The Brick House Betties celebrate their funky '70s vibe during a team introduction prior to playing a roller derby game.

Brick House Betties holding team tryouts

Sept. 28 at the CRI is your chance to get involved in women's roller derby

Want to try roller derby? The Brick House Betties are hosting a Fresh Meat Recruitment on Sunday, Sept. 28 from 9-10:30 a.m. at the CRI (2665 Dunsmuir, Cumberland).

Learn to roller skate and join the fastest-growing, most fun sport on the Island. Bring quad skates, a water bottle, safety gear (helmet, mouth guard, elbow/wrist/knee pads), and a positive attitude. Come one, come all! Wear sports-comfortable clothing and bring a $4.20 CRI drop-in fee. Need gear or can’t make the date? Contact the Betties on Facebook, or email ahead:

“Never roller skated before? That’s great! We’ll teach you everything you need to know in a supportive environment,” says Fresh Meat coach Ruby Whipper, a founding member of the team. “One fantastic thing about this sport is that adults can start with no previous experience. And you don’t have to be a certain body type either.”

Fresh Meat is a term used in roller derby for newcomers learning to skate and play the game. Seasoned players coach skills such as improving skate stride and falling properly. Women age 18+ of any skating ability and fitness level are invited to try roller derby with the Betties.

“Women who join our Fresh Meat often experience a new confidence, strength, and empowerment. And new friends and laughs too,” explains Ruby Whipper.

New skaters also learn off-skates fitness to build the strength and endurance needed for this dynamic sport. To scrimmage or play competitively, Fresh Meat skaters are prepared to pass “benchmarking,” a basic skills test. This helps keep all skaters safe on the track.

Brick House Betties run Fresh Meat practices at the CRI twice a week: Sundays from 9-10:30 a.m. and Mondays from 7:30-9 p.m. FMI visit


– Brick House Betties