Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Real Deal on Roller Derby

Anyone who doesn't think roller derby is a sport is W-R-O-N-G!  Roller derby athletes work hard to train.  Most teams practice for 2 hours 3 to 4 days a week.  A lot of derby girls/guys train outside of practice time by going to the gym, running, weight training, etc.  Practices consist of endurance, calisthenics, blocking drills, jamming drills, and more.  The work will make you break a sweat and push you to your limits. 

Roller derby used to be more theatrics than sport, but that's over now.  It is competitive and action-packed.  There is a governing body called the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA).  You can find information at www.wftda.com

People that play roller derby do NOT get paid.  Most players have regular jobs.  That makes for a busy life most of the time juggling families, jobs, roller derby, and social lives. 

Support your local roller derby league.  Most roller derby leagues sponsor charitable organizations too so when you support them you are supporting your community. 

Women need exercise and roller derby is a fun way to get fit.  Think about joining your local roller derby league!