Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is roller derby?
The game has definitely changed from the game that your grandparents and parents used to watch every Saturday morning. The modern game of roller derby is a woman dominated sport that made its come back in Austin, TX back in 2000. Now with over 500 teams in the United States alone, woman’s flat track and banked track roller derby is back. Teams as far away as New Zealand participate in the modern game of roller derby. A little of the how the game is played is answered in question #3.
2. Is there any part of roller derby that is fake?
While there are still a few teams that play with choreographed plays, majority of teams in the nation play by strict guidelines/rules developed by the WFTDA. This a real sport, the blood, sweat, bumps & bruises are 100% real. We pour our hearts into proper training and adhering to the rules and regulations of WFTDA to ensure that we are safe and our opposing league members are, also. Nothing is fake. Nothing is planned out before hand. The point’s total and the winner of every bout is unknown until the final whistle blows.
3. How is the game played?
Roller derby is an aggressive, full contact race between the two teams. The blockers start moving on the first whistle while the jammers move on the second whistle. The blockers are there as obstacles for the opposing jammer and to assist their own jammer through the pack. The race occurs between the jammers as the race against time and against the opposing jammer. Each “jam” last 2 minutes or until the “lead jammer” calls off the jam by placing both hands on her hips. The game last 60 minutes, team with the most total points accrued at the end of the game, wins.
4. What if I’ve never skated before/haven’t skated since I was a child?
We train all skaters from Bambi legs to bout ready. Practice consists of everything from fundamental skating to roller derby scrimmages. No one advances to the next level of practice until they have past specific skills. You will never have to do something that you are not ready for and we will help you progress your skills and confidence so you will be ready to scrimmage when the time comes.
5. Do you really have to practice for roller derby?
Practice is the most important aspect of the game. It teaches you the strategy, skill, and safety of the game. You have to not only know all of the rules and regulations of roller derby, but it requires physical conditioning. Roller derby teams generally practice year-round with the traditional bouting season from February-October.
6. When is practice and how much does it cost?
Practices are held at Skateworld, 6907 Linda Vista Road, on Monday and Thursdays from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and Sundays at 11:00 am. During the week you can get there as early as 5:00pm to get on the floor to start practicing your skills. Practices on Monday and Thursday are $10/session, weekend and outdoor are FREE! Visiting skaters cost $5/session.
7. What kind of gear is required for roller derby?
The minimum gear is helmet, kneepads, elbow pads, wrist guards, mouth guard and most importantly, QUAD SKATES!!! All gear can be purchased or rented at Skateworld, except the mouth guard of course. Other gear used is at the skater’s discression; hip/tailbone crash pads, shin guards, etc. Gear can be costly, I recommend trying out the sport prior to making an investment in gear. Gear rented through Skateworld will go towards the cost of your gear if purchased at Skateworld. Gear can also be found online at various roller derby or skateboarding stores.
8. What sort of volunteers do you need?
Not everyone has the desire or dedication necessary to train hard to be a roller derby player which is perfect because we will need a lot of volunteers to be successful. For a bout to actually happen we will need referees, announcers, merchandisers, ticket sellers, etc. Roller derby takes a lot of outside help to make it a success. If interested in volunteering please email firstname.lastname@example.org
9. How can I go about being a sponsor?
Contact our sponsorship team at email@example.com
10. When does your season start?
The 2014 season has already started! February through November is our typical bouting season, however we train year round. Our 2014 calendar of events can be found here.