I headed out with Cookie from Vanookie to see a double header hosted by The Philly Roller Girls. I had no idea what to expect… I don’t even know the rules of the game. I just wanted to support a female driven sport that had solid community support….and who can deny the derby names?
Roller derby is a contact sport played by two teams of five members roller skating in the same direction around a track. Game play consists of a series of short matchups (“jams”) in which both teams designate a scoring player (the “jammer”) who scores points by lapping members of the opposing team. The teams attempt to assist their own jammer while hindering the opposing jammer — in effect, playing both offense and defense simultaneously.
And you can’t beat the half time show….the Philadelphia Freedom Band playing top 40 hits.
I can see Roller Derby becoming fanatically popular like a Wings game. Absolutely.
Winners first match: