What defines a sport as being viewed as a legitimate sport, versus sports entertainment? In my opinion, the only real difference between the two would be the scripting. And ladies and gentleman…there is NO scripting on the track!
The days of Skinny Minnie Miller and the iconic L.A. T-Birds may be long gone, but roller derby has been revived and quickly earning a spot with other amateur sports. Sure, there is still an entertainment factor, but arguably, isn’t that true with all sports?
Roller derby is a sport like no other; It has its own culture, it’s not mainstream (yet, anyway), and is very quickly gaining momentum, as the number of leagues in the world are growing weekly!
The most surprising thing to me when I began skating with Oil City Derby Girls was just how disciplined they were, and how intense the practices were. Oddly enough, they don’t just let you strap on skates and go bashing around the track. There are skills that are drilled in to every skater (for their protection and the protection of those skating near them) and rules and strategies and even a written test! (Never expected that part!) The list of rules is quite dizzying and with the number of refs that are part of every bout, very little “under-handed” behaviour is missed. For the most part though, despite the aggressive nature of the sport, the women that take part in a game are respectful and abide by the rules. Yes, there is bickering, but adrenaline will do that to even the most mild-mannered player at times.
Take a look at this video: OCDG Vrs. Saskatoon
There truly is no room for scripting in today’s roller derby. The women that play are focused and proud of their accomplishments. And let me tell you, to make a team is quite an accomplishment!
To follow the journey of a freshmeat player, check out a great blog written by a friend of mine, Unchained Malady(she even blogged about me…lol): http://pickacheek.blogspot.com
Check out Oil City’s next home game as the Tank’er Girls take on Prince George’s Rated PG Rollergirls on January 29!!
Much Derby Love,