Roller Derby is an athletic, fast-paced, high adrenalin sport played on quad roller skates on an oval shaped (generally indoor) track. Originating in America, roller derby is a sport that has seen an organic and speedy revival and growth. Leagues (teams) started to appear in the UK in 2006.
The UK boasts some extremely talented derby players, both female and male who compete at an International level. Hertfordshire Roller Derby is the county’s first Roller Derby league. Hell’s Belles Roller Girls is the name of the league’s competing travel team.
How to Play
A game consists of 2 x 30 minute Periods. Each period is made up of lots of mini games that are called ‘jams’ and each jam can last for up to 2 minutes. At the start of each jam five players from each team are sent to the track – 1 x jammer and 4 x blockers. The jammers are the only skaters that can score points. The blockers play defence and offense. The job of the jammer is to skate through both teams of blockers as quickly as they can. Once a jammer has passed through the pack of blockers, they sprint around the track to lap the pack and then make their way through them again. From their second pass onwards, the jammer can score a point for each opposing blocker that they pass. At the end of the 60 minutes, the team with the most points wins.