It’s a lot of fun on skates!
Roller Derby is a contact sport played by two teams roller skating in the same direction (counter-clockwise) around a track. Game play consists of a series of short match ups (jams) in which both teams designate a jammer who scores points by lapping members of the opposing team. The teams attempt to hinder the opposing jammer while assisting their own jammer.
Modern roller derby is an international sport dominated by over 1,250 all-female amateur teams, in addition to a growing number of male, unisex, and junior roller derby teams.
Most modern leagues (their back-office volunteers included) share the same “For the Skater, By the Skater” mantra. All team members play an important part of running the team; whether its booking venues, coaching, doing administrative tasks or washing the kit! Everyone has their part to play!
What are the rules?
Simply put, the game is played between two teams skating around an oval track. 5 players from each team are on the track at any one time, 4 blockers and a jammer. All 8 blockers skate together as a pack and the jammers try to get through. Each jammer scores a point for every member of the opposing team that she passes. Blockers try to stop the opposing jammer getting through the pack whilst also helping their own jammer to pass. As a contact sport which is being played offensively and defensively simultaneously, the rules are long and complex – the best way to learn them is to watch Roller Derby with someone who knows what’s going on and pester them to explain it to you!
If that still doesn’t make sense, check out this handy video!
We play according to the WFTDA’s rules which you can find a full copy of here – http://wftda.com/rules.
The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) are the governing body for women’s flat track roller derby, creating the ruleset and sanctioning that we as a league play too. Founded as WFTDA in 2005 in North America, the WFTDA has grown vastly to encompass a handful of European leagues and now has a total of 159 full member leagues, of which the Lincolnshire Bombers Roller Girls are one. For more info, click here.
The Lincolnshire Bombers Roller Girls are proud to be a member and a founding league of the UK Roller Derby Association.
Founded officially in 2010, but meeting informally since 2008, UKRDA was created by some of the longest standing leagues within the UK. It aims to promote and lobby the sport of Roller Derby within the UK. To help with growth and recognition of the sport and increase expertise; and so far has done so with great success. Creating links with the Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby Association (WFTDA) and most recently with the British Roller Sports Federation (BRSF), by whom UKRDA are recognised as the national association for Roller Derby in the UK. For more info, click here.