Tryouts FAQ

What skills are assessed during tryouts?

You are not required to have any previous derby experience to try out for Fresh Meat. However, we do recommend that you are comfortable with many of the basic skating skills that are required to learn to play derby. At tryouts, we will evaluate:

  • Endurance and speed
  • Stride and skating form/posture
  • Effective stops and proper falls
  • Footwork and agility
  • Confidence and attitude

While everyone is welcome to try out for Fresh Meat regardless of skill level, some people choose to join Wreckers to build these basic skills before trying out. In addition, Adult skating classes and Beginning Derby classes are offered by the Oaks Park skating rink.

What is the age requirement to play?

  • Rose Buds must be 12-17 years of age
  • Wreckers and Fresh Meat must be 18+ years of age*
  • Nobody is too old to play derby!

Bonus question: What if my birthday is still 3 months away?
We’ll have tryouts soon after – see you then!

* Skaters aged 18-20 trying out for Fresh Meat must provide proof that they have maintained 80%+ attendance with either the Wreckers or Rosebuds program for the past 6 months.

Where can I get skates? What type of skates should I get? What else do I need?

All participants must supply their own…

  • skates (quads, toe stops encouraged)
  • sports mouth guard
  • helmet
  • knee & elbow pads
  • wrist guards

Oaks Park Skate Shop (RCR members receive a 10% discount) is a sponsor of our league and knows what rolls. You’re also welcome to contact us with questions about gear. Skates you find at a department store, resale shop, or free bin probably wont cut it. Ask for input from the pro shops and be ready to purchase the best you can afford- cheap gear is a waste of money and effort.

Fees & Legal Stuff

The following will be required of all participants in order to participate in tryouts:

  • Signed RCR waiver and release of liability form
  • Legal identification proving age (18+)

There is no participation fee for tryout. Boot camps and other classes may have their own registration and fee requirements.

Where do tryouts take place?

At the Rose City Rollers Hangar (where we hold most of our bouts)

7805 SE Oaks Park Way Portland, OR 97202

Map of Oaks Park

Can my [choose one: boyfriend/girlfriend/parents/kids/pets] come and watch me try out?

RCR Boot Camps, Practices, and Tryouts are not open to the public outside of participants. No spectators, family, cheering sections, or pets please.

What happens if I make the team?

There is a mandatory orientation, typically on the weekend following tryouts.
Can’t make it? There is always the next round of tryouts that you can participate in. Plan accordingly.

What you need to know about being a Fresh Meat skater with Rose City Rollers:
New girls joining the Rose City Rollers will go on to our RCR Fresh Meat training program and will train with a group of amazing derby coaches. How long a girl stays on the RCR Fresh Meat team before being recruited on to one of the Rose City Rollers four bouting teams will vary. Some very skilled skaters may get on a team rather quickly, while it is entirely possible for others to be RCR Fresh Meat team for six months to a year.

As a member of the RCR Fresh Meat program, you must initially be able to attend practices on Thursdays from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Saturdays from 11:00am – 12:00pm and Sundays 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Once your skill level progresses, additional practices will be added (including Wednesday evenings). Please take this into consideration if you already have commitments at these times (school, job, hobbies. etc.). In addition to these weekly practices, all league members are expected to attend league meetings and donate time to help further the league (for example serve on a committee, help with fundraisers, or set up and tear down at bouts).

If you cannot make these clinics or tryouts, please keep checking the website or listening at events for new dates. We hold tryouts approximately every 3-4 months. In the meantime, practice practice practice!