HORD is a WFTDA (Women's Flat Track Derby Association) member league out of Marietta, OH. Our players are local business owners, professionals, and students who come together to play a sport they love (usually by the end of the first practice). Hades Ladies take skaters from ages 18 and up, and no experience is required!
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What is this derby stuff?
Leo A. Seltzer had a vision in 1935: an endurance race involving 25 teams roller skating on a banked track. Defensive and offensive skaters soon came into play as the competition evolved from an endurance race to a game emphasizing mainly on skaters’ falls and collisions, elbowing, “whipping,” and slamming each other into the track’s outer rail. The transformation of the race became the game of roller derby.
How is derby played?
A game is actually called a bout. A bout is a series of 'jams' that can last up to two minutes, with 30 seconds between each jam; there are two 30 minute halves with a half-time intermission.
Each team has five players on the track for each jam: four blockers and one jammer. The jammers have stars on their helmets; they score the points. One blocker from each team (called the pivot) will have a stripe on their helmet; they control their blocker line. The other three blockers don't have any identifiers on their helmets; their job (along with the pivot's) is to stop the opposing jammer from getting through the pack and to help their own jammer score points.
The blockers usually start in two lines of four with the two jammers positioned behind them. To begin a jam, the referee blows the whistle and the pack starts to skate. The first jammer to pass all of the opposing team's blockers becomes lead jammer. The lead jammer can call off the jam at any time, usually to prevent the other jammer from scoring. After breaking through the pack once, the jammers score one point for each player of the opposing team that they pass again. When the lead jammer calls off the jam or the two minute period ends, the jam stops and the officials calculate the score.