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…
News and Bout Info
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!
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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 email@example.com. We hope to see you there!
Register now for this spring’s fresh meat camp! Registration is January 7 at the Mansion from 6 to 8 p.m. Check out the Facebook event here. We hope to see you there!
After an exciting and extremely challenging accelerated fresh meat camp, KDG is excited to welcome several new skaters to our ranks. The Disloyalists have drafted Willard, the Rogue Warriors have gained Red Nasty and former KDG official Trace of Terror, and the Skateful Dead are welcoming Bombinatrix and Fleetwood Smack. Watch for these new, but not fresh, Kingston Derby Girls at KDG’s upcoming bouts. Looking forward to skating with our new teammates!
If you’ve got skates, you’ve got skills, and you’ve got attitude, Kingston Derby Girls want you. We are excited to announce that KDG is going to run a Smash Squad over the course of the 2013 season. We are looking for track-ready skaters who want to take their minimum skills, be part of a Smash Squad, learn to rock the flat track, and become the future Kingston Derby Girls. If you are ready to join this first KDG Smash Squad, download this info sheet to find out everything you need to know! Registration nights are April 30th and May 7th, so act quickly if you are ready to be a derby girl! Still have questions? Email Skate at Home Mom to get yer answers!
The votes are in, the dust has settled, the draft is over: your 2012-13 Kingston Derby Girls have been chosen! Congratulations and welcome to all the former fresh meat who passed their skills tests and have now been drafted to teams. New faces, new talent, and a whole new world of roller derby in this city. Next season is going to be better than anything you’ve seen before, Kingston — I hope you’re ready for it.
Your 2012-13 Disloyalists:
LaVallee of the Dolls
Little Orphan-Maker Annie
Bones (transferring from Rideau Valley Roller Girls)
Box Punch (drafted from the Rogue Warriors)
AmandaTory Sentence (drafted from the Rogue Warriors)
Your 2012-13 Rogue Warriors:
Eff Ewe (formerly Cabin Fever)
Lusty B Fearsome
Violet Von Tramp
Tinker Ring’r Bell
Princess RedNek (transferring from Peterborough Roller Derby)
Frieda Frankenstorm (transferring from the Disloyalists)
Bluestocking (former KDG official)
Deus ex Smashin’ Ya (drafted from Fresh Meat)
Emily (drafted from Fresh Meat, still working on a derby name)
Ashley (drafted from Fresh Meat, still working on a derby name)
Reba Smackintire (Coach)
Glitter Bomb (Coach)
Your 2012-13 Skateful Dead:
Coop de Loop
Booty on Duty
4 Wheel Drive
Newey & Improved
No Pity Venditti
Skate at Home Mom
Frigger Skater (drafted from Fresh Meat)
Saragorn (drafted from Fresh Meat)
CM Tower (drafted from Fresh Meat)
Dyke Spice (drafted from Fresh Meat)
Andrea (drafted from Fresh Meat, still working on a derby name)
Kim (drafted from Fresh Meat, still working on a derby name)
Alex (drafted from Fresh Meat, still working on a derby name)
Zoe (drafted from Fresh Meat, still working on a derby name)
Last night, our fresh meat became a whole lot less fresh by passing their minimum skills test, clearing them for contact on the flat track! These twelve fierce women will soon be drafted to one of our three amazing teams, and you’ll be seeing them play next season. We are SO excited to get to know the newest Kingston Derby Girls! WELCOME!