The game of roller derby has gained a great popularity over the recent years, particularly among girls. It is originally an American sport in which, players lap the competitions for scoring their points. Originally, it did not have any fixed set of rules; however, after being a formalized game it now has several rules that must be followed. Being an adventure game, roller derby equipment are quite useful for the protection of players.
This article lists few of the important rules of roller derby as formalized by Women’s Flat Track Derby Association:
Every participant must be equipped with roller derby equipment for their protection.
All these periods may range between 20 to 30 minutes depending on the number of periods in a game.
The amount of players in a group is five. Out of those five players, three are blockers, one jammer and the last player is pivot. The pivots are responsible for leading the pack comprised from the pivot and blockers.
The jammer players are required to stand 20 feet behind the pack in the start of the game.
Upon that first whistle pack formation takes place which needs to remain as it is for the entire period of the jam. The second whistle signals the jammers to get started.
Each jam last for 2 minute. This enables them to score points. So as to block the jammers from the opposite team, the package needs to remain maintained, failing which, the pack cannot block the jammer from lapping. In the event of an offensive blocking, roller gear proves very handy to protect you.
The decision of who becomes the lead jammer is created on the basis of that has lapped all the blockers and pivots first. The lead jammer gains authority to block the jam whenever he/she wishes even prior to the conclusion of the 2 minutes period.
In order to prevent the opponent jammers to lap and score points, the bunch can block the opponent jammer. However, the entire pack must be maintained throughout and every blocker can only use the portion of their body over the thigh. They can’t hit or maintain the jammer using their elbows. Violation of this rule can lead to a penalty on the group. Once again, jammers will need to be wearing proper roller derby gear to remain protected from unintended or intended attacks.
Penalties may be levied to the players or the team if the blockers become illegal or offensive, in cases of conflicts, or violation of any of the rules of the game.