Roller derby is one of the fastest growing sports in America. Chances are you've heard of it, but you may not know much about it. Although Roller Derby has been around for years, today's version of the sport may be much different than what you remember. First of all, we play on a flat track. Although there are some banked track derby teams, most skaters play flat track derby. The roller derby of the past was usually staged and something closer to WWE than to the sport we play today. No more clothes-lining your opponent or throwing people over the rails; we have specific rules we have to follow. We have specified target zones and hitting zones. We train hard and play harder.
There are 5 players on each team:
1 Jammer. The Jammer is the Point Scorer. The Jammer wears a helmet cover with the Star on it.
1 Pivot. The Pivot is the blocker who stays to the front of the pack and regulates pack speed. The pivot also has the unique ability exchange places with the jammer. The pivot can be identified by the stripe on her helmet.
3 Blockers. A blocker is a skater whose job is to stop or block the other team’s jammer from passing and also help their own team’s jammer to score. There are four blockers per team on the track, including the pivot.
The pivot & the blockers make up the pack – their job is to stop the opposing team’s jammer from breaking though the pack & scoring, all the while helping their own jammer advance.