Roller Derby season is jamming our way

A select few people know about roller derby and many do not expect a sport so physical to have women’s leagues. Watching women crash into each other, hitting the ground hard, blocking with their hips, rear and shoulders for the first time can be a bit intimidating. The Ledger attended the Bremerton season nine opener for the Bremerton Northwest Derby Company vs the Centralia team, Rainy City Roller Dolls. These teams are part of The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association — the international governing body who represent roller derby for more than 450 member leagues on six continents, giving women the opportunity to be part of this sport. Roller derby consists of two teams comprised of 15 skaters that play two 30 minute periods. Within each period, there are a number of “jams” when the teams can score points during a two-minute window, or when the “Lead Jammer” calls it off. If a player does not block legally — by a block to the back, tripping or elbows — the player is penalized for 30 seconds.  In the game there are three positions: jammer, blocker and pivot. The jammer scores and is easily recognized by the stars worn on their helmets. ...read more

by The Tacoma Ledger Feb. 18, 2020 at 4:13pm