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Photo by Frank Mitchell

Photo by Frank Mitchell


Become a skater



New skaters have two opportunities per year to join our team: every February and August. We train new skaters as a group and help you build the skills you will need to be a successful roller derby player. Our Fresh Meat Program lasts approximately 4.5 months and is taught by 3-4 of our experienced Vixens.

There are three practices per week, which are geared entirely to Fresh Meat. Our program is broken down into two tiers; the first tier consists of foundational skating and basic derby skills (non-contact) and the second consists of contact and more complex skills. For a detailed look at all of the minimum skills you’ll be learning, check out the WFTDA Minimum Skills Requirements.

To remain active in the Fresh Meat program, you must maintain 66% attendance each month, the same attendance requirement as the Vixens have.  Once you graduate from the Fresh Meat Program, you will be able to choose your name and number, you’ll be an official member of MDRV’s Cannon Brawler’s, and you’ll be eligible to test for MDRV’s All Stars and eligible for MDRV’s WFTDA charter.

Fresh Meat FAQ’s: 

Q: What is the minimum amount of equipment I will need to play roller derby? 

A: You’ll need skates, a skate helmet, indoor wheels, knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards, and a mouth guard.

Q: Will I need all of this equipment on my first day of practice? 

A: Nope! You can use rental skates from Turner’s Skate Palace, free of charge, as long as you’re in the Fresh Meat program. We also have some old, mismatched gear that you can borrow from us, but we wouldn’t recommend using that for long and we can’t guarantee that all of the gear you will need is available. Buy your own gear as soon as possible! It’s the safest and cleanest option. One thing you will definitely need to bring on your first day of practice is your own mouth guard, as we don’t have old ones available to borrow (that would be gross!) : )

Q: What else will I need during practice? 

A: Make sure you wear comfy clothes, such as leggings or workout pants, and don’t forget to bring water or a sports drink to keep you hydrated!

Q: Where can I buy this equipment at? 

A: Lucky for us, we have a skate shop locally (Derby Star Pro Shop) where you can try on and purchase gear – we'd encourage you to buy local whenever you can! There are tons of online shops as well. Here is a list of some shops we recommend: Derby Star Pro Shop in Frederick, MD, Bruised Boutique, and Wicked Skatewear.

Q: How much can I expect to pay for gear? 

A: There are tons of different choices available for all of your required gear, which means prices can greatly vary. Many places sell starter or Fresh Meat packages, which include all of your required gear for around $200 – $500, depending on the type of skates and pads that are offered in the package. As you continue your roller derby journey, there will be plenty of time to upgrade gear and invest more money into your equipment. We know how overwhelming equipment purchases can be, so just email us or come to one of our Open Houses and we can give you more information.

Q: Do I need insurance? 

A: There is mandatory league insurance through WFTDA that everyone on the league, including Fresh Meat skaters must pay. The cost is $70 per year and will be prorated if you join midseason. We do not require primary health insurance to play roller derby, but it wouldn’t hurt if you had it!

Q: What other costs can I expect? 

A: Besides purchasing equipment and insurance, there are monthly dues of $35 per month to remain an active member of the league. Once you graduate from the Fresh Meat Program, you can expect to purchase a uniform in the range of $50. Once you are eligible to skate in bouts, you can also expect to pay money towards traveling.

Q: What do you recommend I do in order to prepare for your Fresh Meat Program? 

A: Get on skates! The more comfortable you are being on skates, the better prepared you’ll be. There are two roller skating rinks in town – go whenever you can to their open skate sessions. Also, we can’t recommend cross-training enough! Some things to work on to get you started: plyometrics, yoga, squats, lifting weights, planks, crunches, and push-ups are all helpful. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water and eating healthy, too.

Besides preparing physically, we also recommend you research flat track roller derby online: watch roller derby videos, learn the rules from WFTDA, and watch videos!

Q: Besides skating, what else can I expect to be doing when I join the league? 

A: MDRV is a 403(b) non-profit that is run entirely by us, the skaters. In order to keep our business and league going and keep us skating, all members hold a position or join a committee to help. As a new Fresh Meat skater, we’ll ask you to join one of our committees, such as Fundraising, Sponsorship or PR. This will help you learn more about our league and how it works and will help contribute to the growth of the league, which you’re now apart of!

Q: After reading all of this, I’ve decided playing roller derby isn’t for me. Are there any other ways I can be involved?  

A: Yes! We are always looking for officials or volunteers.

Become an official

We couldn't play derby without our officials! Our dedicated staff of non-skating and skating officials (referees) are one of the most crucial parts of our organization!


MDRV relies on volunteers to help our home bouts and other events run smoothly! Anyone who volunteers at a home game will receive free entry, and we can always use the help! Join our MDRV Volunteers Facebook page to join the team!