Roller derby looks like fun! Family friendly girl-fights on skates with protective headgear flying off and the audience cheering. But first, you have to actually wear headgear. These dames from days gone by are wild and reckless with their fragile skulls.
(vintage photo from the good old days)
I watched some “girls just wanna have fun” videos. “Roller derby is a lot like road rage.” says Stacy from the Chicago Pioneers.
Describing the action against another team captain, Stacy says, “Elbows got flying with a couple of jabs to the face. It got to the point where I had to take her down. Fists were flying and hair was being pulled.”
Look out – blockers headed your way ready to push hard and take a time out for it in the penalty box…”she’s going to have to sit down in the Sin Bin!”
“It’s a contact game so there’s going to be a lot of falling…”
Injuries include skaters having their fingers skated over, twisted ankles, concussions and other interesting injuries.
So much fun! I love how excited the fans are – even moms and kids! I wish I could skate! I never learned how. I tried when I was older, but just never got the hang of it. Are you a roller derby fan?
How do we get some of these women to cross over and train to be professional women MMA fighters (WMMA)?
photo credit: Texas Roller Derby Girls