Fresh Meat Files: Meet and Greets – Recruiting Fresh Meat
Like I’ve said before, joining roller derby is an amazing experience. Going from Fresh Meat to Rookie was pretty rad, but as exciting as it was, it was also a bit sad. A closed chapter in the book of derby love.
Recruiting new teammates is part of the game. To keep a league going there has to be enough members for many reasons. But how did the Vets really feel about recruiting new ones? At some point, my Fresh Meat class – now the new group of Rookies – has to bring new Fresh Meat into the fold.
The first Meet and Greet I was recruiting at was pretty damn scary, I’m not gonna lie:
I assumed my Rookie teammates were either overwhelmed with excitement to meet new people or completely skeptical of trying to recruit people. I asked a bunch of our Vets about their experiences and feelings towards meeting the group that I was lucky enough to join with and, unbeknownst to me (as well as other Rookies, I’m sure), they were majorly excited to have new people join Two Rivers.
Having the Vet skaters that we’re lucky enough to have definitely made the experience a lot easier. I don’t have to keep going on about how amazing my teammates are since you probably get it by now; but I totally will! Because it’s so true. They’re amazing and I feel so lucky.
One of the Vet skaters said this about welcoming potential teammates:
“Like anything in life, being part of a derby team can come with its ups and downs. The team was in need of fresh faces, eager to learn, dedicated, and with a determination that not all people have”.
My class came in eager, dedicated, and determined. I’m lucky to be part of this amazing group. I hope you will join us. Derby can change your life and the world.