As of 2017, the Keweenaw Roller Girls have begun accepting prospective skaters through a rolling recruitment program. If you are interested in joining KRG as a new skater, please contact us to plan a visit to one of our practices. Here you will have the opportunity to try on equipment and get a feel for the league and what roller derby is all about. Your initial skills will be evaluated by our trainers. If your skills are quite limited we may ask that you consider joining our Fresh Meat Program in the fall designed for the complete beginner.
If you’re interested in volunteering but not skating, we’d love to have you too! The success of each roller derby league hinges on the continued support of not only fans and community, but also the officiating crews that make games possible.
What is Fresh Meat?
Fresh Meat is the 10-week training session we offer once a season. If you attend you will learn basic skating and derby skills such as, stopping, blocking, transitions, skating in a pack, and more. Fresh Meat is intended for team-building, to get you to a point at which you can safely join the rest of the team for full-practices, and prepare you to take a first try at the minimum skills requirements (MSR) test that all skaters must pass before they can scrimmage or bout with KRG.
When is the next Fresh Meat session?
September 2017 – Our next 1 day intro camp is Sept. 17th – Find out more here! After that the full KRG Fresh Meat Program will begin the following Sunday.
Do I need to know how to skate?
Not even a little bit! We accept all skill levels into our Fresh Meat program and will teach you all the skating skills you need to know. We’re looking for those who have a good attitude, who are tough, determined, and excited to participate. And if you’re not feelin’ too tough yet, you’ll be feelin’ like a warrior once you’ve begun.
Any other requirements?
You need to be 18 or older and you should be in OK health. You don’t have to be crazy athletic, but derby is a rough, full-contact sport. You will be hit, fall down, and get bruises. Use your common sense! You are also required to have secondary insurance through the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association ($75/year) to skate with us.
Do I need my own gear?
Yes. You may join a practice to try on gear and test out skating, but ultimately you will need to purchase your own equipment.
What kind of gear?
Every skater is required to wear a helmet, wrist guards, elbow pads, knee pads, a mouth guard and quad roller skates. See our gear recommendation document.
What happens after Fresh Meat?
At the end of Fresh Meat, skaters will join full-league practices. You will also be required to take the the minimum skills requirements (MSR) test. In order to bout or scrimmage with the team, you must pass, however skills practices will continue to be available to you regardless of successful completion of the MSR test.
Because we are skater owned and operated, once you join the team and participate in full-league practices, you will be expected to make practice attendance requirements, pay dues ($40/month) which serves the league’s operating costs, and to work fundraisers and events whenever possible.
What if I want to officiate?
Yes please! Skating Officials can use quad or inline skates and must also be able to pass their own version of the MSRs. Skating and Non-skating officials both have a curriculum that relates to their specific positions. If this is something you are interested in please contact KRG’s Head Official at KRGofficials(AT)gmail(DOT)com
What if I just want to volunteer?
Join our KRG Crew page on facebook! This is a little different than our fan page – the KRG Crew page is where we’ll put out calls for volunteers and share league information. Also keep an eye on our upcoming events; once we begin hosting bouts, we’re definitely going to be looking for people to help organize, set-up, sell tickets, and more. If you are part of an organization that would like to help us out (or trade help – we’ll happily help at your event!), that would be great as well!
What if I have played derby in the past and want to transfer in?
Awesome, we are excited to have you! Before you can join the team, you’ll need to be able to provide proof that you passed your MSRs with your previous league, and you will be asked to demonstrate key skills for the trainers. Occasionally, you may be asked to work on a particular skill before joining full contact drills or to attend a fresh meat session as a refresher.