What is Roller Derby?
Roller Derby is a full contact sport played on quad roller skates, mainly played by female teams. Roller Derby originated in the United States, but is now one of the fastest growing female sports in the world.
Roller Derby games are played on an oval track on a wood or concrete floor. One game consists of two halves of 30 minutes. Each half is divided into jams of up to two minutes each.
Each team has five players on the track for each jam. Four of the players are called blockers, and the fifth player is called the jammer. The blockers of the two teams skate together in a pack, while the two jammers start just behind the pack, and are trying to pass trough it.
There is no ball, goal or finishing line in Roller Derby. The jammers score points each time they pass the hips of a player of the opposing team. The blockers are playing both defense and offense at the same time, trying to stop the opposing jammer passing, and helping the jammer on their team to pass.
Roller Derby is a full contact sport, but even tough the games can look rough, there is a strict set of rules about what the players are allowed to do during game play. There are up to seven referees on the track during a game, and violations of the rules will earn the players time in the penalty box.
The players also wear a full set of protection during games. Safety is sexy! Helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards and mouth guard is all part of a derby girls protection.
Arctic Roller Derby plays by the rule set of Womens Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) like most European leagues do. You can find the rules set HERE.
The first Roller Derby team in Norway is named Nidaros, and was established in Trondheim in 2010. Today there are eight active Derby teams in Norway.
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