Roller derby, what is it ?
Roller derby is a team sport that combines both contact and speed . It is practiced with quad skates (four wheels mounted in pairs on an axle ) and on a very specific oval track . This discipline is much more than a sport, this practice advocates above all gender equality . It is also one of the only sports that knows no discrimination and the only French sport with a charter on gender. In reality , roller derby is practiced by 90% of women. In France, there are a hundred roller derby teams for more than 4,000 members .
How to play roller derby?
The object of the game is simple : Do as many laps as possible in a given time. A typical roller derby match takes place on an oval track with 5 player ( s ) on roller skates . The duration of a match is 1 hour with 2 periods of 30 minutes which itself is divided into " jams ", that is to say several rounds of 2 minutes in a row. During these rounds , the two opposing teams compete with each respective team having blockers and jammers . You should n't be afraid of contact and speed for this sport which requires a lot of agility and strategy .
Wondering how to learn roller derby? According to Amandine, the roller derby manager at the French Federation of Roller and Skateboard , it is easily learned by combining balance and diligence . During the first months , you will have to go to a skating school to learn the basics. Then, each future player ( s ) takes mini exams before being able to participate in the first game.
The evolution of roller derby
The sport originated in the midst of the Great Depression in the United States in 1929 during a simulation of a Los Angeles–New York marathon on an oval , covered track. Players had to complete 57,000 laps . The organizer immediately observed the jostling between the players and the enthusiasm for this event . Roller derby was then born and it quickly became a very popular sport for American culture .
After a period of great success , roller derby fell in notoriety in the 80s because of many suspicions of cheating and the too showy and offensive side that roller derby could have. Since the 2000s , however , we have seen the return of the craze for this very specific practice of skating. The film Bliss released in 2009 as well as the establishment of various leagues have contributed to the renewed interest and popularization of roller derby. In 2014, roller derby was integrated into the Fédération Française de Roller Sports, which once again reinforces the credibility of this practice, which once again makes it a sport in its own right .
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