Roller Derby 101

Roller derby is a fast-paced contact team sport performed on quad skates. The flat track version of the sport was started up in Texas in 2001, and is today one of the fastest growing sport in the world with more than 1400 amateur leagues all over the word. Roller Derby is driven by a DIY spirit that allows leagues to create their own unique identity and adapt their structures to reflect their local communities.

Roller Derby is played on an oval court with two teams competing against each other to score the most points. A bout is made up of two periods of 30 minutes. The periods are made up of jams that each last maximum 2 minutes each. The teams consist of 4 blockers and 1 jammer. The jammer is the one that scores the points. The jammer that first passes the opposing blockers becomes lead jammer and is allowed to call off the jam before the two minutes have run out. After the inital pass, the jammers score points by lapping the opposing team’s skaters.

The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.

Watch the video below for more details about the game.