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 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 game play. 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.
What do I need?
To participate in our Freshie program you’ll need:
- Derby-grade quad-skates.
- Mouth guard
- Elbow pads
- Wrist guards
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 and offers advice and special Fresh Meat packs for starting skaters. There are also Facebook groups selling second hand gear.
I’ve never skated before – is that okay?
Yes! Some of our best 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. Our next Learn to Skate sessions take place January 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st. Follow our Facebook page to find all the details. Morley Rollerdrome also offer basic skating classes cheaply on Saturday and Sunday mornings with some excellent instructors.
How much does it cost?
Aside from gear, there’s a mandatory fee for skate insurance. The sessions cost $15 a week for the intial stage of the program, then skaters become full dues-paying members of PRD. The money from the Freshie sessions goes towards the cost of venue hire; all of our coaches are volunteers and do it for the love of the sport.
Where and when do you train?
Freshie sessions are held at Morley Rollerdrome and Rollerzone in Malaga. The program begins with one training session a week (Sunday evening) before increasing to twice a week towards the end of the program.
I’m a FIFO worker – can I still play derby?
If you work FIFO, or are going to be away for extended periods and want to play with PRD, it’s best to discuss your particular situation with the Freshie Coordinator first. If you reside or regularly work outside of Perth, there are several leagues in regional Western Australia.
How do I sign up?
Information sessions with the opportunity to register for our Freshie program take place in February at the Morley Rollerdrome. Follow our Facebook page for updates.
Is there anything else I should know?
PRD is a very hands-on league; all of our members contribute in some way. Playing Roller Derby can be fun, rewarding and empowering. It also takes commitment and hard work. It’s important to consider if you are able to make that commitment before you sign up. 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.
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Current Derby Skaters
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What if I don’t want to play derby, but still want to get involved?
You can join Team Officials! We can’t derby without our amazing referees and Non-skating Officials (NSOs). Learn more about becoming a PRD official here.
You can also volunteer! We always need people to help off the track with our events and bouts.