News and Bout Info

Learn 2 Skate Info Session & Registration Night!

Ever dreamed of lacing up a pair of skates and zooming around the track like your favourite Kingston Derby girl? Here’s your chance! KDG is hosting an information session Tuesday, October 11th 2016 where you can sign up for this year’s Learn to Skate program- no experience required! Come on out and learn more about how to join the Kingston Derby Girls next season. Info session details are as follows:

Tuesday, October 11th 2016
6 PM- 8 PM
Don Cherry’s Sports Grill
692 Princess St

Be sure to check out the event on Facebook. All are welcome ! Stay tuned for more juicy details.

We’re Back! Kingston Derby Girls Kickoff the 2016 Season

Watch out, 2016- the Kingston Derby Girls are back in a very big way. This past weekend, seasoned skaters and aspiring derby girls alike greased up their bearings for the first official league practice of the season, and start of this year’s Fresh Meat Training Camp.

The thrill of being back on skates and reunited with fellow team mates after the holiday break had everyone brimming with excitement. The league’s very first practice was jam-packed with footwork, partner drills, and a whole lotta’ heart-pumping cardio fun. The Kingston Derby Girls have no beef breaking a sweat, and thanks to our fantastic Training Committee, are busy preparing for what is undoubtedly bound to be the biggest and best season yet!

Meanwhile, down the hall, a courageous group of women laced up their skates (some for the first time ever!) to embark upon the journey that is KDG’s Fresh Meat Training Camp. Not for the faint of heart, this group was led through a series of skating skills, tough endurance drills, and pack work by veteran skaters. These fresh faces shocked and inspired our trainers with their prowess and their grit- some bruises and sore muscles may have resulted, but these Fresh Meat certainly earned their epson salt baths!

Stay tuned for more rad updates on the Kingston Derby Girls this season.

Recruiting Skaters, Coaches, and Officials

Interested in being part of one of the fastest growing sports in North America? There are so many ways you can join!

Experienced Skaters

Maybe you’ve relocated to Kingston, returning from a leave from derby, or just searching for a new league to call home. Whatever the reason, we’d love to have you on 8 wheels with KDG. Email us at info@kingstonderbygirls.ca

Fresh Meat

If you’re looking to try something new, improve your fitness, or
meet new people, you’re not going to find a better way to do all three than joining roller derby! Now is your chance to join the Kingston Derby Girls in 2016.

We will be holding an info session & pre-registration night on Thursday, December 10th, 2015 6:30 – 8:00 PM at the Mansion (506 Princess Street). An additional registration night will take place on Thursday, December 17th 2015 6:30 – 8:00 PM at the same location.

Don’t miss your opportunity to be a Kingston Derby Girl! Our Fresh Meat Committee members will be on hand to answer any questions and accept your registration forms and payment for our 2016 camp. The camp runs twice per week from January 8 to March 27 on Fridays and Sundays , and will teach you the skills and strategies necessary to play roller derby. No skating experience required! The cost is $140 and you must supply all your own gear and insurance (which we can help with).

Any questions, please email freshmeat@kingstonderbygirls.ca. We hope to see you there!

Coaches

KDG is looking for coaches to work with a wild and wonderful group of skaters. If you’ve never coached roller derby, don’t worry. We’re looking for people who have leadership skills, work well with large groups of women, and have a passion for learning the game – we can teach you everything else. A coaching background is a plus!

Interested? Let us know at coaches@kingstonderbygirls.com

Referees
We are looking for fast skaters willing to wear stripes, blow whistles, and learn all the rules of the game! Don’t know how to skate? We will teach you! Referees who join KDG get funding for officiating clinics and tournaments, highly subsidized dues, regular practice time, free skating and officiating training, and a free referee shirt.

Join our zebra crew! Contact Roxy Roll’her at refs@kingstonderbygirls.ca.

Non-Skating Officials

Non skating officials (NSOs) are those majestic looking people in pink shirts who work their magic at the side of the track. NSOs are all trained in jobs that run the entire game. There are jam timers, score keepers and penalty box managers, just to name a few! If you are interested in getting to know the ins and outs of a roller derby game, NSOing is for you!

Get yourself in the game by contacting Laced in Space at nso@kingstonderbygirls.ca

Recruiting

Come Join Us! Learn to Skate Camp Registration

Do you have aspirations to become that bone rattling blocker or that juking jammer? Come join the fastest growing sport on wheels! Our Learn to Skate Camp is starting up very soon- This year’s camp runs on Thursdays 7:30-9:30 & Sundays 4:30-6:30 from October 22nd until November 29th and costs $70 (excluding insurance). We will be holding  two registration nights for the upcoming Learn to Skate Camp at The Mansion:

Thursday, September 24th 2015,  6:30-8:00

Thursday, October 15th 2015,  6:30-8:00

If you are unable to make it to either registration session, or would like some more information about the camp, you can contact our Fresh Meat Committee.

 

Fresh Meat Camp 2015!

If you’re looking to try something new, improve your fitness, or meet new people, you’re not going to find a better way to do all three than joining roller derby! Now is your chance to join the Kingston Derby Girls in 2015.

We will be holding an info session & pre-registration night on Thursday, November 27th 2014  7-9 PM at the Mansion (506 Princess Street). An additional registration night will take place on Thursday, December 11th 2014  7-9 PM at the same location.

Don’t miss your opportunity to be a Kingston Derby Girl! Our Fresh Meat Committee members will be on hand to answer any questions and accept your registration forms and payment for our 2015 camp. The camp runs for 15 weeks (from January to April) and will teach you the skills and strategies necessary to play roller derby. No skating experience required! The cost is $160, including insurance, and you must supply all your own gear. Any questions, please email freshmeat@kingstonderbygirls.ca. We hope to see you there!

Check out our rookie skaters!

We are delighted to introduce several new Kingston Derby Girls! You may or may not have seen some of them on the track at the Mother of All Bouts, but you’ll definitely be seeing these graduates of our Fresh Meat Camp 2014 ripping up the track over the course of the season. Please welcome…

M.C. SlamHer

M.C. SlamHer

Tara F. N. Headoff

Tara F. N. Headoff

Smackniss Evermean

Smackniss Evermean

ChemiKill Burn

ChemiKill Burn

NO'TORI'OUS KNOCKOUT

NO'TORI'OUS KNOCKOUT

Sparta Kiss

Sparta Kiss

Caume-a-Kazi

Caume-a-Kazi

The Blockness Monster

The Blockness Monster

The General

The General

Fist n' Shout!

Fist n' Shout!

Black Attack

Black Attack (seen her in her ref stripes, now sporting Skateful Dead Red)

Fresh meat tackle MSR tonight

Tonight is the final testing night for this year’s crop of fresh meat, a talented, determined, and awe-inspiring group of women who have come together over thirteen weeks to tackle new skills, push their limits, and show each other, the league, and themselves what they’re capable of. The fresh meat camp coaches have seen these women do amazing things: master the eleven-second track lap, learn to skate and jump backward, and find out what it’s like to give and take a hit on rollerskates. Tonight they take on their minimum skills test to find out if they’ll be eligible to be drafted to KDG teams. You’ll be seeing many of these women on the flat track this season — wish them luck tonight!

Football? What football? Let’s talk Fresh Meat!

Fresh meat, baby!We are so excited after our first weekend of Fresh Meat camp, we just had to share! Our 2014 camp is bursting at the seams, and the enthusiasm, skill, and determination of this group of amazing women is unbelievable!

Under the capable tutelage of our very own Bones and the rest of the FM coaching staff, we saw almost 30 women soar in confidence and ability over the course of their first two practices. With a wide range of skill and previous experience (from never-skated-before to experienced derby players), every single skater showed amazing tenacity and improvement. We covered very basic skating form and technique, and dived right into demystifying such “scary” skills as backwards skating, transitions, and crossovers. These women are fearless, Kingston! With 12 more weeks to go, there is really nothing these people can’t do before the end of camp.

We couldn’t be prouder of the work and progress exhibited by every single one of our 2014 campers… Can’t wait to do it all again next weekend!

 

Some words of wisdom from former fresh meat (redux)

Despite the dangerously icy conditions and a power outage at the Mansion, we had an amazing turnout for our Fresh Meat registration by candlelight last night. We got lots of questions, and one of the questions people are asking that is harder to answer is “What is Fresh Meat Camp really like?” Here are some thoughts on that subject, originally published last April. It’s not too late to sign up! Email freshmeat@kingstonderbygirls.ca for the info.

The answer to that is different for everyone, but the bottom line is that FM camp is a huge challenge, and hugely rewarding. Doing something new is not easy for anyone, and roller derby is almost certainly unlike anything you’ve ever done before. Fresh Meat camp is not for the faint of heart. It’s hard to keep going, to push your limits, to learn skills you never even knew existed. We asked some former Fresh Meat, now bona fide KDG team members, for some words of wisdom for anyone who is thinking about doing Fresh Meat. Here’s some of what they had to say.

“Fresh meat changed my life. I’m not exaggerating! To learn from the best how to play a physically challenging, full contact sport on rollerskates, is unlike anything I had ever done. It was hard work and it took me some time to get the hang of it (really, I could barely stand on my skates) but it was TOTALLY WORTH IT! Derby is so much fun!”
Dandylion (Rogue Warriors), Fresh Meat 2011

“Derby gave me an outlet, something to work towards. It became a diversion and a distraction and a challenge. I loved the workout. My legs were getting toned, my cardio was improving with each set of 25 laps I did. I wanted to know how it felt to be in a bout. I was determined to keep going. Roller derby is a gruelling sport. It’s rough, it’s intense, it’s fast. But it’s also empowering. It’s bonding with women of all ages, shapes, sizes, and stories. It’s pushing yourself past limits you thought you couldn’t go past; it’s liberating. For some, it’s a healing sport. Although the bruises and broken bones might suggest otherwise, it has saved many a soul. And it certainly helped me get mine back.”
Kinder SurpriseYa! (The Skateful Dead), Fresh Meat 2011

“When I attend derby bouts and practices, everything else goes out the window — all my stress melts away and it’s like a different world, even if only a for few hours. It’s a positive escape from the daily.”
Little Tank (Rogue Warriors), original skater

“I am so glad that I’ve found derby; it’s changed my life! I was never one for team sports (or even going to the gym, really), but I’ve really taken a shine to derby. It has improved my fitness immensely, and has also been an incredible boost to my self-esteem. In addition to feeling great physically and mentally, you will also find an amazing community in roller derby. If you ever run into any kind of trouble (derby-related or not), you can be sure your teammates will be there to help you out in any way they can. Amazing!”
Newey and Improved (The Skateful Dead), Fresh Meat 2010 and 2012 (she had a baby in between)

“I didn’t know if I had time in my life for derby. I have a stressful career, a husband, two little boys, and aging parents. But to take care of all of them, I need to take care of myself, which includes getting regular exercise. Derby is like every workout all mixed into one — cardio, yoga, interval training…it’s the most effective use of my time I can think of!”
WD Forte (The Skateful Dead), Fresh Meat 2012

“I hadn’t worn rollerskates since I was twelve when I came to that first sign-up session. I could never have imagined that I would fall in love with a sport, work harder physically than I ever had before, and — especially — that I would meet such a remarkable group of people. I found my limits and, with the help of those remarkable people, I chucked them out the window.”
Cat O’Clysm (Rogue Warriors), original skater

“I came into derby having never done any roller sports in my life: no roller skates, roller blades, skateboards, NOTHING. I hadn’t participated in many team sports before, and although I was trying to keep in good shape, I wasn’t particularly fit either. I have no idea why I thought that joining derby would be a good idea, but oh man, was it ever. Although the first year was incredibly tough, painful, and frustrating, I kept pushing myself, and in return found an incredible community of the most awesome people I’ve ever hung out with, a passion for this awesome sport, and an amazing world of awesome stuff that I never had any idea my body was capable of. Now I’m one of the skaters teaching our new fresh meat, and having come from being probably the least experienced skater at our league’s first ever practice, I can absolutely understand how scary it is and how frustrating it can be to keep trying to push yourself to learn these things that it seems are so natural to so many people around you, but I also know that if you just keep at it, little by little YOU WILL get there! And gain a whole new respect for yourself in the process! YAAAAY DERBY!!!!”
Banger Management (Disloyalists), original skater and Fresh Meat camp instructor

Play roller derby this spring!

If your new year’s resolution is to try something new, or to improve your fitness, or to meet new people, you’re not going to find a better way to do all three than joining roller derby!

Now is your chance to join the Kingston Derby Girls in 2014.

Registration for spring Fresh Meat Camp takes place Tuesday, 7 January, 2014 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Mansion (506 Princess Street).

Don’t miss your opportunity to be a Kingston Derby Girl! Our Fresh Meat Committee members will be on hand to answer any questions and accept your registration forms and payment for our 2014 camp. The camp runs for 11 weeks (two practices per week) and will teach you the skills and strategies necessary to play roller derby.

KDG Fresh Meat camp is run and coached by some of our league’s most talented skaters: this is a great opportunity to learn everything from the basics on up to more advanced skills from the cream of the Kingston crop! No skating experience required! The cost is $160, including insurance, and you must supply all your own gear. Any questions, please email freshmeat@kingstonderbygirls.ca. We hope to see you there!