Fresh Meat Training

Philly Roller Derby has revamped our Fresh Meat training program!

Fresh Meat will now be rolling admission – you can join whenever you want.  All skill levels allowed.

You must be 18+ in order to participate. You will be able to progress through the program at your own pace.

Not sure if you have what it takes? Come find out! We periodically host workshops where we teach some basic skating skills necessary for derby and answer any questions you may have about joining the league. Follow us on Facebook to receive updates on our upcoming workshops or email us at for more information.


What does Fresh Meat Training entail?

“Fresh Meat” is the term we use to describe the Philly Roller Derby’s new recruits.

Training Details:
Starting in October 2016, Fresh Meat practices are being held at the PRD Warehouse (5378 Belfield Ave, Philadelphia) at the following times:
Sundays 3:00 – 5:00 pm* (times vary on Sundays, please contact if this is your first time attending Fresh Meat)
Thursdays 6:00 – 8:00 pm
**Your first Fresh Meat practice is FREE!**
After that, you will need to purchase a 5 class pass, purchased online via Paypal. Details will be provided at your first practice.
No need to sign up, just show up and skate.

You will receive a welcome Fresh Meat packet when you join, detailing the training schedule, finances, league and membership requirements, etc. You will not be required to have WFTDA insurance for these practices. Once you become a PRD league member, you will be required to obtain WFTDA insurance.

Fresh Meat are expected to make 75% of available practices. The training program will include everything from basic skating skills, to blocking, and ultimately to scrimmage ability and strategy execution.

How should I prepare for Fresh Meat?

  1. Get some equipment.

All skaters are required to have the following equipment in order to participate:

  • Multi-Impact Helmet (not a bicycle helmet)
  • Mouthguard
  • Elbow Pads
  • Wrist Guards
  • Knee Pads
  • Quad Roller Skates

Here is a list of local derby owned and operated shops which you can contact for information regarding types of equipment and what to buy:

The league does maintain a limited supply of loaner pads which skaters are welcome to use until they purchase their own gear. Please contact Zuri Pryor-Graves ( to request gear if you need it.

  1. Skate! Skate. Skate. Skate.

Skate outside, inside, attend open skates, and always wear padding. Demonstrating comfort on skates is the first thing we evaluate in tryouts and therefore crucial to your career as a roller girl. One guaranteed way to improve your skills is to practice. It’s not uncommon to have a skill-based question crop up while you’re skating, which you can then bring up during training. We guarantee someone else has the same question and perhaps others might benefit from your commentary. Not to mention, open skates are a great opportunity to practice accident avoidance!

  1. Do your homework!

Swing by the WFTDA website to learn the rules of Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby and explore the history of the governing body of our sport. Then do yourself a favor and head on over to to watch some top level roller derby from the recent past. (WFTDA Playoffs are a great place to check out the current level of competition around the world.)

What happens at Fresh Meat training?

Training includes:

  1. Basic Skating

  • Skating in the derby (counter-clockwise) direction
  • Skating in the non-derby (clockwise) direction
  • Balancing on one foot while rolling in the counter-clockwise direction
  1. Stops and Falls

  • T-Stop
  • Plow Stop
  • Turning Stop
  • Two Knee Fall
  • One Knee Fall
  • Coneweaving
  1. Advanced Skills

  • Mohawk turns (in both directions)
  • One Jump
  • Blocking (hip check with a blocking pad)