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
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.