What is roller derby?
The basics... Its a full contact sport played on a flat track wearing quad roller skates. Our group at the moment is for over 18 ladies only. Each team has 5 players on the track at a time, 1 jammer (your main point scorer) 1 pivot (who sets the speed of your pack and is also lead blocker) and 3 blockers (play offensive and deffensive roles). both teams pivots and blockers (pack) line up on the start line with both jammers 20 feet behind. when the first whistle blows the pack starts rolling, on the second whistle the jammers set off. The aim is for the jammers to get past the pack and skate a full lap to join back with the pack, once there back in the pack they score a point for each opposing player they pass and heres where the fun begins. all of the skaters in the pack try to block the opposing jammer from passing them whilst at the same time trying to help your jammer pass the opposing team. They do this by landing heavy shoulder or hip checks on opposing players, shoving them out of the way or knocking them to the ground. Any part of the front of a skater’s body between shoulder and mid-thigh is a target zone, and any part of the body between shoulder and mid-thigh (excluding hands, elbows, and forearms) is legal to hit with. any illegal hits will be met with a penalty and the player will be sent to the penalty box..