The sport of roller derby has gained a great popularity over the recent years, especially among women. It is originally an American sport where, players lap the competitions for scoring their points. Originally, it did not have any fixed set of rulesnonetheless, after being a formalized game it currently has several rules that must be followed. Being an adventure sport, roller derby gear are quite helpful for the protection of players.
This Report lists few of the important principles of roller derby as formalized by Women’s Flat Track Derby Association:
Each player must be equipped with roller derby gear for their protection.
Roller derby games last for duration of an hour. The number of phases may be two or three per game. Each of these periods may range between 20 to 30 minutes depending upon the number of periods in a match.
The amount of players in a group is five. Out of these five players, three are blockers, 1 jammer and the last player is pivot. The pivots are responsible for leading the bunch constituted by the pivot and blockers.
The jammer players are expected to stand 20 feet behind the pack in the start of the game.
Upon that first whistle pack formation takes place which needs to remain as it is for the whole duration of the jam. The next whistle signals the jammers to get started.
Each jam last for 2 minute. In a jam, jammers lap the opponent packs as many times as possible. This permits them to score points. So as to block the jammers from the opposite team, the pack should stay maintained, failing which, the pack can’t block the jammer from lapping. In the event of an offensive blocking, roller equipment proves quite handy to protect you.
The decision of who becomes the lead jammer is created on the basis of who has lapped all the blockers and pivots first. The lead jammer gains authority to stop the jam whenever he/she wants even prior to the completion of the 2 minutes period.
In order to prevent the opponent jammers to lap and score points, the bunch can block the opponent jammer. However, the entire pack has to be maintained throughout and every blocker can only use the portion of their body above the thigh. They can’t hit or hold the jammer using their elbows. Violation of this rule can cause a penalty on the team. Once more, jammers need to be wearing appropriate roller derby equipment to stay protected from unintended or planned attacks.
Penalties may be imposed to the players or the team if the blockers become offensive or illegal, in cases of conflicts, or violation of any of the rules of the game.