What actually is roller derby?

Roller derby is a full-contact team sport played on quad skates. Five skaters from each team skate around an oval track. One skater from each team can score. They gain a point each time they lap an opposing player. The team with the most points wins. Easy.

Is roller derby a real sport?

Scripted story lines and stunts were adopted to improve television appeal in the 1960s. Since its revival in the early 2000s, though, roller derby is a real sport rather than a performance. There are no scripts- just tactics. We have referees, bench coaches and dedicated non-skating officials. Skaters train hard 2-3 times a week and take the sport very seriously.

Is it dangerous?

Roller derby is a contact sport. Similar to any sport, you can get injured- but we try really hard not to. Derby skaters wear knee-pads, elbow-pads, wrist guards, mouth guards and helmets. You can play hard and play safe at the same time. There are two levels of assessments to pass before skaters play a full game of derby. These teach skills such as falling safely, and learning how to take and receive hits in a safe manner.

Why don’t you play on a banked track?

Playing on a flat track gives us a lot more options for where we can train and hold bouts. Banked tracks need a permanent fixture or a portable solution and both these options are expensive. There are now 400 leagues worldwide and playing flat track means we can play on basketball courts, parking lots or pretty much any flat surface.

Who runs/owns the league?

WA Roller Derby is a grassroots, non-profit organisation. It is run entirely by our members, who are all volunteers.

Am I too old/young/big/small to play roller derby?

All ages (18+) and skill levels are welcome. All we want from you is the commitment to try your best and train hard.

How can I get involved?

In many ways! You can come to a bout and cheer us on from the crowd, join as a skater, become a referee or non-skating official, or volunteer your time in other ways such as MCing at our bouts or helping out at our fundraising events.

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Where can I see a game (“bout”) of roller derby?

We have lots of scheduled events and tournaments throughout the year. Have a look at our Bouts & Events page to see what’s going on or come say hi on…

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