Freshmeat 2016 starting soon!

Freshmeat 2016

Keen to start a new sport this year? Watched Whip It and felt inspired
to become a Roller Derby queen? Now’s your chance to get involved!

Pirate City Rollers are starting their first Freshmeat course of 2016
with an Open Day on Sunday February 21st. During the course you’ll be
taught the basics of roller skating and the game of roller derby.
You’ll also become part of a great community of strong and athletic
people from all walks of life.

Come and watch a live roller derby game between two of the Pirate City
Rollers’ home teams before chucking on a pair of skates yourselves
afterwards. NO previous experience required!

Suitable for those keen to play, referee, or who’re just interested in
giving it a whirl. Gear will be available to hire, but you’ve got to
bring your drink bottles. Make sure to wear clothes that you’re
comfortable to do sport in.

Derby Depot will be there selling everything you need to play derby, with full pad sets from $60.

And we will be having survival drinks and Q&A straight after at The Hangar (104 Central Park Drive, i.e. about 200m down the road – just follow the crowd!) – a chance to talk about the Freshmeat course and joining the league.

What: Freshmeat Open Day and PCR home team game
Where: Trusts Arena, 65-67 Central Park Drive, Henderson
When: Game from 10am-12pm, Open Day from 12pm-2pm.
Who: Anyone interested in roller skating and roller derby. No age
limit for the Open Day, all genders welcome.
Cost: $5 entry to Open Day and game, $5 skate and protective gear
hire if you don’t have your own.

Sign up to our Freshmeat newsletter here!

Check out the facebook event page here


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We know you’ve all watched a derby bout and thought “hey, I could do that.” Well, now’s your chance to give it a go!

We’re opening up our beginners skating course for new skaters (known affectionately as “freshmeat”) to learn how to stay on their wheels and play like a derby skater!

We’re holding two open skate sessions the Monday and Wednesday after our upcoming game this Valentine’s weekend. (Details here)

Then, a week later, we’ll be getting started on our first Freshmeat intake of the year. If you want to “try before you buy,” so to speak, then our open skate sessions are perfect for you!

We’re looking for derby skaters, junior skaters, referees, non-skating officials, you name it! Come along and get involved in the best sport around.

OPEN DAYS: Monday 16th and Wednesday 18th Feb.
WHEN: 7pm-9pm (registrations/gear hire opens from 6.45pm)
WHERE: Trusts Arena in Henderson.
COST: $5 (+$5 for gear hire) per day.

FRESHMEAT COURSE: Begins Monday 23rd, Trusts Arena in Henderson.


How do I transfer to the Pirate City Rollers from another league?
Easy! Just send us a message at
Let us know:

  • When you arrive in Auckland
  • What date you want to start coming to trainings
  • Details about your experience with roller derby (how long you’ve been skating, etc). You’ll need to have at least passed your minimum skills test to be placed within the league

If you want to transfer as a referee or an NSO, please email

What gear do I need?

All participants are required to wear all of the following protective gear. PCR hires out skates and protective gear for those who need it.

  • Helmet
  • Wristguards
  • Elbow pads
  • Kneepads
  • Mouthguard
  • 4 wheel (quad) roller skates

Here’s some local NZ links to derby gear in New Zealand!
Derby Depot

Spin City Skates
Used Derby Gear NZ – Facebook

Or you could try some overseas sites:
Wicked Skatewear
Sin City Skates
Fast Girl Skates

What should I wear?
Roller derby is a sport, so come dressed like you’re about to do some exercise. That means no tight jeans or pants, no short skirts/shorts that leaves your poor bare legs open to rink rash, and don’t wear anything that restricts your movement. Also bring a big bottle of water (because you’ll be sweating!) and snacks if you need them.

How much am I expected to commit to the Pirate City Rollers?
Your time, enthusiasm, and a good, patient attitude. Once you’re a Full League Member you’ll be expected to attend league practices (two hours, three times a week), in addition to team practices. You must attend a minimum number of practices before you’re allowed to play a game.

On top of that, everyone is required to work at bouts and other events that PCR puts on. Roller derby, and PCR, is a skater-run organisation, which means you’ll be required to work on a committee and attend league meetings to remain an active member. You’ll also have to pay training fees throughout the year.

Sounds like a lot of work? That’s because it is. You’ll become part of a community that relies on, and supports, each other to make PCR the best that it is. Any skater within the league will tell you that the commitment is worth-it – just think about all of the brand-new friends you’ll make!

However, if you really don’t think you can commit, there are plenty of other ways to join PCR – volunteer to work at a bout or become a non-skating official. Send us a message:

More questions that need answering?
Message us here: or

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New Fresh Meat Course

Had a taste of roller-skating at our recent Open Day, and now you can’t wait to begin learning roller derby?

Good news! Our 20-week Fresh Meat Course has just started and it’s not too late to join in.

Our coaches will teach you everything you need to know to become a roller derby player – the skating techniques, the hits, the rules, and how to be safe.

We have roller skating gear available to hire before you commit to your own gear . All you need to bring are some comfortable clothes to skate in (you’ll get sweaty, we promise!), a water bottle, and a fun attitude!

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to referee (here’s to looking at you, partners!), our Fresh Meat Course will teach you the skills to skate and the rules to learn .

It’s just $10 for entry and gear hire on the first day before the full course fees are announced (the fees are calculated once we know how many new skaters to cater for).

This course is open to anyone 18+. It’s our last Fresh Meat Course for 2014, so don’t miss out!

Get a taste of derby here, with our most recent promo video!

  • WHAT: Pirate City Rollers’ Fresh Meat Course
  • WHERE and WHEN:
  • COST: $10 for entry + skate hire (or $5 if you have your own skates and gear). Full course costs TBC.

For more information you can contact us.



10614146_10152629163432287_598774381594486250_nThe Freshmeat course is a 20-week roller derby beginners course that’s held twice-weekly at the Trusts Arena in Henderson. No previous skating skills required! The Freshmeat course is for anyone interested in learning the sport of roller derby or becoming a referee. You must be 18 years of age to join the course.

You will be placed with a group of other new skaters and taught the basics of roller-skating (how to roll, how to come to a stop, how to fall safely, etc) before moving on to the technicalities of the sport (like how to hit someone with your shoulder/hips safely, the rules of the game, etc). Our experienced coaches will teach you everything you need to know about the sport you will grow to love!

NOTE: During your Freshmeat Course, you cannot skate in games or in league practices/scrimmages. Roller derby can be a dangerous sport if it’s not played by confident skaters who know the rules and know how to play the game safely.

To keep up-to-date about when the next Freshmeat course will begin, go to Facebook and “like” our page: here. 


Skaters must complete, and pass, a roller-derby theory and practical skills test to graduate to becoming Full League Member that participates in bouts and scrimmages. Consider it like a try-out to get into the league!

Details about what’s included in the WFTDA (Women’s Flat Track Derby Association) Minimum Skill Requirements test are available here. The WFTDA Written Rules Test is available here. NOTE: Referees must undergo additional rules testing.

Once you’ve passed, that’s when the fun begins! You’ll be able to pick your roller derby name, you’ll be drafted onto a team, and you’ll be one step closer to living out your roller derby dreams!

Become a Ref

Pirate City Rollers’ referee team, The Even Keels, is looking for guys and girls interested in refereeing roller derby to join them.

Just like freshmeat, they’ll teach you to skate, teach you the rules, and then get you confident at yelling at a pack of women! No refereeing experience required – all you need is a keen interest in learning the rules and the ability to blow a whistle.
Sign up to the freshmeat newsletter to find out more, or email our referee team.