Blockers from the Bavarian Barbarians (Blue) try to hold back the Lady Macs Jammer (Red, center)

Blockers from the Bavarian Barbarians (Blue) try to hold back the Lady Macs Jammer (Red, center)

What is Roller Derby?

ROLLER DERBY is a contact sport played between two teams of five members rollerskating in the same direction around a track. Game play consists of a series of short matchups, called JAMS, in which both teams designate a scoring player, the JAMMER, who scores points by lapping members of the opposing team. BLOCKERS from each team attempt to hinder the opposing jammer while assisting their own, playing both offence and defence simultaneously.

Roller derby in Canada is a quickly evolving and growing sport. Leagues and teams across Canada continue to grow, and there are already over 18 leagues in the province of Alberta, including Men’s leagues and Junior leagues.

The first Roller Derby World Cup was held in Toronto in 2011 and has quickly evolved into a worldwide phenomenon with major media exposure, a dedicated fan base and talented superstar players and role models. The most recent women's World Cup was in Dallas in 2014 and this year, the Men's Roller Derby World Cup will be held in Calgary.

Additionally, with national standards for game play, new skater skill testing, insurance requirements and a rigorous set of rules, Roller Derby has become a serious and legitimate sport.