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.
We are pleased to announce that our next Fresh Meat Training Program starts September 18, 2016 for skaters 18 years of age and up. We welcome women and gender neutral skaters of all fitness levels and referees of any gender.
The 2016 Fall Training 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.
When does the training program take place?
Training takes place from 4:00-6:00pm on eleven (11) Sundays (except Thanksgiving Sunday): Sept 18 - Nov 27, including one Sunday for WFTDA Minimum Skills Testing: Dec 4.
Where does the training program take place?
Allison Memorial Arena at 49 Nelson Street West (between Church & Paris) in downtown Alliston.
How do I sign up?
The easy way to sign up is to fill out our Online Membership Form. You'll also find instructions on how to pay the training fees via eTransfer on that page.
You can also come to our Smokin' Laces B&W Scrimmage on Sunday, July 24th, 4-6pm, or our Open House Practice Meet & Greet on Sunday, August 28th, 4-6pm. Not only are these events 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.
Or just show up early for the first session, and come out on Sept 18th between 3pm - 3:30. 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.
What do I need in order to train?
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:
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 take your WFTDA Minimum Skill Requirement (MSR) test. 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 Smokin' Laces practices along with those skaters who have passed their MSRs already. Smokin' Laces classes go further into strategies and more in depth skating and derby techniques. MSR retesting is offered after 5 weeks. 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 last half 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?You are welcome to skate on the sidelines during any of our regular league practices (once you have insurance). There are also 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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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