Last weekend marked the beginning of the season for Oil City Roller Derby. This weekend marks the beginning of the E-Ville Roller Derby season!
Yes the great city of Edmonton has two Roller Derby Leagues. Here’s the difference between leagues as per an E-Ville representative and an OCRD rep:
E-Ville Roller Derby is a gender-expansive women’s roller derby league, and Edmonton’s only Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) League. We play teams both within our league and from other leagues across Alberta (as is the case with our upcoming game on March 16).
Their (E-ville) focus is on higher calibre women’s derby, while we’re a mixed gender league. There’s a bit of overlap, but in general we have 2 different focuses.
With that in our think tanks let’s look at the E-ville Facebook Event promoting the big game this Saturday night:
E-Ville Roller Derby proudly presents our 2019 Season Opener! The axe-wielding Berzerkhers will face off against Oil City Roller Derby’s Dirty Harriets. You won’t want to miss this epic Edmontonian battle!
When: March 16, 2019
Time: Doors at 6pm, game at 7pm
Where: The Edmonton Sportsdome (10104 32 Ave)
Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Kids 10 & under are free!
Tickets available at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4092848 and Mars & Venus.
*Please be advised that there will be flash photography at this event*
“The Dirty Harriets are looking forward to this weekend’s game. We have a good mix of rookies and experienced skaters all ready to hit the track. E-Ville is a great group of talented skaters. It’ll be a challenging match up, but a fun time and great learning experience for our skaters.” Words from the competition ahead of the big game. The Berzerkhers team is captained by D. Mented and Bloody Cooper…I need some time to work up the courage to ask them for a comment.
On a serious note, E-ville Roller Derby reps were very kind and generous with their time when asked once again to explain the game of Roller Derby for those who may not be very familiar with the sport.
ROLLER DERBY 101
Jammers: Wear a star on their helmet. They are the point-scorers. They score points by lapping the other team members.
Blockers: play offensively & defensively. They prevent the other team from scoring by blocking the jammer from passing using any legal means of body contact. They also assist their own jammer to score points. The majority of the blockers make up the pack.
Pivots: wear a stripe on their head. They are a blocker who also has the ability to become the jammer by taking the star helmet cover (called “passing the star”).
Each game is called a “bout” and is divided into two 30-minute periods. Each period consists of a series of short plays called “jams”. Each jam can last up to two minutes. Both teams can have five players on the track during a jam (four blockers and one jammer).
The object of the game is to score as many points as possible. Jammers score points by lapping players on the other team. The first jammer out of the pack becomes the lead jammer. They have the power to call off the jam at any point by tapping their hips. Otherwise, the jam ends when two minutes have elapse.
As with any sport, you have to watch it to truly understand it and appreciate it. This Saturday night would be an excellent opportunity to fall in love with Roller Derby.