Roller derby has gained a lot of popularity in the past few years. There are many people who wish to become involved with roller derby but they don’t know about the basic rules of this game. This article is a little guide explaining about the basic principles of roller derby.
Roller derby is not like baseball or football where the whole team attempts to score a goal. It’s more like a race where one skater called jammer have to pass through bunch of skaters from the opposite team. If the jammer cannot pass through all her opponents, the team scores no point. It is more of a crime and defense game. Pivot refers to individuals who attempt to knock the players of opposite team so as to help their teammate pass through them.
To start with, two teams of five players each stand on the starting line. The jammer for each team stands at the back and start skating only after the rest of her group skates of. The main aim of the jammer would be to pass everyone from the opposite team and score point in the process. The jammer scores a point for each opponent she passes. Meanwhile the other four players try their best to knock the opponents down in order to stop the jammer of opposite team from scoring points and make it easier for their own jammer to score.
She might also signal the team to skate slower if she finds out that her own jammer is trying to catch up to them.
It is possible to clearly differentiate the players of a group from the roller derby gears they wear. A jammer wears a celebrity helmet. Once the game starts, the jammer wait until the rest of the team members get 20 feet ahead of her. The jammer who manages to get first through the pack is titled as lead jammer. Only the lead jammer has the power to call off the jam before the clock ends. The biggest advantage is that the lead jammer can stop the play if she is tired. If the jammer manages to maneuver everyone from the opposite team including the jammer, she’s scored a grand slam and got one extra point.
The players who attempt to oppose the jammer from opposite team are the blockers. They do not wear any particular roller derby gears like pads or helmets that differentiate them. They bash into blockers of the other team to permit their jammer to pass through.
Therefore, they must wear appropriate roller derby gears and roller derby pads to protect themselves from any sort of injuries.