What do you know about Roller Derby?

Roller Derby is a full-contact sport on quad roller skates!

The players skate on an oval track and try to score as many points as possible. Each team is formed by five players, four “blockers” and one “jammer”. The jammer is the only player able to score points. One point is awarded every time the jammer laps a blocker from the opposing team. The blockers work on both offence and defence. Their job is to block the opposing jammer with their hips, booty and shoulders and clear the path for their own jammer at the same time.

The game follows strict rules that prevent too dangerous behaviours while keeping things still exciting. Breaking the rules usually ends up in earning a trip to the penalty box, where the skaters wait until there’s time penalty has ended. During this time the team skates short and is at a tactical disadvantage.

Every game (or “bout”) lasts 60 minutes and is divided into two 30-minute periods. Each period is a succession of “jams”, each lasting no more than two minutes, with 30-second breaks between jams. Players are substituted during these breaks.

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

Roller derby basics

Watch a game!

WFTDA Roller Derby: 2014 Championships

Rose City Rollers vs. Gotham Girls Roller Derby