The Rules of Roller Derby – EXPLAINED!

The Rules of Roller Derby – EXPLAINED!

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Ninh explains, The Rules of Roller Derby
The object of the game is to score more points than the opposing team. Roller derby is a sport played on skates either
on a flat track, or on a banked track where the track is raised and angled. A roller derby team consists of 14 players,
with 5 players taking to the track at any one time. Look closely, and you’ll notice a group
of each teams players pushed together. Both teams will field four blockers, and this
is collectively known as the pack. Teams cannot be more than 10ft apart in this
pack. The key person to look out for is the jammer. These are the players with the stars on their
helmets that start behind the pack. When the whistle blows, the clock starts for
a period of two minutes. This is known as a jam. The goal of the jammer is to race the opposing
team’s jammer to try and force their way through the pack of players. Once a jammer has beaten the other jammer,
they become the ‘lead jammer’, and they race around the track. Each jammer gets one point for every opposing
player that they lap or skate past. Once two minutes have expired, the whistle
blows and that is the end of the jam. However, a jam can also be ended early by
the lead jammer, by tapping her hips like this. It pays to be the lead jammer as you effectively
have control of the clock. The whole process starts all over again, and
the main strategy behind this game is for a lead jammer to score as many points as possible,
and to stop the clock before the other jammer scores too many points. The job of the blockers is to prevent the
other jammer from getting past, whilst at the same time trying to help their own jammer
pass opposing players. They are both the offence and the defence. They are allowed to form walls with teammates,
slow the opposing player down and use their hips and shoulders to lever their opponents
out of the way. The game is played in two 30 minute halves
for a combined playing time of 60 minutes. Highest score at the end of time, wins. That’s the basics of Roller Derby, but there’s
a few other things you’ll need to know before playing or watching a game. For example:
Pivot One of the blockers on each team will be wearing
a stripe on their helmets. These are the pivots. As well as being a blocker, they dictate the
pace of the pack and they direct team strategy. They also have the special ability to become
the jammer in the middle of the jam. This is done by taking the star from the jammer. Out of bounds. You cannot skate out of the area of the track,
accidentally or otherwise. If you do, you must re-enter the track behind
the opposing teams pivot. Contact. Contrary to popular belief, you cannot punch,
trip, kick, elbow, clothesline, hit or slam your opponent into the floor. Officially, players are allowed to make frontal
and side body contact above the knees, but sometimes players don’t comply. Players who make illegal contact are given
penalties. Penalty
If found guilty of breaking the rules, the referee may award a 30 second penalty against
a player. The offending player must sit in a penalty
box for 30 seconds whilst a jam is in play. If a skater accrues 7 penalties, they are
immediately disqualified from the game. Power Jam
If a jammer is hit with a 30 second penalty, the opposing jammer has 30 seconds to score
as many points as she can, knowing that the other team cannot score. This is known as a power jam and can be a
real advantage to a team. If you have found this video helpful, please
be sure to like share and subscribe. It takes me ages to make one of these things
and good karma is very much appreciated. If you’re on Reddit you can also post this
video and discuss it there, but in the meantime, enjoy roller derby. Ninh Ly – www.ninh.co.uk – @NinhLyUK

72 thoughts on “The Rules of Roller Derby – EXPLAINED!”

  1. Ninh explains, the Rules of Roller Derby … again.
    This was uploaded previously, but someone took exception to an image I found on Google.
    Taken down by YouTube, uploaded minus said picture.

  2. Great video Ninh, but I think you missed something. Scenario: Team A’s blockers use clean contact to force Team B’s lead jammer out of bounds. Legal or worth a penalty?

  3. Oh, I thoughts this video got taken down because some people strongly disagree with this version of roller "derby" being the true future of the once great sport or your missing the origin of the sport.

  4. You know…. I remember when this sport had its heyday in the 1980s and early 1990s. Amazing to see it make a comeback in this century, though. Great vid once again. 😀

  5. Playing roller hockey would be a thousand times less lame than this. It’s a really boring idea. (Laping opponents to score points.) With a bunch of random ass rules shoehorned in to try to make it seem deeper.

  6. Super video!!!! My gf plays roller derby and we've had to explain the basics of roller derby to so many friends and family now we'll just show them this.

    I also enjoyed your CFL rules video as I am trying to get into the CFL more. Over all a great channel with rules for strange and foreign sports.

  7. I have played roller derby for years. This is a great video to show to new people. HOWEVER there are two ERRORS in the audio commentary.
    1. during a star pass the helmet cover is not "taken by the pivot from the jammer" that would be a penalty. It should state that the helmet cover is removed by the jammer from her own helmet and handed (legally) to the pivot.
    2. the correct description for re-entry to the track after a hit out is that a skater must enter behind the person who hit her out and anyone who was in front of her when she was hit out. The video states that they must re-enter behind the pivot, which is not correct.
    Thanks

  8. Great explanation.
    There only issue: a player blocked or pushed out of bounds must re-enter the track behind the player that hit them out, or three player that was forward of them. The pivot is not vital for a track cut to o occur.
    You can find this information in the WFTDA rules, under section 4.2.2 (gaining position).

  9. Loved learning about the derb….that’s what me and my little group like to call it. So fun. Lol 🌈 very informative. Will recommend to my other derby gals! ✋🏼 high five to the creator!

  10. So once you pass the pack you instantly get 4 points or must you run a whole track before getting points? And does overtaking the lead jammer add a point??

  11. This seemed like a great explanation. We are going to go watch a roller derby tournament today and have never seen the game played before.

  12. I heard like Monster Jam events (monster truck races) that it's "staged". Is this true?

  13. this is a good and informative video…and btw….a "shout out" to the Gotham Girls!…..you got it goin' on baby!!….and….like they say….."only in NY"….TY

  14. Girls run about shoving each other on skates LMAO this has to be one of the most ridiculous games I've ever seen! LOL

  15. the out of bound rule, if was ever like this, is at least 20 years out of date ! Thanks for the video tho, i always have some trouble to explain the game to neophytes and i will take some ideas

  16. It is interesting to see how the game has changed over the years, For instance, once upon a time, the game was played by both men and women, whereas the following conditions existed:

    1. Women skated odd-numbered periods
    2. Men skated even-numbered periods
    3. There were 8 periods total, each 12 minutes long, with each jam only being 1 minute long.

    Nowadays, the game is mainly played by women, with much different procedures (though there are some men's leagues).

    Still, great video!

  17. oh come on they should be able to clothesline hit slam & body slam kick elbow in the face as they try to stake by & trip them as they stake their way to top it should be just racing & fighting on stakes the team with most laps & the team left stating wins the fight

  18. I would like to see bowling done and it's variations: tenpin, candlepin, duckpin, Canadian five-pin, and German/Dutch bowling, also called ninepins, and maybe even Skittles.

  19. You also forgot an important rule that if you play roller derby, you must talk about it constantly, with as many people (willing or otherwise) as you can find.

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