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Fresh Meat Starts August 7!

ToRD Fresh Meat join us rookie skaters

Our 2016 season has come to an end! Want to get in on Season 11 for 2017? Sign up for our Fresh Meat program!

    Toronto Roller Derby will be starting our next Fresh Meat Program on Sunday August 7th at 1:30pm 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 Monday July 18 at 7pm to answer all your questions – it will be in two parts:
    1) a chance to watch derby and have people in the community explain to you how it works, answer any questions you have
    2) a presentation about the program, what to expect and what’s involved – we will also have a vendor on site to answer questions/sell derby gear. You can also send us an email at freshmeat@torontorollerderby.com to find out more about this year’s program!

September: ToRD Fresh Meat Intake AND Transfer Test!

COME JOIN US! Toronto Roller Derby is on the lookout for new members, and we want YOU to be a part of our 10th Season in 2016! There are two opportunities for joining the ToRD skating family this September: experienced skaters can take our transfer test, or, for inexperienced folks, sign up for our Fresh Meat program, and we will teach you all the ins and outs of flat track roller derby!

Fresh Meat gets underway September 13

ToRD Fresh Meat join us rookie skaters

Our 20-session Fresh Meat program starts on Sunday September 13th at the Bunker in Downsview Park. Learn the basics and develop your skills with one of the top leagues in Canada so you can put on some skates and be your own hero. For more information about our Fresh Meat Program and what to expect, you can get all the info here: ToRD Fresh Meat. To register, get in touch with us at freshmeat@torontorollerderby.com.

Skater Transfer Test September 26

ToRD transfer test join us experienced skaters

Photo by Neil Gunner

Meanwhile, experienced skaters should mark Saturday September 26 on their calendars. Are you ready for the next level? Did you just move to Toronto? Do you want a new challenge and new buds? We want you! We are running our transfer test on September 26th at 2pm at the Bunker. To take this test, you must have already passed minimums. To sign up, and/or to get more information on the transfer test requirements, contact us at skate@torontorollerderby.com.

Join Toronto Roller Derby – Fresh Meat time!

2015 Toronto Roller Derby fresh meat join

Big news! Fresh Meat at Toronto Roller Derby is HAPPENING and we want you to be there! Want to play? Want to become a referee or non-skating official? Want to be a part of our 10th season in 2016? Come on out!

Join us on Thursday, August 20 at the Bunker to find out what skating with ToRD is all about. This is your opportunity to learn how you can be a part of Toronto Roller Derby and how to get started.

At 7:30, watch a full scrimmage, with officials and skaters around to help you understand the game and answer all of your derby questions! What’s a roller derby? We can show you!

At 8:30, we’ll talk about our Fresh Meat Program, our sessions (which start in mid-September and will run twice weekly through January, with additional skate time thrown in as it becomes available), our volunteer requirements, and you’ll have the opportunity to talk about gear!

Please sign up through the Eventbrite listing here and we’ll see you there!

2014 Fresh Meat Program Is Open Again! Intake 2 Starts June 1

Feelin’ the #FOMO because you missed the March intake for our 2014 Fresh Meat Program? Well have no fear, we’re opening up a second intake for our Fresh Meat Program with Benchmarking starting June 1st and practices starting June 8th.

SUNDAY JUNE 1, 2014, 2– 5pm
Location: The Bunker
Downsview Park
40 Carl Hall Rd, Studio 3
Toronto, ON

REGISTER HERE

NEED GEAR?
Our own Renny Rumble from Rumbling Rage Derby Shop will be at the Bunker on Sunday May 25th from 2-5 pm to answer any gear questions you might have or help you with sizing your skate order. Pro-tip:  It’s best to order as far in advance as you can.

Please see the full program details below.

Any further questions? Please contact us at freshmeat@torontorollerderby.com . You can also check out this video from our winter Meat n Greet: http://youtu.be/mzgFEw4kIVg

Want to see our latest Fresh Meat graduates in action?  Make sure to attend our next bout on May 10th.  Tickets available HERE

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Event Details

NOTICE: You will need full gear and skates in order to participate.

Where’s your skate at? Let the Benchmarking Begin!

Take the first step in joining the Toronto Roller Derby 2014 Fresh Meat Program. Before practices begin June 8th, we require that each skater complete a benchmarking test on June 1st. This helps us shape and customize our training program to your needs and allows our league’s trainers to get to know you better. More importantly, since this might be the first time on skates for some, it will give you a feel for what a typical roller derby practice could be like before you commit to the full program that runs until November.

The Toronto Roller Derby 2014 Fresh Meat Program is open to all potential derby skaters or officials 18+ who wish to skate in a Men’s or Women’s league.

Did You Already Do This on March 2?

Since this will be our second Fresh Meat intake this year, if you already attended the benchmarking in March, you do not have to repeat it again, and can jump into the first practice on June 8th. Please register here so that we know when to expect you.

Is there a cost to participate in the Benchmarking?

$10, payable cash, at entry. You will be asked to sign a waiver at the event or be sent the form to do so in advance for insurance purposes. If you know you are going to continue on with derby, you can also go ahead and sign up for your full insurance with CRDi.

What does the full Fresh Meat program cost?

$350: $200 payable at first practice (June 8), $150 at mid-term checkpoint

$50: Canadian Roller Derby Insurance (CRDi) required by June 8. This is a separate organization and payable to CRDi online. Toronto Roller Derby will not accept your insurance payment.

Full Gear Required!

Full roller derby gear will be required. All equipment must be in good working order and fit properly.

•   helmet
•   mouth guard!!
•   elbow pads
•   wrist guards
•   knee pads
•   skates

We also ask that you bring some masking tape and a marker so that we can tape an assigned number to your helmet on arrival.

Where to Buy Gear:

You can purchase gear online from our own Renny Rumble’s Rumbling Rage Derby Shop: http://rumblingrage.com or visit the shop in Barrie.

FITTING ON SUNDAY, MAY 25th, from 2-5 PM. Renny will also be at the Bunker at Downsview on Sunday May 25th for anyone who wants to be fitted or to answer any additional gear questions you might have.

Where else? You can also try:
•   My Roll Life (1714 Queen St West, Toronto): http://MyRollLife.com
•   Twelve Thirty Four Skate Co. (Peterborough): http://www.twelvethirtyfourskateco.com

More About the Test

The benchmarking test is a modified version of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association’s Minimum Skills Test. There will be no contact involved in the benchmarking. Benchmarking will identify your current ability and provide you with information on where you presently need more work. The information will also provide trainers with information for planning lessons.  This might sound intimidating, but it really isn’t – we will take in skaters willing to learn at any level.

Additional Program and League Commitments

Upon joining the Fresh Meat Program skaters will have to fulfill the following in order to be eligible to join Toronto Roller Derby:

•   Attendance: skaters must maintain a minimum of 70% attendance. Let’s be honest, you will need to be there as much as possible in order to pass the WFTDA minimums at the end.
•   League Volunteering: skaters must volunteer for at least 10 hours of league volunteering time in order to complete the program. To find out about volunteering opportunities, contact volunteer@torontorollerderby.com.
•   Get in touch about volunteering at our upcoming games May 10th or May 24th.

Full Program Training Schedule:
Training runs for 20 sessions, 3 hrs per week, on most Sundays, 2-5 pm. We are blacked out of our venue from time to time, so will try to give you as much notice as possible. There is a possibility that this could also extend the duration of the program past the dates below. Benchmarking and testing will also occur throughout the program.

The first set of practices are focused on skating basics, while the next set of practices focus on game play and derby training. Rules are constantly reviewed throughout.

Program Schedule:
Jun 1     Benchmarking
Jun 8     #1
Jun 15   #2
Jul 6      #3
Jul 13    #4
Jul 20    #5
Jul 27    Review
Aug 10  Interim Evaluation
Aug 17  #6
Aug 24  #7
Sep 7    #8
Sep 14  #9
Sep 21  #10
Oct 5     #11
Oct 19   #12
Oct 26   #13
Nov 2    #14
Nov 9    Game Play Scrimmage
Nov 16  Rules Review
Nov 23  Review
Nov 30  Final Evaluation

Still Have Questions?  Please contact us at freshmeat@torontorollerderby.com

2014 Fresh Meat Program starts March 2nd!

Our trainers are getting ready to start our next round of the Fresh Meat Program on March 2nd! We hope to see you out there!

Last Sunday we held a Meet and Greet and info session at Sugarbomb to answer any questions you might have before you take that first step and sign up. Check out the video below if you missed out.

TO BE CONSIDERED FOR 2014 FRESH MEAT AND BEGIN THE PROGRAM, SIGN UP FOR BENCHMARKING HERE

SUNDAY MARCH 2, 2014, 2– 5pm
Location: The Bunker

Downsview Park
40 Carl Hall Rd, Studio 3
Toronto, ON

Full program details follow below.

DERBY POP-UP SHOP FEB 9!
Rollerbug.com and Sugarbomb.ca will also be holding a special pop-up shop to fit you with all of your gear and derby needs on February 9th from 11am-2pm at 1 Wiltshire Ave, Unit E. For more details, contact contact@rollerbug.com or info@sugarbomb.ca

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Where’s your skate at? Let the Benchmarking Begin!

Take the first step in joining the Toronto Roller Derby 2014 Fresh Meat Program. Before practices begin March 16th, we require that each skater complete a benchmarking test. This helps us shape and customize our training program to your needs and allows our league’s trainers to get to know you better. More importantly, since this might be the first time on skates for some, it will give you a feel for what a typical roller derby practice could be like before you commit to the full program that runs until September.

The Toronto Roller Derby 2014 Fresh Meat Program is welcome to all potential derby skaters or officials aged 19+ who wish to skate in a Men’s or Women’s league.

In the cases where the number of attendees exceeds the number of fresh meat that our league’s trainers can take on, this test will be treated as a tryout.

More About the Test:

The benchmarking test is a modified version of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association’s Minimum Skills Test. There will be no contact involved in the benchmarking. Benchmarking will identify your current ability and provide you with information on where you presently need more work. The information will also provide trainers with information for planning lessons.

This might sound intimidating, but it really isn’t – we will take in skaters willing to learn at any level.

Cost to Participate in Benchmarking:

$10, payable cash, at entry. You will be asked to sign a waiver at the event or be sent the form to do so in advance for insurance purposes.

Full Fresh Meat Program Costs:

$350: $200 payable at first practice (March 16), $150 at June checkpoint

$50: Canadian Roller Derby Insurance (CRDi) required by March 16. Click here for more info.

Full Gear Required:

Full roller derby gear will be required. All equipment must be in good working order and fit properly.

helmet
mouth guard!!
elbow pads
wrist guards
knee pads
skates
Gear can be ordered at least one month in advance through Rollerbug.com.Contact them at contact@rollerbug.com for order cut off dates.

Rollerbug will also be holding a pop-up shop on Sunday Feb 9, 11am-2pm, at Sugarbomb, 1 Wiltshire Ave, Unit E.

We also ask that you bring some masking tape and a marker so that we can tape an assigned number to your helmet on arrival.

Additional Program and League Commitments:

Upon joining the Fresh Meat Program skaters will have to fulfill the following in order to be eligible to join Toronto Roller Derby:

Attendance: skaters must maintain a minimum of 70% attendance. Let’s be honest, you will need to be there as much as possible in order to pass the WFTDA minimums at the end.
League Volunteering: skaters must volunteer for at least 10 hours of league volunteering time in order to complete the program. To find out about volunteering opportunities, contact volunteer@torontorollerderby.com.
Get in touch about volunteering at our upcoming games February 8th or March 1st.

Full Program Training Schedule:

Training runs for 20 sessions, 3 hrs per week, on most Sundays, 2-5 pm. The first set of practices are focused on skating basics, while the next set of practices focus on game play and derby training. Rules are constrantly reviewed throughout.

The following schedule is tentative, subject to blackout dates in our practice space. You will be given as much advance notice as possible should dates change. There is a possibility that this could also extend the duration of the program past the dates below. Benchmarking and testing will also occur throughout the program.

Session # Date
Benchmarking Mar 2
#1 Mar 16
#2 Apr 6
#3 Apr 13
#4 Apr 27
#5 May 4
Review May 11
Interim Evaluation May 25
#6 Jun 1
#7 Jun 8
#8 Jun 15
#9 Jun 22
#10 Jul 6
#11 Jul 13
#12 Jul 20
#13 Jul 27
#14 Aug 10
Game Play Scrimmage Aug 17
Rules Review Aug 24
Review Sep 21
Final Evaluation Sep 28

Still Have More Questions?

Check out the video above, or please contact us at freshmeat@torontorollerderby.com

Join us, join us! Now recruiting new skaters.

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Are you interested in learning more about this roller derby thing, particularly how you yourself can get on skates and in on the action? On Sunday January 26th Toronto Roller Derby will be having an info session for interested skaters, hosted by Sugarbomb.

sugarbomb

Sugarbomb.ca Headquarters
1 Wiltshire Ave, Unit E
Toronto, ON M6N 2V7 CA

Time: 2-3pm.

We will answer an and all of your questions about Toronto Roller Derby and joining the Fresh Meat program in 2014, including training, gear, costs, time comittments and volunteer opportunities.

To register for the info session and for more information, please click here.

The Fresh Meat program officially begins on Sunday March 2nd from 2-5pm with a benchmarking test/tryout.

Skater intake info session

We will be holding a Meet and Greet to provide potential Fresh Meat with information about Toronto Roller Derby (ToRD), including training, gear, costs and volunteer opportunities.

As an added bonus, members of the league will be in attendance to answer questions and chat about their personal experiences in ToRD.

If you are interested in attending please contact freshmeat@torontorollerderby.com for further information.