Lansing Derby Vixens explain their history and rules of Derby

Roller Derby: a women’s sport involving skates, helmets, and lots of padding.

Basic rules:

  • Jammers skate past blockers to score points.
  • 14 skaters for each time skate at a time.
  • Games are 60 minutes long, with a halftime between 30-minute periods.
  • Only specific blocking is allowed—no elbowing or tripping
Basic guidelines:
  • Skaters pick their own names.
  • Skaters must wear their team jerseys and pads, and may otherwise choose their uniform.

Video (below): The Lansing Roller Derby Vixens came to Michigan State University (MSU) to chat with the MIPA newspaper campers. Afterwards, the Upstart team met with Kristen Pfaendtner, AKA Lil’ Miss Cheeky, to discuss the rules and origins of Derby.

For more information on Roller Derby, visit wftda.com. By David Mackens, Danielle Raykhinshteyn, and Paris Harper / Upstart Staff

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