Fast paced roller derby action on Saturday in Shoreline

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Are you a diehard Marvel fan or a DC fanatic?

Join Rat City Rollergirls on Saturday, February 27 for a night of fast-paced derby action.

First up, Rat City skaters will take the track in a Marvel vs. DC match up. Will you choose to cheer for your favorite X-Men characters or your childhood superheroes?

Next up is an out of this world battle as our Washington State Conference team takes on Everett's Jet City Rollergirls. Catch the action at the Rat's Nest, 19022 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline 98133.

Buy tickets online or get tickets at the door (if we don't sell out!). Adult tickets are $20, children 12 and under are $15, children 5 and younger are free. Doors open at 4:30 pm, first whistle at 5:30 pm.

First time going to a bout? Here's a roller derby overview.

Each team fields four blockers and one jammer, for a total of ten skaters on the track at a time. The jammers are the point-scorers for their team: they wear a star on their helmets, and start behind the blockers (who make up "the pack").

On their first trip through the pack, the jammers do not score points – they are instead fighting for lead jammer position. That means they must be the first to break through the pack without getting knocked out of bounds and without getting any penalties.

The referee will signal lead jammer by making an “L” formation with their arms, pointing at the jammer with lead jammer status. The lead jammer has the advantage of being able to call off the jam at any time before its natural conclusion (2 minutes).

Once the jammers have lapped the pack once, they can now score points for each opposing skaters’ hips they pass legally (in bounds and without getting a penalty on).

It is not easy though! The opposing teams’ blockers will try to impede the jammer’s movement through the pack while clearing a path for their jammer by hitting and blocking the other team.

You can also check out this video for a visual explanation.

The best way to understand the excitement of derby? Come check it out in person!


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