February 4, 2020

Fresh Meat (new members)

So you want to join Adelaide Roller Derby? Awesome! You are able to join ADRD as either a skater, skating official or non-skating official (NSO).

We hold our Fresh Meat intake once a year, around September-November, and host an information night prior to this so you can find out more about what it means to join ADRD.


The Fresh Meat Recruitment Program runs over a few months and is split into two sections:

  • Raw Meat (basic skating skills)
  • Fresh Meat (derby skills)

During Raw Meat you’ll learn the basics of skating without any contact. Skills taught include stopping (t-stops and snow plows), weaving, crossovers, derby stance, stepping and falling. You’ll also be introduced to speed and endurance. If you successfully pass Raw Meat, you’ll move onto Fresh Meat directly after.

During Fresh Meat you’ll start learning roller derby skills and rules. Skills taught include skating as a ‘pack’, avoiding obstacles, blocking (hitting), transitions (turning around quickly), backwards skating, use of toe-stops, jumping, t-bars and basic strategy. You’ll be tested on all of these skills in a final test that is based on the WFTDA Minimum Skills Requirements. There are limited spots available within ADRD each year.

Check out the WFTDA Minimum Skills Requirements and the WFTDA Ed Video Series.

After successfully undertaking the Fresh Meat program and gaining a spot in the league, skaters will be assigned to one of our four competing teams – Salty Dolls, Road Train Rollers, Mile Die Club and Wild Hearses.

Skating Officials 

A roller derby bout requires seven on-skates officials.

Skating officials don the black and white stripes of ‘Team Zebra’, keep an eye on things on track and aren’t afraid of blowing a whistle loudly. They keep track of points, call penalties and ensure safe game play.

Skating Officials are required to successfully pass Raw Meat and a modified Fresh Meat program.

Non-Skating Officials 

A roller derby game requires a handful of non-skating officials (NSO).

NSO Zebras undertake a range of roles inside and outside the track, including starting and timing jams, recording and displaying scores and penalties, keeping track of skaters visiting the penalty box and collecting other necessary derby stats.

If you are interested in joining the league as an NSO, email us at adrdfreshies@gmail.com and we’ll put you in touch with Team Zebra. 

Derby gear

To be able to take part in Raw and Fresh Meat, skaters and skating officials are required to have the following safety gear:

  • Quad skates (with toe stops)
  • Knee pads (pick some sturdy ones rather than the cheapest ones – you’ll be falling on your knees a lot)
  • Wrist guards
  • Helmet
  • Elbow pads
  • Mouth guard

Our sponsors Da Klinic have a huge selection of derby gear and can help you out with a full Fresh Meat pack.

If you don’t want to spend heaps on new gear, check out the buy/swap/sell Facebook page. Make sure to check sizing because skate sizing can be different to shoes.

Skating ability

No matter what your skill-level is when you begin Raw Meat, if you put in the work, your skills development will be fast. Some of our best skaters were new to skates before joining ADRD!

To participate in Raw Meat, you must be able to stand up and skate one lap unassisted.

The lap doesn’t need to be pretty and you don’t need to know how to stop properly, but it’s important that you start Raw Meat with the ability to haul yourself up off the ground, balance on your skates and propel yourself forward at a slow pace. We will teach you the rest.

For more information

To keep up to date on our Fresh Meat Program schedule and all of our ADRD events, head to the Adelaide Roller Derby Facebook page and give us a ‘like’.

You can also contact us at adrdfreshies@gmail.com if you have more questions.