1. Roller Derby traces back to “skating marathons” in the 1930’s.
Originally, the goal of the sport was to complete a particular amount of laps around the track. In the 1940’s it began to evolve into a competitive contact sport.
2. There are three positions in roller derby: jammer, blocker, and pivot.
The Jammer laps the opposing team members. The blockers help create a pack that protects the Jammer. The Pivot is a blocker who can be designated as a jammer during a jam as long as their helmet colors are transferred over properly, they can also act as a temporary captain to the pack.
9. These ladies are fearless.
The chest is usually the number one target zone in roller derby. Other areas that are allowed are the hands, hips, abdomen and front/sides of the player’s legs. The neck, back, and leg below the thigh are illegal target zones and can result in a penalty.