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Examiner - Rollderderby glossary
Category: Sport and Leisure > Roller derby index
Date & country: 26/08/2014, USA
Words: 28


Banked track
An angled, oval surface with guard rails. Original roller derby used banked tracks.

Blocker
The three players on each team within the pack whose job is to prevent jammers from scoring by impeding the jammer's forward progress.

Booty Block
A player, in a squatted position, uses his or her rear-end as a means to prevent an opponent from advancing in the pack.

Booty Bump
This is not a term used to describe the size of a person's rear end. Instead it is a player, in an upright position, using their pelvis to tap an opponent's rear-end, effectively moving the opponent so the player can advance in the pack. This move is not used by WFTDA leagues.

Bout
A term used by WFTDA leagues to describe a roller derby match. A WFTDA bout lasts 60 minutes, divided into two 30 minute periods.

Derby virgin
A first time roller derby viewer. There is nothing like your first time.

Derby widow/widower
The spouse of a derby player. Between meetings, practices, games and fundraisers, roller derby takes up a large amount of the player's time, leaving little time for the spouse. It is as if the spouse has lost their significant other.

Derby wives
These are teammates that are best friends. They will carpool together and hang together outside of practices or games. They spend so much time together that they are like spouses.

Fresh meat/training wheeler
A roller derby recruit or trainee who has not passed the minimum skill requirements to play in a game/bout.

Game
OSDA leagues refer to their matches as a game. A game consists of four fifteen minute periods separated by short intermissions. For an old school game, male and female teams compete separately in rotating periods for a combined score.

Golden Roller
While this term could sufficiently describe the driving skills of an elderly person, it refers to a retired roller derby player.

Hip Check
A bump delivered using the hips while skating immediately next to a target.

Jam
A period during which action happens. WFTDA leagues skate a two-minute jam, while old school leagues skate a 90 second jam. There may be any number of jams in a game/bout. A jam is ended when the lead jammer taps their hands to their hips.

Jammer
The player at the back of the pack who scores points. In WFTDA, the jammer takes off after the pack at the sound of a second whistle. In old school rules, the jammer takes off at the same time as the pack.

OSDA
The Old School Derby Association was formed in 2007 and combines the modern rules of roller derby with the old school banked tracked rules. OSDA is open to women, men, co-ed, flat and banked leagues.

Pack
The largest group of inbound skaters with players from each team. Jammers are not apart of the pack.

Panty
No, this has nothing to do with a person's unmentionables. This term refers to the helmet cover worn by the pivot and jammers during play. A jammer is identified by the helmet cover with a star on each side. The pivot is identified by the large vertical stripe in the middle of the helmet cover. Jammers must being wearing the panty to score points.

Passing the star
In the WFTDA rule set, a jammer may transfer their position by removing their designated helmet cover and passing it to their team's pivot.

Penalty box
Hockey fans should be familiar with this term. It refers to the area a player is sent to when called for an infraction.

Pivot
A player at the front of the pack. This position sets the pace of the pack and is the last line of defense in preventing a jammer from breaking out of the pack. This player is identified by a striped helmet cover. In the old school rules set, the pivot may take over as jammer, when their team's jammer is unable to break through the pack and the opposing team's jammer has done so.

Plow stop
A stopping/slowing technique in which a skater widens his or her stance with the toes turned inward to decrease momentum.

Rink rash
It sounds like an awful disease that requires a tetanus shot. Instead, it refers to a burn that occurs when flesh is dragged across the rink. Ouch!

Roller derby
A contact sport played by roller skating around an oval track by two teams. Points are scored as the designated scoring player of both teams lap members of the opposing team.

Slingshot/Spinning Whip
There are no sticks or stone involved in roller derby! This move serves as both an assist and a block. Two teammates interlock wrists and spin in a circular motion. Upon release, one player will collide with an opponent, effectively blocking them and the other teammate will advance in the pack. This is an old school move that is rarely used, but a crowd pleaser.

Suicide
No one is talking about self-inflicted death here. This term refers to floor seating directly in front of the track. These are prime seats for up close derby action, but be careful you could end up with a derby girl/guy in your lap.

Tri-block
While it sounds like three successive blocks, it is actually the use of the triceps (back of the upper arm) across the chest of an opponent to impede forward movement. If done properly, this move can also give the blocker a slight push ahead of the opponent. This move is used by leagues abiding by old school rules.

WFTDA
The Women's Flat Track Derby Association is a governing body for women's flat track roller derby. The association sets rules and maintains safety and standards for affiliated leagues and leagues seeking association. WFTDA is a women's only association, though there are men's roller derby leagues that abide by WFTDA's rule set.

Whip
It may sound like a dominatrix tool used to punish, but it is actually the action of one player using the momentum from a teammate to propel himself or herself. For example, a jammer may grab a blocker's arm and the blocker will use their power to thrust the jammer to the front of the pack.