Raw Meat Roller Skating Nov. 17: When It All Goes Sideways

When: Saturday, November 17, 5 to 8 PM
Where: Thunderbird Community Centre, 2311 Cassiar St.
What: Two hours of roller skating skills and roller derby drills
Who: All levels of roller skater, full safety gear required
Why: Because it’s awesome
How much: $7

This week, we’ll take a look at lateral movement. Stepping, hopping, jumping, swooping, carving: you name it, we’ll attempt it. We’ll also go through lots of roller skating basics, such as stops, falls, agility, pace lines and more. And, to show off your side-stepping prowess, we might even bust out a little dodgeball.

What you’ll learn at Raw Meat Vancouver Roller Skating:

We’ll cover stops, falls, agility drills, roller derby skating form, roller skating in proximity with others, skating fitness drills, a few fun tricks, and some (non-contact) roller derby strategy drills.

All levels of roller skater, including beginners, are welcome. First time on roller skates? Awesome! We’ll get you going. Seasoned vet? Come on out! We’ll come up with some challenging variations and fun games to keep it interesting.

What to bring:

You must have roller skates, and all safety gear: knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards, helmet, and mouth guard. The venue also requires everyone to use white or light-coloured, non-marking toe stoppers. If your knee pads are black, please cover them with white, non-marking hockey tape. Vertical strips of tape work best. Sessions are $7, and take place every Saturday from 5-7 at 2311 Cassiar St.

The rules:

Raw Meat has two rules: 1. Be Safe, 2. Don’t be an asshat. There is a zero tolerance policy for breaking the rules.

All sessions are non-contact. However, you are going to have grab some hips. If you aren’t comfortable with that, then derby is not going to be your sport.