Fresh Meat

058Every September, Area 705 runs a Fresh Meat program. In 2014, it will start on September 8th.

The first 12 weeks, the focus is on skating skills that you need to know in order to play roller derby.

If at the end of the skills training you fall in love with Roller Derby (and we hope you do!), you will be required to skate a Minimum Skills test involving all of the skills that you learned during your twelve weeks of the program to make the league. The test is usually three hours in length and is designed to ensure that skaters can compete safely. We want you to succeed and we’ll help you get there.

After you have passed your minimum skills test, the next few weeks will be learning the rules and strategies of roller derby.

The focus of Area 705 Fresh Meat Training is safety, strength and conditioning – be prepared to work hard. If you have any questions, don’t be afraid to ask. We’re here to teach you what you need to know to play the sport of Roller Derby.

Roller derby is a full contact sport and we want you to be as safe as possible. Mandatory equipment is required to participate in practices. We’ve put together a list of the equipment required to make your shopping easier, and suggested a few items that you might want to think about.



  • Helmet – Your helmet must not be too loose or too snug. It must fit snugly on your head and the best helmet to get should be made for multiple impacts.
  • Mouth guard – Often, when you first purchase your equipment, a boil and bite mouth guard comes with the package. These are pretty uncomfortable, but they’re good until you can get a fitted mouth guard. Check out mouth guard clinics or go to your dentist to purchase a sport mouth guard.
  • Elbow Pads – Standard in every Freshie Package.
  • Wrist Guards – Choose wrist guards suitable for roller derby.
  • Knee Pads – Not just mandatory, they’re essential for safety and to prevent roller derby’s most common injuries. Choose knee pads built for derby. Fresh Meat packages offer adequate knee pads, but if you already experience knee problems, you may want to consider upgrading.
  • Quad Skates – Most players choose a derby style skate over an old school boot style. Either will do, but take your time and select a skate that suits your feet and budget!


  • Padded Bum Shorts
  • Shin Pads
  • Knee Gasket

Wish List:

  • Wheel upgrade
  • Outdoor wheels and bearings
  • Skate and bearing tools for cleaning and repairs
  • Fishnets and Funky Socks
  • Gear Deodorizer


In order to play roller derby, you must have roller derby insurance.  The yearly cost of insurance is $50.00. Because you will be starting near the end of the year, insurance needs to be paid in September ($30.00) and again in January ($50.00).


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