What Is Roller Derby?
Roller derby is a fun, physical sport where the aim of the game is to skate around an indoor oval rink and lap the opponents. A variation of this sport was invented in the US in the 1930s, but today, is played all around the world. In total, there are already more than 1250 teams, known as leagues. Most roller derby games are played on flat tracks rather than banked tracks. The sport is known for a high level of women players and for being welcoming to all kinds of people across the board.
Roller derby players wear boots with four wheels that look similar to classic roller skates. When competing, players choose their own name, which acts as their alter ego whenever playing derby. Furthermore, players are known for adding flair to their uniform, wearing for example vibrant makeup, face paint and fishnets.
Derby skating is known for being a very physical activity, and wearing protective gear is a must. Despite this physicality, junior leagues exist for younger players.
How Roller Derby Works
Roller derby is a fast and full-contact sport that is played between two teams made up of 15 players. Each game is made up of two 30-minute periods where 5 players take part in two-minute intervals, referred to as "jams."
Both teams choose a jammer, who can be recognized by the star on their helmet. The rest of the team members are called blockers, and their responsibility is to stop the jammer from getting around the rink. The jammer’s goal is to lap each of the opposing teams’ blockers and therefore score points.
How to Start Roller Derby
You can start roller derby with a pair of regular roller skates, but it is highly recommended to go for some durable Derby Skates. The next step is to find a local derby skating club near you, and then you will be all set! As it is a very physical sport, remember to get pads, a mouthguard and some crash pants.