Roller Derby Demystified

Our philosophy is that everything is worth doing at least once (as long as it's legal).  We got tickets to see the San Francisco Bay Bombers take on the Brooklyn Red Devils in a Roller Derby extravaganza. It seemed to be kind of like a cross between hockey and WWF wrestling.  Teams don roller skates and protective equipment and skate around a banked ring.  It took us a while to figure out the exact objective of the match but once we did, it made for some entertaining fun.  Before I make an attempt to explain my interpretation of the rules, check out some of my mad footage below.
The venue itself -- Kezar Pavillion was pretty low-brow.  It felt a bit like a high school gymnasium.  Case in point...  The sections and rows weren't really numbered.  So the organizers put post-it notes on the floor to indicate which row was which.

Embellished drop kicks and flipping out of the ring were essential to each round.  It was definitely very hammy.  I wasn't quite sure if it was real or staged.  Some of the moves definitely looked staged, but then again, they actually had to carry one player out of the ring due to the injury.  Staged or not, it's pretty dangerous.


There was a penalty box.  It was a cardboard cutout containing two metal folding chairs right next to a big ugly garbage can.  Nice!


Here's my interpretation of the rules of engagement.
  • Everyone starts out in a pack of skaters going counterclockwise.  The team members wearing a cross on their helmets are the jammers and their goal is to break free from the pack.  
  • The people wearing solid helmets are supposed to prevent the cross-helmeted jammers from scoring.  
  • The team members wearing the black helmets can break away from the pack but the solid-colored helmet guys must stay with the pack.
  • When one or more jammers busts out, the jam begins.  They race around the rink and try to catch up with the pack.  Once they do, each person from the opposing team that they pass counts for a point.  
  • In some cases, the black helmeted team members will bowl over everyone else so that they fall in a heap and the jammers can score mega-points.  

I was so proud of myself when I finally figured out what was going on.  It definitely made it much more entertaining to watch.  I'm not sure if I'll become a regular roller derby fan, but the event made for an inexpensive evening of fun.

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