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Roller Derby 101

13 May on T-Shirts  

Wheels spinning, the crowd screaming as women fly around a banked track on 4 wheels, blocking skaters and taking down everyone in their path who gets in their way of their jammer getting a point. A bout consists of 2-minute periods where 2 teams of 5 skaters each try and score a point, usually in a 90 min period, all the while providing a great show for the crowd.

Roller Derby has been around for many years, showing up as far back as the 1930’s in the United States.  A sub culture of mainly teams comprised of women, that’s making it’s way around the globe at record speeds. It’s also under consideration as a roller sport for the Olympics in 2020.

In Roller Derby there are two types of tracks, banked and flat. The Flat track looks like a long oval, with two long straight-aways and a curved end, while the banked track is also in an oval shape, but the track is elevated on an angle. The skaters are skating on an angle on the straight-aways, and when they hit the curve they swoop down across the curve to the other side, which allows the skater to pick up more momentum when coming around to the other straightaway.

The women and men in roller derby have to be fearless and have great derby names. It’s a sport filled with bruises, falls and exhibitionism plus a whole lot of strategy. When you’re first starting out, you’ll usually be placed in a fresh-meat program. Here you will learn all of the basics; skating, falling, stopping, taking off, jumping, skating backwards, and learning the rules. You will participate in scrimmages and eventually try out for one of the teams in your league, practicing at least 3-4 times per week. Some leagues even have pre-fresh meat training, where you learn the basics at a training of at least once a week. Depending on the size of your league, there could be many different types of teams, from the A-C Teams, All-Starts, Travel Teams, and so on.

Roller Derby is an extreme social sport where skaters participate in charity events, fundraisers, volunteering for the community, and of course having fun hanging out together. It’s also a fantastic way to get into great shape. Roller Derby will kick your ass, and be worth every minute of it. While you’re contemplating on that great derby name for yourself, why not have a look at our derby t-shirts and hoodies. If you’re already on a team, we can make customized clothing for you. So what are you waiting for? Go catch a bout in your hometown. Then maybe you’ll catch the fever too!

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