Join ARD!

The Appalachian Roller Derby are looking for a variety of new recruits and volunteers.


  • Appalachian Roller Derby All-Stars
  • ARD Booneshiners
  • Volunteers
  • Referees
  • Non-Skating Officials

Fresh Meat

Well, before you can skate with ARD, there are few things you need to know. It isn’t as easy as just watching a couple movies, then buying some cheap skates. Furthermore, it is necessary for a roller derby athlete to have PASSION AND COMMITMENT toward the sport as much as they do toward community service. This sport requires time for PRACTICE, FITNESS, MEETINGS, ADDITIONAL DUTIES, TRAVEL, AND MORE. For your deep sacrifice, you will be rewarded with a family, peer support, exercise, competition, excitement, fun, and irreplaceable experiences.

The Appalachian Roller Derby Training Program teaches skaters the how-to’s and basics of competitive roller derby through a minimum of a 12-week program.

All skaters MUST begin with all protective gear (see links below), as well as meet other certain requirements to try-out for the Fresh Meat Program:


  • MUST be at least 18 years of age (with photo id)
  • MUST identify as female, non-binary, or gender non-conforming
  • MUST purchase WFTDA insurance

Other expectations and requirements include:

  • Pay monthly dues
  • Attend at least 1-2 practices per week
  • Take care of body, mind, equipment, soul, teammates, and family
  • Always be prepared for off and on-skate workouts

ARD follows the rules and guidelines of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA). The most current set of WFTDA rules and information on the minimum set of skill and knowledge requirements can be found their website. Practice and study the skills and rules whenever possible! Also, be sure to stay informed with team news and information. All fresh meat are required to attend team meetings and events. As well, fresh meat are required to follow communications via our website and Facebook.