Want to know more about the rules of rollerderby? Download the official Women's Flat Track Rollerderby (WFTDA) rulebook:
Rule of the Month
184.108.40.206 To remain eligible for Lead Jammer, a Jammer must remain in bounds until she is within twenty (20) feet of the pack, a.k.a. the Engagement Zone, thearea in which she may be legally engaged by a Blocker.
Why we love it: Watch out for Jammer-on-Jammer action! This rule means that if one Jammer can hit the other out-of-bounds before they reach the back of the pack, the Jammer hit out-of-bounds cannot become Lead Jammer (i.e., the only skater with the privilege of calling off (ending) the jam prior to the expiration of the full two minutes). This gives a huge strategic advantage to heavy-hitting Jammers!
Thanks much to Machine Gun Sally for the sweet explanatory graphics!
Want a rule reminder when you're out watching a bout? Our very own PLAYER 1 has designed a free iPhone app that explains the fast-moving sport of flat-track roller derby. It has an animated jam demonstration, explanations of the most common referee hand signals, and a rules FAQ section.
If you want a better appreciation of the the ins and outs of roller derby, or you just want to impress your friends with your iPhone nerdiness, Click here! Intro to Flat Track Roller Derby