In order to play roller derby a skater will need:
- Quad skates
- Knee Pads
- Elbow Pads
- Wrist Pads
Roller Derby is a full-contact sport played on quad roller skates, by players skating around an elliptical track. The game consists of two thirty minute halves, broken down into a series of two-minute countdown jams.
Each team consists of 14 players a bench coach and a Line Up Manager (LUM), at the start of each jam, the LUM of each team sends five players onto the track: one Jammer (point scorer), three blockers (defensive/offensive players) and one Pivot (a special kind of blocker). The players are identified by their helmet covers – a stripe for the pivots and two stars for the Jammers. The pivots and blockers form a pack and line up in front of the jammer line, whilst the two Jammers line up behind the Jammer line. The Jammers’ aim is to make it through the pack of skaters and skate a full lap to enter the pack again. Once they re-enter the pack, they score a point for each opposing skater they pass legally.
However, jammers don’t win the game by themselves, they are assisted by the skaters in the pack who are doing their utmost to stop the opposing jammer passing them and scoring points, whilst simultaneously trying to get their own Jammer past opposing players. They do this by forming defensive walls, landing heavy shoulder or hip checks on opposing players, shoving them out of the way or knocking them to the ground. Skaters may use specifics parts of their body to engage opponents, and skaters may only target their blocks to specific parts of their opponents’ bodies. Illegal hits result in time served in the penalty box. The jammer who makes it through first is awarded lead jammer, a tactical advantage as it means that they can call off the jam early.
We play to the WFTDA ruleset, full rules can be found here: https://rules.wftda.com