Raw Meat Vancouver Roller Skating

UPDATE: Until further notice, June 18th, 2016 will be our last session. It has been wonder skating with you all! If you have any questions about learning to skate, or just want to meet up to learn a few things, please drop us a line at info@rawmeatvancouver.com.

Raw Meat is a group for women who want to learn roller skating skills, roller derby skills, and have fun. All levels of skaters are welcome, from beginner to advanced. Each session will feature a variety of skating and derby skill drills, including stopping (t-stop, plow stop, one-knee slide, two knee slide, etc.), proximity skating (skating in a line with other skaters), weaving through other skaters, and more. If you don’t know what any of these are, don’t worry. We will show you the moves, and you can progress at your own pace.

All sessions are drop-in. Come when you can, and skate as much as you can. We hope to see you every week. View our schedule here.

All winter until April 9, 2016, we meet at Thunderbird Community Centre, 2311 Cassiar St., Vancouver, every Saturday from 5 to 7 PM. Sessions at Thunderbird are $7.

Starting on April 16, we’ll move to Saturday mornings from 10 am to noon at Royal City Curling Club, 75 East 6th Avenue in New Westminster.

What to bring

Bring roller skates (quad skates), NO roller blades allowed. Full safety gear is also needed: knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards, helmets. Mouth guards are required at all times. Raw Meat is a workout, so bring flexible, comfortable clothes that you can sweat in. You will wind up on the floor, so make sure you wear something that can get dirty.

For all sessions at Thunderbird Community Centre: Black toe stopper are NOT allowed. Only white or light-coloured toe stoppers are allowed, and you must cover black plastic knee pads with white or light tape. This is so we can protect the floors at Thunderbird.

Our rules

Raw Meat sessions are non-contact. We do not practice any hitting or contact drills, but we do touch other skaters, and skate in close proximity. Roller skating is a dangerous sport, and there is a high risk of injury. Skate with Raw Meat at your own risk! If you have any health concerns, check with your doctor before attending Raw Meat.

Raw Meat operates with two simple rules:

1. Don’t be an ass-hat

2. Be safe.

We feel these rules cover just about every situation, and we have a zero-tolerance policy for ass-hattery and unsafe behaviour.

For more information, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.

11 Responses to “About”

  1. janet February 11, 2012 at 3:12 am #

    can you not wear hi top boots ? I see everyone wears ankle skates

    • Melinda February 13, 2012 at 11:53 pm #

      Yes! You can wear high-tops, as long as they are quad skates. People wear short boots for derby because of the low, speed-skater stance required for some moves, but you can certainly get started with high boots. At some point, if you really love derby, you may want to change skates, but low-tops are not required!

      • zozo November 9, 2015 at 5:36 am #

        hey i was just wondering if im 18 years old (turning 19 in august ) can i come to practice just for the raw meat not derby (YET) 😉 if i get parental consent?

  2. Paige Vang November 7, 2013 at 12:38 am #

    I wanted to learn, practice skating. Your website only has Freshmeat skating events listed April through October. Will you have any other skating opportunities throught the year or upcoming?

    • Melinda November 7, 2013 at 5:35 am #

      Hi! Raw Meat runs all year. We meet from 5-7 PM every Saturday at Thunderbird Community Centre, 2311 Cassiar St. We’ll be there right through the winter. In April, we’ll move to Royal City Curling Club in New Westminster.

  3. Alicia Mulholland September 14, 2014 at 5:56 am #

    How old do you have to be to participate?

    • Melinda September 26, 2014 at 4:15 pm #

      Hi, Alicia,

      Our group is 19+, but we are open to some experienced junior derby skaters in their late teens. If that’s you, send me an email at info@rawmeatvancouver.com and we’ll chat!

  4. Niki March 18, 2015 at 6:22 am #

    I would love to come out and try it- is there somewhere I could rent skates and equipment?

    • Melinda April 2, 2015 at 4:05 am #

      Unfortunately, there’s no where that I know of that rents equipment. If you’d like to watch a practice before you commit to getting the equipment, you are most welcome.

  5. zoe` November 16, 2015 at 7:41 am #

    hey so im 18 years old if i get parental consent to do raw meat is that aloud at all? like not legit derby until im 19 but id love to join raw meat :)))

    • Melinda November 19, 2015 at 5:20 am #

      Hi, Zoe! Sorry for the late reply! Yes, you can come out. I hope to see you soon.

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