World Skate Usa Roller Sports Roller Derby Rules

Basics of play

Roller Derby is played by two teams of five members simultaneously skating counterclockwise on a flat track or a banked track. Each team designates a scoring player (the "jammer") the other four members are "blockers." One blocker can be designated as a "pivot" - a blocker allowed to become a jammer in the course of play. The jammer wears a helmet cover bearing two stars; the pivot wears a striped cover; the remaining members' helmets are uncovered.

A game is played in 2 periods of 15 - 30 minutes. Point scoring occurs during "jams": plays that last up to 90 seconds. During a jam, points are scored when a jammer on a scoring pass (every pass a jammer makes through the pack after the initial pass) laps members of the opposing team. Each team's blockers use body contact, changing positions, and other tactics to assist its jammer to score while hindering the opposing team's jammer. Certain types of blocks and other play are violations; referees call penalties and require violators to serve time in a penalty box.



Designated by star on her helmet and known as the sprint skater. Her objective is to score one point per opponent she laps.

Lead Scorer

The scorer in the lead is the only one that can call off a jam.


Designated by a stripe down the middle of her helmet and known as the pace setter for the pack. She may take over the scorer. see rules for more info on pivot breaks.


The most important element in determining points scored. They set up plays to help fellow mate or setup blocks for opposing scorers.


When a skater gets a penalty, her team will be down a skater and she will have to sit in the box for 30 seconds of jam time.

Above the Shoulders Arms Back Blocking Low Blocking Stopping Directional Blocking Multi - Player Blocking Blocking Out of Bounds Assisting Out of Bounds Failure to Reform Skating Out of Play Blocking Out of Play Assisting Out of Play Skating Out of Bounds Cutting the Track Illegal Blocks Illegal Procedures Delay of Game Unsporting Conduct Insubordination Fighting

South Side Roller Derby home teams play on a recreational level of roller derby therefor a few rules you will read in RULE FOUR – EQUIPMENT & RULE FIVE – GAME STRUCTURE have been altered to meet our leagues needs. We will have tryouts for national level roller derby in March if your should make the national level team you will need to adhere to there national level rules regarding uniform number an have the endurance and stamina to skate a full length game in a tournament style.

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