Roller Derby at Riley Rink

Roller Derby at Riley Rink

Roller Derby at Riley Rink

On Saturday, July 11, Southshire Roller Derby will be hosting a double header home opener at Riley Rink in Manchester. This family-friendly event will feature two games and activities for adults and kids. Two regional Men’s Roller Derby Association teams, the Capital District Trauma Authority and the Mean Mountain Boys will face off at 5 p.m. The headlining game at 7 p.m. features the host league’s travel team, Southshire Roller Derby’s Battle Cats, taking on Pair O’Dice City Rollers.
Today’s roller derby is different than what many remember from the 70s and 80s. It is a full-contact sport played on a flat track with quad roller skates. Skaters wear protective gear similar to that of skateboarding. The 60-minute game is divided into short competitions called jams. Teams play five skaters from their roster of up to 14 in each jam; four of them are blockers and one is a jammer. The jammers, who have a stars on their helmets, score points by lapping the group of eight blockers, picking up a point for each opponent they pass during the lap. Blockers work together to slow the progress of the opposing jammer, making for a highly strategic and competitive game. While spectators can still enjoy plenty of big hits and crashes, things like elbowing your opponents, hits and fighting are against the rules.
There will also be kids’ activities, a photo booth, a beer garden for the grown ups and good food for the whole family. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Bleacher seating is expected to fill up quickly. You can bring your own chair. There will be a limited number of folding chairs available for a small fee. Advanced tickets are available for $5 in Bennington at Loomis Auto, Raz-A-Tat Tattoo, and Fiddlehead at Four Corners and in Manchester at Inkspot Press, Zippy Chicks and the Manchester Visitor’s Center, as well as at
southshirerollerderby.com.

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