COM0014: Blog #3 – Roller Derby: Everyone Welcomed!

As roller skating became popular in the 1880s, it evolved into an endurance race in the 1930s but started to dwindle down as World War II enlisted more men and women into the armed forces. Roller derby regained popularity in the 50’s and was broadcasted on television until 1980s. Modern day roller derby was revived in the early 2000s[1] but still remains relatively unknown so skaters and leagues rely heavily on social media to reach derby enthusiasts. Most leagues will create their own website but they will also create a Facebook and Twitter accounts to communicate with the public and promote upcoming games. To schedule home and away games, leagues will contact each other by email.

We can all agree that roller skating is for everyone. Although there are men’s roller derby leagues and male non-skating officials (NSO), the sport of roller derby is primarily geared towards women. Teams consists of teenagers girls to women 50+. These women have different interests, educational backgrounds and marital status. The common factor between us all is the love of skating. Roller derby allows women to build strength, confidence and create an alter ego SRDGon the track. Regardless of what team you are on, everyone is supportive and treats you like family. Skates and equipment can be costly so most women do have disposable income for this hobby.

I have been an avid skater my whole life but only recently discovered the sport of roller derby. I have been playing with the Seaway Roller Derby Girls for a year now and I absolutely love it. Our team understands that it can be intimidating to join a roller derby team because not everyone feels they have what it takes but we would like everyone to know that we all started without experience. The team is currently developing player profiles that will be featured on our website and social media pages. Each player is to write a small biography answering questions such as why they joined, how they felt when they joined and what they would like to tell others who are looking to join. We hope this will encourage women to step out of their comfort zones and try something new.

[1] http://www.rollerskatingmuseum.com/rollerderby.html

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