FAQ

What’s the difference between flat track and banked track roller derby?

Flat track roller derby is played on a flat surface (concrete, wood or sports court) while Banked Track roller derby is played on a banked surface (plywood, steel and masonite) sloping upwards usually between 35 and 45 degree angle from the inside of the track to the outside edge.

 

Why is a game called a “bout”?

The terminology “bout” comes from boxing, because a roller derby match is a fight to the end.

 

Is roller derby a real sport?

Absolutely! While the roller derby you might have watched in the 70′s was often rehearsed, the modern derby revival is definitely a full contact sport and 100% REAL. Most skaters train between 6-8 hours per week. There is no predetermined outcome, staged antics or fake hits.

 

Are there fights at the bouts? Punches thrown?

No! Safety is a top priority and not only do new skaters learn how to avoid injury, the WFTDA rules have strict penalties for illegal moves such as elbowing and blocking from above the shoulders.

 

Why do skaters have nicknames?

During the day skaters are “normal”, we work, we’re mothers, go to university etc. Roller derby is our opportunity to embrace a tough, edgier side of ourselves and escape from day-to-day life. Once you step onto the track, your derby alter ego takes over. Derby names normally reflect a part of the skater’s personality or physical attribute combined with a play on words.  They are fun and creative and can be tough or just plain funny.