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Fall Fresh Meat Training Begins Sunday

posted Sep 6, 2011, 10:32 AM by Keri Daway

The start date of our next Fresh Meat Training Session is September 11th for skaters 19 years of age and up.  The Training Program costs $100 plus $20 for Apprentice Skater Insurance through the Canadian Women’s Roller Derby Association.  For skaters who have participated in Fresh Meat Training previously (ours or elsewhere), please talk to us about a discount on your training fees.

When does the training program take place?

Training takes place from 12-2pm on 10 Sundays: Sept 11, 18, 25; Oct 16, 23, 30; and Nov 6, 13, 20, 27.  (There are no sessions on Oct 2- due to the Ontario Rodeo taking place in our arena, or on Oct 9- due to Thanksgiving.)

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?

You can show up early for the first day of training (at 11:30 on Sun Sept 11) and sign up then.

What do I need to bring?

Skaters will be required to have all necessary equipment by the first session, including a helmet, mouth guard, wrist guards, elbow pads, knee pads, and a pair of quad, preferably “speed style”, roller skates.  Costs range from $150 to over $500 for gear and, like everything else, you generally get what you pay for.

Please also bring a photocopy of an official ID that shows your birthdate (for insurance), such as a health card, driver’s license, or passport.

Where can I get the skates and safety gear?

The closest vendor is Rumbling Rage Derby Shop, which is an online store, but their warehouse is located in Barrie (Ferris Lane, off Bayfield at the 400), so you can still try on skates or gear before you buy if you text/call ahead (705-321-9064) or email.  They will also be attending our Open House sessions with tons of great gear for sale.

Other Canadian options include RollerBug (Toronto), RollerGirl (Vancouver), and Neon Skates (Montreal).

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.  You can also practice on your own to work on your basic skills if you want to improve even faster.