We’re always excited for fresh faces to join our league - from those new to eight wheels, to experienced derby players.
Fast-paced, full-contact, fun! Sound good? Get started on your derby journey with our Freshie program! Our annual new skater intake program runs from February through to November. It is open to those 18 years or over who identify with the WFTDA Gender statement. We will teach you all you need to know from basic skating fundamentals to roller derby skills and gameplay. At the end of the program, you will be ready to hit the track and be drafted to our home teams.
Our Freshie program also includes a stream to learn how to become an on-skates referee.
I’ve never skated before – is that okay?Yes! Many of our current skaters were new to skates before joining PRD. All you need is patience and commitment and we can help with the rest. Before our Freshie program begins, we run casual Learn to Skate sessions to help you get comfortable on your skates. Follow our Facebook page to get updated on our next Learn to Skate dates. Morley Rollerdrome also offer basic skating classes on Saturday and Sunday mornings with some excellent instructors.
What gear do I need?To participate in our Freshie program you’ll need: - Derby-grade quad-skates - Helmet - Elbow pads - Wrist guards - Kneepads - Mouth guard There are several skate shops online and around Perth. Many PRD members frequent Lucky Skates in Inglewood, WA’s roller derby specialty store. Lucky Skates is skater owned and run, offers excellent advice, and can help kit you out with a beginner derby pack. You can also find Facebook groups selling second hand gear.
But aren't I too old/small/clumsy to play roller derby?We have members of every shape and size skating with us, ranging from their late teens to their 40s. Roller derby is for all ages and all bodies! Falling is a normal part of roller derby. We'll teach you how to do that safely too.
Where and when do you train?Freshie sessions are held at Morley Rollerdrome. The program begins with one training session a week (Sunday evening) before increasing to twice a week towards the end of the program.
How much does it cost?Aside from gear, there’s a mandatory fee for skate insurance that will cover you for the year. Monthly dues are $50 for the initial stage of the program. Once training increases to twice a week, monthly dues become $65. We are happy to work with you to arrange a payment plan for training costs for your budget.
How do I sign up?We have an annual intake for beginner skaters. Information sessions with the opportunity to register for our Freshie program take place in February at Morley Rollerdrome. Follow our Facebook page or Instagram page for updates. If you already have derby experience, we welcome transfer skaters all year round.
Is there anything else I should know?PRD is a very hands-on league. We are volunteer run, so all of our members contribute in some way. Playing roller derby can be fun, rewarding and empowering. It also takes commitment and hard work. We understand that everyone has things going on outside of derby, but we place a strong emphasis on attendance at PRD, so it is worthwhile having a think about this stuff before you get started to avoid disappointment later.
I have another question, how can I contact you?If you have another question about our Freshie program that we haven't covered, email us at email@example.com
current derby skaters
transfer and guest skaters
We welcome current derby skaters of all levels to join us year-round. If you are an experienced skater interested in transferring to Perth Roller Derby or in town visiting and would like to join us at training as a guest, get in touch.