Send Steve Where?: Roller derby much tougher than it looks
April 16, 2018 10:26 PM
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – With the Albuquerque Roller Derby, the action happens on a flat track at Expo New Mexico. The players call the Duke City home.
Organizers say the three-year-old league is the only co-ed roller derby in New Mexico. For the participants, it's about community, family and athleticism.
"It gives me an easy way to stay in shape because I'm not someone who enjoys going to the gym, but I really like this," said Meghan Butler, a nine-year derby veteran.
Roller derby isn't just about skating. It's much more.
"Our games are called bouts. They're 60 minutes long. They're divided into two halves. Each half consists of what we call jams," Butler said. "When a jam starts, five players from each team enters the track. You've got four blockers from each team and one jammer."
The jammer is the skater with the stars on her helmet.
"The way that it works is all of the blockers line up preparing to stop the other jammer from getting through and to help their jammer get through," Butler said
Jammers score one point for their team every time they lap an opponent. So how physical is the action on the flat track?
"[It's] as physical as any contact sport," Butler said, "so as physical as hockey, as physical as football."
Albuquerque Roller Derby's next bout is on Saturday, May 26. Butler says anyone is welcome to give it a try at one of their practices. Click here to learn more.
"If you are 18 and are interested or if you're 50 plus and you're interested and you're willing to put the work in – because this is a contact sport and you do need to work at it," she said.
Updated: April 16, 2018 10:26 PM
Created: April 16, 2018 08:38 PM
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