Faqs about roller derby

“WHEN’S PRACTICE?”
Currently our practices are Tuesday and Thursday nights but please contact us ahead of time at fcrollerderby@yahoo.com so we can make sure we have all the information you’ll need to join.

“SO HOW DO I TRY OUT?”
No tryouts here! Everyone is welcome to come in and join the fun! Our only major requirements is that you are over 18 and have current health insurance!

“DO YOU WEAR PADS AND STUFF?”
We wear helmets, mouth guards, knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards and quad roller skates.

“IS IT REAL?”
The roller derby you may have watched in the 70s and early 80s was often scripted and rehearsed. The roller derby of today is real and is thought of as more of a sport than a spectacle. The skaters involved are athletes and take the sport very seriously. They train hard two times every week and wear their bruises and scars with pride. Roller derby is a legitimate sport, and the hits, spills, and competition are all 100% real. here are plenty of legal ways to send an opponent flying into the third row but, to keep the game play safe and competitive, there are rules on how and when players can make contact with each other.

“I USED TO WATCH DERBY ON TV LONG TIME AGO…”
Yes and no. The fast-paced action, body checks, and whip assists are all still very much part of the game. However, flat track roller derby rules and the different physics of skating on a flat surface, versus a banked track, make the strategies and game play very different.

“I BET YOU THROW A LOT OF ELBOWS?”
Not unless a skater wants to spend some quality time in the penalty box!
Throwing elbows, pushing or tripping opposing skaters, and “clothes-lining” opponents by linking arms with your teammate are among the prohibited actions that will earn skaters a minute in the penalty box. Like other sports, more serious offenses like fighting or intentional tripping can get a skater kicked out of the game.

“HOW DO YOU SCORE POINTS?”
There are two teams. Each team has five players on the track at a time. Each team has one jammer. She’s kind of the ball.The jammer wears a star on her helmet. She scores points for the team– for every member of the opposing team she laps, her team gets a point.