The fast paced contact sport on wheels has been on the rise since it was revived in the early 2000s. The activity differs from other current Olympic sports with its punk ethic and DIY attitude. Just the kind of thing that would have interested the teenage me in sports and the kind of thing cross country running does not provide.
At the beginning of a bout blockers line up at the starting line with the jammers 30 feet behind. Once all the blockers have crossed the pivot line the jammers start. The blockers form a pack, when the first jammer passes all opposing blockers she becomes the lead jammer for the remainder of the jam. After that every time the lead jammer laps an opposing member she scores a point.
To score points there are various little tricks and strategies with names such as The Whip, in which jammers can be swung forward by the hand by a blocker or pivot on her team to gain momentum and Getting the Goat where the slowest blocker is surrounded by the opposing team meaning the blocker’s team is put out of play.
There are all kinds of traditions and code in Roller Derby, derby names and ‘bout-fits’ are just the beginning. Apparently it’s not all Ellen Page and hot tub after parties as PROMISED in the 2009 film Whip It. But I am pretty sure it’s in the minority of sports in which fishnet tights are, on occasion, a requirement.
The decision will be revealed in 2013.
Squeamish Kate who will be at the Derby Crush on the 18th February