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How do you play roller derby?

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HOW DO YOU WIN THE GAME?

The team with the most points after two 30-minute periods wins the game.  Each period is made up of individual “jams” lasting no longer than two minutes each.

 

HOW DO YOU SCORE POINTS?

The skater with a star on their helmet is the jammer.  Each team has one jammer.  The jammer is the only skater who can score points by passing blockers on the opposing team.  If jammers are not in bounds or they make illegal contact with opposing skaters while passing, they do not score points.  Also, jammers do not score on their initial pass through the pack.

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WHO ARE THE BLOCKERS?

There are up to four blockers from each team on the track at one time.  Together, the eight blockers make a pack.  Blockers play offense by assisting their jammer while at the same time playing defense and blocking the opposing jammer.

 

WHY DOES ONE SKATER HAVE A STRIPE ON THEIR HELMET?

The skater with the stripe is called the pivot.  The pivot is a blocker who sets the pace of the pack.  They watch for the opposing team’s jammer and calls out plays accordingly.  If a jammer passes the star helmet cover to the pivot, the pivot can take over the jammer position, but not lead jammer status.

 

WHAT DOES “LEAD JAMMER” MEAN?

The lead jammer is the first jammer to pass through the pack legally.  The lead jammer is the only person who can call off a jam prior to the full two minutes.  They call off the jam by repeatedly placing their hands on their hips.  The lead jammer is identified by a jammer ref pointing to her with “L” shaped arms while following beside them inside the track until the first scoring pass.  Sometimes there will be no lead jammer and the jam will last the full two minutes.​

WHY ARE SKATERS SENT TO THE PENALTY BOX?

Skaters are sent to the penalty box when they have committed a penalty.  The penalty time starts once the skater sits in the seat, so it is essential that she get to the penalty box quickly once she is sent.  The standard time in the box is 30 seconds, but skaters can do additional time for accruing additional penalties.

 

WHAT ARE SOME NO-NO’S IN BLOCKING?

  • No back blocking or pushing

  • No forearms, clothes-lining or elbowing

  • No grabbing, holding, pulling or tripping

  • No intentional falling in front of an opposing skater

  • No fighting or biting

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Junior derby rules & regulations

The most recent rules and regulations can be found on the JRDA Rules page. 

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