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FAQ

Posted on 22 May 2013 0 comments

 Frequently Asked (roller derby) Questions, answered here!

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What is the history of roller derby?
How do you play roller derby?
Are the bouts kid friendly?
What is the difference between a roller derby team and a roller derby league?
What if I have never skated before or haven’t since I was a kid?
I am under 18, can I play roller derby?
What kind of protective gear is required for roller derby?
How do I join SCRD?
I don’t want to skate, but still want to be involved. What are my options?
How can I become a sponsor?
I’m not a female but want to play roller derby! Is this sport just for females?

What is the history of roller derby?
The sport began as roller skate races on a raised track in the 1920s. The sport evolved in the late 1930s from a marathon skating race to a more physical competition emphasizing skater collisions and falls. Roller derby was televised from the late 40s to the early 70s when popularity of the sport dwindled.

In the early 2000s, the revival of roller derby with a modern touch was born in Austin, Texas. New leagues began to form, run solely by the skaters themselves. Flat track roller derby spread like wildfire as it was easier and cheaper than building a banked track, making it possible to play just about anywhere. In 2007, Sonoma County Roller derby was born and by 2011 there were nearly 500 flat track roller derby leagues worldwide. Back to Top

How do you play roller derby?
Each team fields up to five skaters per two-minute playing segment, called a ‘jam’. Blockers play both offensive and defensive roles in a defined ‘pack’ on the oval track. Jammers score points for their team by lapping opposing players. Skaters may be penalized for committing fouls. Teams skate with less players while they have one or more players serving a penalty. A team’s full line-up for a jam consists of one Pivot, three Blockers and one Jammer. Watch this video for more info. Back to Top

Are the bouts kid-friendly?
Yes! Roller derby is a family-friendly sport here in Sonoma County! However if your children will get scared easily by screaming fans, then it may not be the best place to take them. For the most part kids love the fast-paced action and cheering for the ‘star’ aka JAMMER on the teams. Back to Top

What is the difference between a roller derby team and a league?
Each league may have varying structures, but typically a league is made up of a few teams. They usually are broken up by home teams, travel teams, or teams of different skill levels. Some leagues  also have a Junior team to allow skaters under 18 to participate. The Sonoma County Roller Derby League currently has two home teams, the North Bay Bruisers and the Wine Country Home Wreckers and a travel team that competes on the WFTDA level. We also have a Junior team, the Ego Breakers, which allows skaters under 18 years to participate. Back to Top

What if I have never skated before or haven’t since I was a kid?
We train you no matter what level you are at. We even have skates for you to borrow at the start if you don’t have your own gear. You will never have to do something that you are not ready for and we will help you progress your skills and confidence so you will be ready to play in a real bout. Back to Top

I am under 18, can I play roller derby?
Yes! we have a Junior derby team, the Ego Breakers that allow children ages 9-17 to skate. Back to Top

What kind of protective gear is required for roller derby?
The minimum gear required includes: helmet, mouth guard, elbow pads, wrist guards and knee pads. Some skaters like to use butt-savers and knee gaskets for extra protection! You can buy all your gear at the Pro-Shop at the Wrecking Yard. Back to Top

How do I join SCRD?
We have recruiting sessions year-round and also welcome transfer skaters. Contact us to find out when the next recruitment is. Back to Top

I don’t want to skate, but still want to be involved. What are my options?
We are always in need of volunteers to donate their time and/or skills. These include Refs, NSOs (non-skating officials) and other important jobs at the merch, beer and ticket booths. Our bouts cannot happen without these very important people! If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us. Back to Top

How can I become a sponsor?
Glad you asked! Check out our sponsorship packages. Back to Top

I’m not a female but want to play roller derby! Is this sport just for females?
There are men’s roller derby leagues (see MRDA). The closest one to Sonoma County is Deep Valley Belligerents in Ukiah. SCRD is an all-female league, but men do support us in many ways, including referees, NSOs, photographers and more. Contact us to learn about the options! Back to Top