimum Skating Skills Requirement are welcome to transfer into RDD's Fresh Meat program.  Discounted rates may be applicable; please contact us for more information.

Regular members will be expected to pay standard monthly dues ($50), as well as maintain insurance coverage, which can be purchased from CRDI through RDD for $50 per year.  Fresh Meat participants will be expected to pay the program fees, and maintain at least valid apprentice insurance coverage during their training.

Referees who have experience officiating and wish to transfer to RDD as Officials must apply to our Officiating Crew to become a league member.  Referees are considered volunteers and do not pay dues, but must maintain skater insurance.


For more information, email us at: skaters@renegadederbydames.com


Visiting Skaters

Skaters from other leagues who have passed their WFTDA Minimum Skating Skills Requirement and who hold valid Skater Insurance are welcome to join our Derby 101, Endurance Training Practices,  or Intermediate Practices, for a small fee per session ($5). 

Guests at Advanced Practices are welcome at the discretion of the team captains.  Please email the captains for more info on attending Advanced Practices.

Guest Referees are welcome at any and all of our practices and do not pay a visitor fee.

Please check our Events Calendar for practice dates and times.

For more information, email us at: skaters@renegadederbydames.com


Referees

Referees are volunteer skaters who work together to implement the rules fairly and consistently, creating a safe roller derby environment for scrimmages and bouts.  Their monthly dues are waived, and they are instead granted league membership by their continuing participation.  They are required to maintain insurance coverage, however. 

Referees in Training are not required to go through Fresh Meat program, but are welcome to do so for free in order to improve their skating skills and knowledge of the rules. Please note, Referees participate only in the lessons that apply to their required skills (no blocking/hitting), and do not take the WFTDA Skater Minimums test, but will learn skills useful to WFTDA Referee testing.  Referees in Training may also attend any regular League Practices to work on skating and referee skills.

Referees who have experience officiating and wish to transfer to RDD as Officials must apply to our Officiating Crew to become a RDD league member.  Referees are considered volunteers and do not pay dues, but must maintain skater insurance.

For more information, email us at: refs@renegadederbydames.com