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12 Reasons Why You Should See A Roller Derby Bout

Other than just for the hot athletic ladies, of course.

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1. It's action packed.

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Think hockey -- but with roller skates and different rules -- and add in more agility, cunning, speed and violence. Big hits and sprawling falls abound!

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2. Creative Derby names.

Hermione Danger, Joan Jett-pack, Anne Hacksaway, Mobile Chernobyl, Punky Bruiser, Princess Lay-Ya Flat, and Sarah Nailin' are just a few of the many awesome player names you'll see.
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Hermione Danger, Joan Jett-pack, Anne Hacksaway, Mobile Chernobyl, Punky Bruiser, Princess Lay-Ya Flat, and Sarah Nailin' are just a few of the many awesome player names you'll see.

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3. The outfits are one-of-a-kind.

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From the gear to the makeup to the "Boutfits," you'll find a mash-up of punk, rockabilly, burlesque, and even steampunk styles.

4. It encourages female empowerment.

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Roller derby is one of the few sports that allows (and even encourages) women to be aggressive and take big risks.

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Derby, bitches!

5. The strategy and tactics of the game.

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Come for the outfits and big hits, stay for the intricate strategic moves.

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6. It unites people from nearly all walks of life.

Where else can you see lawyers, stay at home moms, office workers, and nurses dress up, sport custom nicknames and skate like bats out of hell?Bonus: The crowds are almost always just as diverse.
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Where else can you see lawyers, stay at home moms, office workers, and nurses dress up, sport custom nicknames and skate like bats out of hell?

Bonus: The crowds are almost always just as diverse.

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7. There's a strong level of equality and tolerance on and off the track.

"Being gay/straight/bi/trans is simply no big deal, as long as you can skate."
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"Being gay/straight/bi/trans is simply no big deal, as long as you can skate."

Noh8!
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Noh8!

8. "The Whip"

I really don't want to give too much away if you haven't seen it yet, but trust me, you'll be in awe once you witness it.
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I really don't want to give too much away if you haven't seen it yet, but trust me, you'll be in awe once you witness it.

9. The names of the bouts, tournaments, or double-headers.

Cinco de May-hem, Seasons Beatings, and Knocktoberfest, just to name a few!
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Cinco de May-hem, Seasons Beatings, and Knocktoberfest, just to name a few!

10. The halftime shows are epic.

You could see anything from DMX stunts to light shows, fire shows, live bands, or burlesque shows. As if the game wasn't entertaining enough, add on halftime... whoa.
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You could see anything from DMX stunts to light shows, fire shows, live bands, or burlesque shows. As if the game wasn't entertaining enough, add on halftime... whoa.

Adds a whole new meaning to "burning up the track."
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Adds a whole new meaning to "burning up the track."

11. It's been around since 1939, but the revival originated in Austin, Texas.

The rinks at night, are big and bright... deep in the heart of Texas ♪
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The rinks at night, are big and bright... deep in the heart of Texas

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Bonus: You can even find a Texas Roller Girls Junior league in Austin.

The cutest Derby players you'll ever see!
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The cutest Derby players you'll ever see!

12. You're literally watching history being made.

This newest incarnation of Derby is still very new, circa 2001-02. Only the second ever Roller Derby World Cup took place in Dallas, Texas, in December 2014. The rules are still being solidified!
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This newest incarnation of Derby is still very new, circa 2001-02. Only the second ever Roller Derby World Cup took place in Dallas, Texas, in December 2014. The rules are still being solidified!

After watching a bout, Roller Derby girls might become your new heros.

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So what are you waiting for? Go see a bout already!

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