Rules for dating a derby girl
Ever thought about learning to play roller derby, or just learning how to roller skate?
Our skating program, Skate Charlotte, is a weekly class that teaches the basics of roller skating: Stride, Stops, Recovery, Footwork, Jumps, and much, much more!
Imagine a hockey game, but replace the ice with a roller rink.
Swap out the baggy jerseys for fishnet hose and tank tops, and abandon ordinary names in favor of pseudonyms like Tanya Hyde and Demi Gore.
Helmet covers, called panties, differentiate the positions. At the start of each jam, the blockers and pivots are positioned between 2 lines on the track, the pivot line and the jammer line.
The game, played in two 30 minute periods, is a series of races between two teams of five players – three Blockers, one Pivot and one Jammer (scorer). The game consists of the 2 teams competing in a series of counter clockwise ’jams’: races which can last up to 2 minutes each.
The Pivots act like the pace car in a NASCAR race and control the speed of the pack while also acting as a blocker.
The Pivots and Blockers must remain in a pack and are not permitted to stray more than 20 feet from the ‘pack’, which consists of the most players from both teams.
Teams usually practice several times a week, and injuries are common. We went behind the scenes with the Atlanta Rollergirls to find out.
So why pay money to work, compete and possibly get hurt? Read on to learn about roller derby's history, its rules and why it's become so important to its players.