The Basics

The game of Roller Derby itself is played out on an oval shape track. The game consists of two 30-minute halves; within each of these half is a series of 2-minute “jams”. There are two teams of 5 on the track for each jam, each team containing a jammer (the point scorer – has a star on their helmet), plus a pack containing a pivot (the one with the stripe on their head) and three further blockers. The overall aim of the game is for the jammer to lap the pack initially and then pass members of the opposing team, thus scoring points for each blocker passed. However blockers have the ability to try and stop the opposing team’s jammer from passing them using a series of manoeuvres whilst trying to get their own jammer through the pack. Overall there is lots of skill and tactics involved.

For more information head to the WFTDA website or check out google.

How can I get involved?

There are a range of equally important roles you can take on in the world of derby. If you are female and 18+ you can become a derby skater and learn how to booty block on the track but guys are not left out! We are also looking for referees, non skating officials or our much-needed stats geeks! We hold recreational league sessions every Sunday where you can come along and give derby skating a go. If you think you would like to get involved please Contact Us 

How can I keep in touch?

You can find us on Twitter, Instagram, and both our main league and recreational league have Facebook pages.

What Will I need?

If you want to skate with KRG there are a few pieces of safety equipment you will need;

SKATES:

For our recreational league we can supply the skates. However, if you would prefer to buy your own there is no need to shell out lots of money on skates, you can get quad skates for about £30-£50 to start with. If you are looking to spend slightly more money, we urge you to seek recommendations from other skaters about different makes and styles as everyone has their favourites and have had issues with others! You don’t want to shell out the big bucks for equipment that is not suitable.

ELBOW AND KNEE PADS

We can’t stress enough the importance of decent kneepads, you only have one set of knees and they are very expensive to replace! You’ll want to look for the “vert” or “aggressive” styles that skateboarders use on ramps. Be wary of knee pads that come in sets, the protective plastic covers tend to be small, and chances are that if they are small, they won’t protect your knees properly. Many of our skaters went for Bulletproof Anarchy pads or Pro-Tec pads to start, upgrading them as soon as they could afford to. With kneepads you will find that it is worth buying the best you can afford. You will also need a set of elbow pads, again look for the “vert” or “aggressive” styles.

WRIST GUARDS

Double splint styles will give you the best protection possible so we highly recommend them. SFR do great double splint guards for between £10-15.

HELMET

A skate helmet is the best thing to get for roller derby. Cycle helmets do not offer the right protection for your head. Skate helmets start from around £15. You don’t need to spend a fortune on a fancy helmet you just need to make sure it protects your head adequately and that it fits properly, wearing a helmet that is a million miles too big won’t protect your head if you fall.

GUMSHIELD

Way more necessary than you can imagine! You can pick these up from £1 at most sports shops so there’s no reason to put anything at risk! If you can afford to spend a bit more cash, Sisu mouth guards are excellent and come highly recommended.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us to ask if a certain make or style of any pads/skates/helmets will be suitable and worth spending your money on. There are plenty of great derby-run skate shops and websites online that you can contact too, so don’t hesitate to ask if your unsure. Its better to send a few e-mails rather then buy a load of gear you can’t use.

Although KRG does have some spare pieces of equipment, these are available on a first come first serve basis and you won’t be able to participate in practices  if you are not properly protected!

 

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