LOCATED IN DELAND, FLORIDA
So it’s your first time at a game and you want to follow what’s going on. Have no fear TCDS is here!
Women’s flat-track roller derby is played on a flat surface inside of an oval track and follows the rules set by the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA). Each game is broken up into two 30-minute halves; each of those halves has a series of up-to-two-minute sections called jams. Up to five skaters can be on the track for each team: four blockers (one of which is a pivot, denoted by a striped helmet), and one point-scoring player, the jammer (star helmet). Before the start of each jam, the blockers and pivots from both teams line up in front of the jammer line, while the jammers line up behind it. When the whistle blows, the jam begins.
When the jam starts, the blockers, and pivots from both teams create a formation called the pack. They may not leave the pack, nor may they destroy the pack by one group of players running away from the other group. The jammers, on the other hand, must attempt to leave the pack if they wish to score. The first jammer to legally get past every member of the pack is declared Lead Jammer, which means she may stop or “call off” the jam at any point by placing her hands on her hips multiple times. (More on that later.)
Once a jammer gets through the pack once (whether they are lead or not), they’re eligible to score. Jammers score points by legally passing the hips of opposing players. On every lap, the jammer is eligible to score up to five points (one for each blocker, and if the scoring jammer has lapped the opposing jammer, a fifth point). Jams last until the lead jammer calls the jam off, or when two minutes have elapsed. And after a thirty second reset, all the action starts again.
Founded in 2010 , the Thunder City Derby Sirens (TCDS) is a DeLand-based 501(c)3 non-profit, skater-run and operated roller derby league that strives to be a safe, encouraging, and positive space for anyone that wishes to join us. Our team focuses on bettering ourselves and each other, both on skates and off while working with other local non-profit organizations in our community relating to women’s health & issues, children, animals & the environment. Most of all, we focus on empowering each other through fitness, motivation and camaraderie. We welcome everybody, regardless of age, background, or situation to become a part of our derby family! Come see us play at The Rink in DeLand, and contact us for more information.
Thunder City Derby Sirens are a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization pursuant to Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. TCDS’s registration number issued by the Florida Department of Agriculture, Division of Consumer Services under Chapter 496 of the Florida Statutes is CH-54452. TCDS engages no professional solicitors and receives 100% of all contributions. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE OF FLORIDA OR BY VISITING https://WWW.800HELPFLA.COM. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE OF FLORIDA.