Eh, 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 but since its revival in the early 2000s roller derby is now a real sport rather than a performance. There are no scripts just tactics, we have referees, bench and speed coaches. Skaters train hard 2-3 times a week and take the sport very seriously.
Is it dangerous?
Roller derby is a contact sport and similar to any sport you can get injured but we try really hard not to. Derby girls wear knee-pads, elbow-pads, wrist guards, mouth guards and helmets. You can play hard and play safe at the same time. We teach how to fall and block safely plus there are 3 levels of assessments to get through before our skaters are ready to bout.
Why don’t you guys play on a banked track?
Playing on a flat track gives us a lot more options on where we can train and hold bouts. Banked tracks need a permanent fixture or a portable solution and both these options are expensive. Audiences also need elevated seating to get a good view of the action. There are now 400 leagues worldwide and playing flat track means you can play in basketball courts, parking lots or pretty much any flat surface.
Who runs/owns the league?
By the skaters. For the skaters. WA Roller Derby is a volunteer run grassroots non-profit organisation. We support our league by having events, fundraisers and bouts.
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.