Our League

The Ames Roller Derby League currently consists of one women's team, Skunk River Riot, and our skaters-in-training.  We are open to men and women skaters, 18 years of age or older and plan to create a men's team, as well as an additional women's team as soon as our numbers permit.  We would also love to start a youth team in the future!   **OUR PRACTICES ARE OPEN TO SPECTATORS**

Our Mission

The mission of the Ames Roller Derby Association is to create and facilitate the development of the sport of roller derby within the Ames community.

What is Roller Derby?

The History

Invented in 1935 by Leo A. Seltzer, roller derby has seen its ups and downs with the sport's decline in the early '70s and its revival in 2001.  There are more than 450 leagues internationally, and each has its own rules and regulations.  ARDA plays Flat Track Roller Derby according to the most current rules and regulations set by the Women's Flat Track Derby Association

 A few skunks getting down and derby (in purple)...

A few skunks getting down and derby (in purple)...

The Basics

The objectives of roller derby are relatively straight forward.  
-Score the most points.
-Prevent the other team from scoring.

A bout consists of two 30 minute periods, each divided into an unlimited number of jams.  Jams can be as short as 20 or 30 seconds or less but never more than 2 minutes. 

Each of the two teams fields 5 skaters: 4 Blockers and 1 Jammer.  The Jammer wears a star on his or her helmet and is the only skater that is able to score points.  The Blockers play offense and defense simultaneously.  Together, the 8 Blockers form the Pack.  They are responsible for blocking the opposing Jammer while at the same time clearing a path for their own Jammer to skate through the Pack. 


On the first lap, the Jammers score no points but are battling for the coveted status of Lead Jammer.  The first Jammer to legally clear the Pack is granted Lead status and is given the right to strategically end the jam before the full 2 minutes has passed.

After Jammers complete their first lap, they will begin scoring 1 point for each opposing skater they pass.  A Jammer can score a maximum of 5 points per lap.

A skater who fouls may be sent to the penalty box for the following and more:
-Blocking with the hands, forearms, elbows, or head
-Tripping or kicking another skater
-Blocking a skater to the head or back
-Skating out of bounds to better their position on the track

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