What is Roller Derby?
Roller Derby is a fast-paced, contact team-sport based on formation roller skating around an oval track, with points scored as certain players lap members of an opposing team.
How is it played?
A team is made up of 5 skaters; a Jammer, who does the point-scoring, a pivot and the blockers, who make up the pack. The aim of the game is for the jammers to score as many points as possible for their team. The pack will be involved in assisting their own jammer, as well as preventing the other team’s jammer from scoring points. A point is rewarded every time the jammer legally overtakes a blocker/pivot of another team’s. A bout consists of two 30-minute halves divided into 2-minute jams. For more information, check out Womens’ Flat Track Derby Association, wftda.com!
If you are still unclear, there are some great videos out there in the internet webberverse that explain the rules crystal clear!
Who can join?
As long as you’re above 18 years old with some basic knowledge of rollerskating/-blading, you’re more than welcome to join us for training!
And this goes out not only to girls, but to guys as well!
I’m xx years old, am I too young/old?
Our league is mainly for women 18 & above but as long as girls under 18 have parental consent, anyone can skate with us. You’re never too old for roller derby, and we need members of different sizes, shapes and built for different roles in the game! As long as you are passionate about the game, you’re fit for the job!
Where can I get skates/helmets/pads?
Derby skates, protective pads and helmets can now be found at Go Sports Skate Shop at *Scape! However, you can also purchase your derby gear online. If you need recommendations, just contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll help you! Skate brands to look out for are Riedell and Sure Grip. For helmets and pads look out for Protec.
Why do I need a helmet and all that safety stuff?
Well, roller derby is a little like rugby but without the ball, and we would like our players to be safe. You will learn to fall to not fall and basically to protect your joints from any unnecessary injury. We highly recommend spending a little more on good knee pads over expensive skates!
When and where do you girls train?
We currently train on Tuesdays, 7.30 – 9.30pm at *Scape‘s outdoor play space.
May I come by to trainings to watch you girls?
YES! Just walk into *Scape and you can sit and watch us train. There is no need to ask for permission to watch! Do come and say hi when you can!
May I bring my roller blades to train with you?
YES! As long as you have protective gears on, you may come for trainings with your blades. However, to enjoy the full derby experience, you will need the skates!
Do I have to pay for anything?
Yes you do. You have to pay a yearly membership of $15 and $4 per training. As we are a not-for-profit group, it means that no one in the group benefits from a profit and all funds go into the league’s piggy bank to help sustain the sport.
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