Enter the rough-and-tumble world of roller derby, a sport that has seen a spark in interest since the early 2000s. In 2006, the ICT Roller Girls were born. The team strives to promote sportsmanship through empowering women and encouraging philanthropy. There are three teams in this local league including the ALL STARS (Women’s Flat Track Derby Association-chartered team), who participate in all WFTDA-sanctioned local and regional events; HAVOC, consisting of up-and-coming skaters; and the ICT Roller Juniors, who are girls ages 12-17. ICT Roller Derby season is from May to Sept., and the girls compete at The Cotillion.
How does roller derby work?
Two teams of five skaters hit the flat track and skate counterclockwise. Players score points during short periods of about two minutes, called “jams.” When the designated “jammer,” or player in charge of scoring, laps members of the opposing team, a point is earned. At the same time, the rest of the team is trying to help their jammer break through the pack by playing offense and defense, blocking and changing patterns to keep the other team from getting ahead. The team with the most points at the end of two bouts (about 30 minutes each) wins. Jammers are distinguished by helmet covers with stars on them.