Saturday June, 9, 2012. Santa Ana, Ca The OC Roller Girls (OCRG) held the first banked track match in their new home Santa Ana. The Orange Whips beat the Traffic Jammers in a close bout that stayed exciting until the end with the final score being 155 (Orange Whips) – 145 (Traffic Jammers).
This was our first time at a banked track event and it was 10 times the excitement of their flat track matches. The action was fast paced and bigger hits.
The bout (game) consists of 2 periods each one being 30 minutes and an unlimited number of jams can be played in that time period. A jam is 1 minute unless the lead jammer calls it off early by putting her hands on her hips.
Their are up to 5 players from each team on the rink. One jammer (star on helmet), one Pivot (stripe on helmet) and 3 blockers.
Jammers score points by passing members of the opposing team.
Penalties can be accrued through illegal hits which inlclude using elbows, tripping, blocking from behind and holding.
Whats up everyone. Just rapping for a second to get you all the chance to watch a banked track roller derby filmed live from Seattle, WA. I myself have never seen a banked track match before but remember to come out next weekend when the Orange County Roller Girls play a local banked track match in Santa Ana, Ca. Be sure to go check out the Roller Derby section of the site! – Leecifer
5-19-12 The Rinks, Huntington Beach, Ca. The parking lot smelled delicious with two food trucks outside the front doors cooking up a storm. Walking into the roller hockey rink called which had been converted into a flat track roller derby rink with the use of tape. The roller derby ring is a bit smaller then the traditional roller hockey rink so chairs were set up at both ends and vendor booths lined the way to the rink. With spectators already finding their seats and stadium seating for the VIP ticket holders, The Altar Billies began performing in the “stage” corner, also inside the perimeters of a traditional roller hockey rink.
The first match in the double header night was the Psycho Ex-Girlfriends vs. The Crash Test Bunnies both teams from the OC Roller Girls and it was the Bunnies first match although you wouldn’t have known based on their performance. They put up a good fight against the more experienced Ex-Girlfriends but being from the same league the Ex-Girlfriends must have trained them well. The final score was 126-99 with the Psycho Ex-Girlfriends taking the win.
The Psycho Ex-Girlfriends entered the ring each carrying some sort of weapon. They skated around as a group with one member at a time breaking away from the pack as the announcer called names. The Crash Test Bunnies came in one at a time all smiles ready for their inaugural match.
This roller derby match was much different then the bouts we had covered in the past. In the past we had only covered Renegade Roller Derby completely unaware of the other roller derby league’s nearby. In Renegade Roller Derby there are no rules, no refs but brawl breakers who break up the often full team pile up fights. This non renegade version had rules, refs and much more technique’s however a little less hardcore. Hits have to be made with the hips or shoulder and there are penalties for illegal moves which include using elbows, tripping, blocking from behind and holding. Also in Renegade roller derby the team score 3 points every time the jammer(skater with star on helmet) passes the pivot person(skater with stripe on helmet). In the non-renegade version a jammer scores 1 point for each passed member of the opposing team. Another rule that exists in the non-renegade version is that the lead jammer can call off the jam by putting her hands on her hips. This is done as a strategy to stop the jam before the opposing jammer can score points (thanks Sugar Crash for the info).
Game 2. OC Roller Girls Pulp Fiction vs San Diego Derby Dolls Hard Corps
5-19-12 Fishnet stockings, booty shorts and some of the most bad ass chicks in Orange County competed with the baddest of the bad from San Diego at Orange County’s home rink called The Rinks in Huntington Beach, CA. The second game of the night was just as exciting as the first with Orange County Roller Girls (OCRG) “Pulp Fiction” kicked the San Diego Derby Dolls (SDDD) “Hard Corps with a final score of 224-53.
Stepping into the arena, both teams doing warm up laps around the track and the spectators find their seat on the floor or on fold up chairs they brought. Blue tape marked the track, but this is renegade roller derby. There aren’t really too many rules for the players to abide by and skaters often find themselves outside the blue tape. Spectators even find themselves in the crash zone some times.
I always seem to forget just how intense the matches are but after the first few minutes of big hits, pile ups, seeing girls get tripped kneed and elbowed I was quickly reminded.
The brutal pile ups are broken up by people known as the brawl breakers. Although I saw spectators and even a camera man breaking up the fights. (I watched as with his free hand he tried to pull one girl off the other and holding the camera in the other hand as it snapped away.)
The medics had their work cut out for them for the night and the fans got a great show. Both teams skated hard from the beginning until the end. The game ended with the Orange County Outlaws beating the Los Angeles Renegade Rollergirls with a score of 84-45.
The game has strategy and various moves maneuvers and strategy go into the game. There are two girls in front at the start line (one from each team) wearing a line on their helmets. They are known as he pace person. Then there are two girls in the back wearing stars on their helmets (also one from each team.) They are known as the jammers. Then everyone else is blockers (blocker 1, blocker 2, blocker 3). Every time the jammer (star on helmet) passes the pace setter (line on helmet) the team scores three points.
August 13, 2011 The Renegade Rollergirls of Orange County, CA faced off against The Renegade Rollergirls of Tucson, AZ. The two teams hadn’t faced each other in two years and after the first period the Orange County team had a commanding lead.
The match continued to get more exciting and by the third period every girl was hitting her hardest and the games intensity went up a notch.
To someone who doesn’t know the rules of the roller derby it looks like an all out free for all, however there is plenty of strategy to the game. These girls are very skilled and really bad ass.
After all the trips, kicks, slams, bruises and ripped stockings the Orange County team came out on top with a final score of 72-24.
Congratulations to the MVP of the game Day Tripper #Fab4. She scored 30 points and Jammed for 27% of the game.
The next match is Saturday, November 19th at The Holiday Skate Center in Orange, California.
After the first few minutes of the roller derby there was already tons of action as girls slammed, checked and tripped each other.
Two girls (one from each team) would start at the back of the pack wearing stars on their helmets making them the Jammers for the team. The Jammers would score points by passing all the blockers. Everyone who wasn’t a Jammer was a Blocker with the mission to stop the Jammers from passing at all costs.
Each pass made by the Jammer earned the team 3 points.
The match up was the Dukebox Heroes (in the white shirts) vs. the Buns & Roses (in the black shirts). Both teams battled hard for the win. The skating rink was their battlefield.
The rules? Well, there aren’t many. Anything goes here.
After seeing flying fists, elbows being thrown, roller skates taken to the thigh and even many more slide tackles the Dukebox Heroes took the win with a final score of 87-81.