Spectacle and Sport: The Tough and Wildly Awesome World of Roller Derby

Spectacle and Sport: The Tough and Wildly Awesome World of Roller Derby

The world of roller derby is full of wild, crazy characters with all kinds of personalities. There are the fierce fighters like Becky or the bumbling jocks like Johnny. Then there’s the girls who dress up in skimpy outfits, throw their opponents around like rag dolls, and call themselves “skaters.

And then there’s the men. Men who wear suits and drive fancy cars. They’re usually good at what they do, but sometimes they get caught up in the drama of it all and end up getting hurt.

Sometimes these guys don’t even realize that they’ve been injured until after the game is over…or when their wife calls them to tell them how much she loves him!

But let’s not dwell too much on the negative things. Let’s just focus on the positive things. These are some of the most awesome and badass women in all of roller derby!

If you ever wanted to see a real life version of one of those action movies where the bad guy is always trying to kill you, look no further than Roller Derby! You’ll never have to worry about being attacked again because these ladies will protect your honor every time!

Not everyone likes the Roller Derby, but trust us when we say that it’s a really fun sport to watch. In this day and age, it’s rare to see women actually beating the crap out of each other without filming an episode for a reality show. These ladies are tough and they don’t take crap from anyone!

If you’re looking for an affordable and exciting way to spend your weekend, then look no further than the next local Roller Derby bout! These women work hard all year long, putting themselves on the line for your entertainment. The least you can do is buy them a few beers and give them a nice hand for all of their hard work.

So check out your local league and get ready for some wild action!

Continue reading about the different varieties of roller skates you can find on the market today. Also learn more concerning the best roller skates for beginners.

In this article we discuss various types of roller skates such as: quad skates, in-line skates, slalom skates and figure skates. We also talk about recreational and aggressive roller skating.

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Quad Skates: These are the big daddy of all roller skates. They have 4 wheels, just as the name suggests. Most people prefer to skate on flat surfaces with these babies.

In-line Skates: Also known as regular skates, or hockey skates, in-line skates have 2 wheels in the front and 2 wheels in the back. These are perfect for those who want to skate on roads or other smooth surfaces. Slalom Skates: These are just like in-line skates, except they have no front wheels. This allows for better control and turning ability on tight tracks. These are mainly used for racing and tricks of that sort.

There are many different types of recreational roller skates you can buy. In this post we look at some of the more popular types as well as the best selling types of each kind.

Quad Skates: These are the biggest, heaviest and most expensive quad skates on the market. They offer the most stability, making them great for beginners. In-line Skates: These are also large skates that are designed for skating on roads and other smooth surfaces.

They’re not quite as big or as heavy as quad skates though. Slalom Skates: These skates are smaller and much lighter than the other 2 types of skates mentioned above. They’re designed for very fast skating, making them great for racing and performing tricks. Freestyle Skates: As you might expect, these skates are the smallest and lightest on this list. They’re also the cheapest and least stable. Some people use these for racing too though.

So you want to be a roller derby girl, huh?

Well you certainly have courage! These girls aren’t afraid to get rough and tough out there on the track. It takes a special type of girl to be able to handle the hard hits and take falls off of their skates. If you think you’ve got what it takes, then read on!

First of all, you’ll need to make sure your roller skates fit you perfectly. Don’t settle for second best or go used, because you really need the best equipment if you want to play this sport. Nothing is more important than the skates.

Second, you’ll need gear that’s specifically designed for roller derby. This includes helmets, pads, etc. Finally, you’ll need to practice, practice, practice! It won’t do you any good to have the best skates and gear if you can’t get past level 1.

Now that you know what you need and why you need it, it’s time to discuss where you need to go buy all this stuff. Your best bet is to go to an actual roller rink that has a pro-shop inside of it. Not only can you try out different types of skates, but you can buy all your gear and even talk to people that skate competitively.

If you can’t find a local pro-shop, then try going to a skate shop. The people that work there should be able to help you.

Once you get your new skates and gear, it’s time to practice! Don’t go straight out and start hitting people, there are a few things you need to learn first. These include turns, jumping and stopping, falling, etc.

It may sound funny, but you really do have to practice these things or it’s going to be embarrassing when you can’t even turn around without helping your team lose the game! This brings us to our next section…

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There are a few different positions you can play in roller derby. Most leagues start new players off as blockers or jammer (sometimes called pylons). As you get better, you might want to work your way up to playing the position of a pivot.

Each team should have one, but most don’t. Let’s take a quick look at each position…

The Blockers: These are the largest and toughest women on the team. They wear the most protection and have the hardest hits. Their main job is to protect their own jammer while trying to stop the other team’s jammer.

The Pivot: A pivot is also a large and tough woman, but not quite as big as a blocker. Her job is to play both offense and defense. When on offense, she is the one that tries to break through the blockers to score a point.

When on defense, she is the one that tries to stop the other team’s pivot from breaking through.

T he Jammers: These are typically the smallest and fastest members on the team. Their main job is to get through the pack of players without getting tagged with out a fight. This is done by either weaving in and out quickly (which wastes time), or by slamming into everyone (which wastes people).

The first person to get through the other team without getting stopped is called the “jammer”. Her job is then to score points by passing the opposing team’s pivot and getting back to her own side before the other jammer does.

There are other terms that you may hear, but this is all you really need to know for now. As you practice, you will pick up on other things.

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When you are ready to try out your new skates, head to your nearest track and hit the tacks a few times. Be careful not to go too fast at first, or you might fall and hurt yourself. Just stay on the very inside line and stay seated as you go around the track.

This way you won’t go too fast and fall.

You can also do a few simple drills like:


1) Go around the track by sitting down in your regular position and pushing yourself forward with your legs.

Do this for about 30 seconds, then rest for 30 seconds. Do this for 5 minutes.

Then do:


2) Stay in the same position, but start practicing getting up and sitting down smoothly without falling or stopping.

Once you get the hang of these drills, you can try going a little faster and doing them for shorter periods of time.

As you practice, remember these tips:

Practice doesn’t make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect. If you are not getting better, you are getting worse.

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Never do more than one thing at a time while skating (such as talking, listening to music, etc…).

This will only make it harder to concentrate on what you are doing.

Now that you have the basics of skating down, it is time to learn the rules of roller derby. This will be an ongoing process for you as you will most likely be learning new rules and regulations as you go. For now though, we will start with the basics.

The first thing you must learn is the difference between a penalty and a violation. If you break a rule, but nobody saw you do it (or you admit to it), then this is considered a violation. If you break a rule, and someone saw you do it, then this is considered a penalty.

For every penalty you receive, you will have to sit out that many jams (1 jam = 1 quarter of the game).

In roller derby, there are 2 types of penalties:

Regulation Penalties and Major Penalties.

A minor penalty occurs when you break a regulation penalty and the penalty is not major. For every minor penalty you get, you will have to sit out for 10 seconds. A major penalty occurs when you break a major regulation and you also get a referee noticing it.

For every major penalty you get, you will have to sit out for 60 seconds. (The only exception is if you get a major penalty for something that would also get you a disqualification. If that happens, you will be taken out of the game immediately.)

Showing sportsmanship, following rules, and respecting officials and your fellow derbyites wins games. Sassing back, fighting, and ignoring officials loses games. Choose wisely.

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Now that you know what to do, and what not to do, it is time for you to try out your new skills!

To see how well you have been following instructions, answer the questions below:

What are the 3 types of penalties in roller derby?

What are the 2 ways to get a penalty?

Name at least 3 guidelines for practicing.

What is the first step to learning how to perfect your skating?

These are the basics, but there is so much more to learn. Keep your mind open and keep on learning! Remember, skate hard or go home!

Sources & references used in this article:

Down and Derby: The Insider’s Guide to Roller Derby by J Barbee, A Cohen – 2010 – books.google.com

Contesting and Constructing Gender, Sexuality, and Identity in Women’s Roller Derby by S Becker – 2018 – digitalscholarship.unlv.edu

‘I am roller derby’: a case study of layered impression management by VR Ferreira – 2017 – ir.uiowa.edu

Rollergirl: Totally true tales from the track by M Joulwan – 2007 – books.google.com

Sport in urbanizing America: a historical review by S Hardy – Journal of Urban History, 1997 – journals.sagepub.com

Transhumanism and the transformation of the experience and spectacle in the art of boxing by GJ Brady – 2018 – theses.gla.ac.uk

Women, Sports, and Videogames by M Consalvo – Sports Videogames, 2013 – books.google.com