The Dublin Roller Girls are the first roller derby league in Ireland. Would you like to know a little bit about Roller Derby? Well you have come to the right place! Roller Deby began in the early 20th century in the US. It is a fast and furious sport played on quad roller skates. It Roller derby in its current form began to develop in Austin, Texas about 15 years ago.
The rules of Roller Derby are simple. This sport is played on an oval track, either banked or flat. The jammer is the point-scorer. The jammer scores points for every member of the opposing team she passes. The blockers and pivots skate together as a pack; the pivots are blockers who can take over the jammer’s role. Two teams made up of 3 blockers, 1 jammer and 1 pivot each compete against each other in 2-minute jams over the course of a 60 minute game. Your own blockers try to help you and hinder the opponent jammer; the opposing jammers have to do everything in their power to stop you from scoring – knock you down, push you out of bounds, block your path. It’s rough, it’s ruthless and it’s a lot of fun!
All derby girls have to be dressed up in helmets, mouth-guards, knee pads, elbow pads and wrist guards, but there are still injuries. There are stringent rules about where you can hit people and how. Like with all sports, there are risks involved, but you won’t see any clotheslining, elbowing or punching like the movie Whip It!
Back in the 60′s and 70′s the sport became like pro-wrestling in its combination of athleticism and scripting. Roller derby has always been primarily a form of sports entertainment. Modern roller derby, is played ‘for real’ so you won’t see a five-skater pile-up or a mid-air somersault, you’ll have the excitement of knowing that every hit thrown and every point scored is as real to the skaters as it is to you.
Dublin Roller Girls want to promote roller derby from Dublin, Ireland, and encourage athleticism and sportsmanship in women of all ages, backgrounds and sporting abilities!