RULES

THE LOW DOWN ON DERBY



WHAT IS ROLLER DERBYy?
The 1930's version of roller derby was played on a banked track & was similar to wrestling, with its theatrics for show fights & antics. Back in these days safety gear wasn't even considered & the sport was a lot more brutal & had far less rules. Roller Derby fever took hold, becoming very popular across Australia during the 50s-60s, with weekly bouts being televised. Most teams were for-profit in these days.

CONTEMPORARY ROLLER DERBY
These days, roller derby leagues are predominantly all female, self-organised, not-for-profit and played on flat track. In the US & UK, leagues are well established & have been operating for a few years. Australia is just starting to see the derby wave with some leagues competing and other leagues either just starting up or in their early days of operation.
Derby today is a culture, a community and a sport, with the emphasis of sport over spectacle; derby leagues want to be taken seriously as athletes. This being said, derby is not your run of the mill sport. There is great pride in costumes, themes, alter egos & derby names



THE RULES
Roller Derby is played on a flat oval track, with two teams of 5 players each side. During a bout there is always going to be two teams on the track at once, no more and no less.
Each team can have no more than five skaters on the track at one time.
Each team is made up of one pivot, three blockers, and one jammer.
The pivot is designated by a striped helmet cover, while the jammer is designated by a helmet cover with a large star on both sides. Blockers do not wear helmet covers.
The aim of the Jammer is to make their way through the pack, scoring points for each opposing team member they pass on the way.
Blockers must try to stop the opposition Jammer from getting through. The Pivots set the pace for the pack. Unlike old school derby, there are strict rules on what, where & how you can make contact with another player & a strong safety ethic.

THE BASICS
Two teams with max 5 players in total from each team on the track at any time.
No more No less

The Pack
Pivot/Blocker (1) wears Stripe Helmet Cover
Blocker (2, 3, 4) in a tight pack
Starts on the Pack Line.
The Jammer
Jammer (5) wears Star Helmet Cover, and is the scoring skater,
Starts on the Jam line, 6.1 metres behind the pack.
REF BLOWS: One long whistle
Penalties are awarded for ANY action that breaks the WFTDA Rules, and that of which affects the safety of the game in any negative or dangerous way.
The Jam: maximum 2 minutes
The team with the highest points at the end of the bout wins.

ROLLER DERBY TRACK DETAILS CAN BE FOUND HERE

OFFICIAL WFTDA RULES CAN BE FOUND AT
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