Roller derby has gained lots of popularity in the last couple of years. There are many men and women who wish to become involved with roller derby but they do not know about the basic principles of this game. This guide is a little guide explaining about the fundamental principles of roller derby.
Roller derby isn’t 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 can’t pass through all of her opponents, the group scores no point. It’s more of a crime and defense game. Pivot refers to individuals who try to knock the players of team so as to help their teammate pass through them.
The jammer for each team stands in the back and start skating just after the rest of her group skates of. The major goal of the jammer would be to pass everybody from the opposite team and score point in the procedure. The jammer scores a point for each opponent she passes. Meanwhile another four players try their best to knock down the opponents so as to prevent the jammer of opposite team from scoring points and make it easier for their own jammer to score.
She might also signal the group to skate slower when she finds out that her own jammer is attempting to catch them up.
It is possible to clearly distinguish the players of a group from the roller derby gears that they wear. A jammer wears a celebrity helmet. When the game starts, the jammer wait until the rest of the group members get 20 feet before her. The jammer who manages to get first through the package is labeled as lead jammer. Just the lead jammer has the ability to call off the jam before the clock finishes. The most important advantage is that the lead jammer can stop the play if she’s tired. If the jammer manages to maneuver everybody from the opposite team such as the jammer, she’s scored a grand slam and got one additional point.
The players who attempt to oppose the jammer from other team would be the blockers. They don’t wear any particular roller derby gears such as pads or helmets that distinguish them. They celebration into blockers of the other team to permit their jammer to maneuver through.
Therefore, they have to wear appropriate roller derby gears and roller derby pads to protect themselves from any type of injuries.