Fresh Meat

  1. How do I learn to play roller derby?
    It’s a lot of work! You must start at the bottom: Fresh Meat. BRB runs a Fresh Meat training program, called Booty Camp with approximately 8 sessions. The Bellingham Roller Betties are a member of the Womens Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), and follows the current revision of the WFTDA rule set. All trainees are required to learn the rules. At the conclusion of the training, there is a physical on-skates test and a written rules test.
  2. Do I need to meet any qualifications before starting Fresh Meat?
    All we require is a commitment to the sport, and diligence in paying your fees. Fresh Meat in the past have been ex-hockey skaters, ex-rugby players, ex-couch potatoes – it doesn’t matter what background you have, as long as you are willing to learn how to skate on quad roller skates, and push yourself! You must be 18 years old to play with the Bellingham Roller Betties.
  3. Where can I get quad roller skates? And while I’m at it, all the required gear?
    Fast Girl Skates is an online shop based out of Seattle, and run by a Rat City skater!  Required gear includes skates, knee pads, wrist guards, elbow pads, a mouth guard, and a helmet, all of which are available from Fast Girl. To help you get the right gear, they also have Fresh Meat packages available for purchase.

    Gear can also be purchased at:
    Lynden Skateway
         Unknown Board Shop 
    2n1 Skate Shoppe
         PNW Used Derby Gear
    Roller Derby Recyclables 

  4. Do I need insurance?
    Yes. Insurance can be obtained through BRB, and costs $70 per year.
  5. Does this cost money?
    We require all skaters to pay monthly dues to help cover the rental costs of the practice space. Booty Camp costs $40 for the 8 week program, and then $5 each time you come to camp. Once you graduate from the program and join the Grit Pit or are drafted to a team, dues are paid at the start of each month.

  6. How much time do I have to put into this?
    There are specific attendance and volunteer requirements to remain in good standing as a member of Fresh Meat.

    • Attendance: Fresh Meat are required to attend 75% of the league practice times. They are usually twice a week, for 2 hours.
    • Volunteering: Fresh Meat are required to help set up and/or tear down a percentage of bouts per season, just like our rookie and veteran skaters. Fresh Meat & all skaters are also all on an assigned committee (Marketing, Community Relations, etc) Each month, you are required to log 4 committee hours. It’s how we keep BRB operating smoothly!

    Whether you skate for the Grit Pit, a home team, or our travel team there are varying levels of commitment, but you are still required to make designated practices and volunteer for the league at games, or join and participate in a committee.

  7. I want to join!
    Please email for more information on joining our Fresh Meat program.
  8. I want to be a referee!
    Please email our ref squad at for more information on Ref and NSO training.
  9. I would like to be a volunteer!
    Please email for more information on being a volunteer.
  10. I want to learn as much as I can beforehand!
    • The Derby Nerd – Previews, insight, analysis of the world of roller derby.
    • WFTDA – Official website of the World Flat Track Derby Association.
    • Derby News Network – For EVERYTHING derby. Everywhere. DNN.