Roller Derby Fresh Meat

ToRD Fresh Meat join us rookie skaters

    Toronto Roller Derby will be starting our next Fresh Meat Program this summer at the Downsview Bunker. This is a program that will take you from whatever your current level is to being ready to play in games!
    We will be hosting a Meat ‘n Greet at the Bunker on Saturday June 3 at 3:30pm ahead of Battle for the Boot XI! You can also send us an email at to find out more about this year’s program!
  1. How do I learn to play roller derby?
    It’s a lot of work! You must start at the bottom: Fresh Meat. ToRD runs a Fresh Meat training program, with approximately 20 sessions. Toronto Roller Derby is a member of the Womens Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), and follows the current revision of the WFTDA rule set. All trainees are required to learn the rules. At the conclusion of the training, there is a physical on-skates test and a written rules test.
  2. Do I need to meet any qualifications before starting Fresh Meat?
    All we require is a commitment to the sport, and diligence in paying your fees. Fresh Meat in the past have been ex-hockey skaters, ex-rugby players, ex-couch potatoes – it doesn’t matter what background you have, as long as you are willing to learn how to skate on quad roller skates, and push yourself! You must be 18 years old to play with Toronto Roller Derby. Although if you are under 18, you can check Toronto Junior Roller Derby!
  3. Where can I get quad roller skates? And while I’m at it, all the required gear?
    Rumbling Rage is an online shop based out of BArrie, and run by a ToRD skater! You can find them set up at all our events, and they will be available to offer fittings and answer all your gear questions. Required gear includes skates, knee pads, wrist guards, elbow pads, a mouth guard, and a helmet, all of which are available from Rumbling Rage.
  4. Do I need insurance?
    Yes. Insurance can be obtained through ToRD, and costs $50 per year.
  5. Does this cost money?
    We require all skaters to pay fees to help cover the rental costs of the practice space; payment for the Fresh Meat program is split into two payments due at the start and mid-way through the program. Once you graduate from the program and join the Vipers or are drafted to a team, dues are paid at the start of each month.
  6. What do I get for my fee?
    Toronto is lucky to have a practice and game location such as the one that we have. We have a dedicated crew of people looking out for the well being of our venue to best suit the skaters. Fresh Meat get to skate in this venue once a week, and are trained by experienced league skaters. Once on the farm team (the Vipers) you practice one night a week and are encouraged to attend the league practice. League practice is run by our Training committee, which always strives to be as up-to-date with roller derby training as possible. Each practice is tailored to a specific goal, and is run by experienced skaters. Toronto Roller Derby is also privy to awesome events, such as hosting the 2011 Roller Derby World Cup, Blood and Thunder Training Camps, as well as many more well known trainers.
  7. How much time do I have to put into this?
    There are specific attendance and volunteer requirements to remain in good standing as a member of Fresh Meat.

    • Attendance: Fresh Meat are required to attend 80% of the Fresh Meat practice times. They are usually once a week, for 2-3 hours.
    • Volunteering: Fresh Meat are required to volunteer at 80% of all ToRD games occurring in their time period. Arrangements can be made to make up hours in other ways such as postering, volunteering food, laying the track or many other options!

    Whether you skate for the farm team, a home team, or the all-star team there are varying levels of commitment, but you are still required to make designated practices and volunteer for the league at games, or join and participate in a committee.

  8. I want to join!
    Please email for more information on joining our Fresh Meat program.
  9. I want to be a referee!
    Please email for more information on Ref and NSO training. Skating official candidates are strongly encouraged to complete at least the first semester of the program.
  10. I would like to be a volunteer!
    Please email for more information on being a volunteer.
  11. I want to learn as much as I can beforehand! Derbify my life!
    • Toronto Roller Derby – you’re here now! Good start!
    • Layer9 – Trackside footage taken by our very own Mr. Force!
    • The Derby Nerd – Previews, insight, analysis of the world of roller derby.
    • WFTDA – Official website of the World Flat Track Derby Association.