Gopro Helmet cam footage provided by Jennifer (Lady Blaze) Sangiovanni-Doane
Edit by: Lee Eisler
Saturday, June 16 at the Holiday Skate Center located in Orange, Ca the San Diego Renegade Roller girls traveled up to take on the Outlaw Renegade Roller girls at the Outlaws home rink. As always this match was so crazy. Full team pile ups, hard slams, take downs, trips and fast skating was witnessed by all in attendance.
The Outlaw Renegades know how to put it all out on the rink and give their fans a great show. Usually by half time the medics have already dragged a girl from the other team off the rink but not this night. The San Diego Renegades seemed to have prepared for this match and although they lost, the game was pretty low scoring. They did everything in their powers to stop the Outlaws from scoring but Outlaw jammers slipped past their defenses time and time again juking and ramming their way through the pack.
With a final score of 69 – 36 the Outlaws won the game. After the match is done girls from both teams recount the game, the hits they made, the hits they took and another chapter in the book is written.
Renegade is a no-penalties version of roller derby.
Four girls from each team skate together to form a pack and one girl is the point scoring jammer wearing a star on her helmet.
The Girls in the pack use various blocking techniques to knock out the opposing jammer while simultaneously helping their own jammer pass the other team.
Each time the jammer passes the opposing teams pivot player (girl with stripe on helmet) player, the girl at the front of the pack three points are awarded. The bout consist of three 15 minute periods with an intermission before the last period. ***These rules were provided via the Outlaw Renegade Rollergirls pamphlet handed out at the game.
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.
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.
Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself. Graphic by Stephen Johnson
Cracked skulls, brain damage, and death are some of the things that can happen from not wearing a helmet, and many new or inexperienced riders still choose ride without one. Most do so following the example of several professional riders.
Professionals have an uncanny way of balancing. They know where they are in the air and it seems as if they can easily catch their falls with their hands and feet.
A large majority of those professionals have also taken major crashes resulting in various types injuries, even they aren’t invincible.
Within the past five years, we have had many of our fellow riders killed or permanently injured due to accidents involving riders not wearing helmets. Just go talk to an emergency room trauma nurse about the severity and number of injuries that could have been prevented if the victim had been wearing a helmet, it is appalling.
Watch some videos on the Internet of kids hitting their heads and you will see some pretty graphic images, you might just get scared into wearing one.
Wearing a helmet shows a sign of intelligence. It shows that you are smart enough to want to protect your brain. If younger kids see you wearing a helmet they will be more likely to wear theirs, especially if they look up to you. This means you could potentially be helping protect the lives of young riders.
I went to the skate park recently and there were a total of three of us wearing helmets, and about 15 kids not wearing helmets. About six of those kids had brought helmets, but left them on the side with their stuff while they skated. Some of them were doing some pretty fast, big tricks. It was unclear to me whether they would decide to actually put it on.
If you have ever attempted to ride a skateboard down ramps, or even your driveway for the first time, then you will know that if your balance is a little of you are in danger of flying back and hitting your head. Keeping your balance is not as easy as it looks unless you have many hours logged on board.
Most professional extreme sports athletes do not don helmets, and set extremely terrible examples for riders of all abilities, mainly young newcomers. After all, you don’t want to stand out as the new kid when you’re young. You want to be like your favorite skater and be exactly like them.
There are multitudes of skate, snowboard, BMX, and rollerblade videos with sponsored professionals not wearing helmets. In the videos they pull off tricks that are extremely difficult, making them look easy. So easy, that after watching it, an attempt might be made, leaving you to find out how difficult it actually is.
Protective gear is especially important for inexperienced riders, or people who are pushing their limits; trying something they haven’t done before.
Frankie doing the right thing
Losing your balance can easily happen with any extreme sport, and unexpected elements can come into play at any time.
It is always good to be prepared for the worst, and wearing a helmet while participating in these activities is a great way to accomplish this. After all a crash isn’t usually something you’d expect or want to happen… it just does. – Leecifer
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.
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.