Roller derby is a fast moving contact sport that requires speed, strategy, and thick skin. The game is played with 2 teams of 5 players skating in the same direction on a round track. Both teams have 1 jammer who skates behind the wall and tries to break through the opposing wall. Each player that they make a lap around counts as one point. The team tries their best to help their jammer get through the opposing wall while still trying to block the other team's jammer.
The team pictured is called the Blue Ridge Roller girls, a local Roller Derby team in the Asheville area. I have been playing on the Mad Divas Junior Roller Derby Team for 6 months, although I’ve been playing derby for around a year and a half. I play Roller Derby to relieve stress and get exercise. We practice every Wednesday from 4:30 to 7:00. If you're interested in checking out a game or playing, you can go on their website to find games and more information.
Story by Benzi Allen