Media We Love

There is so much great information out there in and about the derby community…below is a list of some of our favorites!

Websites:

Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) : International governing body of women’s flat track roller derby

WFTDA.tv : Live streaming of bouts as well as an amazing archive

Roller Derby Athletics : Resources to train, learn, practice & grow

Roller Derby for Beginners : The name says it all! Resources for fresh meat & seasoned skaters

Blogs:

You Picked a Fine Time to Leave Me Loose Wheel : A Blog about life, art, and derby

TrebleMaker 909 : Roller derby tips, training & advice for Fresh Meat, Rookies and Veteran Roller Girls

The Control Pad : Derby life, Info and Gear reviews by former CVRD and current Rose City skater, Sproutta Control

Videos:

Roller Derby Basics (WFTDA)

Roller Derby and the Art of Falling Down : Mike Rowe (Dirty Jobs) tries out Roller Derby

Roller Derby Saved my Soul : by Uncle Leon and the Alibis

Facebook:

Wrecking Dolls Society : Our fresh meat/learn to skate league page

Central Vermont Roller Derby : Our main facebook page

Roller Derby Recyclables : Find some used gear and save $$$!

Roller Derby Junkies : Fun derby gifs/videos

Shops:

We all need to get our derby gear somewhere! Some of our favorite stores include:

Bruised Boutique

Turn Two Skate Shop

Derby 101

What is Flat Track Roller Derby?

Flat track roller derby is a fast-paced contact team sport that requires speed, strategy, and athleticism. Games, or ‘bouts’ feature un-staged physical contact played according to a strict set of rules. At the 123rd International Olympic Committee session, it was announced that roller derby was among eight sports under consideration for addition to the 2020 Olympic Games.

The DIY spirit that drives the sport allows roller derby leagues to create their own unique identities and adapt their structures to reflect their local communities.

Rules

CVRD skates under the WFTDA 2015 ruleset.
Learn more about the WFTDA rules.

Basic summary

A roller derby bout consists of two teams who field five roller skaters on the track. A team wins by scoring the most points in the duration of the bout. The rules of roller derby are set by the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA).
See a short video that sums it up!

Infographic for further info: derby-101-wftda

Players

Jammers
Photo Courtesy of Big Dawg Images

 

  • One jammer per team per jam
  • Identified by a helmet cover with a star
  • Scores points
Pivots
Photo Courtesy of Hispanic Attack
Photo Courtesy of Hispanic Attack

 

  • One pivot per team per jam
  • Identified by a helmet cover with a stripe
  • Leads the pack

Timing

One bout consists of two periods of 30 minutes each. A period is comprised of short, successive intervals called jams. Each jam can last up to two minutes. At the beginning of the jam, one whistle blows to release the pack. Next, a double-whistle blows to release the two jammers.

Scoring

Both teams can score points during the same jam. A point is scored each time a jammer passes a blocker from the opposing team. In each jam, one jammer can earn Lead Jammer status by being the first jammer to break through the pack on her initial pass. When Lead Jammer is awarded, the jam referee will tweet the whistle and point to the Lead Jammer. The Lead Jammer has the special ability to call off the jam at any time by putting her hands on her hips.

Penalties

So roller derby is all about throwing elbows and tripping and clotheslining, right? Wrong! Modern roller derby is not what you remember from the 70’s television show. Some hits are legal. Some are not! Skaters can earn thirty seconds in the penalty box for hitting with their forearms or heads, tripping other skaters, hitting other skaters’ backs, or cutting the track to pass other skaters.

Officials

Roller derby has one of the highest official-to-player ratios in modern sports. Roller derby requires both referees on skates and non-skating officials to track scores, penalties, game timing and to keep the game running smoothly.
Common Referee Signals Infographic

FAQ

Does everyone have to wear quad roller skates?

Yes – all skaters and referees wear quad roller skates, as well as full safety equipment, including knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards, helmets, and mouth guards. Quad skates allow for better lateral movement which is essential in roller derby.

Are there ever fights?

Like most contact sports, fighting is discouraged. Any fighting could lead to expulsion from the game and disciplinary action from the league. Roller derby is the kind of sport where you can dish out legal punishment to your arch nemesis on the track, and buy her a beer later off the track.

Why don’t you skate on a banked track?

Banked tracks in modern roller derby, as popularized by the derby revival in Austin, Texas, are very expensive for today’s skater-owned, skater-operated leagues. Flat track is a much more accessible and popular choice for derby leagues nationwide.

 

 

CVRD Skater Profiles

New year, new round of new skater profiles!
Everybody say Hi to Nell Hath No Fury!

Name: Nell Hath No Fury – My real-life name is Nellie, and I am, like, ridiculously good-natured, so I thought it was a funny choice.
Number: Haven’t decided on one yet. Leaning towards either 19 (because everything is 19), or 213 (my birthday)
When I started: September 2015
How I found CVRD: I’d been thinking about checking out roller derby for several years, but didn’t actually do anything about it until this past year after moving to Montpelier. I wanted to meet people and try something new, so googled “Roller Derby Montpelier Vermont,” and found CVRD. Haven’t looked back since!
What I like best about Roller Derby so far: I love pushing myself, and my fitness, to new levels. This is such a challenging and rewarding sport, and I love that about it. I also love the amazing, supportive women I skate with. They have never once made me feel like an idiot for taking forever learning T-stops, or falling down a million times. They just applaud you for falling the right way, and work with you to get you up and moving again.
Derby Hero: Scald Eagle with Rose City Rollers. She is an amazon on skates. I love her fierceness, control, and skill.
Best advice from a seasoned skater: If you’re not falling, you’re not pushing yourself. Get up & keep skating. (seriously, Best Advice, and so important to remember as fresh meat!!)