Join us! We're always recruiting new skaters and officials to join our league. Freshmeat intake usually starts in March, or join in as an official! We also run casual skate sessions one Sunday a month- follow us on Facebook to find out when the next session is!
This is a fun session open to anyone who wants to skate, whether you want to join Dunedin Derby, want to become a better recreational skater, or want to bring the kids along to experience roller skating in a bright, high-energy environment.
Dunedin Derby skaters are on hand to assist those people who are just starting out, or want to improve their technique. They will show you the basics and help you build your confidence and ability. We encourage you to bring your own gear – skates, helmet, mouth guard, protective padding – and we have skates and extra protective gear available for hire (first in, first served!)
Keep an eye on our Facebook page for dates!
Where: Edgar Centre
Cost: Edgar Centre entry fee and gold coin for gear hire (if required)
Who can come: Anyone and everyone!
Freshmeat: new skaters
Freshmeat is the term given to aspiring Roller Derby players…they are our beginners. Freshmeat will complete a 20 week training program specifically tailored to teach all the necessary skills required to pass a minimum skills test and be eligible for a bouting team.
About Freshmeat Training
Our Freshmeat period runs for 20 weeks and freshmeat are expected to attend 80% of trainings.
Basic skating form
How to join
As an official, you will be part of the team that oversees and facilitates the game. Officials are required to keep track of points scored, award penalties for illegal behaviour and actions, and to maintain the integrity of the game.
How many officials are required?
There can be up to 15 officials needed for a game. Each official has a specific function, which is very necessary to the sport. It’s a very fast-paced game and requires many eyes on the track.
Non-skating Officials (NSOs)
Not every official position requires skates. New officials often start out in non-skating positions, allowing them to focus on learning the game and acclimate themselves to the high energy of the bout. NSOs are officials in every sense, including the ability to award penalties to players, and are just as important to the game as skating referees. All that is required is the desire to learn more about roller derby, and willingness to help out.
(all referees must be on skates)
While almost anyone can become a Roller Derby referee, the time commitment can be significant. Regular attendance at practices and meetings is required, as well as learning and understanding all the rules. The position is important and needs to be taken seriously because without officials Roller Derby bouts couldn’t happen. But don’t worry, it’s not all seriousness, and all the other officials in the league are there to help you as you learn the sport.