So what is roller derby?
Roller derby is a fast-paced, full contact team sport played on roller skates. Over two 30-minute periods, two teams of five players compete in a series of two minute jams, in which the jammer from each team attempts to score points while the blockers assist their jammer and try to thwart the opposition. The jammer scores points by skating through the pack and gaining one point for each opposing team member she passes per lap. Junior derby is a modified version of the adult game special developed for adolescents. (Please Levels of Game Play & Skater Levels for more information
What kinds of kids suit junior roller derby?
It's very much a sport for everyone! You don't have to have been a 'sporty' type before joining, you just need the desire to learn derby (and have the confidence to stand up and move forward on skates, or be willing to put some of your own time in between sessions to learn).
At Sheffield Steel Junior Rollers (SSJR) we've made it our mission to change the widely held idea of what an athlete is and who can take part in sport. We know no one is born with skates on their feet (but you're welcome to prove us wrong). So like walking, running or jumping, skatIng, like roller derby itself is a skill anyone can learn.
Whether you're 8 or 17 or any age in between, you shouldn't ever worry that you aren't fit enough/athletic enough/strong enough, because the beauty of roller derby is that there is a role for every body shape, including yours! We have skaters from a variety of fitness backgrounds - rugby players, ballerinas, the sport-averse - and they can all kick some serious butt. Skating for 60 minutes once a week is great way to have fun, get your heart pumping and meet awesome young people like yourself. So even if you haven't done anything physical in ages, you'll be surprised how quickly your body will adapt.